|An easy ride through Swettenham to Alsager, returning through Middlewich and the Whitegate Way to Knutsford. Cafe at Pennyfarthing Museum in Knutsford and then a ride through Tatton Park.|
|Total Distance:||117km |
|Climbing:||AAA points: 0 Total ascent: 719m Max elevation: 183m|
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|Start/finish:||Woodford (SJ 873 816, between Stockport and Wilmslow)|
Alternative starts (if you can get a timed receipt, carpark ticket or bank ATM slip to authenticate your start and finish times): Radway Green, Cuddington
|Controls:||* 40km: Radway Green|
*117km: Dean Row
* indicates controls available 24 hours
|Some Useful Cafes:|| 40km: Radway Green, Garden Centre|
97km: Knutsford, Courtyard Coffee House/Pennyfarthing Cafe
|Timings:||3 hours 54 mins (30 kph) - 8 hours 11 mins (14.3kph )|
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Plenty of pleasant Cheshire lanes with very little climbing; what more could you ask for? It's a cracking ride, and a little overdistance as there is simply too much to fit into just 100km
The cafe stop at Hall Farm Cafe inb Alsager is recommended, or you could try Radway Green Garden Centre, or the nearby Sainsburys, which has hot food and cake. There are even seats inside.
Pop under the M6 then it's back via lanes to Winsford and its Bottom Flash and onto Whitegate Way, a former railway and now cycleway - give way to horses and dog walkers. It's not tarmac, but the surface is still OK even for skinny tyres and tandems. The control at Cuddington is a convenience store, or you could try the bakery next door for a coffee and a treat from the cake counter.
As you wend your way around the outskirts of Northwich, spare a moment to marvel at Anderton Boat Lift.
While at Knutsford, although it isn't a control, you should call in at the Courtyard Coffee House, which has a fine display of Pennyfarthings.
Finish with a ride through Tatton Park deer park and through the tunnels beneath Manchester Airport.