Most bikes are suitable, although very narrow tyres can be quite uncomfortable on paths such as the Wirral Way. All we ask is that your bike is safe, roadworthy and you carry a puncture repair kit and spare inner tube (a much quicker fix) -
Sunday June 24th (B ride)
Leaving 10:30 -
Lunch: Bluebell Nursery Cafe
Starting from Pier Head Liverpool, 10.30am, with signing in from 10.15am.
There is a cafe outside ferry building overlooked by Liver Buildings
Lunch at Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Dutton. Finish at Ellesmere Port Station
This is a category B ride due to distance of 45 miles. There are some hills after lunch too.
Starting from Pier Head we take the coast path South past Otterspool and Speke Airport towards Hale before crossing the Runcorn Bridge. From bridge we take the Bridegewater Canal towpath then head along road & bridleway to garden centre.
It is 27 miles to lunch so we are likely to arrive circa 1.30pm. The garden centre has a nice tearoom where tea, coffee, scones or cake may be purchased or you can eat your own.
After lunch we head up 2 or 3 hills towards Delamere Forest. From Delamere we go past Manley Mere & take the Oil Sites road to E P station. A further 18 miles to make 45 in total.
There is a mix of terrain including tarmac bridleway, non tarmac canal path, grass covered bridleway and forest tracks. At the time of doing the reccy there was very little mud on tracks, but it is always possible in June if recent rain.
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From Wirral we will have to take the train to James Street station. There is a short escalator then a large lift that easily accommodates bikes. We are not using the ferry on this occasion as we want an earlier start.
It is not unheard of for the ferry to be cancelled at short notice. The Runcorn Bridge is only open to pedestrians and cyclists at present. (The new bridge is for vehicles only)