Red House Farm

This Saturday brought us some unusually warm weather for mid-October. Ideal for Stockport Community Cycling Club‘s ride out to Red House Farm.

The cycle ride began from Chorlton Water Park. Today’s ride leader was Gill.

We began by weaving our way through Chorlton.

Soon we picked up NCN Route 62. This section also forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail which Sarah and I completed a few years ago.

This section is also known as the Bridgewater Way.

Our route picked up the Bridgewater Canal.

This was a busy section of the canal. There were walkers, runners, rowers …

Swans …

After a few miles, we left the canal and joined the old Lymm railway track.

Next, we left the Trans Pennine Trail and joined Henshall Lane on the Dunham Massey Estate.

Andy – one of the blog authors – enjoying the cycle ride

Our coffee stop was Red House Farm.

This proved a fantastic place to stop. We had pre-booked. As a result, they put us up in the function room. The service was excellent. And Sarah had plenty of gluten-free options to choose from.

Group photo – SCCC members looking forward to lunch
And here is the other blog author – Sarah – having enjoyed lunch

After the coffee break, we set off back through Dunham Massey.

We rejoined NCN Route 62 and the Trans Pennine Trail.

This took us through Carrington, and the edge of Sale.

Gill – today’s ride leader

We crossed over the River Mersey.

And then followed alongside the river for awhile.

A little further on we crossed over the M60.

From Kickety Brook we cycled through the edge of Stretford.

And then back onto the River Mersey path. Some chose the easy route, and others chose the more adventurous one …

Neil – rejoining the River Mersey path

Finally, we returned to Chorlton Water Park.

Today’s cycle ride had covered almost 20 miles. Sarah and I had cycled to the start and back home again. When we arrived home we had completed just over 36 miles in total.

You can view our Red House Farm route below:

Over The Hills To Buxton

The Stockport Community Cycling Club hilly rides are always popular events. And Andy S’s hilly rides have become almost de-facto. Thus, this latest cycle ride indicating a few lumps to climb on our journey to Buxton was highly anticipated. Daunting? Perhaps. Challenging? Certainly. Rewarding? Definitely!

We were promised a day of mixed weather when we met in Disley. Sarah was due to back-lead this ride. However, she has been struggling with pain in the foot, which has increasingly become acuter. After running the Bangor 10k yesterday (she had actually been due to run the half-marathon), and more pain, she decided to visit A&E suspecting another broken foot. Thankfully this proved not to be the case. I, therefore, took over back-leading duties.

We began by cycling up Jacksons Edge Road and straight up our first hill – Disley hill. A sort of warm-up for hills to come.

Then a brief respite before our first major climb, that of Buxton Old Road.

We turned off towards Kettleshulme.

Debbie was struggling. Not helped by being unable to switch down to her lower gears. As we turned onto Mudhurst Lane we got our first glimpse of the fabulous views that make rides such as these so memorable.

Mudhurst Lane soon aptly becomes Higher Lane. We then turned off onto Priest Lane. Here we encountered our first incident as a chain coming off resulted in a pile-up going up a sharp slope. Thankfully, no-one was hurt.

From Kettleshulme we headed up our second major climb and past Windgather Rocks.

This is a long steady climb.

Leslie near the top of Pym Chair

And as we arrived at the top at Pym Chair we entered some low cloud.

Next, we turned towards Goyt Valley.

This was a steep downhill down The Street.

It brought us out alongside Errwood Reservoir.

We then began climbing up towards Derbyshire Bridge. Andy S (the other one) took time out to adjust his brakes. They had locked up and he had been cycling with them permanently on.

Brakes released and he was away – flying up the hill. Except, he didn’t. A cough he had been struggling with kept his speed down. I was grateful.

Andy S heading up towards Derbyshire Bridge

Continuing on we reached the infamous Cat and Fiddle Road.

This brought a fast descent into Buxton.

Lunch was taken at the Pavilion Cafe in the Pavilion Gardens. Debbie, who had struggled most of the morning, decided to call it quits and got a lift home.

The major incident of the day was Ian R losing the bike lock key. Never to be found again. We ended up having to snip and hacksaw the cable to free the bikes.

Back on the road after lunch we turned onto Manchester Road and set off up Long Hill. This had to be done, for this next section forms part of NCN Route 68 (Andy S’s favourite cycle route).

Leaving Long Hill, the next section, Buxton Old Road, is extremely rocky.

And sometimes it is more practical to walk.

The views, however, are worth the walk.

Admiring the view

Eventually, we dropped down towards Whaley Bridge.

Finally, we picked up the A6 and followed this back to the start.

This had been another excellent SCCC hilly ride. The route had only covered 28 miles, but there had been plenty of hills to climb. And plenty of marvellous scenery.

You can view our Over The Hills To Buxton Route below:

SCCC Macclesfield Circular Ride

Saturday’s weather forecast was not great. Just as we set off  to cycle to the start, the heavens opened! The SCCC Macclesfield Circular ride started at Riverside Park. We had thought with the weather being bad, that not many people would turn up, but we were wrong! They just kept arriving!

We waited for a short  while as we had heard that Martin had got a puncture on his way to the start. It turned out that he was having problems fixing it and would come and meet up for lunch. We set out without him.

We got on the Middlewood Way heading towards Macclesfield and soon found Martin, who was still trying to fix his puncture!

We waited a while as it looked like he was nearly done. Unfortunately it went down again, so we had to leave him to it. John stayed with Martin to help him – they planned to meet up with us later.

We passed some interesting pictures of place in Macclesfield along the way.

Our route took us through the edges of Macclesfield.

We headed out of Macclesfield and went past Sutton Hall and headed out into the country lanes.

We skirted the edge of Gawsworth.

At around halfway, we stopped at Flora Tearooms at Henbury for some lunch. It was good to be able to dry off. This was where we met up with John and Martin.

Having almost taken over the place, it was time to continue our journey. This time John and Martin came with us.

We cycled up Pepper Street, which is only short but a rather steep climb.  We set off towards Birtles.

We cycled on to Prestbury, and then through the centre of Prestbury.

Having been through Prestbury, we then made our way back towards the Riverside Park in Macclesfield, where we started from.

Crossing the Silk Road

We got back on the Middlewood Way for the final stretch.

The Zig Zag took us up to the bridge over the Silk Road with another zig zag on the other side to take us back down again.

We turned off the Middlewood Way near the end and then retraced our route back to the start that we had done initially.

Andy – the day’s ride leader
Back at Riverside Park

Arriving back at the Riverside Park, we had all enjoyed our days ride, despite the rain at times. We had cycled 17 miles.  Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the ride. It was a new route for us – it was all lanes we had used before, just put together. Andy had been the front leader for the day and I had been the back leader.

You can see our route below:

Lower Withington

It was a fine autumn Sunday that saw some thirty Stockport Community Cycling Club members meet at Bramhall Library for a cycle ride to Lower Withington.

We decided that it would be wise to split into two groups. Sarah would lead one group, and I would lead the other. The photos in this blog are an amalgamation from the two rides.

Three Amigos

Leaving Bramhall we set off for Mottram St Andrew.

We turned onto Mill Lane.

And then we began the main climb of the day when we turned onto Wilmslow Old Road.

The climb continued steadily past Over Alderley.

We were not the only ones exercising around the lanes around Macclesfield. This particular day brought the Macclesfield Half Marathon to the area.

Continuing on we made our way to Henbury.

And then on to Redesmere lake, where we took a short break.

Next, we continued on through Siddington.

And on along Catchpenny Lane towards Jodrell Bank.

Our lunch break was at Planet Pavilion Cafe, at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. It is a lunch stop we regularly visit.

Encouragement to ‘get on with it’ from over the fence!

After lunch, we headed up Batemill Lane, and a quick dip.

Miguel negotiates the puddles on Batemill Lane

We cycled on towards Great Warford.

And then through the edges of Wilmslow.

 

Finally, we cycled through Handforth.

And then back through Bramhall again.

When we arrived back at Bramhall Library we had completed nearly 33 miles. This had been another enjoyable ride around the lanes of Cheshire.

You can view our Lower Withington route below:

Velodrome 2017 – Along the Ashton Canal

This Velodrome ride was the first ride after the successful Stockport Community Cycling Club weekend in Leicester.

We met at Sale Water Park. Sarah and I had participated in the Stretford Parkrun beforehand and then rushed over.

Gill was leading this ride and she started by leading us around the water park.

We then turned off on to the Bridgewater Way.

This soon drops on to the Bridgewater Canal near to Stretford.

This section also forms part of local cycle network route 82.

Along the way, the route passed two of the Manchester football stadiums.

We passed by Pomona.

And headed towards Castlefield.

We then joined the Rochdale Canal.

This took us through the centre of Manchester.

We cycled along Canal Street.

We left following the Rochdale Canal near Piccadilly Rail station and turned onto Ducie Street.

Further down Ducie Street we turned off and picked up the Ashton Canal.

We passed near to the second of our Manchester football stadiums.

The third stadium we came to, we stopped off at.

This stadium was the Manchester Velodrome, part of the National Cycling Centre.

After the coffee break, we rejoined the Ashton Canal. This section is also a section of NCN Route 60.

This then took us off the canal and through Gorton.

Further up we turned onto the Fallowfield Loop.

We followed the loopline to Chorlton.

Here we turned off and weaved our way through Chorlton and back into Sale.

We arrived back at Sale Water Park having cycled a touch over 18 miles. Once again this had been an interesting cycle ride around Sale and Manchester.

You can view our Velodrome route below: