Take inspiration from the Tour de France and enjoy this summer on the cycling routes in Stockport.
With the Tour de France underway, many Stopfordians will be inspired to jump on their bikes.
From urban to country trails, there are some spectacular cycling routes in Stockport and across the borough.
1) Alan Newton Way
Named after Stockport’s Olympic medal winning cyclist Alan Newton, this route leads from Marple to Stockport via the Goyt Valley and provides a safe off road route towards the town centre.
View the Alan Newton Way guide for more information.
2) Trans Pennine Trail
The Trans Pennine Trail is a multi-user route crossing the country from Southport to Hull and beyond.
Approximately 7 miles of the route crosses Stockport, entering via the Tame Valley in Reddish Vale Country Park, going through Stockport Town Centre and leaving via the Mersey Valley at Parrs Wood.
3) Mersey Valley and Stockport Cycleway
This mostly traffic-free route links Stockport town centre to East Didsbury and Cheadle.
In the middle part you’re on a gravel track alongside the scenic River Mersey. Other sections are on well-maintained cycle paths, quiet streets, or special bike lanes separated from the traffic.
At the Didsbury end you go past Parrs Wood entertainment centre, and can join the Wilmslow Road cycleway to Rusholme and the universities.
4) Middlewood Way
The Middlewood Way offers a 10-mile, traffic-free route for cyclists. It follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill towns.
To find out more download the Middlewood Way leaflet.
5) Old Brick Road
Starting at the park and ride in Hazel Grove, Stockport you’ll explore the amazing countryside and towns around the Peak District.
This wonderful, but tough, 23-mile ride will take you over one of the Peak District’s iconic climbs.
Prepare for a real sense of achievement once you are at the top, and we’re sure you’ll agree it’s well worth the effort for the views.
For more information visit www.letsride.co.uk/rides/73945
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:
“Stockport is home to many fantastic greenspaces and urban areas, being ideal for both beginners and seasoned cyclists alike to ride this summer. There is plenty of information online for residents to choose their favourite trails and learn more about how to cycle responsibly.”