POSTPONED - Mid Summer ride around the Lancashire Ring - D..

Off Road (Trail) Biking
Jun 20

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A none technical but physically demanding ride because of it's distance.

A mid summer cycling event suitable for trail riders and leisure cyclists with hybrids or mountain bikes.

You’re invited on a mid summer, two day journey along the Rochdale Canal, Leeds/Liverpool Canal and the Bridgewater Canal.  

Offering suprising contrasts between industrial heritage, contemporary life and modern city centre living, this route is enjoyed by boating enthusiasts as well as walkers and cyclist.

Over two days we’ll ride an anti-clockwise, circular towpath route totalling a distance of 103 miles including transiting no less than 120 locks. 

We'll begin our journey on the Rochdale Canal just east of Manchester City Centre and ride to Hebden Bridge where we'll leave the canal to ride a none technical trail across the moors to Burnley.  In Burnley we'll pick up the Leeds/Liverpool canal and head west to Blackburn to end day one's ride. 

Day 2 sees us continue south along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal to Wigan where we leave the one canal and join the Bridgewater Canal into Manchester City Centre before we once again join the Rochdale Canal back to the start point.

Day one entails a 56 mile ride whilst a shorter and more leisurely second day entails 47 miles.

If you wish to attend both days please sign up to each of the events.


Day 1

From the start point we travel northwards through Rochdale, Milnrow, Littleborough, Todmorden and on to Hebden Bridge.  Once in Hebden Bridge we'll hop off the canal and stop for lunch.  There are lots of tea rooms and cafes for those wishing to purchase rather than carry lunch. 

After lunch we will ride to Burnley via the moorland trails.  Heading up from Hebden Bridge we ride a fairly tough, but short climb and then gently head up to Hardcastle Crags skirting Hebden Dale.  From there we’ll continue on an easy track crossing Hebden Water via the picturesque arched bridge close to Walshaw Dean and past Widdop reservoir riding up over the moors by road to Burnley.

Once in Burnley we will pick up the Leeds/Liverpool Canal and travel west on to Blackburn where day 1's ride ends and where we'll overnight.

Day 2

Details of Day 2 can be found here:


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