Sunday, 22 February 2009
I wanted to try the Leeds Liverpool Canal, from Adlington to Leyland, didn't quite make it due to very cold 20 mph head wind. Up the middlebrook Valley Trail to Horwich, a circuit around Lever Park, across to Adlington to join the canal towpath. I should have turned north, but because of the wind changed to south. I rode along the canal for a few miles, till near Westhoughton and the back home by road. A cold and windy day, 25 miles, 3 hours.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
I have wanted to have a look at the Fallowfield Loop for a while, so Saturday I set Off. But I didn't take a map which nearly blew it.
I set off down to Sale Water Park by Route 55, very wet and muddy. In Chorlton, I ran out of signposts, tried a few options and just as I was seeting off to Manchester City Centre I stumbled accross the western end of the Loop. I travelled to the full length and arrived at Sport City. From there to the City Centre and I tried to pick up the Bridgewater Canal, failed, but joined it near Old Trafford, from there back to the 55 and home. The weather was cool, just above freezing, but the mud was everywhere, I would have loked it a little colder.
In contrast to the 55 the Loop is well kept and almost litter and fly tipping free.