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Mountain Biking

A hugely popular activity in the local area, Stoodley Hunting Lodge is ideally located on the Hebden Bridge Todmorden Loop which covers a 23.5 mile well mapped route. The steep wooded hill sides, open moorland and cobbled roads around the area are home to one of the most radical and technical riding scenes in the country. Pack sticky tyres, wide bars and drop your saddle to its rails .You will certainly get an idea of why the locally deigned Orange, On One and  Ragley brands handle as well as they do. For expert local guiding on this amazing maze of trails hook up with Ed Oxley at Great Rock, see below for more details.

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In addition The Pennine Bridleway and The Mary Townley Loop are situated adjacent to Stoodley Hunting Lodge. The Mary Townley loop is a 47 mile route following an excellent bridleway network maintained by Calderdale MBC and neighbouring authorities.

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It is an off road route forming part of the Pennine Bridleway, the 17 mile Calderdale section begins at Warland following an old pack horse route over steep sided moorland, linking Lumbutts and Mankinholes on the outskirts of Todmorden. The route continues on the south side of the Calder Valley bypassing Stoodley Pike Monument before descending through Callis Wood to Charlestown on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge.

From Charlestown the route climbs rapidly to Blackshaw Head making a number of twists and turns around Colden village. The Calderdale section of the Mary Townley loop finishes at Gorple Stones, having climbed the Gorple Gate track, a technical challenge to even the most skilled mountain biker.

Mountain Bikers and Cyclists receive the warmest of welcomes, advice on routes and a calorific breakfast to start the day!

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Wash down facilities and secure storage are provided.

Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden & The Ryburn Valley

The little Ryburn which runs down from the Pennines to Sowerby Bridge once powered the textile mills. Now its peaceful valley is waiting to be explored.

This is the place to come with a road bike. The maze of very quiet by-roads through villages such as Mill Bank , Barkisland and Norland carry very little traffic (bring a map to find the isolated pubs).

Two of Sustrans’ national cycle routes, route 66 and 68, come through Sowerby Bridge, with route 68 offering an exciting crossing of the Scammonden Water dam just metres away from the M62 traffic. Sowerby Bridge station, served by frequent through trains from both Leeds and Manchester, can be a good starting place.

CYCLE ROUTE
GRADE DISTANCE
     
Cycle Grade
10.4 miles/16.7km

Todmorden & Stoodley Pike

Todmorden’s a border town. The Pennines above the town divide Yorkshire’s River Calder from its more modest namesake, Lancashire’s Calder.

Come here for invigorating cycling, high up on moorland bridleways where packhorses once tramped. The town is a great base for the Pennine Bridleway’s Mary Towneley Loop, a challenging 47-mile circuit of the west Pennine moors.

Helpfully, Todmorden’s local Metro Connect buses (T1-T6, T8, T9) are equipped with cycle racks – useful if you want to avoid the initial climb out of the valley to the moorlands above.

CYCLE ROUTE
GRADE DISTANCE
     
Cycle Grade
10.4 miles/16.7km
Cycle Grade
19 miles/31km
Cycle Grade
14.3 miles/22.5km
Cycle Grade
22 miles/35km
Cycle Grade
47  miles/ 75 km

Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd & The Calder Valley

Get your kicks on route 66, they say. Come cycling in Hebden Bridge, and you choose between route 66 (the national trans-Pennine cycleway which here follows the Calder valley) and the more strenuous pleasures of route 68, the ‘spine of England’ route which links Derby and Berwick-on-Tweed. Some of our inclines are nationally unique – try the one out of Mytholmroyd!

There are ample opportunities to venture off-road, too. What were once mediaeval tracks for packhorses have become peaceful bridleways through the heart of the south Pennine landscape. The Pennine Bridleway is close at hand. Or try the Hebden Loop, a tough 13 mile circuit from Hebden Bridge town centre popular with local mountain bike Helpfully, Hebden Bridge’s local Metro Connect buses are equipped with cycle racks

CYCLE ROUTE
GRADE DISTANCE
     
Cycle Grade
10.4 miles/16.7km
Cycle Grade
14.3 miles/22.5km
Cycle Grade
8 miles/12.8km
Cycle Grade
22 miles/35km
Cycle Grade
47  miles/ 75 km

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Single Track Based in Todmorden

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