Farmland walking along tracks and field paths, returning via Saltersley Hall and an area of heathery peatland.
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 entrance, turn right. After a very short distance, opposite a road on the left, turn right over a stile by a gate. Follow the tree-lined path to a stile into fields. Follow the left-hand side of the first field, then cross another stile and walk down the middle of a second field, under a line of pylons. Cross another stile into a paddock and walk up to the house beyond. A final stile gives access to the corner of the garden, which you exit via the drive.
(1) On meeting Moss Lane, take a step or two to the right then turn left along a hedged path between gardens. After passing farm buildings on your left and a house on your right, join a surfaced lane (Graveyard Lane). Follow the lane past the Quaker graveyard on your right; at Graveyard Farm ignore a footpath that crosses perpendicularly.
(2) As you approach the road, turn right across a field and down a narrow path between mobile homes; take the continuing grassed footpath opposite, then take a couple of steps to the left and follow the continuation of the path to a stile into open fields. Walk along the left-hand edge of the field to a gateway, and continue to the road, with a reedy pond in the field away to your right. Cross the road and go through the kissing gate opposite. Bear right over a bridge across a stream and continue to a kissing gate into another road opposite a farm dated “Circa 1820”.
(3) Turn right to a road junction, and then left. After a short distance, just before a road sign on the right, turn right through a hand-gate onto a public footpath (unsignposted in January 2018). Turn left then right to follow an old hedge and ditch on your right across the former golf course. At a pond, turn left and cross the former fairway to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and follow the farm drive ahead of you towards Hollingee Farm.
(4) At the farm entrance, turn right over a stile and follow the fence with farm buildings on your left. At the end of the fence, cross another stile and bear slightly left to the far left-hand corner of the field. Go over a stile into a belt of woodland and take a narrow path through the trees off to the left. At the end of the wooded section, drop down to a stile on your left, then bear right up a slight hill. Follow a couple of waymark posts to a double stile and beyond it follow the hedgerow on your right. After a stile and gateway in the corner, cross the field ahead of you, heading for the buildings of Saltersley Hall. Cross a stile into a farm track and turn right towards the farmhouse.
Before the farm, above a small pond on the right, turn right over a stile and down steps. The path follows the edge of the wood before turning left into the trees, twisting right and left to a footbridge over a woodland ditch. Continue along the path through the birches to a metal footbridge onto a track crossing the former peat diggings. Take a step or two to the right then continue over a second footbridge opposite. The path follows a raised causeway between peat diggings, before a small footbridge and kissing gate leads into a narrow field.
(5) Cross the metalled road crossing the field and join an unmetalled byway; turn right, with the boundary of Lindow Court Park mobile home complex on your left. Continue along the byway beyond the mobile homes, then turn left at a corner to emerge at the entrance to Lindow Manor Farm. Turn right, away from the farm, and follow the driveway round to the left. At the gates to Barlow House Farm, turn right and follow the road back to the Plough & Flail.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 71m - Plough & Flail
1 : km 0.72 - alt. 65m - Moss Lane
2 : km 1.36 - alt. 67m - Field
3 : km 1.87 - alt. 63m - Burleyhurst Lane
4 : km 2.61 - alt. 71m - Hollingee Farm
5 : km 3.93 - alt. 74m - Lindow Court Park mobile home complex
D/A : km 4.77 - alt. 71m - Plough & Flail
Field paths may be very muddy in winter.
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