With tonnes of interest in the previous Routes Specials, this week we are heading to Crakehall for the route ideas. Crakehall is approx. 2 miles west of Bedale, these routes offer potential extensions or modifications if Bedale was your starting location.
Crakehall Langthorne loop
Heading off towards Kirkbridge on the lane passing Crakehall Cricket pitch, winding your way down the lane next to the beck. The lane becomes walled with hedges as you head on towards Langthorne, passing through the village and continuing on. Turning left on to Hallow Moor Lane at the end turning left again onto North Road, distracted by the scenery and rolling towards Little Crakehall. Cross the main road taking the foot bridge, following the foot path round the road side to the village green at Crakehall. This shortish loop is 7.2k / 4.5m, can easily be extend by 2.6k / 1.6m by on leaving Langthorne continuing straight along the lane to Hackforth, taking a hard left onto North Road picking up the route back to Crakehall.
Crakehall uphill and down dale!
Setting off from Crakehall leaving down Station Road this is an undulating challenge! Over the level cross of the Wensleydale Railway and crossing Sinks Lane on to Cowling Lane. Starting the main climb of the route, on the infamous Burrill Bank before dropping down sharply into Cowling. At the bottom of the decent tunring right on to the metalled road of High Lane with a subtle incline the terrain is the challenge on here. Following High Lane to the end where it reaches the road turning right toward No Man’s Moor Land and on to Brompton Road through Newton-le-Willows.
Straight through Newton-le-Willows, continuing to challenge the leg. On reaching the A684 turning right to Patrick Brompton, picking up the foot path at the side of the road round the first bend in the village and on past the church. At the second bend take the junction to the left passing Pastures Green and following the lane as it leaves Patrick Brompton. At the end of the road turning right onto North Road, returning to via Little Crakehall and reaching the A684 again. Cross the main road taking the foot bridge, following the foot path round the road side to the village green at Crakehall.