I went to a car boot sale recently and purchased a couple of books. One of them was this one.
I made a google map of all the starting points. That way if I felt like doing one someday I could just set off. Yesterday I was a bit bored and decided that the next day I would set off and do a cycle ride. I chose one that was the closest to my home, number 5, “The Jaws of Longdendale“. I made a Strava route just to be sure of the effort that might be required.
It definitely seemed doable even though I haven’t been on my bike much. So I loaded up my eBay £30 bike to the back of my car ready for the morning.
And when I woke up…it was raining, just slightly, more like mist. The book said not to bother with the route if it was windy as the valley acts like a tunnel and it wouldn’t be fun. Bugger it, I am going anyway. It would be a nice drive??
The carpark was an easy find and I thought it was a great place to start. In the middle, so if it did turn blustery then you only had to do half the route or less back. There was also a toilet block.
Look at that bike, it has been a bit of a bargain but I have to say the brakes are crap. I cannot stop quickly and going downhill I don’t really come to a complete stop without putting my feet down. I have tried adjusting them and they do stop perfectly when I am not on the bike so I am not sure what to do about them. Just pray I don’t need to do an emergency stop.
Anyway, the cycle path looks like this the whole way. A mountain or cross bike would be better. There are runners, hikers, and dog walkers on the path, take care. On a sunny day the car park will fill up quickly as will the path.
There were a couple of cobbled sections near gates, probably to get you to slow down. Another device to slow you down was this…
At one end of the route you will come across these tunnels.
At this point you head back toward the carpark…toilets 🙂 and then on to the other end.
Even though I had made a route, I couldn’t access it due to the poor reception in the area. Luckily it was an easy to follow path having been made from an old railway line. Though it did mean I did not go down to the dam and headed straight for Hadfield. I didn’t mind not doing the exact route as I am sure I will visit the place again sometime. It really was lovely, even on a misty day. The sun did pop through once though.
The route only had one road to cross, but that road can be busy so take care. It isn’t helped by people parking here to avoid carpark fees. I don’t mind the fees as it pays for the toilet block and is safer.
As for the rest of the route, take a look.
It ended up being a super day and I was back home for 1pm. That did indeed make me smile.