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Manifold Valley Cycle Trail

The Manifold Track runs close to the boarder between Derbyshire and Staffordshire but is located entirely within Staffordshire and runs for for a total of 9 miles. It meanders through two river valleys; the Manifold and the Hamps. The section of the Manifold Valley through which this track runs is quite a good example of the deep limestone valleys of the White Peak. It is quite wooded so the views are not as spectacular as other trails. The most notable feature is Thor's Cave.
The trail is linier so you will have to return over the same track but the ride is almost all flat with very few slight gradients, so good for the kids. Parking is available at the Hulme End or Waterhouses ends of the trail. The slight gradient runs up to Waterhouse so starting at Hulme End means you are running down hill on the way back
The trail gets plenty of use by cyclists and walkers. Campsites near the Manifold Valley Cycle Trail can be found here Campsite Near Manifold Trail

Longdendale Trail
The Longdendale Trail runs for around 6.5 miles, from just beyond Hadfield Station to the entrance to the Woodhead Tunnel. Following the Trans-Pennine railway closed in 1981. This is an excellent trail, especially for families and beginners. The surface is of smooth sand, which can make the going quite difficult when it is wet. This is not really a trail to try in bad weather, as it is very open to the elements. It is advisable therefore to choose your direction of travel according to the wind direction.

Sett Valley Trail
The Sett Valley Trail runs 2.5 miles. It runs from Hayfield Station to New Mills. The Sett Valley Trail is at first hard work with many gates and obstructions to negotiate. However, from Hayfield onwards it is quite very pleasant. Hayfield village is well worth a visit and if you want to see some of the unspoilt countryside, then walk from the car park near Bowden Bridge towards Kinderlow Edge past Tunstead Clough Farm.

Middlewood Way
The Middlewood Way runs for a total of 11 miles, from Marple to Macclesfield. The Middlewood Way is provides the ideal opportunity for a quiet and enjoyable family outing. Picnic sites are situated at various points along the trail. The Middlewood Way also offers walkers a number of alternative routes and circular walks via the nearby Macclesfield Canal and Ladybrook Valley.

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Monsal Trail
The Monsal Trail runs for 8.5 miles between Blackwell and Monsal Head. The Monsal Trail follows the deep limestone valley of the River Wye with crags towering 100 metres above, a river that changes from a fast flowing torrent to a serene lakeland paradise, and spanned by the Monsal Viaduct. This trail is among the very best that you'll find in the Peak National Park.

High Peak Trail
The High Peak Trail joins up with the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay. It is 17.5 miles long and follows the old Cromford Railway, starting at Cromford and finishing at Dowlow, south of Buxton. This is perhaps the most interesting of the trails because this old railway line is much less straight than other railways, with sharp curves which seem to give frequent changes of view. For a railway line it is, in fact, not level and has several fairly steep inclines, which now provide variety for the cyclist.
N.B. The steep inclines may seem fun, however cyclists are not advised to ride on them.

Tissington Trail
Together with The High Peak Trail, this is the oldest of the Peak District Trails. It runs 13 miles from what was Ashbourne Station to join The High Peak Trail at Parsley Hay. This is a very pleasant ride, the surface is limestone so will be good in all weathers. The northern half runs over the limestone uplands, the remainder being the through softer lines of the lower valleys where the trail is largely wooded, giving occasional glimpses of the landscape. This trail is uphill all the way North, so it is a good idea to head North first.



Lancaster Morecambe
3 miles

Starting from the city's Millennium Bridge, the cycle path is a direct route to the seaside resort of Morecambe.

Lancaster Caton
5 miles

From the Millennium Bridge, head out to the Lune Valley along this riverside cycle path. There are stunning view from the Crook O' Lune

Lancaster Glasson
5 miles

Ride down the Lune Estuary to the historic dock at Glasson, where you can see boats unloading

Lancaster Snatchems
2 miles

Cycle along the north side of the river to Snatchems, where the press gang operated.

Lancaster Canal (Lancaster Carnforth
6 miles

You can cycle along the way as the canal from Lancaster to Carnforth. Bring some bread to feed the ducks.

North Shore Cycle Route
4 miles

Cycle down the Prom from Cleveleys to North Pier in the heart of Blackpool

Stanley Park Staining
 2 miles

Combine a visit to the zoo with a cycle ride from Stanley Park to the nearby village of Staining on an off road path

Wyre Estuary Country Park
1 miles

Cycle alongside the Wyre Estuary from Stannah.

Ribble Valley
Dunsop Bridge
2 miles

The bridleway up the valley from Dunsop Bridge is tarmac and a good place to take kids.

Old Tramway Cycle Route Preston Bamber Bridge
3 miles

Following an old tramway, this route links Avenham Park on the banks of the River Ribble with Bamber Bridge

River Ribble Cycle
Path 3 miles

You can cycle alongside the River Ribble from The Tickled Trout by the motorway junction to Penwortham Bridge, past riverside meadows, woods and parks. Take care when crossing the busy London Road

Chorley Area
Cuerden Valley Park, Chorley
3 miles

You can cycle for three miles through this attractive park, north of Chorley.

Astley Park
1 mile

Cycle through the park to historic Astley Hall. Look at the hens and ducks on the way.

Rivington Country Park
2 miles plus

Cycle down to the lake for a short ride. Longer rides can also be made in the park.

West Lancashire
Cheshire Lines
4 miles

Following an old railway this path takes you from Ainsdale, near Southport to Lydiate, through the West Lancashire countryside. It links with the cycle path on the front at Southport

Woodnook Greenway Accrington Baxenden
2 miles
A delightful path along an old railway through a wooded valley.

Padiham Ightenhill
2 miles

A delightful route along the peaceful Calder Valley to Ightenhill Bridge. There is a steep path up from the bridge to Ightenhill.

Canal Towpath
7 miles

Take the kids on the canal towpath. You can cycle all the way from Burnley to Barnoldswick and there are places to stop on the way.

Mablethorpe to Anderby Creek, including '2000 Cycleway' (Mablethorpe to Sutton-on-Sea)

6 miles

Cyclists share this route with pedestrians and the occasional council vehicle, but there is plenty of room for all. From Mablethorpe to Moggs Eye, it is promenade, with a track from Moggs Eye to Anderby Creek. The sea-views to the east are wonderful. Please note, there may be sand on the prom. in places and it is advisable to dismount and push your bike through these areas. You could start this ride in the centre of Mablethorpe by the fun-fair, but as there are usually a lot a pedestrians around here, it is better to start a little further South on the promenade just in front of Queens Park. There is a pay-and-display car-park here at the Eastern end of Seaholme Road. From Mablethorpe to Sutton-on-Sea (2000 Cycleway), the prom. is lined with static caravans and beach huts. At the small resort of Sutton-on-Sea, some of the usual sea-side amenities are to be found. There is a pub on the prom. here with secure cycle parking. After leaving Sutton-on-Sea and passing Sandilands there is a large golf course directly behind the sea-wall so there are open countryside views inland if you ever tire of looking out to sea. You will then pass through Huttoft Bank sea-view car-park, so care must be taken as you share a very short section with motorists. An attendant collects parking fees here only at busy periods. This may be as far as you wish to proceed especially if accompanied by young children, as unfortunately, from Huttoft Bank to Moggs Eye the promenade appears to be always well covered with sand, so a good deal of 'push-biking' is necessary, but it is worth it to continue the journey to Anderby Creek. When you reach Moggs Eye, you will need to push your cycles over the sand dunes to get to the free car-park and picnic area from where you can follow a track (part grass, part gravel) into the car-park at Anderby Creek where there is a licensed cafe with a garden.
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Tarka Trail

Thirty two miles of the Tarka Trail are a cycle/walkway, following the old railway line from Braunton on the north Devon coast, to Petrockstow deep in the heart of Tarka Country. This part of the Trail offers easy, flat, traffic-free cycling suitable for all the family around the wide expanse of the Taw/Torridge Estuary, before following the River Torridge inland.

The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail winds through some of Cornwall's most beautiful and little known countryside. There are many visitors to the Trail each year; some use it daily for jogging or bird watching, others for an occasional day out walking or cycling.
Being on an old railway track the Trail is virtually level all the way. The surface is mainly smooth and so ideal for wheelchair users, pram and buggy pushers.

Pentewan Valley Trail
Pentewan near Mevagissey.

A shorter version of the Camel Trail, traffic free and level, hence particularly suitable for families. Nearly 3 miles long, past the sluice ponds, through ancient oak woodland and alongside the River. Car parking at both ends. Cycle hire available. Pentewan used to be an important Port. Though the Harbour entrance is now blocked by sand, the Harbour Basin with its wooden sluice gates, like the sleepy village itself is a delight to explore. The beach is broad and sandy, popular with sailors, home to a thriving local sailing club. From the end of the Trail Heligan Gardens is only a short cycle ride away. Happily (some may say) the Pentewan Trail is far less popular than Camel Trail.











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