Gentle off-Road Routes for a beginner

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Gaz Vickers, 14 Aug 2012.

  1. Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    Seeing as i have decided on getting a Mountain Bike, Albeit a very cheap 2nd hand one..... Does anyone know of any gentle off Road Routes/Trails etc for a beginner in or around the Heywood area. I don't want to travel to far to soon, until i'm used to riding a Bike again! :wacko:
    I have joined ''mapmayride' or whatever its called to see if i can find any existing routes, but not having much luck, So if anyone could point me in the right direction i would be grateful!

    Cheers Gary. :thumbsup:
     
  2. Dan151

    Dan151 Active Member

    Location:
    Durham, UK
    Dunno if Heywood is near Gisburn forest but theres a blue grade trail there for you to get started on. Also if your travel a little theres Grizedale in the lakes which is brilliant to ride. Heres some sites on them
    Gisburn Forest
    Grizedale Forest
     
  3. OP
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    Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    A bit too far for me at the moment. But thanks anyway mate... maybe one day when i have more time on my hands! They look like great places to go. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    Location:
    Cumbria
    What about taking the canal path?
    I'm not sure how much of it is accessible these days though.
     
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    Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    I think there is the Rochdale Canal, Just not sure of the best place to join it from Heywood. I'v tried to view on a map, but still unsure.!
     
  6. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    Have you tried using cyclestreets.net? It's useful for looking at various routes and includes most cyclepaths and minor roads. http://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/3522062/ shows you a route from Heywood to Castleton and it looks rideable for a fair way south from there. I don't know how good the route to Castleton is but it's a start.
     
  7. OP
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    Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    Magic, Cheers for that. Good site that, And looking at that map i've found an even shorter route that i used to know.! :thumbsup:
     
  8. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    Yes, cyclestreets is a great resource. I'm guessing that you're thinking of what's marked on the opencyclemap view as Chadwick Lane. http://www.opencyclemap.org/
     
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    Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    Yeah thats right. It runs from Heywood to Castle Hawk Golf course.
     
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