The Countrywide Great Tour in Lancashire and Cumbria

PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 June 2015

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A 64-day cycle ride taking in the entire coast of Great Britain is coming your way - and anyone can get involved

The Lancashire route

The Countrywide Great Tour arrives in Blackpool on July 6 after a gruelling ride around the Wirral and up through Liverpool, Southport, Preston, Lytham and St Annes.

The riders will then head up the north west coast of England on July 7, skirting past Fleetwood, Pilling and Cockerham.

The morning stop will be at the picturesque Condor Green Picnic Site before the route takes the team past Lancaster and Heysham and along one of the most important wildlife spots in the country, Morecambe Bay, with its vast expanse of sand.

The tour route leads past Bolton-le-Sands and Carnforth, calling at Arnside Pier and heading on to Holker Hall and Gardens.

Stage four of the event ends in Ulverston on the fringes of the Lake District National Park.

The tour goes south briefly during Stage 5 to follow the Coast around Barrow in Furnees and will finish on the seafront in the small coastal village of St Bees where the surrounding cliffs are used to build sandstone houses across Cumbria.

After leaving the picturesque village of St Bees, riders will travel north on rural roads past the small port town of Whitehaven known for having more listed buildings per square mile than anywhere else in the UK. The start of Hadrian’s Wall, Maryport Harbour, and Campfield nature reserve are visible on route. Carlisle is the finishing post for Stage 6.

Do you want to take part in the Great tour? To enter, head over to the Countrywide Great Tour website.

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