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  • Great, thanks for the advice. That pub looks awesome.

    The route goes along the Monsal Trail - will this be ok on 25c tyres? I've heard it's a lovely trail so keen to have a look.

  • Cheers mate. Good advice on the late turns into car parks.

    We'll probably all smash ourselves silly on the climbs so thanks for the cafe recommendations! We'll need a good refuel after Winnats Pass.

  • Monsal will be fine, it's all fine gravel. May be a few puddles, depending on recent weather.
    It's fairly uninspiring as a route/surface to ride on (flat, gravel, flat...), but lovely scenery. It'll be full of families and folk out walking, so don't expect to smash it.

  • I’ve ridden it on a 20mm rear. You’ll have no problems.

  • Done this loop today, nice urban ride out, then into some v 28 days later industrial buildings in fields action, after a stop at the lavender tea rooms for snacks (or the pubs near by) it's a really pretty lane blast back into town with a few little hills to test the legs before the urban sprawl kicks in

    The old Trafford road out of town really does seem like the road out for a small loop. Down hill and nippy, bit busy for the first section but levels out.

    Would like to take the GrAVel BiKe out on this and explore some of the parks and bridleways you pass


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  • Yeh I used to use that route out of town.

    If you can find a way to reddish there’s an old railway through reddish vale, tiny bit of road to Bredbury hall, lovely gravel path along river to Marple, then heaps of gravel and climbing- old railway to Macclesfield, moderate bridleways to new mills then sett valley to Hayfield

  • South to fallowfield the onto the fallowfield loop then heading east will get you to reddish.
    I followed basically the route you mention out to Goyt Valley one night this year, it's good

  • That’s a great route. I know those bits well on foot individually, I should probably get something with knobbly tyres to enjoy it on two wheels and connect it all together.

    Thread derail - Is anyone out to watch the Tour of Britain today? I’m aiming to be near the top of cowlishaw road in Romiley for when the race passes at noon, then possibly head to Deansgate for the finish.

  • funnily enough yes! i saw the p e l e t o n just outside of stockport, was surrounded by a bunch of extremely aggravated chelsea tractor drivers that their road was closed for 30 minutes out of the year. It was a total coincidence as I was out trying a different route.

    out through to tatton park and then in back through cheadle, stolen from komoot manchester rides, was excellent all in all. tatton park is lovely, saw a giant radar dish, rather challenging climb around alderly edge, then the mistake of not removing swiss hill from the loop and having a v sketchy walk down it on damp cobbles.

    thought i was having a terrible leg day but it was only when i stopped at the 40k mark to see said radar dish i realised my brake was rubbing, embarrassing.


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  • That's no radar, that's Jodrell Bank, and is a big fuck off radio telescope. Stop by next time, there's a nice cafe and a load of interesting information.

  • Oh wow, I assumed it would be one of those places where you get shot for going near the fence.

    I will definitely be making my way to said cafe, love metal structures.

    Felt incredibly utopian sci-fi seeing it


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  • I assumed it would be one of those places where you get shot for going near the fence.

    They host Blue Dot festival there, not Glastonbury.

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