Orrell Winstanley Circular

Starting from Orrell Waterpark then follows lower slopes of Billinge Hill before ascending to Winstanley College and back to the waterpark. Good views over Mersey, Winter Hill and Cheshire hills.

Technical sheet
No. 9422676
A Manchester walk posted on 19/05/21 by gfl57. Update : 25/04/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h45[?]
Distance Distance : 11.99km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 125m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 120m
Highest point Highest point : 137m
Lowest point Lowest point : 73m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.527777° / W 2.708763°
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Orrell Waterpark Lake


(D/A) Leave Orrell Waterpark car park turning briefly South (left) onto Lodge Lane then West (right) along Sandy Lane. Turn south (left) down Gantley Road. Turn West (right) down Upholland Road.

(1) Take footpath West (left) beside the house and initially behind houses then over farmland. Good views behind you over Winter Hill.

(2) Take footpath South (left) on track initially beside Higher Pimbo Farm and then beside quarry. Follow footpath South (right) along the field boundary.

(3) Take track South via Promised Land Farm onto tarmac track.

(4) Turn West (right) briefly along Crank Road before taking footpath South (left). Upon reaching farm buildings cross farmyard onto Red Barn Road.

(5) Leave Red Barn Lane taking footpath East (left) upslope. Good excuse to rest and check the view behind you over Liverpool and Wales. Turn south (right) along the tarmac track, with good views over to Cheshire hills.

(6) Leave road taking footpath South East (left) beside Crookhouse Farm down the hillside. Turn briefly East (left) along Roby Well Lane. Leave Roby Well Lane taking footpath North (left) running alongside the stream. Take footbridge East (right) over the stream and follow the path upslope. Turn North (left) in front of Ash Grove Farm and follow the footpath.

(7) Turn West (left) briefly along Beacon Road. Carefully cross Beacon Road and turn North (right) into Oakley Avenue and follow footpath North originating beside garages. Turn North (left) along Upholland Road. Carefully cross Upholland Road to take footpath East initially beside the house and then behind properties. Turn North (left) at the field corner to follow the footpath parallel to Chair Wood.

(8) Carefully cross park road to continue North on the footpath. Turn West (left) along the path between fields. Take footpath initially North (right) and then follow it North East.

(9) Follow path North (left) over Winstanley College playing field then North West away from college besides the stream. Take path North (right) beside stream then beside Orrell Waterpark lakes. Take path South around the lake back to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 95m - Orrel Waterpark
1 : km 0.73 - alt. 101m - Oxhouuse Turn
2 : km 1.96 - alt. 117m - Higher Pimbo
3 : km 3.66 - alt. 107m - Promised Land Farm
4 : km 4.52 - alt. 79m - Crank Road
5 : km 5.8 - alt. 83m - Houghwood
6 : km 6.71 - alt. 102m - Crookhouse Farm
7 : km 7.88 - alt. 123m - Beacon Rd
8 : km 9.79 - alt. 121m - Park Road
9 : km 10.88 - alt. 109m - Winstanley College
D/A : km 11.99 - alt. 95m - Waterpark Car Park

Useful Information

Parking at start.
Refreshments in Orrell.

More detailed route info

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During the walk or to do/see around

Views over Mersey Estuary, North Wales, Cheshire hills and Winter Hill.

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