One of the country’s most scenic organised group cycles, the Ribble Valley Ride, is to return after its enforced Covid-19 break last year.

Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Accrington and Clitheroe the event is scheduled for September 5, from a new start/finish point of the Hanson Cement Works in West Bradford Road, Clitheroe.

The longer route of 60 miles is a brand new route that includes a fair degree of climbing, while the 25 mile route is much flatter. Both courses head out via Chatburn into the Ribble Valley and Bowland countryside.

Usually held in June, when it last took place in 2019, the Ribble Valley Ride raised more than £9,000 for a trio of charities. It will again support three charities, which this year are Rotary, Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK.

Bill Honeywell, of Clitheroe Rotary Club, said: “It will be quite a low key comeback as we know lots of people are still nervous of group events but we’re hopeful of a peloton of about 100 riders.

“We don’t believe there are more scenic routes anywhere in the country than the ones we have mapped out. The longer route is quite challenging but the views are worth it, while the shorter route really packs in the scenery.”

To become part of the peloton, go to https://www.ribblevalleyride.org to register.