This local route I ride quite regularly and although it’s relatively short, includes some pretty fast descents and challenging climbs. Another reason I like this Mountain Bike Route is because I believe it’s about 95% off-road!. It’s also worth noting there are now some quite interesting metal sculptures to see near Silverdale Country Park.
The route begins on the former Stoke-Market Drayton line which is now a dedicated cycle lane. You can also view my road cycling route which starts on the same cycle lane here: Newcastle to Norton-in-Hales. The cycle lane is relatively smooth-surfaced and well maintained so presents no problems for a Mountain Bike.
Depending on where you join the cycle path we will be continuing on it for approximately 2 miles. The gradient is relatively flat so you can cruise along at a good pace. There is a slight incline during the last ¼ mile just before reaching the gate. The cycle path is generally clean and well kept, but occasionally I’ve noticed broken glass just before the gate, so please bear this in mind when riding here.
After squeezing through the gate you will be able to spot the newly erected Philip Astley memorial sculptures. Philip Astley is regarded as the father of the modern circus and was born in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in 1742. Astley opened his horse riding school in 1768 where he developed the 42ft diameter circus ring, a standard size still used in circus all over the world.