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The gravitational attraction of cake

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As matter is pulled towards a black hole, groups of cyclists converging from all points of the compass offer a clue that forces of a more calorific nature are at work. And with a 76 metre diameter, riders should find the steel framed structure hard to miss. Coffee and cake loom large; as does the Jodrell Bank radio telescope with the Planet Pavilion & Cafe attracting a steady stream of cyclists out enjoying a ride to the south of Alderley Edge.

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The cafe’s smart and airy seating area extends onto a decked area with the telescope dish providing a suitably grand backdrop. Dedicated bike storage and well-appointed amenities obviously tick boxes as customers walking in cleats can easily outnumber the adjacent Discovery Centre’s visitors.

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Completed in 1957 and still the world’s third largest telescope of its type, the motorised structure contains gun turret mechanisms re-used from Royal Navy battleships. Following its initial tracking of Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, the telescope continues to be operational and used for a range of scientific programmes and observations.

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Located amongst a network of quiet Cheshire lanes and bordered by several Sustrans routes, the site at Jodrell Bank is a popular and convenient stopping point for rides heading south out of Manchester. The cafe is comfortable, the welcome is friendly and the portion size of cakes of a scale that matches the nearby structure. The only problem is down to its popularity. Now where did I leave my bike?

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