Cycling in the Ribble Valley
The much awaited Tour De France is racing through Yorkshire this weekend and thousands are expected to turn out and watch it. We certainly will be cheering them along from the side-lines. But this isn’t another blog post about the how great the race is going to be (we already know that!), this time we’re going to focus on a county neighbouring Yorkshire also brilliant for cycling… Lancashire!
The Ribble Valley in Lancashire is a beautiful area just waiting to be discovered, with rolling countryside and meandering rivers it was the place that influenced the fictional destination ‘Middle Earth’ in the famous Lord of the Rings books. So what better way to explore this lovely landscape than by bicycle?
Ribble Valley Villages is a brilliant bike route that will allow you to take both quaint villages and stunning countryside. The route is 29 miles long and mostly flat, it will take around 3 hours to complete depending on your speed. The route starts in the beautiful village of Waddington, voted the ‘Best Kept Village in Lancashire’. Although if you prefer you can start the route at Clitheroe railway station if that is easier.
For those that can’t actually fit a cycle on the car or train with them there are plenty of places in where you can hire bikes so you don’t have to miss out on all the fun. There is also a great initiative for anyone who struggles to cycle due to disability or injury, you may be able to get an electric buggy that is equipped for off-road excursions from Lancashire County Council, you can find out more about that scheme and if you qualify here.
So good luck to everyone volunteering, spectating, working and of course riding in the Tour De France, we know it will be a great event and we hope to see lots of you out and about enjoying Lancashire on your bike afterwards!