Black Rocks & Bollinhurst Reservoir from Disley

This is a nice short walk offering wonderful views. The seasonal colour changes of the countryside make this Cheshire walk worth repeating during the year. The route starts from Disley and climbs onto Black Rocks offering some great views.

Technical sheet
No. 293197
A Disley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 8.01km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 218m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 215m
Highest point Highest point : 397m
Lowest point Lowest point : 189m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Disley
Starting point Starting point : N 53.358536° / W 2.042409°
Download : -


(D/A)The start is from Disley on the A6, south of Stockport. Proceed up the minor road to the left of the Ram's Head (grid ref SJ974846) then turn right at the second road on the right. On reaching 'The Quaker Meeting House' turn left then right, to follow the footpath behind the houses. This footpath keeps to the boundary of the housing estate then turns left into the estate. At this point turn right to the top of the cul-de-sac then up the path on the left. On reaching a further path turn right down behind a house over a stile and up to Green Lane (grid ref 976840).

(1)Turn left along this pleasant lane with its views of 'The Cage' in Lyme Park on your right. Just after the house on your right follow the bridleway straight on through some woods until you reach a stile, a bridleway and direction signs (grid ref 981832). Turn right down the bridleway in the direction of East Lodge passing the conservation area with its signs on your left. Just prior to reaching the Lodge turn left over the stile with its footpath sign (grid ref 977830). The clearly marked footpath proceeds over the fields to the remains of some buildings in trees. Go over the stream to your left and a stile towards a low barn. Keep to the left of this barn up to the road (grid ref 982827).

(2)On reaching the road turn right passing Bolder Hall on your left. Go over the stile with its direction sign to 'Black Rocks' passing through a small field and over a further stile to reach a fingerpost sign. Do not turn left but keep straight-on through the wall then left over a wire fence aiming for top of the ridge where the wall ahead crosses over (grid ref 988825). Note there is no right of way on the wide path to your left that runs diagonally to the ridge. On reaching the ridge follow the path left.

(3)Now it's views all the way along the ridge, on the left is Cheshire with the Peak District on your right. The path descends to a small field. Keep to the wall on the left then over the stile just after the gate. Head diagonally left for the corner of a wall (grid ref 985835). Here you will the see a further stile ahead and the path leading to the road. Cross over the road and stile and on reaching a wider path turn left. You will recognise this path as the one you used on the way up. On reaching the stile do not go over this time but turn right to follow the path that descends at first through woods and then alongside the boundary wall of Bollinhurst Reservoir to Cockhead Farm (grid ref 972837). On reaching the farm turn right along the lane then left at Green Lane to follow the lane back to Disley. If you have started from the railway station there is a footpath at the corner on your left, which leads down steps to the station.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 192m - Start: Disley train station
1 : km 0.94 - alt. 235m - Turn left along Green Lane
2 : km 3.18 - alt. 284m - Turn right along road past Bolder Hall
3 : km 4.01 - alt. 397m - Follow path left along ridge
D/A : km 8.01 - alt. 192m - Finish: Disley train station

Useful Information

The start is from Disley on the A6, south of Stockport, convenient for anyone travelling by bus, rail or car.

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

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.44/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4.33/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 4.67/5

on Mon 27 Sep 2021 10:18:38 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 27/09/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Stunning walk with great views but following description had difficulty in finding way at beginning - i.e. from turning right at top of cul-de-sac to Green lane and finding path to road after the reservoir as the shortest way was to turn right not go straight on but this was our mistake - the signpost said straight on.

on Mon 30 Dec 2019 19:44:26 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 30/12/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We got lost! A little bit more detail wouldn’t go amiss, we went wrong on section 2 but didn’t realise because there were lots of styles and gates so convinced ourselves we were on the right track. Could you specify how far to walk between major milestones?

on Wed 24 Apr 2019 13:04:48 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 24/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A good steady Sunday Morning Walk

Other walks in the area

distance 83.68km Vertical gain +1687m Vertical drop -1753m Durée 3 days Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

A three day trail starting at Disley and finishing at Kidsgrove. The route is split to enable either a stopover or return journey from Macclesfield and Congleton. Transport is by rail, starting at Disley Station (possible use of Macclesfield Station and Congleton Station) and terminating at Kidsgrove Station.

distance 24.02km Vertical gain +607m Vertical drop -658m Durée 8h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This first stage starts at Disley Station, goes through Lime Park and up to the Bow Stones, over Sponds Hill (410m), past Bollington and on to the Saddle of Kerridge (over White Nancy), Tegg's Nose and down to Langley. At this point, this route leaves the trail to drop down to Macclesfield past The Hollins.

Disley, the Bowstones and Bramhall
distance 21.37km Vertical gain +236m Vertical drop -349m Durée 6h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

A route around the hills surrounding Lyme Park and finishing with a delightful section of Ladybrook valley to Bramhall. The regular (twice hourly) between the train stations makes this a viable point-to-point walk.

distance 8.29km Vertical gain +201m Vertical drop -203m Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Disley - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk starts from Disley and explores Lyme Park including Cage Hill. The route keeps to low level paths so is ideal for those cloudy days when the bigger hills are covered in mist.

distance 8.43km Vertical gain +111m Vertical drop -111m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Lyme Park is administered by the National Trust. The grounds are free to enter on foot, but a fee must be paid to enter the house.

distance 4.41km Vertical gain +33m Vertical drop -33m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A surprisingly varied route visiting a former industrial site now converted to a popular nature reserve, and sampling both the Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way.

distance 6.97km Vertical gain +77m Vertical drop -75m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Sample both the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals, returning via Disley Golf Course.

distance 6.37km Vertical gain +131m Vertical drop -131m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lyme Handley - Cheshire

This Cheshire walk explores Lyme Park and the lanes around Disley. Most of the route is within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.