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Overview

This walk starts on the Middlewood Way and continues across several scenic fields and woods in between two canals, Macclesfield Canal and Peak Forest Canal. There is ascent and descent throughout but this is mostly mild and easy. Footpath in Torkington Wood can be narrow and tricky. Expect some areas to be very muddy. In very wet or other bad weather conditions this walk might be cut short to just over 8 miles.

Train-based walk

Leader: Annie

Ascent: 200 metres

Transport to Walk Start: 09:51 train from Manchester Piccadilly station (final destination Rose Hill Marple).

Meet Point:  Near the ticket barriers at Piccadilly Station. Alternatively, meet the group on the train or at Rose Hill Marple Station.

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Day Return to Rose Hill Marple £6.70

Walk Start: Rose Hill Marple Train Station at 10:25

Return Services: 15.12 (if walk has finished by this time), 16.11, 16.43, 17.43, 18.10, 19.12, 19.42, then last train at 20:43.

Waypoints: Middlewood Way, Torkington Wood, Torkington Brook, Marple Golf Course, Macclesfield Canal, Hunters  Park Farm, Holly Trail, Peak Forest Canal, Stanley Hall Wood, Lomber Hey Farm, Windlehurst, Middlewood Way.

Extra:  No toilets at walk start or en route. Not suitable for dogs. Optional drinks at the end of the walk at The Railway pub beside the station.

Saturday, 9 December 2023
Start time:
10:25 am
Estimated finish time:
4:00 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
15.3km / 9.5mi
Ascent:
200m / 656ft
Type:
circular

Features

  • Refreshments available (Pub/cafe)
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Car parking available
  • No car needed

Starting point

Grid reference:
SJ 95043 88799
Nearest postcode:
SK6 6EE
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Start time:
10:25 am

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking