Any Bike, Any Rider Cycle - Stockport to Lyme Park
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A leisurely social bike ride almost 100% off road starting close to the centre of Stockport and following a network of cycle trails to Lyme Park, a National Trust Property of approximately 1000acres with a resident herd of deer, and fine views out over the Cheshire Plain.
The route follows the Goyt Valley and then a short climb brings us to Marple on the outskirts of Stockport where we join the Middlewood Way, (the former Marple Macclesfield Railway) before a short section of road will take us to the West Gate of Lyme Park.
We will pass through the park, where there will be an opportunity to stop for coffee and cake either in the Park or nearby.
Exiting the park we will drop down onto the Peak Forest Canal towpath visiting Marple Locks and its fine Aqueduct before returning to Stockport.
The rides approximately 35km with about 250m of ascent, mostly level except for the climb out of the Goyt Valley and the climb through Lyme Park.
For this ride, any bike is suitable, although racing bikes with skinny tyres may find the going a little uncomfortable on sections of towpath and the climb through Lyme Park. No need to worry too much about your fitness, we will ride at the pace of the slowest and no one we be left behind.
If you're not a regular cyclist, please do make sure your bike is in good condition - check the tyres are well inflated, chain is oiled, and you've got a spare inner tube, drinks and snacks with you.
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What to bring
Bike: any well maintained bike, road (ideally with 28C + tyres), MTB, hybrid, folding, electric...
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring plenty to drink and appropriate snacks.
We should have the occasional opportunity to stop for refreshments.