Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways, all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community.
And while most routes provide a scenic way to explore the county, others are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters, adding a new thrill to an everyday cycle ride.
Some of Staffordshire’s creepiest bike rides include:
The Roaches – Good challenging cycling territory, with many stories surrounding the eerie hills leading from Leek into the Peak District. The climactic battle of the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight took place in the rocky chasm known as Lud’s Church, while next to Castor’s Bridge are the remains of the house where in the 17th century police arrested a whole family of cannibals.
Hanchurch Woods – This private estate near Stoke-on-Trent also has a challenging six mile mountain bike trail. Pedal quickly though – many paranormal investigators have reported a sense of being watched while staying the night in the woods…
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said:
“If you’re looking for something a little bit different from your cycle ride this Halloween, then Staffordshire has a host of spooky spots waiting to be discovered.
“So whether it’s a haunted trail through the woods, or you’re visiting one of our castles, we’ll have something for you, if you’re brave enough. But remember, if you’re out on your bike when it’s dark, please make sure you have lights and reflectors on your bike and that you are wearing bright or high-vis clothing to ensure you can be seen.”