Three Dales loop

Peter Brown's tour of three Dales in a day

approximately 100 miles (160 Km)

Click here to open a detailed map

Click here to download the GPX file

Peter on his Ducati Scrambler 

Peter lives in Colne in Lancashire. This gives him easy access into some great riding country. On this run he takes us into Yorkshire and a route around the Dales. He recently sold his 2015 Ducati Scrambler for a 2022 Triumph Street Twin. Perfect bikes for nipping round these twisty narrow lanes. He wasn't happy with the OEM suspension on either bike, he described the Ducati as, "riding a pogo stick". So a pricey upgrade was in order.

For this run, allow a full day if possible, as there are plenty of places to visit.

This run is a loop, so you can pick it up at your most convenient spot. But we are starting at the Route 59 Bikers café just to the east of Skipton, situated of course on the A59. The café has summer bike nights on Tuesday evenings. These are very popular.

The tour ends in the market town of Skipton where at the top of the High Street there is a medieval Castle that is open to the public. Skipton promotes itself as the Gateway to The Dales. It is well worth spending some time here to have a mooch around. Make sure you see the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Betty's Fish and Chips are superb.

Of course as it is a loop you can jump on the route anywhere you wish.

I asked Peter what his highlights of the run are, he paused and replied, "Everything, it is so scenic". As I know most of these road s I would have to agree.

But for me it will be the ride past Bolton Abbey , the road from Pateley Bridge to Masham, a visit to Masham Square for coffee and of course  The famous Buttertubs Pass on the way south in to Hawes.

The Strid. Here pictured in August when it is less impressive

Bolton Priory heading north towards The Strid and Pateley Bridge.