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Traffic-free routes: Biddulph Valley Way | Ellesmere-Chester | Frodsham Greenway | Middlewood Way | Salt Line | Shotton-Chester | Shotton-Chester (riverside route) | Weaver Parkway | Wheelock Rail Trail | Whitegate Way | Wirral Way Cycle routes: Route 45

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Biddulph Valley Way (Part of NCN 55)

Most of Biddulph Valley Way is part of the National Cycle Network route 55.

A disused railway line, this Way has many access points. The southern end (Stoke-on-Trent) is at Birches Head Road where a left turn over the bridge gives access to the Caldon Canal towpath, for northward or southward journeys. The northern end (Congleton) is by Brunswick Wharf off Buxton Road. To remain on NCN 55, join/leave the way at Bromley Road, Congleton, where a steepish ramp (cyclable with knobbly tyres and low gears) links the Way with the road above.


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Ellesmere Port-Chester

This route forms part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 45 and Regional Route 70 (ie Cheshire Cycleway).

A towpath route along the Shropshire Union Canal between Cromwell Street, Ellesmere Port and Pepper Street, Christleton (on the east side of Chester). The towpath also provides access to the National Waterways Museum (the renamed Boat Museum) in Ellesmere Port.

Some stretches are hazardous for tag-alongs and trailers because of the awkward surface and angles at bridges.


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Thornton-le-Moors - Frodsham Greenway

This route forms part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 5

The Greenway links Thornton-le-Moors/Elton and Frodsham, making use of very quiet minor roads, restricted byways and bridleways that thread their way along a wide strip of marshland between the Manchester Ship Canal and the M56 motorway, with easy detours to railway stations at Ince & Elton, Helsby and Frodsham. A 14-mile circuit route is possible too if use is made of the lanes and roads between Frodsham, Helsby and Dunham-on-the-Hill.


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Middlewood Way linking Macclesfield and Marple

The whole route is part of National Cycle Network (NCN) 55

Most of the route is a disused railway line, but the southern access point in Macclesfield is a little contrived via the no-through road beneath the railway line, just north of the station. This leads you to a light-controlled road crossing and Tesco on Black Lane, beyond which you cross the stream (in fact the River Bollin) to leave te traffic behind. The northern access point is close to Rose Hill Marple station, in Marple.


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Salt Line linking Alsager and Hassall Green

This route is part of National Route 5 (National Cycle Network (NCN) 5

This 3km stretch of disused railway line is surfaced. Its eastern access point is Sandbach Road North, Alsager (opposite Cherry Lane, Lawton Heath)and its western access point is Smithy Grove, west of Hassall Green.


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Shotton, Connah's Quay-Chester Millennium Route

This route is part of National Route 5 (National Cycle Network (NCN) 5

This 12km route has its eastern access point at Kingsway, Chester but there are various local traffic-free routes that connect with it too. Its western access point is the old Shotton steelworks in Connah's Quay, where a continuation of the traffic-free route is proposed but currently the link is to the back streets of the town.


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Shotton, Connah's Quay and Chester via riverside path

This route is part of Regional Route 89

The majority of this route follows a riverside path along the northern bank of the Dee. It has its eastern access point at New Crane Street, Chester (a back street links this with route 45). Its western access point is the old Shotton steelworks in Connah's Quay, where a continuation of the traffic-free route is proposed but currently the link is to the back streets of the town.


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Weaver Parkway linking Winsford and Northwich

This route is part of National Route 5 (National Cycle Network (NCN) 5

This 4km route mainly follows the River Weaver, with a couple of very short sections on tarmac. Its southern access point is on Rilshaw Lane, south of Winsford, and the northern point is Weir Street, Northwich.

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Wheelock Rail Trail linking Ettiley Heath and Malkins Bank

This route is part of National Route 5 (National Cycle Network (NCN) 5

This 2km route loops south of Sandbach using a canal towpath and disused railway line.Its eastern access point is at Malkins Bank (south of Sandbach)on Hassall Road where it crosses the canal, and its western access point is Ettiley Heath (south of Elworth, Sandbach) on Abbey Road, very close to the roundabout on Hind Heath Road.


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Whitegate Way linking Winsford and Cuddington, Northwich

Some of this route is part of Regional Route 71

This 10km route can be accessed from Winsford or the Weaver Parkway using roads. The route's eastern access point is on Bradford Road (north of Winsford) Bank (south of Sandbach), and its western access point is Waste Lane (off Norley Road, west of Cuddington).


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Wirral Way linking Hooton and Parkgate

Some of this route is part of National Route 56 (NCN 56)

This 19km route's eastern access point is Hooton station and its western access point is Brooklands Road, Parkgate.


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