Photos: Sarah Mason

Worsthorne Restoration Unveiled

In 2011, work began on a large project at Worsthorne Moor, above Burnley, which has not only seen the restoration of internationally important heather and peatland, but also the installation of Hurstwood Reservoir Mountain Bike Trail (click here for news story).

Lancashire County Council and United Utilities worked together as part of the Watershed Landscape Project to transform Worsthorne Moor into a haven for wildlife, walkers and mountain bikers.

'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 as its 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 a kilometre long and is aimed at beginners and improvers. It’s been well received and has been filmed by enthusiasts for You Tube.

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 internationally important peatland.' Robin Gray (Project Manager).

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Cultural Services said 'I am delighted with the very positive feedback the County Council has received from people using the new mountain bike trail at Hurstwood. It serves to show that by working in partnership with Pennine Prospects and United Utilities we have created a fantastic facility for the people of Burnley and Lancashire.'

Dave Oyston, United Utilities Central Area Ranger added 'This work is complementing the large scale habitat and landscape restoration work being carried out under the Sustainable Catchment Management (SCaMP) project which has been funded by United Utilities and Natural England. The Mountain Bike trail is proving a very popular venue for novices and seasoned bikers alike.'