Chorley
265 metres climb
Risk assessed route
Distance - 12.7 miles
Bike suitability - Mountain Bike,Hybrid (road tyres)
Route rating
4 stars
(18 reviews)
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Starting point

The Barn Visitors Centre
Berkeley Drive
Chorley
Lancashire
PR5 6BY

Cuerden Valley Park, Wigan Road entrance, Chorley, PR5 6AS

This is a fantastic circular route starting in the wonderful Cuerden Valley Park & taking in Chorley's historic & new villages and woods. Along the route you can see bluebells, rhododendron & other flowers in full bloom and rabbits & squirrels are everywhere.

You start in Cuerden Valley Park riding past the lake & through four different woods to Whittle Le Woods then drop down to MaltHouse Farm where you can sit by the canal & enjoy a refreshment stop. From there the route visits the beautiful village of Wheelton where you can admire the clock tower before heading up towards Denham & Simpson's Woods and back along the canal to Top Locks, giving a chance to see working canal locks.

You'll work your way down to Thorpe Green & on to the new village of Clayton Brook before going through Green Wood & back into Cuerden Valley Park to take a different path back to the start.

There are a couple of short hills on the route so if necessary take these at a slow, steady pace. This is a great ride around some of Chorley's finest attractions. It's ideal for people & families who want to stretch their legs a little. There will be something new for everyone.