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Letters RW, green on yellow arrowsRossendale Way

Gtr Manchester, Lancashire

64 km / 40 miles
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.

UPDATE MAY 2021 - We have been advised that there is a collapsed bridge near the Recreation Ground between Strongstry and Chatterton, GR 793 187. It may be best to seek an alternative route in this vicinity, possibly using the footpath on the west bank of the river.


Waymark: Letters RW, green on yellow arrows
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Letters RW, green on yellow arrows
Attributes: Challenging
Industrial History
Start and Finish: SD889248 - Sharneyford, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Rossendale Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Guide to the Rossendale Way  (Sigma Press  - 2011 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 103, 109
OS Landranger Active 103, 109
OS Explorer 21, 287
OS Explorer Active 21, 287

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61 km

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Rossendale Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 10/10/2021 09:19:58 - Minor alteration to route
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Rossendale Way Memory Map Route File
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Rossendale Way Tracklogs Route file
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Route Profile:

65.0 km (40.4 miles)
1,725 m (5,659 ft) ascent
463 m (1,519 ft)  maximum height

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