102km | 2200m
70km | 1500m
A gravel epic in the heart of the greatest county in the UK. Set in the heart of the glorious Forest of Bowland, this ride takes you through woodlands, over climbs and into some of the most remote gravel roads in England.
Choose between the medium 70km or full 102km route starting & finishing on the smooth gravel of the Gisburn Forest and taking in picturesque back roads and the iconic 17km Salter Fell Road – one of the great gravel sections in the UK.
Expect incredible views throughout, delicious local food at the feed stops & rider village and a friendly local welcome on this challenging and varied route as we explore a beautiful part of Lancashire.
- Ride one of the most famous gravel trails in the UK – the historic Salter Fell Road
- Start & finish on smooth gravel in the glorious Gisburn Forest.
- Picturesque back roads in the best kept secret in England – the Forest of Bowland.
Included in Entry
28th Sept: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
30th Sept – 7.45am: Ride village in Gisburn Forest opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
30th Sept – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
30th Sept – 6pm: Rider village closes
30th Sept – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
Starting in Gisburn Forest, we kick off with 7km of smooth gravel round woodland trails before heading up a lovely climb on backroads with epic views across the moors. Bowland Knotts is 2.3km at 6.6% on roads where it’s very rare to see a car.
After a flat section we hit 15km of gravel on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales including a punchy 3.5km off road climb. As we head back into Lancs we enjoy a second feed stop before tackling the mighty Salter Fell – 17km of remote gravel with huge views.
Off the top of the Salter Fell it’s a quick descent down to Slaidburn for a last feed and a quick road section back into the forest trails in Gisburn before finishing with a beer. An epic day out!
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
The medium route splits from the long route at 18km off the descent of Bowland Knotts. We then head west to the Salter Fell and follow the long route again back to Gisburn Forest.
This is challenging (70km) with a nice split of gravel and back roads and ideal for anyone wanting to ride the Salter Fell.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
The short route follows the medium for the majority of the day but cuts off a section in the middle and near the end to make this nearly 20km shorter. With some nice variety on the off road sections & very little climbing, this is ideal for riders of all abilities.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: The route is 50% gravel & 50% back road so there will be times when you want a hardtail MTB & times when you want a gravel bike. The gravel in Gisburn Forest while the Salter Fell is a real mix. Road bikes are not suitable. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. A wider 40 – 50mm allrounder gravel tyre should be ideal for this route.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.
Clothing: Likely to be mixed weather in late Sept, bring layers, arm / knee warmers and a lightweight waterproof jacket etc. Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes in Gisburn Forest. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments. We will send the ride village address by email.
Yes, e-bikes are allowed on all Glorious Gravel ride. These must comply with UK law.
We have first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.
Yes, we start between 8am and 9.30am and set people off in small groups so the off road sections are not too busy. Please come to the start line with anyone you want to ride with, we will give a short ride briefing and set you off.