- SLH rides 2018
- General local cycling information
- Women on Wheels Jan-Mar 2018
- Previous SLH rides in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
1. Quiet bike rides from the Heatons 2018.
Discover the many quiet and off-road green routes around the Heatons and further afield, for commuting or pleasure. Our well-established rides are open to all, and the variety of lengths make some suitable for those who want to get back on their bikes after a break and families with children. Experienced cycle leaders will see no-one is left behind, and you get exercise while having fun in good company. By request, we are repeating several rides from previous years, but have added some new ones too.
Please keep an eye on the SLH website, in case of changes and look out for additional rides!
To book places – see below.
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
For all these rides numbers are limited, so please book places:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many adults and children will be coming and on which trips.
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 7:45 am. These Bike Friday rides are organised by FoE rather than SLH.
2. General local cycling information
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 online 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.
3. Women on Wheels Jan-March 2018
4. Previous SLH rides