Cycling is a great activity for all the family, it keeps you fit and healthy, lets you enjoy the fresh air, it’s fun and it’s environmentally friendly. With it’s wild moorland, country lanes, parks and woodland, Burnley is an excellent place to explore by bike and over the last few years new cycle facilities and many new routes have been opened up, it has never been so easy to get around.
Burnley is now one of the best areas in the North of England to cycle in so why not get on your bike and explore the area.
Burnley & Padiham Greenways
The Greenways are pleasant and quiet off road routes which connect Burnley and Padiham town centres to the countryside around.
Padiham Greenway (2 miles/ 3 kms) – the route follows the old Padiham Loop Railway. There’s easy access to many local attractions including Lowerhouse Lodge Nature Reserve with it’s varied wildlife and facilities for the keen fisherman, and Gawthorpe Hall – a National Trust property. From the Greenway you can continue into the town centre along the canal.
River Calder Greenway (4 miles / 7 kms) – this route takes you over the River Calder via Ightenhill Bridge – an idyllic spot deep in the countryside – then along Grove Lane past the’ Trail of Words’ and into Padiham town centre.
Brun Valley Greenway (2 miles / 3 kms) – From Central Railway Station follow the Brun Valley Greenway through parks and wooded river valleys to Rowley Lake and Briercliffe.
Sweetclough Greenway ( 1 mile / 1.5 kms) – The Sweetclough Greenway goes through Habergham to Lowerhouse Lodges where it meets up with the Padiham Greenway.
For more experienced cyclists there are several longer routes through the borough and you can join both the Pennine Cycleway and the Lancashire Cycleway in Burnley.