This short tour/weekend tour takes in three of England's most iconic national parks and areas of natural beauty; The Forest of Bowland, The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales. It is a challenging route, and not for novices, as the routes average around 50 miles a day and feature some gorgeous climbs which reward the cyclist immensely with some amazing views each day.
Forest of Bowland
The tour begins in the small Lancashire town of Whalley, on the southern edge of The Forest of Bowland and nestled into the Ribble Valley. Its most famous attraction is the Whalley Abbey, which dates back to the 14th century and the red brick Whalley Viaduct which spans the River Calder, and is serviced by train and bus.
* All prices per person based on two people sharing.
|DAY 1||Whalley - Kendal||51 miles|
|DAY 2||Kendal - Hawes (loop)||60 miles|
|DAY 3||Kendal - Ullswater (loop)||64 miles|
The initial day takes you from Whalleythrough Clitheroeup and over The Forest of Bowland, on its eastern flank, through some authentic English wilderness dotted with quaint villages, like Slaidburn and Wray where you can stop, refresh and replenish before heading down towards Kendalthrough country roads and lanes.
Day two < sees you head into the heart of The Yorkshire Dales and to the picturesque market town of Hawes. Here is a lovely spot for lunch especially if you decide to sample some of the the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese, there is also a very popular local Market if you happen to arrive there on a Tuesday. We return to Kendal by looping back through Dentdaleand such quaint villages as Dent, Cowgilland Stonehouse.
Day 3sees you visit The Lake District. Initially you head straight for Windermere, England's largest lake, and some absolutely fantastic views. You then head north through some devastatingly breathtaking scenery, not to mention the ascents and descents towards Ullswater, where the views keep coming. You round Ullswater before heading south and back towards Kendal where a good meal and a rest will be most welcome.
*Most routes can be amended if so wished. For example the second day can be cut shorter by heading south at Garsdale head and picking up the return leg at Cowgill, a route which has picture postcard views all of it own, or; for those looking for more climbs, the third day can be extended to include Haweswater Lake, a stunning ride, climb and descent to the end of the lake, which would have to be doubled back on to pick up the road south and to Kendal.