Is it just me being thick, or is the Pennine Bridleway difficult to find and poorly signposted around Saddleworth ?
I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, especially considering the fact paths/bridleways are often maintained by volunteeers or poorly funded organisation. But every time I try and follow the Pennine Bridleway I get lost.
I've asked other bikers, horse riders, walkers and no-one seems to know where the hell it is. I tried in vain again on Saturday, went from Marsden up to Buckstone edge, rode south on the Pennine Way (bridleway at this point), to the A62 at Standedge. I then followed the signs for the Pennine Way Bridleway (blue painted post with PWB on them), which took me down to Diggle. The bridleway turned in to a road and basically disappeared. One horse rider was like "yes, you can get to Edale by horse" but she didn't know where the bridleway was.
What also winds me up is the 'official' website:
I've never seen such a useless map before. It doesn't even have the trail marked on it for goodness sake !
So yesterday, I again resorted to riding on the Pennine Way footpath, which I always feel guilty about, but what on earth am I supposed to do if I want to avoid the roads ?