Cyclist dies after plunging off Dibbles Bridge on North Yorkshire Dales

A 41-year-old cyclist has died after crashing over the side of Dibbles Bridge on the North Yorkshire Dales and plunging into the river below.

It is thought the rider lost control before hitting the stone bridge, being thrown from his bike and falling 50ft, suffering fatal injuries.

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The Telegraph report that the bridge is an accident blackspot, being the site of Britain’s worst ever road crash in 1975 when 32 people died in a coach smash.

Almost exactly a year ago, the body of another cyclist – James Nelson – was found next to the stream below the bridge.

The latest incident reportedly occurred at 8.30 on Sunday morning on the stretch of road between Grassington and Pateley Bridge.

Anyone who saw the incident or the cyclist prior to the crash is urged to phone police on 101, email or