When complete, Route 55 will connect Ironbridge to Preston via Stafford, Macclesfield, Stockport and Wigan or Bolton. Between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent the route follows Route 5.
The first complete part of Route 55 is known as the Biddulph Valley Way and runs along a disused railway line between Congleton and Biddulph through the pretty Dane-in-Shaw valley.
The route continues on rural roads to Macclesfield, taking you through the outskirts of the city and then into the centre. Here you join another traffic-free section called the Middlewood Way which takes you on to Marple.
The Middlewood Way runs close to the Macclesfield Canal and there are many options for easy circular walks. The Macclesfield Canal passes through some lovely green and rural surroundings. Those interested in history will appreciate the Victorian mills and warehouses which can be seen near the canal.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.