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Cycling routes in Manchester

Introducing cycling into your daily life can help you to feel happier and improve your health.

There are a number cycling routes across the city which can be used for commuting around the city and for those just looking for somewhere to ride for leisure and recreation.

The Manchester cycle network map has been produced by TfGM.

Regional routes

  • Trans Pennine Trail is a 213 mile (344km) coast-to-coast cycle route which is largely traffic-free and runs from Southport to Hornsea. (National Cycle Route 62)
  • Rochdale Canal Cycle route allows riders to take a trip along the canal experiencing Manchester’s rich industrial heritage. (National Cycle Route 66)
  • Fallowfield Loop is an off-road route which starts in Chorlton and takes riders through to Fallowfield and Levenshulme, through Gorton to the National Cycle Centre and the Etihad Stadium.
  • City Centre to Manchester Airport Cycling route follows a ten mile route from the city centre, south through the suburbs to Manchester Airport.
  • Manchester Airport Orbital Cycleway is eight miles long and consists of mainly off-road cycle routes around the airport. (Regional Cycle Route 85)

  
National routes

National Cycle Routes 6, 55, 60, 62, 85 and 86 run through a number of different parts of the city.  More information about these routes and the rest of the national cycle networks can be found on www.sustrans.org.uk 

Other useful websites to help plan your route:

  • GPS cycling routes includes a number of routes of varying length in and around Manchester
  • Cycle route  includes a number of  longer length routes of various difficulty levels across the UK
  • Cycle Streets will plot your journey and indicate various details such as elevation over the route, level of quietness of the route, length and time requirements amongst other information

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