routes are regularly used by cyclists but this does not necessarily mean a Right
of Way exists. Please take care when meeting other route users particularly pedestrians
Way (Rosehill Marple) to Chadkirk Chapel
the Middlewood Way follow the NCN signs to Chadkirk.
When you have crossed the river by the Connect2 Bridge
turn right for the Chapel and Romiley,
or left for Otterspool and Stockport.
The route continues past the Chapel and up a steep hill towards Romiley
where you will come to a steep set of steps leading up to the canal.
These are difficult to carry a bike up, so probably better to carry on up the road into Romiley (shops & cafes) and return back down to the canal via the road between Sainsbury's and the Bank that goes through the Paper Works. Once through the works follow the track round past Hyde Bank Farm (a cafe) and then after 100 yards or so
look for a narrow set of steps
with a bicycle wheeling channel
to go down to the canal
and on to Marple.
After crossing the Aqueduct over the River Goyt you shortly cross to the otherside of the canal.When you reach the 7th Lock you have 4 options.
1:- Cross back over the canal by a narrow bridge and continue up the track opposite to a T junction at Oakdene Rd. Turn left and follow this road all the way to Bowden Lane. Turn right and over the railway then turn left
onto Dale Rd. Continue to the main road and Middlewood Way is opposite.
2:- After about 100yards there is a gap in the wall to a track that leads down into Babyns Park which is below you and on your left. Follow this track through the Park and over the Iron Bridge and on the the main road in Compstall. Turn left and shortly turn right, by the Post Office and into Etherow Country Park. The way back is the reverse and then follow Option 1.
3:- After about 100yards there is a gap in the wall to a track that leads down into Babyns Park. Where the track crosses a metalled road turn right and follow this to Marple Bridge (cafes). Turn left then right at the traffic lights.
At the end of the shops a track on the right leads to Roman Lakes (cafe).
After passing Roman Lakes continue until you reach a Pack Horse Bridge over the River Goyt. Cross the river and follow up to a main road which you cross to reach the canal and turn right for Marple and the Middlewood Way.
4:- Stay on the canal bank, cross Brabyns Brow and onward into Marple.
The Memorial Park on the right takes you to Marple Centre (shops & cafes).
Continueing on takes you to the junction of the Peak Forest Canal
for Whalley Bridge, and the Macclesfield Canal that runs roughly parallel to the Middlewood way and on to Macclesfield. The canal route can be easily left by a Marina where turn right to get back onto the Middlewood Way.
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