Melody of Mud

Sunday 9th December at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Car Park at entrance to HMP Forest Bank Prison Livia, Forest Bank off Agecroft Road, Pendlbury M27 8FB
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 25 mins  (1 hours 45 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 

Sky Ride Local in Manchester

If you’re fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.


'Melody of Mud' is a mainly flat route starting out in the outskirts of Manchester, an area chosen for its short climbs and wooded paths. This 12 mile route passes along the canal system before returning through some interesting terrain. Cobbles and muddy tracks are the main attraction and the recipe for a perfect off-road ride!

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures.
Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at start location at entrance to HMS Forest Bank Prison, more available at car park at Drinkwater
Nearest Train Station
Clifton Station, 1.5 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at McDonalds Radcliffe, asda  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Joy Lummis Joy Lummis Hi I'm Joy and I love riding my bike. I look forward to meeting others who want to have fun cycling and make new friends whilst getting a bit fitter. All levels of rider welcome. Lots of advice and encouragement if needed. Hope to see you soon .
    Find us on facebook - Breeze Network Lancashire.
  • Allan Roberts Allan Roberts Hi I'm Allan,I did my first ride in 2010 the Manchester City Ride. After that I was hooked I've done at least one ride every weekend since. Met some nice people and made some good friends. Second year as a ride leader and looking forward to it
  • Christine Huggins Christine Huggins Hi, my name is Christine i took up cycling four years ago after going to Wales with my family for a holiday, we wanted to see more of the views and what a better way than get on a bike, well from that day on i was hooked. When home went on the net to find local cycling clubs joined the cco (cycling club oldham ) then came across sky ride, enjoyed the rides so much thought i would like to become a ride leader by doing that more people like you can enjoy the rides.

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Bernard Abbot Sunday 13th October
    Not very much mud, we saw it but kept clear
  2. will mchugh Sunday 13th October
    nice route hardly any mud though - also hardly any road which was nice.
  3. John Hughes Sunday 13th October
    Great route with some good technical parts along the canal footpath
  4. Sam Quincey Monday 19th August

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