RIDEoffourHOPE is a ride-along cycle scheduled for 24 March

The ride consists of a route from HOPE, Salford (the old Hope Hospital) to

the HOPE Stockport (home of Fool Hardy Ales) then

Howard Town Brewery, Old Glossop for the launch of the spring beer (‘HOPE’) then

HOPE (via Chunal, Chinley Head and Chapel-en-le-Frith )

PART I HOPE Hospital to the HOPE Inn Stockport

It is not hilly! There are refreshment and sustenance opportunities aplenty en route: we recommend Hollins Green for coffee and cake, and some truly excellent pork pies; Dunham Massey brewery for a relaxing retail experience; and the Courtyard at Wythenshawe Park for generic cafe food in green surroundings.

At the HOPE Inn there are some more of the finest pies to be had, and these may be accompanied by Foolhardy Ales of the highest quality.

40km and just 100m elevation. About two hours at relatively modest cycling pace.

(A few reluctant returners have indicated that they will be stopping here)


PART II from the HOPE Inn Stockport to Howard Town Brewery for HOPE

There are some modest inclines via Woodley, Gee Cross, Hattersley, Broadbottom, Charlesworth, and Simmondley.

Opportunities for baling out include Broadbottom – home of Green Mill brewery at the Harewood Arms. This might provide an opportunity to avoid the worst bit of climbing from the Etherow up Long Lane to Charlesworth! Why not let the train take the strain?

21km 315m elevation. About an hour and a quarter. ish.


PART III (a) Old Glossop to Chapel-en-le-Frith (via Chunal and Chinley Head)

OK – so from Howard Town – if the last leg wasn’t hilly enough carry on! Or jump off and into the van …. or go home by train ….. or stay (and drink more HOPE!!). The route is definitely becoming rather more hilly, if it was not before, with a steady climb up Chunal, drop down to Hayfield, then up again over Chinley Head. But fear not – there be then refreshments at the Old Cell; or failing that at any number of other fine establishments in this capital of the High Peak. We personally recommend a picnic combining the wares of MacBurham and the Chapel en le Frith Craft Brewing Co; perhaps not to the taste of the vegans but then the Pie Parlour and Bakery is back in Glossop….

Glossop – Chapel 16km; 334m elevation; about an hour.


PART III (b) Chapel to Hope

From Chapel … the uphill theme continues along the route known as ‘Rushup’ (sic) until a rather sharp descent at Winnats Pass. Always feels better going down (ie W-E) at this point – but need to watch speed and have good braking control. If you hit the cattle grid too hard you can end up with a buckled wheel. If you miss the grid it can end up a whole lot worse. Watch speed and have good braking control.

Chapel – Hope 14 km; 218m elevation; about 50 minutes


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