Rivington Pike and the surrounding area is a popular spot for mountain bikers. It is just north of Bolton in the West Pennines Moors in Lancashire. The riding in these parts mainly takes place around Anglezarke, Yarrow and the Rivington reservoirs as well as the Anglezarke and Rivington moors and Winter Hill. Close by is the Healey Nab downhill base.
The area is natural trail riding on a network of bridleways so there is no MTB trail specific way marking or grading. Hence we have incorporated some of the useful sites and routes out there we have come across to get you started. Some of the top spots are White Coppice, the San Marino descent, the Shooting hut descent and the Two Lads descent.
Useful Sites and Routes
- This is a 12 km (7.3 mile) mtb route around Rivington Pike. Good for an evening blast or a day ride. The route is stone based and so is all weather and a safe bet most of the year. There are some neat descents with drop offs and ruts to dodge like Belmont Road as well as fast and sloppy descents like Wilderswood. Check it out here.
- This Rivington mountain bike route is longer at 28km ( 17.5 miles) and goes through Rivington Country Park, including Rivington Pike. It also leaves the park and takes in the surrounding reservoirs in the valley. The trail has a few technical sections but is predominately moderate in ability for experienced riders. You can get turn by turn instructions and download maps and files here.
- Two main routes pulled out on this handy site. The first is called Winter Hill and back and the other is Rivington Pike & Healey Nab. It also pulls out a rocky downhill section with a Tarmac drop off called the Ice Cream Run. Full details here.
Groups and Clubs
- The Rivington Heritage Trust are seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to increase investment into the area which could well benefit the mtb opportunities.
- If you have ridden the trails around Rivington Pike and the surrounding area then please also upload your own routes and share your pictures, videos and reviews.