Mellor march routes - Main route

The Mellor March starts from the Royal Oak on Longhurst Lane, Mellor. The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

Technical sheet
No. 18839776
A Manchester walk posted on 28/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 31/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h20[?]
Distance Distance : 15.17km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 355m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 355m
Highest point Highest point : 305m
Lowest point Lowest point : 91m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.394049° / W 2.042827°
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Description

(D/A) With your back to the Royal Oak pub, turn right and walk up Longhurst Lane past the 20 mph speed-limit signs. Turn left down Knowle Road (signposted Mellor Primary School), passing Mellor Sports Club on the right and the school on the left.

(1) Cross a stream and follow the road through Slack Wood, passing a left-hand turn to Townscliffe Lane, until you reach Knowle Farm. From the farmyard, take the footpath on the right uphill across fields to reach Mellor Church via a flight of steps.

(2) On leaving the churchyard, turn left over the stile in front of the old Hearse House, passing the roundhouse on your left. At the end of the field cross the stile by the gate and turn left, following the public footpath sign to Greenhill. Follow the path downhill, crossing two stiles, to reach a track by a gate.

(3) Swing right and left above some duckponds, then pass the buildings onto a metalled drive. At the entrance to Primrose Mill cross the stream and swing round a right-hand bend, following the drive uphill to the Hare and Hounds at Mill Brow.

Turn right, then shortly afterwards turn left into Gird Lane. Walk past the former chapel and continue along the rough track beyond the last house. When the track bends left, take a footpath over a stile on the right. Cross the field beyond diagonally to a stile in the corner and walk along the bottom of the next field.

(4) Follow a fenced track to reach a road by Smithy Lane Farm and take the track opposite. Follow the track above the trout farm, a lake on the right-hand side. The path curves to the left and crosses a stream by a muddy ford.

By two trees, fork to the left and remain close to the line of the gorse bushes to your left. Look out for a stile hidden behind a holly tree in the corner of the field, before the remains of a wall; cross the stile and turn right to a further stile.

(5) Skirt the fence around Cloughend Farm crossing two more stiles, the second into the farm drive. Exit the drive to the road, then turn immediately right onto a track. Follow this track for about 80 yards then, just after two lines of pylons, turn left over a boulder bridge onto a narrow path between wire fences.

(6) As you head uphill, cross a footbridge between two ponds and pass a small old quarry on your right. Keep along the fence to reach Gun Road. Cross the road onto a broad track. When the track forks, turn right through a wooden gate. Follow the wall straight on and look for a stile on your right. (If you reach Robin Hood's Picking Rods, you’ve gone too far.)

Once over the wall, head diagonally across the field in the direction indicated by the sign on an indistinct path, crossing a small drain then keeping to the higher ground.

Cross a stile to the right of two gates, then bear right to meet the wall. Look out for a wall stile on a corner, then beyond the stile bear left, passing a shallow grassy quarry, to reach a ladder stile on your left. Cross and turn right towards Pistol Farm.

(7) At Pistol Farm turn left and follow the road for about a mile, skirting Springbank Farm on your right, then passing a turning to Rowarth on your left, and a turning on the right by the former Moorfield Arms pub. Continue along the road until you reach Five Lane Ends. Cross directly over onto Pole Lane, a rough track. Follow the lane past a hidden reservoir in the wood on the left.

(8) At a crossroads, turn right. Pass Knapkin Piece Farm then look out for a stile on your left by two metal gates (Peak and Northern Footpaths Society sign no. 482). Cross the stile and walk straight across the field to a stone stile; beyond this follow the wall on your left.

Cross another stile and head towards a large boundary stone. Turn right here following a stone wall then a fence beyond the trees. Cross another stile then turn left towards Shaw Farm, keeping to the left of the field.

(9) Enter the farmyard and pass a couple of barns to reach the entrance. Cross to a gate opposite, keeping along the wall in front of the farmhouse. Beyond a further gate keep to the wall, with a small wooded valley to your left. Just before a gate, cross a stile on your left, down a few steps into the wood.

Cross a small wooden bridge then follow the path down to the stream, which you cross on another footbridge (with a footpath sign pointing in the opposite direction).

Walk up the other side of the valley and turn right through a stile. Walk downhill along a fenced path, then briefly divert left round the garden, along a permitted path (white arrow). Follow the drive down to the Fox.

(10) From the Fox car park near the telephone box, follow the track downhill marked Goyt Way. Go under the railway bridge and pass Strines Station. After a short stretch of cobblestones, turn right by Strines Hall, following a bridleway uphill towards Greenclough Farm.

(11) By the farm, cross a stream and follow the Goyt Way on your left. When the track splits, keep to the Goyt Way on the right (slightly uphill). Stay alongside the railway, ignoring a signposted bridleway on your right.

Pass Windybottom Farm then go through the tunnel under the railway to meet the River Goyt. Beyond Roman Bridge (on your left) you go under the railway viaduct, then pass Roman Lakes on your right-hand side.

(12) At the junction with Lakes Road, turn right for a short distance and then turn left following an uphill path opposite the Old Hall. At the top of Old Hall Lane, turn right back to the Royal Oak. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 144m - The Royal Oak
1 : km 0.43 - alt. 147m - Stream - Slack Wood
2 : km 1.29 - alt. 218m - Churchyard
3 : km 2.15 - alt. 134m - Duckponds - Stream
4 : km 3.84 - alt. 216m - Trout farm
5 : km 4.47 - alt. 250m - Cloughend Farm
6 : km 5.05 - alt. 291m - Two ponds - Small old quarry
7 : km 5.96 - alt. 300m - Pistol Farm
8 : km 9.08 - alt. 298m - Pass Knapkin Piece Farm
9 : km 10.41 - alt. 249m - Shaw Farm
10 : km 10.96 - alt. 201m - The Fox
11 : km 12.28 - alt. 131m - Greenclough Farm
12 : km 14.52 - alt. 96m - Lake
D/A : km 15.17 - alt. 144m - The Royal Oak

Useful Information

The Mellor March starts from the Royal Oak on Longhurst Lane, Mellor. It is a circular route and you can start from any point. However, please register at the Royal Oak first.

Useful links: https://mellor-march.org.uk/maps/
Pdf file: http://walksfromthedoor.co.uk/i/walks/Ch...

The book Twelve Mellor Walks, available in local bookshops, would be of great use on the walk.

The March started in 1995, with the intention of getting as many walkers to take a part in the whole or any part of the walk. From a slow start of 50–60 participants it has grown over the last few years to now, where we register over 500 walkers per year.

Every penny raised is donated to a cancer-related charity and wherever possible we try to ensure that the monies go to a specific cause.

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

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