Transpennine Trail – Widnes to Dunham Massey/Altrincham

This cycle route takes you along a 12 mile section of the Transpennine Trail National Cycle Route No62 from Widnes on the banks of the River Mersey to Altrincham on the outskirts of Manchester. The route is mainly traffic free with just a couple of short sections around the outskirts of Warrington.

The surface is a mainly crushed gravel, typical of tow paths with a few short tarmac sections.

We started from the car park of The Catalyst Centre on Upper Mersey Street on the banks of the River Mersey in Widnes, just by the Runcorn Bridge. From the car park we left the car park and headed away from the car park through the park with the river on your right hand side as you cycle along.

 

The route is clearly sign posted as National Cycle Route No62 all the way along the route.
Cycle along the path and after a short distance the trail takes you through the park and you cross a small bridge to your right over the St Helens Canal and you now have the canal on your left hand side as you cycle along.

After about 3 miles you pass Fiddlers Ferry where you will see boats moored on the canal
and a pub. As you continue along the tow path you will next pass the Sankey Trail which goes off to your right across the canal but you keep cycling straight ahead.

As you cycle along just keep following the Blue National Cycle Route No 62 signs which are easy to follow along the route.  You will come to a couple of sections of the route which take you along side streets but again keep following the blue signs. After leaving Warrington the trail takes you under the busy M6 motorway at Thelwall and past the village of Lymm.

 

After about 9 miles you will find yourself cycling along a wooded trail with the occasional joining point on to the route. At these joining points you will find some small village with local pubs should you wish to stop for refreshments.

After 12 miles you will arrive meet with Station Road at Dunham Massey. TURN RIGHT along Station Road which will take you into Altrincham. The end of your ride.

 

At Dunham Massey you will pass Dunham Massey Hall with its fine 17th century mansion which is run by The National Trust and open to the public. Altrincham is an historic market town and is today an affluent commuter town.

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