News and Updates

Cyclefest 6th Sept 2016 – Notice of Training and Tour of Knutsford

The Tour of Britain will be passing through Knutsford (Twice!) and a major event is being planned for 6th September on the Large Heath. CycleKnutsford will be highly involved – click on the Cyclefest link above for more information, or go to the Cheshire East website for more about the overall event, or click on this leaflet

Cycle fest leaflet.


New A556 bypass: Although the current A556 will become a combined road/bridleway/cycle-track, at the northern end it is difficult to see how the link to Altrincham over the Bowdon roundabout can be accessed by cyclists. Meanwhile the car route to Altrincham requires access to the new bypass via a new roundabout. The added distance & complication may cause more drivers to use the Tatton Mile – Ashley route which is already a difficult route for cyclists. We will take this up within the Cheshire East Cycle Strategy forum which aims to address the Development of a north-south cycle route to enable cyclists to navigate the major junctions of M56 Junction 7/8 and A56 Interchange

Detail map of new bypass (zoom in to see the detail)


Map showing suggestions for cycle routes

Andrew Coatsworth and Patrick Jones of CycleKnutsford have put forward this proposal for improving two major cycle routes in Knutsford.

CycleKnutsford have put together suggestions for cycle routes within the town. These aim to connect with the town centre, sporting facilities and schools utilizing quiet roads, pedestrian links and where appropriate, shared use footpaths.

for discussion with Cheshire East

Proposed Knutsford Cycle Routes

We are discussing these suggestions with Cheshire East to see if they are feasible. They would like feedback so please have a look and send your comments.


The following are links to some new and great rides in Cheshire (on our doorstep!)

This one is aimed at horse riders, but utilise tracks and bridleways which are in many cases shared access.



  1. I lived in Knutsford from my birth in 1965 until 1989 and my parents always cycled for shopping etc. (they still live in Knutsford and still cycle to the shops in their 80’s) and they taught me proper, vehicular cycling on the road.
    I was interested to read your comments about cycling over The Moor. As children, we never cycled along the path by the duck pond as it was common sense and there were prominent “no cycling” signs (there was greater respect for the law in those days!!!). The only other metalled path that existed in the 70’s was the one by the Scout hut which linked Swinton Square to the path leading upto Holy Cross church – I often cycled along this route as there were never any signs which said one wasn’t allowed to and not a single pedestrian complained in the 15 years that I used it.
    I would like to point out that the path from the bottom of Middlewalk to the car park entrance by Tatton Lodge was CREATED BY CYCLISTS FOR THE BENFIT OF CYCLISTS. Us kids knew that we weren’t allowed to cycle by the duck pond so we created an alternative route for cyclists along this desire line. I am not aware of any cyclist who was ever told that they were not allowed to cycle over The Moor along this route. It is only within recent times (perhaps the last 10 years?) that someone has decided to metall it. If someone is now saying that cyclists are not allowed to use it then that is disgraceful because it is a path created by cyclists for cyclists and in continuous use by cyclists for the 15 years (total use by cyclists will be longer than this) that I was cycling in Knutsford precisely to avoid any conflict with pedestrians.
    Incidentally, this is part of the excellent link between Toft Road and Mobberley Road (at top of Middlewalk) but the council have cocked this up at some point by making Church Hill one way – obviously done by car drivers for the benefit of car drivers without – contrary to DfT Guidance – analysing how the scheme would affect other road users. An exception for cyclists to the “one way” restriction on Church Hill needs providing asap.
    I hope that the council are swift to honour the Knutsford children of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who created and used this cycle link across The Moor and erect proper cycle path signage without delay.
    Let me know when you would like me to attend the opening ceremony !!!!

    Yours sincerely
    Alastair Hopkins, Penn, Wolverhampton
    (Member of: Wolves on Wheels Cycle Campaign; CTC; Tandem Club; & Wolverhampton Wheelers CC)

    • Hello Alistaire. We were greatly interested in your message; like you we are very frustrated and still battling the local authority who have numerous excuses complaints, not cost effective etc etc. My computer is poorly at the moment but when fixed will send whatr you say to highways and town council

      • Thanks to Alastair Hopkins for some very useful information concerning the origin of one of the paths across the Moor. I was not aware of this at the time of writing CycleKnutsford Paper 2013/7, but it is clearly very relevant to discussions with East Cheshire Council..

  2. Just wanted to let you know The Tearoom at Morley Garden Centre, Altrincham Road , Wilmslow SK9 4LY welcomes cyclists.

    The tearoom is open 7 days a week .
    Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm
    Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm
    Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm
    01625 520236

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