A rewarding walk to a fine local viewpoint, returning via the Sett Valley Trail, a disused railway line.
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) Turn left (North) and walk up the road from The Pack Horse Inn towards Mellor. Ignore the footpath heading off to the right along the drive of Windy Ridge, but take the next turning on the right (North-East), a walled byway that leaves the road obliquely and descends gently with views to Lantern Pike and Kinder Scout.
(1) When you reach the road (Briargrove Road), turn right (downhill) and walk down to the bottom of the valley, passing several farmhouses. Beyond the stream, follow the road uphill to a triangular junction.
Take the no-through road ahead, and walk past Aspen-shaw Hall. Beyond Feeding Hey the road, no longer tarmacked, continues uphill to meet another similar track at a T-junction.
(2) Turn left (North) and follow the track to a fork. Take the right-hand track, which descends to cross a small stream, then climbs gradually to a gate. Walk down the left-hand side of the field to the corner, where six routes meet.
(3) Follow the Pennine Bridleway sign towards Hayfield, which follows a track across the field, bearing right towards Lantern Pike. In the far corner of the field, go through the gateway and follow the walled track beyond.
Take a path uphill through the heather on your right and follow it to the topograph at the summit of Lantern Pike. Beyond the topograph, follow the ridge as it descends to a wall.
(4) Turn sharp left (East) and follow a stony path downhill alongside the wall to return to the Pennine Bridleway. Turn right (South) and follow the track, which shortly joins a metalled driveway and leads steeply downhill past Sunny Side to Sitch Lane.
Take a few steps to the right then turn left (South-West), still following the Pennine Bridleway, down the drive to Hegginbottom Farm. When the driveway goes round a hairpin bend to the left, take the bridleway straight ahead and follow it down to the road at Spinner Bottom.
(5) Turn left (West) and cross the River Sett. Turn immediately right (South-West), beside a motor repairer’s premises. Follow the drive to the gates of another industrial premises, where you turn left along a narrow path that follows the fence then bends left to the Sett Valley Trail.
Turn right and follow the Trail for 500 yards to Wilde’s Crossing. Continue for a similar distance and cross High Hill Road, continuing along the Trail beyond.
(6) Cross Watford Bridge, then turn right (West) off the Trail along a path that runs alongside an industrial unit. Turn right to exit the industrial estate.
Turn left and cross the River Sett to a T-junction. Turn right and follow the road for 100 yards, then cross and turn left up Watford Road. Follow the road round a left-hand bend and continue uphill with houses on both sides.
(7) Opposite Parkway, turn right (North-East) into Watford Lane. Pass a house on your left and go through the gates of Will Hey Farm. By the house, turn left through a way-marked gate and walk past a paddock and then up the left-hand side of a field.
In the top corner, turn left over a stone stile where two walls meet. Follow the wall then cross a stile on your right into a driveway, which you follow through a gate on your left.
(8) When the drive meets another, cross the stile opposite, and head for the right-hand corner of the field beyond. Go through a hand-gate and walk up the right-hand side of the field to the road. Turn right and follow the road for the short distance back to The Pack Horse Inn. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 232m - The Pack Horse Inn
1 : km 1.02 - alt. 236m - Stream - Aspen-shaw Hall
2 : km 2.85 - alt. 275m - Small stream
3 : km 4.49 - alt. 288m - Pennine Bridleway sign - Lantern Pike
4 : km 5.65 - alt. 324m - Sunny Side - Hegginbottom Farm
5 : km 6.95 - alt. 174m - River Sett - Wilde’s Crossing
6 : km 8.79 - alt. 162m - Watford Bridge
7 : km 9.31 - alt. 176m - Will Hey Farm
8 : km 9.76 - alt. 206m - Drive
D/A : km 10 - alt. 232m - The Pack Horse Inn
Some rocky paths, and a couple of moderate climbs. May be muddy in places after rain.
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The Pack Horse Inn
Mellor Road, New Mills,
High Peak SK22 4QQ
Phone +44 (0) 1663 742365
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