Travelling to Rossendale couldn’t be easier. Situated in the heart of England’s North West Rossendale is centrally located for Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and Cheshire.

There are excellent transport connections for both UK and international visitors with three airports just an hour away, whilst the M65, M62 and M66 bring in visitors from across the country. For the most up-to-date travel information by bus, coachor train visit Traveline orcall 0871 200 22 33.

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Routes Around Rossendale

The Routes Around Rossendale project aims to provide a series of way marked circular loop paths to explore the Rossendale Valley from Waterfoot to Shawforth. The loop paths are designed for beginner to intermediate walkers and range from urban roads to the country tracks of the Pennine Bridleway and Mary Towneley Loop. All loop paths start and end at a main car park and always bring you back to the main arterial road that cuts through the heart of the valley.

The project, funded by Natural England’s Paths For Communities scheme and by Lancashire Environmental Fund, has also ensured a new 1km section of off road multi user path running from Blackwood Rd to Rakehead Rd has been implemented – providing yet another piece of the ambitious Valley of Stone Greenway (off road multi user routes from Rochdale to Rawtenstall). This new route forms part of Loop 5.

A guide to using the Loop Paths

The Route Around Rossendale 8 Loop paths are clearly waymarked using colour coded discs (see the map above).

The loop paths are intended to be walked on foot though some of the loop paths may follow bridleways and byways.

  • Each loop is circular and varies in length, style and terrain. Some loops are flat and in the valley, other loops take you onto the hills. Be aware of this when you plan your route.
  • Each loop has a stated, starting point and the routes are designed to be walked in the direction specified. You are advised to follow the direction of the route.
  • Each loop will always take you back to the main A681 that runs through the Rossendale Valley.
  • Take warm and waterproof clothing and always allow for the worst weather.
  • Some of the loop paths are steep and tough in places, so you need to be fit & prepared.
  • In hot weather protect yourself from the sun and carry additional water.
  • Be aware that some surfaces can become slippery in wet weather.
  • Carry some form of identification in case of emergencies.
  • Please note that mobile phone coverage is not available on all the loop paths.
  • Follow the Countryside Code