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 via some very attractive landscapes. The route uses lovely paths to explore the National Trust’s Lyme Park estate and its famous hall. A diversion is shown on the Plotaroute map that avoids the high stiles needed to enter Lyme Park.
The route can be followed, downloaded or printed using 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.
– 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.
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Accessibility and facilities
– Toilet facilities
– Cafe or pub nearby
– Dogs permitted (on a lead)
– Transport via bus, or train
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 will be adding step-free and shorter walks on parts of the GM Ringway over the next few months.
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
Start point Middlewood train station SK6 8AU
End point Strines train station SK22 3AL
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 Stockport. 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.