Pennine Bridleway 'Loop' Mountain Bike Day Ride in Littleborough

Type:Cycle Route

Hollingworth Lake Country Park, Rakewood Road, Littleborough, OL15 0AQ

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Pennine Bridleway above Hollingworth Lake

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Fancy a new challenge? Then why not "Try a Trail" and have a go at this 10 mile loop starting from Walsden railway station or extend to a 20 mile ride by starting from Hollingworth Lake near Littleborough. For a map and route Guide, download the pdf from the website link below. From the home page follow the links through 'Planning a Trip' and 'Try a Trail' to 'Littlebrough Lake to Lake by Bike' then click on the pdf symbol.

Criss-crossing the Lancashire/Yorkshire border this is a classic tough but scenic mountain bike route taking you from low lying farms to high up on the moors passing several reservoirs on the way. Many of the tracks are packhorse trails used as trade routes in the days before railways and tarred roads. Now they offer a great traffic free ride through stunning Pennine scenery.

The map uses public bridleways which are also popular with horse riders and walkers so please ride responsibly. Reduce your speed when passing other Trail users and remember to warn them of your approach.


Attraction Facilities

  • Free Admission

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Features

  • In countryside

Map & Directions

Road Directions

To Hollingworth Lake from M62 J21: Take first left onto A640. At traffic lights turn right, then at mini roundabout turn left up Kiln Lane. Up the hill, turn left just before the Gallows pub onto B6225. Go to the end of the road, turn right and Hollingworth Lake is at the top of the hill, on the right hand side. For the Country Park Visitor Centre, continue along the lake frontage and turn right at The Wine Press into Rakewood Road. The Visitor Centre is signposted on the left.

Walsden is on the A6033 between Todmorden and Littleborough. The postcode for satnav systems is OL14 7SN

Public Transport Directions

Walsden, Smithy Bridge and Littleborough stations are on the main line from Manchester to Leeds via Rochdale. The 10 mile ride starts from Walsden station. For the 20 mile ride, from Smithy Bridge or Littleborough rail stations follow the main road uphill for 10 minutes to the Lake.

Buses 452, 455, & 456 from Rochdale bus station, 452 & 455 from Littleborough.

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