Luxury Holiday Rental – Cycling in Bowland
Outstanding scenery, picturesque villages, charming tea rooms and a network of Quiet Lanes – all waiting to be explored. And what better way to do it than by bike? Silently travelling around this area of outstanding natural beauty under your own power, coming across hidden gems around every corner, this truly is a spectacular area for biking enthusiasts of all types and levels.
With cycling one of the best forms of physical exercise around, this whole area must surely be the best gym in the country! No two routes are alike in terms of scenery, attractions and physical effort. Only by trying them all, over whatever period you like, will you really get to know and delight in this area of grandeur and mystery.
Popular routes include:
Gisburn Forest Cycleway – Gisburn is the largest forest in Lancashire and is managed by Forest Enterprise. Within the forest, adjacent to Stocks Reservoir, you’ll find several colour-coded mountain bike trails which can be accessed from designated car parks. The shortest ones are suitable for younger children or the inexperienced. Walkers can make use of any of the forest tracks but cyclists must keep to the way marked routes. Contact Forest Enterprise for further details on 01229 860010.
Lancashire Cycleway – listed amongst the top 10 long distance cycle rides in Britain, (Daily Telegraph, 2008) and the Independent’s top 50 cycle rides(2010) along with a number of rides in more exotic locations including Australia and America.
The route consists of a north and south circular route which meet at the historic town of Whalley, to the south-east of the Forest of Bowland. The route has been designed specifically to use minor roads which have low levels of traffic but also to pass through areas of scenic beauty. The Cycleway is well signposted and is also accessible from many railway stations near to the route.