Northern Grip, a two-day festival celebrating mountain bike culture takes place in early July 2017. Now in its second year, it is moving to a new location, near Bacup in Rossendale. The event hub is Lee Quarry, where you will find demo cycles, trade stands, Q+As with experts, and bike clinics. Adding to the festival atmosphere will be local food and booze, plus a performance from New Orleans inspired jazzers Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners. The quarry is the starting point for many kinds of bike trails. Rides for every skill level, from 3km pootles to 30km steep climbs, are all mapped out. There are also climb-free options if you just want to take in the views. Bacup is a bit difficult to get to by rail, but is easily accessible via the M66 and A681. Or if you’re feeling extra masochistic, you could cycle the whole way there.

Sat 8 – Sun 9 Jul, Lee Quarry, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, OL13 0BB, Tel: 07710 856 652, £25,

Sat 8 Jul - Sun 9 Jul
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Sun 2 Jul 2017