Rivington Pike

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Rivington Pike and the surrounding area is a popular spot for mountain bikers. It is just north of Bolton in the West Pennines Moors in Lancashire. The riding in these parts mainly takes place  around Anglezarke, Yarrow and the Rivington reservoirs as well as the  Anglezarke and Rivington moors and Winter Hill. Close by is the Healey Nab downhill base.

The area is natural trail riding on a network of  bridleways so there is no MTB trail specific way marking or grading. Hence we have incorporated some of the useful sites and routes out there we have come across to get you started. Some of the top spots are White Coppice, the San Marino descent, the Shooting hut descent and the Two Lads descent.

Useful  Sites and Routes

Pedal North

  • This is a 12 km (7.3 mile) mtb route around Rivington Pike. Good for an evening blast or a day ride. The route is stone based and so is all weather and a safe bet most of the year. There are some neat descents with drop offs and ruts to dodge like Belmont Road as well as fast and sloppy descents like Wilderswood. Check it out here.

The Edge Cycle Works

  • This Rivington mountain bike route is longer at 28km ( 17.5 miles) and goes through Rivington Country Park, including Rivington Pike. It also leaves the park and takes in the surrounding reservoirs in the valley. The trail has a few technical sections but is predominately moderate in ability for experienced riders. You can get turn by turn instructions and download maps and files here.

Mountain Stuff

  • Two main routes pulled out on this handy site. The first is called Winter Hill and back and the other is Rivington Pike & Healey Nab. It also pulls out a rocky downhill section with a Tarmac drop off called the Ice Cream Run. Full details here.

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  • The Rivington Heritage Trust are seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to increase investment into the area which could well benefit the mtb opportunities.

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3 reviews

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1.8  (3)
nice spot
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3.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
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3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
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2.0

good if you're in the area, but not worth a special trip

User Review

Good Points
Not a trail centre, so have to pick your routes. I had the help of a local, however, and there's some very nice fun bits including some cool steps. 'Ice cream run' is good fun - basically a boulder-strewn bumpy downhill section.
Bad Points
Many of the fun bits are shared with walkers, so you have to be very careful to look out for people, especially young kids. Be courteous, otherwise they may ban mtb!
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2.5
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3.0
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1.0
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3.0
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0.5

"The Pike" is good fun, good views and lots of trails. I dont know them all but "San Marino" and "Ice Cream Run" are the 2 descents people most like. Often the ride can be linked over to Healey Nab which in itself is a bit small.

You need a guide, or a map - or just look on strava find some fast people and look at the loops they use and plug them into your GPS.

Keep off the footpaths - this is a delicate area for MTBing so stay legal and keep it friendly so the locals don't suffer. Especially keep of the very tempting footpaths in the historic gardens.

User Review

Good Points
Some great descents
Bad Points
Can be busy with walkers - be respectful, share the trail stick to the bridleways.
Would you recommend?
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Rivington
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3.7
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3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
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4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
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3.0

A great area for natural riding, but a route map or guide is required to get the best from the area.
I downloaded a route to my gps and found some great riding taking in some big climbs but with some awesome descents to follow.
Cafe and car parking at Rivington is ok (if a little busy at weekends).
Its fairly easy to link a route up to Healy Nab which gives any ride a bit of variety.

User Review

Good Points
great natural riding
Bad Points
A guide or route map is required as little or no waymarking.
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Yes
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