Half-term is a good chance to get out on the bikes as a family to burn off some energy... we've put together five of the best routes found in the region
Chorley to Rivington, 12 miles
From Chorley ,visiting White Coppice and Rivington, climbing to see out across the Lancashire plain and the Welsh mountains, returning to your start point.
The route is a mixture of road and trail with some steep climbs. The ride should take around 70 minutes. To view the route visit http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/Chorley_to_Rivington-Cycle-Route-1481.html
Part of the Guild Wheel, approx 12 miles
From the Park and Ride at the Capitol Centre, follow the cycle path along the Ribble, until you cross and join the Guild Wheel near its 0 mile marker. Follow the route through Avenham Park, the golf course, Red Scar Woods and Brockholes. At mile six, the route intersects an old railway line back into Preston, a couple of streets with cycle lanes gets you retracing your tracks before you head back to your start point.
The route is mainly off-road and traffic free, providing a scenic and safe cycling and walking route for all the family to use.
Plan an alternative route - https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/cycling/guild-wheel/
Along Blackpool Promenade
People can cycle from Blackpool North Pier to Fleetwood for a smooth, flat ride without traffic. From the pier to Fleetwood sea front is eight-and-a-half miles, or if you fancy going longer, follow the tramway from Starr Gate, which is around 11 miles. The journey includes views across Morecambe Bay. There are also plenty of seafront attractions to view, including the boating lake, crazy golf and of course the beach.
Garstang circular routes
Route one (12 miles): Start at Dimples Lane, cycle past Kenlis Arms, over the M6 and keep left after 500 yards. Go uphill to Barnacre Lodge, cycle past Barnacre church, going across M6 bridge. At the bend keep right. In just over a mile you will hit Scorton Road and return to Garstang.
Route two (seven miles): Start at Croston Road, Garstang, cross the traffic lights, up Cockerham Road to Mitchell’s garage. Turn right over the canal, past Holly farm, then immediately left on A6 and right to Scorton. Go back towards Garstang, over the River Wyre and nearly to top of hill. Go left down the lane and carry on to Lancaster Road/A6 – Garstang.