Lyme Park - Beginners Mountain Biking
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Starting in Marple, we will follow the Middlewood Way towards Bollington (A Rail trail) before a short section of road will take us to the West Gate of Lyme Park.
We will pass through the park, a National Trust property where deer roam freely. 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 to return to Marple.
The rides approximately 25km with about 250m of ascent, mostly level except for the climb through Lyme Park. Depending on the group, the ride can easily be extended to cover further section of the Middlewood Way or the Canals.
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.
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What to bring
Apart from your bike remember the following:.
- Spare inner tube and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring lunch and small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
- Plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet on events, however a full face helmet and pads are recommended..
- Bag you will need a small day-sack to carry essential clothing, water and an emergency snack.
Food & drink
Please make sure you bring enough water/drinks for the ride.
Please bring enough snacks/food for the ride.
There may be an opportunity to visit a cafe during the ride