The Best Places to Ride Your E-Scooter in The North West
The UK is currently half-way through its 12-month trial period of electric scooters on our streets. E-scooters and electric bikes have been recognised as a possible solution in all countries’ efforts to achieve a greener future.
The Department for Transport (DfT) are consequently fast-tracking and expanding a trial of rental e-scooters with the look to provide a cleaner and inexpensive alternative to help ease the burden of traffic on our roads (GOV.uk)
As the rules surrounding electric scooters get closer to changing, now is the time to ear-mark the best cycle-routes in the north-west ready for when the restrictions lift. If you’re looking to get out and about on two wheels, keep reading to find out the top five routes we recommend. In the meantime, we recommend you stay up-to-date on where you can and cannot take your electric scooter here.
Our Top Five Routes in the North-West
The North-West of England is beautifully diverse from cosmopolitan Manchester and Liverpool to the hills of Lancashire and, not forgetting, the Lake District’s breathtaking drama. We have it all! So where is better to grab your wheels and enjoy the outdoors?
First, on our list, we have the 16 mile stretch of stunning salt-marshes and farmland; this is definitely one for the nature lovers. Kick-off, jump on your board and enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Starting at the Hadrian’s Wall Path, this route heads out towards the Cardurnock peninsula. At Bowness-on-Solway you will go through Campfield Marsh Nature Reserve, an RSPB reserve which offers 360-degree views of the Solway Plain. The combination of salt-marsh, peat-bogs, farmland and wet grassland provides the perfect habitat for a variety of native wildlife, including ducks and geese in the winter and breeding waders and dragonflies in the spring and summer.
Next on our list is the old railway line that runs from Mickle Trafford through Chester’s historic city, ending by the Wharf at Connah’s Quay. Known as the Millennium Greenway, this is perfect for all the family!
Just under 7.5 miles, traffic-free and reasonably flat, this there-and-back trail is an excellent route as a less experienced rider or if you’ve only got a few hours to spare. Taking in Chester’s rich history of it’s Saxon and Roman past, as well as the rich arable farmlands of The Wirral, for a shorter ride, it does not disappoint.
An urban route for you next! The Loop Line is a well-known and traffic-free route that runs from Halewood to Aintree. The trail can be extended via the Cheshire lines path onto Southport, for those looking for a full days trip.
Full of wildlife, this old railway line offers an urban with a twist! For so close to the city centre, you feel immersed in the countryside. The path is flat and well-surfaced and provides an enjoyable 10-mile trail running through rocky cuttings and high on embankments, offering great views of the city below.
It wouldn’t be a true North-Western selection of cycle trials without a trip to the Lake District, and Lake Windermere is a must-see for anyone in the area. Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, and its scale really is something to behold. With this route, you can jump on your board and see it for yourself!
Starting in the market town of Kendal, the route often follows the River Kent through Burneside to Staveley. There is also the option to extend the route further, all the way to the seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands.
The West Trans Pennine Trail is one of the most popular routes on the National Cycle Network, with the large majority of its distance being traffic-free. The section we recommend starts at Southport and goes along to Barnsley, via Liverpool, Warrington and Stockport, but feel free to extend or edit your route further along the Trans Pennine Trail. This route is much longer than our other top five, and hence includes the Liverpool Loopline!
The route gains height and climbs along the dramatic Longdendale Valley, part of the Peak District National Park, giving you great views of the rugged scenery at the highest point on Woodhead Pass. The trial also takes in RSPB’s Dearne Valley Old Moor nature reserve as its half-way marker.
If you’re looking to update your electric scooter ahead of your new outing, we can help! Here at DIRT-E Scooters, we have an incredible range of leading electric scooters that includes the best-selling brands Maike and Weped. To find out more about how to find the perfect scooter for you, check out our e-scooter buyer’s guide. Our experts are always on hand to offer you help and advice, give us a ring on 0151 662 0231 or send us an enquiry form on our website.