Mid Summer ride around the Lancashire Ring - Day 2 of 2.
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A mid summer cycling event suitable for trail riders and leisure cyclists with hybrids or mountain bikes.
You’re invited on a mid summer, two day journey along the Rochdale Canal, Leeds/Liverpool Canal and the Bridgewater Canal.
Offering surprising contrasts between industrial heritage, contemporary life and modern city centre living, this route is enjoyed by boating enthusiasts as well as walkers and cyclist.
Over two days we’ll ride an anti-clockwise, circular towpath route totalling a distance of 103 miles including transiting no less than 120 locks.
We'll begin our journey on the Rochdale Canal just east of Manchester City Centre and ride to Hebden Bridge where we'll leave the canal to ride a none technical trail across the moors to Burnley. In Burnley we'll pick up the Leeds/Liverpool canal and head west to Blackburn to end day one's ride.
Day 2 sees us continue southwest along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal to Wigan where we leave the one canal and join the Bridgewater Canal into Manchester City Centre before we once again join the Rochdale Canal back to the start point.
Day one entails a 56 mile ride whilst a shorter and more leisurely second day entails 47 miles.
Details of Day one can be found here:
Following our overnight stay, day 2 will see us re-join the Leeds/Liverpool Canal and continue our journey westwards then south skirting the town of Chorley, then through Adlington and on to Wigan and it's famous Pier. Changing direction to head eastwards we'll ride through Leigh and onto Manchester City Centre's famous Canal Street via the Bridgewater Canal. Here we re-join the Rochdale Canal for the final leg of our journey back to the start point.
A beer, a spot of late lunch and some enjoyable reminiscence will no doubt precede our goodbyes and the journey home from what promises to be an epic mid-summer weekend.
What to bring
Bike: a mountain bike or hybrid (no road bikes)
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, shorts are great even in rain as they allow free movement of your legs. Avoid jeans, which are uncomfortable when wet, and baggy tracksuit bottoms, which can snag in the chain. Colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: grippy soles if your bike has standard 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 bottles 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
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Food & drink
Please ensure you have plenty of drinks, snacks and a hearty packed lunch for each day's ride. Given the nature of the ride there are lots of places en-route to purchase food and drink if you so wish.
Breakfast and evening meals can sourced at our start/end points.