It lives! Tame Valley Loop to open March 19th

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The Tame Valley Loop (TVL) is a 29km predominantly off-road route situated to the east of Manchester and on the border of the Peak District.

Tame Valley Loop
Long time coming but the TVL is finally here

The loop, approximately five years in the making, brings existing paths and uses mostly off-road tracks and trails.

The TVL is for everyone, whether you’re a wisened mountain biker or are knocking about on a balance bike. Balance bikes are rad.

The longest ‘advanced route’ option starts in Stalybridge, then uses trails overlooking Stalybridge and Mossley, and out as far as Greenfield in Oldham before returning to Stalybridge on the opposite side of the Tame Valley.

The loop is designed to be ridden anti-clockwise.

The loop exists due to the combined efforts of Tameside Council, Tame Valley Mountain Bike Association, Cycling UK and British Cycling.

Tame Valley Loop
Best ridden anti-clockwise

Advanced route

Distance: 18 miles
1,900 feet ascent

A hilly ride with a good variety of scenery and trails. Some technical sections makes this unsuitable for inexperienced riders.

Intermediate route

Duration: 10 miles
1,200 feet ascent

A shortish mountain bike route with less demanding off road sections than the full Advanced Loop. Directions: follow the Advanced Route directions up to the end of point B then:

After 20m TL into the wood then take the left path signed Oakgates and descend to a barrier across a road. Pass through the barrier to traffic lights, go SA. Now follow from point G in the Advanced Route directions.

Family route

Duration: 3.5 miles (out & back)

An out and back cycle using an off road multi-use trail.

Access to the trail is available from several points: Station Road in Mossley, various streets in Roaches, Station Lane in Greenfield, the Friezland Riding Arena, and the layby/parking area at the junction of Manchester Road and Huddersfield Road. The route is split by Manchester Road and Huddersfield Road where caution is required crossing over.

Extended play

For riders who want to ride even further, the TVL is handily placed. The route follows the Pennine Bridleway and also connects to established MTB routes like the Tintwistle Moor Fun MTB Route and the Diggle Jiggle.

The Tame Valley Loop is not just an isolated loop but one that can be used as part of longer – even multi-day – adventures.

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  • It lives! Tame Valley Loop to open March 19th
  • Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Interesting can’t quite work out how I feel about this…

    The actual riding does look very German.

    Am I right in thinking the delta is some signposts and a leaflet?

    ( which is of course some signposts and a leaflet more than I have ever achieved for UK cycling)

    Premier Icon stingmered
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    That’s a decent ride, with a good mix of technical BW and easy surfaces on the longer route. You can also detour via Buckden / Alphin (shhhh) for a cracking couple of descent options. I can also swing by the in-laws for a brew as it passes their front door in Staly.

    Premier Icon MonkeySpacePilot
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    Goes past the back of the house I grew up in at one point at the top of Ridge Hill, might do that as a bit of a nostalgia ride the next time I am back in the UK.

    Premier Icon stevedoc
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    Every part of this is at some point on my local route. I did ride most of it Saturday as its almost right out of my Back garden.
    A couple of punchy climbs and lumpy down sections.( More to add on if you know and want something a little steeper).

    Some parts get very busy with dog walkers so watch for those surprise packages under leaves !!

    17 miles ish and around 1900 foot of climbing. A ok way to spend a couple of hours

    Premier Icon Stainypants
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    Would this be ok on a beefy gravel bike, I like ride to it to make big ride from Macclesfield.

    Premier Icon slackboy
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    gpx’s and PDF route map here

    Premier Icon Louise Porter
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    Cheers @slackboy

    Premier Icon Martinhuutch
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    Looks good!

    a wisened mountain biker

    Describes me perfectly. 🙂

    Premier Icon cezza168
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    It’s a great circuit with loads of little cheeky additions you could add to spice it up. Also I live right in the middle of it.

    Premier Icon miky2341
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    I rode this on Saturday and enjoyed it, great local route!

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