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News, events and discoveries from our edge of the Peak District. Covering the latest developments in cycling, walking, active travel, transport, countryside access and more around the area where Derbyshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester meet.

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  • New Trans Pennine Trail route proposed for Godley and Hattersley

    Sustrans and Tameside Council have presented plans for the Trans Pennine Trail to follow a brand new route between Godley and Hattersley, finally cutting out the completely unsuitable A560 Mottram Old Road.


  • 22 Places to Cycle in 2022

    Ready for another whole year of adventures by bike in and around the western edges of the Peak District? Whether it’s Derbyshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester or all three, there are still so many cycling highlights ahead yet to be featured. But if you’re looking for fresh inspiration for your 2022 cycle heat map, let’s start here.


  • New: Cycling Pocket Guides to take along for the ride – downloadable, printable

    The next big step in this adventure is here. Today I’m launching a brand new series of downloadable, printable Pocket Guides for the free cycle routes I’ve already shared. Now you can take a handy guide along for the ride and support the website at the same time.


  • Repair promised for crumbling Peak Forest Canal towpath

    Over ten years on from its surfacing in asphalt (tarmac), the Peak Forest Canal towpath between New Mills and Whaley Bridge is crumbling. Now Derbyshire County Council have agreed — and are looking into a patching job.


  • Stockport plans Market Place and Underbanks as spaces for people, not cars

    Earlier this month Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council revealed its Market Place and Underbanks Access Plan, with consultation ending this weekend. Permanent and timed closures of these tiny streets, new cycle links and more pedestrianisation could give this remarkable area another huge boost.


  • Best autumn bike rides for seasonal colour in and around the Peak District

    It’s not just about shorter days and longer sleeves: the start of autumn actually heralds a brilliant time to get out on the bike. Here are six seasonal cycling delights for falling leaves and vibrant views in and around the western Peak District.


  • Cheshire East says it “cannot engineer against motorists who drive inappropriately”

    In recent responses to road safety concerns about part of the Cheshire Cycleway, Cheshire East Highways states it “cannot engineer against motorists who choose to drive inappropriately” and that it “cannot prevent motorists choosing alternative routes.” Are these not two key tasks of a responsible local highways authority?


  • Greater Manchester reveals Bee Network cycle hire pricing and roll out

    Transport for Greater Manchester has confirmed the roll-out map for the first 1,500 yellow “Bee Network Bikes”, with more than 200 docking stations across the cycle hire zone and app-based payment.


  • Tour of Britain returning to Cheshire’s famous Peak District climbs

    The Tour of Britain 2021 will include a stage taking in much of the gloriously hilly Peak District east of Macclesfield, including the Cat and Fiddle, Wildboarclough and Brickworks.


  • 10 reasons to support Stockport’s proposed Romiley cycle route

    A whole range of proposals forming a new Bee Network active travel route between Romiley and Stockport are included in a consultation that ends in just a few days, potentially benefitting a big area of south east Greater Manchester around the River Goyt.