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clapper bridge - austwick
clapper bridge - austwick
The Norber Circular
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This route circulars Norber (North Hill) near Clapham. Passing the famous Norber Erratics (from another place). Hundreds of huge rock monoliths left by a glacier. 2 hour bike blasts dont get any better than this, with no navigational problems, great views, and some top bike terrain. a mini national classic we recon. Oh and the best bit, the New Inn at Clapham 1 minute from the end of the route serves the best pint around and superb open fires on winter days.


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Difficulty: rate Grin Factor: rate
Time :1.20 hrs
Distance: 7.6 mi
Offroad: 6.5 mi
Onroad: 1.1 mi
Climbing distance: 2.5 mi
Descent distance: 4.5 mi
Flat distance: 0.6 mi
Total climbing: 2996.7 ft
Terrain: Terrain loose single-track, grassy moor land, limestone [so drains well suitable year round]
OS Map:O.S. Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas



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Start point
- SD 8994163805 - GPS N 54 07.192 W 2 23.418 Clapham Village, near the church (5mins off A65)

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The Route
  1. Park where you can in Clapham village but ideally as close to the church as you can get. With the church straight ahead of you the trail begins to your right (Thwaite Lane) Cycle through the 2 tunnels.
  2. Continue up the hill on loose wide stony track. The track levels out after 1 mile, ignore the track on your left (Long Lane your return leg) and continue on Thwaite Lane until you reach a road with the hill of Norber on your left. Cross the road and continue down the fast downhill.
  3. At the next road turn left onto tarmac for about 400 metres then take the bridleway on your left opposite Silloth House following the stream. This brings you out at a cluster of farms/houses. Stick with this track/road until you reach a bridleway on your left.
  4. Take this slow winding track towards Crummack .After 1 mile the trail reaches a ford/clapper bridge crossing.(an ideal sarnie/pie/cake stop) Cross the ford and continue upwards towards a T junction.
  5. Turn right here and continue climbing past the farm at Crummack on your right. Just past the farm (5 minutes) and before the wall with a gate in it, the track veers off to the left and steeply, uphill. Take this bridleway but be careful as it follows a course roughly parallel to the wall but is not too clear on the ground further the track seems to split, take the right fork as it levels out after 1 mile onto almost surreal limestone pavements Moughton scars.
  6. At the next T junction turn hard left almost back on yourself, continuing on this track towards the head of Clapdale the going here is easy, downhill over smooth grass and outcrops for 1 mile, through 2 gates and the final scarily fast decent down Long Lane.
  7. At the next junction turn right back onto familiar terrain, through the tunnels and back to your start point
  8. You would be missing a vital part of this route if you didnt visit the New Inn almost immediately!!


added by: mark - Sun Apr 20


Food & stuff
No food stops en route, Clapham village has a pub serving food, a post office, couple of cafes and a general shop.




Crummack Dale - Now part of the National Trail / Pennine Bridleway download route ..
from: by email | Fri Aug 28

good views great ride, i would like to try the extended version through feizor is there a route map
from: kat | Sun Jul 12

can be extended with new start/finish point at settle,Head out of settle towards giggleswick over the river bidge, past the 2 schools on either side, turn down stackhouse lane follow that road for about a mile or so until you come to a small collection of houses, you will notice a ruff track between them heading upwards, follow this trail through the fields (easaly seen)keep going up the gradual slope when you hit the zenith the trial fades slighlty but just head for austwicks direction and you
from: cakey | Wed Jun 24

a new ride for me, loved it and will be back again.
from: Anon | Thu Apr 2

timeless, fantastic!
from: Anon | Sat Mar 7

i got lost on the last moorland section, not having the luxury of a garmin gps! good route but some photos needed
from: Anon | Sat Jan 10

Can be extended into Feizor. With some riding on road, but the extension turns this route into a great all day outing (about 30k)
from: Anon | Mon Nov 17

Fantastic downhill sections from the top, I had chilli con carne and chips. Highly recommended day out, and lager! better look next time aug3
from: Anon | Wed Sep 3

Correct about the route, just fantastic although hard to follow the b'way once up on the hill. New Inn only serves food 12-2! Bah. Never mind prawn crisps & Copper Dragon...mmmmm.....
from: Anon | Sun Aug 3

Crusty Steak Pie With rich gravy, Vegetables & Mash. at the new inn.. awesome
from: Anon | Sat Jul 5



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the climb starts after the norber tunnels
the climb starts after the norber tunnels'
straight ahead, crossing crummack lane
straight ahead, crossing crummack lane'
left, towards the village Wharfe
left, towards the village Wharfe'
left turning onto bridleway, continuing towards Wharfe
left turning onto bridleway, continuing towards Wharfe'
left, between houses
left, between houses'
limestone scenery
limestone scenery'
cross clapper bridge
cross clapper bridge'
clapper bridge
clapper bridge'
continue, following bridleway
continue, following bridleway'
left and climb towards Sulber
left and climb towards Sulber'
through two gates and follow bridleway parallel to ingleborough caves
through two gates and follow bridleway parallel to ingleborough caves'
return to start point via norber tunnels
return to start point via norber tunnels'



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