Bike Rides from Peaks and Pods


Saddle up and get on your bike from Peaks and Pods. We’ve planned a range of routes that take you through stunning scenery and leafy lanes around our beautiful local area.  Each journey features at least one cafe stop for you to refuel and refresh. The routes vary in length and take you on a journey of discovery around our wonderful corner of North Yorkshire and Lancashire.

For more information about bike hire and the facilities we offer for cyclists, visit our ‘Geared up for Cycling’ page –

ROUTES FROM PEAKS AND PODS: Airton – Malham – Langcliffe – 44km Feizor – 33km Settle Easy – 17km Bolton-by-Bowland – 28km Ingleton – Ribblehead – 35km Slaidburn – Dunsop – Holden – 56km Clitheroe – 48km Knight Stainforth – Austwick – 65km

Mountain Bikes at Gisburn Forest


We can’t get over how lucky we are here to have Gisburn Forest right on our doorstep – a real Mecca for mountain bikers. It’s perfect for an adrenaline-packed ride or a family-friendly pedal. Visit

Most trails start from Gisburn Forest Hub – just five miles from Peaks and Pods by car. There’s a car park (pay and display), toilets, cafe and picnic area.

Glide easily along mellow trail by Bottoms Beck, twist and shout through Park Wood, dance with your bike down Hully Gully or grit your teeth and rush down the Bigfoot slab – everyone should find something that will make them grin.

Skills loop

The skills loop is located by the stone wall circle of Gisburn Forest Hub.  Three linked, mini loops of trail offer progressively harder riding.  The loops are packed with technical features and obstacles.

Bottoms Beck trail (5.5 miles / 9.5km)

This is a blue graded trail but has sections of green.  Drop down the causeway over Stocks Reservoir and bounce along Eggberry Road.  A mellow section of green trail follows an old railway line beside Bottoms Beck.  Flow along the funky blue single track of Park Wood before swooping down from the top of Cocklet Hill.

The 8 – Elements of Blue, Red and Black Grade (11 miles / 18 km)

Laid out in a figure of 8, highlights on this trail include the volunteer built Home Baked sections, […]

Touring Bikes


Peaks and Pods is a great place to start a day’s cycling expedition along the lanes and hills of the local area.

We have enlisted the services of a fully qualified and very experienced round-the-world cycling tour leader Richard (Joanne’s dad!), who has put together a selection of eight different rides for all abilities, all starting from our site. On request, we will send the routes (including digital files) to our guests before arrival, free of charge. All our routes feature an essential stop-off at a local cafe or watering hole! If you prefer, Richard will escort you for half or a whole day (for a modest pre-arranged fee), taking you wherever you might like to go.

We are also lucky enough to have links to a highly qualified sports and outdoor enthusiast who can offer a huge range of guided activities to our visitors, including walking, cycling, orienteering and running. Jill, of Run Bike Fun (, is very experienced working with children and families, and we work closely with her to tailor-make your experience.

Please contact us directly if you have any special requirements that would help you or your cycling group.

Forest of Bowland Cycling Routes


Outstanding scenery, picturesque villages, charming tea rooms and a network of Quiet Lanes – all waiting to be explored. And what better way to do it than by bike? Silently travelling around this area of outstanding natural beauty under your own power, coming across hidden gems around every corner, this truly is a spectacular area for biking enthusiasts of all types and levels:

There’s a great selection of cycling routes in the Forest of Bowland area, found on the website Riders choose the distance they’d like to cover and what facilties they’d like to have on the ride (eg toilets, picnic tables, café), and the most suitable routes are shown.

Each route has its own name, the name of the local town or village, distance in miles and kilometres, the approximate travelling time, and the option to download the route as a detailed PDF file with detailed map, GPS waypoints, and detailed descriptions of the routes.

Bowland by Bike – The Bowland by Bike leaflet details five stunning cycle routes in and around the Forest of Bowland. These routes vary in length and surface and have been selected to give you a flavour of the excellent cycling opportunities available throughout the AONB. Click to download Bowland by Bike leaflet in PDF format

The Way of the Roses Cycle Route


Hop onto the Way of the Roses Cycle Route at Settle. It’s a new coast to coast route which links Morecambe in Lancashire, via the historic cities of Lancaster and York, to Bridlington in Yorkshire. The section, which cuts through Settle and the Forest of Bowland, includes part of the Millennium Cycle way along the river Lune from Lancaster to Caton. From there the route crosses over the river at the beautiful Crook o Lune, and upstream to Gressingham. Country roads take you on to Hornby and Wray – two delightful villages with ample stop off points for views, heritage and refreshments.

The route then follows quiet lanes towards Bentham, passing by the Great Stone of Fourstone and then across the border into North Yorkshire. Beautiful views across the Craven dales and the Three Peaks greet you as you leave the Forest of Bowland at Clapham, but there are many more miles to go if you want to complete the route. A one-day ride from Morecambe to Settle, and a return by train if you prefer, is about 25 miles.

The Way of the Roses cycle route idea was established in 2007 and various organisations, along with Sustrans, went on to develop the route. West to East is the preferred direction, and the climb out of Settle up “IF HILL” (if you can get up!) is demanding. You’re rewarded with great views from Kirkby Fell back towards Heysham and the Lake District, and on a clear day you should see Heysham Power Station, Morecambe Bay, The Lakeland Fells and Pendle Hill. Click here for […]

Pennine Cycle Way (South Pennines)


The Pennine Cycle Way is a beautiful yet challenging ride that takes you through the dramatic scenery of the Pennines and cuts through Settle along its way.

The full route runs from Holmforth to Appleby – a distance of 124 miles (18 of which are traffic free).

The Pennine Cycle Way takes in a wide variety of landscapes, including a huge canal embankment, splendid examples of textile mills, market towns, pastoral farmland and high open moorland. Traffic free sections include the green corridor of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath, and bridle tracks near Clapham.

Travel in either direction from Settle, either go from Settle towards Hebden Bridge (46 miles), or Settle to Appleby (56 miles).

The Pennine Cycle Way makes makes up part of the National Cycle Route 68, which runs up the spine of England and through three National Parks between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Regional Route 10 takes cyclists around the Malham and North Ribblesdale areas, and across the border in Lancashire, Route 90 passes close by in the Slaidburn and Forest of Bowland area, up to Bentham and beyond in the North.

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