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Gorple Road

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Great, tough climb followed by some wet, nearly level track. Ends with a screaming downhill into Worsthorne.
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Latitude
53.7868754
Longitude
-2.2453224
Trail Directions
Take minor road north-west from Hebden Bridge, through Heptonstall and on towards Nelson, north of Burnley. The Widdop Reservoir is on the left of this road with a car park. The trail starts by going over the reservoir dam.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Burnley or Hebden Bridge
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Russ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Pennine Bridleway improvements have meant its a much better proposition in winter-less boggy - the hills are just as steep though!This route is not now all that technical but this area abounds with good trails-but they can be tediously boggy in winter.Excellent Long distance views on clear days. Long and fun downhills- but remember the cyclists rule- what comes down must go back up again, and probably twice as steep ;)

A GOOD WINTER ROUTE! When all else is too cacky!

Recommended Route:
Well signposted now- as part of Mary Townley Loop- can be made into good circle from Keighley as follows - Keighley- Oxenhope- Stairs Ln - Widdop- Worsthorne- Oakworth- Keighley (about 25-30 miles)- I am fairly fit(ish?) it takes me about five- six hours according to whether tracks are boggy or not!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Loads! Lots of variations on this route and lots of other routes near by try:
Rest of - Mary Towneley Loop
Lymers Gate, Calderdale
Stairs Lane, Worth Valley
Hambleton Lane, Worth Valley/ Calderdale
Old Roman Road Addingham - Skipton (Aire/Wharfe Valley)
Keighley Gate and Rombalds Moor
Druids Altar/Shipley Glen (nr Keighley)



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Review Date
February 17, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: James Moss , from Burnley

Summary:
has some massive climbs a great downhill and then a knackering downhill to the pub!

Recommended Route:
Go up gorple from the Crooked billet pub, and keep going. Pass a reservoir at the bottom and join the road then turn off, up a concrete road past another res' and back down to the pub.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hebden bridge and gisburn forest



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Review Date
February 11, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Stuart Nicolson , from Leeds, UK

Summary:
Fantastic track; the climb from Widdop is a loose technical Yorkshire classic that I have yet to beat but it's fun trying - loose and lungbusting. The level section over the moor can get very wet in winter but is a peach in summer, then is followed by one of the best fast downhills I've ridden - gravelly, wide and littered with pitched drains that give superb, if slightly nerve-wracking, jumps - never forget you can't corner in mid-air... Return to Hebden is a long road haul but it's worth it - try the descent by Hardcastle Crag for a grand finale.

Recommended Route:
Any of the bridleways that climb out of Hebden Bridge make a good approach.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Calderdale area has some of the best biking in Britain - between Keighley, Halifax and Burnley there are many miles of superb riding (and a few miles of abominable bog) - just get out there and ride; endure the occasional bogs and revel in the quality of the rest.



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Review Date
March 26, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jimbo , from Burnley

Summary:
A lot of fun can be had in the woods, super bomb holes and jump runs. Basically a big climb followed by a cracking downhill both ways. The "Sleeping policemen" that have appeared make great jumps at speed. Suspension and a change of trousers recommended.
The climb back is indeed difficult to clean, as is the climb either way, but if you are fit, skilled and determined this is always possible. Inexperienced riders will probably find a few over the handlebars trips on the muddy top part as some of the puddles are deceptively deep and steep!
I once tried this one at night, a great "brown trouser" downhill run when my front light bounced off.
This is one of my favourite rides, not just because it is local, but because you can either make a day of it or shorten the run to suit timescales. A good all round ride with a bit of everything thrown in and, most importantantly, no boring road sections. The meaty part of the ride is mostly a rocky road wide enough to allow high speed in flight overtaking manouvers over the jumps if you time it right!

Recommended Route:
I personally like to take this one from the picnic area car park at Hurstwood. Up through the woods, over the brook after passing the res, then onto the Gorple. Then back again.



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Review Date
November 11, 1998

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Matt Wenham , from Walsden, Yorks, UK

Summary:
The Gorple Road includes my favourite climb, which I only manage to clean one in three times, as well as an excellent downhill at the end. There's a variation, turning off halfway along, going down through some very old quarry spoil tips. Excellent technical riding.

Recommended Route:
The Gorple Road can be included in many local loops. Email me if you'd like details of riding in this area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Loads, absolutely stacks in fact. Email me if you want to get out for a ride in the area. This is one of England's best MTB areas.



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