from Futures Park you climb up the track to gate into the quarry. From
the gate there is yet more steep climbing up the section known as the
Tramway, bear with it is worth the climb. At the top you switch back
left on a track to the left which although technically double track will
still test your choice of line. At the point this track starts to pass
through the spoil tips there is a section of singletrack leading off to
your left. This is a really good point to stop, put your lungs back in
and turn around and admire the view across Rossendale.
trails are way marked but in places this can be rather subtle. Look out
for the red and black marker roundels, most are mounted on rocks at the
side of the trail.
Once you're breathing normally again head up the singletrack, cross
the double track and get back on to the singletrack again. The trail
curves around to you right skirting the spoil tips and brings you to the
rock ascent. This might be the first section you decide to session,
attempting to clear the climb without dabbing. At the top the trail
hairpins back on itself to the right and becomes a ribbon of singletrack
running along the top of the spoil tip you've just ridden around. The
trail bears to the left and brings you to the first black option. Here
you have a choice of stay right and follow the red graded trail or go
left and drop down the steep and rocky descent before shooting up the
other side to rejoin the red trail.
The trail the twist and turns through the old working bringing you
out onto a smooth level section that used to be a tramway for hauling
the stone when the quarry was working. Follow this past the information
point and look out for the trail disappearing off to your left. This is
the start of the Rollercoaster section. Almost immediately you'll hit a
right handed berm, followed by a left and then right again. This is
quickly followed up with another black / red choice. Go left for the
black and tackle the three drop offs or go right down a steep and loose
At the bottom turn sharp left back up the steep and loose track, this
one may have you pushing, seeing as your head is already down look out
for the section of fossilised river bed! The top of the climb brings you
more rideable singletrack bench cut into the side of the spoil heaps.
Several berms later and a couple of table tops will bring you out at the
original skills area. Have a play on the rocks and skinnies and admire
the view of Rossendale (assuming the cloud is down around you).
you've finished playing head up the track to the back of the quarry, at
the top you'll see the route up to the three descent lines that start at
the information sail. There's two red graded lines to the right and a
black graded line to the left, all short but excellent for honing your
berms skills and generally mucking about. The three lines bring you back
out at the skills area but there's a route back up to the top snaking
off to your left.
These three lines are definitely worth the time repeating.
Once you've finished drop back to the track and head to the back of
the quarry and climb up the steep incline to the terrace over looking
the quarry. On the terrace you'll find the start of the link to Cragg
Quarry. It's on your left and about the only point you can leave the
terrace. There's nearly always a stream flowing across the rail at this
point, the start of the link is very natural but you'll quickly pick up
the new section of bridleway that'll take you up to Rooley Moor Road and
across to Cragg Quarry.
the end of the terrace you'll come to the Qualifier for the main black
option. What looks like a jumble of boulders is in fact the start of the
This is a true black graded section, it requires good balance and
bike handling skills as it traverses the side of the spoil tips along a
series of boulders laid end to end. Get it wrong here and it's a 50ft
drop to the quarry floor. The end of this tech fest is a choice of steep
and testing drops taking you down to the floor of the quarry. The black
route winds through the lagoons and remains of the working on a series
of narrow boulder paths before climbing steeply back up a section of
double track to rejoin the red route.
The red route in the meantime stays high clinging to the sides of the
spoil tips and although not as techy as the black option the line is
still very exposed with an even greater drop off the edge with nothing
but the odd sheep to break your fall to the track below.
black rejoins the red at Windy Gap and continues to contour the slag
heaps high above the fields below. The trail starts to drop at the
Ginnel, a sharp stone flagged left hand berm which shoots you into a
rock garden descent.
The trail continues after the Ginnel continuing the dual themes of
rocky and narrow clinging to the side of the spoil tips. You eventually
come out at a special humped cattle grid which gives you access ot the
lower slopes of Lee Quarry.
This last section has a very different feel to the rest of the quarry
as there is far less rock and even some trees. More like a traditional
trail centre this section is fast and flowing. It starts off contouring
across the slopes below the paddock before a sharp left hander takes you
a steep descent peppered with table tops and other features. A right
handed berms shoots you back right to cross the double track and into
the trees. More tight singletrack and sharp corners take you on a fast
descent back to the gate at the beginning of the Tramway. From here's
it's either back up right to do it again or right back to the car.
The Pump Tracks
On your tour of the slag heaps you may have glimpsed the two pump
tracks nestling in the centre of the quarry. There are a number of ways
to get to them, after climbing the tramway at the start instead of
turning left follow the track straight on into the quarry. From the red
route you can get to the pump tracks from the skills area after the
rollercoaster (face north looking into the valley and take the track
leading to the left) or from where the red and black rejoin at Windy
Gap, retrace your steps back down the track the black comes up.
The picture above shows the original pump track with the drop off
lines up behind it, the newer pump track is nestled away below the
cliffs off to the left of this photograph.