Moderate, Multi-stage

GM Ringway Stage 5 Middlewood – Strines

Stockport

5.8 - 8.5 miles long

Middlewood Way

Middlewood Way © Dr Andrew Read

The facade of Lyme Hall

The facade of Lyme Hall © Dr Andrew Read

A path through Disley Golf Course

A path through Disley Golf Course

The Peak Forest Canal near Strines

The Peak Forest Canal near Strines © Dr Andrew Read

The dovecote at Strines Printworks

The dovecote at Strines Printworks © Dr Andrew Read

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Overview

This is one of the 20 stages of the GM Ringway – the new walking trail for Greater Manchester.

Stage 5 takes us right to the edge of the Peak District.

Highlights include:
– Colourful forest paths in Middle Wood and Disleybank Wood
– Sections of the pretty Macclesfield Canal and Peak Forest Canal
– Quiet paths along Bollinghurst Brook
– Heritage and classic scenery in Lyme Park with its Grade I-listed hall
– Fine views towards Mellor Moor and the Peak from Marple Ridge
– The old textile-printing settlement of Strines.

The shorter, more direct version of this stage is only 5.8 miles long. The longer version (8.5 miles long, shown as a diversion on the Plotaroute map) uses lovely paths to visit Lyme Park and its famous hall.

The route can followed, downloaded or printed using the Viewranger app or website (registration needed) or the mobile-friendly Plotaroute site. To use Plotaroute on your phone’s browser, simply click the map. Then, when you’re ready to start walking, click the tracker icon (bottom right) to show your position as you follow the route. We recommend carrying an additional power source and/or map when following online routes on your phone.

Accessibility and facilities

Both route options include more ups and downs than the previous stages, especially in Lyme Park and Disleybank Wood. There will, of course, be muddy sections after wet weather. Because of the varied terrain, the overall walk is not wheelchair or pushchair-friendly. However, there are several well-surfaced and gently graded paths within Lyme Park; accessibility details can be found here. We hope to identify and map more accessible sections of the GM Ringway when funding allows.

Public toilets including accessible facilities, as well as refreshments opportunities, can be found at the Timber Yard on the Lyme Park extension part of the walk only.

How to get there

All stages of the GM Ringway can be accessed by public transport. This stage starts at Middlewood train station, served by direct trains from Manchester and Stockpot. It finishes at Strines station with a service to Manchester (but not Stockport). From Stockport town centre, buses also run to High Lane, from where you can follow the Middlewood Way for about 0.5 miles/800m south to the Middlewood Station. At the end, buses also leave from Strines Road back to Stockport.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start and end points, click the Google Maps links on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. Then, for public transport options, click the train icon. Alternatively, input the postcodes shown on this page into the Traveline journey planner.

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