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The Valley is renowned for its beautiful, undulating landscape, it’s because of this that The Valley is so rich in outdoor activities like walking and cycling.Incredible views are to be found at every twist and turn - they’re all here to discover.

Rossendale has more public paths than any other borough in England with its own unique working landscape; mills and rivers line The Valley bottoms and the hills are peppered with remote farmhouses and dry stone walls.

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Shoe Trail

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Twenty-eight giant clay shoes, designed by local school children, have been used to waymark the Shoe Trail which runs from the East Lancashire Railway at Rawtenstall to the Panopticon Halo at Haslingden. The trail celebrates Rossendale’s famous shoe industry and clay has been used because the site of the Halo at Top O’ Slate was once a clay pit supplying many nearby brick factories. The route is 3km (2 miles) long with quite a steep incline at one point. Allow one hour to walk with spectacular views across the Valley of Rossendale across to Manchester

Download PDF (Shoe Trail is Walk number 3)

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The Pennine Bridleway offers horse riders, cyclists and walkers the opportunity to explore 205 miles of the Pennines’ ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways.

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Rooley Moor Road

Rake Head, Stacksteads
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Rooley Moor has a very long old Victorian road, known for generations as the Cotton Famine Road, which runs from the Northern end at Rakehead, above Stacksteads to Catley Lane head near Rochdale. This picturesque road up on the moors could lay claim to being one of the highest roads in England. Offering amazing views with excellent walking and cycling.

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Dam Top Riding Centre

Dam Top Farm, Rawtenstall BB4 7PZ
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T: 07534 492873

A friendly, welcoming riding school nestled in the picturesque Valley of Rossendale amongst our 60 acres of fields. We cater for all levels of rider and have a range of horses to suit all abilities. We pride ourselves on educating our clients about all aspects of horse care, management and equitation. We also have access to many miles of off road and moorland hacking; with a relaxing one hour route or half and full day routes.

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Clough Head Visitor Centre

Grane Road, Haslingden BB4 4AT
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T: 01706 830162

Offering an introduction to the local and natural history of the fascinating Grane Valley. Once a thriving industrial landscape the valley was cleared during the late 1800s to accommodate the reservoirs. Today the picturesque and peaceful landscape offers a perfect antidote to the pace of modern life, with excellent walking trials and other countryside pursuits.

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Scout Moor /Waugh’s Well

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Dominating the local landscape spectacularly at Edenfield with a pretty walk at Dearden Clough and Plunge Mill ruins; head up Michael Wife Lane, off the A680, sign-posted Rochdale. For an energetic walk, head up to the Scout Moor wind farm and Waugh’s Well on the clear route from Owd Betts pub on the A680. Waugh’s Well is a hillside memorial to Lancashire dialect writer and poet Edwin Waugh.

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Healey Dell Heritage Centre & Tea Rooms

Healey Dell Nature Reserve OL12 6BG
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T: 01706 524425

The only designated nature reserve in Rossendale. There’s an excellent network of footpaths and cycleways with someaccess for wheelchairs. You can pick up the footpath off Market St, Whitworth look out for the brown signs. The River Spodden snakes it’s way under an impressive 105ft viaduct and the rangers office at Healey Hall Mills has trail guides and fact sheets to help you make the most of your visit to the dell. There’s a recently extended, 6km cycleway running from Rochdale through Healey Dell and on up to Britannia

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Healey Dell Nature Reserve

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The only designated nature reserve in Rossendale offering an excellent network of footpaths and cycleways with some wheelchair access. Footpath off Market Street, Whitworth. The River Spodden snakes it’s way under an impressive 105ft viaduct. Visit the rangers office at Healey Hall Mills for trail guides. There’s a 6km cycleway running from Rochdale through Healey Dell and on upto Britannia, look for the signs for Route 92.

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Calf Hey Reservoir

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Start your morning with a brisk 30 minute walk on the footpath around, taking in the spectacular views of the Haslingden Grane Valley.

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Snig Hole

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En-route to Haslingden from Helmshore enjoy a short walk at a pretty stretch of the River Ogden down at Snig Hole

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Cowm Reservoir

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Enjoy trout fishing, located at the top of Cowpe Road, just off Waterfoot centre, this secluded valley provides the ideal spot to fish. Day permits available with a three fish limit from local newsagents.

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Clough Bottom Reservoir

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Clough Bottom Reservoir has some great pathways through sheltered pine forests and across windswept moorland and is sign posted off Burnley Road East.

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View Routes Around Rossendale

 

 

Follow these Guided Walks round Bacup and Haslingden to take in some stunning scenery and get a feel for the heritage and culture of each town. Proffitts, as part of the Up and Active programme, created these wonderful guided walks.

Haslingden – The Halo                        View PDF

Haslingden – Town Centre Walk      View PDF

Haslingden – Victoria Park Walk      View PDF

Bacup – Around Greensnook Lane   View PDF

Bacup – Around Tong Lane                View PDF

Bacup – Town Centre Walk                 View PDF

 

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Peers Clough Packhorses

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T: 01706 210552
M: 07527 241 627

A small family run trekking centre offering the unique opportunity to ride locally bred Fell ponies on the fells of Rossendale. Using ancient packhorse routes explore the romantic terrain.

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Rossendale Way

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This circular walk takes you on an area tour of lovely Rossendale. The path passes Haslingden, Whitworth, Stubbins and Healey with attractive reservoirs and the delightful Healey Dell Nature Reserve with its waterfalls. Views of the South Pennine hills are splendid

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Irwell Sculpture Trail

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Extending over 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale, the trail is the largest sculpture route in the UK and makes a great free day out for all the family, connecting local heritage, the landscape and communities. The trail also links a host of cultural attractions from art galleries and museums to the East Lancashire Railway.
Whether you are on foot, on a bike or simply walking the dog, the trail provides a fascinating backdrop to the local landscape. You don’t have to do all 33 miles of the trail in one go, we’ve split the trail into bite size clusters allowing you to take a short walk or spend all day exploring the area.

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Valley of Stone Greenway

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Linking Rawtenstall and Rochdale, following the old railway line. Cycle over the majestic viaduct at Healey Dell and ascend to nearly 1,000 feet above sea level at Britannia. Descend past the internationally recognised Lee Quarry Mountain bike facility and enjoy the rare experience of cycling through a hillside entering the iconic Glen Tunnels (open 2016/17) before arriving at Rawtenstall.

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Whitworth Square Conservation Area

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Whitworth’s only conservation area, featuring the beautiful Red Lion Inn (pop in for food and drink) and St Bartholomew’s church.

Whitworth Square (by Mike Burgess)
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Golf Rossendale

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Rossendale Golf Club

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Visitors are welcome to come and test our course and enjoy our facilities. Our 18 hole golf course is a challenging 6,293 yards Par 72 with beautiful views of the surrounding Pennine Hills. The club house, built new in April 2000 boasts a large lounge, dining area, fully stocked bar, sizeable locker rooms, a fully stocked Pro-Shop with all the leading brands in golf and a large car park.
We guarantee that a challenging 18 holes followed by a great meal provided by our resident chef Mitchell Taylor, will make your visit to Rossendale Golf Club a day to remember and we look forward to your visit.

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Lobden Golf Club

Lobden Moor, Whitworth OL12 8XJ
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T: 01706 343228

Golfing with outstanding scenic views.

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Ride the Past

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These are four Mountain biking routes which have been designed to take into account the rich heritage of Rossendale and the Valley of Stone. Each route is aimed at different levels of ability and endurance.

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