The North West of England is wonderfully diverse; from the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester and Liverpool to the rolling hills of Lancashire and the stunning scenery around the Lake District. And what better way to experience it than by bike.
Best for nature lovers: Burgh by Sands to Solway Coast
24 miles of beautiful saltmarsh and farmland that arrives at fantastic beaches which have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The loop starts out along the Hadrian’s Wall Path and takes you out to the Cardurnock peninsula. At Bowness-on-Solway there is Campfield Marsh, an RSPB nature reserve with 360 degree views of the Solway Plain.
Best for a challenge: The Bay Cycleway
A stunning long distance route that takes you on a tour of Morecambe Bay, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK. Taking you from the south west coast of Cumbria to Glasson Dock in Lancashire, this route is a feast for the senses.
Best for families: Chester Railway Path
This route connects the historic city of Chester to the Wharf at Connah's Quay. The path takes you along an old railway line and is an attractive open ride from the north side of Chester out into the Wirral’s rich arable farmlands.
Best for parklife: Fallowfield Loopline
This 6.5 mile urban route takes you from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale. Along the way it passes close by to three parks, which make great stopping off points. In particular, 130-acre Debdale Park, near the end of the ride, features off-road cycle trails around Gorton's reservoirs for those wanting a challenge.
Best for the Lakes: Ride to Windermere
A great cycle ride which travels between Lake Windermere and Kendal - a must for anyone visiting the North West. You can also extend the route all the way to the seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands.
Best for history lovers: Stockport to Dunham Massey
National Route 62 travels between Stockport Train Station and Dunham Massey in Altrincham and is largely traffic free. The route is 13 miles, taking you to the stunning National Trust Georgian house, which is now the Stamford Military Hospital. Here you’ll find a deer park and you can join a guided walk daily at 1.30pm to discover more about the park's long history and stories of the family who lived there.
Best urban ride: Liverpool Loopline
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