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Wray to Slaidburn via Salter Fell

Starting in the village of 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.

There’s amazing views of the sea the lower lakes and all of The Three Peaks in one view, (beyond words) with views of Pendle Hill on the other side.

Like the best routes, it’s 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.

Its about as remote as you can get in these parts, I got caught out with a ripped tyre so had to t it easy down the best descents because I didn’t fancy walking. It’s the kinda route I would take it very easy on if riding solo. On the whole, excellent!


Total distance 14.1Miles
Grin Factor

Total Distance: 14.1 Miles
Total Climbing: 3319.2 ft
Time: 2.52 hrs

Off-road: 9.1 mi
On-road: 5 mi

Climbing Distance: 6.3 mi
Descent Distance: 7 mi
Flat Distance: 0.9 mi

Terrain: Short tarmac sections, hard packed bridleway, very rocky in places.

The Route

Start Point:  N 54 06.095 W 2 36.456 The village of Wray A683 Lancaster. nearest train station Wennington, approx 2 miles from Wray.

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

Route Photos

Hill? what hill?. Start point - tarmac leaving Wray.
Start of Salter Fell.
Views of the sea at Morecambe, the lower Lake District and all the Three peaks in one view.
Long descent into Slaidburn.

Food & Stuff

There’s 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.

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