Small-town Cheshire feel, big-city access: cycling in Wilmslow has it all.
An iconic and quaint Cheshire town — complete with impressive mansions, trendy bars and photogenic sites no matter where you turn — Wilmslow is surrounded by quiet roads and emerald-green meadows, making for idyllic road riding. (If you still need a city fix, it’s now linked to busy Manchester by the brand-new, traffic-free Wilmslow Road Cycleway.)
For the ultimate Cheshire tour, follow the 176-mile Cheshire Cycleway, which connects backroads, canal towpaths, and country lanes.
MTB is stellar at Clayton Vale, with 12km of rollable features, fun berms, adverse cambers and white-knuckle rocks. Or try Lee and Cragg Quarry for natural, South Pennine terrain. The 205-mile Pennine Bridleway provides off-road adventuring for days, whether MTB or CX is your style|| gravel grinders brave the gritstone of Dark Peak and the limestone of White Peak (and everything in between).
The Christie Manchester to Blackpool ride, along scenic lanes to a huge beer garden, sells out every year. And the Tour de Manc, with a range of routes, is packed with tough climbs — including the Mad Manc, with 124 miles, 10 boroughs and 10,000 feet of up, up up.