The Route


Red Rose 100


The route is anti-clockwise and leaves the Anderton Centre on the banks of Rivington Reservoir to climb up to the Pigeon Tower on the foothills of Winter Hill. From here you should have good views over the Lancashire plain including Blackpool Tower in the distance. The route then goes by the traffic free Belmont Road and along Catherine Edge to reach Slipper Lowe Car Park. There is then a climb to Darwen Jubilee Tower from where you can see over to the South of Lancashire including Manchester, The Pennines and the Peak District. The descent which then takes you by fields and lanes into Fenniscliffe on the outskirts of Blackburn. It is then into Witton Park and by tracks, lanes, fields and a reservoir to the Abbey town of Whalley.
The route then goes across tracks and moorland and into Witch Country to enter Barley. From here it is up onto Pendle Hill watching out for witches on the way to descend into the aptly named village of Downham. The route then undulates and crosses the River Ribble for the first time and enters the area known as the Forest of Bowland and the village of Bolton by Bowland. Farmland and lanes then take you right onto the Yorkshire Border and into Tosside.  The route then goes through Gisburn Forest and by the side of Stocks Reservoir before coming into the breakfast stop at Slaidburn.
After a hearty breakfast the route goes down the Hodder Valley along riverside paths and into Dunsop Bridge. Continuing higher up in the upper river valley the route climbs to go over moorland and then through farmland and tracks to enter Chipping. Via lanes you then go onto moorland and over Longridge Fell to then descend and into Hurst Green.
The route then goes onto the Ribble Way and then crosses the Ribble again before entering Mellor Brook.
By lanes and fields and river paths the route takes you past Hoghton Tower and onto Hoghton.
The final stretches are then through fields, canal and lanes and fields again to Brinscall.
From here via tracks and paths you go past several reservoirs to return to a warm welcome at the Anderton Centre where if you want you can refresh your feet by dipping them in the cooling water.

Geoff Holburt.

Below are the final versions of the route description. An A5, tablet and phone version will be available shortly. All entrants should carry a hard copy of the route description.

The whole route is covered by just two Ordnance Survey maps. These are 287 West Pennine Moors and OL41 Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale. We do not propose to print a special Ordnance survey map of the route as two maps is a reasonable amount to carry. The shape of the route means that it is difficult to provide a centred grid reference in order to print one map.

The only place that we need special permission for the day is at the start. If you do choose to recce the route, by all means drive down to the Anderton Centre to see where it is but do not leave your car there and do not use the track from the centre to Horrobin Lane that runs alongside the farm buildings. This is private (clearly marked as such) but the farmer has given permission for us to use it on the day of the event. Please respect this and do not upset him! Park at the free car park off Horrobin Lane behind Rivington Primary school which is over the reservoir dam and next right. This car park is on the route.

Stage 1. Anderton to Slipper Lowe.


Stage 2. Slipper Lowe to Feniscliffe.


Stage 3. Feniscliffe to Whalley.


Stage 4. Whalley to Barley.


Stage 5. Barley to Downham.


Stage 6. Downham to Bolton-By-Bowland.


Stage 7. Bolton-By-Bowland to Tosside.


Stage 8.Tosside to Slaidburn. (breakfast stop)


Stage 9. Slaidburn to Dunsop Bridge.


Stage 10. Dunsop Bridge to Chipping.


Stage 11. Chipping to Hurst Green.


Stage 12. Hurst Green to Mellor Brook.


Stage 13. Mellor Brook to Hoghton.


Stage 14. Hoghton to Brinscall.


Stage 15. Brinscall to Anderton. The Finish!



An A5 version is available below, click on the link.




A phone version is available below, click on the link. (please note that a hard copy must be carried)




An i-pad version is available below, please click on the link.




Click on the link below to see some photos taken along the route.


There is a GPX file, click on the link below.



This GPX file is broken down into 4 sections below.






We also have an offer from SATMAP. Please click on the links below to see this. SATMAP will be updated with the last version of the route.


 There is also a link on BING maps which allows several different viewing options. The route can be viewed on OS, Aerial, road etc. Click on the link below.!8127&form=LMLTCC




An overview of the whole route is below. This will be shown on the reverse side of your certificate.




Checkpoint data (opening/closing times) is available below.