There is a long-term road closure in place as part of the Congleton Bypass contruction work. Sandy Lane can be bypassed, using Blackfirs Lane and Box Lane - see the route sheet. The GPX files have NOT been amended as Sandy Lane is expected to be back in use in due course.
A Staffordshire potter, where should try the local delicacy, the Staffordshire Oakcakes. You can usually have them with a filling of your choice, be it mushrooms, bacon, tomato, or cheese at most cafes in the area.
The start is in Uppermill, Saddleworth. If you drive here, it's handy for M62 junction 22 and there is free all-day parking at the car park by the leisure centre. If arriving by train, Greenfield Station has connections to Manchester and Leeds. TransPennine Trains allow a limited number of bikes on trains which they insist must be pre-booked, a policy strictly observed.