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Duration: 2 – 3 hours / Distance 15km (9 miles) / Maps OS Landranger 97 & 98 or OS Explorer OL2 & OL19

1. Take the Dent road to the south then southeast for 800m to the bridge over the River Rawthey. Cross the bridge and follow the road to the Millthrop turning. Turn left and follow it to a T-junction in the village. Turn right and take the road southwest through Millthrop a short distance to a bridleway on the left.

2. Ascend the stony track southwest passing through a ford then up to a gate. Go through the gate and follow the grassy bridleway to another gate. Keep to the bridleway past gorse bushes then through woodland and finally across a field to the beautiful Gap Cottage. Follow the track past the cottage, forking right at the junction and down to the Dent Road.

3. Take the bridleway down the lane opposite to a deep ford, dismount and wheel your bike over the rather awkward footbridge.  Turn left onto the road and follow it southeast for 3km to Gawthrop. Follow the road through Gawthrop to a T-junction on the main Dent road. Turn left and follow the road northwest to the start of a lane 100m past Barth Bridge. Alternatively turn left before the bridleway and follow the main Dent road for 3km to a lane on the left just before Barth Bridge.

4. The tarmac lane climbs steeply north up the fellside for 1200m to its end at Lunds farm. Ignore all of the other farm entrances off the lane. A bridleway starts on the left side of Lunds, between the house and the barn. Take it and join the lane, which winds its way north up the fell for 800m to a fork by a sheep pen. Take the left branch and follow it northwest, then north, along the wall to a gate at a low col.

5. The rise to the left of the col is the start of the descent to Sedbergh. Go through the gate and follow the bridleway northwest along the wall. After 250m the bridleway descends over open fell, running northwest until it reaches a ford after 1.5km.

6. Cross the ford and join the lane on the other side. This is Frostrow Lane, follow it down to a fork. Take the right branch to another fork. This time take the left branch and follow it to the A684. Turn left and follow it west to the A683. Turn left and follow it back to Sedbergh.

Disclaimer

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.