Cycling in Pennine Yorkshire
Pennine Yorkshire offers some of the most demanding climbs and exhilarating descents the UK has to offer. With so much change in altitude we strongly recommend that you check the weather forecast and carry suitable protection against the changing elements. Hebden Bridge has its own bike shop – Blazing Saddles – with many more quality bike shops spread across the region. Some popular routes include:
England’s longest continuous ascent, rising at a steady gradient for 5.5 miles between Hebden Bridge and the main Halifax-Rochdale road. Once at the top, turn right and enjoy the twisting descent of Blackstone Edge as you head towards Hollingworth Lake on the way to Mow Cop, Buckstones Moss or the Isle of Skye climb out of Greenfield towards Holmfirth and Holme Moss.
Alternatively turn left at the top Cragg Vale and head into Ripponden before turning 180 degrees at the traffic lights and tackling the long climb of the A672 towards Windy Hill, passing beneath the highest motorway in England on your way to the top.
Cragg Vale is the venue for Yorkshire Velo’s open hill climb on the V9916. (The course record is 16 minutes 39.1 seconds if you want to see how you measure up to a former national hill climb champion.)
The clue is in the name – this is steep! The first kilometer averages 16% gradient and there’s no shame in walking the second half! Once at the top you can explore Rawtenstall and Blackshawhead on undulating roads. And of course there’s always the opportunity to go back down…
National Cycle Network Route 66
Get your kicks on National Route 66 of the National Cycle Network which follows the young river Calder. The route runs betwen Kingston Upon Hull and Manchester taking in the traffic free Spen Valley Greenway, the Calder Valley Greenway and Sowerby Bridge.
National Cycle Network Route 68
An 80mile long distance route known as the Pennine Cycleway which runs up the spine of England and winds its way through the heart of the Pennine hills. The central section of the cycleway includes Holmfirth, Meltham, Slaithwaite, Scammonden, Sowerby Bridge, and the fourth funkiest town in the world; Hebden Bridge.
Holme Moss was featured as part of Tour of Britain - often referred to as the 'Le Col de Moss'. To British cycling enthusiasts, Holme Moss has become synonymous with the track, which crosses the moor, between the village of Holmbridge to the north and the Woodhead Reservoir to the south. The northern side in particular is one of England's most well-known bicycle ascents, and has acquired a reputation as among the country's more difficult climbs. Road markings tell you how far to go till the summit.
Spen Valley Greenway
An off road cycle route along a disused railway track, with sculptures. It passes a wild life reserve and a rolling golf course. The path is also home to a collection of artworks. The Greenway runs from Oakenshaw to Thornhill; running through the picturesque village of Liversedge.
West Yorkshire Cycle Way
This 150 mile signed circular route roughly follows the West Yorkshire county boundary. Much of it is on quieter minor roads with the occasional track section and some mixing with heavier urban traffic. The real essence of the West Yorkshire Cycle Way is a long distance challenge route.
Mary Townley Loop
47 miles and 6,300ft of climbing. Did we mention that it’s off road? The Mary Townley loop is a ‘must do’ ride for mountain bikers. Many tackle it over a couple of days but if you fancy doing the full 47 miles in one go be prepared for around 7 hours of riding and variable weather conditions all year round. Rossendale Mountain Rescue Team run an annual challenge ride around the loop.
West Yorkshire Cycle Routes
A website where you can download GPS routes that take in the region’s climbs and quiet roads.
Spring Audax Rides
CTC Calderdale host Spring and Autumn Audax rides for cyclists of all abilities. Everyone welcome.
Local bike guru Ed Oxley runs a range of mountain bike skills courses in and around Hebden Bridge. For the uninitiated, Ed is a former Didgeridoo teacher turned mountain bike guide, instructor and test rider. He is also a regular and well-respected contributor to the mountain biking press. Ed's company, Great Rock, runs courses for beginners, as well as those for more experienced riders wanting to hone more advanced techniques, and he can even show you how to take better photos too.
There are numerous walks for all abilities in Pennine Yorkshire. Our towns and villages are geared up to meet walkers' needs and Hebden Bridge was the country's first Walkers are Welcome town. See what's on offer here.
Take the chance to see some of the region's more elusive bird life during your stay. Click here for more information.
Our region is rich in heritage and proud to host many unique and varied attractions. There are some you simply must see during your stay at Croft Mill... find out more here.