go to PeakAudax Home Page
www.DelphCyclist.info/WhalleyPerm.html

Where's Whalley? 100

Perms from 01/08/2020Perms from 01/08/2020 CTC: the national cyclists' organistion AUK: the UK's premier long distance cyclists' association
page updated: 23:40 - 11/08/2020
             Home                     Calendar Events               Permanent Events                  M & D CTC           
 
  Wigley Perms     Marple Perms     UK Perms   
50km
Elementary 50       
Elland 50           
Torrs 50            
100km
LymeStone 100       
Radway 100          
Whalley 100         
150km
Audlem 150          
200km
Chirk 200           
Eccleshall 200      
Eureka 200          
Goolish 200         
Holt 200            
Llanfair 200        
Mere 200            
Newport 200         
Oat Cuisine 200     
Prestatyn 200       
Ruthin 200          
Scarborough 200     
See Dee 200         
St Asaph 200        
Trough 200          
Wigley 200          
Wylde Fyre 200      
300km
Monty 300           
Plains 300          
400km
Llanfair PG 400     
600km
Kirtons 600         
 
P100

In search of the ruins of Whalley Abbey. When Henry VII ordered the dissolution of the Monasteries and kicked out the Cistercian Brothers, he could hardly have imagined cyclists visiting the cafe there.

You reach Whalley from Saddleworth by riding through Milnrow and Todmorden. The way to Padiham then follows the Cliviger Gorge which has the rare distinction of having the River Calder appear to flow up one side and down the other. In fact, there are two entirely different rivers with the same name; the Lancashire Calder flowing out through Todmorden to the Humber Estuary on the east coast, while the Lancashire Calder flows through Whalley to the Ribble estuary on the west coast.
whal Perm map
click on route map to expand

The return is through York, but not that one; there's another one in Lancashire. On a clear day you can catch a glimpse of Blackpool Tower. From Rishworth you use the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool which lets you avoid an awkward motorway junction. Then you avoid Accrington by using the former railway track to Haslingden.

The local cyclists refer to this climb as Meat Pie Mountain, but vegetarians can think of it as Cheese and Onion Pie Mountain if they wish.

The ride then climbs past Owd Betts on the way through Rochdale and Shaw.
Gateway into Whalley Abbey
Gateway into Whalley Abbey

The start is in Uppermill, Saddleworth. If you drive here, it's handy for M62 junction 22 and there is free all-day parking at the car park by the leisure centre. If arriving by train, Greenfield Station has connections to Manchester and Leeds. TransPennine Trains allow a limited number of bikes on trains which they insist must be pre-booked, a policy ruthlessly observed.
Some Useful Café Suggestions:

  53km: Whalley, Cafe at the Abbey
 108km: Uppermill, Many cafes, including Abaco and Cellar Pot
TOP OF PAGE       
Home              
Calendar Events   
Permanent Events  
M & D CTC         

Valid HTML 4.01 TransitionalValid HTML 4.01 Transitional