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Tour of the Borders

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 12:05 PM by andy.geall79

​Tour of the Borders

Starting a Mays Farm Shop above Colden take the opportunity to stock up on supplies for your ride or enjoy a coffee before you start the pedals turning. This route covering 36.6km of rural terrain is ideal for the hardened roadie on a training loop or for those who like a challenge at a leisurely pace. The route isn’t flat but at the same time you wouldn’t describe the climbs as massive. As the route leaves Colden you are instantly rewarded with a descent before taking the country road to Widdop with plenty to see along the way including Blake Dean and Widdop Reservoir, ideal locations to stop and enjoy the scenery. The route continues to Ridehalgh Lane where the road is best described as impressive as it cuts through the hillside on the descent to Thursden. The route then picks up the old Halifax Road before you make your way to the Lancashire village of Worthorne an ideal place to stop and enjoy the atmosphere. Leaving Worsthorne you head south before linking back to Long Causeway and the stretch back to the start. The weather on this section especially the wind can play a huge part to how quickly you progress, on a good day with little wind the Long Causeway can be open to the elements. As you descend down the hill into Blackshaw Head follow the road to a well deserved drink at the New Delight Inn before heading back to the start.

The anti-clockwise nature of this ride means you can keep cycling as there are very few right turns.

Route Status

Red Hard, featuring some climbs with a 10% gradient and descents featuring technical difficulty.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 12

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:22 PM by andy.geall79

A6033 Todmorden Rd (into Warland)

A short but well used cycling corridor from Littleborough to Warland. This corridor climbs steady 69m for 2.8km to Warland on the Calderdale boundary, the road continues outside the corridor and on to the village of Walsden and the town centre of Todmorden. This corridor is a great option for cyclists who wish to access Calderdale avoiding the many hills. This road route runs parallel with the canal towpath that provides a more leisurely path into Calderdale.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 11

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:16 PM by andy.geall79

B6138 Cragg Rd (into Mytholmroyd)

The B6138 known locally to cyclists as just ‘Crag’ the road descends approximately 338m over 9.5km from Blackstone Edge to Mytholmroyd. The first part of this road is exposed to open moorland and the wind can blow in a range of directions. Just over half way is the small village of Cragg Vale home to the
Robin Hood Pub and Hinchcliffe Arms, leaving the village the route follows the tree lined valley before reaching the outskirts of Mytholmroyd.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 11

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 15:10 PM by andy.geall79

B6138 Cragg Rd (into Mytholmroyd)

The B6138 known locally to cyclists as just ‘Crag’ the road descends approximately 338m over 9.5km from Blackstone Edge to Mytholmroyd. The first part of this road is exposed to open moorland and the wind can blow in a range of directions. Just over half way is the small village of Cragg Vale home to the
Robin Hood Pub and Hinchcliffe Arms, leaving the village the route follows the tree lined valley before reaching the outskirts of Mytholmroyd.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 10

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:47 PM by andy.geall79

Full stretch of A58 (Littleborough to Ripponden)

This stretch of road is more of a link than a direct cycle corridor connecting Littleborough and Ripponden but also provides an option to descend on the B6138 (Cragg Vale) home of the longest continuous downhill road in England. From the Littleborough side the climb is just shy of 5km and starts off gradually and ramps up as it hugs the moorland up to the summit at the White House Pub. From Ripponden the climb is 7km to the summit at Blackstone Edge Reservoir and bypasses Baitings Reservoir on route, stage 2 of the 2014 TDF witnessed the best cyclists on the planet ride this section in reverse as they descended at high speed. In total from the Ripponden side the stretch of road is 11.8km to Littleborough, climbing 264m and descending 268m.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 09

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:37 PM by andy.geall79

A672 Oldham Rd (into Ripponden)

From Denshaw one climb and a gradual descent to Ripponden, the corridor is 13.2km long and includes 223m of climbing and 348m of descending. The majority of the corridor flows through a rural landscape before the area becomes slightly more ubran as you approach Ripponden village. The 2014 Tour De France will passed through this tiny Yorkshire village on Sunday 6th July.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 08

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:28 PM by andy.geall79

A640 New Hey Rd (into Sowood)

A beautiful corridor that begins in Denshaw and climbs past the Dowry Reservoir to Buckstones and onto Sowood, the views from the car park at the summit of the climb are fantastic on a clear day. The corridor in total is 14.5km long and incorporates the road of Marsden Gate to Sowood, with 265m of climbing and 250m descending on offer this is a great route into Calderdale. At Buckstones there is the option to take the B6114 as an alternative as this is a great corridor in its own right. From Sowood it is possible to descend through Stainland and Holywell Green to the village of West Vale.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 07

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:04 PM by andy.geall79

A644 Wakefield Rd (into Brighouse)

The main road corridor linking Kirklees at Cooper Bridge and Calderdale at Brighouse, this corridor is heavily used by both motorists and cyclists. The corridor is not particularly pleasant and features the junction 25 roundabout off the M62. The corridor is only popular as there are very few direct alternatives available.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 06

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 13:51 PM by andy.geall79

A629 Halifax Rd (into Halifax)

An unusual corridor with a mix of urban and rural scenery, the corridor begins between the Bradford district locations of Haworth & Cullingworth and acts as a direct route for motorists into Halifax. The corridor 12.6km in length climbs a 175m and descends 260m to the outskirts of Halifax, Calderdale’s main town. Cyclists would be advised to seek alternative routes into the town centre at the junction of Ovenden Rd and Shroggs Rd to avoid the busy Orange Street roundabout.

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Calderdale Road Cycling Corridor 05

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 13:29 PM by andy.geall79

A6033 Keighley Rd (into Hebden Bridge)

This corridor is the ‘Real Deal’ selected by the ASO the organisers of the Tour De France to be part of stage 2 in the 2014 event. The corridor begins in Bronte Country at Oxenhope a location used in the filming of The Railway Children. The corridor 10.6km in length steadily climbs 243m to the summit at Cock Hill before descending 348m to the Town of Hebden Bridge. This corridor has plenty to offer with a number of pubs on route and an ice cream van usually parked part way on the descent. Leaving the village of Oxenhope the corridor soon reaches open moorland to Cock Hill and beyond. The road snakes
through the village of Pecket Well before descending into the tree lined ‘Spring Wood’ into Hebden Bridge.

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