LET’S TAKE A RIDE…
Start Point: Spring Wood car park above Whalley on A671
Time: 2-3 hours
Distance: 23 miles approximately
Terrain: Mostly flat
1. Cross the main road from the car park and descend into Whalley. At the first mini roundabout, turn right through the town and then left at the next mini roundabout onto Mitton Road.
2. Continue on Mitton Road out of Whalley, pass the Aspinall Arms on the right, over a bridge and then a short climb to turn right immediately after Hillcrest Tea Rooms.
3. Follow this lane to a T junction then turn right on B6243.
4. Pass through the hamlet of Mitton Green then bear left as the main road swings right on and follow to the T junction then bear left, pass through the village of Bashall Eaves.
5. Continue through the village and ascend passing the entrance to Browsholme Hall and through to the hamlet of Cow Ark. There will be a telephone box on the left. A fabulous garden here is well worth a look, just turn right and look immediately left over a small wall. To continue on the cycle route, turn left at the T junction.
6. Continue on this road through an open stretch then through trees to descend to a bridge over the River Hodder. Immediately climb a short hill and turn sharp next right just before the bridge, signposted Little Bowland.
7. Follow this road until you reach another T junction bear left and continue to reach the T junction at the bottom of Chipping village. Turn right to enter the village. Chipping has cafés and pubs which are perfect to take a break in and enjoy refreshments.
8. Retrace to the bottom of the village but continue on the main road out of Chipping which gently descends to go past the Gibbon Bridge Hotel.
9. Continue on this road through Walker Fold at the edge of Longridge Fell then follow a long fast descent to cross the River Hodder again with a short steep hill following. A further quarter-of-a-mile brings you back to the crossroads. Turn right here and retrace to Whalley and Spring Wood.