Gentle off-Road Routes for a beginner

Gaz Vickers

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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:
 

Dan151

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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
 
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Gaz Vickers

Gaz Vickers

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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
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:
 
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Gaz Vickers

Gaz Vickers

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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.
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:
 
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Gaz Vickers

Gaz Vickers

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