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Routes around Lofthouse Yorkshire

NorwichDanNorwichDan Posts: 18
edited September 2019 in Road general
Am travelling up to Yorkshire for the Worlds and will be staying in Lofthouse. I would like to get some riding in around watching the events. Any advice on routes from this location either as loops or to good viewing points on the course. More climbing the better.

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  • mangliermanglier Posts: 757
    Which Lofthouse? There are two, one between Leeds and Wakefield and one at the top of Nidderdale.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,979
    If it's the former, I can help out.

    (probably with the latter as well, tbh)
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  • It's the one at the top of Nidderdale.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,979
    NorwichDan wrote:
    It's the one at the top of Nidderdale.

    How far do you want to ride? I can do you a hell of a route!
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  • That would be great. Around 60 would be great for a longer day. Maybe a couple of 30s we could do in the morning before watching the racing. My riding mate and I still undecided as to whether it would be best to watch the race go past as part of another ride, or whether to ride in morning and join the masses on the finishing circuit in Harrogate. We're there Fri-Monday so want to catch the mens and womens race.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,979
    I'll knock something up. As far as watching the racing, personally I'd go to Pot Bank without the bike.
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  • Here is a route I knocked up a while ago.
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22663825
    My ride started and ended in Ripley but since it goes through Lofthouse you can adapt to suit.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,979
    Dan

    Here are a couple of routes. Disclaimer - I don't know every single road, but am reasonably familiar with the area in general.

    https://www.strava.com/routes/21458118
    https://www.strava.com/routes/21457873

    I've tried to piece together roads that I know from basing myself in Hawes - or from routes others have created that I've ridden - and connected them to Lofthouse. The longer ride takes you through Kettlewell and up Halton Gill and alongside Pen-y-Ghent before returning through Malham.

    The shorter ride is steadier, but you have to climb out of Lofthouse.
    Ben

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  • svettysvetty Posts: 1,904
    Lofthouse is a bit of a dead-end tbh. Starting out heading north over Trapping hill you can then loop anti-clockwise and return via Pateley Bridge - make the loop bigger or smaller to adjust the mileage to suit. This could work either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Or loop west after passing Leighton reservoir and go via Coverdale, Kettlewell, Grassington.

    Apart from this many routes can be accessed heading South down the dale.
    FFS! Harden up and grow a pair :D
  • Thanks will have a good look.
  • Ben6899 wrote:
    Dan

    Here are a couple of routes. Disclaimer - I don't know every single road, but am reasonably familiar with the area in general.

    https://www.strava.com/routes/21458118
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    https://www.strava.com/routes/21457873

    I've tried to piece together roads that I know from basing myself in Hawes - or from routes others have created that I've ridden - and connected them to Lofthouse. The longer ride takes you through Kettlewell and up Halton Gill and alongside Pen-y-Ghent before returning through Malham.

    The shorter ride is steadier, but you have to climb out of Lofthouse.

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  • Please also consider getting a map and working out your own route.A bit old fashioned but far more exciting and fulfilling than following someone else's Strava course.
  • Ben6899 wrote:
    Dan

    Here are a couple of routes. Disclaimer - I don't know every single road, but am reasonably familiar with the area in general.

    https://www.strava.com/routes/21458118
    https://www.strava.com/routes/21457873

    I've tried to piece together roads that I know from basing myself in Hawes - or from routes others have created that I've ridden - and connected them to Lofthouse. The longer ride takes you through Kettlewell and up Halton Gill and alongside Pen-y-Ghent before returning through Malham.

    The shorter ride is steadier, but you have to climb out of Lofthouse.
    That second route would be a particularly pretty ride (though hilly)
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