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The Middlewood Way is an 11-mile shared use path in north-west England, between Macclesfield and Rose Hill, Marple; it was opened on 30 May 1985 by Dr David Bellamy. The Middlewood Way follows the route of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple railway, which had operated between 1869 and 1970.

The route is 11 miles one way all accessible. 

🅿️Nelson Pit Visitor Centre,
Higher Poynton,
SK12 1TH


🚻Toilets at Bollington and Nelson Pit Car Parks

Our first visit here we started from Nelson Pit visitor centre. The centre has a large informative display about the history of the local area and specifically the origins of the Middlewood Way and the local canal network. We did actually do  a circular walk returning along the canal which was nice and all wheelchair friendly. Once on the path you just follow it straight, you can turn back at any point or pick up a circular walk map from the visitor centre coming back along the canal.

 The walk is along a forme railway line. Called the Macclesfield-BollingtonMarple Railway it opened in 1869 and closed in 1970. The bridges along the line were strengthened using box like frames of old rails.lean and stylish font favored by designers. It's easy on the eyes and a great go-to font for titles, paragraphs & more.

Of course Ariya  likes to think she is a Queen sat on the throne. Not quite sure what these steps are possible used to get on the platform maybe?

We chose to drop down at Bollington and visit the play area and toilets. The path down is steep and has small steps but hubby managed to get me down safely. This is also where we joined the canal path for a short section too.

The canal path was lovely, we passed old Mills possibly offices now as well looked after. We followed OS Maps and picked up a route back to Middleton Way as it was getting dark but hopefully we will continue with other sections of this trail as it was great for the terrain wheelchair.

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