• Take the Train and Cycle from the Mid Cheshire Line

Cycling on the Mid Cheshire Line

The Mid Cheshire Line is a very popular route for cyclists – there are lots of cyclists who take the train to Mouldsworth or Delamere Stations in order to go off road cycling in Delamere Forest and there are passengers taking their bikes on trains in order to access education and work.

Northern have a policy of two bikes per train but generally conductors will allow more bikes on trains as long as it is safe and there is space for the bikes.

We advise cyclists to travel off peak where they can and to plan for the possibility that they may not be able to get on the train.

Most Mid Cheshire Line stations have Sheffield stands (cycle hoops) available and bike hire is available at least three stations:

Delamere – Tracs www.delamerebikes.co.uk

Manchester Piccadilly – Brompton Bike Hire www.bromptonbikehire.com/

The CRP has worked with Chester Cycle Campaign to develop three rail ride routes – details below.

Using trains to travel to the start and from the finish points of your bike rides is a great way to explore lovely countryside further afield without resorting to the car. These leaflets, produced by the Chester Cycling Campaign, are part of a growing series of suggested rides incorporating a train journey to get to the start point. All local train companies will carry bikes free of charge, but some operators will only carry bikes free at off-peak times. Please check their web-sites for details.

Production of these leaflets has been funded by Cheshire East Council and the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.

Rail and Ride Route No 1 – The Jodrell Jaunt

This 20 mile long route starts at Lostock Gralam Station. It then passes Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre and follows attractive country lanes around Knutsford before finishing at Mobberley Station. The route follows quiet country lanes but does occasionally cross several busy main roads.

Rail and Ride Route No 2 – The Tatton Trail

This 20 mile long route follows quiet country lanes but crosses a few busy main roads. Starting at Northwich Station, the route goes near the famous Anderton Boat Lift, before going near Knutsford and through the picturesque Tatton Park, finishing at Mobberley Station.

Rail and Ride Route No 3 – The Ashley Amble

This route is 25 miles long and follows quiet country lanes and cyclepaths. Starting at Ashley Station the route passes through Dunham Massey and Tatton Park, following attractive country lanes and cyclepaths round to Knutsford. It finishes at Knutsford Station.

Information from the Northern Website:

Bikes on trains

General information

Northern is strongly committed to promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport that complements our train service. Our vision is to 'connect people to opportunities by the most sustainable means' and cycling has an important role to play. We want to do more to make this an attractive option so we are working with local authorities and the cycling community to see where we can make our stations more cycle-friendly.

Bikes are carried free of charge at any time and you don't need to make reservations.

The cycle space on trains is clearly marked, both internally and externally. Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We can only carry a maximum of two bikes per train but conductors have responsibility for the safety of their train and have the right to refuse entry if the train is busy.

Please note: a 'bike' refers to an unpowered two-wheel cycle - it excludes tandems, tricycles, power-assisted cycles and trailers.

Leaving bikes at stations

At some stations we already have facilities where you can leave your bike and, in general, cycle storage is free.

In some areas 'bike locker user club' facilities are provided, like those in Greater Manchester PTE, where cyclists pay a small annual fee for access to safe storage facilities.

For more information on what facilities are available at your local stations, please phone our Customer Relations team on  0333 222 0125 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations

Abandoned cycles left on stations will be removed after 4 weeks.

Further information re cycles and trains can be found at: www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/cyclists.aspx


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