Brook Bottom & Whitle

A route featuring Mellor Cross, passing through two attractive stone-built hamlets.

Technical sheet
No. 20045580
A New Mills walk posted on 10/03/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 10/03/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.31km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 127m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 125m
Highest point Highest point : 325m
Lowest point Lowest point : 197m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : New Mills
Starting point Starting point : N 53.375574° / W 2.009672°
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Description

(D/A) From New Mills Gold Club Clubhouse, cross Eaves Knoll Road and join the track to Shaw Farm, with the course on your left and a marshy field on your right.

(1) After 400 yards, turn right into the farm entrance. Turn left in the farmyard and walk in front of the farmhouse, joining a track to the right of a wooded valley. Just before a gate, cross a stile on your left, down a few steps into the wood.

Cross a small wooden footbridge then follow the path down to the stream, which you cross on another footbridge (with a footpath sign pointing in the opposite direction). Walk up the other side of the valley and turn right through a stile. Walk downhill along a fenced path with steps, then briefly divert left round a garden, along a permitted path (white arrow).

(2) Follow the drive down to Brook Bottom and the Fox pub. Turn right past the pub, and follow the lane as it winds through the village, climbing past the former chapel.

Pass Higher Cliff Farm on the right and descend beyond to a junction of tracks by The Cottage. Bear right here on a path that climbs gently, with views to the left over the Goyt valley.

After 500 yards, pass a house entrance then turn right onto a stone-setted drive (unsignposted) between the stone cottages of The Banks and onto a path that bears left and climbs to a junction marked by an upright stone.

(3) Turn right here to meet the end of a metalled driveway. Follow this drive gently uphill to the crossroads below Mellor Cross.

(4) Take the rough track opposite, which climbs to the left of the cross and then levels off, with views ahead to Kinder Scout.

Ignore a signposted path over a stone wall stile on the left and at a T-junction of tracks, look out for the old cross base hidden in the wall by the left-hand gate ahead of you.

(5) Turn right at the T-junction and follow the track for a little under half a mile, passing Knapkin Hill Farm before you reach Castle Edge Road at the end of Broadhurst Edge Plantation. Turn right along the road.

After a left-hand bend by the entrance to Castle Hill Farm, take a footpath on the left beside a gate, onto the golf course. Follow the wall on the left (with the course on your right) past the 9th tee.

(6) At a corner, cross a stone stile to the right of a gate, then go through a squeeze stile in the wall on the right. Walk down the narrow field to emerge between two barns to another stile into Whitle.

Turn right through a gate and follow the walled path ahead, which leads back to the golf course via another stile by a second gate. Follow the wall across the course and back to the Clubhouse. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 258m - New Mills Gold Club
1 : km 0.4 - alt. 252m - Stream
2 : km 0.99 - alt. 202m - Village - Fox pub
3 : km 2.08 - alt. 212m - Mellor Cross
4 : km 2.66 - alt. 295m - Views to Kinder Scout
5 : km 3.42 - alt. 308m - Knapkin Hill Farm
6 : km 4.77 - alt. 253m - Whitle
D/A : km 5.31 - alt. 258m - New Mills Gold Club

Useful Information

One significant climb. Paths may be muddy after wet weather and are rocky in places.

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New Mills Gold Club
Shaw Marsh, New Mills,
High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 4QE
Satnav: SK22 3BW St Marys Road
Web www.newmillsgolfclub.co.uk
Tel 01663 743485

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

  • Roman Lakes was the millpond for Mellor Mill, a six-storey cotton mill built by Samuel Oldknow in 1793 and burnt down in 1892. The main lake is now used for fishing and other recreation and attracts waterfowl such as Goosanders and Great Crested Grebes.
  • Black Lane, above Mellor Cross, offers dramatic views to Kinder Scout.
  • Brook Bottom is an isolated but attractive stone-built hamlet at the end of a no-through road from New Mills. It retains a popular pub, the Fox, and most of its buildings are listed by Historic England. The boundary between Derbyshire and Greater Manchester follows the stream through the village.
  • Mellor Cross, recently restored after losing its top, was erected by Marple Churches Together in 1969 and commands a fine view over Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. John Wesley is said to have admired the prospect.

Edith Nesbit immortalised the surrounding area in The Railway Children and adopted the name Three Chimneys for the house on the moors above the railway where the children come to stay with their mother.

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