Trans Pennine Trail - A Route to Lymm

Sunday 20th October 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
Lower Car Park - Trafford Water Sports Centre Sale Water Park, Rifle Road M33 2LX
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 10 mins  (2 hours 30 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
Accessible Route Accessible routes have been British Cycling assessed, with guidance from disability charities - meaning they are suitable for the majority of adaptive bikes. The route will have no or low levels of traffic, there will be plenty of space and will have a good surface throughout
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.

An attractive route that follows the epic Trans Pennine Trail along the Mersey Valley, through Dainewell Woods, and across the eastern end of the Cheshire Plain to the charming village of Lymm. We return on road through quiet rural lanes, skirting Dunham Park, before a short urban stretch through Sale. It concludes along the recently opened Connect 2 route, the Bridgewater Way.  Surfaces vary from tarmac, through compacted shale to sand, so bikes with wide tyres are a sensible choice. 

Please note it is essential that anybody arriving by car, parks at the lower car park only, as the water sports centre will not let us use any other car park. Please respect their wishes so we can continue to use this fantastic start point for rides.

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 Lower Car Park ONLY - Trafford Water Sports Centre, Sale Water Park
Nearest Train Station
Altrincham Railway Station, 4.5 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Externally accessible – the building shared by Deckers Restaurant and the Water Sports Centre. Toilets available at the Ranger Service in Lymm only if the Centre at Whitbarrow Road is open.  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • John Houghton
    John Houghton After taking early retirement I noticed that I was putting on weight due to not getting any exercise, so I decided to get back into cycling (after 20 years). I went on Manchester City Centre Sky Ride with the family and realised how much fun cycling was. Then I started doing the Local Sky Rides, starting with easy ones with my family, then as my strength and fitness improved I went on to complete the Steady and Well rides. After a few months I even managed the Strong rides as well. When the rides stopped for Winter, I joined Stockport Community Cycling Club and started out on their easy rides and now even do their extra rides. So from starting out doing 2-3 mile easy rides, I have completed the 100 mile Manchester 100. If I can do this, then so can you. Just start easy and build your fitness and strength slowly. Don't forget to bring puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, tyre levers and pump.
  • David Pickett
    David Pickett Hello, I've been cycling ever since I was a child. Going up and down the road or bridle paths for hours at a time. I now commute most days with the occasional longer ride on my days off. I like to think I'm laid back and approachable, always willing to help someone in need.
  • Adrian Watts
    Adrian Watts Hi my name is Adrian This is my sixth year as a ride leader, I have been riding for about 20 years and have had a go at most forms of the sport from competitive road racing to long tours, including Lands End John O'Groats twice. My aim is to hopefully impart some of my love for cycling to as many people as possible. I look forward to seeing you out on the bikes.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Philip Atherton Sunday 16th November
  • Paul Roberts Sunday 16th November
  • David Thornton Saturday 15th November
  • Jack Perryman Tuesday 11th November Interesting trails...varied terrain, flat and scenic. What every long Sunday ride should include. Enjoyed it.

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