Medlock Valley Mash Up

Saturday 13th October 2012 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
Bardsley Car Park, West side of Oldham Road (A627) Bardsley Bridge OL7 9RR
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 45 mins  (1 hours 5 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

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.

This is a great chance to explore a little used part of the Medlock Valley Country Park. The route starts at Bardsley on the Ashton/Oldham boarder and follows the now disused Manchester to Ashton Under Lyne canal. After passing through Daisy Nook we pick up the Hollinwood branch of the canal, with a spectacular ride across the M60 motorway to Droylsden, before looping round to rejoin the canal for the return ride. A fabulous opportunity to ride in a breathtaking part of the Medlock Valley Country Park with stunning views across the valley to the village of Woodhouses.

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 start point, Bardsley Car Park, West side of Oldham Road (A627)
Nearest Train Station
Ashton Under Lyne, 2 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at John Howarth Visitor centre at Daisy Nook has toilets  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Guy Lowe
    Guy Lowe 7th Year of leading British Cycling rides.
  • Gerard Broughton
    Gerard Broughton Hi my name is Gerard and this will be mythirsyear as a Sky Ride Leader. I've always had an interest in cycling since I got my first three wheeler when I was about 6 years old - a long timer ago! I enjoy all types of cycling from touring to big downhill (though I dont go as fast as some!). Over the last couple of years I've done a couple of overseas trips - one to Marocco which was mostly big ups and fast downs. I also spent a couple of weeks cycling through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam which was a super experiance and one which I will never forget. I am now planning another trip to Vietnam and Laos for the end of this year. I really enjoy meeting people on Sky Rides and getting to talk to everyone. Looking forward to meting you.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Neil armsden Monday 26th October Too many gates which our bikes struggled to get through & slowed us down
  • Jay Quincey Saturday 12th July

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