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Manchester Standedge Disused Rail Tunnel Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameManchester Standedge Disused Rail Tunnel
Distance : miles (km)40.28  (64.82)
Posted ByJ Bloggs
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionGreater Manchester
Start LocationManchester City Centre
End LocationMarsden
Cycle Steps
Head up the canals till you get to Diggle. Post Bike underneath railings at Standedge Rail Tunnel (disused since 1894). Ride 3 miles in darkness (really cool - explore if you dare). Post Bike back through railings at other end of tunnel. Ride over the tunnels on way back - it's about 2 miles of up hill (there's a pub half way). Ride down the other side (remember to use your brakes!!). Take the canals back to Manchester.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
There is a pub on the canal side called Roaches Lock (about half way to Diggle).
At Ashton you are forced to leave the canal side at ASDA, but you rejoin on other side of road.

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Your comments?
posted by:mr_calderaRating : difficult :
Not to be a party pooper or anything but using the tunnel is illegal as it's not a public right of way.

if you fancy a ride out over to marsden consider going over the road route in the opposite direction, then maybe come back via meltham and the holmfirth/greenfield road, it's about an extra 10-12 miles but exceptional scenery and good roads.

posted by:33155Rating : difficult :
I tried this route and I don''t know how the hell you get into Standedge railway tunnel! There is a gate at the entrance and there is no way I could get myself or the bike through it. The tunnel looks like it would incredible to ride through though. How do you get in ? I really want to know as this would be one of the best rides ever.

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