We asked our friends at Chorley Cycling Club to draw up a nice 50-ish mile route to do starting from our shop. This is what they came up with.
Merlin Cycles Chorley CC Sporting Ride
Distance: 58 miles / 95 km
Elevation: 2415 ft / 735 m
Duration: 4-5 hours (moving time)
How hard is it?
It’s a pretty tough one but it’s okay if you make a day of it and have a proper rest at a couple of points. It’s the first half that’s demanding really. The return leg is actually pretty easy. There are a couple of big roads to cross but the vast majority of the route is on quiet lanes.
Pleasington at around the 10 mile mark is always a bit of a stinger. The other major ascent is Ribchester to Longridge at the 20 mile mark but you’ll be nicely warmed up and ready by that point.
Top of Ramsgreave down to Wilpshire – watch out for potholes though. And Longridge down to the M6 flyover has few dinky uphill bits but it’s mostly a gravity-assisted fling.
The whole route is very scenic but we’ve picked out a couple of highlights. The stone bridge at Ribchester is a lovely spot. One of the jewels of the Ribble Valley. If you’re lucky you may see a steam train at Preston Docks later on in the ride too.
Roots Café at Catforth. The best beans on toast you’ll ever have. Address: Black Leach Farm, Roots Lane, Catforth PR4 0JB – www.roots-cafe.co.uk
Download the GPS file
Download the .gpx file for your GPS device here (right click and Save As)
We’re not doing turn by turn directions on this page. It’s not a practical way of navigating a ride any more in this age of Garmins and smartphones. Take a paper map as a back-up in case your device packs up, just in case.
If you want more info about the riding in and around here then get in touch with the friendly bunch at Chorley Cycling Club. No one knows the roads and lanes as well as they do.