Decided to do the Mary Townley Mountain bike loop last weekend ,for anyone who is unaware of this , it is part of the Pennine Bridleway and is a 47 mile off road cycle loop around the Pennines   I started the loop in Rossendale at 8.00 am on Saturday and  finished my first day at Makinholes Youth Hostel at about 2.30 pm totally knackered where I spent the night finishing the loop on the Sunday starting from the youth Hostel at about 8 .30 finishing in Rossendale at about 12.30


Worth doing but quite hard for me , lots of climbing on two rather warm days.


Good Climbs - Rooley Moor , Holmes Chapel

Sections Pushed - Bottomley up to Reddyshore, out of Hebden Bridge

Great Cross County - Rooley Moor , Homes Chapel to Gorple, Calderbrook to top of whitworth all worth doing as smaller sections/loops

Crap Sections - Callis  Woods poor signing steep 

 A bit Technical - Mackinholes to summit 

Good Pubs - Sheperds Rest Inn Lumbutts had the footy on which the the top brink did not 

Good egg and bacon muffin - Healey before you enter the dell l(ook for the flag sign by the road)

Place to find brand new tents - downhill from Gorple ( gave it back though)

Map - Harveys Pennine Bridleway South


Some photos , sorry not indirection of travel which was clockwise around the route 



 Start of the Technical section from Makinholes


Rooley Moor Cobbles fantastic mountain biking with a  new skills area at the end of the bridleway overlooking Rossendale



Easier section from around Watergrove reservoir -  a great easier ride from Reddishore to the top of Whitworth - worth doing on its own


Downhill into Makinholes -nice



Great climb up to top of Widdop 


Passing numerous reservois on route -Worsthorne

The rememberence stone to Mary Towneley the founder of the route



Climbing out of Rossendale

Early Start over a misty Rossendale



Dropping down in to Cliviger


Towards Hurstwood Reservoir

Holmes Chapel climb - good 

Lubutts single track

Easy macadam top of Summit leads to a nice fast downhill




























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Comment by MarkR on April 26, 2011 at 21:47
Thanks chaps see you all soon
Comment by Derek Kenyon on April 26, 2011 at 14:47

Good effort Mark, and a nice selection of photos which will inspire people to do it.

Thanks for sharing that with us.  Derek

Comment by Rick Riding on April 25, 2011 at 21:23
Nice one Mark. Looks like a great route and without all the traveling to some remote part of the country. You've inspired me. I really fancy having a go...looks great from your pics. I'll need to do a bit before i attempt it though.
Comment by Mark Davies on April 24, 2011 at 21:48

Well done Mark. Keith Eastwood and myself were talking about having a go sometime soon, sounds great Mark Davies



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