I've ridden at Rivington a few times but never know what the names of the runs are called. Looking at the video posted I don't think I've done San Marino. Where is it in relation to the top of Rivington Pike where that big concrete tower is? We normally ride down from there and then on to a grassy field descent. I got the route off Edge Cycleworks. Maybe I should just come out with you lot sometime.
How good is San Marino?!
San Marino is the decent from the top of winter hill down towards Belmont. It's the best decent in the area so you should give it a go
Although it may now be harder to get to (see about Georges Lane closure above).
Rode it last night, it's got pretty blown-out so is quite sketchy if taken fast.
I get over there most weeks so drop me an email if you want a ride justatheory.
justatheory you are not riding the best routes
Ride every week - Tuesday night ride and some weekends usually a Sunday
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Basically head to the mast go past it and as the road bears left look to the ride to the gate and stiles = Belmont descent.
I have marked the descent not the start!!!
Please note ALL OF THE ROUTE IS A FOOTPATH INCLUDING THE TARMAC ROAD TO THE MAST!!
FWIW the descent is clearly part of the old pack horse route to the Witton weavers way
I rode on Saturday & there are signs up about the forthcoming road closure saying the footpaths will not have access to Georges.
Make me believe there will be no access for walkers etc
they must be leaving access for them to get there as well and god bless em for doing it in the middle of the summer
No easy way round that tbh - cut down through the field opposite kennels and down to Wildswood then climb back up that or the hard road climb.
Or Shaw's Wood singletrack from the bottom of the Pike down to Old Lord's Height Lane which takes you to Ormstons Farm, then skirt Wilderswood and back up the tarmac to George's Lane?
Not great timing, but that lane has been snowbound for decent periods between Oct to Apr, so I'd assume that forms some of the thinking behind when the work takes place.
top of Rivington Pike where that big concrete tower is
Anybody been up Georges Lane today?
Wondering whether it's blocked now as I was going to be taking some visitors riding up there tomorrow.
Been up today - I know my way a out a bit but which is George's lane?
The unpaved road that runs below the Pike, from Horwich past dog kennels and along to dove tower.
It is clear but there are some barriers that look like they'll be going up soon.
They are quite low and flimsy looking though.
indeed they are
Work has started and it looks like it may not be wide enough for a car to pass and they have coned it off but the car at the kennels was still there and nothing to stop cyclists or walkers at present
It looks like you will always be able to get round on the road on a bike [ or over if you really had to ]
Thanks for the update Junkyard.
I'm planning om using Georges Lane on the Monday night pub ride next week so please keep updates coming!
Incidentally i need to get us from where Horrobin Road crosses Rivington Reservoir (near the old school / tea room) and up to the TV Mast. I have it in my mind which route i will take but wondered what suggestions others would give?
IF you dont like them up the path by the school
FWIW - I have timed it and up through the gardens past the top barn = by side of the Ice cream run is actually faster than the school route
there is a niceish route up through the gardens
Will show it later when not on a dongle
When you say school i presume you mean Rivington & Blackrod high school? I have done that path once before and wouldnt fancy it again!
My thought had been to hot tail up the road to the car park at the bottom of the ICR and then take the path to the right, up and under the 7 arch bridge and then carry on straight up to George's Lane.
The worry would be if the road gets closed at the kennels on Georges Lane - then the path up from the school might be the only real option.
Are you planning on taking us down ICR?
that is probably the fastest way but i have never done the road section and would personally prefer to do it offroad
@scaled that wasn't the plan although there is a little fluidity in things until i sort out timings. I'm not a big fan of the ICR but i know plenty of others are. Im also expecting a potentially large turn out on Monday (weather dependant i suppose) which always leads to longer times getting through gates etc. If time allows i can look to add it in.
@Junkyard agree that off road is certainly better - just a question of time!
officially the closure is from marklands rd to about 200 yds passed the kennels so the only 100% legit route to the mast is through horwich up marklands and the mast road - bleurgh.
Personally I'd go for school, arboretum to 1/3 of the way up the upper barn rd, upper barn, BW upto top car park, up the AICR (7 arches), pike if time permitting, down georges to the kennels and if georges is looking dodgy straight up to 2 lads from there. If georges is clear then take hole in the wall/rangers path (path from wildeswood up to the mast rd)
I did a nice loop yesterday taking in Rivvy, Turton moor, Tockholes and Great Hill.
That descent down to White Coppice is phenomenal. Had somehow managed to forget how challenging and varied it was after my previous go at it.
Georges Lane perfectly passable at 4.30pm. Just one bloke with his feet propped up in a van reading The Sun and taking no interest in me tootling past.
Is San Marino the descent at around 2mins in the video on page 1?
Not trying to be a cock, but if so, it looks a bit meh to me - kinda like a very average Peak descent
starts at 1 min
Video does not do it justice= they rarely do.
Many descents are good in the peaks but it is in no sense an "average" peaks descent [ whatever that means]
I dont think anyone would do it and not enjoy it but YMMV
FWIW Georges lane still open [ tonight 01/07/14] to cars never mind bikes
Did a very similar route to chapaking
I'm thinking George's Lane has just been "closed" as a bit of arse-covering in case any kids/dogs/doggers fall down those holes.
yes last night when i was there a car had collected their pooch from the kennels and it is nothing like blocked.
up today and it was blocked as they were doing a water pipe at the kenell house and also some electrical work by the telegraph pole by the footpath
they were on their break and happily let me through and made sure i did not fall in any holes..they were sound and fine with it all and no issues at all.
Speaking to them it may be blocked during the day when they work but probably wont be at night and if it is it will just be a hole across the road for a pipe so bikes and walkers should be fine but you might not want to go at full speed.
Any update on the closure of Georges Lane??
Its my last day off sans kids tomorrow (before the summer hols kick in) and San Marino features in my plans!
Was up there last night, its all clear. There's just a few cones up by the dog kennels.
Cheers. I'll be up there in the morning but it sounds like it'll be fine.
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