Forest of Bowland May 23, 2021

Date : May 23, 2021

Distance : 75km

Difficulty :

Stunning remote 75km route

Through Ribble Valley, Bowland Fells & Gisburn Forest

Coffee & post ride pint included

May 23, 2021 : £39

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Glorious Gravel: Forest of Bowland

Explore some the beautiful scenery of the Ribble Valley and Bowland fells with a ride mixing paved roads, fire roads and single-track trails. One of our favourite gravel rides in the north of England, this ride is packed with amazing views and a wide variety of terrain.

The route starts in the small town of Slaidburn. It starts with some quiet lanes before hitting the highlight being towards the end of the route, Salter Fell Road, which follows most of the route of the old Roman Road. It’s a challenging gravel climb that will reward you with spectacular views in all directions before getting a coffee stop in Wray.

We then ride on quiet country lanes and then venture into the Gisburn Forest, which has a few technically easy (blue graded) single track sections before returning to Slaidburn. A glorious 75km loop.

Ride the stunning Salter Fell Road
Take on the trails in the Gisburn Forest
Coffee & pint included in charming villages


Rent a Pearson Off Grid bike for the day £49)

Routes suitable for new & experienced gravel riders

Ride marshalls on the route to support you

Pre ride briefing to go through any technical sections

Packing List emailed when you book

Route Notes

Event Director's Notes:

Starting in Slaidburn, we head back over the Bowland Fells on the amazing Salter Fell Road before a very well coffee stop in Wray. We then ride some quiet lanes before the route gets to the Gisburn Forest where we hit the gravel bike suitable tracks. As with all gravel rides, we check the routes constantly as things can change much more than on a road ride. The final route is subject to change and will be emailed to you one week before the ride with a full ride brief.

Ride Details

Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Between 12pm and 2pm

Location : Slaidburn

What’s Included

  • GPX files
  • Pre ride briefing
  • Two feed stops
  • Coffee & post ride pint included
  • Ride marshals supporting you on the route

What's Included

GPX files

Pre ride briefing

Two feed stops

Coffee & post ride pint included

Ride marshals supporting you on the route



Ride Rules

Preparing for the Ride

Our events are open to all off-road bikes. While it is aimed primarily at Gravel & Adventure bikes, which are essentially fat tyred drop bar bikes, you are also most welcome on a mountain bike or cyclocross bike. We recommend a tyre width of 33+mm for most for our rides. 

What to bring : You will be further from van support or facilities you would find in most towns than with our road trips so it is advisable to take a little more with you. 

GPS device with route loaded , Spare tube or Tubeless plug , Pump and/or CO2 , Mini tool , Jacket and/or additional layers 

We will email you the GPX route & a full breakdown of the route one week before the ride. Our route director will then be at the start to give you last minute advice and tips. You will be asked to select a start window which we will then confirm one week before the ride to ensure you roll out in group sizes based on current restrictions.

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Gravel Riding in the Forest of Bowland

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23rd May 2021
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  • Ride Details
  • Preparing for the Ride
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