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From the countryside to the coast – Lancashire Cycleway loop

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From the countryside to the coast – Lancashire Cycleway loop

Bike Touring Collection by Amy

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

171 mi

6,925 ft

6,825 ft

Imagine riding smooth twisting roads across fells and through forests in the morning and eating fish and chips on the beach in the evening – the Lancashire Cycleway takes you from the countryside to the coast and back again.

The Collection will guide you around the 172 mile (277 km) Lancashire Cycleway circular in seven stages ranging in length from 11 miles (17 km) to 38 miles (62 km). Mile crunchers can combine the stages together to complete the route in less time.

Lancashire is a beautiful area with plenty to see and do and is a delightful county to explore from your saddle. This Collection will take you through centuries of local history from fascinating medieval halls to industrial railways, and up to the modern-day at the Blackpool pleasure beach.

Outside of the pleasant towns and cities such as Preston and Blackpool, the Lancashire countryside is spectacular. Rare birds flock to its coastal nature reserves, moody green fells extend into the horizon and peaceful farmland flanks the road – it’s truly lovely.

At the end of each stage, you will find various places to stay and eat. Lancashire is known for its excellent food – don’t miss trying black pudding and Eccles cake – as well as its beer! You’ll find pubs brimming with friendly locals dotted along the route.

The Lancashire Cycleway mostly follows along quiet rural lanes and cycle paths. Any bike in good working order should be fit for the challenge, although slick racing tyres may struggle on some sections that become muddy after rain. Apparently it rains as much in Lancashire as it does in the Amazon, so don't forget to pack your waterproof gear.

In total, you will climb 6,890 feet (2,100 meters) over the seven stages, with one longer climb into the Forest of Bowland. However, you will be distracted from any burning muscles by the spectacular views here.

The route starts and ends in Lancaster, known as a "small city with a big story" thanks to its once gory past. Nowadays, the city is much more peaceful with over 43 miles (70 km) of canal to explore. Lancaster also has various bike rental and repair shops to help you get pedaling on your journey.

You can easily reach Lancaster by train as the city enjoys direct links to London, Leeds, Glasgow, and Manchester.

For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com/live/departures/lancaster
For more information on Lancashire, visit: visitlancashire.com

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:48
    18.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting in Lancaster, the first stage of the Lancashire Cycleway is an exhilarating 18 mile (30 km) ride to Pilling. Along the way, you will discover some of Lancashire’s most …

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    39.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    750 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage two of the Lancashire Cycleway will take you 39 miles (63 km) from Pilling to Preston, passing through glorious countryside on the way. Today has 755 feet (230 meters) …

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  • Intermediate
    03:15
    33.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    925 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Delightful nature reserves, magnificent birds of prey and friendly pubs: stage three of the Lancashire Cycleway is a varied 34-mile (55 km) ride from Preston to Longridge. Your day begins with two small detours from the Lancashire Cycleway to visit the Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary and the beautiful Brockholes Nature Reserve. You will ride along traffic-free bike paths to reach both spots.

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  • Intermediate
    01:56
    20.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    825 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage four of your adventure takes you further into the heart of rural Lancashire as you ride 20 miles (32 km) from Longridge to Grindleton. Today, you will explore more …

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  • Difficult
    02:49
    25.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Vast landscapes, giant glacial rocks and panoramic views – stage five guarantees you some of the best roads you will have ever cycled. Today, you will ride 25 miles (40 …

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  • Easy
    01:01
    10.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    475 ft
    525 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From turreted medieval castles to ancient bridges and beautiful nature; stage six is a lovely ride through centuries of Lancashire history. This relaxing ride will take you 10 miles (16 …

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  • Difficult
    02:28
    22.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Stage severn takes you 24 miles (38 km) from Priest Hutton to Lancaster. You will ride through ancient forests, flourishing nature and chocolate-box villages as you enjoy your final day …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    171 mi
  • Duration
    16:57 h
  • Elevation
    6,925 ft6,825 ft

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From the countryside to the coast – Lancashire Cycleway loop