Walks and trails

3. Middlewood Way

The Middlewood Way, a former railway linking Marple with Macclesfield, offers a variety of recreational opportunities. There is walking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching and picnicking.

For horse riders the Way offers a traffic-free ride from Marple to Bollington - along the specially constructed bridleway.

The Way is also open to cyclists and provides the ideal opportunity for a quiet and enjoyable family outing. Picnic sites are situated at various points along the trail and cycle hire is available from Grimshaw Lane, Bollington.

The Middlewood Way offers walkers an 11 mile route from Marple to Macclesfield. It also offers a number of alternative routes and circular walks via Macclesfield Canal and Ladybrook Valley.

For route information and maps go to the Long Distance Walkers Association.