- From - To: Preston - Ironbridge
- Distance: 111 miles
- Terrain: Traffic free sections and quiet roads
- Access: Various
- National Cycle Network: National Route 55
- Current closures/diversions on this route
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 onto Marple.
The Middlewood Way runs close to the Macclesfield Canal, and there are many options for easy circular walks.
Things to see and do
In Manchester, Routes 6 and 55, together with the Irwell River path around Regent Road and Irwell Street, will be subject to disruption and local diversions for 2015 and 2016. This is due to the construction of a new rail link from Manchester Victoria to Manchester Oxford Road: the Ordsall Chord. This project is due for completion by December 2017.
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
National Route 55 of the National Cycle Network when complete will connect Ironbridge to Preston via Stafford, Macclesfield, Stockport and Wigan or Bolton. Between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent the route follows National Route 5.
Please note: Diversions on route, see below.