A grade C ride of 36.5 miles starting from outside Kirkby railway station at 10:45 and travelling through Rainford and Billinge to the start of the Sankey Valley at Carrs Mill. With a brief stop for a snack at Carrs Mill, the route travels the length of the Sankey Valley park (15 miles) all the way to Spike Island in Widnes where people can have lunch at the West Bank Boat Club’s cafe or eat their own sandwiches sitting by the canal outside.
The return is through Widnes, Ditton and Halewood to Hunts Cross railway station where the ride finishes. Here is a copy of the full route on Komoot: Kirkby to Hunts Cross via the Sankey Valley You can download a GPX file for Garmin from Komoot.
There are just a few small hills on the route on mainly quiet roads. Over half the route is on cycle tracks, which are generally made of compressed gravel (similar to the Wirral Way), so a hybrid bike is best, but you can cover the route on a road bike without any issues.
37 miles, Grade C
Created by John Hampson