New Sky Rides announced

Published Friday 28 August 2015 at 14:37

British Cycling, along with a partnership of organisations across Lancashire, has announced a second phase of brand new rides as part of their exciting Sky Ride Local programme.

So far this year, Sky Ride Local has seen hundreds of riders of all abilities take to their bikes and explore Blackburn and Lancashire on two wheels. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic local routes, the rides showcase some of the best sights the county has to offer.

Thanks to investment from British Cycling, Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackpool Council, the partnership has just announced a series of new rides, including routes that have never been ridden by Sky Ride Local riders before.

Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

“In partnership with other Lancashire authorities, British Cycling and community groups we are investing in a programme of rides, events and projects to meet the increasing demand from residents and visitors for more local cycling opportunities. This is a great way of encouraging more sustainable, healthy and fun journeys across Lancashire”

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Sky Ride Local provides a great opportunity for people in Lancashire to get out on a bike regardless of ability. These rides offer a chance to explore local areas across the county and experience the wonderful natural assets that Lancashire has on offer, whilst enjoying the fresh air and being active. We hope this programme will encourage people to cycle more and realise the health, economic and wider benefits that cycling brings.”

Sky Ride Local has run successfully since 2010 in Blackburn, Preston, South Ribble, and Chorley, with locals and tourists alike taking part in hundreds of Sky Rides.

The new series of rides will begin on September 1, just in time for the prestigious Tour of Britain, so there’s no better time to get cycling. The Tour will pass through Ribble Valley and Pendle on September 7 and what’s more, cycling fans can enjoy a selection of celebration rides in honour of the Tour.

You can book your free place now on

Upcoming rides include:

  • Blackburn – Wildlife and Wilderness – 8 Miler

Sunday, August 30 at 10am

  • Ribble Valley – Local Pride – 13 Miler

Sunday, September 6 at 10am

  • Hyndburn – Tour of Britain Celebration Ride – 19 Miler

Sunday, September 6at 10am

  • Pendle – Tour of Britain Challenge Ride – 21 Miler

Sunday, September 13 at 10am

  • Rossendale – History and Heritage – 11 Miler

Sunday, September 20 at 10am


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