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I'm trying to compile a comprehensive list of the lumps and bumps around Cheshire. My knowledge as a fledgling roadie only stretches to the parts around Macclesfield and is quite sparse at that, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

So far: (in no particular order)

Mow Cop, Congleton
Swiss Hill, Alderely Edge
Blaze Hill, Bollington
Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield
Pyms Chair, Saltersford
"Brick Works", Beeston Brow, Bollington
Ankers Knowl Lane, Lamaload
Standing Stone, Macclesfield Forest
Ankers Lane, Macclesfield Forest
Ginclough, Rainow
Bakestonedale Road, Pott Shrigley

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Leviathan [1986 posts] 2 years ago
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Blaze Hill, Bollington
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtSl5rB5R1A
good luck

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Spenergy [6 posts] 2 years ago
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Blaze Hill done military style, left right, left right....

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Gun Hill's a good one, has featured on the Tour of Britain.
Mow Cop is hilarious in its evilness.

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 2 years ago
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Long hill. Do the brickworks, then turn left, over the smaller hills until you hit the main road, turn right, up long hill, take a right, down into the valley then turn left or right to take you up to the Cat and Fiddle or Blaze/Pyms respectively.

If you're short on time but need some climbing, just go to Swiss Hill and mix it with Macclesfield Rd (main climb to the Wizard) and Artists Lane; up Artists, down Macc, up Swiss, down Artists, up Macc etc. All very close together.

Or, just go out with a club. They'll show you plenty.

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Kapelmuur [323 posts] 2 years ago
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Down Artists Lane can be interesting, I've had some near things with 4 x 4s on their way up.

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 2 years ago
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True enough. I believe there's 2 others in that area as well, a climb that starts on London Rd between Macc Rd and Artists Lane, and has a cobbled section on it somewhere, and another that's parallel to Swiss Hill, neither of which I've seen yet. Then again, if you're Geraint Thomas, you just go up Swiss Hill 4 times, so I hear...

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

True enough. I believe there's 2 others in that area as well, a climb that starts on London Rd between Macc Rd and Artists Lane, and has a cobbled section on it somewhere,

Its called Bradford Lane - not as testy as Artists Lane.

The road out of back Poynton - Coppice Road - is a nice steady climb up to Pott Shrigley. And Hare Hill out the back of Prestbury is not tough but rises up quite nicely.

The valley around Wincle is lovely and very up and down (is that still Cheshire or is that in Staffs?)

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Spenergy [6 posts] 2 years ago
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Crosshouses, Think you might be talking about Woodbrook Road, it meets up with Swiss Hill, it's cobbled and pot holed, the Chelsea tractors have a difficulty getting up there never mind a 700c wheel!

The only one between Artists and Macc Rd, I can think of is Whitebarn Road, map shows it as a road, but it's a bridlepath halfway up that connects to Artists.

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Spenergy [6 posts] 2 years ago
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bashthebox wrote:

Gun Hill's a good one, has featured on the Tour of Britain.
Mow Cop is hilarious in its evilness.

Sorry, but where in Gun Hill?

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Spenergy [6 posts] 2 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

Long hill. Do the brickworks, then turn left, over the smaller hills until you hit the main road, turn right, up long hill, take a right, down into the valley then turn left or right to take you up to the Cat and Fiddle or Blaze/Pyms respectively.

If you're short on time but need some climbing, just go to Swiss Hill and mix it with Macclesfield Rd (main climb to the Wizard) and Artists Lane; up Artists, down Macc, up Swiss, down Artists, up Macc etc. All very close together.

Or, just go out with a club. They'll show you plenty.

That sounds like a real leg burner, but just about perfect for a blast before work. Really like the Alderley Edge trio, good test and a little variation.

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Spenergy [6 posts] 2 years ago
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So far we have:

Mow Cop, Congleton
Swiss Hill, Alderely Edge
Artists Lane, Alderley Edge
Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge
Bradford Lane, Alderley Edge
Blaze Hill, Bollington
"Brick Works", Beeston Brow, Bollington
Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield
Pyms Chair, Saltersford
Ankers Knowl Lane, Lamaload
Standing Stone, Macclesfield Forest
Ankers Lane, Macclesfield Forest
Ginclough, Rainow
Buxton Old Road, Disley
Coppice Lane, Poynton
Bakestonedale Road, Pott Shrigley
Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley

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Shanefutcher [98 posts] 2 years ago
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Im from cheshire but recently moved to north wales.the hills here are proper hills.in comparison the hills in cheshire are more like speed bumps in the road.

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smiley_boy2501 [39 posts] 2 years ago
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Higher Lane from Disley/buxton old road.

My old training route was Manc to High Lane (long shallow climb up to High Lane) down to Disley, up buxton old road, right onto Higher Lane, right towards Rainow and then right down Brickworks and back via various route. A right leg/lung buster at that stage. Now i have a 12-28 so its much easier!!!!
Also one of my favourite hills is Longhurst Lane (i think) from Marple. About 15 mins of lovely little houses and great views followed by a huge ramp which makes you wonder why you didnt go for a triple up front. Also around there is Rose hill (again, i think) which goes from the town centre towards stockport. And also the other side which heads towards Glossop. Do those count as Chesire???

I second trying out Blaze Hill/Pym Chair in on go. You'll seriously feel a different rider afterwards. It has gradients the Vuelta would be proud of (or so i'm told)

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cycling_matt [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't forget "the Street" leading up to Pyms chair from Fernlee Reservoir. Also short and ridiculously steep "Cowlow Lane" from Combs

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Spenergy [6 posts] 2 years ago
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cycling_matt wrote:

Don't forget "the Street" leading up to Pyms chair from Fernlee Reservoir. Also short and ridiculously steep "Cowlow Lane" from Combs

That's a killer in the car, never mind on the iron horse

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Timbo13 [264 posts] 2 years ago
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A few lumps and bumps, more short and (very) sharp than long drags:

Col du Mellor (Longhurst Lane)
Cowlishaw Road, Romiley
Apple Street/Cock Brow, Hattersley
Gorsey Brow, Broadbottom

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not_marco_pantani [1 post] 1 year ago
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I know most of these rides and did Blaze Hill and Hare Hill on Saturday.

Leave Swiss Hill alone - it's cobbly steepness is just stupid. (Under no circumstances do I say this because I failed to get up it on Saturday. That didn't happen. At all. I am NOT a serial Swiss Hill failure.)  20

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crazy-legs [767 posts] 1 year ago
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Spenergy wrote:

So far we have:

"Brick Works", Beeston Brow, Bollington
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Bakestonedale Road, Pott Shrigley

You're getting confused with the names:
Brickworks is the colloquial name for Bakestonedale Road, the climb from Pott Shrigley.
Beeston Brow is the cobbled climb out of Bollington, that's not called anything other than "Beeston Brow"

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CygnusX1 [217 posts] 1 year ago
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Interesting list, will have to look some of those up.

Anybody know of ones closer to south Manchester? Due to other commitments I rarely get a chance to ride out for more than a couple of hours and so usually end up doing a circuit round Dunham and/or Tatton park.

The only half-decent climb I've found so far is up Burford Lane / High Legh Road.

Suppose I could start throwing the bike in the back of the car but that feels like cheating somehow.

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vonhelmet [688 posts] 1 year ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

Interesting list, will have to look some of those up.

Anybody know of ones closer to south Manchester? Due to other commitments I rarely get a chance to ride out for more than a couple of hours and so usually end up doing a circuit round Dunham and/or Tatton park.

The only half-decent climb I've found so far is up Burford Lane / High Legh Road.

Suppose I could start throwing the bike in the back of the car but that feels like cheating somehow.

I ride down that way from time to time. It's pretty flat. Where are you starting from? I may be able to point you towards some hills.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

Interesting list, will have to look some of those up.

Anybody know of ones closer to south Manchester? Due to other commitments I rarely get a chance to ride out for more than a couple of hours and so usually end up doing a circuit round Dunham and/or Tatton park.

The only half-decent climb I've found so far is up Burford Lane / High Legh Road.

Suppose I could start throwing the bike in the back of the car but that feels like cheating somehow.

I live in South Manchester and i can be out to Pott Shrigley and back in two hours.
If i really leather it i can do Blaze Hill and back in two hours.
If im really pushed for time you can bomb out to Alderley, go up Swiss Hill, come back down, go back up Artists Lane and be back in 90 minutes.
You'll get no hills heading south west as you head out of Manchester - you need to point your bike eastward if you want any real climbing.

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Joselito [160 posts] 1 year ago
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If you fancy 'Everesting' in S. Manc, from Green End Roundabout to Heaton Moor and back down again.
Several thousand reps should do it.

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MKultra [396 posts] 1 year ago
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If you head out of Windsford to the Weaver you can cross the swinging bridge and that takes you up Niddries Lane.

You might want a cross bike for that one.

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CygnusX1 [217 posts] 1 year ago
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vonhelmet wrote:

I ride down that way from time to time. It's pretty flat. Where are you starting from? I may be able to point you towards some hills.

Starting from Sale, M33.

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CygnusX1 [217 posts] 1 year ago
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Some Fella wrote:
CygnusX1 wrote:

Interesting list, will have to look some of those up.

Anybody know of ones closer to south Manchester? Due to other commitments I rarely get a chance to ride out for more than a couple of hours and so usually end up doing a circuit round Dunham and/or Tatton park.

The only half-decent climb I've found so far is up Burford Lane / High Legh Road.

Suppose I could start throwing the bike in the back of the car but that feels like cheating somehow.

I live in South Manchester and i can be out to Pott Shrigley and back in two hours.
If i really leather it i can do Blaze Hill and back in two hours.
If im really pushed for time you can bomb out to Alderley, go up Swiss Hill, come back down, go back up Artists Lane and be back in 90 minutes.
You'll get no hills heading south west as you head out of Manchester - you need to point your bike eastward if you want any real climbing.

Thanks Fella - have been going SW to hit the country lanes ASAP , but will try planning a few routes heading SE, starting with Alderley/Swiss Hill. Just for reference, what's your typical pace? Looking at my last few GPS logs I'm getting between 20 to 25 kmh average (depending on route/which bike/which legs)

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crazy-legs [767 posts] 1 year ago
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If you draw a line between Alderley Edge and Whaley Bridge, anything SE of that is where the hills start. You can create various shortish loops that still take in several climbs. Have a look on Strava for the segments, you'll see where you can combine a couple of hills. Shouldn't be too long to get out there from Sale. One other option is to get the train out to Edale from Piccadilly then ride back in, that way you can do Winnats Pass or Mam Nick!

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:
Some Fella wrote:
CygnusX1 wrote:

Interesting list, will have to look some of those up.

Anybody know of ones closer to south Manchester? Due to other commitments I rarely get a chance to ride out for more than a couple of hours and so usually end up doing a circuit round Dunham and/or Tatton park.

The only half-decent climb I've found so far is up Burford Lane / High Legh Road.

Suppose I could start throwing the bike in the back of the car but that feels like cheating somehow.

I live in South Manchester and i can be out to Pott Shrigley and back in two hours.
If i really leather it i can do Blaze Hill and back in two hours.
If im really pushed for time you can bomb out to Alderley, go up Swiss Hill, come back down, go back up Artists Lane and be back in 90 minutes.
You'll get no hills heading south west as you head out of Manchester - you need to point your bike eastward if you want any real climbing.

Thanks Fella - have been going SW to hit the country lanes ASAP , but will try planning a few routes heading SE, starting with Alderley/Swiss Hill. Just for reference, what's your typical pace? Looking at my last few GPS logs I'm getting between 20 to 25 kmh average (depending on route/which bike/which legs)

I have no idea what my pace is in numbers - im fat and slow thats all i know!

I reckon at the pace you describe you can jib through Wythenshawe, through Styal, straight down the (old) A 34 to Alderley and be back to Sale in 2 hours no problem.
You can see how long it takes to get to Alderley and then and then gauge what hills you want to climb when you get there. My choice would be go up Artists Lane, come down Macc Road and if you have time go up Swiss Hill and come back down Macc road again.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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Joselito wrote:

If you fancy 'Everesting' in S. Manc, from Green End Roundabout to Heaton Moor and back down again.
Several thousand reps should do it.

Ridiculous suggestion.

Bluestone Drive, behind Burnage Tesco would be a better bet.

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AWu-Tang [22 posts] 1 year ago
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You should definitely do mow cop on the "killer mile" route up, coming from the train tracks. Its painful. I was up there last year and team sky came flying past, made me feel like i might have been travelling backwards.

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Joselito [160 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:
Joselito wrote:

If you fancy 'Everesting' in S. Manc, from Green End Roundabout to Heaton Moor and back down again.
Several thousand reps should do it.

Ridiculous suggestion.

Bluestone Drive, behind Burnage Tesco would be a better bet.

I'll raise you with some cobbles - Dodge Hill, Stockport,

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