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Middlewood Way

Cheshire, Gtr Manchester

18 km / 11 miles
The Middlewood Way offers a mostly level and traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders. It follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill towns, running parallel with the Macclesfield Canal, providing easy circular walk options.

Both the railway and canal were formerly used for transport for local industries, the railway operating from 1869-1970 carrying cotton, silk, coal and passengers. Both are now multi-user leisure routes.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start: SJ948887 - Marple, Gtr Manchester View on StreetMap
Finish: SJ918737 - Macclesfield, Cheshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Stockport MBC - Middlewood Way Cheshire East Council - Middlewood Way Middlewood Way [YouTube video]


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 109, 118
OS Landranger Active 109, 118
OS Explorer 1, 24, 268, 277
OS Explorer Active 1, 24, 268, 277

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

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Route Profile:

16.1 km (10.0 miles)
139 m (456 ft) ascent
163 m (535 ft)  maximum height

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