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Wycoller – Coldwell Reservoir

Another bike ride starting from Wycoller village just over the border in Lancashire. This time picking up The Pendle Way towards Coldwell Reservoir part of the Pennine Bridleway.

Pleasant, open and quiet is the only way to describe the first two thirds of this route. But later including some superb technical off roading alongside the ravine past Saucer Hill. Ending finally with a tricky rocky descent towards Turnhole Clough bridge and a steaming fast return on the Smith Clough descent back to Wycoller.

Overall, a top quality ride, we never met another soul so if solitude is your thing, here’s the place to go. We come back, year after year to ride this route.


Total distance 9.2Miles
Grin Factor

Total Distance: 9.2 Miles
Total Climbing: 2739.5 ft
Time: 1.29 hrs

Off-road: 4.9 mi
On-road: 4.2 mi

Climbing Distance: 2.8 mi
Descent Distance: 3.1 mi
Flat Distance: 3.5 mi

Terrain: Tarmac, hard packed bridleway, rocky & pitted single track – very boggy in the wet.


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The Route

Start Point:  Wycoller village car park.

  • Exit Wycoller carpark left, then 1st left Keighley Road and left onto Church Street through Trawden Village (past the huge jam bowl)
  • Right B6250 towards Hebden Bridge (Burnley Road) after a long tarmac climb, right at the junction onto Back Lane towards Coldwell
  • Pass Coldwell Activity centre and upper Coldwell reservoir on your right, look out for a bridleway sign on your left just before lower Coldwell reservoir.
  • From this point follow Pennine Bridleway (PBW) signs towards Wycoller, it is well signposted. A long straight bridleway follows.
  • The bridleway eventually transforms into rough and rocky packhorse track running parallel to a drystone wall.. Watch out for the ravine at Saucer Hill, you ride next to a sheer 20 foot drop on your right, in strong winds its lethal, but fun.
  • Continue as the bridleway descends eventually at a bridge (Turnhole Clough) which you cross and through the gate
  • At the 2nd gate on your left (the first is a public footpath. Follow the path toward Wycoller village

Route Photos

Start point, left onto tarmac from wycoller car park.
1st left keighley road following signs to trawden.
Left onto church street. trawden.
Right onto burnley road towards hebden bridge.
Left back lane towards coldwell.
Hidden left onto bridleway past lower coldwell reservoir.
The pendle way with boulsworth hill on your right.
Straight on.
Pendle way. saucer hill clough.
Bridleway turns to tarmac. straight on.
As road bears left, follow bridleway straight on to wycoller.
Turnhole clough bridge.
2nd left pennine bridleway.
Smith clough descent.
Riverside track return to wycoller village.

Food & Stuff

Whitesides deli and butchers, a mile or so away at the Winewall/Colne/Carleton roundabout (awesome). On route just a post office and a pub in Trawden village and a Cafe at start/end point in Wycoller.

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