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Return to Halton Castle

The Stockport Community Cycling Club return to Halton Castle took place on a fine summer Sunday. Indeed, the sun also brought a healthy number of club members.

We met at Gatley Rail station.

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We then began by heading out through the urban lanes of  Wythenshawe.

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And then Hale.

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Before eventually reaching the more rural roads of Dunham Massey.

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We crossed the bridge at Park View near to the ‘Swan With Two Nicks’.

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From here we weaved our way around the edges of Lymm and through High Legh.

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And towards Antrobus.

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Neil, looking cool as he leads the ride

We then made our way through the lanes of Whitley.

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And into Halton.

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After crossing over Chester Road we then climbed up Red Brow Lane.

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The ride continued to climb up Norton Lane and towards Halton village.

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Eventually we reached the top and Halton Castle.

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From the top there were some great views out over Runcorn and Widnes.

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We then cycled back down the hill making our way through Phoenix Park.

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And Manor Park.

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Lunch was at Evenwood Farm. This is the place of the big cakes fame (though we didn’t succumb to the temptation this year!). Last year Sarah struggled to find anything to eat, but this year the pub chain provided a helpful list of gluten-free options.

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After lunch we started our way back home by cycling through Moore.

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And then followed the Bridgewater Canal through Higher Walton.

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And from there across the cobbles at Grappenhall.

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Eventually we picked up the Trans Pennine Trail path at Thelwall.

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We followed the trail all the way to Broadheath. From here we weaved our way through Altrincham.

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And Timperley.

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Finally we arrived back at the start having cycled 50 miles. This had been another great trip out to Halton Castle.

Scottish C2C Itinerary

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Our Scottish C2C Itinerary follows a new cycle route put together by the creators of the original C2C; it takes you through the Southern Uplands of Scotland, from coast to coast. Sarah and I, along with our two friends Andy and Andy (yes, lots of Andy’s!) from Stockport Community Cycling Club in late September.

The

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Newton Rigg – A Club Weekend Longer Ride Sneek-Peek

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The Stockport Community Cycling Club 2016 Weekend at Newton Rigg in September will offer two different rides on the Sunday – a shorter ride and a longer one. On Sunday Andy S, Andy P and I set out to recce the longer ride. It was a lovely day for a ride. After breakfast we had

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Newton Rigg – A Club Weekend Shorter Ride Sneek-Peek

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The Stockport Community Cycling Club Weekend 2016 will be based at Newton Rigg College near Penrith. And similar to last year Jim, Andy S, Sarah and I have spent a weekend previewing the facilities and recceing the rides.

Arriving Saturday lunchtime our aim was to recce the shorter of the two rides we will be

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Fatlips Castle – And Woodside Garden

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Having enjoyed our time in Fife and Midmar, the final stop of our Scotland trip was a visit to our friends Andy and Sylvia in Hawick. It had been a few years since we had last paid them a visit. My cough by now was in full flow. However it didn’t stop us visiting Fatlips

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