Thanks everyone. Lots of useful routes for me to look at. I don't want a completely off road route but do like using alternatives to roads where they exist. I really don't fancy the hill on Styal road as it's a nightmare to drive never mind cycle. I don't mind going through quiet places too much. I was driving Stanneylands Road recently when Styal Road was closed and it is not a bad option as long as no traffice is diverted that way. I'll have a good look at all routes and hopefully venture out once the weather is better and it's lighter !