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Coronavirus: In view of government advice,  our regular ride programme is cancelled until further notice. This includes Sunday rides, Wednesday Vets’ rides, and also meetings at the club room on Thursday evenings. 

Government advice has changed again and has the force of law. At present In line with advice from Cycling UK groups of no more than 6 riders are permitted, with 2-metre social distancing. Currently, SMCTC rides are being organised on an informal basis. In the event of more than six riders wishing to participate, multiple groups of six can be formed, but those groups must not interact.  Anyone leading a ride is required to make a note of those in the group for contact tracing if subsequently necessary. (A photo is probably a simple way to do this, assuming we already have the contact details of individuals.)

Please note however, that following additional restrictions in Greater Manchester, including Stockport, and therefore affecting a majority of our members, government advice is that you should not meet anyone from another household at a pub, cafe etc, either inside or outside, unless they are inside your support bubble. Further advice is available here.

Don’t forget to carry ID when riding. Click here for details.

Paul Blomeley. We are sad to report the death of SMCTC vets’ rider Paul Blomeley — see News for details.

If you have any problems with these pages, please report them to Roger Hubbold.

Photos of your rides. Thanks for all the pictures you’ve sent in — feel free to keep sending them, but no more than 3 or 4 photos per ride. Older photos can be found in Photos—>Lock-down archive.

Hilary Tarleton and Julie Matthews have been exploring Norfolk and Suffolk:

Eroding cliffs (4.5 metres a year!) at Covehithe, Suffolk

Church of St Andrew, Covehithe, Suffolk

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At the Harrington Arms (Pete Williams)

Harry Burton and Mike Philips recently rode the Way of the Roses, C2C again:

Snake Pass

Snake Pass (Bill Irwin)

Top of Brickworks, towards Kettleshulme (Roger Hubbold)

Top of Dolly Lane looking south (Roger Hubbold)

Never far from a coffee stop — the weird and wonderful  Coffee Tavern, Adlington (Hilary Tarleton)

Visit Marple Collage

Visit Marple collage (David Goatman)

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Steve Owens gets about with his folding bike! Windermere from Orrest Head.

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Windermere from Orrest Head (Steve Owens)

Goostrey Picnicers

Goostrey Picnicers (David Goatman)

Grade 2 Listed sundial, Goostrey churchyard (David Goatman)

Sutton Common from near Clulow Cross (Roger Hubbold)

Towards Manchester from Clulow Cross  (Roger Hubbold)

Wildboarclough  (Roger Hubbold)

Reg Harris’s grave at Chelford churchyard (David Goatman)

Do you know where these next four photos were taken? Answers on a postcard please to Geoff Southworth!

Gawsworth Church (Pete Vickerman)

Two-day Cheshire Cycleway ride (David Goatman)

Start and Finish Greyhound Ashley

Start and finish at the Greyhound, Ashley  (David Goatman)

Canal buildings, Chester  (David Goatman)

Eureka cyclists’ cafe, Two Mills, Wirral  (David Goatman)


Audlam  (David Goatman)

Sea Life Attraction, North Bay, Scarborough (Steve Owens)

South Bay, Scarborough (Steve Owens)

Kishfield Lane, Kettlehulme

Kishfield Lane, Kettlehulme (Roger Hubbold)

Kishfield Lane 16%

Kishfield Lane, 16% gradient! (Roger Hubbold)


Lunch in Gawsworth Churchyard (David Goatman)

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Stag in Tatton Park (Pete Vickerman)

Merseyside circular

Merseyside circular  (David Goatman)

Intrepid riders at West Kirby  (David Goatman)

6 Hamilton Square Birkenhead

Hamilton Square, Birkenhead  (David Goatman)

4.1 Puncture on the promenade

Puncture on the Promenade  (David Goatman)

Liverpool waterfront and RRS Sir David Attenborough (Gwynedd Miller)

9 Outside the Titanic Hotel in Vauxhall

Titanic Hotel, Vauxhall  (David Goatman)

11 The new Runcorn Widnes Bridge

New Runcorn Bridge  (David Goatman)

Hilly route to Sutton from Bollington (Roger Hubbold)

Bill Owen burial place, Holmfirth (David Goatman)

Listed Milestone Marker Hollowgate Bridge Holmfirth

Listed milesone marker, Hollowgate Bridge, Holmfirth  (David Goatman)

Lunchstop, Holmfirth  (David Goatman)

Cafe, Holmfirth  (David Goatman)

Peter Sallis is also buried at St Johns  (David Goatman)

St Johns Upperthong

St Johns, Upperthong  (David Goatman)

Holme Moss Summit (Gwynedd Miller)

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St Mary’s Church, Great Budworth (Pete Vickerman)

Merchant’s House Cafe, Longnor (Gwynedd Miller)

Route Map

Route map for car-assisted ride from Alstonefield, led by Mark Dougal (David Goatman)

At Mere Hill Summit Manifold Valley

At Mere Hill summit, Manifold Valley (David Goatman)

Ilam Hall YHA (Gwynedd Miller)

Ilam Church  (Gwynedd Miller)

Pond at Tissington  (Gwynedd Miller)

Alternative route to ford through Bradbourne  (David Goatman)

Hoo Brook Ford, Butterton  (David Goatman)

One of only 13 in the UK!  (David Goatman)

Past Throwley Hall remains

Past remains of Throwley Hall  (David Goatman)

Puncture at top of Blaze Hill  (David Goatman)

Day trip to Prestatyn (with steep hills!)  (Steve Owens)

Prestatyn (Steve Owens)

Sunday ride in the hills behind Oldham (Geoff Southworth)