Bike trail plans for Lancashire beauty spots

Bike trail plans for Lancashire beauty spots

Bike trail plans for Lancashire beauty spots

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A NEW study has shown how the West Pennine Moors could become the latest East Lancashire beauty spot to become an adventure sports hub.

Mountain biking experts believe that Tockholes and Entwistle could trail in the wake of Lee Quarry, near Bacup, in providing challenging courses to attract riders from across the north-west.

Fresh discussions are now set to take place with countryside campaign groups and mountain bike groups over advancing the plans, either on a commercial basis or through external funding.

The report by Newport-based Back-on-Track MTB Solutions, for the county council’s West Pennine Moors area manegement committee, was first commissioned in 2010 but has only now been publicly released.

Commenting on a proposed Tockholes Plantation route, the author stated: “This site is in a great position to benefit from mountain biking.

“There is a café, toilets and car park already in place, the terrain lends itself perfectly to a compact short but great fun trail which will encourage the largest number of users possible to enjoy it.”

And there could be two prospective courses around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir with a third added depending on how the initial trails fared.

Another small-scale ‘loop’ could be developed at Wilderswood, near Rivington Pike, and a site at Wheelton could link in with an existing track at Brinscall.

One site at Walkers Fold was discounted as it offered little commercial potential for development.

Coun Andy MacNae, a member of the committee, said: “It is all part of our objective to promote this part of the world for a range of cycling, in this case mountain biking, which can put us on the map.”

An estimated £30,000 to £50,000 would need to be spent on each track, depending on how much intricacy was required, and a ‘skills area’, envisaged for Entwistle, could range anywhere from £20,000 to £80,000.

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5:44pm Mon 14 Jul 14

happycyclist says...

Excellent news. The whole area between Darwen and Rivington is begging for more rideable tracks to link Darwen, Belmont/Abbey Village, and Rivington/Horwich. There's a fantastic resource there on our doorstep. There's a decent network of bridleways anyway, but just a few footpath upgrades and better surfacing on some of the existing bridleways would help all abilities and ages to get out there.
I don't think Tockholes is the best spot to focus on though. Abbey Village has far better road links, with a main road direct from the motorway instead of the narrow, appallingly speed-humped Tockholes road.
Excellent news. The whole area between Darwen and Rivington is begging for more rideable tracks to link Darwen, Belmont/Abbey Village, and Rivington/Horwich. There's a fantastic resource there on our doorstep. There's a decent network of bridleways anyway, but just a few footpath upgrades and better surfacing on some of the existing bridleways would help all abilities and ages to get out there. I don't think Tockholes is the best spot to focus on though. Abbey Village has far better road links, with a main road direct from the motorway instead of the narrow, appallingly speed-humped Tockholes road. happycyclist
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5:56pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Owd Akela says...

I go walking up Entwistle reservoir quite often and have yet to see a cafe round there can someone point me in the right direction. Don't send me to the pub at the edge of the res as it's a rip off.
I go walking up Entwistle reservoir quite often and have yet to see a cafe round there can someone point me in the right direction. Don't send me to the pub at the edge of the res as it's a rip off. Owd Akela
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7:58pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Terantino says...

Owd Akela wrote:
I go walking up Entwistle reservoir quite often and have yet to see a cafe round there can someone point me in the right direction. Don't send me to the pub at the edge of the res as it's a rip off.
The cafe is on the car park next to the Royal Arms on Tockholes Road. Very nice and mud friendly.
[quote][p][bold]Owd Akela[/bold] wrote: I go walking up Entwistle reservoir quite often and have yet to see a cafe round there can someone point me in the right direction. Don't send me to the pub at the edge of the res as it's a rip off.[/p][/quote]The cafe is on the car park next to the Royal Arms on Tockholes Road. Very nice and mud friendly. Terantino
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10:47am Tue 15 Jul 14

It's a spade! says...

happycyclist wrote:
Excellent news. The whole area between Darwen and Rivington is begging for more rideable tracks to link Darwen, Belmont/Abbey Village, and Rivington/Horwich. There's a fantastic resource there on our doorstep. There's a decent network of bridleways anyway, but just a few footpath upgrades and better surfacing on some of the existing bridleways would help all abilities and ages to get out there.
I don't think Tockholes is the best spot to focus on though. Abbey Village has far better road links, with a main road direct from the motorway instead of the narrow, appallingly speed-humped Tockholes road.
As a mountain biker then you are at liberty to use the existing "decent network of bridleways" as you put it, so why the need for further investment (tax payers money) ?

What you are really saying is that you want "footpaths" turning into bridleways so that you are no longer riding along "footpaths" illegally.

Try the park in Todmorden. There's a lovely little cycle track in there!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. The whole area between Darwen and Rivington is begging for more rideable tracks to link Darwen, Belmont/Abbey Village, and Rivington/Horwich. There's a fantastic resource there on our doorstep. There's a decent network of bridleways anyway, but just a few footpath upgrades and better surfacing on some of the existing bridleways would help all abilities and ages to get out there. I don't think Tockholes is the best spot to focus on though. Abbey Village has far better road links, with a main road direct from the motorway instead of the narrow, appallingly speed-humped Tockholes road.[/p][/quote]As a mountain biker then you are at liberty to use the existing "decent network of bridleways" as you put it, so why the need for further investment (tax payers money) ? What you are really saying is that you want "footpaths" turning into bridleways so that you are no longer riding along "footpaths" illegally. Try the park in Todmorden. There's a lovely little cycle track in there! It's a spade!
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8:37am Sat 19 Jul 14

happycyclist says...

It's a spade! wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
Excellent news. The whole area between Darwen and Rivington is begging for more rideable tracks to link Darwen, Belmont/Abbey Village, and Rivington/Horwich. There's a fantastic resource there on our doorstep. There's a decent network of bridleways anyway, but just a few footpath upgrades and better surfacing on some of the existing bridleways would help all abilities and ages to get out there.
I don't think Tockholes is the best spot to focus on though. Abbey Village has far better road links, with a main road direct from the motorway instead of the narrow, appallingly speed-humped Tockholes road.
As a mountain biker then you are at liberty to use the existing "decent network of bridleways" as you put it, so why the need for further investment (tax payers money) ?

What you are really saying is that you want "footpaths" turning into bridleways so that you are no longer riding along "footpaths" illegally.

Try the park in Todmorden. There's a lovely little cycle track in there!
Was there a point to your comment? I said what I said; that's what I was "really saying".
What has Todmorden got to do with this article?
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. The whole area between Darwen and Rivington is begging for more rideable tracks to link Darwen, Belmont/Abbey Village, and Rivington/Horwich. There's a fantastic resource there on our doorstep. There's a decent network of bridleways anyway, but just a few footpath upgrades and better surfacing on some of the existing bridleways would help all abilities and ages to get out there. I don't think Tockholes is the best spot to focus on though. Abbey Village has far better road links, with a main road direct from the motorway instead of the narrow, appallingly speed-humped Tockholes road.[/p][/quote]As a mountain biker then you are at liberty to use the existing "decent network of bridleways" as you put it, so why the need for further investment (tax payers money) ? What you are really saying is that you want "footpaths" turning into bridleways so that you are no longer riding along "footpaths" illegally. Try the park in Todmorden. There's a lovely little cycle track in there![/p][/quote]Was there a point to your comment? I said what I said; that's what I was "really saying". What has Todmorden got to do with this article? happycyclist
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