- route advice needed. Huddersfield to Manchester. (quietish).
The transpennine trail might help you, it’s gravel and tarmac – runs from the woodhead pass though so quite some way south of marsden. Failing that you can take the back road out of Marsden past the golf course (and past Marsdenman’s house)
Take that up to the main A65 then there’s an unavoidable stretch along the main road, but from the top of the hill you can drop on to the penning bridleway and drop down to the canal at digglePosted 4 years agocrikeyMember
If you do the canal to Marsden you’ll be climbing over Standedge, so will come into the top end of Saddleworth.
You can do either off road or on road from the top of the hill.
Off road is slightly tricky, not bad, but a bit tricky;
Drop down on the road and then look for the track on the left just after Brun Clough reservoir. This the top of Boat lane which used to be where they took the horses over when the canal boats got legged through the tunnel. It comes down to a couple of houses at Brun Lane, then drops to the Diggle Hotel. Turn right over the railway, then left onto the canal. Follow the canal to Uppermill.
This canal goes all the way to Ashton-U-Lyne, to Portland basin. You can then pick up the canal from Ashton to Manchester which runs in past the Man City Eithiad stadium.
Road wise, you’ll end up on big roads anyway, but from Marsden I’d go down the valley to Uppermill, then left through Greenfield, then right through bottom Mossley, Stalybridge, Ashton, then A662 or A635 into Manchester.
Possible alternative; do the ride down to Uppermill, go in the pub, get the train into Manchester from Greenfield station at 10 minutes to the hour.
Shout out for pub recommendations….Posted 4 years agothe teaboyMember
On or off road?
On road, it’s a bit of a detour (but it’s lovely) but I’d go Hud > Lockwood > Crosland Moor > Meltham > Chew Valley > Greenfield > Canal at Stalybridge.
Off-road I’d go from Marsden up to Wessenden Head and down the same descent through the Chew Valley.
Personally I’d avoid the A65 at all costs!Posted 4 years agohp_sourceMember
Your route would be my choice too Ton, when doing the bit from Marsden to Diggle this route will be the quieter option. Still uses Standedge Cutting, but that’s unavoidable for a road route and not a long stretch.
Green for hybrids/tourers, Orange for anything more capable off-road.
Posted 4 years ago
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