Welcome to Long Distance Cycling with the Elementary 50 with a short trip from Poynton to Holmes Chapel (Elementary my dear Watson). Lots of quiet Cheshire Lanes, the iconic Jodrell Bank, and a golden 'olympic' pillar box. It might only be a 50km ride but it could be the start to some truly Long Distance Cycling up to 100km, 200km, 600km; who knows how far you can go?
Even as 'just' a 50km ride, it offers a few hours pleasant dalliance in the Cheshire lanes, and will count towards the Brevet 250 award from Audax UK. While you could complete this Perm in just about 50km as a straight out and back, the route is much more interesting than that. 'Interesting' means it becomes 64km.
• a 'golden' pillar box to commemorate the gold medal achieved by Sarah Storey in the 2012 Olympics in the 500m Time Trial (half a kilometre for goodness sake! This ride is more than 126 times that distance. To be fair, Sarah has no doubt ridden many thousands of kilometres in preparation for that event, so we shouldn't scoff.).
• a short bit of off-road cycling at the Hermitage just after Holmes Chapel, and another short stretch of bridleway at Chelford.
Goostrey Church, a regular landmark on Peak Audax rides
• Jodrell Bank telescope (showing us what Long Distance truly is. To them, 100km is just a mere 0.3 light-milliseconds or thereabouts. On the other hand there is decent cafe at their visitor centre).
• lots of lovely Cheshire lanes and some delightful villages.
An Olympic pillar box in Poynton
The ride starts from Poynton, near Stockport. There is free parking at the public car park off Park Lane (near Waitrose - just make sure you park in one of the 'long-term' spaces otherwise you could receive a fine.
Long Distance cycling at Jodrell Bank
☕ Some Useful Café Suggestions:
33km: Holmes Chapel, Cobbles Tea Room, Costa Coffee 40km: Jodrell Bank, Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre 66km: Poynton, Costa Coffee