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Lancaster to Huddersfield Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameLancaster to Huddersfield
Distance : miles (km)66.09  (106.36)
Posted ByAdam Mitchell
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationLancaster University
End LocationUniversity of Huddersfield
Cycle Steps
Lancaster to Huddersfield
75 miles / 120km

Leaving the University Campus, the ride heads south to Galgate before leaving the main road and heading for the hills, climbing to Street and crossing over the infamous Trough of Bowland.

This is a long climb, steep in sections. Care is required on the descent to the village of Dunsop Bridge.

Continuing along the picturesque road to Whitewell, home of the Inn at Whitewell, a climb of around one mile follows, along a wooded road. Turning left at the top, this takes the riders to Bashall Eaves.

Following the quiet B2646, the route passes through Great Mitton and into Whalley where there are cafes and a railway station for those who have had their fill of riding for the day!

Climbing out of Whalley and very briefly joining the A671, the route soon picks up the old Roman road, ‘Back Lane’, now a single track route taking the riders to Fence. Passing between Nelson and Burnley on the B6248, the route is quite built up for a time before passing Nelson Golf Club and heading back into the countryside along Halifax Raod, riding past Widdop Reservoir and the Pack Horse Inn towards Slack and Hebdon Bridge.

Extreme care is required on the steep descent into Hebden Bridge. There are cafes, shops and a train station in Hebden Bridge.

Riding south of the A646 on a much quieter road, the route heads to Sowerby before joining the A6026, keeping south of Halifax. This road can be busy, so care is requires. Leaving the main road and taking roads to the south of the river, going through Greetland and following Blackley Road, Lindley Road, Haigh House Hill, the route crosses beneath the M62 to a T-junction, where a left turn is taken onto Lindley Moor Road (A643).

Turning right at Weather Hill Road brings the riders to West Street, where they turn left through the area of Huddersfield suburb of Lindley and to the A629.

Note that the A629 is a busy town centre road and you are now riding in Huddersfield. Care and attention required. Follow road into the city centre, avoiding the ring road and following cycle/pedestrian signs to the railway station and then the university.


This road ride is approximately 75 miles and is a tough course with a considerable amount of climbing throughout.

An experienced and fit cyclist will have a ride time of approximately 5 hours (15mph).
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