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Riding along quiet country lanes of the Ribble Valley, it’s easy to escape the hassle and bustle of modern day life. Popular local cycling routes meander through a treasure trove of pretty rural villages like Chatburn, Downham, Bolton by Bowland and Hurst Green.

Cycling is an extremely popular pastime in the Ribble Valley, where hundreds of dedicated riders can be found on the valley’s quiet country lanes every weekend – along with hundreds more out on the bridleways and dedicated cycle tracks in the countryside.

For those who simply want to enjoy a gentle trundle through the villages, there are plenty of none-too-challenging routes along the valley bottom, while more committed riders will find some of the county’s most challenging climbs in the Bowland Fells.

For cyclo-cross and mountain biking enthusiasts, the miles of dedicated singletrack routes in Gisburn Forest is one of the best facilities in the UK, attracting thousands of riders to test themselves against the tough terrain in the wilderness of the Forest of Bowland.

Clitheroe has a handful of excellent cycling shops in case you need running repairs and you are guaranteed to encounter dozens of like-minded cycle tourists and enthusiastic day riders on the cycle-friendly roads of the Ribble Valley.

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