Mary Towneley Loop
A challenging 47 mile “loophole” in the Pennine Bridleway, which like Everest demands to be tackled “because it’s there!”
The Mary Townley Loop is named after the horse-rider who campaigned for both the Pennine Bridleway and the loop which now bears her name. The Pennine Bridleway runs roughly parallel to the famous Pennine Way footpath, whilst the Mary Townley Loop describes a rough circle to the West of the linear routes in the border country between Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The Loop is approximately contained by the textile towns of Rochdale, Halifax and Burnley, but although close to the huge conurbations of Manchester, Bradford and Leeds, not to mention numerous towns and villages in this cradle of the industrial revolution, much of it crosses remote peat moorland at and above the 300 metre contour and it requires both navigational expertise and a degree of technical riding ability.