Bike Ride to Chadkirk Chapel
July 27 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A pedal powered adventure through Stockport’s green spaces to Chadkirk Chapel
This is a mostly off-road route, passing along national cycle trails and finishing at Chadkirk Church near Marple. On the day of our ride, the annual Dressing of the Well takes place. We return by the same route.
See a bit of Stockport history! On this ride you will pass two medieval Halls and arrive at the 16th Century Chadkirk Chapel to witness a well dressing.
Our route drops down to the Trans Pennine Trail by the River Mersey, before going through Stockport Town Centre to pick up the Trail once more by the River Tame. We then head up through Reddish Vale Park before dropping down to Pear Mill where we pick up the NCN55 and the start of the Etherow-Goyt Valley Way. We first pass by Bredbury Hall (this site is mentioned in the Domesday Book!), and then Goyt Hall, where you may be able to pick up a coffee at the hut (if it’s open!). The route then continues along gravel trails before crossing the main road into Chadkirk.
The Chapel is usually only open to the public on the last Sunday of the month, but on the day of our ride, the annual Dressing of the Well takes place. The event starts at 12 noon and finishes at 5pm, with the formal well dressing taking place at 1pm. We aim to be there for about 12:30 and will leave no later than 2pm. There are hot drinks and cakes on sale, although you may want to bring your own lunch.
The Stockport Silver Band, Stockport Ukulele Players and Stockport Morris Men will be performing, and there will be stalls selling locally grown plants, second-hand books, cards, paintings, crafts, Chadkirk Comfrey Oil and Chadkirk Elderflower Cordial.
This event is designed for families.
The Route: is perfect for riders of all skill levels and is mostly on gravel cycle paths. There are a few main roads to cross, and there is one short steep section where you may find it easier to get off and push. The gravel tracks can be rough in parts and we recommend at least 28mm tyres. Electric bikes and trailers are welcome.
The Scenery: The countryside on the Etherow-Goyt Valley way is very pretty, and you will feel a million miles from the city. We run along three of Stockport’s rivers – the Mersey, the Tame and the Goyt.
Bring: Please bring a roadworthy bike, a drink and a picnic lunch, plus money for refreshments (NB cash only at Chadkirk Chapel). Also bring a bike lock in case you want to wander around whilst at Chadkirk.
Weather: Please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We ride rain or shine!
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