Cycling

Chorley is a great place to cycle. If you don’t believe us, just ask Olympic Gold Medal and Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins. He can regularly be seen practicing on the borough’s roads. But you don’t have to be a professional cyclist to enjoy cycling in Chorley as there are plenty of loops, routes and locations to get on your bike and explore. No matter what your age or ability, Check Out Chorley.

Cycle Chorley map

The Cycle Chorley urban map and rural maps are your guide to getting around Chorley by bicycle. With a growing cycle network and more 20mph speed limits, it is becoming easier and safer to cycle around Chorley.

Rivington

Rivington is very popular with all types of outdoor enthusiasts and has plenty of trails and tracks for cyclists to explore. There are a variety of tracks which weave through the trees but you should keep to the main one which basically runs parallel to the reservoir. Cycling around Rivington will take you to the ruins of Liverpool Castle, alongside the reservoir and around Rivington Hall Barn.

The Anglezarke Loop

If you want a more challenging ride in the Rivington area, try the 30 mile Anglezarke loop. The Anglezarke loop takes you past both Rivington and Anglezarke Reservoirs, through White Coppice, onto Brinscall and Withnell, around Roddlesworth Reservoir, behind Belmont, past Delph Reservoir and back down to Rivington.

Chorley Grand Prix route

If you prefer cycling on the road, experience the challenging Chorley Grand Prix course, which is just over 23 miles of scenic Chorley countryside. Start at Astley park gates on Park Road in Chorley town centre and head off towards Harpers Lane and Eaves Lane, heading in the direction of Rivington. Follow the roads to Limbrick and head down Horrobin Lane over Rivington Reservoir before heading up Sheephouse Lane to the steepest part of the route where the King of the Mountain section takes place.

Then over Belmont towards Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Higher Wheelton, Wheelton and on to Moss Lane in the direction of Whittle-le-Woods. Here, you’ll come on to the A6 Preston Road where you’ll need to take a right into Buckshaw Village, heading in the direction of Euxton. Finally, follow the road on to Euxton Lane and Westway before taking the first exit at the roundabout on to Southport Road and head back into Chorley town centre.

Organised cycle rides

Cycling in Chorley has grown so much over the last few years, Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling to deliver a fantastic guided cycling programme throughout the year. The rides range from easy going to steady to challenging and cover a range of locations and distances. For more information and to register visit goskyride.com/chorley

Mid Lancs BMX Club.

BMX track

If riding a bike on a specialised track is more your thing, Chorley is home to the long-established Mid Lancs BMX Club. The track is built in a quarry on Blackburn Road, Coppull and is open to the general public. You can simply turn up to enjoy the facilities or receive excellent advice and coaching from members of the Mid Lancs BMX Club. The club provides a fun, friendly atmosphere for all the family so whether you’re a novice or pro, you’re sure to have a great time. Plus if you haven’t got a bike but would like to try what’s on offer, the club hires out bikes and all the safety equipment needed.