Lymm to High Legh
Route- Queen Victoria
Memorial - Grappenhall - Appleton Thorn - Stretton - Lower
Stretton - Antrobus Hall - Swarton Heath - High Legh - Broom
Edge - Heatley - Queen Victoria Memorial.
Start- Queen Victoria
Memorial (Lymm Cross) in Lymm town centre (SK683873)
Map- O.S. Landranger
109 (Manchester and surrounding area).
The route starts from the
Queen Victoria Memorial in the centre of Lymm (Lymm Cross)
and heads west under the M6 towards Warrington. At Grappenhall
travel south to Appleton Thorn and onwards to Stretton. After
crossing the M56 the route winds its way along secluded country
lanes. At one point, it travels along a disused airfield and
a taxiway makes up a section of the lane!
The journey returns over
the M6 and onward to Swarton Heath. From Swarton Heath you
pass High Legh and onto Broomedge along the B5159 to join
up with the A6144 which takes you back to the centre of Lymm.
Refreshments are easy to find try: the Golden Fleece, Lymm;
the Parr Arms and the Rams Head, Grappenhall; the Thorn, Appleton
Thorn; the Cat and Lion pub, Stretton.
Start at the Queen Victoria
Memorial (Lymm Cross), which commemorates her diamond jubilee
in 1897. On the opposite side of the road up the hill is the
Golden Fleece pub. Do not ride up that way - instead, turn
left onto the A6144 and ride over the pelican crossing.
Follow the road round to
the right. Travel over the Bridgewater Canal, past the Spread
Eagle Hotel on the left and onwards up the hill. Continue
along the road and over the mini roundabout until the A56
is reached. Turn right at the junction onto the A56.
Follow the road ahead until
you reach a Jet petrol station on the right. Opposite the
station is Massey Brook Lane. Turn left here and continue
down the lane, riding parallel to the Bridgewater Canal as
you go. Ride under the M6 motorway and continue to the end
of the lane. Turn right onto Cliff Lane and ride along the
cobbled surface through the narrow tunnel under the canal.
Follow Cliff Lane round
to the left until reaching the A50. Turn right onto the A50
and immediately after, take the first left onto Bellhouse
Lane and ride towards Grappenhall.
Follow the road ahead into
Grappenhall riding over the hump-backed bridge, this time
crossing above the Bridgewater Canal. Continue along the cobbled
road past St Wilfred's Church and the Parr Arms, both of which
are on the right.
Follow the road ahead past
the Ram's Head pub and up to the junction. Turn left at the
junction onto Broad Lane. Ride up the hill and onwards along
the lane. The view behind is especially impressive at night
with the lights of Warrington and the Greater Manchester area
filling the horizon.
Follow the road ahead to
a roundabout. At the roundabout take the second exit and follow
the signs for Stretton on the B5356. A few hundred metres
up the road take the first right and continue following signs
Ride through Appleton Thorn
with the Thorn pub on the right as you pass through. Just
over a mile along the road, ride into Stretton and stop at
the traffic lights. From here turn left off the Stretton road
(B5356) and onto the A559.
At a large roundabout take
the second exit down the A559. Ride past the Ring of Bells
pub on the left. Follow the A559 ahead until reaching the
Birch and Bottle pub, where you turn left and ride down an
At the end of the lane,
turn right onto Foggs Lane. At the end of this lane, turn
left and follow the lane past Antrobus Hall until it reaches
a sharp bend to the right. Follow it around until it again
bends right. Follow Reed Lane ahead until reaching the junction.
Turn right here and follow the road ahead until you reach
Nook Lane which is the first lane on your left.
Continue to the end of what
is now Flash Lane. Turn right onto Pools Plat Lane. Nearly
immediately after, take another left onto Lodge Lane. Follow
the road ahead, ride over Arley Brook and continue along the
lane. On reaching the crossroads, ride across the junction
and follow the signs for Sandilands.
Follow this tarmac lane
ahead, as it winds left and right. At the junetion near Reedgate
Farm bear right. Continue along the lane until reaching a
taxiway which is part of a disused airfield and which has
been incorporated as paz't of the lane. The taxiway is very
wide and can cause confusion after arriving from a narrow
country lane, so keep to the left.
After leaving the taxiway,
ride to the end of the unsigned lane, which the route now
Ride to the end of the lane.
Turn right at the junction and follow the signs for High Legh.
The road continues towards Swarton Heath and over the M6 motorway.
At Swarton Heath turn right
onto the A50. Ride up the road to the Bear's Paw Inn. Just
after this, turn left into Crab Tree Lane and take the very
sharp right turn a few hundred metres down the lane.
Continuing on from Crab
Tree Lane is Old Pen Brow. Turn left at the end of this lane
away from High Legh and onto the B5159. Follow the road ahead
over the M56 and onwards to Broom Edge. At Broom Edge, ride
through the traffic lights and continue along the B5159.
Ride under the Bridgewater
Canal and on towards the A6144. Just before the A6144 is a
disused level crossing. By this crossing is The Railway pub,
used in the 'Families' television drama produced by Granada
On reaching the A6144 turn
left at the junction and follow the road ahead. Ride over
the Bridgewater Canal and down the hill, finally to arrive
back in the centre of Lymm by Queen Victoria's Memorial.
Taken from 50 Best Cycle Rides In