For mountain bikers, this link between Kendal and Sizergh Castle presents the perfect opportunity to get some fantastic flowing riding. Brigsteer Road provides the ideal escape route from Kendal; it's relatively quiet, but importantly allows the main climb to be done easily on tarmac! A long easy descent graced with wide ranging views leads you down to Sizergh Castle. Once you have sampled the cafe (most importantly the cake!), bridleways beside the River Kent and along the bed of the now dry Lancaster Canal, lead you along a secretive route back to Kendal.
Directions: (starting from Kendal Parish Church car park)
Turn R onto the main road, after the Pelican crossing turn L onto Gillingate. Head uphill until the turning on the L for Brigsteer. Climb Brigsteer Lane for 3.5km to the turning for St. John's Church.
Turn L and follow the drive along the escarpment edge to the church and viewpoint. Past the church follow the tracks S for 350m to a way-marked bridleway on the R. This bridleway descends S across open grass to Ashbank Lane. Turn L onto Ashbank Lane and follow it up and over to Sizergh Castle car park.
Head out of Sizergh Castle grounds along the drive to the underpass and down to a T-junction. Turn L and follow the lane beside the River Kent to a footbridge. Cross it and turn L, following the bridleway N beside the river. After 550m the bridleway then swings R and leads to a gate. Go through the gate and climb diagonally up the field to the old canal bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the bridleway along the access track to a bend. Turn L off the access track and follow the bridleway past Carcalt Farm to Natland Road.
Turn L onto Natland Road (NCN 6) follow it to a factory. At this point NCN 6 branches off R; follow it to Kendal for 1.9km until a sign for the 'Town Centre'. Turn L down the street to the main road, cross it and then cross the footbridge over the river. Turn L onto the cycle path back to the Parish Church.
Start/Finish: Grid Reference: SD 517921
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Height gain: 300m
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