CV#01 – Bridgewater Way & Transpennine Trail

The Mersey and TPTThe CV (CoronaVirus) lockdown has been upon us for what seems like ages but is actually just 2 or 3 weeks now. Public transport is off limits for all but essential travel for everyone, but particularly for us since we are in an at-risk group due to age and I had that pulmonary embolism a few years back that we think weakened one of my lungs.

For the forseeable future it’s quick walks into town for supplies and longer exercise walks from the door, maintaining distance from other people. The idea for this circuit came from a forced (effectively) 15-mile return walk to my regular NHS appointment for an INR checkup last week, it has temporarily been relocated to the main hospital around 8 miles away:- no way would I risk taking a bus confined with other people and the potential viral load in such an enclosed space.

This local circuit follows the Bridgewater Way along the canal to join the Transpennine Trail at the NCN 62 cycle route that meets the River Mersey and returns on tracks and lanes through woodland and countryside to the west.

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4 thoughts on “CV#01 – Bridgewater Way & Transpennine Trail

  1. Perfect way to combine daily exercise with a safe way to attend an essential appointment. My local fields are not terribly inspiring and I’m supporting the local farmers requests not risk spreading the virus by walking through farmyards and over stiles etc. I’m cycling every day from home, between 10-20 miles to stay fit and outdoors and combining that with visits to local farm shops and butchers to support the local economy as best I can. All the best and hope you are both staying safe and well.

  2. Thanks Andy, all is going well so far on the CV front, in fact apart from the entrance queues at the supermarkets, daily life is exactly as normal for us – we never meet anyone anyway!.
    Local countryside tracks may not be like the mountains and wild moorlands but it’s all relative, compared to the surrounding urban density it’s peaceful and enjoyable. We could do with more up-and-down to utilize different muscles, it’s nearly as flat as a pancake hereabouts.
    There were plenty of cyclists about on this route, good fitness training but neither of us ever learned to cycle.

  3. I cycle several times a week and aim to 100 miles in total each week. However, cycling doesn’t really get you hill fit. It takes a few outings on the hills to get those muscles used to climbing uphill again. I wasn’t able to do any overnight trips for a couple of years after a bowel cancer operation in December 2016. However, cycling and day walks helped me get fit again. I did a couple of overnighters last year and was looking forward to doing more this year. However, as we live out in the countryside it’s still possible to cycle and keep away from populated spots, so maintaining the two metre distance.

  4. Hi Ian.
    Yes indeed, it’s often said that the best, maybe the only, good training for climbing hills is climbing hills.
    The cycling, if we could do it, would at least get the heart and lungs going regularly. Years ago we benefited a lot from an exercise bike of the resistance type that exercised the arms and upper body as well.
    We’re not optimistic about any predictions for lifting restrictions, but we’re hoping 2020 isn’t a total dud for backpacking.
    We hope your recovery continues to go well after the operation.

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