2018 Group Rides

cwcwpMeet Sunday for 10am departure, at Chorlton Water Park, car park, entrance at the end of Maitland Road, off Barlow Moor Road, Manchester M21 7WH (click here for map). Rides in the Winter are shorter at around 20-30 miles, and in the Summer longer at up to 55 miles. Speed is gentle, around 10-12 mph. Click here for weather and click here for pre-ride bike checks.

Rides List

Sun 14th
January
10am
birdinhandMobberley
Lunch at the Railway Inn. We’ll be heading out through Urmston to Dunham and then across the A556 to Rostherne and Tatton Park, After that it’s Knutsford and to the Railway. The return is via Ashley and Hale Barns. Route. Mainly road, 33 miles.
Sun 11th
February
10am
Dunham MasseyDunham
All Cheshire flat lanes. We’ll be taking you along the excellent new cycle route that follows the old A556 (that used to link M56 and M6). The pub is around 3/4 of the way around so please ensure you have a hearty breakfast, snacks are a good idea. The pub is the Vine near Dunham Massey, good welcome, decent food and open fires and then a short trip along the canal tow-path home. Road & canal, 37 miles.
Sun 11th
March
10am
poyntonPoynton
35 miles mostly on road, with one short off-road section on the Middlewood Way. Hybrid bike with a selection of gears recommended as there will also be that famous bit of incline after Adlington. Lunch at the Miner’s Arms. Route here.
Sun 8th
April
10am
Lymm.
40 miles. Lunch at Ye Olde No 3 pub. Route here.
Sun 13th
May
10am
leesPark Bridge and Lees
35 miles. On this ride we will chase the elusive River Medlock through some amazing industrial heritage and greenery. Taking in cycle trails along disused railway lines, recreational tracks and towpaths, much of the route will be traffic-free with some muddy sections possible. Some short climbs on rough surfaces make a solid bike and good riding skills essential. Ideal for hybrid — not suitable for slick tyres. Route here.
Sun 10th
June
10am
AstleyAstley
There are no hills, but there will be some gentle undulations and loose gravel on parts of the ride. We’ll also cross Chat Moss, which has a mile or so of potholes. Total distance will be up to 35 miles. Lunch at The Old Boathouse.. Route here.
Sun 8th
July
9.45am for 10am
pickmerePickmere
Ride towards Altrincham then out to Ashley, pick up the end of the old A556 (the new cycle track) going on the Great Budworth (via a detour due to badgers collapsing the roadway!) and on to Pickmere. Lunch at the Red Lion.Returning via Knutsford (almost) Tatton Park, Ashley etc. 45 miles on tarmac, except Chorlton Water Park. No big hills, some long gentle inclines & descents so make sure your gears and brakes work well. Check your tyres for cuts and debris, pump them close to or up to their maximum pressure as they will roll more easily, making your life easier. It’s predicted to be as hot next weekend so you will need a lot of water for re-hydration, I suggest around 1 litre with a top up at lunch time & apply sun screen. Road, 45 miles. Route here
Sun 12th
August
10am
MobberleyMobberly
Hare Hill then Artist’s Lane, then out across the plain towards the Church Inn at Mobberly. Then the newly available roads and back via Dunham. 40 miles. Route here. Leader Rob Raikes
Sun 9th
September
10am
The Peovers
Mainly road, 60 miles. We’ll be heading out to Urmston and across Dunham to Little Bollington then we’ll climb up to the new A556, through Rostherne and in to Tatton Park. After that we’ll head through Knutsford towards Plumley and the Peovers. There’s a short off-road section (fine on skinny tyres) before lunch at the Park Gate Inn. After lunch I’m going to take you up The Butts before we go down on to Mottram St Andrew. From there it’s a fairly flat return to Chorlton via Cheadle and Didsbury. Our overall average speed will be 10mph with a moving average of 12mph. Route here.
Sun 14th
October
10am 
Alderley Edge
Road, one significant hill. The ride is about 40 miles long. We will be having lunch at the Drum & Monkey, which is under new ownership. We will be coming back via Woodford, bramhall (we will be going through the park), Adswood, edgely crossing the Mersey & returning via the TPT. Route here
Sun 11th
November
10am for 10.15am depart
Mobberley St_Wilfrid's_ChurchMobberley
Lunch at the Railway. 33 miles. Only one hill albeit it’s a bit of a leg-burner. There is also some off-roading but it is easily ridden on skinny tyres.
Route here.
Sun 9th
December
10am
Dunham MasseyDunham Massey
32 mies approx. Terrain – easy ride, just one short hill. There is some (good quality surface) off-road where skinny tyres should be fine. We’ve checked it out a few times – if the weather is particularly dreadful we can adjust the route to suit. Destination – The Vine pub, good quality food, open fire. They’ve had problems with their card machine so please BRING CASH to avoid any issues. On our return we will pass the Beech pub in Chorlton so if you want to stop there for a celebratory drink/mulled wine you can. The ride will go onto Chorlton Water park for those who don’t want to stop at the Beech. If you can’t come on the ride you are welcome to come to the Beech. Route here.
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