Have to visit Blackpool in early February, thought I would ride down from Lancaster via the Lancaster canal and then the coastal route to Preston. Any suggestions or known routes? I expect to be Blackpool less than an hour.
Hi Cush. The canal route can be muddy at that time of year and will take you closer to Preston than Blackpool, if that's where you are going first. There is a nice route following the Lancashire Cycleaway (http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/viewdoc.asp?id=21024&mode=edit) which will take you from Lancaster to the edge of Blackpool. You could then rejoin that as it heads off towards Preston, or as you say follow the coast route through Lytham. Enjoy.
Alternatively use the Lune estuary cycle path from Lancaster to Condor Green http://www.visitlancashire.com/dbimgs/Cycling for All.pdf , then through Pilling to Blackpool. Sub 1 Hour to Blackpool will be good going, that's a very exposed bit of flat riding typically against the wind, and there's always wind on the Fylde.
Coastal route to Preston is OK, again wind dependent.