forest of bowland.. roadie routes …
have an OS map forest of bowland — no gadgets– mileage 50 – 80 day–don’t mind shorter ones– was just going to use the map, but thought there is much more knowledge/advice on here– hilliness don’t bother me, just twiddle away– but like to keep off busy main roads– no fun ..Posted 4 years ago
got to say , what a great area for cycling– didn,t feel pressured by any motorists–there are many cyclists round those parts, shows what happens when cycling is seen as a normal activity. Rode a few of the climbs, nick o pendle-steep but relativly short, trough o bowland same , cross of greet was a more satisfying climb, some great lanes and scenery tp match!Posted 4 years agocrikeyMember
For a bigger loop, go Padiham, Burnley, Nelson, Colne then over the moors towards Howarth, then turn right at Stanbury up reservoir road and drop into Oxenhope, then right and over to Hebden Bridge, then to Todmorden, then right again through Cliviger back to Burnley, Padiham, Sabden and Clitheroe.Posted 4 years ago
not a cafe as such but fine coffee and cake to be had in the green Jersey cycle shop in clitheroe– by football ground , even open sunday 10 til 2 –ate in dunsop bridge,pricey but good, also in clapham, next to the outdoor shop– decent cafe. Also re affirm the country kitchen comes recommended– but the old guy i met in slaidburn with his flask and cake had it right really…..Posted 4 years ago
I’ve done Le Terrier as well but only the 45 mile route. The climb up from Quernmore past Jubilee tower is a killer.
Jubilee Tower is merely an amuse bouche to get the blood circulating. Try Roeburndale with 90+ miles in your legs! Jeffrey Hill, Bowland Knotts and the Cross O’ Greet are also tests.Posted 4 years agodavetraveSubscriber
mmm The Cobbled Corner is okay but grumpy at times and the Priory isn’t really a cyclist cafe any more (long story…) – you’re better off in The Barn over the road.
Hmm, moved away from Preston a few years ago so not really ridden that way for a while, sad to hear…
Go up then come back down and see what speed you can hit – had 80kph down there in the past, just remember to leave plenty of time for braking to shed all that speed before you hit the left hander at the bottom…Posted 4 years ago
I found Cross O’ Greet fairly straightforward but Roeburndale is brutal at the best of times let alone after 90 very hilly miles. Not sure if I’ve done the others.
I found Cross O’Greet much easier from the Bentham side than from Slaidburn, for some reason. Bowland Knotts goes out of Stocks reservoir (by the Gisburn forest mtb circuit) and straight up over the big hill in front of you. There’s a terrific view of the Yorkshire Dales from the top.Posted 4 years ago
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