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Villages and Viaducts Ride


The only ride in this section with some traffic-free sections, including the shared use dismantled railway route over two viaducts, once part of the coke carrying Stainmore Railway (more details from You've also the option of a short walk to the dramatic disused Smardale Gill Viaduct through a national nature reserve.

The route, climbing steadily over to Smardale at first, links five village, crosses a ford (footbridge alternative) and runs on a grassy track to where Scandal Beck and the River Eden meet. Partly on National Route 71 and the Walney to Wear and Whitby Cycle Route (20).

  • Start/finish: The Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen (see town plan) in the town centre (free car parking is signed)

  • Distance: 12.4 miles (20km)

  • Grade: Medium - Hard (on and off road)

  • Refreshments: Pub in Winton

  • Go prepared for a waterside picnic

  • Public loos: Kirkby Stephen

Download this cycle route and map:

Further information

The Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen
Telephone: 017683 71199 

Appleby Tourist Information Centre, Moot Hall, Boroughgate
Telephone: 017683 51177