Kettleshulme & Sponds Hill

The Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park is often seen as uninteresting and this route goes some way to dispel this myth. The route does have a couple of lengthy steep ascents towards the end but effort is rewarded with excellent and varied landscapes. Conditions underfoot can be very wet after heavy rain so appropriate footwear is essential.

Technical sheet
No. 293199
A Pott Shrigley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 25/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h35[?]
Distance Distance : 12.3km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 362m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 356m
Highest point Highest point : 392m
Lowest point Lowest point : 216m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Pott Shrigley
Starting point Starting point : N 53.31237° / W 2.06739°
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(D/A)Start from a small parking space on the road from Pott Shrigley to Kettleshulme (grid Ref SJ956795) marked as 'Bakestonedale Road' on the 1:25000 OS Map. Locate the footpath leaving this road (grid ref. 956795) and cross the stile and head south climbing up the field with the wall on your right. Keep straight on to the gate. Turn right down to the farm track then left along this track, which ends at a private car park serving some cottages.

(1)Cross over the stile in the wall and drop down to a footbridge over a brook. Turn sharp left before the second bridge walking up the field. Look out for an overgrown green lane on your right. These old lanes are similar to wide ditches sunk between walls or high hedged banks and this walk uses a few of them. The lane is very overgrown at first but later opens-up with views on the left down to Black Brook and Harrop Wood.

(2)Keep on this lane through gates until the last gate (grid ref 964783), which has a path sign to the right. On reaching the farm track turn left to Harrop Fold Farm. Continue through the farm. At the road turn left then right through a farm gate signed "Never mind the dog beware of the owner". Keep on this farm track keeping to the left of the farm and outbuildings and passing through a couple of gates. The path now descends left to the bottom of a ditch and over a stile to reach Moss Brook (970773). Walk up the hill opposite towards Saddle Cote. At the wide gap in the wall turn left. Keeping the wall on your right walk up the hill until you reach another wall and path junction.

(3)Turn left with this wall on your right to a stile. Descend down the path that follows the broken wall to a small gate at Summer Close (grid ref 980778). Go through the gate opposite, keeping to the wide path ahead turning right behind the 'chicken coop' to the bridge over Todd Brook. Climb up the short bank. Then, walking in the same direction, you will see the path leading to a stile. Keep straight following the line of trees on your right to another stile leading down to ford across a small brook.

(4)Proceed uphill to the deserted farm ahead (grid ref. 986783). Continue through the yard and over the stile in the wall. Turn left to follow the fences over stiles and through a farm gate to a lane that passes Thorneycroft Farm. On reaching the lane (Side End Lane) turn left in the direction of Kettleshulme. Reaching the B5470 turn right into Kettleshulme. Turn left down Paddock Lane to the bottom (grid ref 986799). Take the footpath between the houses walking straight on to a footbridge over the brook. Then it is a steep pull up the field to the fence.

(5)Go through the two gates to the right of the sheep pen, which leads you to the road at Lower Cliff Farm (grid ref 982804). Turn right down the road passing Handley Fold Farm and turn left at the first stile and path sign. This path leads you to another good example of a green lane. One can picture ponies using these lanes over the hills transporting goods - Pickfords were based at Bollington and their business started in such a way.

(6)The lane climbs up to the ridge (grid ref 972808) to join a bridleway. Turn left to the end of the wall then right to follow the perimeter wall of Lyme Park. Look out for the herds of deer on the other side of this wall. The grassy restful path branches left away from the wall gradually descending to a stile over a wall then to your start, which is not apparent until you reach the gate.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 282m - Start: small parking space on Bakestonedale Rd
1 : km 1.61 - alt. 216m - Car park: cross over stile
2 : km 2.25 - alt. 241m - Gate: turn right
3 : km 4.26 - alt. 378m - Path junction: turn left
4 : km 5.73 - alt. 265m - Ford across a small brook
5 : km 8.06 - alt. 237m - Cross over brook and continue uphill
6 : km 9.99 - alt. 384m - Turn left down bridleway
D/A : km 12.3 - alt. 280m - Finish: small parking space on Bakestonedale Rd

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 13 Aug 2018 15:04:31 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 13/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

I really enjoyed this walk. Scenery varied and views amazing - routes I wouldn't have come across or plotted myself.
The OS printable map was easy to follow, but lost direction a couple of times following the route description.

The only downside to this walk is entry to farm land and yards. The farm we entered which stated on the route direction 'Never Mind the Dog Beware of the Owner', my friend was attacked by a mad sheep dog, which wasn't under control. The owner didn't apologise, but asked my friend whether he'd been bitten (which he had slightly). I feel this has probably happened before!

Looking forward to the next walk I have downloaded!

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