Distance: 3.3km /2.1miles (Cheshire section)
Time: Approx. 45 mins (from end to end)
Map: OS Explorer 268
Terrain: Flat with a firm surface. Parallel soft track for cantering for a stretch.
Barriers: Some gates
Toilets: None on site
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.
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.
Cheshire East Council own and manage a 3.2km (2 mile) length of The Biddulph Valley Way from just outside Congleton town centre to the county border. The route then continues into Staffordshire for a further 6.4km (4 miles) finishing south of Biddulph.
The Biddulph Valley Way is accessible at all times from the Car Park off Brunswick Street, Congleton and via the local public rights of way network.
Full Address: Car Park Off Brunswick Street , Congleton , Cheshire , CW12 1RG