Duration: 3 – 4 hours / Distance 15 miles / Maps OS Landranger 97 & 98 or OS Explorer OL19

1. From Sedbergh take the A683 northeast to Handley’s Bridge.

2. Turn left and cross over the bridge following the track to a T-junction. Turn right and follow the track northeast as it descends to a ford. Cross the ford and continue northeast, climbing up through dense woodland. Try to stay as near the ridge line as possible. After 250m the trees give way to pasture. Continue northeast up the broad ridge line for a further 500m to the farm at Murthwaite.

3. Past the farm continue northeast for 200m, ignoring the paths on the right, to a fork. Take the left branch and follow it north as it climbs easily for 500m to another fork. Take the left branch and follow the excellent track as it climbs then descends north to the Adamthwaite road.

4. Turn left on to the road and follow it southwest to its end at Adamthwaite Farm and the start of the bridleway. The bridleway passes through the lower yard on the east side of the farm. Once through the yard join the lane and follow it as it climbs slightly then descends south then southwest for 2 miles to the farm at Narthwaite.

5. The bridleway splits at Narthwaite Farm. Take the right fork which leads west then northwest down to a ford. Turn left over the ford and follow the bridleway south then southwest for 0.6 miles to a ford and footbridge over Cautley Holme Beck.

6. Once over the Beck follow the bridleway as it skirts the fellside and heads southwest through pasture for 2.6 miles to Fawcett Bank. Past Fawcett Bank join the good track and continue southwest for 800m to the road at Thursgill. Join the road and follow it southwest back to the A683. Turn onto the A683 and follow it back to Sedbergh.


This route description is only to give you information and ideas and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please satisfy yourself that the route is suitable for everyone in your group. Make sure that your bike is in good working order and that you carry a proper paper map, tools, clothing and refreshments. Check the weather forecast and make sure someone knows where you are going, and when you expect to be back.