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Letters RW, green on yellow arrowsRossendale Way

66 km / 41 miles

Gtr Man, Lancs
A high-level route around Bacup, Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Whitworth in the Rossendale Valley, crossing the open moors and farmland of the South Pennines which roughly follows the Rossendale Borough boundary. Although easy to follow, it does need care in poor conditions. The waymarked Weighver's Way (9 miles and on OS mapping) is a linear route from Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough, which connects with the Rossendale Way at Healey Dell. See Burnley Way, Crowthorn Rose and Irwell Sculpture Trail.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Letters RW, green on yellow arrows Waymark: Letters RW, green on yellow arrows
Attributes: Challenging; Moorland; Industrial History
Start and Finish:
SD889246 - Sharneyford, Lancs
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Web Sites: GPS Routes - Rossendale Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Folder: Rossendale Way (Rossendale Borough Council)
Leaflet: Weighver's Way (Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre)
Paperback: Guide to the Rossendale Way (Sigma Leisure - 2011)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 103109
OS Landranger Active: 103109
OS Explorer: 21287
OS Explorer Active: 21287

Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): Pennine Bridleway - Mary Towneley Loop; Pennine Bridleway - West Pennine Link (under development)
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Burnley Way; Irwell Sculpture Trail; Rochdale Way; Todmorden Centenary Way; Weighver's Way
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Other Paths: Moorland Heights Clog; Railway Heritage Trail; Three Ridings on Foot; Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle); West Pennine Moors Bridleway Loop (under construction)
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Anytime Challenges: Aiggin Stone Amble Anytime Challenge; Aiggin Stone Amble Short Route; Crowthorn Crawl; Crowthorn Rose; Crowthorn Star; Four Pikes Hike; Hyndburn Clog; Pioneers Round; Ramsbottom Round; Spanners Round; Three Towers Circuit; Twin Valley 20 Walks; Two Crosses Circuit; Witches Way
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Route Profile:

65.5 Km (40.7 miles)
1,734 m (5,689 ft) ascent
463 m (1,519 ft)  maximum height