Colne isn’t known as the Capital of Pennine Cycling for nothing. Not only does it annually host the final of the British Cycling Elite National Circuit Series on a spectacular and fast closed-road 800m circuit and sit amidst a web of challenging cycle routes, but it is the home town of Steven Burke OBE, Olympic double medallist and world record holder. You can see his gold postbox at the bottom of Albert Road. Colners have only made two Freeman in the last fifty years (they are a grudging lot) and one of them is Steven.
Take a look at some of the stupendous Colne cycle routes – if you can tackle these, you’ll have thighs of pure iron!
Watch the ‘Visit Pendle Cycling Video’ below to get inspired to Cycle in Pendle.
The Pennine Cycleway
The Pennine Cycleway is part of the National Cycle Network , and is ideal for families and beginners as its 40km route follows the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. There are many points of interest on, or close by, the route, including Pendle Heritage Centre, the historic lime kiln and canal cruises at Foulridge, and one of the prettiest locks in the country at Greenberfield.
Pendle Cycle Tour
A 17 mile on-road cycle route through marvellous undulating countryside and picturesque villages, taking from 3 to 4 hours, depending on the pace you go and how long you stop along the route. Not suitable for beginners. This is a shortened version of the Grand Cycle Tour of Pendle Route which is also available to download from this site.
Grand Cycle Tour Of Pendle
A fantastic 35 mile road route, quite hilly in places, but great for the weekend. Many of the places that the route goes through are picturesque, like Barley, Newchurch, and Fence. (Not suitable for complete beginners).