I have just been for a mooch down the back of Marple Hall to see how the new path is progressing. At the risk of incurring the wrath of the 'tree lovers' - it's looking good. As you walk along the top it's obvious that a lot of trees have had to be removed or severely cut back but you can now see down to the river and into the valley.
Although the path is not yet finished it was walkable on - with permission from the workmen there. They have been busy putting in a decent fence and planting young trees (including beech). No doubt the brambles will recover - just look, for example, how often things have to be cut back along the Middlewood Way.
The new path, when finished, will mean that people with pushchairs or wheelchairs will have access to Otterspool and Chadkirk (once the new bridge has been built) without having to walk down the awful stretch of footpath from the bottom of Dan Bank as far as the Hare and Hounds.
I, for one, welcome the progress that has been made to open up the area for all users (but let's hope, not off road motorbikes).