|Mytholmroyd Community Centre offers a huge parking area with an honesty box Â£2 for all day at the time of writing. The ride starts here and esentially follow the canal for the first 11 miles to Littleborough. there are 2 options to start - Option 1 turn right out of the car park then right on the main road (A646) then left on Midgley road to pick up the canal towpath - turn left heading west. Option 2 turn left out of the car park and follow the map which follows minor roads and tracks to beyond Hebden Bridge where it also picks up the canal towpath. Follow the towpath all the way to just shoet of Littleborough where it crosses the A58. there is a convenient bench by a lock for a rest before tackling all the uphill. Turn left onto the A58 then soon afterwards fork right onto Blackstone Edge Road. This rises steeply through houses before emerging between fields and finally dipping to meet the A58 again. Go straight across here onto a track and continue to follow it as it climbs all the way up to the White House where it meets the A58 for the third time. Just after the white house turn left along the Blackstone Edge Resevoir dam wall. This is the Pennine Way. Follow this track until it passes the rocks of Cow's Mouth Quarry. Just after this ignore the fork to the right and continue ahead, then follow the bank of a long thin resevoir, before picking up the edge of a more normal shaped resevoir separated by a long straight stone wall with numbers pinned to it at intervals. At the end of this long straight go round the end of the resevoir and continue to follow the track of the pennine way as it strikes out across the moor. The path now becomes narrower and eventually is stone flagged for parts. Some of it is very rough and occasionally requires a high level of skill to ride but these are only short and few sections for a few steps walk may be required. Stoodley Pike - an obvious obelisk - will come into view in front of you and it appears you are heading towards it, but after dropping down into a coll, instead of continuing up the other side towards the pike fork right onto a slightly muddy grassy track, which rises only a short way before levelling off and dropping again. Eventually the track drops to the side of Withens Clough resevoir. Follow the track down the side of the resevoir and onto tarmac at the end. Now its a fast smooth descent down into the village of Crag Vale and a short but very steep pull up onto the B6138 at the end. Turn left onto the B6138 and enjoy the further 2 miles of fast descent to return to Mytholmroyd.
I logged 36Kms and it took me 3hrs 15 mins. I'm 57 and a bit overweight!