By | 26th May 2018

Joan Charles
Email Group Leader
01538 753545
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Health and Safety Advice
Please make sure you have read and understood the revised Health and Safety Advice! Before you can join a Cycling Group Outing you must fill out the Disclaimer Form, sign and date it and hand it to the appropriate Cheadle U3A Group Leader.

Group members at Apedale – 22nd August 2019

We organise two rides per month during Spring, Summer and Autumn. The rides are typically 15 to 25 miles in length and we aim to keep the amount of uphill climbing to a minimum. We use traffic-free cycle tracks, canal tow paths and quiet roads with café stops where appropriate.

New riders are made very welcome. U3A membership is not required to try out your first ride with us.

There is normally a contribution of £1 per ride; this is waived for your first ride with the group or when car parking charges apply at the start point.

If you are not sure of your ability to join a particular ride then please contact the ride leader to discuss.


Next Ride – Middlewood Way – Thursday 19th September – 18 miles

Start Point/Directions.

Just South of Bollington where the canal and Middlewood Way are almost adjacent. Nearest postcode SK10 5AH

Go north out of Macclesfield on the A523. Just past the Premier Inn there’s a roundabout. Go right on to the B5090 then a sharp right just after the roundabout onto Clarke Lane (there’s signs for the local pub, The Lord Clyde) Continue along Clarke Lane past the pub and park up between the Middlewood way bridge disused railway) and the Macclesfield canal bridge. There’s no car park, but the road is wide with good verges.


North up to Marple along the Macclesfield canal, a short bit of (busy) town roads then return along Middlewood way. The canal path is good but some of the surfacing is a bit on the coarse side. The return on the Middlewood way is a wide smooth path. Distance is 18 Miles. It’s almost entirely level.

Refreshment stops

There’s a café at Bollington but we would have only been going about 5 mins.

Next stop is about 1 hour, 4/5 miles into the ride. There’s a shop/basic café. Outside seating, nearby toilet. Drinks + basic prepackaged sweets/snacks, etc.

There’s a nice pub, the “Ring o Bells” at Marple. We would arrive there about 12:30ish. They do a good selection of hot drinks (even Earl Grey), snacks and meals. They have a garden overlooking the canal if the weather is good.

We saw nothing on the return route, but checking on the map afterwards there is a pub “The Boars Head” close by, about half way back. Alternatively we come close enough to the morning coffee shop to re-visit that.

3rd October Ride

Following a reconnaissance trip, the planned route, starting in Middlewich, proved impractical due to the poor state of the canal tow path and the numerous awkward gates on the designated cycle path alongside the River Weaver. 

A revised route has now been devised and reconnoitred based on the Cheshire Cycleway route 70 and National Cycle Network route 5, starting at Witton Mill Bridge car park near Northwich and visiting the Anderton Boat lift via Great Budworth, Comberbatch, Little Leigh, Weaverham, Greenbank, Hunts Lock and Northwich before returning via Marbury Park.

Full details will be circulated shortly.

Cycle Programme for 2019:

The programme may be updated as the year progresses.

Day Date Ride Name
Start Point
Distance Ride Leader
Wed 20th March Manifold Trail
Hulme End
16 miles Joan Charles
Wed 3rd April Leek & Rudyard
Rudyard Lake Station
20 miles Clive Brassington
Fri 12th April Derby
Markeaton Park
21 miles Malcolm Jones
Mon 29th April Ford Green & Congleton
Ford Green Hall
20 miles Peter Brown
Tue 7th May Hanley & Kidsgrove
Central Forest Park
16 miles David Clowes
Thu 23rd May Nottingham
Trent Lock
21 miles Peter Lamb
Wed 5th June Cannock Chase
Seven Springs
16 miles Malcolm Jones

17th June

18th June
North Wales Coast

Conwy Estuary
24 miles

20 – 26 miles

Malcolm Jones

Thu 4th July Monsal Trail
Bakewell Station
16 miles Peter Lamb
Wed 24th July Try an Ebike Day
N/A Peter Lamb
Mon 12th August Jodrell Bank
Astbury Village
29 miles Clive Brassington
Thu 22nd August Apedale
Westport Lake
15.5 miles Jim Chapman
Wed 4th September Four Villages
Castlefields, Stafford
24 miles Joan Charles
07547 504373
Thu 19th September Middlewood Way
18 miles Dave Burrage
07900 396947
Thu 3rd October
New Date
Anderton Boat Lift
Witton Mill Bridge, Northwich
19.5 miles Malcolm Jones
07484 332690
Wed 9th October Tissington Trail (Baconfest)
Thorpe, Narlow Lane Car Park
Wed 16th October Jodrell Bank (Reduced version of 12th August ride)
Brereton Heath Country Park
15 miles Clive Brassington
07521 199251
Mon 21st October
New Date
Stoke & Potteries
Trentham Gardens
17 miles Dee Ford & Gary Quin
07795 956728
Wed 30th October End of Season Celebration Meal
Heath House Farm, Forsbrook
All details, including date, provisional
None Joan Charles
07547 504373


The programmes for the rides that we completed in 2018 and 2017 may be viewed by Clicking Here.

  • Programme subject to change due to weather, road works, etc.
  • Shortly before each ride an Email will be sent out with details of the ride.
  • Please notify the ride leader if you intend taking part.
  • Meet at the start of the ride at 10:00 for 10:30 departure unless otherwise instructed.
  • You are advised to:
    • Wear a cycle helmet.
    • Ensure that your cycle is in good order and has a bell.
    • Take a spare inner tube.
    • Take sufficient food, liquid, medication, sun cream.
    • Take wet weather gear.
    • Bring emergency contact number and relevant medical details.

  • Any Questions? Contact Joan Charles Tel: 01538 753545.

Some Notes on E-Bikes
More of our members are now using electrically-assisted bicycles; however, the rides are paced to suit those of us who are still manually propelled and the ride leader will wait for you to catch up and have a rest, if needed. No-one will be left behind.

Peter Lamb wrote an article for this web page on E-Bikes when he was one of the first in the group to go electric and he has recently produced an update which can be read by Clicking Here.

Peter has now written another article on trying and buying an E-bike. Click Here.

Trying an E-bike – Rambler’s Retreat – 24th July

A number of people came to the “Try an Ebike day” and were quite positive about the experience. If you would like more information on electric bicycles then Peter Lamb may be able to point you in the right direction.

Peter can be contacted on 01538 722912 or Email:

Click Here for more background information.

Previous 2 and 3 day rides – Click on the links below
Occasionally we organise trips further afield.

Morcambe Bay Ride – 2016

North Wales Ride – August 2018