For over 100 years trains travelled along the Biddulph Valley Way carrying coal from the Potteries to Congleton. Today walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoy this tranquil route away from the roads. To learn more about the history of the Biddulph Valley Way please visit the Activities and Information page.
Bankside trees cast a dappled shade over a variety of wildflowers. In spring as well as the easily recognisable Bluebell and the delicate white Wood Anemone, those with a keen eye may spot the tiny green Moschatel, also known as Town Hall Clock due to its square shaped flower head.
Later in the year look out for Enchanter's-nightshade, which the Anglo-Saxons used as protection against spells which they believed were being cast by elves. Occasionally a fox may be glimpsed trotting along the track, or look skyward and you might notice a buzzard circling overhead, searching for a rabbit to swoop down on.
The Cheshire East section of the Biddulph Valley Way is 3.2km/2 miles long, however the Biddulph Valley Way continues for a further 7.2km/4.5 miles through Staffordshire. The Biddulph Valley Way is part of Route 55 of the National Cycle Network. For details about the network visit the Sustrans website.
Continuing from the Biddulph Valley Way 5.2km/3.2 miles of green-ways lead to the northern edge of Stoke-on-Trent and by following Route 55 then 5 the city centre can be reached on minor roads and through parks.
For more information on the Staffordshire section of the Biddulph Valley Way and greenways visit the Staffordshire Moorland District Council website and the City of Stoke-on-Trent website.