Take the B6270 [alongside the river] eastwards towards Reeth. After 2 miles [3km] take the 1st road on your left, down the hill cross the bridge and then climb steeply past the telephone box.At the brow of the steep hill, just before a descent to a stone bridge, turn left onto ‘No Through Road’ sign. You’re basically going back on yourself up the valley.
As the road forks stay on the upper right hand fork. Stay on the tarmac until the road forks again, bearing right following the stony track downhill to the river Swale. At the river continue along this well made track, the riding here is awe inspiring following the river Swale upstream with some near vertical ravines.
The trail finally begins to climb steadily at first then it will decide who ate all the pies!, a toughie where all but the fittest will be forced to push. all the while looking to your left at Kisdon your next conquest. Cross the stream [Catrake Force an ideal sarnie stop] and at the fork bear left following the sign ‘Pennine Way Keld’ descend to cross the river, [no dabbing here please,] and bear right up the hill.
At the square in Keld turn left at the fork, then left at the ‘t’ junction with the main road. After 400m take the first track on your left by a small triangle of grass. Another tough climb this one and fortunately the last, keep with this track all the way back to Muker. The views here are well worth the slog to the top and with such a tough climb up there’s always the downhill, discs here advisable and/or nerves of steel, its steep!, all the way back to the pub.
added by: mark - Tue Apr 22