Cuerden Valley 2018

This was to prove a busy weekend for Sarah and I. We were due to run the Southport Mad Dog on Sunday. Before that, however, there was the little matter of the Stockport Community Cycling Club Cuerden Valley 2018 Saturday ride beginning at Whittle-Le-Woods. Before that, we had started the morning by joining in with the Cuerden Valley Parkrun.

Having rushed over to Kem Mill Car Park we joined our fellow club members. Jim was leading today’s ride, and Sarah was the back-leader.

Entering Cuerden Valley Park we soon picked up NCN Route 55. We had run the first sections of this just an hour previously.

The park and the path through it follow the River Lostock.

We crossed over the M6.

Before entering Bamber Bridge.

Some of the underpasses are just for little people …

Next, the route took us into Preston Junction Local Nature Reserve.

We followed the paths through the nature reserve, before crossing over the River Ribble and in to Avenham Park.

We stopped at The Pavilion Cafe for our morning break.

Back-Leader Sarah … that cup of tea has clearly just kicked in
Ride leader Jim

After the break, we followed the River Ribble for awhile.

This section of the route also forms part of the Preston Guild Wheel.

Soon, we turned off and made our way through Walton-Le-Dale.

We then split into two groups. One, led by Jim, took the slightly easier route back. The other, I took over and led. We began by heading up Higher Walton Road. This was the start of a steady climb.

When we turned off on to Gregson Lane, the steady climb ramped up into a more significant one.

The top was eventually reached at the T-junction with Sandy Lane.

The latter stages had also seen us join NCN Route 91.

After dropping down and crossing over the M65 to the village of Brindle, there followed one final climb.

We then cycled along Denham Lane for a short stretch.

Finally, we dropped down into Whittle-Le-Woods again to finish the ride.

This had been a fine Lancashire cycle ride around. By the finish, we had covered nearly 15 miles.

You can view the Cuerden Valley 2018 route below:

High Legh 2018 Ride

Sunday was the SCCC High Legh Ride. The ride started from the Gatley Station car park. Although Jim, the club leader, was not coming out cycling he met us there in the hope of being able to hand out some medals to the club members who had not been able to attend the club lunch the previous week. He was able to hand out another five before the ride started, making his trip worthwhile.

Paul receives two medals!
Paul receives a medal
Ian receives a medal
Rachel receiving her medal
Julie receiving her medal

The High Legh ride is one that we did last year. There were 25 members that met in the Gatley Station car park.

We split into two groups as we set off, to avoid causing too much traffic disruption. Andy led the first group, as he was scheduled to lead the ride, with Graham as his back leader and Andy S lead the second group with me as his back leader. We had only gone about a mile when we came across a rider from the first group who had lost his chain – the chain link had broken. Graham then came back to see him (he had sped off to let the first group know what had happened and then came back to help out). Dave had some spare chain links and was able repair the chain so that we could continue.

We made our way to Heald Green.

We picked up the Airport Circular route as we made our way to the boundary of Manchester Airport.

We headed down Moss Lane towards Altrincham Road.

The two groups met at the junction of Moss Lane and Altrincham Lane.

Altrincham Rpad lead down to the Airport boundary.

We followed the airport boundary fence for a while.

The route then went across to the country towards Wilmslow Road and the airport tunnels.

We followed the cycle path along Wilmslow Road through the airport tunnels.

The tunnels go under the airport runways.

We then turned off down Mill Lane towards Ashley, up a hill.

Heading towards Tatton Park but then turning off towards Bucklow Hill.

Bucklow Hill has changed recently since the new bypass was opened. We just crossed over the ‘old’ road but I could see that there was a wide cycle path that appeared to follow it.

We then headed off to High Legh Garden Centre, where we were stopping for lunch.

The High Legh Railway was closed (until February).

Although there was a huge queue in the cafe,(mainly due to there being 25 of us!), the food was served exceptionally quickly and was very good.

Just as we were leaving the garden centre we were joined by John, another club member, so there were now 26 of us.

As we headed towards Dunham, we crossed over a narrow footbridge. A bike just fits through.

Waiting to cross over the footbridge

Snowdrops – Spring is on the way!

From Dunham we split into three groups as the roads there get very busy.

At Bowden we turned off the main road and followed a quieter road towards Hale.

The level crossing at Hale was closed for roadworks, so we had to divert. Somehow part of both the first two groups had got split up and some riders went in the wrong direction. Eventually we managed to all meet up again! We then reverted back into our groups and set off towards Wythenshawe Hospital.

Regrouping in Hale near the level crossing

Having skirted round the edge of the hospital, we then cycled down Hollyhedge Road to Gatley.

Reaching the edge of Gatley, we headed back to Gatley station.

Arriving back to Gatley Station
The three Amigos – ride leaders for the day!

Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the ride. We had cycled about 30 miles. You can view our route below:

Droylsden – And a Visit to the Moravian Settlement

Sarah and I had planned to run a 10k in the morning, and then put our feet up in the afternoon, resting before the Sunday club ride. However, one of our ride leaders had to withdraw at the last minute, and Sarah stepped forward as a replacement back-leader. So it was that we found ourselves at Houldsworth Mill ready for a cycle ride to Droylsden.

Before the ride, Jim presented Arthur with a gold medal for cycling over 1,000 miles with the club.

The weather had been pretty rotten in the morning, but thankfully it was warming up by the time we left. There were eight club members who set off on this afternoon ride.

We began by heading around the back of the mill on a path towards Tarvin Avenue.

Then after weaving our way through Heaton Chapel we joined Nelstrop Road North

We then picked up the Fallowfield Loop.

We followed this to Fairfield.

After leaving the Fallowfield Loop we crossed over Ashton Old Road.

And made our way on to the Ashton Canal.

We cycled alongside the canal for a short while before turning off up a passage.

This took us to the Moravian Settlement. It is a place we have visited quite a few times (see here for example), and it is always an enjoyable return.

Group photo

The Moravian Settlement opened in 1785. It was planned and built by its own people, with its inn, shop, bakery, farm, laundry, fire-engine, night-watchman, inspector of weights and measures, an overseer of roads, and even its physician. There were community houses for sisters and brethren, who applied themselves to the varied work of the Settlement. While there may no longer be a night-watchman, and the farm meadows are now streets and houses, the church and community continue to thrive.

Back on our route through Droylsden we passed Delamere Park.

After cycling through Abbey Hey we briefly rejoined the Fallowfield Loop.

We turned off for a cycle ride around Debdale Park.

After leaving Debdale Park, we once again rejoined the Fallowfield Loop again.

At North Reddish, we turned off and made our way down the back passages and streets.

Cycling through North Reddish Park.

Before returning to Houldsworth Mill.

This club ride had been a mere 10 miles. However, it had packed a lot in!

You can view the Droylsden route below:

Ravens Tour – Ravenglass to Ravenscar Coast-to-Coast Itinerary

This Ravens Tour Itinerary outlines the plans for our annual group cycling summer tour for 2018. As usual, we will be touring with some of our friends from Stockport Community Cycling Club – all of whom have been regulars on previous tours. The team this year will be – Andy P,  Sarah, Andy S, Andy S, Neil, Des and Ian.

This year we are completing an English coast-to-coast route we have put together ourselves (though it incorporates sections we have cycled on previous tours, such as Hadrian’s Cycleway, Sea-to-Sea (C2C), Pennine Cycleway, and Wainwright Coast-to-Coast). Our route will take us through the fantastic scenery of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. While along the way we will visit historic towns such as Keswick, Penrith, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Kirkby Stephen, Barnard Castle and Whitby.

You can view our Ravens Tour itinerary below:

Day 1 – Ravenglass to Cleator

Train to Ravenglass.
Then cycle from Ravenglass to Cleator (Distance: 16 miles – Ravens Tour: 16 miles)
Stay at Grove Court Hotel.

Day 2 – Cleator to Keswick

Cycle from Cleator to Keswick (Distance: 31 miles – Ravens Tour: 47 miles).
Stay at Lyndhurst Guest House Keswick.

Day 3 – Keswick to Appleby-in-Westmorland

Cycle from Keswick to Appleby-in-Westmorland (Distance: 41 miles – Ravens Tour: 88 miles).
Stay at Royal Oak Appleby.

Day 4 – Appleby-in-Westmorland to Barnard Castle

Cycle from Appleby-in-Westmorland to Barnard Castle (Distance: 41 miles – Ravens Tour: 129 miles).
Stay at The Red Well Inn.

Day 5 – Barnard Castle to Great Ayton

Cycle from Barnard Castle to Great Ayton (Distance: 46 miles – Ravens Tour: 175 miles).
Stay at Mill Farm B&B and The Royal Oak.

Day 6 – Great Ayton to Whitby

Cycle from Great Ayton to Whitby (Distance: 29 miles – Ravens Tour: 197 miles).
Stay at The George Hotel.

Day 7 – Whitby to Ravenscar to Scarborough

Cycle from Whitby to Ravenscar, and complete Ravens Tour coast-to-coast route (Distance: 11 miles – Ravenglass to Ravenscar: 217 miles).

Finally, cycle from Ravenscar to Scarborough, and journey home (Distance: 10 miles).

SCCC Annual Club Lunch 2018

The Annual Club Lunch 2018 provided an opportunity to reflect on Stockport Community Cycling Club‘s previous years’ activity and reward members for their efforts (click to view lunch’s from previous years – 20172016, 2015, 2014, 2013).

It was held as usual at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley. The venue has changed its focus over the last couple of years and now focuses almost entirely on weddings.  Thankfully, we have been loyal visitors over the years and they still allow us in. Long may it continue, for they do a great job.



This year our event was held in the new function room. It is impressive.

Club members enjoying the lunch

The lunch is first and foremost a great social event and a chance to chat and catch up with club members. It begins with the ‘fiendish’ quiz.

This was followed by lunch – cheese pie or hot pot (and for Sarah a gluten-free version of the hot pot). Followed by apple pie or sticky toffee pudding.

After lunch, we moved on to the awards.

We began with the Club Mileage Medals. First, for members who have cycled 250 miles (bronze), 500 miles (silver) and 1000 miles (gold) with the club.

We didn’t have anyone collecting the 2500 club miles completed award, so the next award was for the 5000 miles completed medal.

John and Andy passed this mileage total with the club in the previous year.

We then moved on to the trophies. We began with the Most Unfortunate Rider of the Year, and this year it was presented to Christine for falling and injuring her wrist on one of the rides, having only just recovered from breaking both elbows while on holiday.

Gill was awarded the CERA Cycloan Unsung Hero of the Year Award. This is presented to members (who may not be obvious candidates for the Clubperson of the Year Award) for unselfish deeds on club rides. Gill, over the years, has provided unstinting support to the club, including coming up with some really interesting rides. Sadly, she was unable to collect the award at the lunch due to illness 🙁

The Newcomer of the Year award was presented to Debbie.

The Most Improved Rider of the Year trophy was awarded to Leslie.

Finally, the main trophy, Clubperson of the Year was presented to John. Well done!

Afterwards, we presented Jim with a little present. This year we gave him a voucher for Artist on a Bike, a Chester based cyclist and freelance visual artist who organises creative workshops and makes bike art and cycling gifts.

There were also flowers for Barbara.

Following the awards, Andy Sykes had put together another of his ‘SCCC Year in Review’ videos. Just like last year, it took us awhile to get it working …


Once we got the sound working on the PC the video proved another enjoyable reminisce.

The Club Lunch 2018 had again been another great annual awards ceremony. Well done to everyone who was presented with a medal or award, they were thoroughly deserved.

Who knows, maybe next year it could be you who is going up to collect a medal or award!