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No. of Trails: 3
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Just off the first junction of A56 showing A679 to Hapton . Some parking available 400 yds past the roundabout, in the lay by near the wood .

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Description:-
Rossendale Moor is a great MTB area in East Lancashire . More known for the Lee Valley and Crag Quarry mountain bike areas , it has a wealth of bridleways , unsurfaced UCR's and Byways open to all traffic . This route starts on the A679 below the Kings Highway bridleway ( marked on the Landrangers as a foot path ,but bridleway on the Explorer maps) .



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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Hameldon Hill16.16663 Moderate Moderate
Rooley Moor & 3 Quarries11.34702.5 Hard Moderate
Edenfield Circular13.44773 Moderate Hard

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Hameldon Hill


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Length: 16.1 Miles
Ascent: 666 m
Time: 3 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Start from the lay by, and head towards the roundabout .Take the metalled road to the left and start climbing, it's a long climb . Take the gravel track to left and join the track onto the moor . Look out for the spoil heaps on the right great skills area ,used by mtb'ers , trial riders etc . Follow the track over a grassy section which meets up with a cycleway ,which then joins the road . Follow this for approx. 1.5 miles . Look for the track to the left ( UCR) . Join the track at the top of this and follow for 500 yds . Look for the byway sign for the single track that follows a stream .Cross the stream and up a short sharp uphill section . Follow this track to a cross road and take the lane dead ahead . Follow this past the back of Rossendale ski slope and down the track that comes out at the back of some houses . Make your way to the traffic lights in the centre of Rawtenstall . Straight across past the market stalls ,and take a left at the first street . Follow this ( you will come into a housing estate) and continue on the road past an equestrian centre. Continue up the steep climb back to the moor watch for the track, it veers to the left and comes to a gate ,next to a wood . The Land ranger shows this a footpath but it is a by way open to all traffic. Follow the track across the field which becomes a gravel track to the road. Take a left and look for the Rossendale Way signs approx. 400 yds up the road . Take the gravel track to the gate . Look for the track on the right and take this . Follow this until you reach the reservoir and enjoy the fast descent. Take a left at the road and look for the tarmac track on the right which will take you onto Hambledon Moor . Go past the weather station and look for a track to the right once you've gone through a gate . This track will take you a short boggy section before you come to the rocky descent at Fairy Steps . The track will open up to a quarry track and the fast descent to the A679. 40mph is easily obtained. Re join the road and make your way back to the lay by.

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Rooley Moor & 3 Quarries


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Length: 11.3 Miles
Ascent: 470 m
Time: 2.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Hard
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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One of the main observations about Lee Valley and Crag quarries is that there is only approx 6 miles of track to be ridden (unless you ride around the quarries twice). More a bike play park with some very tasty singletrack ,and the technical black run at Lee Valley.
This route incorporates Rooley Moor Road , an old pack horse road now designated a bridleway , and Ding Quarry which hasn't been developed into a dedicated bike park ,although there are plenty of tracks to explore.
Park at Futures Park behind the offices at Stubbylee Park. Follow the main road -Newchurch Road as far as Blackwood Road . Follow Blackwood Road till you meet the T Junction with Rooley Moor Road. The road becomes unsurfaced - look out for the grooved stones made by countless horse drawn carriages. Follow the track to the turn off for Crag Quarry and follow the way mark path. Re-join Rooley Moor Lane heading up the hill until you reach the track on the right for Ding Quarry. No way marked path , but several well defined quarry tracks and singletrack made by local mtb'ers. Once you've finished exploring these tracks head back to Rooley Moor road and re-trace the route back towards Crag Quarry . Look out on the right for the purpose built track connecting Crag and Lee Valley Quarry. Take this ,ensuring you take in as many rock jumps as you can, to Lee Valley Quarry. Once you meet the red route track you quickly come to the Black Route. Quite technical with big rocks and steep sides off the track ,but the view is stunning of the quarry. Re-join the red route all the way round to the gates at the 'official' start of the red route. Join this and follow the way mark paths. Go round the quarry again to the gate , but this time take a left and follow the excellent single track descent passing over a track and meeting up with the stone road that links the quarry with the car park. Head down the stone road ,and pick up another way marked path back into the car park.


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Edenfield Circular


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Length: 13.4 Miles
Ascent: 477 m
Time: 3 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Hard
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Find a parking spot near Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary. Head south on Bury Old Road over to Bamford Road ,and start climbing to the main road. Pass Ashworth Moor Reservoir .Take a right and look out for the track on the right hand side. Follow for 100 m's and take the bridleway to your left. Meet up again on the road and follow to the lane on the left at Wolstenholme . Follow this through to Red Lumb and pick up the grassy bridleway to the right of the farm. Follow to the track down the side of a rock escarpment to Greenbooth Reservoir. Follow reservoir track round and start climbing to Rooley Moor Road . Take a left onto Rooley Moor Lane and climb to the top. Extra options are to take the tracks at Ding,Crag and Lee Valley Quarries to add extra distance - 8 miles extra if take all 3. At a Y junction take the left fork to Cowpe Moss and follow the track to Cowpe Lowe . Bear left on the track make sure you get the right one as there are several footpaths and bridleways at this point. Follow the track to the T junction .Turn left and follow the concrete track . Take a left into Michael Wife Lane down to the main road again and return to start point.

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