The Top 3 Cycling Routes in Didsbury & Beyond
Because there’s no better way to explore Greater Manchester than by bike…
Manchester is known for its culture, vibrancy and industrial roots, as well as its gorgeous green suburbs and good natured people – so, seeing as Bike Week 2017 is coming up between 10th – 18th June, what better way to explore what Manchester has to offer this summer than by following one of our favourite cycling routes?
Set off from our Didsbury hotel and enjoy the pedal of your life this Bike Week in one of the best cities in the world…
Rochdale Canal Cycle Route
The first canal to be built across the Pennines, the Rochdale Canal played a pivotal part in Britain’s Industrial Revolution and is steeped in rich, northern history. A quick train from our hotel in Didsbury will take you directly into Manchester Piccadilly station where you can hop onto the canal route from Store Street, which runs below the station itself. The canal route is lined with gorgeous green space and will offer an afternoon of clean air and lots of places of interest to discover along the way, including Victoria Mill, Central Park and New Islington.
For further details, visit the Manchester City Council website to find out more.
Manchester Cycleway, South and East
If you are looking for something a little gentler, why not take an off-road cycle route instead? This cycle path follows the abandoned Fallowfield Railway Line, known as the Fallowfield Loop, which runs from Chorlton in West Manchester, through Fallowfield and Levenshulme, up through Gorton and East Manchester to the Velodrome and Sportcity. With lots of greenery en route, you’ll almost forget you’re just a stone’s throw from one of the most bustling cities in the north. You can also use this cycle route to reach events at Sportcity for a much greener way to travel!
The TransPennine Trail
Certainly not for the fainthearted, this cycle route runs from the west of the country to the east and is a challenge for sure. This largely traffic-free route that runs from coast to coast will allow you to explore the best of British from Southport to Hornsea and can be tackled all at once or dissected into smaller routes for those travelling with families or those simply looking for something a little more chilled.