DetailsThe Mary Towneley Loop has a variety of surfaces including grass tracks, stone setts, stone causeways, aggregate paths and some quiet roads. User-friendly gates, Pegasus crossings at main roads and clear signage. The route is hilly and steep in places and is circular, so you can choose your start point according to your preferences.
Lady Mary Towneley first conceived of the idea for a long distance route over the Pennines for horse riders and campaigned for the Pennine Bridleway National Trail for many years. In 1986 Mary rode on horseback 250 miles (402 km) from Corbridge, Northumberland to Ashbourne, Derbyshire to launch the idea of a Pennine Bridleway.
Sadly Mary died on 13th February 2001 after a long and bravely fought illness. The Mary Towneley Loop is dedicated to her memory and opened in 2002.
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The Pennine Bridleway runs for 205 miles (330km) from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The Bridleway runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way, but offers access for Horse Riders, Cyclists and Walkers.
The Mary Towneley Loop is a 47 mile section of the Pennine Bridleway with a variety of tracks, looping past Blackshaw Head, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge Todmorden, Walsden where you will encounter open moorland and hidden reservoirs, ancient packhorse tracks sweeping into valleys with gritstone walls, mill chimneys and canals offering a both a glimpse of past histories.
For more information about walking in Calderdale, please visit our Walking page.
Type Adventure & Leisure, Cycling & Mountain Biking, Riding & Trekking, Walking, Wildlife & Nature Location Across Calderdale Address Todmorden, Waldsen, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall Web Address www.nationaltrail.co.uk/penninebridleway Recharge Point No
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Pennine Bridleway & The Mary Towneley Loop
TodmordenWaldsen Hebden Bridge Heptonstall
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