Start to CP1
From Marco Marco (G/R 697 881) (post code WA13 9RD) go right along Rush Green Road, cross roundabout into Birch Brook Road, at 2nd roundabout go right on cycle route into Chaise Meadow.
At 0.4 miles reach and cross road (G/R 703 882) on cycle route.
At 0.8 miles cross footbridge on cycle route.
At 1.7 miles reach and cross road on cycle route (G/R 724 885) same at 1.9 miles.
At 2.6 miles continue on cycle route under bridge, also Trans Peninne Trail (G/R 738 886).
At 3.4 miles reach road go right (G/R 759 888) then continue on cycle route, canal on right.
At 4.5 miles continue under road bridge on cycleway (G/R 766 891).
At 4.9 miles continue under railway bridge on cycleway (G/R 772 897).
At 5.2 miles continue under road bridge on cycleway (G/R 775 897).
At 6.2 miles continue under road bridge on cycleway (G/R 783 912).
At 7.3 miles reach road B5397 (G/R 792 926) and immediately on left is the Bridge Inn (post code M33 7QH) which is CP1.
Navigation Rating: Easy
Terrain – Mainly track
CP Distance = 7.3 miles
CP1 – CP2
From the Bridge Inn continue along the canal on cycle route, soon go under M60 bridge.
At 1.1 miles go under A5145 bridge continue on canal path, cycle route.
At 1.5 miles follow canal path as it bends left (G/R 800 949) under main road bridge.
At 1.9 miles go under railway bridge then soon cross canal bridge on right (G/R 794 955), then turn right keeping canal to your right. Stay on canal fp.
At 3.2 miles continue under series of bridges on canal path.
At 4.5 miles cross over waterway and continue on fp other side (G/R 825 973), then ahead into Hulme Hall Road then soon go left into Ellesmere St.
At 4.8 miles reach main road (G/R 828 973) and go right towards large roundabout, use pavements. At roundabout use pedestrian lights to to head left on the A56 Chester Road, use pavements.
At 5.1 miles go under railway bridge then soon go right on the B6469 Whitworth Street W. Stay on road until 6.0 miles (G/R 845 978) and go left into Aytoun Street, ignore all side roads and at 6.1 miles go right into Portland Street then continue ahead as it bends into Newton Street.
At 6.4 miles (G/R 850 982) reach Great Ancoats road and go right, cross over canal bridge then immediately join the canal path on your left (G/R 853 981), also a cycle route.
Continue past football stadium, stay on path / cycle route and under various bridges.
At 9.4 miles (G/R 893 978) go left over bridge crossing canal and bear left continuing on Buxton Lane.
At 9.5 miles reach A662 (G/R 893 982) and cross over (Take Care) leading into Lewis Road, soon take the fp off to the right into School which is the Tameside Trail (G/R 893 984).
At 10.1 miles fp goes sharp left (G/R 896 986). Follow fp as it leads to a railway line, continue right with railway on left.
At 11.4 miles cross railway (G/R 903 994) then soon at fp crossroads go right (G/R 904 996). Continue with railway on your right, reach a track crossing railway bridge at (G/R 911 992).
Cross railway bridge and continue ahead to Lumb Lane and the Railway Inn (G/R 912 991) is on your right which is CP2 (post code M43 7LA) at 12.0 miles
Navigation Rating: Fair – use maps & directions
Terrain – Mix of tarmac and Canal path
CP Distance = 12.0 miles
Total Race Day Distance = 19.3 miles
CP2 – CP3
From the Railway Inn continue right, along Lumb Lane to a junction and go left, stay on pavement. Road soon bends sharp left leading into Littlemass Road, then bends right into Lumb Lane again. Ignore all side roads and cross bridge over M60 at 1.0 miles (G/R 918 000).
At 1.2 miles reach fork in road and go left then immediately take track on right (G/R 920 005) on fp. Continue north, soon cross bridge at (G/R 921 008).
At 1.5 miles fp heads off half right to reach watercourse (Crime Lake), continue with it on left.
At 2.1 miles (G/R 929 013) reach A627 (Take Care) go left then immediate right into Park Bridge Road.
At 2.7 miles reach fork in road continue ahead leading into Waggon Road.
At 3.1 miles road bends sharp right into Alt Hill Road, soon at fork (G/R 941 023) go right but then take fp off to the left very soon.
At 3.4 miles at fp junction (G/R 943 023) take right fp option then soon at next fp keep left towards a building and join / continue on track. Soon at sharp right bend of track take fp on left off to the right (G/R 948 022).
At 3.8 miles reach road (G/R 949 023) cross and continue on fp, soon at fp crossroads continue ahead. Ignore next two fp’s off to the right.
At 4.2 miles at fp crossroads (G/R 954 028) continue ahead, same at 4.6 miles.
At 4.7 miles (G/R 960 033) at fp junction go left leading to track. Soon reach road and go left.
At 5.1 miles (G/R 960 039) take lane on right, past Kiln Farm.
At 5.6 miles reach T-junction (G/R 967 040) go right. Soon pass buildings on your left then take fp off to the left (G/R 967 037), soon at fp crossroads continue ahead.
At 6.1 miles (G/R 971 037) cross track and continue ahead.
At 6.4 miles (G/R 975 036) reach A6050 continue over on fp, soon cross A670 continue over on fp which turns sharp right then soon sharp left over railway bridge (G/R 978 036), then bear left and continue over bridge and on lane.
At 6.9 miles reach main road (Take Care) go left a short way then cross B6175 (G/R 984 036), and take Peninne Bridleway fp off to the left.
At 7.0 miles (G/R 993 042) cross footbridge and continue to Greenbridge Lane and go left.
At 7.2 miles reach A669 (Take Care) go right and immediately left into Arthurs Lane.
At 7.4 miles (G/R 997 046) take right fp option (not left onto lane).
At 7.8 miles cross road (G/R 999 053) continue ahead on fp. At 8.0 miles same.
At 8.2 miles cross Church Road (G/R 999 058) continue ahead on fp.
At 8.4 miles continue ahead as other fp merges in from the left, then soon continue ahead as other fp goes off to the right.
At 8.5 miles cross footbridge continue ahead (G/R 999 063), head to left side of building then ahead to join lane and go left.
At 8.7 miles reach junction and go right (G/R 999 065) along road.
At 8.9 miles (G/R 002 067) on sharp right bend continue ahead on track / fp, soon at fp junction continue ahead.
At 9.1 miles ignore fp off to the left, soon reach and continue on track.
At 9.3 miles reach T-junction and go left on road, then soon at fork go right on lane (G/R 005 074).
At 9.8 miles reach crossroads (G/R 007 080) and Diggle Hotel which is CP3 is directly opposite (post code OL3 5JZ).
Navigation Rating: Fair – use maps & directions
Terrain – Mix of tarmac and track
CP Distance = 9.8 miles
Total Race Day Distance = 29.1 miles
CP3 – CP4
From the Diggle Hotel go left along the lane to the rear of the hotel and continue on first fp / track off to the right.
At 0.3 miles at end of the track continue ahead on fp, soon ignore fp off to the left continue ahead.
At 0.5 miles reach fp junction by track and continue ahead (half left)
At 0.7 miles continue ahead on fp. (G/R 014 088)
At 0.8 miles cross footbridge continue forward left of buildings, reach track and continue right on track towards A62, then fp goes off right at (G/R 021 096)
At 1.7 miles (G/R 027 094) cross footbridge and take fp on right.
At 2.4 miles (G/R 033 085) fp goes sharp left at Black Moss, soon at fp junction continue ahead.
At 2.7 miles (G/R 038 087) cross footbridge and continue ahead.
At 3.5 miles (G/R 051 088) cross footbridge then soon fp goes sharp left and over another bridge.
At 3.8 miles reach track and go right on track.
At 4.1 miles leave track and go ahead / right on Pennine Way, soon crossing a series of footbridges.
At 5.3 miles reach track (G/R 070 077) go left on track.
At 5.7 miles reach road and go right, soon reach and cross A635 on fp.
At 6.6 miles reach track bend (G/R 085 072) and go right on track.
At 7.5 miles (G/R 099 073) take track on right.
At 7.8 miles (G/R 103 071) take fp off to the right, across Digley Reservoir then immediately fp goes left.
At 8.7 miles reach lane go left, soon reach A6024 (Take Care) go left then soon take fp off to the right
At 9.2 miles cross footbridge and continue ahead.
At 9.5 miles (G/R 113 056) cross Brownhill Reservoir leading to road, continue over on track.
At 9.8 miles at track junction go left (G/R 118 055)
At 9.9 miles at track junction go acutely left.
At 10.8 miles reach road, go right on cycle route (G/R 130 050), keep woods to your left.
At 12.4 miles reach road junction and go right (G/R 149 043), still on cycle route.
At 13.7 miles reach road junction (G/R 161 026) go left, Windle Edge. Just after crossing bridge over a watercourse, Trans Pennine Park (G/R 157 024) is on your left which is CP4 (close post code S36 4TF) at 13.9 miles.
Navigation Rating: Fair to Good – use maps & directions
Terrain – Mainly field and track
CP Distance = 13.9 miles
Total Race Day Distance = 43.0 miles
CP4 to Finish
From the Trans Pennine Park continue along, and stay on, the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) & cycle route (CR)
At 2.3 miles reach A616 (G/R 194 029) and continue over on TPT & CR
At 3.6 miles (G/R 214 027) reach and cross A628 continue on TPT & CR
At 3.8 miles & 4.2 miles cross roads and continue on TPT & CR
At 4.9 miles reach and cross road and continue on TPT & CR
At 5.7 miles reach and cross road and continue on TPT & CR (G/R 245 034)
At 6.1 miles (G/R 250 032) stay on TPT & CR with railway to your left.
At 6.4 miles continue over road bridge on TPT & CR
At 7.4 miles reach and cross road (G/R 268 020) on TPT & CR
At 8.0 miles reach and cross lane (G/R 275 013) on TPT & CR
At 8.6 miles reach and cross road (G/R 281 007) on TPT & CR
At 9.2 miles reach and cross road bridge (G/R 291 003) on TPT & CR
At 10.0 miles (Leave TPT & CR) (G/R 299 994) exit at bridge and take lane on the left, soon reach road junction and go left into Finkle Street Lane (G/R 300 992)
At 10.6 miles reach A629 and go left, soon on your right is The Wortley Arms (G/R 307 993) which is the finish at 10.8 miles (post code S35 7DB)
Navigation Rating: Easy – generally following Trans Pennine Trail
Terrain – Mainly track
CP Distance = 10.8 miles
Total Race Day Distance = 53.8 miles