Mellor Cross

Field paths and green lanes to a local landmark and viewpoint.

Technical sheet
No. 20045547
A New Mills walk posted on 10/03/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 10/03/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h15[?]
Distance Distance : 3.35km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 90m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 83m
Highest point Highest point : 316m
Lowest point Lowest point : 225m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : New Mills
Starting point Starting point : N 53.375568° / W 2.009634°
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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.

(1) After 400 yards, turn right into the farm entrance. Turn left in the farmyard and walk in front of the farmhouse, joining the track to the right of a wooded valley. Ignoring a path down to the stream, pass a gate.

When the track and wall turn right, cross the field ahead, descending slightly to a stile. Contour along the top of the next field, keeping fairly close to the wooded bank on your right, and go through a gate on the far side. Climb the bank on the right above a poultry shed through patchy heather and rocks.

In the top right-hand corner of the field, beyond a footpath sign, follow a short walled section then keep along the wall uphill to a stone stile by a gate at the top. Turn right and follow the path between fence and wall up to a stile into a driveway.

(2) Walk up the drive and at the entrance to Higher Capstone Farm bear left, ignoring the large “FOOTPATH” sign on the wall ahead. When the driveway bends right by a grit bin, take a footpath through a gate on the left, with an inconspicuous waymark. Follow this path below a house (Three Chimneys) and through three fields separated by farm gates.

(3) On reaching a driveway near Mellor Cross, turn right. Turn right at the crossroads along the metalled lane below the cross, past the sign for Higher Capstone Farm. Pass Three Chimneys Cattery and when the drive swings right, continue along the green lane ahead.

Keep straight on when a footpath is signposted to the right. At the end of the track, cross Rachel’s Stile into a field. Head across the field, initially above a gorsy bank then dropping right to a gate in a fence. Cross the next field to a stile at the right-hand end of a wood.

Turn left after the stile and walk below the wood to another stile by Peak and Northern Footpath Society sign no. 334. Turn right (“New Mills”) over a second stile and cross the field diagonally to the far left-hand corner.

(4) Go through a hand-gate and follow a path above a large pond and across the grass to a driveway. Turn right down the drive and follow it round a left-hand bend to Castle Edge Road. Turn right and follow the road back to New Mills Gold Club Clubhouse. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 258m - New Mills Gold Club
1 : km 0.39 - alt. 252m - Poultry shed
2 : km 1.4 - alt. 278m - Higher Capstone Farm
3 : km 1.84 - alt. 297m - Mellor Cross
4 : km 2.95 - alt. 271m - Large pond
D/A : km 3.35 - alt. 258m - New Mills Gold Club

Useful Information

Paths are uneven in places and may be muddy after rain, and there are some moderate climbs and several stiles.

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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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