Fields and wooded stream valleys on the fringes of Delamere Forest.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the car park, turn left and over the railway bridge. After 200 yards, turn left through a metal gate into a fenced path across fields, which leads to a driveway. Follow the drive out to the road.
(1) Turn right for a few yards, then left into another driveway, with a footpath sign. Go through a gate on your right and cross two paddocks to a gate by an old stone stile. Follow the gravelled path beyond to the left and right along the bottom of the field to emerge onto another road by a converted chapel. Turn left, and after 350 yards turn right into Moss Lane.
(2) Just before Moss Drive on the right, turn left over a stile into a narrow path beside a bungalow. After a second stile, turn right over a third and walk half-left across the field to another stile in the far corner. Walk along the lefthand edge of the next field, then cross a series of stiles to pass between a tennis court and the adjacent property. After yet another stile, cross the field to the rear of another house then follow a narrow fenced path left and out to the road and turn right (ignoring the road opposite).
(3) Follow Pingot Lane to the B5393. Cross over and follow a footpath opposite, through a kissing gate to the left of a large boulder in a stone wall. Beyond another kissing gate, just short of a farmhouse, swing right and walk out to the road.
(4) Turn left along the road to Manley Common. When the road swings left, take the right-hand of two paths leading straight ahead, over a stile to the right of a hedge. At the end of the field turn right along the hedge. After a stile at the top of a slope, turn right and walk along the top of the field to a stile into a wood above a stream. Follow the narrow path through the trees to another stile out into a field. Skirt the edge of the field then turn right into the trees again, descending steeply to a footbridge. Follow the field edge for a short distance then strike out across two fields.
(5) At the end of the second field, follow the hedge to the right, then swing left under a railway bridge to meet a road. Turn left and follow the road to Brine’s Brow. Keep straight on at the crossroads, heading uphill (signposted Kelsall).
(6) At a small grass triangle, turn right into Old Lane. At a fork, take the upper, left-hand lane. Follow this quiet, narrow lane for half a mile, passing a row of cottages then descending to pass some fishing lakes on your right.
(7) Shortly after a line of telegraph poles, turn right through a kissing gate on your right and follow the field edge into the wood by a stream. When you emerge on the B5393, turn right. Cross the end of Delamere Road and walk up the hill back to the Goshawk.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 57m - Car park
1 : km 0.55 - alt. 67m - Smithy Lane
2 : km 1.48 - alt. 76m - Moss Drive
3 : km 2.16 - alt. 80m - Pingot Lane
4 : km 2.85 - alt. 93m - New Pale Road
5 : km 4.47 - alt. 60m - Railway bridge
6 : km 5.1 - alt. 76m - Grass triangle
7 : km 6.11 - alt. 49m - Kissing gate
D/A : km 6.63 - alt. 57m - Car park
May be muddy in places after rain; numerous stiles.
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