Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry Mountain Biking, England

Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry Mountain Biking, England

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  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Orange (Extreme)
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Kingfisher Centre Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB.
Directions
Goon Bacup Road (A681) until you get to Waterfoot. Go straight across the mini roundabout in Waterfoot staying on the A681 which becomes Newchurch Road. Straight across at the next min roundabout through Stacksteads. Pass JJO's factory on your right and Futures Park is 200m on your right. Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB.
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Lee Quarry Mountain Bike trails are in Rossendale in Lancashire. This is an old quarry and so as you would expect it is rocky and pretty unforgiving MTB terrain. The area is also quite exposed so it gets quite windy.

There is a 7km Red trail, a short 1km Black, a Skills area, two Pump Tracks and a world class extensive Trials facility. 

Cragg Quarry is also nearby and there's a link trail between Lee and Cragg quarries. Cragg's more of a flowy XC loop. It's popular and reached by a newly constructed bridleway link over Brandwood Lower end moor.

Lee Quarry Red

  • The Lee Quarry Red MTB trail is around 7km long trail, graded as difficult, with flowing big berms, rock gardens, drop off's and jumps and is designed with many loops making it great for sessioning and practising those skills.

Lee Quarry Black 

  • The Lee Quarry Black is a short 1km track,  graded as severe, which has all the above but is much more technical and requires excellent bike handling and balance skills at slow speeds at times to navigate the terrain.

Lee Quarry Skills area

  • This incorporates a pump track and areas to practice drop off's, logs, berms as well as climbing and descending in rocky terrain. 

Trials Area

  • The Trials area is world class and has multiple sections. They host nationals here but is set up progressively to encourage beginners into the sport.   

Cragg  Quarry

  • Cragg Quarry has around 6.5km of flowing single-track and can be got to from Lee Quarry by heading south following the newly constructed route across Brandwood Lower End Moor to Rooley Moor Road, turn right (west) and follow the Mary Towneley Loop for just over 1km. If you take the two trails together it is about 13km in total.

Natural Trails

  • It's not just Quarry riding there are lots of natural trails in the area. Check out the PMBA site.

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Other Stuff

  • Do come prepared (food and clothing wise) and don't jump when the winds are strong (NB Is it often windy here.. well there is a big wind farm nearby which might be a clue)
  • The quarry is run by Lancashire Council and is free to the public.
  • The trail was designed by Dafydd Davis and built by local contractor’s Terra Firma.

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Bike lock at entrance to the car park for the cafe.
the Sand witch cafe at the entrance to the car park.
New way markers
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New way marker on the black
Red way marker
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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.88
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

#northerngrip

Great all round trail selection. Something for everyone. Can easily be done as part of a bigger ride. Sweet flowing trail linking the quarries. No paying for parking. Excellent sandwitch shop for fuelling. Home to a great festival #northerngrip and stages on the PMBA hope enduro series!!

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Good Points
Great all round trail selection. Something for everyone. Can easily be done as part of a bigger ride. Sweet flowing trail linking the quarries. No paying for parking. Excellent sandwitch shop for fuelling. Home to a great festival #northerngrip and stages on the PMBA hope enduro series!!
Bad Points
Limited facilities when no events are on if I'm being picky
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.47
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
2.50

Love The Local!

Fanstatic place to stay and play, or ride and explore.
Needs more investment.
Very exposed and open to the elements so go prepared!

User Review

Good Points
Great trails that stand up to the traffic and elements very well.
A fantastic place to play about and session runs, features and pump tracks. There's a good variety.
For those wanting to head out further, there is a nice red route that takes you round Lee Quarry, over to Cragg Quarry and back to Lee Quarry.
There's plenty of great trails off the quarries too, so rides can be extended for those who wish to explore.
Bad Points
There's often a meal wagon at the car park area but there's no facilities. There was talk of investment in the place and a building at the trailhead, run by the local bike shop in conjunction with the local council (Rossendale), but it's still just wasteland.
Needs proper facilities, ie secure car park, toilets, bike wash etc, to put it on par with other trail centres.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.66
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Rocky and Fun

Lee Quarry is a rocky place, so no matter the time of year it's always a good place to ride. It's an excellent place to develop skills. Various pump tracks, skills areas, berms and jumps that can be easily repeated. Your ride can be easily be extended by riding over to Cragg Quarry, or try the Rolling Boars XC routes to add extra miles, which all start from the quarry.

A lot of people describe Lee Quarry as a massive playground, this is true, spend a day, ride the red route and explore the quarry.

Mainly a red route with some black features. If you have the time to explore the quarry you will find plenty of drops and little DH type runs dotted all over.

The ride back from Cragg is fast and long.

There's a cafe on the main road opposite the parking area, open 7 days a week and has a toilet. They serve good quality food.
Excellent and well stocked bike shop 7 min drive away - Ride On, Rawtenstall
Plenty of parking, currently free.

User Review

Good Points
Various pump tracks.
Skills area.
Great for a short blast.
Longer rides, add Cragg Quarry or the Rolling Boars XC Loops.
Cafe Opposite.
Bike Shop nearby.
New pump track at Stubbylee Park, next to parking area.
Free parking.
Bad Points
Quite open so can get windy.
Wear helmet, knee, elbow pads. Ground is hard and rocky so can hurt if you fall.
Phone signal isn't great.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.65
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

Great for a quick blast or a longer ride

I ride Cragg more than Lee as I can ride there from my house (looping Lee in would make for a longer ride than time usually allows!).

As a inexperienced rider I find Cragg great for technical progression (swoopy bits, punchy climbs, rocks to negotiate) without being overly intimidating. It's great fun to boot.

Lee feels a bit more developed: the features are more technical, there are jumps and drops, etc. I find it tougher to ride than Cragg as a consequence, and although there is still plenty to enjoy as a novice I can see more experienced riders getting more out of Lee than I can at present!

Although these trails are local to me I would travel to ride something similar, you could certainly make a day of it with a few loops and sessioning some features.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of session-able features.
Rocky and hence dry even when the weather is poor.
Rarely very busy.
Bad Points
No trail head to speak of.
Rocky and hence a hard landing if you crash.
Wind can get high as its quite exposed.
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Overall rating 
 
4.51
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
2.50

Lee quarry

Highly recommended.

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Good Points
Having had a 20 yr break from xc i was thrown into lee quarry after buying a new bike to get fit, the climb in was brutal and mistakes quickly punished but for fitness and re acquiring old skills the place has been awesome, i was scrared of the place the first few times but now find myself doubling back to the bigger features.
Bad Points
No soft landings. Very weather dependant.
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Overall rating 
 
4.45
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

Lee quarry

Great place, loads of variety and easily linked with Cragg quarry. Would highly recommend for a great day out.

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Good Points
Amazing place! So much to do.
Bad Points
No trail head.
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Overall rating 
 
4.57
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

A different kind of trail centre.

Best place in the north west for a quick fun ride but you can also spend a day here. Berms are some of the biggest I've ever encountered. You'll harder ever be alone in the quarry yet it will never be too busy to have a good ride.

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Good Points
Always seems to be quiet.
Can spend a day here or just an hour or so due to the ability to ride just little bits.
Great areas for skills development.
Bad Points
No soft landings.
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Overall rating 
 
4.44
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
3.00

Fun day out

Took the kids a few times they love sessioning the quarry

User Review

Good Points
Really good place to session and develop skills particularly good for kids with loads of routs through the quarries. Trail back from Crag quarry really fast and flowwy
Bad Points
Same trail used between Lee and Cragg would like a circular between the 2. Can be bleak in bad weather and signage isn't great
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Overall rating 
 
3.88
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

Nice alternative

Big stoney playground!

User Review

Good Points
Always a different day out and leaves you wanting more. Reminds me of a giant version of the old mining slag heaps i used to play about on as a boy!

The short downhills in the skills section are fun to session and combined with a tour of Cragg Quarry make it a worthy day out. I'm keen to check out some of the other local routes on my next visit.

Lots of stone meaning the trail generally stands up to bad weather well.
Bad Points
It can be grim when the weathers bad - at least compared to a forest or even my local moorland! Signage could be improved especially for first timers...

Few people have mentioned lack of facilities. Not a big issue for me as i only live 30-40mins away. If you were travelling further, and its your thing, you might miss a cafe, bike shop, bike wash etc.
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Overall rating 
 
4.19
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
3.50
Facilities 
 
2.50

One of the best

It's tough, the learning curve is steep, and it punishes the unfit. The costs of a mistake up there can be severe.
When all said and done, riding up there makes you a better rider.

User Review

Good Points
Make no mistake, this place is tough. A lungbusting climb just to get from the carpark to the trail. It does make you fit if you do it regularly though.
The trail is a mix of super tough technical climbs and fast flowey downs. If you can keep your momentum up the rewards are awesome. Once you get the bug it becomes addictive like no other trail centre. If you're not sure of the route ask, it's how I learned the trail and i'll happily change up my ride to show a newbie round.
Bad Points
The biggest problem this trail has is a lack of riders, get up there, there are challenges for everyone.
Next thing the trail needs is regular maintenance, and for that it needs more riders.
Lastly, there are no facilities to speak of, no car park charges either. A butty van is usually in the carpark and the local pubs and cafes are friendly to bikers, but you should be prepared to be self sufficient.
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