A Tootle Along the Tame

Sunday 17th February 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
Reddish Vale Visitors Centre Mill Lane, Reddish SK5 7HE
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.
1 hours 30 mins  (50 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) 
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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.
We start with a gentle ride up Blackberry Slopes, taking in the magnificent viaduct, before looping back on ourselves and heading along the Trans Pennine Trail. We then swoop down to the banks of the River Tame, where we wind our way along the rivers course amongst rhododendrons, before heading deeper into Reddish Vale. From here we climb gently again for views along the top of the vale before heading back to cross the river and have a short lung bursting climb back to the TPT before heading back to the visitors centre and swooping descent back to the start point. So close to nature it even touches us at times.

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 Reddish Vale Visitor Centre Car Park has very limited car parking so please use local on road parking and ride to the start where possible
Nearest Train Station
Reddish South Train Station, 1 mile 

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Laurence Moore Laurence Moore I've been pretty much a lone cyclist all my adult life and enjoyed the solitude and time for reflection that it's brought. But last year, with no great enthusiasm on my part, our daughter persuaded me to participate in a couple of Skyride events and I enjoyed them that much that I applied for and became a ride leader last December. The events brought home something that I guess I've known for a long time, and that's that if there were enough cyclists around every corner of every road then drivers would have to start noticing us and the roads would be far safer for all. So I see the rides as helping to promote and encourage (and perhaps help with the confidence that's needed for) the greater use of bikes. Bring on the revolution. Please supply your own puncture repair kit and pump though.
  • Ian Gent Ian Gent Hi, I'm Ian, I've been a keen cyclist and mountain bike rider for many years. This is my 4th year as Sky Ride Leader. I've got a good knowledge of the local ride routes. I'm equally happy doing road or trail rides that can be 5 or 50 miles, so can help you to enjoy your Sky ride whatever your level of cycling. Sky riding is about having fun on your bike in a safe environment - so book on to a ride and have a very enjoyable day out
  • Simon Reeve Simon Reeve Hiya, I am a keen cyclist who loves the thrills of MTB'ing, have ridden a fair few black runs in Wales and Scotland. Even though I ride an MTB I take part in many road cycling events in and around Manchester, the 100, Liverpool, Blackpool and Chester to name a few and also charity events I arrange with a group of cyclists in Wigan. Our last venture was to ride back to Wigan from Edinburgh, 40% of which was off road. I am looking to assist others in enjoying cycling, to help them gain the confidence in riding on and off the road and share our experiences, and leading rides is a great way to achieve this. Hope you enjoy the rides. Si

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Amanda Maria Bizzinotto Ferreira Sunday 29th September
  2. Briony Farrell Thursday 20th October
    This was a nice ride but I would say it was harder than some of the 'ride well' rides I have been in in the past. Needs reclassifying so that it doesn't put people off.
  3. nicola maduemezia Sunday 9th October
    Great ride-challenging and very muddy!