Cycling is a sustainable, cheap, low-energy way to get about with the added benefit of pleasurable exercise, and usually in good company. A recent extensive survey showed that many more people would cycle if they were aware of quiet routes ….. and to help this Stockport (and Manchester in general) has been improving existing cycle routes and adding others, over recent years.

We are well served here with many quiet residential streets, plus notably the Trans Pennine Trail passing through Heaton Norris & Heaton Mersey; and with Nelstrop Road in Heaton Chapel or Errwood Road, just over Heaton Moor golf course both linking to the Fallowfield Loop Line. These and many more routes can be seen on the set of 10 TfGM cycling maps either on-line or in paper form. These show that there are some surprisingly quiet, traffic-free, green corridors through the suburbs of Manchester. Even if you don’t have a bike, most of these routes allow pleasant walking too.

To help make people aware of such routes, SLH  has organised several bike rides in each of the last few years, all starting within the Heatons and around 4 to 15 miles long. Last year’s rides list is shown below and the 2017 rides are being organised now. Whether you’re fairly new to cycling, coming back after a break or more experienced but wanting to discover more routes, these rides could be for you. We go at the pace of the slowest, so no-one is left behind.

Our routes are largely off-road, on well surfaced paths, but sometimes use quiet roads; and to cross busier roads we’re always prepared to dismount and push.

Most rides have a specific destination and allow you time there, for example at a Hall, Art gallery or Museum usually with a cafe to enjoy. Or they may be to an event or activity like pond-dipping or bird watching, or even to see a Shakespearean play!

Descriptions of past rides & routes will be added to these pages at a later date – these should make it easier to ride independently or inform friends about the routes.

TfGM and associated organisations offer training to cyclists of all abilities from those completely new to riding through to those already much more experienced. They also provide various levels of bike maintenance courses at several centres including locally in Stockport.  If anyone is interested in helping with our SLH led rides, there are ride leader training courses available too.  All these sessions, apart from for example the most advanced wheel-building courses, are free of charge. Across Manchester there are many other cycling clubs and organisations that might be of interest.




Quiet bike rides from the Heatons, 2017.

Our rides are open to all and the SLH team particularly welcome those who want to get back on their bikes after a break or who are new to cycling, as well as families with children. They will be led by experienced cycle leaders who will make sure that no-one is left behind. By request, a couple of the rides this year are longer and more challenging.







May 7th Sunday  Manchester via the Velodrome.

This ride is off road from the orchard field in Heaton Chapel to near Piccadilly in Manchester. Along Nelstrop Rd to the Fallowfield Loop, then follow the route of the old Stockport canal to the Ashton canal. We’ll call in to the Velodrome and adjacent BMX track, then continue by the canal to Piccadilly basin and station. Return by the same route or catch the train or use the new Wilmslow Rd cycleway.

Meet at 10:15:  Orchard in Heaton Chapel. Access from Meadows Rd or Nelstrop Rd.

Distance: 13 miles, flat.     Finish time: around 4pm


June 11th Sunday  Macclesfield canal via Chadkirk & Middlewood Way. More challenging.

Our longest ride, using the Trans Pennine Trail, Alan Newton Way and the Middlewood Way we’ll finish up at the small cafe at Bailey’s Trading Post, though nearby are the Boars Head inn and the Anson engine museum. And you could continue on a short & quiet, albeit rough track into Lyme Park. Almost all off-road.

Meet at 10:15:  Heaton Norris Park,  Love Lane.

Distance: 21 miles with couple of hills (easily walkable).

Finish time: around 4:30pm


July 23rd Sunday  Halls circular route. More challenging.

A fairly long ride, taking in the various Halls around Stockport. Starting at Brinksway Bridge in Heaton Norris to see Pendlebury, Bredbury, Goyt, Offerton, Bramall, Bruntwood & Abney Halls. With a cafe stop at one of them.

Meet at 10:15:  Pedestrianised Brinksway Bridge over the Mersey, near Pyramid, Heaton Norris.

Distance: 17 miles,  some roads.

Finish time: around 4:30pm


August 18th Friday  Wythenshawe park.

On this easier trip we’ll visit both the Horticultural centre and the Cycling centre that has, for one £2 payment a whole raft of bike and trike types to try. We’ll check on how the repairs are coming on after the fire at the hall and the cafe will be open.

The route is largely off road on good paths via Didsbury and Northenden.

Meet  at 10:15 :  Heaton Moor Library Car Park

Distance: 12 miles flat.

Finish time: around 4pm


September 10th Sunday  Moravian Settlement & Portland Basin Museum.

On the Sunday of Heritage weekend, this combines 2 of our previous popular destinations that are close together. Going on well surfaced paths and the Ashton canal towpath ….. step back in time to the Moravian Settlement at Fairfield. Then on via the canal to the Portland Basin museum in the 1834 warehouse at its junction with the Peak Forest canal. Cafes at both locations.

Meet at 10:15:  Orchard in Heaton Chapel. Access from Meadows Rd or Nelstrop Rd.

Distance: 15 miles flat.

Finish time: around 4pm


October 1st Sunday  The Whitworth & the Manchester Museum.

We’ll drop down to Green Pastures then follow the Trans Pennine Trail to Didsbury, to join the recently completed cycleway through Withington, Fallowfield and Rusholme, on this 10 mile ride, passing the Whitworth Art Gallery in the University of Manchester. Then on to the Manchester Museum a short distance further along Oxford Road. We’ll return using different quiet roads and off-road routes.

Meet at 10:15 : In the car park at the back of the Moor Top pub on Heaton Moor Rd.

Distance: 12 miles flat.

Finish time: around 4pm



Numbers are limited, so please book places.  Email:  saying how may adults and children will be coming and on which rides.

Participants should bring a roadworthy bike and under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Looking forward to seeing you!

And don’t forget that on the Last Friday of each month, there are morning rides into Manchester leaving Heaton Chapel train station at 8:05 am. These Bike Friday rides are organised by FoE rather than SLH.



2016 bike rides

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