This route uses canals, cycle lanes and bridleways to form an enjoyable cross-country Mountain Bike ride. Highlights of the ride include an excellent woodland descent near Lightwood and off-road trails at Downs Banks.
I have started this ride on the Newcastle Greenway Cycle Lane which is easily accessible from anywhere in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.You then continue on a cycle lane through Brampton Sidings and Station Walks before joining Shelton New Road. After a short incline you will go through a set of traffic lights and then head down a fast road descent. When you cross over the bridge at the bottom of the descent take a sharp right at the traffic lights onto a housing estate.
Follow the road round to the left and go through the gap in the hedgerow. You are now on the Trent & Mersey Canal, take a right and follow the canal path. The surface is generally smooth and well maintained so you can cruise along at a nice pace, but be aware of pedestrians as they have priority. After about 3½ miles you will leave the canal path and join Longton Road. Use the channel that runs up the side of the steps to push the bike up.
Then cross over to the other side of Longton road and get on the cycle lane at the edge of the road. Stay on this lane following the road as it gradually climbs up towards Longton. After about 1.8 miles keep an eye out for Longton Park on your right. Once you see the sign for the park take a sharp right off the road and enter the park.