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Friday, 15 March 2013

Some Bike Rides from Timperley

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With a nicely sparkling refurbished bike, I’ve been touring from Timperley over the past few weeks.  There’s a short slideshow here.

Rides have comprised some regular short circuits involving the Bridgewater Canal and the Trans Pennine Trail.  Here’s a picture from where the two more or less intersect near Thelwall.

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At the end of February, the crocuses were doing very well hereabouts.

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On 3 March I managed a longer ride (see map below) – a 40 mile mainly off-road circuit from home, using the Trans Pennine Trail, shown below at Brinnington,

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and the Cheshire Ring Canal system, which passes the home of Manchester City FC.

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This is an excellent route, the only downside being a bit of road work on the TPT between Didsbury and Stockport.  Sticking to the banks of the Mersey would be a good option in dry conditions.  It’s about 40 miles – allow 4 hours.

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On 10 March, the Bridgewater Canal towpath proved a good venue, and after a short diversion past the Trafford Centre it led to Worsley in a little over an hour.

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Eventually, in Leigh, after some muddy sections, the canal mutates seamlessly into a branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, along which I continued to beyond Pennington Flash.

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After this, a disappointingly lengthy (but fast) section of road leads through Warrington to eventually join the Trans Pennine Trail beside the Manchester Ship Canal near Thelwall.

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The TPT then provides a quick route home (barring the day’s incessant cold easterly wind), via the Bay Malton and the canal towpath through Altrincham.

Here’s the route – 40 miles or so, allow 4 hours.

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The slideshow is here.

For anyone living in the Sale/Altrincham area, these are excellent Sunday morning rides from the doorstep.  Why, you may ask, am I going for some longer than usual rides?  Because a re-match with the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop is planned and I want to be more ‘bike fit’ than last time.

5 comments:

Alan R said...

The Mary Towneley would make a nice testing backpacking route. I’ve considered it for a while.

Phreerunner said...

It's a bridleway, Alan. Much better on a bike, but quite a challenging day unless you are really quite 'bike fit'. I think there would be better backpacking routes in the areas using footpaths.

John said...

Crocuses? Or Crocii?

Nice rides!

JJ

Phreerunner said...

Crocuses - 100%. Ha...
Welcome back BTW. Are you coming on Reg's walk next Wednesday? I'm away until then.

Trevor Woodford said...

Thanks for sharing your routes with us here....Nice.

-Trevor