Ok, sounds like I’ll just have to ride down any footpath(sorry bridleway! :wink:) that takes my fancy.
Sounds like you’ll fit in perfectly.
Legit, BW descents easily picked out on OL21:
– from the tops above Peckett Well, through the village and down the BW into Hardcastle Craggs car park. Personally, taking the right turn after the short cobbled descent from the main road is better than the straight ahead option.
– Blue Pig coming down the other side of the valley from the above. Starts in the village of Heptonstall, follow the BW that starts in the centre by the pub and it heads straight down into Hardcastle Craggs.
– zig zags from Slack down into the valley with Jack Bridge at the top
All those are good. Blue Pig is over-rated. People seem to cream their pants over it because Brant named a frame after it 😉
Peckett Well is a must do really. Even more so if you ignore the weather and climb right up above Luddenden Dean and take the singletrack across the moors which leads into the Peckett Well ‘proper’ BW.Posted 6 years ago
Hi all, I’m thinking of heading over to Hebden Bridge tomorrow to try out some of the descents I’ve been hearing a lot about. The trouble is I don’t really know where to start! I have an OS map and I will call into Blazing Saddles in the morning for advice. Has anyone got any tips.
CheersPosted 6 years ago
DavyBoyWonder – Then I bow to your awesomeness! The likes of Blue Pig might be overrated, but for most of us it would be ‘interesting’ on a road bike!Posted 6 years ago
The OP wanted to ‘try out some of the descents I’ve been hearing a lot about. The trouble is I don’t really know where to start’ In that case that map will help.
Yep, Jack Bridge is a climb. I (in all my awesomeness) rode down it once when I was young and naive. Never again. Although I regularly see people coming down it. I should stop them and describe how awesome I am and tell them the error of their ways.
OP – Blazing Saddles is a good bet or my mail is my profile and I’ll point you in the direction of some fun stuff (as long as you promise to never disclose the information to anyone!).
Or… go on the Bogtrotters website, look for their Hebden based rides and trace the maps they very kindly provide which generally include decent levels of cheeky based descents.Posted 6 years ago
It would take an age to explain exactly where everything is, so the best bet is to bua South Pennines map and pop into Blazing saddles and mention the following places:
Blue Pig (not overrated, just very well known) – I susually section this over and over again purely because its a great trail, but if you come down from Heptonstall (not really worth it in my opionion, but if you do) before you hit the second road crossing (where the trail really detiriorates) look to your left and you’ll see a path that goes up the hillside. Push your bike all the way up this to the top where you’ll see a bermed turn. Start there. This bit of track is a great addition to the Blue Pig and makes the whole run down to the Blue Pig pub about 2mins. In the wet its trickier as the top section is earthy and rooty (as opposed to the main Blue Pig desecent which is rocky and rideable at roughly the same speed rain or shine.Posted 6 years agopeterfileMember
the more “technical” top section is easier to find on the push up IMO.
on the way back up, when you cross over the little road, you’ll be pushing up a nice wee rocky chute, then it opens up onto a large, wide cobbled road which swings up to the left.
Walk about 20m up this cobbled section and you’ll see the more technical trail to your right, take that path (i think it actually has a trail marker).
Push all the way up until you hit the wall at the main road, turn around and ride back down. It can be pretty interesting if it’s been raining heavily though 🙂
It’s much slower than the other top section, so if you want to do lots of fast runs, just follow the main trail up to the main road, turn around and ride down. But the more technical top bit does make it more interesting and last longer.
There’s a cracking drop called “don’t look down” if you are into dropping off man made features from great heights. It’s tougher than it looks in the videos if you hit it quickly. Avoid if it’s wet (bye bye front wheel!).Posted 6 years ago
DaveyBoy – i guess you might be right, but i’m not sure if he’ll be coming up from the London Road or will want a quick bash at some of the local DH as he is only there for one day. I don’t think its called that, its called something Cross i think. And nearer the top of it you go under a very small bridge.Posted 6 years agosuttySubscriber
always better to ride around this area in the evenings, you will come across way to many walkers at the weekend 🙄 i too walk the dogs & ride alot around heptonstall, pecketwell, hebdon bridge, todmorden, widdop, hardcastlecrags, whitehill but most of the best riding i have to admit are footpaths, so i always ride on these on weekdays after work ! the mary townley loop is literaly on my doorstep so theres always some good riding whichever direction i go in 😀Posted 6 years agototalshellSubscriber
did the section of the MT closest to hebby bridge yesterday met 3 riders and 4 walkers all day, sun shone and skies were blue tracks were dry with only the odd puddle still got mucky though as i came off stoodley pike and had my only off of the day at the top of callis hill when i couldnt get my shoe out of the spd.. doh.. still only twice in 21 years aint bad.
ps its bin raining heavy most of the day so will not be so dry tommorowPosted 6 years agoelaine anneMember
it will be very boggy in sections i was out a few days ago and got the black foot scenerio and (that was on cobbles too…some deep hidden bogginess out there and rooty sectons !!! have fun wherever you go theres ‘loads to go at’…me i will be collecting my bike tomoro after a new BB is being installed so hopefully i mite be out on sunday.. 😉Posted 6 years agoB.A.NanaMember
I’ve always assumed that the local knowledge thing is more about the best stuff being so difficult to explain exact locations, especially stringing it all together, than unwillingness to help. You just have to go and explore areas over a succession of visits (with a OS map is best and just seeing where stuff leads), it’s a relatively small area just packed with stuff. A bit of imagination sometimes helps.Posted 6 years ago
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