Leisure Cycle - Salford to Pennington Flash, Leigh
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A leisurely social bike ride Leaving Salford via the Loop Lines (former Roe Green railways line) to join the Leigh Guided Busway which offers a traffic free route all the way to Leigh town centre, a short road section through the town centre brings us to the Bridgewater Canal before reaching Pennington Flash.
Pennington Flash is now part of the only National Nature Reserve in Greater Manchester and was formed by land subsidence due to mining in the early part of the 20th Century.
We can follow tracks around the lake and have a stop at the newly refurbished cafe at the visitor centre.
For the return to Salford , we will rejoin the canal towpath and follow the Bridgewater Canal back to Worsley (the first man made canal in Uk) and a short road section will bring us back to the start, if time allows another cafe stop should be possible at the RHS Bridgewater.
Other than a couple of miles in Leigh, all the route is traffic free.
This event is around 21 miles and is more or less flat along the whole route flat.
We have plenty of time to complete the route and we will take it at a relaxed pace and no one will be left behind.
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Road cyclists: Please be aware some paths might be a little rough and bumpy for thin tyres, but doable none the less. and given the time of the year, some sections of mud/water can be expected on the trails.
Mountain bikers: The majority of the route will be on paved surfacing, so knobbly tyres will be a little over kill for the ride, but don't worry it will be at a slow pace.
Pace and Terrain
This will be a leisurely cycle suitable for those of all levels of fitness. The majority of the route is on quiet rural lanes, with some short off road sections and a short section along a dedicated Cycleway. This event is open to cyclists of all abilities and bike types. There are a couple of small hills en route, but nothing too long, and no harm if you need to walk up them.
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.