A Tale of Two Trails

Sunday 27th 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.
2 hours 25 mins  (1 hours 45 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 
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

If you're fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way. Rides are between 6 and 20 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

A circular 15.5 mile route taking in the Trans Pennine Trail and Fallowfield Loop Line. The Trans Pennine Trail stretches across the country from Southport in the west to Hornsea in the east, and is a superb network of traffic-free paths and quiet roads. The Fallowfield Loop Line is a converted railway path in the south Manchester suburbs, acting like a ring road for urban cyclists. Discover two great routes in the heart of the city. Sections of the route are on compacted dirt and shale paths, which can get muddy in wet weather. Therefore road bikes are not recommended. Please note it is essential that anybody arriving by car parks at the lower car park.

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. 

Children under the age of 5 do not need to register and must be in a BSI approved child seat, trailer or tag-a-long.

Car Parking
Yes, at Lower Car Park - Trafford Water Sports Centre, Sale Water Park
Nearest Train Station
Altrincham, 4.5 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at In water sports centre  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Sarah Shard
    Sarah Shard My name is Sarah and I am a 'Breeze leader'. I am from East Manchester. In my spare time i enjoy hockey, swimming, running, cycling and football. Ive delivered many breeze rides now and we have had some good feedback and met lots of great people. My cycling experience includes riding along the 'Most Dangerous Road in The World' in Bolivia, South America in 2009 and completing the 'Manchester to Chester' ride and 'Manchester 100km' bike rides in 2012. The rides are sociable, enjoyable and good fun. They are adaptable for all ages and abilities so don't worry if you've not been on a bike for a while, we are there to help! Hope to see you on the next bike ride!
  • 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.
  • Darren Mercer
    Darren Mercer I have been cycling regularly for a number of years, I did normally cycle alone, but a few years ago I took part in Sky Ride Manchester and realised what a great set up British Cycling & Sky Ride was, so since then, I get out on my bike as much as possible - I would encourage and help anyone to get out on a bike, and give it a try.
  • Allan Roberts
    Allan Roberts Hi I'm Allan,I did my first ride in 2010 the Manchester City Ride. After that I was hooked I've done at least one ride every weekend since. Met some nice people, made some good friends and have joined a social cycling group. This is my third year as a ride leader and looking forward to it

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Priya Jayabalan Monday 11th May
  • judy knowles Friday 3rd April enjoyed meeting others in the group but a mix up about the starting point meant we missed our group leader. These things happen!
  • Earl Martin Friday 20th March
  • David Wilkinson Tuesday 17th March

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