Quiet bike rides from the Heatons, 2016.

25th April 2016

Posted by Tom Barker

Quiet bike rides from the Heatons, 2016.


Our rides are open to all and the SLH team particularly welcome those who want to get back on their bikes after a break or those who are new to cycling, as well as families with children. They will be led by experienced cycle leaders who will make sure that no-one is left behind.

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Sunday 15th May 11am start. Cycle to Manchester.

This is the first of our summer series when we will be taking a 9 mile ride, dropping off at the Whitworth Art Gallery in the University of Manchester. We can look around this newly refurbished, award-winning building, where entry is free, the cafe setting is idyllic, and the surrounding park is a good setting for a picnic. The route is mostly off-road using cycle-ways and shared paths, along with some back roads. We hope it will give cyclists the chance to try out a quiet route to the universities or hospitals, with tips on how to continue into the city centre.

We will meet in the car park on Gladstone Grove at the back of the Moor Top pub, on Heaton Moor Rd.



Sunday 26th June 10:30 am start.  Portland Basin Museum.

Our second ride is  along level well-surfaced trails to Portland Basin, near Ashton. Enjoy the cafe and free museum in the 1834 warehouse, at the junction of the Ashton and Peak Forest canals. There’s something for everyone on this 14 mile round-trip route.

We will meet in the Orchard in Heaton Chapel. This is accessed from Meadows Rd on the track between house numbers 20 & 22,  or from Nelstrop Rd on the track to the left of Adlington House.



Saturday 30th July 2:45 pm meet-up. Handlebards:  Romeo & Juliet.

The Handlebards, a troupe of Shakespearean players who travel the country by bike, will be performing Romeo & Juliet on the Fallowfield Loop in Levenshulme, at the quadrants. It will be a pay-what-you-can event, with curtain at 4pm. Bring a rug, cushion or low chair, and a picnic tea. In case of wet weather bring a poncho rather than an umbrella; though an adjacent, covered, wet-weather venue is being planned. There are further details on the website of the prime organisers, Sustrans.

There will be a group ride-in from Heaton Moor park at its Buckingham Rd entrance, meet at 2:45 – please see map.

The 2 mile route will be largely off-road on well surfaced tracks, but will also use some quiet side roads. It would help if you can say how many adults and children are coming by emailing cycling@slheatons.org


NEXT RIDE ………………


Sunday 11th Sept 11.00 am meet-up.   Bruntwood Park via Abney Hall.

Our 9 mile Heritage Day route will be to Bruntwood Park via Abney Hall, on shared-use paths and some quieter back roads. At Bruntwood Park there is a large outdoor play area, the cafe, ice-cream stall, Pitch & Putt and the BMX track.

For those who want something different, we offer an optional short route from Bruntwood to John Lewis – but there won’t be time to do the Christmas shopping!

Start: in Heaton Norris on the pedestrianised Brinksway Bridge over the Mersey, between the Pyramid and the Woolpack Inn.

We will be back around 2:30 pm.



Dates TBD. Other rides.

If there are favourite rides that you’ve been on with us in the last 3 years, that you would like us to repeat, or if you have other ideas of your own, please let us know using the email address below.


Numbers are limited, so please book places.  Email:  cycling@slheatons.org  saying how may adults and children will be coming and on which rides.

Participants should bring a roadworthy bike and under 16′s must be accompanied by an adult.


Looking forward to seeing you!



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