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Ingleton – Thornton in Lonsdale

A bike ride starting from the centre of Ingleton and reaching into the fringes of The Lune Valley towards the village of Thornton in Lonsdale.

There are eye-catching views throughout this ride. Expect fine views of limestone cliffs, The Three Peaks, underground caves and on a clear day views of the sea at Morecambe Bay, As usual Pendle Hill looms in the distance.

The rides mainly off-road, but includes probably one of the best short tarmac sections I know, lots of eye candy and very chilled

Easy enough overall and there’s at least a couple of fairly decent downhill sections to look forward to towards the end, nothing too challenging.

Expect some grassy slow-going sections midway and the pasture climb from Kingsdale is too steep to ride (it’s hard enough walking).

Overall it’s a fairly slow going bike ride, more about the eye candy rather than thrills and spills.

Statistics

Total distance 10.8Miles
Difficulty
Grin Factor

Total Distance: 10.8 Miles
Total Climbing: 3992.8 ft
Time: 2.26 hrs

Off-road: 7.8 mi
On-road: 3 mi

Climbing Distance: 2.5 mi
Descent Distance: 3.2 mi
Flat Distance: 5.5 mi

Terrain: Varied, flat tarmac into Kingsdale valley, Steep, muddy & rocky bridleways.

The Route

Start Point:  Oddies Lane – Ingleton.

  • Park up on Oddies Lane in Ingleton village, somewhere close to the old railway bridge.
  • Acend Oddies Lane, it’s a bit of a pull.
  • As the tarmac levels out turn left through the gate onto the Bridleway & past the farm, towards Thornton Lane.
  • Behind the farm follow signs for waterfall walk.
  • descend on Bridleway and cross the stream either by bridge or riverbed if you don’t mind getting wet so early in the ride.
  • Turn right onto Thornton Lane tarmac, a seriously pleasant few miles of tarmac ahead.
  • Through gate on your left, and climb the grass hill, its un rideable and a fair push to get you bike up.
  • You should hit a gate that’s been obstructed with large rocks, you need to get to the other side somehow.
  • Your going left after getting through the gate, the track starts muddy and difficult but very quickly turns into nice singletrack.
  • After about gates, there’s a lovely bridleway decent, If its a clear day you can see the sea & The Howgills.
  • Turn left at the barn & power pylon, follow until you hit tarmac.
  • Turn right down tarmac at the bench & first left towards Ingleton past the Marton Arms pub if you fancy a quick one.

Route Photos

Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Start point - Oddies lane. somewhere under the railway bridge.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Climb Oddies lane.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Left onto farm track.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Left behind houses - following waterfalls walk signs.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Follow bridleway..
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Descend.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Cross river and turn right onto Thornton Lane tarmac.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Left through gate and climb (push).
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Through the gate and left.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Through 5 gates.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Descend.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Left.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Right.
Ingleton - Thornton in Lonsdale Bike Route
Left - tarmac to Ingleton.

Food & Stuff

We stopped at The Marton Arms at Thornton in Lonsdale for a quick pint as most of the hard riding is done. Ingleton town has a range of cafes, bakeries and pubs. Take your pick.

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