Bridge (population 7,000 approx) is 18 miles south of
Manchester, seven miles north of Buxton, nine
miles north east of Macclesfield and 20 miles west of
Sheffield and has good rail and bus connections.
industrial revolution brought about a complete transformation of Whaley
Bridge, from a mainly agricultural village to an industrial town with
coal mining and textiles providing most employment. Nowadays Whaley
Bridge is better known as the ‘Gateway to the Goyt’ with very few
reminders of its industrial heritage.
attraction for visitors to the area and only a few minute's walk from
Kinrara Bed and Breakfast is the Peak Forest Canal, which terminates at
the picturesque Whaley Bridge canal basin. The decorative canal boats
and the well-kept towpath offer both locals and visitors a leisurely way
to experience the beauty of the area.
Many feel the
real glory of Whaley Bridge is the canal basin. The basin provides the
setting for one of the biggest local events, W3 - the Whaley Water
Weekend, usually in June. Whaley Bridge has a good selection of bed and
breakfast accommodation, pubs, and restaurants.
To the east of
Whaley Bridge lies a strange natural feature on the hillside, the
Roosdyche, a flat-bottomed valley, ¾ mile long, 40 yards wide and with
sides sloping up to 30 feet high. Local legend says the Roosdyche was a
Roman racecourse but it is now believed to be a glacial drainage channel
dating from the last ice age.
THE PENNINE CYCLEWAY
This wonderful long distance cycleway covers 355 miles of superb scenery, historic
towns and villages. The Cycleway starts in Derby, at the railway station and ends in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Scottish borders. It is split
into 3 sections to correspond with the 3 maps. The southern section, Derby to Holmfirth, uses a NCN route, the Tissington trail, a section of
the High Peak trail, some minor roads and country lanes. It passes through Burton-on-Trent, Ashbourne, Buxton, Whaley Bridge, and Glossop
en route for Holmfirth.
section of the Pennine Cycleway covers 124 miles of what is some of the
most difficult terrain and starts with a long steep climb out of
Holmfirth, but the views are glorious and well worth the effort. The
route from Colne goes through Gargrave and into the Yorkshire Dales,
passing through Settle, Ingleton, and Dent. An undulating route on minor
roads then takes you through Sedbergh and the Howgills, crossing under
the M6 twice, before descending into the historic market town of
In the third
and final Northern section starting in Appleby (an alternative start is
from Penrith) the Cycleway follows the lovely Eden Valley with the
Pennines to your right, on to Alston - England's highest market town.
From here the route follows the road along the River South Tyne with
sections of converted railway line, ascending into Hadrian's Wall
country, through Wark Forest and then into Bellingham and the start of
the Cheviot Hills.
Heading out of
Wooler for the Scottish borders there are many reminders of the
turbulent history of this area - fortified houses and castles such as
those found at Ford, Etal and Norham. You use the Coast and Castles
cycle route (NCN 1) for the final few miles of your ride, with a brief
trip into Scotland over the River Tweed before ending your journey at