Cyclists wanting an exciting challenge can have a go at a 85-mile circular route called the SoS, which took them from Scorton in the lovely Forest of Bowland to the North Yorkshire town of Settle and back. Riders can up a route card from the Scorton Post Office in the village centre. The card provides route details and the cost is £1, which goes towards the Scorton Bikes and Barrows Festival.
The SoS ride takes cyclists on a route that heads to the mid-point of Settle via Bleasdale, Chipping, the Ribble Valley and the villages of Waddington and Bolton-by-Bowland on the Lancashire side. Settle is then reached by crossing over the North Yorkshire county boundary and riding through Wigglesworth.
The return ride has a few stings in the tail and, having arrived at Bentham, riders will head uphill towards Slaidburn. Riders will then return to Scorton by cycling through the Trough of Bowland and Marshaw and facing the challenge of climbing Boundary Hill. By completing the ride, cyclists will have passed through some of the most stunning scenery in the North West of England.
Bikes & Barrows organisers are grateful to Garstang Cycle Club who kindly organise cycling routes for the Bikes & Barrows Festival. The first ride will be a 7-8 miler from Scorton Village around Barnacre and back and this will be one of three main cycling events gracing the Bikes & Barrows event. For more information on these routes call Phil on 01253 701909.