Cycling 2017

Here are the bike rides that SLH organised during 2017.

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