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A lush adventure through rural Britain – riding the Cheshire Cycleway

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A lush adventure through rural Britain – riding the Cheshire Cycleway

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

7

Tours

21:53 h

215 mi

8,100 ft

Magnificent black and white timber-framed halls, sprawling parklands once used as hunting grounds during medieval times, peaceful churches on the banks of glistening Meres – the Cheshire Cycleway is a fascinating journey through Cheshire, one of England’s finest counties.

This Collection guides you through the Cheshire Cycleway in seven stages covering a total of 214 miles (346 km). Ranging in length from 19 miles (31 km) to 38 miles (62 km), the sections are suitable for everyone, whether you are a mile cruncher or relaxed rider. You can also easily combine the sections together or shorten them to suit you.

Whether you prefer flat canal towpaths or getting stuck into a climb, you will find what you are looking for along the route. You will climb a total of 2470 meters (8103 feet) over the seven sections with only a few challenging climbs.

The Cheshire Cycleway reveals the very best of Cheshire including fascinating historical sites and beautiful nature spots. With endless green fields and enchanting woodland, Cheshire is mostly rural. Its tranquil countryside is occasionally interrupted by sleepy villages and thriving market towns such as Crewe, Macclesfield and Ellesmere Port.

Along the way, you will ride through the stunning Peak District National Park with its dry-stone walls and moody rolling hills, and visit countless Meres (lakes) which define the Cheshire landscape. You will also discover the Wirral Peninsular where you can learn about the region’s industrial past.

From singletrack to cycle paths and country lanes to gruelling climbs – cycling in Cheshire offers a varied ride. You can bring along any bike for your adventure whether you prefer to ride a racing bike or your trusty touring stead. You could also consider renting a bike in Chester.

As the route is a circular, you can join at any point, making it easy to cycle end-to-end. You will also find many train stations along the way. We have chosen to start and end the route in Chester as it shares excellent rail connections with the rest of the UK. You can travel to the town directly from London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester by train.

A picturesque town on the edge of the River Dee, Chester is a popular holiday destination. Here, you can roam its Roman streets, wander around its magnificent cathedral or indulge in one of the town’s excellent restaurants. Chester also has a huge range of places to spend the night.

Set aside some time, prepare your bike and travel to Chester – all that is left is to enjoy this relaxing journey through the green landscape of Cheshire.

For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/live/departures/chester
For more information on visiting Chester, visit: visitcheshire.com/chester

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:09
    30.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From medieval cobbled streets to vast wetland reserves; your first day cycling the Cheshire Cycleway takes you from the Roman city of Chester around the Wirral Peninsular to Ellesmere. Covering …

  • Intermediate
    02:40
    27.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Picture this: you listen to the birds sing and twigs crack beneath your tyres as you cycle through thick woodland, you pass by a glistening lake and further into the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    32.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your third stage of adventure will take you 31 miles (52 km) from Comberback to Prestbury guaranteeing peaceful countryside, beautiful parkland and stunning views across Cheshire. With one longer climb …

  • Difficult
    02:16
    19.5 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From fascinating museums to beautiful reservoirs and gruelling climbs to gushing waterfalls – stage four of the Cheshire Cycleway is a varied 19 mile (31 km) ride from Prestbury to …

  • Intermediate
    03:51
    39.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On stage five of the Cheshire Cycleway, you will cycle 37 miles (60 km) from Macclesfield to Crewe. Today, you will discover Cheshire’s rich past as you visit medieval halls …

  • Intermediate
    03:42
    38.7 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Quaint villages, tranquil canals, and calm lakes await you on your sixth day cycling the Cheshire Cycleway. Today, you will ride 38 miles (62 km) from Crewe to Tilston.

    You …

  • Intermediate
    03:04
    28.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Roman ruins, Iron Age forts and beautiful hills – the final stage of your adventure cycling the Cheshire Cycleway leads you through centuries of history from Tilston to Chester. Today, …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    215 mi
  • Duration
    21:53 h
  • Elevation
    8,100 ft
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A lush adventure through rural Britain – riding the Cheshire Cycleway