Cycle Routes in Greater Manchester

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Manchester and the surrounding areas are now well served by a number of attractive cycle routes. This includes National Cycle Networks routes 6 & 60 which pass through Manchester and are an ideal way to see some of the cities highlights.
The Trans Penine Trail also passes through the region with several attractive traffic free sections to enjoy.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Greater Manchester including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Blackburn to Accrington7 miles (12 km)*
Clifton Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)*
Daisy Nook Country Park1 miles (2 km)*
Heaton Park3 miles (5 km)*
Highfield Country Park2 miles (3 km)*
Macclesfield to Marple - Middlewood Way11 miles (18 km)**
Manchester Loop12 miles (20 km)**
Manchester to Altrincham14 miles (23 km)**
Manchester to Bury13 miles (21 km)**
Manchester to Stockport14 miles (22 km)**
Medlock Valley Way12 miles (20 km)*
Moses Gate Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Pennington Flash Country Park4 miles (6 km)*
Prestwich Forest Park3 miles (5 km)*
Reddish Vale Country Park2 miles (3 km)*
Rochdale to Todmorden11 miles (18 km)**
Smithills Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)*
Stalybridge Country Park4 miles (7 km)**
Tandle Hill Country Park2 miles (3 km)*
Werneth Low Country Park2 miles (4 km)**

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Manchester to Macclesfield28 miles (45 km)***
Manchester to Marple17 miles (28 km)**
Manchester to Warrington24 miles (38 km)***
Rochdale to Hebden Bridge16 miles (26 km)**
Stockport to Glossop19 miles (30 km)****

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Manchester to Buxton36 miles (58 km)***
Manchester to Liverpool47 miles (75 km)***
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)****


 Greater Manchester Cycling Links
NameDescription
Cycle GMWhether you’re new to cycling or simply want some new routes to explore, the CycleGM website is for you. We’ll help you get started, choose the right bike, join in local cycling events and even plan your next ride.
Greater Manchester Cycling campaignThe Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign is a voluntary group working to make cycling in Greater Manchester quicker, safer, easier and more enjoyable.
Manchester CCWalking and cycling information for the area
Manchester University TravelInformation on walking and cycling for students
Stockport CouncilUseful information on cycling in the area


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