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Middlewood Way

18 km / 11 miles

Cheshire, Gtr Manchester
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
Easy; Former Railway; Horse Ride (Multi User); Canal
SJ948887 - Marple, Gtr Manchester
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SJ918737 - Macclesfield, Cheshire
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Middlewood Way (Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - 2004)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Walkers are Welcome
3 Km
5 Km
Walkers are Welcome
< 1 Km
13 Km
Kerridge End Holiday Cottages  (bookable online)
2 Km
15 Km

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Route Profile:

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