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Heritage Cycle Trail

Type:Cycle Route

Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 2HX

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Heritage Cycle Trail
Unearth the stories of life in the past for both the rich and poor as you cycle along through Lancashire’s landscape, discovering the place that once led the world in cotton production.

Working mills, rich landowners’ mansions, Victorian schoolrooms and beautiful parkland can all be found in the mill town of Burnley.

Start your journey at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, the last surviving operational steam powered weaving mill in the world. Then go along the river and canal until you get to The Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre and discover what it was like to live in a 19th century mill town.

Take a different route and start your journey at Towneley Hall where you can enjoy the beautiful parkland and visit the former home of the Towneley family. After exploring the house, meander through the grounds heading to The Weavers’ Triangle.

Alternatively take the greenway from Padiham, which takes you on a gentle graded route through the town all the way to The Weavers’ Triangle. Stop off on the way to admire the Elizabethan gem that is Gawthorpe Hall.

With interesting places to visit, a safe and enjoyable route and an abundance of cafés to refuel, you’ll be sure to have a fun day out on your bikes on the Modern History Heritage Cycle Trail.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)




  • Distance: 1-5 Miles
  • Grade: Easy
  • Grade: Moderate


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The Weavers' Triangle Visitor CentreThe Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre, BurnleyLocated in the Wharfmaster's House and Canal Toll Office at Burnley Wharf, the Visitor Centre contains displays about The Weavers' Triangle, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the cotton industry and its workers. Admission is FREE.

Gawthorpe Hall (NT)Gawthorpe Hall, PadihamAn Elizabethan Gem in industrial Lancashire, period rooms, work by Charles Barry and Pugin, nationally important Rachel Kay - Shuttleworth textile collection, National Portrait Gallery paintings, connections to English Civil War.

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, BurnleyThis 14th century grade 1 listed hall has a rich history with many stories to tell, with grand period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures covering several centuries of life at the hall which was the home of the Towneley family for over 600 years.

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