cycling in swaledale
From Crackpot cottage you can find several bike routes and most important of all the Swale Trail, which runs just down the hill from us.
Mind you...it's not a problem going down, in fact it's real fun, but coming back up can prove to be a bit of a challenge!
Cycling from crackpot cottage
the swale trail
The Swale Trail stretches from Keld to Reeth – a distance of 12 miles (20km) – taking you on a low level journey along the valley on tracks and quiet country lanes. Between Reeth and Gunnerside this is an easy mountain bike trail which is mainly traffic free. Along the way are a few climbs, lots of stone tracks and very quiet roads. From Gunnerside to Keld is a bit tougher with a couple of harder climbs, but with stunning views and a more remote feel.
This route starts at the village of Reeth in Swaledale but it goes past Low Row just down the road from Crackpot. So you can start from here and do it the other way round. It's 44 km in total and it follows the undulating road up the lovely valley of Swaledale, and then climbs to the highest pub in the land at Tan Hill.