Discover the Middlewood Way
The Middlewood Way is a 10 mile traffic-free trail created from a former railway line in Cheshire. This footpath passes by my childhood home and over the years I’ve spent many hours walking, cycling and horse-riding up and down the track. This weekend during a visit home I took the dogs for a walk along Middlewood to admire the late autumn scenery of orange leaves crunching underfoot.
In an attempt to revive Bollington’s struggling cotton industry, in 1863 the idea of a direct Macclesfield to Marple line, which would then link to the Manchester line, was proposed. A single-track opened to carry passengers in 1869, with goods including stone from the quarries of Kerridge and coal from Poynton’s colleries following in 1870. The Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway was finally completed in 1871.
By 1970 the line was closed due to a lack of profit and over the following years the stations along it were demolished. In 1985 the trackbed was turned into the Middlewood Way creating a footpath leading between these historic mill towns.
Today the Middlewood Way has a split path for most of it’s length separating walkers from cyclists and horse riders. Although muddy in parts it is generally well maintained, providing a flat easy route which can be linked to a longer walk on the Macclesfield Canal or in Lyme Park.
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