Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry Mountain Biking

Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry Mountain Biking

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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
Black trail
New way marker on the black
Red way marker
Litter picking day
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4.6  (29)
Trail Variety 
 
4.2  (29)
Skills Development 
 
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Lee Quarry red route
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
2.5

when we first arrived we werent sure where to park, there was the council building and some streets. we parked on the street near the start of the trail in the end.
once we rode up the long access road climb we loved this place. followed the red climb up and up and enjoyed the various slabs and features on the way up, had to stop and peer over into the quarry a few times! the trail has fast berms, drops and rock gardens dotted about and it doesnt ever get boring or repetitive either.
i can imagine that the more you ride here the easier it is to make up your own routes around. its like a giant playground for mountain bikers!

User Review

Good Points
trails are fun and fast and technical
a million different lines/runs dotted around the quarry
all weather trail
lovely views
Bad Points
needs a proper trail head, start and finish on the side of the road
it hurts when you crash!
damn is it exposed up there
Would you recommend?
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Great place
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5

Great place and fantastic views ones up there!

User Review

Good Points
Cragg is great.its nice and fast.lee is more technical and rocky with lots of bits to improve your skills.
Bad Points
Some time you get motorbike up there going the wrong way on the trail but only every now and then.
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Not your usual Trail centre
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

Excellent place to ride,plenty to challenge you whatever you skill level.I have been riding there for about ten years and it never gets boring.The main black is a proper Technical challenge and the reds are fast and flowing. There are lots of features to test you including two pump tracks Trials features steep chutes and nicely built tabletop jumps.You can easily spend a day there sessioning the trails or make a big loop out of it by taking the path up to Cragg Quarry and back (about 20k.)
The final desent is great fun taking you back down to the carpark on tight rocky singletrack then nearer the bottom over a few tabletops and a small double if you hit it fast enough,everything is rollable though.
Lee Quarry isnt your usual trail centre but it is a great place to ride and the views are awesome !

User Review

Good Points
Excellent place to Improve your Skills
Good technical Challenges
Great All weather Trail surface
Well built Lines that don't erode or change much
Plenty of free parking
Bad Points
Exposed in parts and can be Windy so caution required on the Jumps
Rocky surface that can be painful when you crash so pad up
Would you recommend?
Yes
JB
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#northerngrip
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

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!!

User Review

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
Would you recommend?
Yes
DB
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Love The Local!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.5

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.
Would you recommend?
Yes
CM
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Rocky and Fun
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

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.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great for a quick blast or a longer ride
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

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.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Lee quarry
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.5

Highly recommended.

User Review

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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Yes
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Lee quarry
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

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

User Review

Good Points
Amazing place! So much to do.
Bad Points
No trail head.
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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A different kind of trail centre.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0

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.

User Review

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.
Would you recommend?
Yes
PT
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