Should you wish to try something a bit different, we’ve organised a visit to Western Manchester. This will be on Monday 6th August, meeting at Manchester Piccadilly at 10:30 a.m. David Yates, who helped us organise a Cycle-Rail Forum for the North meeting and ride, has offered to repeat his guided tour. We go out along the Bridgewater canal and to return to Manchester we’ll use the cycle path alongside Leigh guided busway and NCN55, taking in a tour of Salford Quays. You could also join us at Irlam station for lunch at about 12:30. (Regular trains from Oxford Rd)
The area is redolent with history – you have the Bridgewater Canal, the first canal in the world to carry freight, and the Manchester – Liverpool railway, the first passenger railway in the world. Chat Moss is a massive peat bog with a nature reserve. We will also pass through Salford Quays. You may have read about the remarkable regeneration of Irlam due to investment from a local entrepreneur in the Guardian recently. We will also pass by Manchester’s 2nd Airport.
The ride is about 35 flat miles and we aim to take all day over it. A Brompton might be best for ease of transport but the ride could be done on any bike. Note that if you plan to travel on First Trans-Pennine Express cycle reservations for non-folding bikes are mandatory.