This ride takes in the Middlewood Way, starting at in Rose Hill station (Marple). You ride along the trail to Bollington, where you briefly join the canal – giving you traffic-free access to the cafe at Clarence Mill. You then return along the Marple Canal, rejoining the trail at Higher Poynton.
Distance: 15 miles
Suitable for: Families, tagalongs, trailers
Route: see map
You can jump off at Higher Poynton and go up to Lyme Park. THis route is not advised for bikes with trailers or tagalongs as there’s a very large (and untested) kissing gate that may make it difficult to get past. There is a hill up to the gate the and the track is uneven in places, but the reward is access to Lyme Park, where there’s National Trust cafe, a fantastic adventure play area (suitable for older kids – there’s not much there for littlies), toilets and a shop.