Bolton A'wandering

Saturday 16th March 2013 at 1.30pm 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
Bolton Arena Arena Approach BL6 6LB
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 20 mins  (1 hours 40 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) 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


Sky Ride Local in Bolton

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.

This route is ideal for anyone wanting to try and take their cycling a bit further and increase their mileage. Starting from Bolton Arena, we'll ride cycle paths and quiet roads between rail lines and waterways to Queen's Park in Bolton. There'll be time for a drink and snacks before returning to the Arena. Do join us for a great ride which will boost your confidence in an almost traffic-free environment, which also takes in plenty of local urban interest and some industrial heritage.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 8, there must be no child trailers or child seats, children must be 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 Bolton Arena & local train station - if parking at Bolton Arena please register you number plate at reception
Nearest Train Station
Middlebrook & Horwich Parkway Station (next to start point)  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Bolton Arena  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Jim Taylor
    Jim Taylor Hi, I’m Jim Taylor and have been cycling for the past 18 years. This is my 4th year as a Sky Ride Leader and each year the variety of rides has just got better. Cycling has given me immense pleasure over the years and the opportunity to help others to also share that enjoyment is the reason I became a Sky Ride Leader. For the past 3 years I have been a Volunteer Bike Leader for Wigan Leisure Services Active Living Team which aims to help people get back cycling. The rides are all off-road and are suitable for beginners and those who are a little more confident. I am also a volunteer ranger for the cycling charity Sustrans. This entails promoting the work of Sustrans at various events and helping to maintain, sign and promote cycle routes on the National Cycle Network. I look forward to riding with you all to provide plenty of enjoyment and fun on all the rides.
  • Ian Parkinson
    Ian Parkinson I've been cycling for about eight years and ride regularly mainly in the Bolton area. This is my fourth year with Sky Ride and I've been on rides in Blackpool, Preston, Bolton and Manchester. My hobbies include swimming, walking and music.
  • Gordon Carlisle
    Gordon Carlisle

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