Let’s Take A Ride…
Autumn is a great time to get out on your bike, wrap up warm and off you go enjoying the wonderful colours this season offers
Garstang to Beacon Fell County Parl
Distance: 18.7 miles
Difficulty: 3 out of 5
This route follows a well signposted route along quiet country lanes, as you navigate from the old market town of Garstang to Beacon Fell Country Park, situated within the picturesque Forest of Bowland.
Starting on Garstang High Street, head south, keeping left at the Royal Oak Hotel and at the mini roundabout take the first exit to head over the River Wyre and out of town. After approximately two miles you will reach the A6 Preston/Lancaster Road. Turn left and follow the cycle lane until you reach the petrol station. Turn left here (signposted Inglewhite).
Cross over the motorway and where the road forks, turn right and continue following the road as it undulates towards Inglewhite. At the T-junction with Bilsborrow Lane, take the left turn, which is signposted for Longridge/Inglewhite and continue into Inglewhite. Turn left at the crossroads in Inglewhite Village, which is signposted for Beacon Fell and feel the road start to climb gently.
Follow the road until the T-Junction with Stanalee Lane and Bleasdale Road. Turn right, then next right onto Crumblehome Road, the road descends before commencing a 1km climb with a maximum gradient of 15 per cent. The worst stretch of the climb comes after the right-hand turn, marked by a cluster of houses on the corner and ends at the gateposts 50 metres from the top. When you reach top the hard work isn’t over, the road sweeps to the left and you are faced with another 15 per cent gradient ramp before you drop into Beacon Fell Visitor’s centre and more importantly a great café stop.
Beacon Fell is surrounded by roads and trails if you feel like extending your ride. When you are ready to head back, return the way you came or take the road out past the visitors centre until you see the left-hand turn signposted for Garstang/Preston and follow the signposts back to Inglewhite. From here you can roll all the way back to Garstang safe in the knowledge that the hard work has been done.
Do you fancy joining us on a Ribble Cycles ride out? Give us a call, or visit ribblecycles.co.uk to find out more.