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Fallowfield Loopline

Route Details

  • From - to: Chorlton cum Hardy to Debdale and Manchester Stadium, South Manchester
  • Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Terrain: Disused railway path, in-filled canal - largely flat and traffic-free. Tarmac surface
  • Access: Various
  • National Cycle Network: National Routes 6 and 60 

Route Description

The Fallowfield Loopline is an attractive, largely traffic-free walking and cycling route which follows a former railway line.

The route is classic urban railway path, ideal for families and new cyclists who need to build up their confidence away from road traffic.  Leafier at the western end and more obviously urban at the eastern end towards Debdale, it forms a green corridor running about one mile south of the city centre linking parks and open spaces.

Route 60 uses the in-filled canal to take you up to the Velodrome and City Stadium.

The Loopline connects the River Mersey at Jackson's Bridge to the Ashton Canal just past Fairfield station.  A good place to begin the ride is at Chorlton Park where you follow signs for Route 60.  You pick up Route 6 at Athol Road and pass Fallowfield Brook and Gorton Lower Reservoir before arriving in Abbey Hey and through new housing developments and into Fairfield station.

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This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

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This 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.

7 miles