Quiet Lanes behind Rathmell
This great circular route explores some very quiet back lanes well away from traffic,
with wonderful views of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Pendle Hill.
Discover places with wonderful names such as Wigglesworth, Tod Holes, Sheep Wash (Upper & Lower!),
Wham (Upper & Lower!), Rome and Farther Rome.
Short Route: 10 miles
Shortcut point 4 to point 9
Medium Route: 12½ miles
Shortcut point 9 to point 4
Long Route: 15 miles
Easy to Moderate
Flat road and then gradual climbs and some satisfying descents.
The route crosses the busy A65 twice and so is not suitable for young children
Settle Market Place
( can also be started at Rathmell, Wigglesworth, Giggleswick)
The route starts in Settle and runs clockwise but it's a great ride in either direction.
This road is prone to surface water after heavy rain.
The clockwise direction has gradual climbs and the anticlockwise directions has shorter but steeper climbs.
The road between Settle and Giggleswick is quite open and can be hard going against the wind,
so if there is a strong wind from the south you may want to take it anti-clockwise.
Settle, Wigglesworth, Giggleswick
Make a longer day of it ...
Link with Routes 4 and/or 10
(Numbers in brackets relate to points on the route map above)
From Settle Market Place (1), ride south along Duke Street, passed the Golden Lion, and turn right along Station Road (opposite the Post Office). Follow the road under the railway bridge, over the river into Giggleswick to a mini-roundabout (2).
Turn left at the mini-roundabout (2) and follow the road to the junction with the busy A65 (3). Take extreme care crossing this road, turning left and immediately right, signposted to Rathmell and Wigglesworth. Follow this road through the River Ribble flood plain and up a small hill into the village of Rathmell.
For the shortest route option, you can take a right turn (4) just after the Reading Rooms (signposted Tosside). The road drops down and then rises steeply to rejoin the route at (8).
For the long and medium route, follow the undulating road to Wigglesworth and turn right at the junction by the Plough Inn (5) towards Tosside.
As you leave the village, and after about half a mile gradual climb, just before you reach a Y fork in the road, take a farm track to the right (6). There is a sign prohibiting lorries over 7.5 tonnes at the top of this track. Drop down past Hole House Farm and swing left following a great, quiet, gated lane (Tod Holes Lane) which gradually climbs, taking in occasional views of Pendle Hill to the left.
As you pass through two gates close together (usually closed, and close them after you), arrive at a junction (7). To the left is a farm with lots of old machinery. Take the right turn, signposted to Rathmell. Follow this road and ignore any side roads. There are often kestrels, buzzards and other birds along this route. The road takes two descents by wooded streams. The second longer descent with a bridge at the bottom then passes a farm that often has llamas in its fields. Then there is a short steep climb that brings you to a junction (8).
For the medium route option, at the junction (8) follow the road into Rathmell. Turn left at the junction by the Reading Rooms (4) and retrace the route back to Settle.
Turn left at the junction (8) signposted to Giggleswick and Wham. Follow this road and admire the incredible views of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. Pass Lower and Upper Sheep Wash, Sandford, Wham and Rome. Cross Storth Gill Bridge and arrive at a T- Junction (9).
Turn right at the T junction. Pass some houses on the right and drop down under the railway to reach the A65 junction near Giggleswick Station (10).
Take extreme care as you cross straight over the A65 to the road by the Craven Arms. Follow this road back towards Giggleswick. At the mini roundabout (2), turn left and follow the road to a T-junction (11) close to Giggleswick School. Turn right at the T-junction, ride past St Akelda's Parish Church and then take a left turn up Belle Hill, at the top of which is a junction with the B6480 (12). Turn right at the junction and follow the road downhill past Settle College on the right and Settle Swimming Pool on the left. Cross over the River Ribble into Settle and follow Church Street back to the Market Place (1).
As always make sure your bike is in good working order and that you are suitably dressed and experienced for the ride you are doing.
Make sure you have drink and snacks to suit the weather conditions.
Check your route on a map beforehand and make sure others know where you are and estimated time of arrival.
Take care crossing main roads especially at weekends and bank holidays as tourist traffic can be busy.
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