Day 9 - Clitheroe to Temple Sowerby

Distance63.8 mi
Average Speed9.9 mph
Ascent1631 m
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Day 8 - Middlewich to Clitheroe

Day 10 - Temple Sowerby to Shawhead




Easily the hilliest day of the entire trip. You could avoid the first climb and descent (our fastest) if you still hate hills by this stage by going the long way round via Whitewell and Dunsop Bridge. Don't take the B6478 from Clitheroe unless you like really like really big hills! North of Slaidburn it's just up and up. Fairly steady and pretty steep in places. Burton in Lonsdale has a shop/café. The A683 north of Kirkby Lonsdale was quiet but very badly potholed. The climb under the M6 towards Tebay is very steep. There is one more hill to climb after Orton. After this there is a very pleasant streamside and mostly downhill road to Temple Sowerby via King's Meadburn. The A66 is mental and I wouldn't even consider taking a bicycle on it.

Camping at Low Moor near Temple Sowerby, get to it via the minor road after the river bridge. Don't use the A66. Friendly and cheap with basic but pretty decent facilities. There is nowhere to eat in Temple Sowerby, the pub in Kirkby Thore (a 3/4 mile walk alongside the A66 with no footpath) was closed. There is a BP garage a bit further on but nothing else. Strongly advise picking up supplies in Burton, we saw no other shops north although Orton has one I think.

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WaterAid Macmillan