Dalriada - Pensions in the Peaks
Welcome to the event page for the inaugural Dalriada Trustees Pensions in the Peaks. We have a walking route and two cycle rides that visit the Peak district and pass a few local landmarks along the way.
We provide a full breakfast to fuel your day with post ride food scheduled in the afternoon. All routes have refreshments provided at the half way point.
Our cycle routes use some of the roads that the Tour of Britain race will visit in early September with the walking route also passing Tower Hill and the iconic Cat and Fiddle.
We will also be joined at the event HQ and on the cycle ride by professional cyclist Tom Mazzone who is scheduled to ride the Tour of Britain. He will be on site to chat cycling, nutrition and join riders on the road. Just don't try and keep up with him on the hills........
The Tytherington Club, 90 Dorchester Way, Tytherington, Macclesfield SK10 2JP.
- There is an area in the car park near to reception where bikes can be left securely on racks.
- We will be using the Dorchester suite for event sign on and all dining.
- Changing facilities and showers are available and any luggage or other items can be left in Boardroom 1.
- Breakfast will be served from 9:15 to 10:00am.
- Rider and walker briefing at 10am with participants leaving at 10:15.
- Cyclists will be given a numberboard for their bikes that help us identify you on the road.
A briefing email will be sent to all entrants the day before the event with all emergency contact details and updates on any changes to routes.
We have set up a club on the STRAVA exercise tracking app. Routes can be viewed online but if you wish to download and use the app you will need to set up an account. There is no need for a subscription as we are not using any of the paid features. The club can be found HERE If you do not wish to use STRAVA you can use the links below:
Our Hosts will be on hand to join you or if you prefer to walk at your own pace there is no fixed time schedule.
From the Event HQ the walk follows the Macclesfield Canal through the picturesque hamlet of Kerridge where you then follow signs to White Nancy.
A rocky staircase takes you to the summit of Kerridge Hill where White Nancy stands looking over stunning views of Cheshire, Manchester and the Peak District.
From here you follow signs for the GRITSTONE TRAIL. This is clearly marked. Do not take any other route.
The route crosses the cycle route at both Tower Hill and the Cat and Fiddle road so if you see any cyclists be sure to shout some encouragement! Our support team will be waiting at Teggs Nose Country Park with refreshments and toilet facilities are available.
The cyclists are also sharing this location so be prepared for their tales of epic climbs. From Teggs Nose it's literally all downhill to pick up the canal again and a gentler walk back to the event HQ.
Both rides head out into the Cheshire lanes to warm the legs before an ascent of the Brickworks climb.
At the top of the climb there will be clearly marked ROUTE SPLIT, LONG ROUTE and SHORT ROUTE signs. Riders for the long route turn LEFT and riders for the short route turn RIGHT.
Both routes have Teggs Nose Country park at the halfway point where our hosts will be on hand with refreshments. You'll also be joined by the walkers so be sure to tell them of your epic climbing skills.
After the Brickworks riders descend to Whaley Bridge before ascending the appropriately named but steady climb of Long Hill.
Then follows the steepest descent of the day into the Goyt Valley where the road follows the Errwood reservoir before heading over the top of the iconic cat and Fiddle climb.
Riders then descend to Teggs Nose Country park for refreshments In the distance you'll see the Jodrell Bank Observatory which was used for tracking the moon landings.
With the big climbs over it's time to head back into the Cheshire lanes for a fast ride to the finish passing Jodrell Bank up close. We have added a 'cheeky' climb late in the ride just to keep the legs warm......
After the Brickworks the route follows the rolling road through Rainow over Tower Hill before heading into Teggs Nose country park. Both routes merge for a descent down to the Cheshire lanes.
There will be another clearly marked ROUTE SPLIT with LONG ROUTE and SHORT ROUTE signs. Riders for the long route carry STRAIGHT ON and riders for the short route turn RIGHT.
The routes are fully waymarked. We only have one type of arrow. Any route split points will be fully signposted. Our first support vehicle leaves just ahead of riders and checks the arrows are all in place.
Our second vehicle is on call to provide rider support. Rider support is a major mechanical issue or if an entrant is unable to complete the ride. Once you are out on the road you are entirely responsible for your own behaviour just as you would be on any other cycle ride. You must ride in accordance with the Highway code and must not ride more than two abreast.
ALL RIDERS MUST CARRY a form of identification showing their name, address and the contact details of a person to be advised in the event of an accident.
The wearing of hard shell helmets conforming to CE standards EN1078 is recommended for all riders at all times whilst on the course.
We suggest riders carry food, drink, money, a mobile phone, spare inner tubes, a working pump, a basic tool kit and spare clothing sufficient to complete the ride being undertaken, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.
Participants will be responsible for their own cycle which must be fully roadworthy.