One of the best gravel loops in England taking in two iconic sections - the Pennine Way and the ancient Salter Fell Road. This is a very wild ride with parts a long way from a paved road. The views throughout are spectacular as we take in the Forest of Bowland & Yorkshire Dales. A northern classic.
Distance: 103km | Elevation: 2126m
Ride Difficulty 4.5/5
Technical Difficulty 4/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 50%
Bike & Tyre Choice: The route is 50% on quiet lanes and 50% on more technical gravel & off road tracks. It is designed for gravel bikes, we suggest 40mm or wider tyres. A mountain bike will be fine on the off road sections but obviously slower on the 50km of tarmac. Road bikes are not suitable.
Countdown to May 23rd
– Ride the legendary 23km Salter Fell Road
– Enjoy the beauty of the Forest of Bowland
– Drop into Yorkshire for parts of the Pennine Way in the Dales
– Social drink at the finish village
Slaidburn: 103km, 2126m
Starting from the charming village of Slaidburn, we begin with 16km on quiet back roads to warm up the legs before heading into Yorkshire & some climbing on the Pennine Bridleway over tarmac, stone & grass tracks. After Settle we head north on the Pennine Way before cutting back into Lancashire for the final 23km on the famous Salter Fell Road finishing back at Slaidburn.
Physical Difficulty: 4.5/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with wide (40mm plus) tyres. A mountain bike would be fine on the Salter Fell & Pennine Way but slow on the lanes. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride. We have carbon gravel bikes from Pearson available to hire for the day. E bikes are not allowed on this ride.
How do I find out my start time?
Riders start in groups of maximum 6 at a time. We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes in Slaidburn. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.
New To Gravel Riding?
Rent a Pearson Off Grid bike (£49)
Available in all sizes
Mechanics on hand for bike fitting
Pre ride briefing
Packing List emailed when you book