Cycling is a great activity for all the family, it keeps you fit and healthy, lets you enjoy the fresh air, it’s fun and it’s environmentally friendly. With it’s wild moorland, country lanes, parks and woodland, Burnley is an excellent place to explore by bike and over the last few years new cycle facilities and many new routes have been opened up, it has never been so easy to get around.
Burnley is now one of the best areas in the North of England to cycle in so why not get on your bike and explore the area.
Burnley & Padiham Greenways
The Greenways are pleasant and quiet off road routes which connect Burnley and Padiham town centres to the countryside around.
Padiham Greenway (2 miles/ 3 kms) – the route follows the old Padiham Loop Railway. There’s easy access to many local attractions including Lowerhouse Lodge Nature Reserve with it’s varied wildlife and facilities for the keen fisherman, and Gawthorpe Hall – a National Trust property. From the Greenway you can continue into the town centre along the canal.
River Calder Greenway (4 miles / 7 kms) – this route takes you over the River Calder via Ightenhill Bridge – an idyllic spot deep in the countryside – then along Grove Lane past the’ Trail of Words’ and into Padiham town centre.
Brun Valley Greenway (2 miles / 3 kms) – From Central Railway Station follow the Brun Valley Greenway through parks and wooded river valleys to Rowley Lake and Briercliffe.
Sweetclough Greenway ( 1 mile / 1.5 kms) – The Sweetclough Greenway goes through Habergham to Lowerhouse Lodges where it meets up with the Padiham Greenway.
For more experienced cyclists there are several longer routes through the borough and you can join both the Pennine Cycleway and the Lancashire Cycleway in Burnley.
The Pennine Cycleway (Route 68) - Burnley Section ( 16kms / 10 miles)
Lancashire Cycleway (Routes 90/91)
The Lancashire cycleway comprises two circular routes which meet in the historic village of Whalley. The southern loop which circles East Lancashire can be accessed in Burnley at Harle Syke, Worsthorne and Bacup Road.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal (11kms / 7miles)
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a good place for traffic free cycling. The route through Burnley from Hapton boatyard to Barden Mill meanders through countryside, industrial and urban landscapes and parkland.
Padiham, Ightenhill, Burnley Cycle Route (7kms / 4miles)
An attractive cycle route along the scenic Calder Valley which avoids the busy main roads. Going past green fields and woodland, which are home to a variety of wildlife, it is mainly rural in nature. From Padiham the route follows Grove Lane past the ‘Trail of Words’ then crosses the River Calder to join a cycle path up to Ightenhill Park Lane. The route continues into the centre of Burnley via quiet roads and the canal. It is a good place to cycle with children.
Surrounded by the Pennine Hills, Burnley is a good place for mountain biking particularly along the Mary Towneley Loop and the new mountain bike trails at Hurstwood.
The Mary Towneley Loop
Hurstwood Mountain Bike Trails
New mountain bike trails above the Elizabethan village of Hurstwood on the edge of Burnley.
video by Tim Royle from Whitenosugar Productions
Discover Burnley and Padiham’s heritage by bicycle – cotton, coal, railways and historic houses
Burnley Heritage Cycle Trail
The trial links many of Burnley’s heritage attractions by bike including the Weavers Triangle and the National Trust’s Gawthorpe Hall.
Cycling into Railway History
Learn to Ride
The purpose built cycle track in Queen’s Park was designed so that children to can learn to ride a bike in a safe environment away from the roads and traffic. The track is a real road layout with crossings, signs and road markings just like the real thing, but without the danger. For children under 12 years old it is the best place to learn how to be a good cyclist, get used to how roads work and to have fun.
Brand new for 2012, if you fancy a bike ride around the area then you can now hire bikes for all the family from:
On Yer Bike,
Queens Lancashire Way,
Tel: 01282 438855
Triking with Active Spaces
Ever wished you could cycle?
Never had the opportunity or the confidence to try cycling?
Then join the Active Spaces project team from Groundwork Pennine Lancashire for a free taster session in Towneley Park every Wednesday between 12noon and 1pm. The sessions take place mostly on the level tarmaced paths around the park and are designed to be easy and fun for everyone. The six adult sized trikes are available on a first come first served basis.
If you have a bit more experience of cycling then join the team on a moderate cycle ride on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm , the fully trained staff will support you and help you to regain your confidence cycling. You can bring your own bike or borrow one of ours, cycle helmets are mandatory and are are available to borrow with the bikes.
Both sessions take place from Offshoots Permaculture Centre based in the walled garden next to Towneley Hall, so join us to get fit lose weight and enjoy some fresh air in Burnley’s parks and countryside.
For more information contact: Jane Ingham, Active Spaces Co-Ordinator Burnley & Rossendale on 07595 778327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycling in Lancashire
To find out more about cycling in the rest of Lancashire including Gisburn Forest in the Bowland Hills and Rossendale’s Adrenaline Gateway and Lee Quary visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/cycling, or contact:
Lancashire County Council,
Tel. 01772 534609
Mob: 07500 884052
Other Useful Contacts
Burnley Council Cycling Officer
01282 425011 ext. 3397
01282 0845113 0065
CTC Burnley and Pendle