This Tour of Britain cycle route has, over the years, remained a much loved ride for both experienced and novice cyclists

Distance: 15.3 miles
Time: 1 h 54 min

The UK’s top cycle race for world class cyclists, The Tour of Britain, has in the past taken in parts of Pendle and the Ribble Valley and the route has remained a much loved trail for many ordinary amateur cyclists. To make the route a bit easier it has been split into a number of manageable sections and it has been adapted to avoid very busy roads.

1 – Start at Barnoldswick town square, head out along Albert Road and turn right into Newton Street then left onto Church Street.

2 – Follow Church Street taking the right fork onto Walmsgate and continue onto Westgate.

3 – Follow Westgate round onto Colne Road leading into Gillians Lane and up to Manchester Road and onto Higher Lane B6251 taking care on this busier road.

4 – From Higher Lane take a left into Moor Lane leading into Salterforth Lane down to Salterforth, taking care when crossing the busy Kelbrook Road B6383, onto Earby Road leading onto Salterforth Road. Turn left onto Skipton Road taking care on this busy short stretch of the A56.

5 – Turn right onto Victoria Road to the roundabout taking the right turn up Water Street.

6 – Take the left fork up to Stoney Bank Road onto Coolham Lane up to Bleara Road. You have reached the King of the Mountain and a tough climb.

7 – Turn right onto Skipton Old Road taking care on this busy road.

8 – Follow Skipton Old Road to the junction with Cockhill Lane turning right up Cockhill Lane for a short distance to the junction with Castle Road on the left.

9 – Follow Castle Road leading into Regent Avenue at Langroyd roundabout.

10 – Go straight across the roundabout onto Red Lane and follow Red Lane for approximately 1.5 miles turning left into Barnoldswick Road leading onto the A682.

11 – Turn left onto the A682 Gisburn Road through Barrowford then right up Pasture Lane and follow all the way to Roughlee.

12 – Turn left onto Blacko Bar Road to the crossroads and turn right at the crossroads onto Barley New Road.

13 – Follow Barley New Road to Barley car park at The Avenue where you can get a cup of tea at the Barley Cafe.

With thanks to www.visitpendle.gov.uk



Tedd Walmsley

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