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roman road between wray and slaidburn  salter fell
roman road between wray and slaidburn salter fell
Wray to Slaidburn via Salter Fell
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Starting in Wray, in the Lune Valley this route crosses Salter Fell [Hornby] on Salter Fell Road, an isolated Roman road between the villages of Wray and Slaidburn.

Theres ace views of the sea the lower lakes and all of the 3 peaks in one view, (beyond words) with views of Pendle hill on the other side.

Like the best routes, its a steady but sometimes challenging climb to the top, with an equally long and sometimes rocky descent over the River Hodder and into Slaidburn.

Its difficult to loop this route without miles of tarmac back to your start point, failing that turn back on yourself and try it in reverse.

Pretty remote; I got caught out with a ripped tyre and took it easy down the best descents because I didn’t fancy walking. Its the kinda route I would take it very easy on if riding solo. On the whole, excellent!


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Difficulty: rate Grin Factor: rate
Time :2:52 hrs
Distance: 14.1 mi
Offroad: 9.1 mi
Onroad: 5 mi
Climbing distance: 6.3 mi
Descent distance: 7 mi
Flat distance: 0.9 mi
Total climbing: 3319.2 ft
Terrain: Short tarmac sections hard packed bridleway, rocky in places...
OS Map:Ordnance Survey OS Explorer Map Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale



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Start point
- N 54 06.095 W 2 36.456 The village of wray A683 lancaster. nearest train station clapham junction apprx 12m

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The Route

1. School Lane, of Main Street Wray, a short but sometimes quite steep tarmac climb
2. Left, tarmac onto Moor Lane
3. Left at Salter onto Hornby Road which graduates from tarmac into bridleway (Salter Fell Road)
4. Salter Fell Bridleway
5. Woodhouse Lane (tarmac) into Slaidburn


added by: jake - Sat Mar 28


Food & stuff
Theres the George & Dragon pub in Wray, and a couple of shops. Also the Hark to Bounty Inn at the other end in Slaidburn. We opted for the River Bank Tearooms in Slaidburn, a cycle friendly venue with great views and good cappuccino.




Cycled this route as a loop from Quernmore, going clockwise i took in Littledale & Roeburndale before heading out over Salter Fell. i avoided going into Slaidburn by turning right at Back Lane (?) and headed into Newton then onto Dunsop Bridge over the Trough of Bowland up to Jubilee Tower then back to Quernmore. A good outing in good conditions, would be a different kettle of fish in bad weather.
from: Fellsman | Mon Sep 10 2012

Love it! I agree about the wind though
from: Anon | Tue Feb 22

Did this route last weekend with my best mate who is a v. accomplished mtb'er. I'm not as fit as he is and we set off from Slaidburn as that's nearest to were we live riding anticlockwise. Route map said tarmac to concrete and back to tarmac again on the fell. WRONG!! V poor surface for majority of the fell made this a war of attrition for tired legs. Ongoing works look to be sorting this judging by the diggers en-route but if your not reasonably fit/adept best to avoid. More practice and will probably try again next year.
from: Johnnylad | Mon Sep 27

i love this route. its a shame its just a 1 way ride
from: Anon | Mon Sep 20

it can be looped, but theres a serious amount of tarmac involved, have a map
from: gt | Sat Sep 12

a real classic - but a killer if the wind is against you,
from: Anon | Fri May 22



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start point - tarmac leaving wray
start point - tarmac leaving wray'
start of salter fell
start of salter fell'
views of the sea at morecambe, the lower lake district and all the three peaks.. in one view!
views of the sea at morecambe, the lower lake district and all the three peaks.. in one view!'
long descent into slaidburn
long descent into slaidburn'



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