Cycling in Cheshire East

Cheshire East is perfect for cycling, not too flat, not too hilly, with market towns and some very picturesque countryside in between. The Travel Cheshire website will help you to find what you're looking for.


In Cheshire East there are:

  • 600km cycle routes

Where to cycle cyclists Riding

Advice and training

Cycling strategy, policies, champion and projects

Local Transport Strategy

Our policy for cycling as a mode of active travel is covered by the Cheshire East Local Transport Plan. Developed through consultation with the public, stakeholders and elected members, this document sets out the Council’s transport strategy and policies up to 2026.

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

With the same policies and objectives as the Local Transport Plan, the Rights of Way Improvement Plan also sets out our policy for cycling for leisure purposes. Again, this document covers until 2026 and is delivered through implementation plans.

Cycling champion

Councillor Murray has been appointed as the cycling champion for Cheshire East and is an advocate for cycling and cyclists throughout the borough.

Cycling strategy

On 14 March 2017, we adopted our cycling strategy (PDF, 2MB) which sets out an ambitious vision for a network of high quality strategic cycle routes which connect local communities and key growth areas whilst also giving access to leisure opportunities and the natural environment of Cheshire East. The executive summary (PDF, 5MB) outlines the headlines of the cycling strategy.

Completed projects

Cheshire East Council works with its partners to deliver cycling projects around the borough. Here are a few examples of recent work:

Bridleway signCycle storage shelter
  • Delivery of Transition Fund “access to employment and skills through active travel” project in Crewe
  • Footpath Nos. 3 and 36 Cycle Track Order, Crewe: proposed conversion of public footpath to cycle track for use by pedestrians and cyclists between Hungerford Road and Sydney Road
  • Installation of cycle parking in Crewe, Alsager and Nantwich town centres
  • Leighton Greenway, Crewe: continuing the Leighton Greenway to extend to Leighton Hospital


  • Congleton: work to further improve accessibility between the town centre and the railway station and install Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) at Lawton Road and Park Lane junction
  • Macclesfield: improvements to National Cycle Network No. 55 linking with the railway station
  • Hind Heath Road, Sandbach: completion of cycle route linking to Ettiley Heath and the Wheelock Rail Trail
  • Installation of cyclist counters to gather data on cycle usage. This will support future projects and help to monitor changes in numbers of people cycling
  • Young people training: Learn to Ride and Bikeability levels 1-3 training delivered across all Cheshire East schools, with 1555 young people trained at level 1, 4223 young people trained at level 2 and 162 trained at level 3 in 2015/2016
  • Adult training: delivered across bike maintenance, commuter confidence/ learn to ride, cycle ride leader qualification training

Ongoing and proposed future cycling projects

Again working with partners, the following are a few examples of ongoing or proposed projects, subject to funding, consultation and feasibility:

  • A538 Altrincham Road, Wilmslow: completion of the final stage of cycle facilities along the A538 to create a route between Wilmslow and Manchester Airport

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