You don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins to cycle round the Forest of Bowland thanks to the new Bowland Electric Bicycle Network.
Bowland Experience has developed a network with businesses in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to provide electric bikes for hire from three locations.
“Bowland has some of the best bike-riding in Britain, but some roads are quite demanding,” said Barrie Tyrer, of Bowland Experience.
“Thanks to a Sustainable Development Grant from the AONB, we have invested in new electric bikes to help visitors and local residents get out and about easily in the Bowland hills. As well as going off on their own adventures, hirers can join their more able cyclists friends and families for a great day out”
“The bikes have a motor to supplement your own energy to help you reach the peaks, leaving you to pedal within your own ability
“People can set off for about 20 miles or so, recharge their bikes for free while they enjoy some refreshments at 11 teashops, shops or pubs and then cycle home to the start point”.
Local residents and visitors can hire the bikes for £25 a day for use in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Hire points are located near Austwick in the east of the AONB, at Newton-in-Bowland for the Ribble and Hodder Valleys, and at Bleasdale – not far from Beacon Fell and Chipping.
Helmets and high visibility vests are supplied free of charge with a map of the area showing the charge points and suggested routes on public lanes and accessible byways.
If you would like to hire a bike, plan ahead to make sure it is available. Full details at www.bowland.experience.com/electric_bicycle_hire.