Forest of Bowland Gravel Sportive
One of the best gravel loops in England taking in two iconic sections – the Pennine Way and the ancient Salter Fell Road. This is a very wild ride with parts a long way from a paved road. The views throughout are spectacular as we take in the Forest of Bowland & Yorkshire Dales. A northern classic.
- DISTANCE: 103KM | ELEVATION: 2126M
- RIDE DIFFICULTY 4.5/5
- TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 4/5
- PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 50%
Bike & Tyre Choice: The route is 50% on quiet lanes and 50% on more technical gravel & off road tracks. It is designed for gravel bikes, we suggest 40mm or wider tyres. A mountain bike will be fine on the off road sections but obviously slower on the 50km of tarmac. Road bikes are not suitable.
- Ride the legendary 23km Salter Fell Road
- Enjoy the beauty of the Forest of Bowland
- Drop into Yorkshire for parts of the Pennine Way in the Dales
- Social drink at the finish village
Slaidburn: 103km, 2126m
Starting from the charming village of Slaidburn, we begin with 16km on quiet back roads to warm up the legs before heading into Yorkshire & some climbing on the Pennine Bridleway over tarmac, stone & grass tracks. After Settle we head north on the Pennine Way before cutting back into Lancashire for the final 23km on the famous Salter Fell Road finishing back at Slaidburn.
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