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See.Sense Rides: Manchester to Northwich

by Jemma Nimick October 30, 2018

See.Sense Rides: Manchester to Northwich

Living around Manchester and looking for a cycling route out of the city? Our riding guide below outlines a potential route for you to take from Manchester towards Northwich, with recommendations on where to stop along the way, all to make your cycle even better.

The Key Info

Distance = 46 miles

Average time = 4 hours straight cycling, 5+ hours for a couple of pit stops

Road Type = a bit up and down with 2 hills

In the mapped route above we’ve marked the address for the recommendations given below.

The route starts near Manchester Piccadilly station from where you’ll head out to explore some of the best scenery Cheshire has to offer and end up in Great Budworth. On your return you’ll be able to enjoy the quiet roads around High Legh, before hitting Dunham Massey and then travelling back to the centre of the city.

Before you begin...

All good cycles start with a good coffee. That’s why we’ve chosen to start the route fromTakk on Tariff Street - a Nordic-inspired café with a great brunch menu and selection of coffees.

Catch some scenery:

After about 40 minutes you’ll be out of the city centre and working your way throughWythenshawe Park. There’s lots to do and see here (you could swap your bike ride for a horse ride through the grounds), however, we’ve marked this spot on the route more for its good scenery than a particular place for you to stop at.

Time to refuel?

That stop comes 20 minutes later at theAltrincham Market House - an indoor weekend market. There are plenty of local food options here if you’re hungry, or simply grab a coffee at Market House Coffee. 

Plenty of food and drink options await you at Altrincham Market House.


From there it’s on to the the small but picturesque village of Great Budworth - a further hour’s worth of riding away. By know you’ll probably be looking for some lunch so head to theGeorge and Dragon where the sandwiches are regularly praised.

Taking in a bit of culture...

Once you’ve finished lunch the ride back to the centre of Manchester begins. A further hour and 15 minutes of cycling will see you hit Dunham Massey - a National Trust property with a lovely garden. While going into the Dunham Massey house wearing lycra may not be ideal, a small fee will get you into the gardens.

Finishing up:

The final leg of your journey (a 50 minute cycle) takes you back towards Manchester and into the arms ofThe Wharf - a large pub on the side of the canal with some great views. If you’re cycling in the summer months then another return spot isBlackjack Beers. Their tap room is typically open from April until the end of September.  

After all that cycling, sit back and enjoy a well-deserved rest at The Wharf.

So there you have it... A day on the bike exploring Cheshire.

Looking for a riding guide for a different city? Or a different route in one of the cities we’ve already featured? Take a look at our other guides here or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email on with your recommendations and we’ll get writing!

Jemma Nimick


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