1 Whitegate Way – Best for families and occasional cyclists
The Whitegate Way is a multi-use traffic free trail that goes from Cuddington to Winsford and is 6 miles long. The trail was created on the disused Winsford branch railway line and has a compacted graded surface, providing a smooth ride. With very gentle gradients the Whitegate Way is suitable for solo bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs, so it is excellent for families and those looking for a gentler ride through the scenic Cheshire countryside. Access to the Whitegate Way is via Cheshire Outdoors private wood and a short ride along Kennel Lane. Kennel Lane is a no-through road, is mostly traffic free and joins the trail approximately 1.5 miles from the Cuddington end. Refreshments are available at the Whitegate Station House Café.
2 Weaver Parkway – Riverside riding
The Weaver Parkway is a traffic free, graded surface trail that runs along the River Weaver from Winsford all the way into Northwich. You can join the trail from the end of the Whitegate Way by either turning right towards Winsford and joining at the start of the Parkway in the Red Lion pub car park. Alternatively you can join by turning left from the Whitegate Way and crossing the single lane bridge over the river after around 600 metres. From the start at Winsford there are 2 small climbs, otherwise the trail is flat. These 2 access points can be used to create a loop that is around 3 miles long or you can continue along the river all the way to Northwich town centre (traffic free) passing Vale Royal locks on the way. The river supports a wide range of wildlife and is frequented by narrow boats and the Northwich rowing club. There are several gates on the route that make this ride suitable for solo bikes only.
3 Oakmere Way to Delamere Forest– Single track mountain biking
The Oakmere Way is a traffic free trail accessible from the Whitegate Way half a mile from the Cuddington end. The trail runs alongside the railway on a single track that is muddy when wet, with rutted sections and a short but very steep climb that few riders successfully surmount under pedal power alone! After crossing Stoneyford Lane the route widens, passing alongside the sand quarry before ending on Station Road, immediately opposite the main entrance to Delamere Forest.
Delamere Forest has miles of single-track riding for mountain bikers to explore, as well as the wider forest trails. Refreshments are available at Stoneyford Cottage Nursery and café. This route is only suitable for experienced mountain bikers.
4 Delamere Loop– Mixed riding for experienced cyclists
The Delamere Loop is a 22 mile circular route that joins the Whitegate Way, taking in Delamere Forest, Primrose Hill Wood, and Little Budworth Country Park. Using a mixture of surfaced roads and off-road sections along public rights of way and permissive routes, the loop is suitable for experienced cyclists only. Some of the sections have steep climbs and the surfaces can be difficult, especially when wet. The loop is often used by horse riders and care should be taken when passing them.