From quiet country lanes to serious downhills and awesome offroading, you’ll be sure to find a cycle route that suits you in the Macclesfield area. Take a gentle cycle along the Middlewood Way (pictured here), a pleasant 10-mile route along a disused railway from Macclesfield to Marple. Cycle along the narrow lanes between the farms to the south and west of Macclesfield. The Cheshire Cycleway follows a 176 mile route, and passes through Bollington on its way over the heights to Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough. I am often asked whether there is anywhere to hire bicycles in or near Macclesfield - unfortunately I don't know of any.

The cycle routes described here all start close to Macclesfield. The routes mostly follow quiet lanes or bridleways, and are all circular routes (starting and finishing at the same point) of varying distances and difficulty levels. There are no off-road, or mountain biking routes presented here. For mountain biking routes around Macclesfield, try

Here’s a summary of the routes:

Alderley and Henbury 14.5 miles (23.3 km) Easy to Medium
Macclesfield Circular 16.9 miles (27.2 km) Easy to Medium
Prestbury, Adlington, Bollington 14.4 miles (23.2 km) Medium
Macclesfield South and West 25.6 miles (41.1 km) Easy to medium


On all cycle route pages a printable PDF-format route card and map are available for each walk. An estimated time is given for each route. The route card contains step-by-step instructions for navigating the route, including map references, compass directions and ascent/descent figures. The map is a copy of the local OS map, with the route superimposed. These may be printed to take on the cycle with you. Note that the PDF-format map files are about 6Mb each, so may take a few minutes to download on a slow internet connection.

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As an alternative to downloading the PDF files, the route (directions only) is available as a plain page for each route.

Also at the bottom of each cycle route page is a button to download a GPS file for the cycle route. Right-click on this and select ‘Save link as’ or ‘Save target as’. The files are in a GPX (GPS eXchange) format because this can be read by most different models and makes of GPS receiver, and opened by most mapping software, including Google Earth (Plus version only), Memory Map, Anquet Maps and Tracklogs.

All of the routes have been tried and tested, so hopefully the directions will be sufficiently clear. However, what may be clear to us may not be clear to everyone! If you have any comments about the routes, please send them to us, and we’ll update the details accordingly.