New addition to alliteration alphabet!

This morning saw a tweet by one Katie Deacon @Katie_Cakes ~

If you were me would you go to Helmsley or Harrogate tomorrow? There must be cake!

You can guess what followed – an immediate trip to Green Flag Route Planner! Transpires that its only a hop skip and a cycle from Harrogate to Helmsley and so was formulated another great GTTC addition to the alliteration alphabet.

Not yet sure when the first edition will be inaugurated but we note that TdY is coming on soon and we’ll already be in that neck of the woods for that so it might be that we can do it then….


Oh the lovely joys of social media! A great tool if/when you can button it when/if necessary!  Thanks for the inspiration Katie! There shall be cake!


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‘Park and Ride’ in Cheshire! and #socialmedia

Very much enjoyed an outing to Moulton and westbound including stops at Whitegate Station Cafe and Manor Farm, Tattenhall (Old Ma’s)


This is an example of stressless gentle riding for those who are looking for relaxation and a bit more fitness rather than a lung- and leg- busting challenge such as Hope:Hope, or FFin’ ABC (both (c) GTTC!)


Starting and finishing at The Lion, Moulton with an opportunity for a refresher before beating the rush hour home! That’s what we call ‘Park and Ride’ at GTTC!


And in more modern news ‘hashtagging’ is here! Hoping not to attract the wrong kind of attention with #allthebestdates here are some upcoming planned rides

13 March short cycle: Irlam Astley and back on the canal (it is very flat)
27 March short cycle: Irlam, Warburton, Dunham
10 April longer ride: Cheshire (‘we like it flat’) venue tbc
24 April short cycle: tbc



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Fully booked! And more to come!

Cherbourg – Dieppe

le winter training #1 d’excellence‘ GTTC’s innovative Brexit Busting Bike Bus cycle Cherbourg to Dieppe now fully booked! Being run on a not for profit pathfinder basis this is the first time we have ventured over the channel.
Even though the whole produce of France may not easily be available after March we are sure that further European cycling opportunities will present themselves soon!
Why not contact us for other opportunities to experience cultural delights of France before the gates come crashing down!

Midweek short (and longer) cycles!

Dates for upcoming Wednesday long and short rides in spring! After the maximum refreshment and excitement levels reached on ‘Leisurely Cheshire 13 02 19‘ we are sure that these will be in demand!
The rides will be aimed at moderately competent (on short routes) and intermediate (longer rides) cyclists.
The premise is that anything strenuous is unwelcome! So its a great opportunity to do a bit of social cycling!
27 February longer ride: Cheshire lanes and ice cream
13 March short cycle: Irlam and canals
27 March short cycle: Irlam, Warburton, Dunham
10 April longer ride: Cheshire (‘we like it flat’)
24 April short cycle: tbc
More details coming soon!

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the end of #Tryanuary …..

Greater Manchester B:Ring publicity whistle stop tour with highly refreshing sojourn at Project 53 Knutsford with Alex and just in time for #tryanuary with Boom Juice, 1924, and Sidekick (ok, so not strictly speaking a flight but pretty much as good as, with three halves)

….. and also only just in time for Dunham Porter, Bridgewater Blonde and Lymm Bitter with Dave at the Lymm Brewery Tap where there were two flights

Looking forward now to

And then of course it’ll be time for ‘le winter training #1 d’excellence’ – the brexit busting bike bus pathfinder tour Cherbourg – Dieppe! (see more details below!)




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‘le winter training #1 d’excellence’

AKA (the Brexit Busting Bike Bus) Cherbourg – Dieppe pathfinder expedition!

Very pleased today to circulate an update to a select group of afficionados who have expressed interest in participation in this altogether brilliant coastal detente european flavour grabbing history interrupting – just kidding – lively meander.

(Alliterating is all very good but the key is knowing when to stop).


We’re off in March. And back in time for Brexit! Before stockpiling is precluded!


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Resolution for 2019? Keep calm and Tryanuary

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part I:

Sunday 6 January 2019

Irlam – Lymm – Dunham – Mobberley – Wilmslow – Bollington (return from Adlington or Poynton). An end of festive burn off across the flatlands and an opportunity to reflect on the season of goodwill.

Feat. breweries of:

Lymm ~ Dunham Massey ~ Mobberley ~ Wilmslow BH&K ~ Bollington

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part II:

Sunday 13 January 2019

Irlam – Eccles – Bolton – Bury (via Radcliffe). An early middle of the month gentle introduction to hills and mills and a taste of the life in the north.

Feat. breweries of:

First Chop ~ Bank Top ~ Brightside ~ Deeply Vale ~ Silver Street

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part III:

Sunday 20 January 2019

Stockport – Glossop – Stalybridge – Mossley – Uppermill. Neither last nor least cometh the beasts in the east with some tasty climbing to whet the appetite.

Feat. breweries of:

Foolhardy ~ Green Mill ~ Howard Town ~ Tickety Brew ~ Millstone ~ Donkeystone

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryanuary Part IV:

Sunday 27 January 2019

Poynton (for Bollington) – Whaley Bridge – New Mills – Glossop – Stockport. Fill in some gaps on the south east uplands with some hearty hills to burn off the chills.

Feat. breweries of:

Bollington ~ Torrside ~ Howard Town ~ Green Mill ~ Foolhardy

GTTC presents Greater Manchester B:Ring for Tryfebruary Part I:

Sunday 3 February 2019

Mossley – Uppermill – Saddleworth – Rochdale – Bury. Because there are never enough Sundays in one month here’s a bonus full blown hill stage

Feat. breweries of:

Millstone ~ Donkeystone ~ Saddleworth ~ Pictish ~ Deeply Vale ~ Silver Street

General principles

the rides (mainly) start and finish at railway stations

the rides pass by the locations of breweries (mainly) around the outskirts of greater manchester

there shall be opportunities to try new beers

there shall be no competitive drinking

there shall be responsible cycling

there shall be concessions to the weather

there shall be support in the event of mechanical breakdown

the rides shall visit locations at which pies may be available

transport back to the start point may be facilitated by special arrangement

the wearing of warm clothing is encouraged


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‘Tryanuary’ with the Greater Manchester B:Ring cycle

Looking forward to blowing out some cobwebs? GTTC taking on the twitterati at

There are plenty of new tastes for the new year and before that – shirts and posters available! But cycling is not just about trying out new breweries – don’t forget the pies!

Diane at Pie Parlour & Bakery

Village Shop Hollins Green 15 10 17

And if you think this could all be too much then starting a new regime could not be easier than with ‘0-50k in 49 days’. Build up your cycling proficiency and stamina until you can complete some distance in time for a springtime or summer challenge. Perhaps a short ride for charity? Then – get to the coast!

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GTTC at #walkbikegm

GTTC very pleased to attend successful launch for new campaign to increase and support walking and cycling to address universally accepted objectives.

Not sure how the idea of seeking to allow bikes on Metrolink on a trial basis is something which might be regarded as an objective for all of Greater Manchester. Perhaps try for something a bit more ambitious….. eg how about removing seats from half of every other carriage on all GM trains as well as trams? These could be replaced by folding down seats and more standing space as well as being accessible for more buggies, prams, wheelchairs and thereby increase attractiveness of trying to travel by public transport for a wider range of users – people not just of our tribe! It would also allow for more capacity with more standing room at peak times.


At GTTC while mainly enjoying substantial trips to get to the coast we also

  • help businesses to promote more cycling to work;
  • offer corporate cycle based entertainment; and
  • seek to encourage a wider cycling and general activity movement with for example ‘0-50k in 49 days’


We look forward to supporting #walkbikegm under whatever name is eventually chosen for this great initiative.


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Station:(boat)Station (aka a Ride to Hope)

approx 20 miles / 32 km; two hours at gentle pace; from Irlam Station to Hope (they can call it what they want, but we know it’s Hope) Hospital. And back. With many sights to see (not least but much better on a Sunday through Trafford Park. And there’s room for improvement on the glass on pathways front; and the designers of the route around the new bridge appear to have been outwith cyclists’ input.
There is another path alongside the (north side) canal but one assumes that Peel aren’t too keen for people to have real access …..

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Casual Cycle Sundays in September

Planned rides from Irlam Station

Plans afoot for short – medium – and longer rides on a Sunday morning starting from Irlam Railway Station at 09:00 and designed in particular for people who are maybe not that fit; maybe not that experienced as cyclists; ‘reluctant returners’; and others wanting a bit of gentle exercise. An ideal complement to a personal fitness regime – like ‘0-50k in 49 days’! (on which see more below)

More rides and publicity material to follow – for now here is a short and a medium example. No need to wait until September! Try the rides yourself – any time while the sun is shining is a good time to start!

Irlam short circuit with walk alongside the moss

(eight miles; about an hour and ten)
This short circuit for hybrid and mountain bikes includes the Irlam Linear Park and a section alongside Little Woolden Moss. The path by the moss has been designated for walkers only (so you should dismount and push for about 300m) due to it having been constructed on peat bog. Plans are in hand for upgrading for cyclists.
There are opportunities to extend the riding section and avoid the walking if you prefer.
For more about the bog and conservation see:
Volunteer work parties on Wednesdays and alternate Sundays

Irlam Astley Worsley Barton: mainly off road lanes and canal side

(17.5 miles; about two hours)
This is a ride for people who do not want to use roads. Mainly on pretty well made up smooth tracks with a long stretch beside the Bridgewater Canal. There are a couple of awkward stiles and a railway level crossing (with staffed signal box). It is best suited for hybrid and mountain bikes but it is passable with a road bike if you do not go very fast and do not mind a few bumps and ruts.
The route passes by the mining museum at Astley (   limited opening hours) – a fine place for a tea stop – and there are a couple of pubs along the route as well

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