Manchester to Blackpool - 3 June (night ride)

Ride leader Andrew says:

Manchester-Blackpool makes another appearance in the FNRttC calendar in 2022.

Incorporating some of the lessons learned from the 2021 ride, we’ll start from Victoria Station because it has shelter and it makes for an easier exit from the City Centre. As in the previous few rides, we’ll head out of Manchester via a flat and partly off-road route before we have a short, sharp climb to Prestwich. The off-road section is well packed gravel that drains well and is no problem on skinny road tyres. Truth be told it’s smoother than many of the tarmac roads.

The climbing starts (did I mention climbing? we ascend to over 1,000 ft) after Bury with a drag through Tottington before we hit a series of dips on the Roman Road to Edgworth. From there we climb high onto the moors before the long descent on the Grane Road to Shadsworth.

The refreshment stop is before half-way at a well equipped 24hour garage and from there we flit through the outskirts of Blackburn en route to the fabulous descent into Ribchester. That’s followed by the less enjoyable climb up to Longridge but that is the last significant hill.

The lanes that follow aren’t flat but they undulate nicely until we get near to Garstang when the roads are almost completely flat.

Our route into Blackpool depends on the tides. The Knott End ferry isn't running on the morning following the ride so we'll be crossing the River Wyre by the Shard Bridge and get to the Prom near Little Bispham. 

Breakfast will, mostly likely, be in the same place as last year, The Layton Rakes. Forgive me that it’s a Wetherspoon’s but it serves breakfast at a reasonable time and it’s very near Blackpool North Station from where most trains depart.

If we can use the ferry, the total distance from Victoria to Blackpool Tower will be approximately 116km/72 miles. The Little Bispham route will be about 16km/10miles shorter.

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