Manchester City Council

Roads, parking & transport Cycling in Manchester

Cycle routes

A number of commuter, leisure and local cycling routes have been provided around the City. A series of 10 cycling maps have been produced to cover the whole of Greater Manchester. The Transport for Greater Manchester website has further information on cycling where you can plan a journey online, download the maps and find out about the latest news and events.

Regional and National Routes:

  • Trans Pennine Trail (National Cycle Route 62) -  This is a national coast-to-coast route providing a largely traffic free route for walking and cycling with many sections available for horse riders. The length of the route is 213 miles (344km) running from Southport to Hornsea.
  • Rochdale Canal Cycle Route (National Cycle Route 66) - Take a trip along the Rochdale Canal and experience some of Manchester's rich industrial heritage along the way.
  • Manchester Cycleway - This is an off-road cycle and pedestrian route from Chorlton through Fallowfield and Levenshulme, up through Gorton and East Manchester, National cycle centre and Etihad campus.
  • City Centre to Manchester Airport Cycling Route - Includes National Cycle Route 6 and Regional Cycle Route 85 in Manchester. Follow this ten mile route from the City, south through the suburbs to Manchester Airport.
  • Manchester Airport Orbital Cycleway (Regional Cycle Route 85) - The airport orbital cycleway is an 8mile, mainly off-road, cycle route around Manchester Airport.
  • City Centre to Etihad and the Medlock Valley Way (Regional Cycle Route 86) - Heading east from the City Centre, the Medlock Valley Way has been extensively regenerated to offer a pleasant and contrasting cycling environment within easy reach of the City Centre.
  • National Cycle Route 6 - Runs through the city from Debdale Park along the Fallowfield Loopline to Athol Road in Whalley Range where it continues into the city centre via Alexandra Park and Hulme.
  • National Cycle Route 60 - The first section of the Cycle Route runs from Debdale Park and Fallowfield Loopline along the in filled Stockport Branch Canal, along the Ashton Canal towpath to Sportcity.

For further information on the National Cycle Network please visit the Sustrans website.

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