I live in Macclesfield, and I set up this website for no better reason than wanting to promote walking and cycling in the countryside around Macclesfield. In fact this website just started out as a set of walking and cycling routes. However, there are many more countryside pursuits than just walking and cycling, so it quickly grew into a comprehensive, single-point resource of information on all aspects of Macclesfield outdoors.
I first got the idea for the Macclesfield Outdoors website when my wife and I moved to Macclesfield in 2006. Once we’d moved in I started looking on the internet for suitable local walking and cycling guides. While I found some websites with information about walks and cycle routes near to Macclesfield, this information was spread over several websites, some of which are not easy to find (refer to the Links pages). So it occurred to me that it would be beneficial to have information about all outdoor pursuits, and their availability in the countryside around Macclesfield, on ONE website.
I started designing the Macclesfield Outdoors website during the Christmas break in 2006, and was inspired further by going for a few walks in and around Macclesfield Forest and Tegg’s Nose, and a few cycle rides along the lanes and bridleways between Macclesfield and Alderley Edge. In fact I came up with the routes for Walk 1 and Cycle Route 1 during that time.
Since then, I have been adding to the website, with more walking and cycling routes, and the addition of information on other activities such as orienteering, horse riding and rock climbing. To make this website a complete and single source of information on all things outdoors in and around Macclesfield, I’ve included information on local public transport, places to visit, ease of access, accommodation, and places to eat and drink along the way.
My wife, Janie, also enjoyed the walks that we followed, in and around Macclesfield. In fact, she used to ‘test’ my walking route directions with me. Janie died from cancer at the end of 2011. I wrote a walking guide “Walks from the Vale Inn” in 2011, and this is on sale at the Vale Inn (in Bollington). All proceeds from the walking guide are donated to Cancer Research UK. Janie supported Cancer Research during her life, believing that, given the choice, charitable donations are better spent on research than care. Lee Wainwright, landlord at the Vale, and I have donated several hundred pounds to Cancer Research during 2012, thanks to the people who have bought the guide.
I am open to any suggestions for improvements or additions to Macclesfield-Outdoors - please send any comments through the Contact Us page.
Hope you enjoy the outdoors!