Rosehill to Compstall Route.
The advantage of this Route is that it is practically already there and merely needs signing, however if Stockport is to raise its image then some work needs to be done to make it really acceptable.
The route can be followed with the aid of an AtoZ.
Leaving the Councilâ€™s Waste Disposal Point at Rosehill the route crosses Stockport Rd. via a Pedestrian crossing and enters Dale Rd. From here it turns into Bowden Lane. Shortly after entering Bowden Lane there is a traditional footpath running through the Ley Hey Estate and round the back of the Cricket Field until itemerges at Grosvenor Road . Walkers would take this route whilst Cyclists would continue along Bowden Lane and into Norbury Drive and Oakdene Road until they are reunited with the Walkers at Grosvenor Rd.
Grosvenor Rd. leads down to the Canal with its attractions of the Aqueduct and the Flight of Locks. British Waterways are already considering placing an Information Board here. Further Information could direct Leisure Users back into Marple via the Memorial Park giving access to the Cafes etc. or in the other direction to Romiley & Chadkirk Chapel.
The Canal is crossed by a Footbridge and the Route descends into Brabyns Park by means of some steep steps. At present these are not ideal even for an unencumbered walker and are almost impossible for anyone with a Pushchair or Cycle. It was here that the Environment Agency were willing to contribute Â£10,000 to make the access suitable for everyone including the disabled, however the Council thought otherwise.
Heading towards Brabyns Park the Route crosses the Railway and there is a possibility that Sustrans could source money to provide a second entrance to the Station thus giving local people a more pleasant entry to the Station than having to deal with Brabyns Brow, and provide Rail Users with immediate access to Brabyns Park and the Route.
The route down into the Park is already there but will need re-surfacing to make it really acceptable. Once in the Park Leisure Users can be directed to the attractive area of Marple Bridge with its Pubs, Cafes, Bookshop, Art gallery etc. or onwards to cross the Hopefully Restored Iron Bridge and thence into Etherow Country Park, which must make a considerably more attractive terminus for the Middlewood Way than the current Council Refuse Tip.