The Big Tour

Sunday 21st April 2013 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
Smithy Lodge Entrance on Middleton Road By Golf Club entrance M9 0TZ
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  (2 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.
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

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.

This is our BIG TOUR of some of the parks situated to the north of Greater Manchester. The ride leaves Heaton Park and climbs steadily towards Tandlehill Park in Oldham. From there we climb steeply over the Pennines and drop into Saddleworth to arrive at the very welcome midway rest point.  The ride then climbs steeply back over the Pennines and drops down into Oldham and Alexander Park. On our home stretch we enjoy one more steady climb through Oldham for good measure before gradually dropping down back to Heaton Park. You will be rewarded with  some great scenery as we pass over the big hills on this circular route which is only suitable for road bikes.  Bring your cycling legs...and enjoy the views!

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 Heaton Park Smithy Lodge, charges apply
Nearest Train Station
Manchester Victoria, 4 miles  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at start in Golf Centre, at Tandle Hill Park, at Brownhill Centre and at Alexander Park  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Jason Mayor
    Jason Mayor Hi. This is my fourth year leading SKY Ride Local. I am a regular cycle commuter and like nothing more that getting the whole family on their bikes and going for a ride. I have done a few longer charity rides and sportives.
  • Steve Williams
    Steve Williams
  • Cliff Seggie
    Cliff Seggie Third year as a Sky Ride Leader. Looking forward to getting out on my bike and helping others enjoy cycling. Like to ride sportives and have got into track cycling over past year. Doing the Tour De Yorkshire sportive later this year and planning to tour around my home area of Dumfries and Galloway in April to raise money for charity. Previous rides I have done include Tour of Britain Tour Ride and the Prudential London 100. I look forward meeting you on Sky Rides this year.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Wendy Schofield Sunday 1st March Enjoyed.
  • Kieran McElwee Tuesday 20th January
  • david reubens Saturday 22nd November
  • Bernard Abbot Thursday 30th October Great scenic route with good hills and a fab cafe stop half way round.

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