Coast and Castles North Itinerary

This Coast and Castles North Itinerary outlines our late summer tour for 2017. As usual, we will be touring with some of our friends from Stockport Community Cycling Club – Andy S and Andy S again, the same friends who joined us on our Scottish C2C and Way of the Roses 2017 tours. We will also be joined by tour ‘newbies’ John and Louise.

The Coast and Castles North route follows on from our Coast and Castles South tour, and begins in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, before passing through the coastal town of Dundee and ending in the Granite City, Aberdeen. The route takes in 180 miles of beautiful countryside and coast.

You can view our Coast and Castles North itinerary below:

Day 0 – Travel to Edinburgh

Travel to Edinburgh.
Stay at Edinburgh Haddington Place.

Day 1 – Edinburgh to Kinross

Cycle from Edinburgh to Kinross (Distance: 30 miles – Coast and Castles North: 30 miles).
Stay at Windlestrae Hotel.

Day 2 – Kinross to Drumoig

Cycle from Kinross to Drumoig (Distance: 46 miles – Coast and Castles North: 76 miles).
Stay at Drumoig Golf Hotel.

Day 3 – Drumoig to Arbroath

Cycle from Drumoig to Arbroath (Distance: 34 miles – Coast and Castles North: 110 miles).
Stay at Old Brewhouse Hotel.

Day 4 – Arbroath to Stonehaven

Cycle from Arbroath to Stonehaven (Distance: 44 miles – Coast and Castles North: 154 miles).
Stay at The Royal Hotel.

Day 5 – Stonehaven to Aberdeen

Cycle from Stonehaven to Aberdeen and complete Coast and Castles North (Distance: 27 miles – Coast and Castles North: 181 miles).
Stay at The Royal Hotel.

Moravian Settlement and Manchester Velodrome

A visit to the Moravian Settlement is a regular destination for one of Stockport Community Cycling Club‘s Wednesday rides. For the Saturday rides, we often bypass the community and instead head a little further on to Manchester Velodrome. So, a cycle ride visiting both promised to be interesting.

It was an overcast, but thankfully sunny morning, as a healthy number of club members met outside Houldsworth Mill. Graham was leading today’s ride and I was the back-leader.

We began by weaving our way through the streets of Reddish.

And on to the Fallowfield Loop.

We followed this route to Fairfield.

We picked up the Ashton Canal.

After a short way journey along the canal we turned on to a path that took us to the Moravian Settlement.

A little further along you jump back in time. For you reach a fantastic little self-contained community. Here there are cobbled streets and Georgian houses dating back to the late 1700s.

The Fairfield Moravian Settlement opened in 1785. Planned and built by Moravian’s, and it was a self-contained village with its own pub, shop, bakery, farm, laundry, fire-engine, night-watchman and doctor. There were separate houses for sisters and brethren. The single men operated a bakehouse and the single Sisters had a farm, a laundry, and produced needlework.

Much may have changed, but it is still a living community.

We then returned to the Ashton Canal.

We followed the canal to the Manchester Velopark.

Here we visited the Velopark Cafe for a coffee and cake.

After the rest, we set off back towards the canal.

Which we followed briefly back towards Reddish.

However, this time we turned off and followed NCN Route 60 which took us back to the Fallowfield Loop.

After briefly retracing the Fallowfield Loop we turned off and worked our way through some more North Reddish back streets.

We cycled through North Reddish Park

Eventually we arrived back at Houldsworth Mill.

This had been a shorter club ride than usual, but no less enjoyable. You can view our Moravian Settlement route below:

SCCC High Legh Ride

Sunday was the SCCC High Legh Ride. It is not a ride that we have done for a few year but which started from Gatley Railway Station.

We soon picked up the part of the route that we had used the previous day of the Manchester Airport Afternoon ride.

Having passed the edge of the airport and been through the tunnels under the runway, we turned off and headed out towards Ashley.

We turned off just before Tatton Park to make our way to High Legh. The road did have a sign saying that the road was closed but we went down it anyway.

However,the road really was totally closed!

We cycled back and then past Tatton Park taking the next turning which then allowed us to pick up our planned route.

The route took us across what used to be the A556. With the new bypass open it is no longer a really busy road,although they are still working on it.

We cycled over the new bypass road.

We stopped at High Legh Garden Centre for some lunch.

 

Who trying to eat my cake???
Two old dinosaurs?

After lunch we headed off again. We we heading toward Bowden.

We crossed over a narrow foot bridge near the pub called The Swan with Two Necks.

Then cycled along the edge of the Dunham Massey estate.

Past the main entrance for Dunham Massey and on towards Bowden.

We then cycled through Hale.

Passing Wythenshawe hospital and cutting through to Hollyhedge Road.

We turned on to Hollyhedge Road and cycled along towards Gatley.

Finally returning to the Gatley Station car park, where we had started from.

We had cycled 30 miles and it had been a most enjoyable day out! You can see our route below:

SCCC Manchester Airport Afternoon Ride

Saturday was the SCCC Manchester Airport Afternoon Ride. We met at the Beefeater pub in Heald Green. John was the ride leader for the day and I was the back leader.

Initially we set off into Wythenshawe.

We followed the tram tracks for a while.

Then continued along Simonsway.

We turned off through the edge of the park and onwards.

We then cycled through Painswick Park.

We came out of Painswick Park and then turned right along Thorley Lane.

Turning off Wilmslow Road, we headed down to the Runway Visitor Park.

After having a cuppa and watching the planes land and take off, it was time to set off again.

 

Initially we retraced out route back to Wilmslow Road.

Due to road works, we had to take a bit of a detour which eventually brouoght us out on Wilmslow Road again.

As they are also working on the tunnels under the runway, we had to cross over the road and use the tunnel on the opposite side of the road than normal.

Through the runway tunnel

Through another runway tunnel

Having passed through both runway tunnels we turned off the road and continued to follow the Airport Orbital cycleway.

When we reached the airport boundary fence, we turned right and follow the fence for a while.

We then followed Altrincham Road up to Moss Lane.

Moss Lane took us up to Hollin Lane.

Hollin Lane, becomes Styal Road, which we followed back towards Heald Green

At the end of Styal Road, where it meet Finney Lane, we crossed over and made our way back to where we had started.

We had cycled 10.5 miles in total and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the ride.

Todmorden 2017

It was a healthy turnout of Stockport Community Cycling Club members that met at Hollingworth Lake for the start of the Todmorden 2017 cycle ride.

It was a fine summer day. I was the back-leader for this cycle ride.

We set off following the path alongside the reservoir.

We left  the reservoir path and picked NCN route at Littleborough.

This took us along the Rochdale Canal.

We followed the canal for nearly seven miles until we reached Todmorden.

Here we stopped for the coffee break at the Bridge Cafe. We essentially took the place over! The food was basic, but it did offer gluten-free options. Always a plus.

After lunch we set off up Rochdale Road.

Cycling through Walsden.

It seems we missed our original point of return on to the canal and instead had to carry our bikes down at another point.

Group photo on the Rochdale Canal

Returning to the edge of Littleborough we split into two groups. The more vertically challenged set off towards Blackstone Edge.

There was a marvellous view higher up looking down over Hollingworth Lake.

The path took us over the M62.

Followed by a sharp and hazardous drop down Rakewood Road.

The sensible group continued along the canal before following the eastern side of the lake.

And stopping off for an ice-cream.

Not that the adventurous group missed out on the ice-cream. Having earned theirs, they enjoyed an ice-cream at the finish of the cycle ride.

This was another great Stockport Community Cycling Club ride. You can view our Todmorden 2017 route below: