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2012 sees the 10th anniversary

 of the Mary Towneley Loop,

the first section of the Pennine

 Bridleway to be opened for

 riders, cyclists and


Make 2012 the year you

Loop the Loop with


Those who have experienced

 this trail will understand the

 vision and commitment of Mary, Lady

 Towneley, in whose honour it is named,

 and the affection we at Towneley

 Trailriding feel for our stunning

 landscape and the visitors it has brought



Matt riding Wellbrow Desperate Dan (Danny) on the trail near Lumb.



Members of Rossendale and Pendle Search and Rescue Team meet up with the Peers Clough Farm charity fundraisers to promote the MTL 2012 sponsored ride.

In February 2011 Matt Baker from BBC1's Countryfile programme came and rode a section of the Mary Towneley Loop.  

The Countryfile edition featured  the ancient routes that at one time linked upland communities for trade, and how they are being re-opened for tourists. With the development of canal, road and rail the old ways fell out of use. It was the vision of Mary, Lady Towneley to open up these historic routes for riders, cyclists and walkers and Cosi Towneley, her daughter, described her mother's passion. It became the job of Natural England to bring this vision to fruition.  Julie Thompson, Natural England's representative, talked about the legal and practical obstacles they have faced, and how much has been achieved. Peers Clough Farm featured as a place to stay  if riding the Mary Towneley Loop on your own horse.


 Cosi Towneley with Matt and Chris from                            February is not the best time to ride the Loop!      Peers Clough farm who owns Danny.


    Not content with one TV presenter, Towneley Trailriding also played host to Yvette Fielding (Blue Peter, Most Haunted) who rode the Loop with friends Morag and Victoria in the summer.


              They said "FANTASTIC! BE BACK AGAIN!!


We hope you, too, can bring your own horse to ride the Loop in this special anniversary year.                                             If you can't please visit

to sponsor the Peers Clough charity ride!

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