trail safety

Mountain biking is a potentially hazardous activity and should only be undertaken with a full understanding of the potential risks involved.

The guidelines found here must always be used in conjunction with your own experience, intuition and careful judgement when visiting Healey Nab. If in doubt, walk the section you wish to cycle on first (particularly the Black route), making sure to keep your eyes open for others using the trail while you do so.

Please also remember that Healey Nab is a valuable area for wildlife and is popular with walkers and other recreational users (the mountain bike trails cross public rights of way at various points). Keep to the constructed routes and respect other users, particularly when crossing paths.

Most importantly, follow the Forest Cycle Code!

  1. Don’t rely on others
    • Make sure you can get home safely.
    • Carry the right equipment and know how to use it.
    • Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  2. Put safety first
    • Always wear the right safety clothing – at least a cycle helmet and gloves.
    • Train properly and only cycle within your abilities. Don’t tackle jumps and other challenges if you are unsure about them – have a look first!
    • Always follow warning signs and any safety advice you are given.
  3. Respect other people
    • Expect the unexpected – watch out for other visitors and check your speed, especially when riding on multi-user routes and crossing public rights of way.
    • Keep away from forestry contractors and vehicles.
    • Be courteous and considerate – be polite to other users and leave no footprint of your visit (clean up afterwards and take any litter home with you).

In the event of an emergency…

Site name and location: Healey Nab, off Higher House Lane, Heapey, Chorley.

Grid reference: GR SD 6073 1818

Nearest car park: Anglezarke reservoir car park, Moor Road, Anglezarke or White Coppice car park, White Coppice village. 

Nearest A&E hospital: Chorley & South Ribble Hospital, Preston Road, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1PP. Telephone 01257 261 222.

Emergencies: call 999 and ask for the Police. If you require assistance for injuries ask the Police to call Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.