Cycling in Pendle


Pendle has a number of great cycle routes to suit all the family

Pendle has a number of cycleways that generally follow quiet roads or on separate traffic-free lanes. The main cycleway route runs all the way from Colne to Brierfield with access routes to a number of key centres.

The Pennine Cycleway is a new and longest section of the National Cycle Network and passes right through Pendle. It runs for 350 miles from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed passing through remote and beautiful scenery in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks. It follows quiet country lanes for 80% of it's length with the rest on traffic-free paths and tracks.

The Pennine Bridleway is a new national off-road trail which is being developed and runs from Derbyshire to Cumbria. It passes through Pendle crossing the canal in Salterforth.

The Grand Tour is for fit cyclists only as there are some steep climbs and passes through rugged Pennine moorland before dropping into the Ribble Valley and returning along the Leeds-Liverpool canal corridor. The route is designed to be travelled over 2 days, although there are shorter options.

Cycling is allowed on the canal towpath but a free permit must be obtained from British Waterways

The Pendle Bike Fest

Throughout the summer Pendle Bike Fest hosts a series of cycling events, including Freedom Rides, Colne Grand Prix, Pendle Pedal, Pendle Cycle Show and the Tour of Pendle which includes three 28 mile laps around Pendle Hill. For details on events and dates visit



Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015