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Burnley Halifax Monster (Burnley)

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

A long hardcore ride, very challenging in all respects, severe climbs, downhills, rocks, singletrack, the lot! Allow a full day for this one! And take spares and cash for sustenance along the way! The ride is a circular or linear/lollipop route and can have many flavours, but the version I did is covered by OS outdoor leisure map 21, south Penines. Briefly, the ride starts in Townely Park, goes through a few bridleways through the park and past the bird centre, takes the Gorple Road, moves on to Shakleton Knoll and basically does a circuit of Ogden Reservoir before looping back onto the route in at Shakleton Knoll. Many variations of this ride are possible, but the quality of riding/refreshment opportunities is excellent on all routes. Little road riding is required to link the trails. For more details email me. Some of the climbs are at the limit of a good riders skill/fitness, but in a few areas even the best riders may need to push for a few yards at least.
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Latitude
53.77844215658737
Longitude
-2.2278213500976562
Trail Directions
Follow motorway (m65) signs to Townley Park, Burnley.
Trail Length
40 + miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Halifax
   


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Review Date
November 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Andy , from Leeds, UK

Summary:
Hint: From the the Ogden circuit the drop into Oxenhope and half of the Stairs Lane climb can be elminated by going left onto the road coming off Ogden, up the hill 200m or so and then climbing over a gate on the right and following a water culvert on a jeep track which contours across the hillside. This eventually meets Stairs Lane just at it's, ahem, 'challenging' bit. (OK, so its a footpath for half of it but it's wide and not too muddy and saves an awful big road drop and climb.)

Recommended Route:
Agreed - tons of routes around this area. Staring at Hebden bridge and going out, well, anywhere is recommended.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Like the man said. Get the South Penines map and fill yer boots.



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Review Date
June 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jimbo , from England

Summary:
This ride starts with a bit of heavy breathing through the park as you negotiate the grassy playing fields and climbs. A short but technical bumpy downhill curves in front of the bird centre past a farm entry, and watch out for the slippery flag stones at the other side in wet weather! Cutting through the picnic area car park, the rangers do not mind you cycling through as long as you keep to the track. Heading to the Gorple Road is flat at first as you pass the Hurstwood Res, but when you cross the stream be prepared for a few miles of stiff climbing up the bumpy road (a fast and thrilling downhill on the way back). When you peak out at Gorple stones, the next 1 mile section of downhill could well have you in a state of sphinctral crisis if you decide to go for it with both barrels loaded. (the climb back up is a true tester, especially near the end of the ride, but it is "easily" doable if you are skilled, conserve energy and save it for those vital blasts over the rocky bits) What follows next is more relaxing, flattish, but the climb up Shakleton Knoll is no picnic.. Cross the valley, past the lovely waterfall and onto the A6033. Again, some excellent opportunities to lower the cargo decks on some steep grassy/rocky downhills. Fast as you can, but most riders will need handfuls of brake and just try to stay on steed.. Crossing the Main road, after the climb up, again a fair killer up grassy stuff, the car park will be on your left then you climb up Flaight Hill. Possibly impossible to any rider near the top. Soon Peaks out though. A lovely moors section follows, high speed rideing requires quick reaction times as you carve through the singletrack. One of my favourite downhills of all. the sort of stuff that you can really rip along without too much need for brakes, twisty, technical and fairly safe if you prematurely eject! The Bridge to the Lowe Farm will be a landmark to look out for, but not after you have done a bit of technical (muddy/rocky) flat and another section of cheek clenching downhill. A few miles of road may be needed to link up to the Withens Pub via the Bridlways. I recommend a swift one or two in here, and if possible a much overdue meal to push the Turtles Head out of it's shell before the next involuntary escape.. The loop round Ogden Res is nice, many more good nasty downhills, moorland challenges and water splashes. The Bit of road to Oxenhope takes you back on to Leeshaw Res and stairs lane. This is climbable! I know, I saw someone do it once! I even did it myself after a rest halfway up.. More climbing, just on the edge of rideable for a fit rider only, before a bumpy jumpy downhill back to the A6033. Then, back onto the track you left several hours before. Climbs and downhills the reverse of before, but no less hard for it! This is a most satisfying ride! But it needs a fine day and plenty of time. When me and my bitch did it we had a few nasty incidents that caused delays, her little ring was well worn prior to the ride and packed up after 3 Miles! The ride without Granny being rather shovey in places! I got my traditional batch of pinch punctures and dented rear rim symdrome as I tried to flatten a few rocks. Then my pump decided to call it a day, had to use Presta instead, lucky I had a spare spare tube!

Recommended Route:
As above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lots of variety here. Having slung my leg over most of the UK's terrain I can honestly say that the area covered by the South Pennine OS OL 21 map represents the highest concentration of quality and accessible riding that these Isles can offer..



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