Great Rides - Manchester Piccadilly

Vibrant Manchester has a bright biking future. Very bright.

When it comes to cycling in Cottonopolis, a lot is changing, and fast: A £1.5 billion masterplan — including a thousand miles of routes, 75 miles of dedicated bike lanes, and 1,400 safe crossings — is slated to finish up by 2028, making it the biggest network of its kind in the entire country. It’s also home to one of the world’s best velodromes and professional Team Sky.

For now, urban riding tends to be challenging (tram tracks, one-way streets), so your best bet for a relaxing roll is outside the city centre: National Cycle Routes 5, 55, 60, 62, 85, and 86 cut through different parts of Manchester and deliver you to the country (and the Fallowfield Loop is especially lovely). Or cruise the Ashton Canal, a green link past cool architecture and out to Ashton-under-Lyne.

That velodrome? You can book a session at the National Cycling Centre, which also has an indoor BMX track and seven miles of mountain biking trails.

MTB is also 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.

Roman Lakes

Distance: 4.9 mi:
Marple, Greater Manchester

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Farmer John'S Mtb Park

Distance: 1 mi:
Marple Bridge

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Lee Quarry Bike Trails

Distance: 10.5 mi:
Bacup, Lancashire

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Snake Pass and Winnat's Pass

Distance: 65.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,183 ft

Manchester

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Hebdon Bridge Loop

Distance: 64.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,190 ft

Manchester

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The Bridgewater Canal

Distance: 21.3 mi:
Elevation: +/- 440 ft

Manchester

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Wigan and Bolton

Distance: 71.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,446 ft

Manchester

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Old Towns Tour

Distance: 58.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,958 ft

Manchester

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Eastern Manchester Tour

Distance: 14.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 860 ft

Manchester

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Cragg Vale Climbs

Distance: 75.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,204 ft

Manchester

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Widdop Reservoir Run

Distance: 69.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,203 ft

Manchester

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Ripponden and Rochdale

Distance: 48.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,425 ft

Manchester

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South West Loop

Distance: 69.3 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,381 ft

Manchester

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Rossendale Valley Ride

Distance: 51.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,383 ft

Manchester

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River Ribble Ride

Distance: 84.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,408 ft

Manchester

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Peak District Tour

Distance: 82.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 7,137 ft

Manchester

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South to Knutsford

Distance: 49.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,444 ft

Manchester

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East to Marsden

Distance: 42.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,571 ft

Manchester

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Tandle Hill to Ashton-Under-Lyne

Distance: 31.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,228 ft

Manchester

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Peak District Prestige

Distance: 95 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,770 ft

Manchester

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Mottram and Upper Mill

Distance: 45.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,198 ft

Manchester

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Dunham Massey Loop

Distance: 30.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 714 ft

Manchester

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Nob End Locks Gravel

Distance: 21.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 994 ft

Manchester

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Middlewood Way

Distance: 20.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 779 ft

Stockport

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Highfield Country Park and Velopark

Distance: 13.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 375 ft

Manchester

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Chorlton Water Park

Distance: 13.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 371 ft

Manchester

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Heaton Park Loop

Distance: 3.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 238 ft

Manchester

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Bury Circular

Distance: 8.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 592 ft

Manchester

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