Welcome to cycling in Rossendale. A network of cycle paths is being developed on old railways linking to attractions like Helmshore Textile Museum. The area is also great for mountain biking with the Adrenaline Gateway mountain biking area and many bridleway routes up on the hills.
Part of National Route 92.
A largely off road cycle route from Rochdale to Britannia south of Bacup. The route uses an old railway with connecting sections of quiet roads.
From Rochdale the route takes you through Healey Dell nature reserve. A highlight of the route is the 105 foot high viaduct over the River Spodden. North of Whitworth there are some lovely views to the surrounding hills. North of Shawforth the lines summit at 967 feet above sea level is reached.
The railway was opened in 1881 by Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The line was difficult to build because of the hilly terrain, and never really made a profit. The last passenger train ran in 1947. The area has a history of stone quarrying, with tramways linking the quarries to the railways.
Follow the bridleway round the edge of Cribden Hill above Ski Rossendale. Continue to the Top O'Slate above Haslingden, which you can see the "Halo", one of Pennine Lancashire's panopticons, a landmark artwork overlooking the Rossendale Valley. There are splendid views from the "Halo" down to Rossendale Valley towards the Manchester Plain.
Discover one of the country's premier mountain biking areas on the hills high above Rossendale
Strictly for experts, the area includes 6km red (difficult) trail and 1km black (expert) trail. Ride up lung busting technical climbs, down huge bermed descents, jump table tops and rocks. We recommend that a helmet is worn at all times and you may wish to consider body armour for some of these trails.
Follow the 4.5km red (difficult) trail up through Cragg Quarry above Waterfoot. Enjoy the outstanding views over the Rossendale Valley. This is a fast flowing trail with a combination of short climbs and bermed descents. It can be tackled gently or attacked head on to give a demanding but rewarding ride.
You can get to the quarry on the Mary Towneley Loop.
Rossendale has a network of Bridleway routes.
From Broadley and Healey Dell the loop takes you across Rooley Moor to the Top of Lench at 1,555 feet the highest point in Rossendale. Rooley Moor Road was constructed during the Cotton Famine of 1861 when supplies of cotton for Lancashire mills were disrupted by the American Civil War to give employment to local mill workers.
From the Top of Lench descend past Coupe, an old mill village in the main Rossendale Valley below following the Whitewell Brook Valley to Deerplay Moor above Burnley. There is also a link to Clowbridge.