Although not 100% complete, we do now have a good off-road/residential road cycle route from Cheadle and Gatley to Parrs Wood.
This route goes up Kingsway – the one along Manchester Road will be coming in the next year. Quite a few routes are currently half-finished (none of the new ones are signed yet, for example) and it will take time to build them up. For example, the work on Warren Avenue is completed, but the lights over Gatley Road aren’t yet functioning and the route isn’t signed so we’re still waiting for that one to be done.
However, even in its current partially-finished state, there are some great improvements for anyone who wants to cycle but doesn’t fancy battling through the traffic.
Gatley to Parrs Wood
From Gatley station push your bike along the alleyway to South Park Road. From there, you ride along South Park Road, under Kingsway and cross over at the raised section onto the pavement/cycle path. Follow that round, then cycle along the pavement/cycle path into Manchester (the entrance and exit to the subway has been widened to improve access).
The Manchester section isn’t done yet, but you can still go along the residential road, turn into Fairmile Drive – Morningside Drive – Denholm Road – Moor Park Road and then cross at the pedestrian crossing on Manchester Road into the Parrs Wood leisure complex.
Cheadle to Parrs Wood
Next year we’ll have the traffic-free route along Manchester Road, but until then:
The route from Kingsway to Parrs Wood is as above, you just need to get to Kingsway.
1. From the village centre cycle along Mary Street, Lime Grove and onto Brook Road (past the village hall). Go under the railway and cycle along the newly widened and improved path to Mill Lane. Turn left onto Mill Lane and follow the path alongside the brook and the around the Barnes Hospital site. There are some steps at the end – we’re hoping to get a ramp for cycles on that. At the top of the steps just turn right onto Kingsway and follow the route above.
2. From the west side of the village go along Wensley Road and straight ahead onto Marchbank Drive. On the far side of Marchbank Drive there’s a passageway onto Kingsway. Go along that, cross over the slip road at the Toucan crossing and then follow the route above.