1st June Manchester to Blackpool 2018
Ride leader: Andrew
This year, the most Northerly FNRttC is going to Blackpool but fear not, the most popular parts of the previous route are still in there. That means that we'll be using the quiet moorland roads between Haslingden and Blackburn and we'll ride along the lovely lanes from Ribchester to Garstang.
If all goes according to plan, there will be a flatter departure from Manchester (some of which is traffic free), we'll have a ferry ride then breakfast in a proper cafe followed by a triumphant procession down Blackpool Prom. The (almost) inevitable beers will follow once we're in town.
the maximum distance (assuming all of the above comes off) will be 74 miles
it's very hilly to Longridge, undulating to Garstang and then very, very flat
we'll stop at the 24 hour McDonalds in Whitebirk again; it's just before half-way
the ride is on Friday 1st June and it leaves at midnight from Albert Square in front of Manchester's town hall
Most trains to home run from Blackpool North Station. Some are direct to London. For other destinations (or more choice of London trains) change at either Preston or Manchester. Trains from Backpool South Station only go, as far as I'm aware, to Preston.
All Virgin train sevices will require cycle reservations unless you're bringing a folder or are prepared to dismantle your bike (wheels in a bin bag, frame in the bike space has been known to work). It's advisable to get bike reservations with all the other train companies except Northern Rail where you can't and it doesn't matter anyway.
I'll post updates as I do the recces and get more information. Please feel free to ask if you need more info.
Finally thanks to everyone who's supported me on this ride in the past. That many of you keep coming back suggests that I'm doing something right. I appreciate that.
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