The Pennine Bridleway starts in Derbyshire and currently finishes at Ravenstondale in Cumbria. It is mostly off road and passes through some wild and stunning coutryside.
The latest section of the bridleway was opened last year and now takes the route through the northern parts of Lancashire through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria. The proximity of the Settle to Carlisle railway means that cyclists can use the train to reach parts of the Trail that would otherwise be impossible for a day ride.
By basing yourself in Appleby or Settle you can tackle a different section of the Bridleway every day, using stations such as Horton in Ribblesdale, Ribblehead (with itís fine viaduct), Dent, Garsdale and Kirkby Stephen. Imaginative use of the bridleway and the brilliant Settle to Carlisle line gives you access to wonderful cycling with the options of long days or short days, perfect for a spring cycling holiday.
As well as the information on the Pennine Bridleway web site, there is a new guide book which gives all the information you need to plan your day out or holiday: Cycling the Pennine Bridleway, Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales by Keith Bradbury and published by Cicerone.