Pickup and Belmont from Whittle

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 34.56 miles
  • Time 3 h 28 min
  • Speed 10 mph
  • Min altitude 233 ft
  • Peak 1,119 ft
  • Ascend 3,314 ft
  • Descent 3,314 ft

Categories: Hybrid (road tyres) Road

Difficulty Grade: Intermediate
Route Type: Cycling

A winter warmer that climbs from the off although as always what goes up comes down again so it has some equally nice descents. While the hills are on the challenging side there is nothing that is 'silly' hard. In excellent weather the scenery is stunning (apart from Darwen that is), in poorer weather it can exhibit a certain wild grandeur as well!

We start with a climb out of the village of Whittle Le Woods to reach Hoghton before dropping to Feniscowles and then turning to take on the climb to Tockholes. Once over the top drop down into Darwen where the route then heads out to Waterside and a gentle ascent towards Pickup bank. The road sneaks upwards parallel to the hill on your left until a turn brings you to the steeper section towards the Grane road, long and consistent, it rewards a steady cadence on the pedals, no rushing here!

At the top look back over towards Darwen Tower before joining the Edgeworth road and a long descent down towards Edgeworth and Turton. You can get a brew at the tower on Sundays If you're not stopping turn right to follow Green Arms Road to the top and briefly the Darwen-Bolton road before turning towards Belmont. Now the final climb for today in the shape of the classic climb of Belmont over to Rivington. Many think the steeper parts are higher up but the short section past the Black Bull actually qualifies as the steepest. From the top, it will feel almost all downhill to the start back in Whittle.

1. Start

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Address: Whittle Le Woods, PR6 7HS

Meeting in the war memorial car park at the top of Factory Lane, Whittle. If full plenty of alternative parking at the bottom of the lane

2. End

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Starting point