Forest of Bowland?
Anyone done any riding in the Forest of Bowland and care to share route ideas? Drove through at the weekend and saw a couple of bridleways off to the right just past Dunsop Bridge. Checked the map when I got back – whats it like round there, worth a trip over?
ThanksPosted 9 years agorickmeisterSubscriber
I remember doing a good circuit around there, stayed at the Hark To Bounty pub… its got a sauna and everything… great riding but its really peaty on the tops and in wet weather will be a bottomless swamp…. a surprising area with good riding and trails….. one section I remember is a diagonal descending path with a mahoosive drop on the right…..Posted 9 years ago
One for the dry I reckon..myfatherwasawolfMember
I’m doing some research in the area at the moment, I often ride in by bike. The drop on Ouster Rake is indeed severe and pretty worrying when it’s wet and muddy (all the time). Lots of good bits of track generally linked by quagmires…. Beautiful part of the world though, and overlooked by most as it’s not as easily accessible as parts of the Dales etc. I’ll be there on Weds, no doubt it’ll be pissing it down as usual. Just grab an OS and link the bridleways and byways.Posted 9 years ago
IIRC,12/18 months ago,a local lad fell off the top of Ouster Rake down into the valley below.Posted 9 years ago
Mountain Rescue had to call on the services of the RAF to airlift him out with a SeaKing ‘copter.
I must admit that I always struggle riding it,especially about 1/2way down where you’re riding in a deep rut,that is just about wide enough,but narrow enough for you to catch your pedals.
A damn good challenge tho!!
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