How good is San Marino?!
Never had any issues with ICR and always just fly straight down all the rough stuff. I did once run my rear tyre too low though and could feel the bang of the rim landing off the tarmac slab.
I havent even done san marino yet always change my mind and just play around in the gardens.Posted 3 years agoeaststandlowerMember
Off up there tomorrow, deciding whether to go down San Marino or drop down to Belmont Road from behind the masts (basically get to start of San Marino but turn left and follow the road round) as I work my way over to Tockholes/Abbey Village/White Coppice. Or could go Great Hill.
Either way, a nice early start to ensure empty trails….Posted 3 years agochakapingSubscriber
I holed my minion dropping off the tarmac bit on ICR the other week. I was on a Strava attempt though after being knocked out of the top 10.
Rivington might not be the Lakes, but it’s got some fantastic trails and I’m still finding more each ride. Lovely place to be on a sunny evening too.Posted 3 years agoD0NKSubscriber
ICR can be fun, equally can be scary, changes so often you never know which it’ll be, ridden it loads but still instill The Fear in me.
I love doing the Belmont descent just to see the grins on your mates faces at the bottom
50/50 split between “great” and “thank **** it’s over” ime 😉
That drop off the tarmac has claimed many many tubes/tyres I reckon
Riding down a footpath at an average speed of over 45kph is pretty reckless
probably one of the less stupid KOMs*, really good sight lines so only a monumental bellend who could see walkers but still tear arse passed should cause problems, trying to emulate that speed is certainly personally reckless for most riders tho 😯
I’m not slow and I’m miles behind Matt, I’m never going to attempt to beat that time.
*still disagree with the concept of downhill KOMs tho.Posted 3 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
*still disagree with the concept of downhill KOMs tho.
What! Those are the best bits aren’t they?
Completely agree with DONK that San Marino is one of the few really wide-open and safe descents to do this on though from a cycle-walker-interface avoidance perspective.Posted 3 years ago
I dont have a route but a loop i do is as follows:
Rivington barns, upto pike, upto Winter hill, San Marino, upto Belmont, Round Belmont Reservoir to join Witton Weavers way heading North, through the woods & round the 3 reservoirs to Abbey Village, Road to Brinscall, Climb up great hill, down to White Coppice & Then Healey Nab or back to Rivi.
Hope you can make sense of that? approx 23-25 milesPosted 3 years agoJunkyardMember
flashpaul at the very top of the road climb there is a car park on your right go through it and then through the gate and just keep going making sure the drystone wall is on your right up the hill [ other paths go to your left to Leads mine clough] – path initially illdefinded but just keep going.
Its a footpath its boggy and it ends up being a paved /slabbed road
You cannot really go wrong tbh
IMHO it is not worth doing unless it is either very dry or frozen and its open moorland that gets too much damage – it will be boggy currently though I was tempted today
Drop me an email if you want a guidePosted 3 years ago
I can ride it this Sunday if any useHindle PieMember
And white coppice descent put me in A&E getting my smashed-in face stitched up! And that was the end of my modelling career
That wasn’t Great Hill to White Coppice descent mate. It was a big wide featureless track that you struggled with. It was near White Coppice though 😉Posted 3 years agotraildogMember
The White Coppice descent you mention is a bit of a sensitive spot. I can get very muddy and dug up in Winter and there has been lots of fighting over it with locals. It’s not a bridleway, and is high on the cheeky scale. Only do it occasionally. Of course, I don’t do it at all, but if I was to then I would keep it to summer evenings only.Posted 3 years agojonnym92Subscriber
Live in Tockholes so pretty familiar with the area. I take it the ‘San Marino’ is the run down from Winter Hill to San Marino?
Personally prefer some of the runs down from Darwen Tower, providing the wind isn’t too strong and they aren’t busy.
I’ve never really got the Great Hill hype, find those slabs difficult to maintain speed and the descent back to Abbey Village isn’t worth it.
Can anyone recommend me a route from Rivington over to Healey Nab?Posted 3 years ago
Going back to San Marino. I’ve never really liked Rivi, I’m not a fan on wide open moorland trails. Prefer a ride to have proper woodland mixed in and some tight/cheeky trails to boot. Always liked Hebden and alot of the dark Peak.
Rivi (which is the closest for me) leaves me cold personally. I do like the top bit/2nd third of ICR though 8)Posted 3 years agoGavinBSubscriber
Not sure why you’d ride to Abbey Village from Great Hill. The best descent from there is to White Coppice, either ending at White Coppice itself, or veering right at the final tight left turn, then following a necky little path which meanders it way north. Or plenty of other options through the woods around Wheelton Plantation.
As for a route from Rivington to Healey Nabb, I’ve got two easy ones. From Rivington itself follow the bridleway to the east of Upper Rivington Reservoir that spits you out at the dam at the south end of Anglezarke reservoir. Then either ride across the dam on the road until the Yew Tree pub, turn right, then right again (signposted bridleway) at Kay’s Farm, OR (cheekier option) ride to the right as you exit the bridleway and at the car park for Anglezarke, keep left, especially at the top of a short steep tarmac section, then follow good a good path, always keeping left around the edge of the reservoir until it drops you out near Healey Nabb.
(edited as Streetmap link failed)Posted 3 years agowittonweaversMember
Take the track out of the car park as far as the first gate. Follow the stome wall for about 100 yards – keeping it on your right as per the earlier instructions for Great Hill. As the track starts to steepen to can see a trail going diagonally off to the left. Follow that. It initially goes uphill before turning down hill. You will pass a few ruined buildings and eventually meet up with a decent wide track. Follow this to the right* and it will eventually deposit you in Lead Mines Clough.
*Incidently, if curiosity gets the better of you and you wonder where you might end up by going left – I wouldnt bother as it seems to peter out leaving a painful slog across some fields!
Apologies for the text quality!Posted 3 years ago
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