Middlewood way is a unique 10 mile (16km) multipurpose linear park that runs between Macclesfield and Rose Hill, Marple.
Dr David Bellamy opened the route on the 30th of May 1985.
Middlewood Way follows the route of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple railway, which had operated between 1869 and 1970. The Middlewood Way serves the needs of walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, joggers and horse riders and plays host to a wide range of flora and fauna. It runs approximately parallel to the Macclesfield Canal and passes through Bollington and Higher Poynton. It can be reached by rail at Macclesfield, Middlewood and Rose Hill Marple.
The trail from Middlewood to Rose Hill is rough and badly maintained and is probably best suited to those on foot or cyclists on mountain bikes and hybrids. You could not use the route with a wheelchair or a young cyclist. The exception to this is the tarmac section between Bollington and Macclesfield, which is suitable for all cycles, wheelchairs.
The trail forms part of National Cycle Network Route 55 from Ironbridge to Preston.