Cycling in Cheshire

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Cycling in Cheshire

Looking for information about cycling in Cheshire? Cycling UK's guide to cycling in Cheshire gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in the county. ​

Chester, one of Britain’s most handsome old towns, has a couple of fine car-free routes: the railtrail out to Connah’s Quay (part of NCN5) which forms a family-friendly loop back via the Dee, and the (sometimes narrow) Shropshire Union Canal towpath up to Ellesmere Port. And while the famous historic shopping galleries weren’t designed for bikes, there’s a network of colour-coded routes for getting round the centre.

Cheese, salt and chemicals might come to mind once you’ve left Chester’s half-timbered houses and quaint old streets. Indeed, industrial Warrington, with its section of the Transpennine Trail running along the Manchester Ship Canal, is the county’s other big town (with a lively local cycle campaign group) and rail travellers will be familiar with Crewe, if only, literally, in passing.

Outside those places, though, Cheshire is a largely rural place with many well-to-do villages and small towns (including the ‘Golden Triangle’, with affluent places such as Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Prestbury). It can be enjoyably explored through many short day and leisure rides. The Middlewood Way, a railtrail part of NCN55, runs 11 miles from Macclesield to Marple. Lovers of history and architecture have routes visiting the area’s finest churches; while for outdoor fans there’s Delamere Forest, not far from Chester, with a range of bike trails for family trips. Potter across on back roads to Northwich and you can cycle short stretches of canal towpath to see one of Britain’s – and the world’s – canal marvels, the Anderton Boat Lift.

And if you need a tea and cake after all that cycling, the Eureka Cafe (and bike shop) at Two Mills, outside Chester, is one of Britain’s best-known cycling cafes, a lively and friendly hub for local club rides. 

Cycling groups and clubs in Cheshire

Chester CTC (Chester)

Weekly leisure and touring rides including women-only rides

Chester and North Wales CTC (Chester)

Rides of all types in some of Britain’s finest scenery

South Manchester CTC

A touring club with rides starting in start in Cheadle, Hazel Grove and Wilmslow

St Helens and Warrington Cycle Club (St Helens)

Easy paced half and full-day rides in and around St Helens and Warrington

Seamons Cycling Club (Altrincham)

Traditional cycling club of cycling as pastime and sport

Stockport Community Cycling Club (Stockport)

Offers a range of leisurely rides on and off-road for anyone from 9 years and up

Cheshire Roads Club (Stockport)

Sunday club runs plus track racing, time trialling and touring

Chester Cycling Campaign (Chester)

Campaigns to improve conditions and facilities for cyclists in Chester and area

Chester Great Outdoors Club (Chester)

Organises a variety of activities in and around Chester including mountain biking and road cycling

Chester Triathlon Club (Chester)

Social rides, coached and turbo sessions, summer evening and winter weekend rides and time trials

Hartford CATS (Hartford)

Informal social group that rides in the Cheshire countryside with tea and cake

Warrington Revolution MTB Mountain Biking Club (Warrington)

Social group that rides trails in the evenings, also day and weekend rides further afield

Wild Bikes Cycling Club (Warrington)

Weekly club rides catering for all levels in both road and mountain biking 

South East Cheshire Cycle Action Group (Congleton)

Promotes cycling in and around Congleton

CycleKnutsford (Knutsford, Cheshire)

Local campaigning group, also arranges rides and training

Congleton Cycling Campaign (Congleton)

Campaigns to promote and encourage cycling

Macclesfield Wheelers (Macclesfield)

From riding for pleasure to road racing with many regular rides for a range of abilities

Cycle Wilmslow (Wilmslow)

Community organisation campaigning for better cycling provision

St Paul’s Centre Cycles (Crewe)

Volunteers collect and refurbish 400 cycles a year; the bikes are for sale twice a week

Chester Easy Riders (Chester)

Independent cycling club with moderate and brisk day rides of 40 to 80 miles on Thursdays

Crewe Clarion Wheelers (Crewe)

Sunday morning and other rides with distances between 40 and 90 miles

Audlem Cycling Club (Audlem)

Sunday club runs of 50-60 miles with a cafe stop and Wednesday MTB rides

Nantwich Cycling Group (Nantwich)

Campaigns for cycling and runs rides

What to take with you on your ride 

The only thing you really need for cycling is a bike. And maybe a phone, and credit card: in Britain you’re only a call away from any service you might need.

But unless money is no object, it’s wise to take a few things with you on a day ride. A saddlebag or rear rack and panniers are best for carrying stuff. A front basket is second best. A rucksack is th