Eden Rivers and Brough Castle Ride
Crossings of the Eden, Belah, Argill Beck, Swindale Beck and Scandal Beck rivers, plus medieval Brough Castle (English Heritage) all feature on this ride. Rebuilt by the Normans on the site of a Roman Fort which guarded the strategic Stainmore pass, Brough like other castles in the area was restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century.
Only one steep uphill gradient and becomes progressively easier. Partly on National Route 71 and the Walney to Wear and Whitby Cycle Route (20) either side of Kirkby Stephen.
- Start/finish: The Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen in the town centre (free car parking is signed)
- Distance: 16.2 miles (26km)
- Grade: Medium - Moderate (all on road)
- Refreshments: Pub in Winton; tearoom and ice cream parlour in Church Brough (near castle entrance); shops, tearoom and inn in Brough
- Public loos: Kirkby Stephen, Brough