Cycling 2018

Here are the bike rides that SLH organised during 2018.

April 29th, Sunday.    The Heatons’ Green Spaces.
Discover some local history on this circular tour that takes in many of the parks & other green areas in the Heatons. We’ll carry on to Reddish Vale visitor centre for a cafe stop.

Meet at 10:15 : Thornfield Park   Heaton Moor.
Distance: 12 miles with some small ups and downs.
Finish time: around 3:30pm

May 13th, Sunday.    Chorlton Water Park.
A largely off-road trip along Nelstrop Road, the Fallowfield Loop and through Chorlton Park to Chorlton Water Park. There we’ll meet RSPB staff who look after this nature reserve along with Manchester council and various volunteer groups.  With a possible extension to Sale Water Park.

Meet at 10:15  Community Orchard. Heaton Chapel.
Distance: 15 miles flat.
Finish time: around 4pm

June 10th Sun. Heatons Summer Festival.
SLH will have a stand at the Heatons Summer Festival,  at  Heatons Sports Club, Green Lane, Heaton Moor so come along and see us there. We are also considering a short ride ….. watch this space or pop along early to our stand to find out more.

June 24th, Sunday.    Media City, Salford Docks and Ordsall Hall
A trip of contrasts ….. with the journey there using the Fallowfield Loop Greenway to 3 very different destinations within a stone’s throw of each other:  Media City’s new steel & glass, the Victorian heavy duty masonry and bridges of the Salford docks and then Ordsall Hall, parts of which date from 1360 with, in its grounds, carefully tended allotments.

Meet at 10:15 : Community Orchard. Heaton Chapel.
Distance: 22 miles flat.
Finish time: around 5pm

July 31st, Tuesday evening.    HandleBards: Romeo & Juliet.
The HandleBards, a troupe of 4 Shakespearean players, will be performing Romeo & Juliet by the side of the Sustrans’ Fallowfield Loop cycle track, at the Quadrants  in Levenshulme. It will be a pay-what-you-can event, doors at 5:30pm and curtain at 6:30pm. Bring a rug, cushion or low chair, and a picnic tea. In case of wet weather bring a poncho rather than an umbrella … though an adjacent, covered, wet-weather venue is being investigated.

The route there will be largely off-road on well-surfaced tracks, with some quiet side roads.

Meet at 5:15 : Moor Top pub car park Heaton Moor.
Distance: 2 miles flat, each way.
Finish time: performance ends at 8:30pm.

Aug 26th, Sunday.    Quarry Bank Mill.
On this trip we’ll pass by Abney Hall and Bruntwood Hall on our way to Quarry Bank and its Mill that is due to re-open at the end of July; there’s plenty to do at this NT property and in its grounds. And there are 2 cafes and an ice cream parlour!

Meet at 10:15 : Moor Top pub car park Heaton Moor.
Distance: 18 miles flat.
Finish time: around 4pm

Sept 22nd, Saturday.    Wythenshawe Park – Simply Cycling
On this easier trip we’ll visit both the greenhouse area and the Simply Cycling centre that has, for one £2 payment a whole raft of bike and trike types to try for an hour and a half. 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 & Northenden and we may call in at Fletcher Moss gardens en route.

Meet at 10:15am: Moor Top pub car park Heaton Moor.
Distance: 12 miles flat.
Finish time: around 4pm

Oct 13th, Saturday.    Dunham Massey.
Our longest ride this year will be largely along sections of the Trans Pennine Trail and the Bridgewater canal to the National Trust property at Dunham Massey.

Meet at 9:15 : Moor Top pub car park Heaton Moor.
Distance: 30 miles flat.
Finish time: around 5pm