Summer is here – and with it, British Cycling’s Sky Ride Local programme of free guided bike rides in Chorley.

The programme of bike rides, guided by trained British Cycling ride leaders offer people the chance to join organised, guided rides of varying distances and difficulties — ranging from easy going routes through to ‘steady’ and ‘challenging’ rides, for those seeking a little more adventure.

This Sunday’s bike ride starts at 2pm and is the Astley Park Potter, three miles with a start point is Astley Hall.

Rides will run in and around Chorley every weekend throughout the summer, giving you lots of options to explore your local area on your bike.

The full schedule of bike rides and to book your free place on your chosen rides go to Chorley In addition, British Cycling have some great giveaways for anyone taking part in two or more Sky Ride Local bike rides between this Sunday and Sunday, August 3.

Just by coming along to two or more rides you can grab yourself some cool British Cycling gifts, including water bottles, neck buffs and the chance to win a VIP cycling experience to the Tour of Britain this September.

Caroline Gilbert, British Cycling’s recreation manager for Lancashire, said: “Cycling’s never been more popular, and whatever your age or fitness level, it’s easy to get involved.

“With the Tour de France on our doorstep, now you can do more than just watch the events — be inspired and get involved with Sky Ride Local in Chorley.

“We’re delighted to be working with Chorley Council to make it even easier for local people to get out on their bikes and have some fun this summer.”

The next ride will be Quirky Back Lanes of the Western Parishes, 22 miles on Sunday, July 27, meeting at 10am at Coppull Community Leisure Centre, Springfield Road.