Hurstwood Mountain Bike Trails

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Hurstwood Car Park, BB10 3LH
Directions
From Red Lees Road, after about a mile turn right onto Salterford Lane. Take the next right onto Hurstwood Lane. At the End of Hurstwood Lane (by the red phone box, bear left and then right. Take the second left into the car park.
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Hurstwood Mountain bike trails are close to Burnley in Lancashire. These MTB trails border Hurstwood Reservoir in the adjoining woods.

There is a very short Blue graded trail and a lot of natural trail riding here. The Mary Towneley route passes here also if you fancy a short sweet detour from it. 

Hurstwood Trail (Blue)

  • The Hurtswood Blue graded MTB trail is a good beginners and novices trail with short slopes, corners and berms. It has only around 600m of fire road in the overall 1.6km of sweet flowing singletrack. 

Natural Trails

  • Pennine Bridleway and Rams Clough (7km)
    • This goes up past Hurstwood reservoir on the Mary Townley Loop. There is a bit of climbing and descending, surfaced bridleways, 'natural bridleways' and double track.
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  • Coal Clough Wind farm to Hurstwood and Back (8.5km)        
    • This route starts at the Coal Clough wind farm and goes along a section of the Mary Townley Loop to get across to the Hurstwood trail before retracing it steps back to the Coal Clough car park.
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  • Duke's Cut and Gorple Stones (25.8km)   
    • This route goes through open moors crossing a variety of terrain (some quite exposed). 
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  • The project is part of a £300,000 investment to transform Worsthorne Moor by United Utilities for walkers, equestrians and mountain bikers. The project is a joint initiative between United Utilities, Pennine Prospects and Lancashire County Council.
  • Designed by Rowan Sorrell.
  • The trail opened in early 2012.

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Dont waste your time
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Absolutely terrible. Should have left it as it was, there used to be a few trails through the woods with small to large jumps. Now theyve ripped the jumps down and put a foot path in that they claim to be a bike track.
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Brilliant for riding with children
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I'd really recommend this to any parent who is fed up of cycling round the park/along the canal and wants to try somewhere a bit more interesting.

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Good Points
The wide, tarred track up the hill to the start of the trail makes it easy to push younger children up the hill, or for them to pedal up. Even a child with no gears will probably manage this trail.
There is free parking.
The trail is not too loose, and there are no big rocks, so you don't need great knobbly tires (which not all kids' bikes have). There are only a couple of muddier patches, but the trail is mostly well compacted hard core with a layer of pine needles over the top. It's a pretty soft landing if you do fall off.
It's a gentle downhill singletrack with a few trickier obstacles which you can practice your skills on or work up to if you're a younger child.
Beginner adults will also benefit from improving skills and confidence on this quiet trail. Or you can go really fast if you're good!
Accessible from the Pennine bridleway if you want to make a longer ride of it.
It's easy enough to be fun for even the youngest riders who are confident enough to move off flat tarred ground, but tricky enough to give them a challenge to keep them coming back.
Bad Points
Only one trail.
No facilities, although Burnley is a short drive away and has everything you might need.
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Nice new track, just seems a bit out of place
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You'd have to think that further developments in the biking world are going to happen here, why else would the county council spend so much on a purpose built singletrack trail? Other than this little gem there is nothing to excite the adrenaline seeker.

At the moment facilities consist of a carpark, though it looks like a water board building is being converted, hopefully into a bike friendly visitor centre.

We rode the Pennine bridleway and Ram's Clough loop which is a 7km ride going up the pennine bridleway, then descends over a permissive bridleway across the moor. This path is unsigned and not always easy to follow, and particularly boggy in November, resulting in the girlfriend complaining that it was the worst bike ride she'd ever been on.... There were also loads of post-Sunday lunch Burnley people wandering about looking at the reservoirs with non-disciplined dogs and children who looked like they'd never seen a bicycle before.

This was forgotten after a couple of laps of the singletrack section at the end.

Another gripe is that the Lancashire council waymarking arrows are hard to read until you get right up to them, it sounds weird but because the arrows are wider than they are long a straight-on can look left or right, this is the same as at Lee Quarry.

User Review

Good Points
Brilliant new singletrack- think Berm Baby Berm(Glentress)
Some of the best views of Lancashire (Pendle Hill) and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks- all of which can be seen from the same spot on the Pennine Bridleway
Good links to Pennine Bridleway
Bad Points
Only one dedicated mountain bike trail of 0.8km
Mapped routes of little excitement
Many walkers to avoid on a Sunday afternoon
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