GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lancashire Cycle Routes

Lancashire is an excellent county for cycling with many miles of quite roads and tracks passing through beautiful countryside. The county also posseses some beautiful coastal scenery and has the advantage of being largely flat.

There are many signed routes to enjoy including the Lancashire Cycleway which includes over 250 miles of the counties most attractive scenery. The routes below include many of the major highlights of the region including the beautiful Forest of Bowland National Park and the attractive Fylde Coast including Blackpool, Fleetwood and Lytham.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Lancashire Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Lancashire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Anglezarke Reservoir5 miles (7.5 km)This circular cycle loop takes you around the pretty Anglezarke Reservoir near Chorley. If you're coming by train you can easily reach the reservoir from Chorley or Adlington. Parking is also available at the south eastern end of the reservoir. View Full Details>>
Astley Park2 miles (3 km)This pretty park in Chorley has walking paths and a cycle track to enjoy. Features in the park include the River Chor, woodland, gardens and a beautiful lake. The focal point of the park is Astley Hall, a grade I listed Jacobean house. There is also a walled garden, art gallery and a new cafe. The park is ideal for a pleasant short stroll or a safe family cycle ride. View Full Details>>
Avenham Park1 miles (1.5 km)This large park in Preston town centre is a great place for a safe cycle or walk. National Cycle Network Routes 6 and 62 run through the park and there are miles of well surfaced footpaths to follow into the adjacent Miller Park. Highlights in the park include a pretty Japenese Garden and riverside paths along the River Ribble which runs through the southern section of the park. From the high points there are nice views to the Pennine Hills, especially the prominent Winter Hill. Other park features include a pond with a fountain, tree lined avenues by the river and a grotto with rockwork and a water feature. There is also an excellent riverside cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk. View Full Details>>
Blackburn to Accrington7 miles (12 km)This lovely short easy ride follows NCN route 6 along the Leeds & Liverpool canal from Blackburn to Accrington via Rishton View Full Details>>
Blackpool Circular21 miles (33 km)This circular route around Blackpool and Lytham St Annes includes the Blackpool seafront where you'll pass the famous tower and the Pleasure Beach with its fantastic rides View Full Details>>
Bowland Explorer41 miles (66 km)Challenging circular ride that takes you from Lancaster through the Forest of Bowland-a beautiful national park with stunning scenery in the heart of Lancashire View Full Details>>
Burnley to Hebden Bridge16 miles (25 km)This hilly ride follows NCN route 68 from Lancashire into Yorkshire View Full Details>>
Burnley to Settle32 miles (52 km)Follow National Cycle route 68 through Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales View Full Details>>
Burnley to Skipton25 miles (40 km)This lovely ride takes you along National Cycle route 68 through Lancashire and Yorkshire View Full Details>>
Cuerden Valley Park10 miles (16 km)This a lovely short ride through Cuerden Valley Country Park with much of it on traffic free paths through the park View Full Details>>
Gisburn Forest4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy miles of wonderful woodland walking and cycling trails in this large forest in the Forest of Bowland. Mountain bikers can enjoy a moderate 9.5km blue grade trail and a more challenging red grade trail. Walkers can enjoy 5 waymarked walks of varying lengths and difficulty. In the forest you will find wide, well surfaced trails taking you through mixed woodland and conifer plantation with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for in one of the hides. There are also becks, streams and waterfalls. View Full Details>>
Healey Nab4 miles (6 km)Enjoywoodland, rolling hills, moorland, ponds and streams in this elevated area of countryside above Chorley. The area is great for walkers and mountain bikers with a network of paths criss-crossing the hill. View Full Details>>
Kirkham to Preston27 miles (43 km)This route starts at Kirkham and Wesham station and follows the Lancashire cycleway and National Cycle Network Route 62 to Preston View Full Details>>
Lancaster Canal57 miles (91 km)Follow the Lancaster Canal from Preston, in Lancashire, to Kendal, in Cumbria, on this splendid waterside walk or cycle. From the canal there are fine views of the Silverdale Coast, the Forest of Bowland AONB and the lovely Wyre countryside. The route passes Garstang, Lancaster and Carnforth before finishing at Kendal. View Full Details>>
Lancaster to Caton6 miles (9 km)This easy short ride or walk follows the River Lune and National Cycle route 69 from Lancaster to Caton View Full Details>>
Lancaster to Kendal26 miles (42 km)Follow national cycle network route 6 from Lancaster to Kendal View Full Details>>
Lancaster to Settle31 miles (50 km)Travel along National Cycle route 69 from Lancashire into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on this splendid cycle ride. View Full Details>>
Leeds and Liverpool Canal126 miles (203 km)Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal. It runs for 126 miles across the Pennines, passing many villages, towns and cities with a fascinating heritage and industrial history. There are also umpteen pretty locks, viaducts and some wonderful countryside to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Lune Estuary Footpath18 miles (29 km)Explore the beautiful Lune Estuary on this waterside walk near Lancaster. The walk begins in Lancaster and takes you along the Lancashire Coastal Way and the Lune Estuary Footpath to Glasson Dock. It's a nice footpath with lovely views across the Estuary towards Morcambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains in the distance. Cyclists can also enjoy much of this section which forms part of the National Cycle Network. View Full Details>>
Lytham to Blackburn31 miles (50 km)Starting in the pretty coastal town of Lytham head east along NCN route 68 to Blackburn View Full Details>>
Morecambe Bay12 miles (19 km)Enjoy a visit to the Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve and a stroll along the Lancaster Canal on this circular cycle or walk in Lancashire. View Full Details>>
Ormskirk to Leyland25 miles (40 km)This route follows the Southern Loop of the Lancashire Cycleway from Ormskirk to Leyland View Full Details>>
Pendle Hill16 miles (25 km)This is a short but challenging circular route that takes you around the fringes of the towering Pendle Hill which stands 557 metres high View Full Details>>
Pendle Tour32 miles (52 km)This is a very challenging but rewarding ride through the Pendle District on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border View Full Details>>
Pennine Bridleway120 miles (193 km)This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire. View Full Details>>
Preston Guild Wheel21 miles (34 km)This circular cycling and walking route takes you on a tour of the parks, rivers, docklands and countryside around Preston in Lancashire. View Full Details>>
Preston to Lancaster34 miles (55 km)Follow National Cycle Network route 6 from Preston to Lancaster and take in the View Full Details>>
Preston to Pleasington16 miles (26 km)This ride follows the River Ribble from Avenham Park in Preston to Samlesbury View Full Details>>
Rivington Country Park12 miles (20 km)This lovely country park is on the edge of the West Penine Moors and makes for a fine afternoon's cycling with its reservoirs, woods and splendid scenery.
The ride is circular starting and finishing at Adlington train station and takes you through the nicest sections of the park. View Full Details>>
Scorton Circular28 miles (45 km)This is a challenging ride taking you around the western edge of the Forest of Bowland View Full Details>>
Slaidburn to Whalley19 miles (30 km)This rural route along the Lancashire Cycleway gives splendid views of the Forest of Bowland and in particular Longridge Fell as you travel fromSlaidburn to Whalley View Full Details>>
Southport to Aintree16 miles (25 km)This route follows NCN route 62 along the Trans Penine Trail from Southport to Aintree View Full Details>>
Stanley Park2 miles (2.5 km)This lovely park in Blackpool has nice footpaths and a cycle trail to enjoy. There's 260 acres to explore with a large boating lake, pretty Italianate gardens, woodland areas, a model village and a great cafe. Park highlights include an Italian marble fountain and the iconic Medici lion statues. The footpaths are well laid out and take you along the lake and around the gardens. National Cycle Network Route 62 also runs through the park so you can bring your bike too. View Full Details>>
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport. View Full Details>>
Way of the Roses170 miles (274 km)This fabulous 170 mile national cycle network route takes you right across the country from west to east coast along off road paths and quiet country roads. View Full Details>>
Witton Country Park2 miles (4 km)This country park in Blackburn boasts nearly 500 acres of mixed woodland, parkland, grassland and farmland. The circular route below is suitable for walkers and takes you around the park and up to Billinge Hill where there are great views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a cycle track running through the park. View Full Details>>
Wyre Estuary Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a walk along the network of accessible paths by the beautiful Wyre Estuary in this waterside country park near Blackpool. There are also peaceful woodland paths and bird hides where you can view a variety of wildlife. The park has a visitor centre, cafe and picnic areas. View Full Details>>
Wyre Explorer31 miles (50 km)Starting on the sea front at Bispham just north of Blackpool travel along the coast to Clevelys before heading inland to explore the region surrounding the river Wyre View Full Details>>

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