Cheshire Plains

Sunday 31st March 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
Macclesfield Leisure Centre Priory Lane SK10 4AF
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.
3 hours 40 mins  (3 hours 0 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.
Hybrid (road tyres), Road 

Sky Ride Local in Manchester

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part in our Challenging rides. If you’re comfortable riding with other people and fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you. They start at around twenty miles long, and are paced at between 11 and 12 miles an hour.

Explore the beautiful Cheshire Plain on the outskirts of Manchester on this pleasant, 30 mile countryside route.  This ride is mainly flat so ideal for road bikes. Stately homes, places of scientific interest and the famous Jodrell Bank is the order of the day.

Ride Strong Plus

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
Please make sure your bike is in good working order and 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 Macclesfield Leisure Centre
Nearest Train Station
Macclesfield Train Station, 1 mile 

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • 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
  • Mark Riley Mark Riley
  • Vikram Swaminathan Vikram Swaminathan Started cycling 4 years ago when I went to university. Started off casually, but became part of the university cycling team, now I regularly enjoy miles of riding all year round! I lead groups of cyclists from my work, university and GB skyride.

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Claire O'Brien Sunday 30th March
    There was a good group of riders with brilliant Sky Ride leaders and a lovely course. The views on this sunny day were amazing, and it is always fantastic to pass by the Lovell telescope. Thank you so much! :-)
  2. Andrea Morgan Monday 11th November
    Great for my first Sky Ride but the hills at the end were a real challenge !
  3. John Taylor Sunday 10th November
  4. Wai Lee Sunday 10th November
    Excellent ride with a lovely route and small hill at the end of the ride!

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