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Coronavirus: In view of government advice,  ALL OUR RIDES are cancelled until further notice. This includes Sunday rides, Wednesday Vets’ rides (but see note below), and also meetings at the club room on Thursday evenings. Groups of six riders are now permitted, with 1 metre distancing.  Here’s some advice from Cycling UK if you want to cycle. Several SMCTC members are now riding in groups of up to six with social distancing. These rides are organised informally.

New advice from TfGM. Please note rules on cafes and restaurants:

Since Friday 31 July,  if you live anywhere in Greater Manchester,  you shouldn’t meet people you don’t live with in each other’s homes or gardens,  except where you have formed a support bubble. It will shortly be illegal to do so,  unless specific exemptions apply. Greater Manchester covers the 10 local council areas of Bolton,  Bury,  Manchester,  Oldham,  Rochdale,  Salford,  Stockport,  Tameside,  Trafford and Wigan.

 People shouldn’t socialise with those they don’t live with in indoor public venues,  such as pubs,  restaurants,  cafes, shops,  places of worship,  community centres,  leisure and entertainment venues,  or visitor attractions.

 In line with the national guidance,  you can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces in groups of no more than six people from different households,  or up to two households.

Fallowfield Loop: new bridge is now open.

Lunch venues for Vets’ Wednesday rides published. See Vets rides for details, but please note that these are not SMCTC-organised rides. BUT, see note above.

Ronald McDonald charity challenge — see News for details. Also Pro Vision Bike Dash on September 20th — see News.

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

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)