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Mallerstang and Pendragon Castle Ride

The narrow dale of Mallerstang is the uppermost and remotest part of the Eden Valley (leading to the source of the River Eden Pendragon Castle photo by Dave Willis courtesy of the Cumbria Photo Libraryon Black Fell Moss). You'll get marvellous views into it as you descend from your highest point across the open fell along a narrow ribbon of tarmac. At the bottom you'll find the remains of Pendragon Castle built according to legend by Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur. There's no public access beyond the gate but you get a good look at it.

If you like, carry on cycling up the dale for a while before heading back to Kirkby Stephen. At the start of the ride you're on a short section of National Route 71 (Penrith - Thirsk) and the Walney to Wear and Whitby Cycle Route (20).

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

  • Distance: 12.4 miles (20km)

  • Grade: Medium - Hard (all on road)

  • Refreshments: Pub in Nateby

  • 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