One question we get asked a lot is about where else there is to ride around here apart from the Lee & Cragg quarry loops.
And Northern Grip is here to show it to you.
“Hopefully we can get people who wouldn’t otherwise venture out to give natural riding a bit of a go without having to spend hours peering at the OS maps” – PMBA
Rossendale has tons of bridleways. But you can’t tell from a map if a bridleway is worth riding or not. We’ve all taken a chance on an interesting looking bridleway on a map only to have it turn out to be a featureless trudge across a bog.
Everyone needs someone else to show them where the good riding is.
Each year we’ve created some of our own favourite routes for all flavours of riding, from easy bike path rolling to full on enduro marathons. We’ll be doing the same again this year.
However, you don’t need to wait for Northern Grip to get your taste of local trails goodness, because a few years ago (around 2013) the good folk over at PMBA came up with the Rolling Boar routes.
These are a set of broadly waymarked bridleways joined up in certain configurations to form recommended mountain bike routes. They aren’t as easy to follow as a trail centre loop but the presence of Rolling Boar arrows on the route really help reduce uncertainty and map-reading faff.
Pretty much anyone can get their way around a Rolling Boar route with a map print out and their phone.
The Rolling Boar routes are a great stepping stone for riders who have never really navigated their way around natural trails. The Rolling Boars do just the right amount of helpful hand-holding whilst retaining the adventure and satisfaction of a self-navigated mountain bike ride.
Like PMBA say, “What we needed to do was plan out some routes using the existing bridleway network, produce some maps, get some way markers on the ground … Trail centre riding away from the trail centre. Hopefully we can get people who wouldn’t otherwise venture out to give natural riding a bit of a go without having to spend hours peering at the OS maps.”
During Northern Grip we’ll have printed out route guides for six of the Rolling Boar routes available for ticket holders to use and keep. We’ll also be putting the.gpx files on to the Northern Grip Strava page for download.
In the meantime, right now you can download all the .gpx files over on this page of the PMBA site.
Rolling Boar: Rossendale SE Loop
Distance: 26 km /16 miles
Ascent: 645 m / 2,115 ft
Rossendale NW Loop
Distance: 29 km / 18 miles
Ascent: 592 m / 1,941 ft
Rossendale NE Loop 2
Distance: 54 km / 34 miles
Ascent: 1,494 m / 4,903 ft
Rossendale NE Loop 1
Distance: 28 km / 17 miles
Ascent: 721 m / 2,366 ft
Rossendale N Loop 2
Distance: 36 km / 22 miles
Ascent: 1,056 m / 3,465 ft
Rossendale N Loop 1
Distance: 40 km / 25 miles
Ascent: 967 m / 3,171 ft