Cycling Day Tours Around The Forest of Bowland

With multiple tours around Lancaster and the Forest of Bowland, Open Road Open Skies has a cycling day tour for you!

Forest of Bowland

From the historic city of Lancaster across to Bowland Knotts and back down to Bleasdale in the Forest of Bowland, or around Morecambe Bay, by the River Lune and the Lancaster Canal, we have a day tour waiting for you. We run private group day tour routes across the Bowland, Morecambe Bay and the Lune Valley with three different challenge ratings: easy, intermediate and challenging which are detailed below - so we have something for everyone. There are two start times: morning (@9am) and afternoon (@2pm). As with all of our tours, they are planned, organised and run by Open Road Open Skies.

Our routes are normally loops around charming villages, through historic places and of course the beautiful landscape of Bowland and Lancashire. Our tours stay on traffic free sections where possible, or local queit roads where not. We provide all the bikes and equipment needed as well as snacks to keep you going, and transport to and from your accommodation can be arranged. A lot of our day tour routes are planned to begin and end in Lancaster, however as our routes pass through so many towns and villages (including but not limited to, Morecambe, Carnforth, Gressingham, Hornby, Brookhouse, Wray, Galgate, Claughton and Condor Green) that it is most likely we can start our tour outside your hotel or B&B. Just let us know where you want to start from and how much cycling you want to do and we will come back to you with a route to fit your needs.

Lancaster. With direct train routes between London, Manchester, Edinburgh, the Lake District, it's a perfect day out with your friends, and as our loop tours can start directly from the train station it makes it all the more convenient for you.

If you're cycling in Bowland there are going to be one or two hills involved, so a higher level of fitness would be expected. Our leisurely tours around Lancaster, on the canals and the river, are not very challenging but some previous experience of riding a bike over a short but extended period would be expected. As you will be with an OROS guide, any mecahinical problems encountered will be dealt with by them. On all of our tours there will be lots of time to stop and admire the views, take a break or take a picture - if you so wish. We will of course advise you on the challenge of all routes before booking.

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Leisurely

Our Leisurely tours are up to 15 miles which will take approximately three hours including a lunch break. An example of our Leisurely Tours is our Lancaster Canal and Estuary 13 mile loop tour around Lancaster, Galgate and Condor Green. It's a very flat ride, almost entirely flat, and on traffic-free paths, although there are one or two sections on road in Lancaster and on the Lancashire Cycleway connecting Galgate and Conder Green. The route goes in a clockwise direction following the Canal to Galgate and the river/estuary from Conder Green back to Lancaster.

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Price

£35 per person*

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Challenge Rating

2/5

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Total Distance

15 miles maximum .

Intermediate

Our Intermediate tours range from 15 miles to 25 miles which will take approximately 3.5 hours including a lunch break. An example of our Intermediate Tour is our Lancaster and Morecambe Bay 25 mile day tour around the southern section of the bay to Carnforth, crossing into the northern section of Bowland and following the Lune Valley and the Way of the Roses route back to Lancaster. This tour has great views across the bay to the southern Lake District, and follows a beautiful section of the Lune river, pass the famous Crook O'Lune section, under the Lune Aqueduct - allowing for fantastic photo opportunities. It's mostly flat but there are some short climbs into Bowland. This intermediate tour usually begins in Lancaster, but can begin in the villages it passes through: Morecambe, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth and Gressingham and cycles in a clockwise direction.

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Price

£40 per person*

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Challenge Rating

3/5

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Total Distance

15 - 25 miles .

Challenging

Our Challenging tours are 25 miles minimum which will take approximately four hours including a break. An example of our Challenging Tours is our Lancaster, Forest and Bay 40 mile tour. This is a lovely tour taking you first up into the Forest of Bowland around Caton, then south over Jubilee Tower road with its fantastic views of the Lancashire Plain, Morecambe Bay and the hills of Bowland - there is some climbing, but all worth it to get those views. The route then takes you down to Condor Green and the River Lune Estuary. The route now follows the Bay Cycleway route to Morecambe and the coast, before heading back to Lancaster via the canal and the Lune Aqueduct. This route normally starts in Lancaster, but can begin in the different towns and villages it passes through: Caton, Brookhose, Quernmore, Abbeystead, Condor Green, and Morecambe, and it forms a figure eight, cycling the bottom setion in Bowland in a clockwise direction before heading to Morecambe and back also in a clockwise direction.

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Price

£45 per person*

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Challenge Rating

3.5/5

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Total Distance

25 miles minimum .