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Finishing touches for East Lancashire £300,000 cycle track
AN AMBITIOUS £300,000 off-road bike track on the outskirts of Burnley has been completed.
The Hurstwood Reservoir Mountain Bike Trail, between Worsthorne and Hurstwood, opened to riders last year.
Now final improvements have been made to the track’s car park and information signs installed along the route.
The Watershed Landscape project has been backed by Lancashire County Council and United Utilities and managed by Pennine Prospects.
Robin Gray, from Pennine Prospects, said: “As part of this project we have recently installed a number of information boards to tell people what this area has to offer, including a window into the area’s fascinating historical links to the Towneley family of Burnley.
“As well, they tell of the town’s links to the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the last 400 years.
“The area is excellent for walkers and now mountain bikers with the recent opening of the mountain bike trail, which is about one kilometre long and is aimed at beginners and improvers. It’s been well received and has been filmed by enthusiasts for YouTube.
“These large projects have also included the refurbishment of Maiden Cross car park, with embankments, hidden walls, traditional dry stone walling and the planting of native species to improve the habitat for endangered ground-nesting birds and to help restore the important peatland.”
Funding for the Watershed Landscape project was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the South Pennines LEADER programme, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.
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