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Calderdale Cycle Routes & Climbs

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM by andy.geall79

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Calderdale Cycle Network

Posted on Aug 03, 2017 at 15:46 PM by andy.geall79

​The Calderdale Cycle Network

The Calderdale Cycle Network is made up from a number of way marked and unsigned routes that use the highway, green ways and the bridleway network. Unlike most areas Calderdale has a unique charm offering an extensive on road and off road cycling network that caters for a range of abilities and cycling disciplines from grass roots family cycling to technical mountain biking. The valley floors tend to act as the main routes and the hillside routes offer the opportunity to explore the fantastic landscape both on and off road. Calderdale is famous for being hilly hosting stages of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire. We won’t apologize for the terrain being challenging as that’s what makes it truly great and a superb place to explore by bike.

To provide a simple overview of the area we have provided a Calderdale Cycling Network Tube Map.

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Heading South Side

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 14:26 PM by andy.geall79

​Heading South Side

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Trail Mixer

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 10:45 AM by andy.geall79

​Trail Mixer

The Trail Mixer Route starts and finishes at the Todmorden Bike Shop the Cycle Factory. This route gets its name for riding over the same ground twice on a certain section and cleverly linking into two different descents that are both first class and a technical challenge. This mountain bike ride also features a mass of packhorse trails and elements of the Pennine Bridleway.

From the off you leave the bike shop and head along the A646 towards Burnley, we recommend breaking off into Centre Vale Park and re-joining the main road at the other side of the park. About ½ a mile up the road up you head to the trails and climb up through heavy woodland track of Jumps Lane until you reach open moorland.

At this point you take a right and continue to climb up a stone walled bridleway to over a 1000ft above sea level. At the junction you enter packhorse world and an offering of over two miles of packhorse trail, tracks and bridleways with a mix of technical and non-technical sections before you reach Todmorden Golf Club.

From here you are on the road for a short section before linking back into the bridleway network, from the farm house take note of your surroundings as this is the first descent of two. When you reach the road you take a left and then right descending on the fast bridleways to the houses, at this point continue straight on and into the woodland bridleway. This section to the bottom is extremely technical with loose rocks and obstacles throughout to roll over; you will either love it or hate it.

Back in the valley and on the main road you follow the A646 for 1 mile towards Hebden Bridge before picking up the Pennine Bridleway that climbs up to Blackshaw Head. The first part of the climb is relatively easy until it gradually ramps up and becomes more of a challenge. As you leave the access tracks to local houses you hit a technical section of off road from a hairpin and clearing this section is more pure luck than skill and power. This climb continues to become more challenging with further technical elements and a final section of ridged paved sets that sit just far enough apart for 29er wheels unable to bridge them, making momentum difficult. Once this section is complete you can steadily tap away till you reach the road at Blackshaw Head.

Heading west the route follows a short tarmac section to the village and gradually climbs to the hill top using the local bridleway network. The route links back to the road network using the sometimes water logged Dukes Cut and connects with a fast road section downhill to familiar surroundings and ground you have already covered. At the road this time you turn right and follow until you pick up a hidden bridleway to the left. This little section is a great bit of single track and varies from being super hard packed to extremely sketchy, both of which put a smile on your face. As this section leaves the woods you link back onto terrain conquered for a short period before heading down a short track to what looks like a farmyard. At this point there is a hidden bridleway to the left that cuts through the houses, its technical and fun from the off as it zig zags down the hillside to the picnic site and car park in the bottom of the
valley.

Getting back to the start is simple, just head west on the A646 back to Cycle Factory.

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Project Test Ride

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM by andy.geall79

The route will leave Cycle Factory and head east on the A646 for riders to spin their legs and warm up before heading to the hills. The first climb of the day heads out the valley floor on the Strava segment known as the ‘Stoodley Lung Buster’. The aim on the day is to climb this fire style road at a steady pace to the top.

From Harvelin Park the route follows a flat section before climbing up to one of the popular climbs in the area ‘London Road’. This bridleway hugs the hillside and the climb is gradual to Swillington. The wind can feature and be in your face but fingers crossed the weather will be kind. On the final section to the farm gate there is a rock garden that can be ridden or bypassed depending upon one’s mood.

From Swillington the route follows a fast farm style road before heading to high ground on Whitaker Road. This part of the ride forms a loop of Erringden Grange and then retraces the steps back to Harvelin Park. On route the descent of London Road is a feature and rides well the majority of the year.

A short section of the bridleways and Pennine Bridleway around Mankinholes and Lumbutts takes you to the Top Brink Inn. There is a steep cobbled descent on offer for the braver riders and those that don’t fancy it can loop around through the car park. The route continues on the road climbing up to the Shepherds Rest Inn before heading off road for the final time descending into the heart of Todmorden. A simple roll on the main road back to Cycle Factory and you are done.

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Todmorden Epic Road Ride

Posted on Mar 07, 2016 at 10:40 AM by andy.geall79

Todmorden Epic Road Ride

This route takes in some of the best road cycling in Calderdale and also pops over the hill to explore what Lancashire has to offer. The route starts in Todmorden and heads to Hebden Bridge on the valley road before picking up the route of the 2015 Tour De Yorkshire heading up ‘Calderdale Road Climb 13’ Keighley Road (Hebden Bridge to Cock Hill).

This climb is very popular with road cyclists from both sides as it was also part of the 2014 Tour De France. This route follows the pedal strokes of the pros to the outskirts of Oxenhope before heading up a beast of a climb; this climb varies in gradient up to Warley Moor Reservoir. The views on a clear day are brilliant unlike the road surface which is rough and patchy for a short section, cyclists riding their best bikes may wish to take it easy through this section of the route.

From one of the high points on this ride the route descents to the village of Wainstalls before plunging into the Luddenden Valley, the descent is very steep and requires good bike handling skills on the cobbles above Jowler Mill, this descent ends in the valley floor before reaching the tiny hamlet of Booth.

From Booth you pass the cricket club and local farms before heading down the valley further to Luddenden Foot which is one of the lowest points in the Calder Valley. Your visit to this part of the world is brief as you immediately head up the opposite hillside on ‘Calderdale Road Climb 34’ that links to the area of Sowerby.

From Sowerby you sneak through the back roads and head towards Triangle and the valley road to Ripponden. At Ripponden you climb again up the A58, this climb is long but not that hard compared to what you have already accomplished. This climb is very much like a mini version of a mountain pass as you reach the summit and head down the other side to Littleborough.

At the traffic lights in Littleborough you turn right and follow the road almost back to the start. Riders that are feeling tired can simply keep rolling and head back to Todmorden. Those that have the determination to continue will next take on ‘Calderdale Road Climb 28’ Shade to Sharneyford. This might be one of those climbs you either love or hate, it starts off fairly easy and it heads up through Gauxholme. Leaving the houses behind you the tree lined road kicks up to Cloughfoot offering a brief rest bite. From here the climb can be open to the elements and the road kicks up to the summit.

From Sharneyford the route descends into Bacup and is very much up and down from this point in. You leave Bacup and head towards Burnley on a long steady climb towards ‘The Deerplay’ that was once a local pub. The next descent is great, you have a full view of the road ahead and the gradient is steep enough to carry good speed without being on your brakes constantly. Around 2km into the descent knock off some speed as you are looking for a left, then instant right turn onto Crown Point Road. This road is very scenic and traffic free following an up and down profile. The roads high point offers views over Burnley with Pendle Hill in the background. On a clear day you can see the 3 Peaks in the distance.

At the end of Crown Point Road turn right and then right again at the traffic lights. As you head down the hill you will approach a strange looking junction, from here follow the signs to Todmorden, 12km along the A646 you will be back in the town for some well-deserved food and drink, reward yourself.

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Walsden & Beyond

Posted on Mar 03, 2016 at 13:18 PM by andy.geall79

Walsden & Beyond

This 44km road ride starts in the small village of Walsden outside the local train station. The village has a small number of shops and facilities and a cracking fish and chip shop that opens during the week. At Cycle Calderdale we would advise you complete the route before tucking into some of Grandma Pollards finest delights.

Back to cycling the route heads south along the A6033 towards Summit which is famous for the Summit Tunnel Railway fire in 1984. From this point the road is fast flowing down to the town of Littleborough. At the traffic lights you turn left and head onto the first climb of the ride ‘Calderdale Road Climb 03’ Blackstone Edge. This climb is the toughest of three climbs that share the same summit point, one of which is the famous ‘Calderdale Road Climb 01’ Cragg Vale.

The Blackstone Edge climb is a real mixed bag with steady gradients on the lower slopes before the road ramps up hugging the hillside. The weather can be a real feature on this climb and help or hinder your progress. The road is open on the steeper slopes and the views down the valley you started from are superb on clear days.

As you reach the top you continue on the A58 down a fast descent towards Baitings Reservoir, from here the route takes on a rural road twist and follows some of Calderdale’s quiet country lanes. This road network is quite complex and some of the roads merge into farm tracks and bridleways. Carrying a map of the route or downloading the map file is advisable for this section of the ride.

After snaking around the country roads of Calderdale the route links back into the climb of ‘Cragg Vale’ and heads north and downhill to the village of Mytholmroyd which is a great place to refuel with a range of facilities on offer.

Leaving Mytholmroyd the route is straight forward as you follow the A646 to Todmorden, turn left at the roundabout and continue back to the start.

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White & Red Rose Mini

Posted on Mar 02, 2016 at 14:15 PM by andy.geall79

White & Red Rose Mini

The White & Red Roses Mini Road Ride brings you another offering of hilly cycling around the Upper Calder Valley town of Todmorden.

The route starts in the centre of the town and heads east towards Hebden Bridge, on the outskirts of the town you embark on the first climb of the route ‘Calderdale Road Climb 40’ Cross Stone Road. The climb breakdowns into 3 sections and begins with a super steep slope that twists up the hillside. This follows with a short rest period as the route hugs the hillside and the climb ends with another sharp shock up to the landmark of Great Rock.

From here the route continues to climb until you reach Long Causeway and one of the high points on this ride. On a clear day you can look behind and admire the views down the Calder Valley.

The next part of this ride is truly fantastic as long as the wind isn’t in your face. From this point you gradually descend to Mereclough and the road kicks up on occasions but nothing challenging. On most days this entire section of road is fast rolling and enjoyable as a cyclist.

Look out for the sharp left turn onto ‘Shoebox’ it can be easily missed as you descend at speed. The route uses country lanes to link into the hamlet of Overtown before you descend further for a short pedal on the A646 Burnley Rd.

As you exit the Burnley Road the route follows a pleasant almost traffic free road through Buck Clough which is part of the National Cycle Network. This road is steep in parts but cuts off the corner and avoids using a busy road junction before connecting with the A671 Bacup Rd. The climb up to the summit is gradual and for an A road has relatively low levels of traffic.

With 21km in the bag you pass the shutdown Deerplay pub and descend to Bacup through the small village of Weir. The lower sections of this road have recently been resurfaced (Dec 2015) providing a super smooth descent to the Lancashire town.

From Bacup the route follows ‘Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 01’ a popular route used by road cyclists to access Calderdale. The corridor covers 7.5km and this is the kind side to ride as the climb to the summit is much shorter and sheltered from the elements.

Once you reach the summit it’s all downhill to Todmorden for some well-deserved refreshment, enjoy the descent to Shade as it twists and turns down the hillside, through woodland and into the small hamlet of Gauxholme, Todmorden town centre is a short pedal from this point.

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Lanes Above The Den

Posted on Mar 01, 2016 at 14:42 PM by andy.geall79

​Lanes Above The Den

Welcome to Todmorden and the ‘Lanes above the Den’ road ride. Firstly you are probably thinking just over 30km is short for a road ride, however appearances can be deceiving and this route has a sting in the tail with over 700m of climbing on offer up some of the steepest gradients in the area.

The route starts in Todmorden outside the old cinema building and heads west with Centre Vale Park on your left. At the far side of the park you embark on the first climb of the ride up the woodland road behind the park before traversing onto open moorland and Flower Scar Road. At the summit of the climb take the opportunity to look back down the Calder Valley.

From the summit the route descends down a twisty narrow road that can feature a number of loose stones from running water, so please descend with care. Back in the bottom of the valley you link up with the A646 and briefly head in the direction of Todmorden before turning onto Calderdale Road Climb 38 (Pudsey Rd & Shore New Rd). This climb is by no means cuddly like the bear, in fact the complete opposite, firstly its long covering 1.2 miles and features an average gradient of 10%, to make things even tougher the road ramps up to 18.9% at its steepest point.

At the top again appreciate the view in both directions as you are unlikely to see the landscape on a return visit look the same. The reason being the light and weather conditions dramatically alter the scenery, if possible aim to visit this part of the world at dusk or dawn.

The route continues along Long Causeway to Blackshaw Head and one of our personal favourite descents in the area. The road down into the village is open and flowing allowing your bike to coast and provides the option to apply the brakes as desired. Please reduce speed through the village as there are no pavements and pedestrians and horse riders move around the village.

The route descends to the New Delight Pub and the option to take on some liquid refreshment, alternatively just off route is the ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ in Mays Farm Shop that sells pretty much everything and will make you a quality cup of Yorkshire Tea. The shop is one of the areas hidden gems popular with both road cyclists and mountain bikers.

The area of Slack is situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Heptonstall, this route bypasses the town but there is the option to visit with those prepared to cycle on cobbles. The original route can be simply picked up by continuing through the village and linking back onto Heptonstall Road.

From Mytholm just outside Hebden Bridge you cycle in the valley floor and the flattest part of the route. Just after Eastwood you head to the hills for the final climb of the day that takes in the picturesque Mankinholes and Lumbutts with Stoodley Pike monument in the background.

The final kilometres of this ride are effortless as you descend to the outskirts of Walsden before taking the hairpin turn back to the main road and Todmorden Town Centre. Reward your efforts on the climbs by sampling what the town has to offer.

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Trails of Sowerby

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 14:24 PM by andy.geall79

This route starts in the emerging cycling town of Sowerby Bridge, more businesses in the area have recently become cycle friendly and the opening of Happy Days Cycle Café and Bike Shop will give the town a cycling boost.

Sowerby Bridge isn’t commonly known for off road trails in Calderdale but there are plenty of hidden gems above the town to explore. The route begins with a steady spin along the valley floor to warm the legs up before the first climb of the day Calderdale off Road Climb 40, ‘Hollas Bridge to Norland Town. To be completely honest this is one tough climb with ever changing features. The bottom section of the climb can often have a stream flowing and beyond that a mix of rock sizes can hinder your progress. To top things off this climb is narrow and brutally steep until you reach the cobbled sets to the quiet country road.

As you continue to climb on the country roads the route reaches the flat lands surrounding Norland Moor. The moor itself popular with mountain bikers has recently been under the spotlight regarding its use and because there is no definitive cycling over the moor our route will be bypassing this unique landscape.

From Norland Moor the route plunges downhill linking back into the bridleway network and the old track bed of Sowerby Bridge to Ripponden Train Line (1878 to 1958). Rumour has it that it was the most expensive railway ever built in the country at the time, today it is popular with mountain bikers and walkers as it cuts through the landscape. The track bed depending on the time of year can be a real muddy hack or fast flowing in sections in the dryer months.

At Kebroyd the route climbs up out the valley to the quiet area of Soyland and beyond. From this point this entire hillside is littered with bridleways and our route picks its path over a multitude of terrain with surrounding views.

At around 20km you hit the descent of Stake Lane (Calderdale off Road Climb 9) in reverse. We think this is one of the best short descents in the area, steep, technical and challenging. This descent takes you into the small village of Mytholmroyd which is a good place to refuel.

The final part of the route follows the valley floor as you simply spin through the flat land of Calderdale back to Sowerby Bridge.

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