Manchester Critical Mass – October 2018

So it’s Halloween Critical Mass already, and as usual, it only seems like yesterday it was summer. October is always a special Critical Mass, with people getting dressed up and having a bit of Halloween fun.

After a day of slightly rubbish weather, the evening was dry, if a little bit chilly. There was a good turnout, of around 240. We were lacking a soundsystem this month, but we didn’t let this stop us having some fun.

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Getting ready to set off in St Peter’s Square

We set off from our usual starting point in St Peter’s Square and headed down Peter Street. We turned right along Deansgate when we reached the traffic lights and carried on up until we reached Cateanon Street.

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On Peter Street

We turned right onto Cateanon Street and carried onto Hanging Ditch and Exchange Square, passing the stalls being set up for the Christmas Markets.

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On Hanging Ditch/Exchange Square, outside The Corn Exchange

Once we got to Corporation Street, we turned right onto Withy Grove and carried on up Shudehill. We when took a right turn onto Thomas Street and into the Northern Quarter.

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Waiting at the lights on Shudehill

We did a short loop to negotiate the one way system, going onto High Street, Edge Street and back on Thomas Street and High Street.

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Negotiating the cobbles on High Street, a challenge even for witches on a tandem

On High Street, we passed the sad remnants of the recently demolished historic block of 19th buildings, which will no doubt be replaced with faceless apartments.

We carried on along High Street, then turned left onto Church Street. We continued straight along Dale Street, then turned right onto Newton Street.

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Waiting to turn on High Street

We soon reached Piccadilly, where we continued along Portland Street. We did this until we arrived at Oxford Street, where we went left. We carried on onto Oxford Road until we reached Booth Street West.

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On Portland Street

We turned right onto Booth Street West and continued onto Boundary Lane and Bonsall Street. We passed over Princess Road and through Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley campus.

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On Oxford Road

We were now on Old Birley Street. We carried on along here, then turned right onto Greenheys Lane West. We continued onto Alexandra Road until we reached Alexandra Park.

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Riding through a dark Alexandra Park

Once in the park, we headed to the rather wonderful Coffee Cranks Cafe, who’d put on a Halloween In The Park special. Here, we got to enjoy food, drink, music, DJs and a bit warmth. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang around too long.

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Arriving at Coffee Cranks Cafe

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