Cycling & Horse Riding

Cycling & Horse Riding

The West Pennine Moors has become a popular destination for cycling and horse riding. The area has hosted the road cycling and mountain biking events during the Commonwealth Games Manchester 2002 and a stage of the Tour of Britain in 2005.

Road cyclists can wheel down the quiet country lanes and test their mettle on some the highest roads in Lancashire. Whilst horse riders and mountain bikers can enjoy safe, off-road routes on the developing bridleway network, including the West Pennine Moors Bridleway Loop, a link route from Roddlesworth to Egerton and a myriad of routes in and around the Rivington and Anglezarke Reservoirs.

The West Pennine Moors Bridleway Strategy 2006 -2013

The development of new bridleway routes in the area is part of the West Pennine Moors Bridleway Strategy.  

A range of downloadable maps (below) have been produced by Lancashire Countryside Service showing the latest bridleways opened over the last few years. These maps will be updated as and when new strategic bridleways are completed.

This map gives an overview of the new bridleways created or improved since 2006: 


West Pennine Moors Bridleway Loop

This series of maps give a more detailed view for each section of the West Pennine Moors Bridleway Loop, a 56-mile loop taking you through the moors, reservoirs and woodlands of the area:


Local Bridleway Networks

This series of maps provide detailed views of local bridleway “hotspots” within the West Pennine Moors where there is a well developed network of routes:


Useful contacts for cycling and horse riding in the West Pennine Moors:

Bridleways Groups

  • Forest of Rossendale Bridleways Association – Mrs Christine Peat Tel: 01254 386459
  • North Bolton & Darwen District Bridleway Group – Ms Nicola Spencer Tel: 01204 852970
  • Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association – Mrs Barbara Brown Tel: 01706 630337
  • Wheelton and Brinscall Bridleways Association – Mrs Debbie Greenhalgh Tel: 01254 831804

Cycling Clubs

  • Blackburn and District Cycle Touring Club Tel: 01254 720599
  • Horwich Cycling Club – Neil Brown Tel: 01204 693070
  • Lancashire Road Club (Bolton) Tel: 01204 653280
  • North Lancs Road Club (Blackburn) Tel: 01254 208978

Mountain Biking and Off-Road Clubs