The Lancashire Cycleway
The tour and 17 day rides
By Jon Sparks
A guidebook to the Lancashire Cycleway, a figure-of-eight shaped route that visits Morecambe Bay, the Bowland Fells and the West Pennine Moors. The two distinct loops are around 130 miles (225km) each and meet at Whalley in the Ribble Valley. Also includes 17 day rides of 13¾ to 46 miles (22 to 74km).
SeasonsYear-round possibilities, although poor weather in winter is to be avoided.
CentresWhalley, Clitheroe, Burnley, Wigan, Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Lytham St Anne's and Kendal are all within easy reach or on the route.
DifficultyEasy through to fairly challenging. All within the range of a moderately fit cyclist. Access by rail at numerous points means that less experienced cyclists can do it in shorter sections.
Must SeeCrossing the Forest of Bowland, exploring the villages of western Lancashire.
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Jon Sparks is a photographer and writer based in Garstang. He has been a lover of cycling, especially cycling in Lancashire, for many years. His background includes riding road races and hill climbs very badly, and time trials not quite so badly. More recently he's become a dedicated mountain biker and has also ridden a number of road sportives.
Jon is also a walker and (now very occasional) rock climber and mountaineer. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
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