Cycle Routes in Lancashire

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The Forest of Bowland

Lancashire is an excellent county for cycling with many miles of quite roads and tracks passing through beautiful countryside. The county also posseses some beautiful coastal scenery and has the advantage of being largely flat.

There are many signed routes to enjoy including the Lancashire Cycleway which includes over 250 miles of the counties most attractive scenery. The routes below include many of the major highlights of the region including the beautiful Forest of Bowland National Park (right) and the attractive Fylde Coast including Blackpool, Fleetwood and Lytham.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Lancashire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Blackburn to Accrington7 miles (12 km)*
Cuerden Valley Park10 miles (16 km)**
Lancaster to Caton6 miles (9 km)
Rivington Country Park12 miles (20 km)**
Witton Country Park2 miles (4 km)*
Wyre Estuary Country Park3 miles (5 km)*

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Blackpool Circular21 miles (33 km)*
Burnley to Hebden Bridge16 miles (25 km)***
Burnley to Skipton25 miles (40 km)***
Kirkham to Preston27 miles (43 km)***
Lancaster to Kendal26 miles (42 km)**
Ormskirk to Leyland25 miles (40 km)**
Pendle Hill16 miles (25 km)***
Preston Guild Wheel21 miles (34 km)
Preston to Pleasington16 miles (26 km)***
Scorton Circular28 miles (45 km)****
Slaidburn to Whalley19 miles (30 km)**
Southport to Aintree16 miles (25 km)**

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Bowland Explorer41 miles (66 km)***
Burnley to Settle32 miles (52 km)***
Lancaster Canal57 miles (91 km)*
Lancaster to Settle31 miles (50 km)***
Lytham to Blackburn31 miles (50 km)**
Pendle Tour32 miles (52 km)*****
Pennine Bridleway120 miles (193 km)*****
Preston to Lancaster34 miles (55 km)***
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)****
Way of the Roses170 miles (274 km)****
Wyre Explorer31 miles (50 km)**


 Lancashire Cycling Links
NameDescription
Celebrating CyclingLots of useful information on cycling in Lancaster/Morecambe and the surrounding areas.
CTC LancasterLots of organised rides in Lancashire
Cycle FestNews and events on cycling in the Pendle area
Pendle CouncilPlenty of useful information for the area
University of Central LancashireCycling advice for students
Wyre CouncilUseful information for the area


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