This bike ride was from Bacup, not Timperley!
Jacob and Kate led me down the good bike tracks from their house at the top of Bacup, to the end of 'off-road ' near the centre of Rawtenstall, where they are pictured above after 10 km of mainly downhill riding.
Meanwhile, Sue was in charge of Jessica and Rocko, the dog that is terrified of strangers.
The bike route follows, in the main, the ongoing line of the railway that has been restored between Bury and Rawtenstall. At one point the cycle track goes through a factory, and there are a couple of good tunnels.
We managed fine for two thirds of the return journey. Then we stopped at Stubbylee Park to play in the skateboard enclosure - which can also be used by bikes, etc, before moving on to Moorlands Park. This park has all manner of swings and slides and roundabouts, etc. Sue and Jess had made their way there, and after an afternoon of fun they drove home, leaving me and Jacob to pedal back - Kate having already left to take up dog duties.
This last section is rather uphill. Jacob did manage to cycle all the way, in brief sprints between long rests. Ah well, he's only 9.
Here's our route (click on the image) - 20 km with 300 metres ascent, in an afternoon.
Later, Sue and I enjoyed our first meal out since the start of Lockdown in March, with a £20 discount thanks to the Government trying to help the restaurant trade get back on its feet.
We walked (we haven't used the trams since March for Covid reasons) into Altrincham to the Nahm Prik establishment. They took social distancing seriously, and the food was excellent, as shown for example, by our starter for two.