If you are new to this section or website then please read the Introduction to Road Riding post first. If you are new to road riding make sure you are confident riding the Bike Works Saddleworth Moor circular.
This is a moderate – hard ride.
There are three new climbs to watch out for [in addition to Standedge]. These are Newhey Road, Blackstone Edge and Ripponden Bank.
The climb of Newhey Rd out of Denshaw is steep and the following fast descent has some sharp corners and interesting road textures. Be warned in cold weather the stream that runs across the road can freeze into sheet ice!!
Blackstone Edge is a hill climb course. This starts near the Leonard Cheshire Home and finishes at the post 100 yards before the pub. Sub 10 minutes is the mark to aim for. It is not a particularly steep course for a hill climb but the gradient is consistent for much of its length. Enough to sort the sheep from the [mountain] goats.
Ripponden Bank is a traditional finisher for the hill climb season, run for many years by the Huddersfield Cycling Association. This is more of a classic pennine hill climb with a steep start to push you into the red, a flatter middle section and a ramp at the end. The superfit can attack and take their chances, others may be advised to treat the climb with caution and drop to the granny ring. The course finishes about 100 yards after the turn signed on the route.
Just in case you thought the hard work was over, some may consider the final drag up to Buckstones a climb, especially if there is a headwind. Beware the crossing of the M62 bridge [the highest motorway section in England] there can be severe cross winds here.
Follow the Denshaw circular to five lane ends. Go straight across the cross roads. At the Newhey T junction turn right. As the road straightens after the bend take the right hand turn to Milnrow. Soon after the motorway bridge take the angled right hand turn. At the T junction turn right then immediately left. Then first right and first right again. Follow this road up through the estate to the T junction. Turn left then right as the road begins to turn downhill, this is signed to Hollingworth Lake, most of the oncoming traffic will be taking your turn.
[As an alternative simpler route continue on the road under the motorway bridge in Milnrow until the right hand turn to Hollingworth Lake. This has been avoided as it can be busy, the climb up Kiln Lane is steep and traffic + climbing = stress]
At the T junction turn right round the lake and in Littleborough turn right up Blackstone Edge [Halifax]. In Ripponden go through the lights and immediately right down hill [B6113]. At the top of Ripponden Bank take the right fork up hill. Turn right at the cross roads [B6114]. Eventually this will take you to the Buckstones car park on the Denshaw Circular Route. turn left and home.
A note on cafes
At the ripponden junction on the right hand side of the road is a small cafe. I was out with a friend one Sunday morning and we stopped there for a coffee. The owner apologised, she was having a spring clean and the cafe was shut. But then she made us a coffee each, no charge. So if you fancy a cake stop, that would appear to be the place to go.
A better image and directions for this route can be found on bikely.com search for Bike-Works-Hollingworth-LakeBlackstone-Edge.