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Stage 4: Slaithwaite to Brierfield – Pennine Cycleway

30.6 mi
8.8 mph
2,800 ft
2,700 ft
Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview



Bike Touring Highlight

3.15 mi

Scammonden Water

Bike Touring Highlight

14.4 mi

Hebden Bridge

Road Cycling Highlight

20.1 mi

Lancashire / Yorkshire border

Bike Touring Highlight

30.6 mi

Tour Profile


Singletrack: 0.57 mi
Path: 0.64 mi
Cycleway: 3.83 mi
Street: 1.94 mi
Road: 22.4 mi
State Road: 1.26 mi


Unpaved: 377 yd
Paved: 10.7 mi
Asphalt: 16.4 mi
Unknown: 3.38 mi

Weather Forecast

komoot planned a bike ride.

August 17, 2019


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    With 850 meters (2789 feet) of climbing, stage four is the toughest section of the Pennine Cycleway. However, the panoramic views over layers and layers of Pennine mountains makes it all worthwhile.

    The day begins unspectacularly from Slaithwaite as you cross over the M62 via Scammonden Water dam. But, before long, you will find yourself cycling through the peaceful moors interrupted by the occasional quaint village towards Sowerby Bridge.

    Here, you can choose whether to continue over the hills or to follow the Rochdale Canal towpath. The two routes rejoin each other in Hebden Bridge, a pleasant market town with lots of rest spots to refuel before a big climb out of the town.

    Your hard work is rewarded by a spectacular 7.4 mile (12 km) descent – fresh mountain air and panoramic views await.

    When you reach Burnley, a medieval town with a historic market dating back 700 years, you are nearing the end of stage four. You will follow a bike path along Pendle Water before turning into Brierfield. With a station, various accommodation options, pubs and restaurants, Brierfield has all the necessary amenities for a pleasant stay.

    • August 17, 2019