Back o’ th’ Hill

Wide views, interesting corners, and a quiet stretch of canal towpath with a spooky tunnel.

Technical sheet
No. 18778990
A Manchester walk posted on 25/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 26/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 6.33km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 82m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 91m
Highest point Highest point : 196m
Lowest point Lowest point : 94m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.433749° / W 2.084575°
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Description

(D/A) From The Joshua Bradley
 entrance on the main road (Hyde Road), turn right and immediately right again over a stile into a wooded valley.

Descend to the stream, cross and climb up the other side. Bear right and walk up the side of the valley, keeping just inside the woodland edge.

(1) On emerging from the trees walk up to Bowlacre Farm and take a narrow path straight on between wall and hedge. Cross the next field to a kissing gate behind a lone alder tree. Bear right and walk up the right-hand side of the next two fields to a track.

Turn right (signposted Woodley) and follow the track along the contour, ignoring the uphill track through the farms on the left.

(2) Below Back o’ th’ Hill Farm, turn left, passing to the right of the first building (“The Barn”) then between farmhouse and barn to meet the entrance drive. When the drive bends right and downhill, go straight on onto a level path across a field. Cross a stile and follow the bottom edge of the next field to a stile on the right by an isolated house. Turn left and follow the drive out to the road.

(3) Turn right (downhill) to a T-junction; cross over and turn left, with the school on your right. Beyond a left-hand bend, turn right into Greave Fold (“Unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles”) just before the Foresters Arms. Follow this narrow lane between cottages and past a converted chapel; beyond (Whitegates Cottage) follow an alleyway to emerge among modern housing.

Turn left then immediately right along a grassy gap between two houses. Cross a grassy area to join a wall by an old stone slab stile and continue to a metalled road (Healdwood Road).

(4) Turn right (uphill); when the road bends right follow it past a house (Wildervank) and keep on as it degenerates into a track and starts to descend.
Keep left at the Heald Wood interpretative sign and follow the path downhill with an old quarry to your right.

(5) At the bottom of the hill, just beyond a second interpretation board, turn sharp left along the bottom of the wood, with fields on your right. This path is narrow and may be a little overgrown. At a gate before another old quarry, keep right to pass through a hedge, then turn right and skirt the right-hand edge of the field down to a farm. Beyond a menage turn right to meet Hillside Lane.

(6) Turn left to pass under the railway arch. (To avoid Woodley Tunnel, turn right after the railway but before the canal along a metalled alleyway with a “no cycling” sign, and follow Langdale Road; at the end turn left and rejoin the towpath next to Bankfield Road; skip to waypoint (7).)

Otherwise, cross the canal and turn left down the steps to the towpath. Turn left again to pass under the bridge, and follow the canal for 1⁄4 mile to and through Woodley Tunnel.

(7) Beyond the tunnel, pass under the railway bridge and the subsequent bridge 12 and continue along the canal. Pass bridge 11 and continue past open fields, and then the derelict Unity Mill, on the far bank.

At bridge 10, cross the canal and walk up the field to the railway line; turn right to the mill entrance. Turn left over the railway and then left up Poleacre Lane. Turn left again at the main road to return to the Joshua Bradley. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 135m - The Joshua Bradley
1 : km 0.48 - alt. 151m - Bowlacre Farm
2 : km 1.23 - alt. 187m - Back o’ th’ Hill Farm
3 : km 1.85 - alt. 171m - School - Converted chapel
4 : km 2.64 - alt. 157m - Heald Wood interpretative sign
5 : km 3.12 - alt. 141m - Sharp turn
6 : km 3.56 - alt. 116m - Railway arch - Two ways options
7 : km 4.33 - alt. 105m - Railway bridge - Unity Mill
D/A : km 6.33 - alt. 135m - The Joshua Bradley

Useful Information

One gradual climb, and mud may be encountered after rain (particularly at the start). The route described follows the towpath through a 176-yard canal tunnel; although you are always in sight of daylight and there is a handrail between you and the canal, the tunnel is unlit – see text for a bypass route if this does not appeal.

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The Joshua Bradley

Stockport Road, Gee Cross,
Stockport SK14 5EZ
Tel: 0161 406 6776
Website: www.thejoshuabradley.co.uk
Email: joshuabradley@hydesbrewery.com

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Joshua Bradley recognise good beer matters so we have a full range of quality cask ales from Hydes Brewery and rotating guest ales from across the UK, complemented by a fine selection of lagers from around the world. You will not fail to be impressed with our extensive wine selection, brand leading spirits, exceptional malt and freshly brewed coffees.
An exciting blend of top-quality ingredients, many locally sourced, coupled with our Chef’s flair and originality prom- ises a menu selection for all tastes, whether it is a light lunch or an evening dining out with family and friends. Enjoy fresh fish, great steaks or our homemade traditional favourites. You’ll find our range of dishes tremendously tempting.

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