Lantern Pike & Cown Edge from Rowarth

A low level walk on the western fringe of the Peak District National Park.

Technical sheet
No. 293204
A New Mills walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h35[?]
Distance Distance : 12.65km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 338m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 333m
Highest point Highest point : 393m
Lowest point Lowest point : 204m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : New Mills
Starting point Starting point : N 53.39959° / W 1.98426°
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Description

(D/A)The walk starts from the car park in Rowarth (Grid ref. SK011892). The approach to this car park is from Hollinsmoor Road. Walk towards the houses then follow the road to the right, at the bottom take the footpath on the right down to 'The Little Mill' public house with its water wheel (grid ref 011890). Walk past the pub and follow the road until you come to a junction. Continue straight and go along the bridleway, you will come to a junction, continue straight until you go through Wethercoates Farm (grid ref 020872) and then reach the road.

(1)Turn left along this road then left again up the lane towards Lantern Pike. You can follow the wall straight on but to really gain the full benefit of the views of Kinder follow the worn footpath on the left to the top. As the name suggests fires were lit here to warn of danger or to commemorate events. The hill also has a direction information plaque.

(2)Leave the summit on the path heading north to rejoin the main path. Continue in the same direction across the fields to reach the footpath junction above Blackshaw Farm (Grid ref. 025889). Still heading north follow the footpaths and bridleways passing Matleymoor Farm to reach the corner of the road (Grid ref. 022904). Turn right and follow the road until the next corner. Here take the footpath across the field on your left to reach the entrance to Higher Plainstead Farm.

(3)Still heading north, cross over the road and go through the gates on the right and head towards the old quarry. The footpath is hard to follow here but providing you do not cross the wall on your right you will end up at a stile (Grid ref. 025922). Keep straight on until you reach a single cottage (Grid ref. 022922).

(4)Cross over the road to the steep path ahead but turn right immediately following the path round to Mares Back. We now head in southerly direction along Cown Edge, known locally for its views. Keep to the edge path turning left when the path starts to descend (Grid ref. 012912) On reaching the bridleway turn left and then right up the bank and down the fields to Near Slack (Grid ref. 011904). Continue south down the hill to Rowarth village that can be seen ahead of you.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 221m - Start: Rowarth car park
1 : km 2.86 - alt. 249m - Turn left along road
2 : km 4.23 - alt. 343m - Lantern Pike: leave summit on northward path
3 : km 7.28 - alt. 351m - Higher Plainstead Farm: cross road and head north
4 : km 8.82 - alt. 371m - Cross over road after cottage
D/A : km 12.64 - alt. 221m - Finish: Rowarth car park

Useful Information

This area is just inside the far western boundary of the Peak District National Park and is often ignored by walkers as the greater attraction of the Kinder Plateau is so close. However undertake this lower level walk and you will be surprised at the variety of views and countryside.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.25/5
Routemap quality : 3.5/5
Walk interest : 4.25/5


Walker
on Mon 07 Dec 2020 19:40:16 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 07/12/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Clear instructions. No problems following the route!


Walker
on Mon 06 Jul 2020 19:01:12 CEST

Global average : 2.33 / 5

Date of walk : 06/07/20
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very disappointing
Walk interest : Average

Sorry , but must be the worst set of directions ever. Little detail, vague or ambiguous and factually incorrect. Take a map and don’t try it in the winter


Walker
on Mon 09 Mar 2020 13:35:55 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 09/03/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

An interesting walk over a variety of terrain with outstanding views. Some of the directions could have been more detailed.


Walker
on Mon 04 Feb 2019 09:55:47 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 04/02/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

We did this walk on a sunny day in the snow and it was excellent. Super views over Hayfield and Kinder, and very quiet. I imagine the rest of Manchester was on Kinder.

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