The North West


We think we have some of the places to ride bikes right on our doorstep – here in the North West of England.

We don’t need to close the roads for any of our cycling events, as they are truly remote and practically traffic free.

All our routes are among challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery.  participant numbers are limited to 250 per event this season – to preserve the friendly feel of the events – so don’t delay – book your place today.

Why not make a long weekend of it – and explore more of this brilliant area ??


Our cycling events are based at the fantastic 3-1-5 health club, in Lancaster, which is very accessible by both road – M6 junction 34 – and rail – main line to Lancaster station. we have 2 x great places to stay right on the start line – Holiday Inn and Premier Inn .  Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire and straddles the river Lune.

The house of Lancaster was once a branch of the English royal family, now the Duchy of Lancaster holds large estates on behalf of the late Elizabeth ii, who was also the Duke of Lancaster.


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It is a lively university city, dominated by Lancaster castle, Lancaster priory church and the Ashton memorial.  It is home to Lancaster University and a campus of the University of Cumbria. with many welcoming places to spend an evening, most have live music at weekends.

The Lake District National Park

Also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in the county of Cumbria.  a popular holiday destination, it attracts over 18 million visitors from all over the world each year.  the region is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), which offer some great cycling routes, and its associations with William Wordsworth and other lake poets as well as with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.


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The Lake District National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square km, and some classic hill climbs like the Struggle, Kirkstone, Honister, Wrynose passes, and challenges like The Fred Whitton.  It was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2017, and is home to mile after mile of secluded lanes.  some of which we use for our events.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

A stunning upland area of the Pennines in the historic county of Yorkshire, often simply called The Dales, most of the area is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which was created in 1954.


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The Dales comprise of many river valleys and the hills rising from the Vale of York westwards to the hilltops of the Pennine watershed.  The cycling here is fast becoming known worldwide with Le Tour de France, UCI World Championships and the Tour of Britain all having stages in the area in recent years.

Cyclists now enjoy the benefits of some incredibly well re surfaced roads due to these events, and you will generally see many more sheep than cars when out riding.

Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 

Also known as the Bowland Fells, is an area of barren gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland, mostly in north-east Lancashire, but with a small part in north Yorkshire (before 1974, some of the area was in the West Riding of Yorkshire).

It is a western spur of the Pennines and was once described as the “Switzerland of England”.


The Forest of Bowland has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1964.  Bowland survives as the north-western remainder of the ancient wilderness that once stretched over a huge part of England, encompassing the Forest of Bowland, Sherwood Forest , the New Forest  and Savernake Forest (Wiltshire) .

The remote country lanes are fantastic for cycling, and the well known ascents of Cow Ark, Waddington Fell and the Trough of Bowland will test many riders.

Silverdale and Arnside Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty 

A designated area of outstanding natural beauty since 1972, on the border between Lancashire and Cumbria, and bound by the vast Morecambe Bay coast on one side and limestone fells on the other.  The area is one of the smallest AONB’s, covering just 29 square miles (75 km2) between the Kent Estuary, the River Keer and the A6 road.


The Leighton Moss Nature Reserve (recently seen on BBC’s Springwatch), owned by the RSPB, is the largest area of reed beds in North West England, and is an important bird breeding ground.

The seashores and rolling limestone hills make for some memorable riding in and around Arnside and Silverdale which are the main villages in the area.

The Howgill Fells

The remote fells often seen from the M6 motorway, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, lying roughly in the middle of a triangle made by the towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Tebay.  The name Howgill derives from the old Norse word haugr meaning a hill or barrow, plus gil meaning a narrow valley.


The Howgill Fells are bounded by the River Lune (and the M6 motorway to the west), to the north by upper reaches of the River Lune, and to the east by the River Rawthey.

The old roman road that follows the M6 rarely sees any traffic at all, and the hills above are home to several herds of semi wild fell ponies, who will happily stand and watch you ride past.