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National Trail AcornPennine Bridleway - Mary Towneley Loop

72 km / 45 miles

Gtr Man, Lancs, W Yorks
Part of the purpose-built long distance National Trail bridleway for horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers, this high level route encircles Todmorden, Bacup, The Rossendale Valley, Whitworth and passes close to Hebden Bridge. It crosses Heptonstall Moor, Black Moor, Worsthorn Moor and visits many of the valley bottoms. 120 miles of the main route are open in Derbyshire and the South Pennines. In the Yorkshire Dales the 10 mile Settle Loop is also available. Lady Mary Towneley MBE was the instigator of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.


Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: Challenging; Horse Ride (Multi User); Moorland
Start and Finish:
SD969262 - Charlestown, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
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Web Sites: Pennine Bridleway National Trail - Mary Towneley Loop - PDF
  Mary Towneley Loop - Map

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet: Pennine Bridleway - Mary Towneley Loop Guide (Natural England)
Paperback: Pennine Bridleway (South): Derbyshire to the South Pennines (National Trail Guides) (Aurum Press - 2004)
Booklet: Mary Towneley Loop: A Pocket Guide to the 48 Mile Loop of the Pennine Bridleway for Horseriders, Cyclists and Walkers (Forest of Rossendale Bridleways Association - 2004)
Certificate: Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)


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OS Landranger: 103109
OS Landranger Active: 103109
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Hostel Accommodation: Mankinholes YHA, Mankinholes, Todmorden, Lancashire < 1 Km 65 Km
Self-catering: Cragg Cottages  (bookable online) 3 Km 69 Km
Hotels: Croft Mill  (bookable online) 2 Km 71 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hebden Bridge Hostel 2 Km 71 Km

Connected Paths:

Path Variant of: Pennine Bridleway National Trail
E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm
National Trails (England & Wales): Pennine Bridleway - West Pennine Link (under development); Pennine Way National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Burnley Way; Calderdale Way; Irwell Sculpture Trail; Rochdale Way; Rossendale Way; Todmorden Centenary Way; Weighver's Way
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Other Paths: Fielden Trail; Paulinus Way; Railway Heritage Trail; South Pennine Ring; Three Ridings on Foot; Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle); Yorkshire Water Way
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Anytime Challenges: Aiggin Stone Amble Anytime Challenge; Bronte Round; Burnley to Bingley; Four Pikes Hike; Hebden Valleys Heritage Trek; Pioneers Round; Ramsbottom Round; Six Trigs Challenge Walk; Twin Valley 20 Walks
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Route Profile:

71.4 Km (44.4 miles)
2,082 m (6,831 ft) ascent
463 m (1,519 ft)  maximum height