Mike recently had a lovely ride out and thought he’d share the details.
Total ride 24 miles, there and back You can start in Ashton-under-Lyne at the Portland Basin going via Hyde, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple Disley, New Mills. (This is where I stopped). However you can go further onto Bugsworth Basin which is near Whaley Bridge.
Everyone met at Mike’s house to go on a leisurely ride with a starting off point at Hulme Wood Nature Reserve, which is just past The Fletcher’s Pub on the A6017. One of younger riders, Annie arrived on the ride with one of her first teeth, very loose and within five minutes, the tooth had come out and Annie made sure that she put it in her back pocket, so that later on she could put it under her pillow, later that evening. I wonder how much she got? We all continued along the lovely country trail in the woods until Yasmin got a 3 inch nail in her rear tyre. Guess what, mum, hadn’t brought along a spare tube. So, Andy and Mike set off to Andy’s house to get one. Thirty minutes later, the inner tube was duly replaced and we continued on our way. TAKE NOTE: ALWAYS TAKE REPLACEMENT TUBES ON A RIDE. We continued on our ride under the Ashton to Marple canal and onto Apethorn Lane, where we joined an old disused railway line heading towards Hyde and onto Godley. This is where we came across a very large circular concrete foundations on the path,which turned out to be the remnants of an old railway turntable at Godley,which was opened in the early 1930’s and was used to turn around steam engine trains coming up from Stockport and was last used in 1968. We duly returned back along the track, with the Bennett’s leaving for Hyde and Mike, Karen, Liz and Yasmin, continuing on for a cafe stop, at a new pop-up cafe at the bottom of Gibraltar Lane, where we enjoyed coffee and home made cakes, together with Yasmin having an ice cream. After a short rest we came home along the the tracks of Hulme Woods. This ride is ideal if you have a hybrid, cyclo cross or mountain bike. NOTE: Always be prepared for ride, taking with you a toolkit, tube, drink, monies and a mobile phone. Thanks to the riders that came along Andy, Sam, Jake, Annie, Mike, Karen, Liz & Yasmin.
The nautical theme continues at MOSSLEY CRT, where we left Royton in the morning to meet up with fellow riders, to ride along the Rochdale Canal towards Littleborough.We came off the canal just before Smithy Bridge to “circumnavigate” Hollingworth Lake before resting at the visitors centre for the obligatory “cafe” stop.We returned along the canal viewing the many barges navigating the locks and seeing families of swans and cygnets, before arriving back at Royton.Thanks to the riders who came along Fred, Mike, Karen, Tom, Liz, Yasmin, together with first timer Jessica.
What a great day to have a bike ride.Sun, sea and a great views of North Wales.The riders experienced the North Wales Coastal Route, meeting at Prestatyn and riding along this lovely route to Rhos on Sea.The cafe stop at Tides cafe (aptley named) was a welcome break, where the riders all enjoyed their refreshments and to the surprise to everyone, Fred DIDN’T have a cake.The newer members of the club enjoyed their first official ride and expressed their excitement and wanted to know when the next ride will be organised.We all arrived back safely at Prestatyn and with one poignant note “DON’T FORGET YOUR GLOVES” Riders that attended were Tom, Andy, Sam, Jacob, Annie, Madison, Alan, Liz, Yasmin, Fred, Karen & Mike.
I am organising a family ride on Sunday 28 May 2017, going along the Middlewood Way in Marple.
The route is ALL off road and is suitable for all age groups and due to the different road surfaces, it is recomended that you use mountain bikes, cyclo cross bikes or urban bikes. Road bikes could be difficult.
We will meet at Rose Hill Station, on Railway Road, Marple, adjacent to the Railway pub, aiming to leave at 10.00am.
I would suggest that you bring along your own sandwiches and drinks, so that we can have a picnic stop along the way.
The Meeting point is at post code SK11 9AP in a lay by opposite a company called Auto Flow on the B5359 Alderley Rd near Chelford Island at 10am.
Then a short ride, roughly 3 miles to the base of the climb, Artist Lane. After the climb there will be a left turn and descent of the Wizard into Alderly Edge and a short ride back to the base of the climb.
The idea is to do as many accents as people feel comfortable with, then regroup at the top of the Wizard and move on to a descent called Birtles about a mile away and descend this.
This is as close a descent as you are going to get to the one in the Isle of Man, in terms of gradient, length and road surface. This climb and descent have been chosen to give you a feel of the gradient and distance of the climbs in the Isle of Man’s day two stage.
After the descent there will be an optional café stop or a short ride through the lanes back to the cars.