Peak Forest Canal

Featuring a peaceful stretch of the Peak Forest Canal and the historic ‘Roman Bridge’ over the River Goyt.

Technical sheet
No. 18835372
A Manchester walk posted on 28/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 31/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.45km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 135m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 143m
Highest point Highest point : 171m
Lowest point Lowest point : 93m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.389086° / W 2.034648°
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Description

(D/A) Exit Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club main car park by the lower entrance and turn right down the lane signposted to Linnet Clough Scout Camp and Activity Centre.

(1) Pass the camp entrance and follow the track beyond (signposted to Marple Bridge on PNFS sign no. 461). Follow this track downhill all the way to Bottoms Hall.

Beyond the farm buildings and house, carry straight on with a lake on your right.

(2) At the junction with Bottoms Mill Road, bear left to the bridge over the River Goyt. Beyond the bridge, take the footpath almost opposite, which curves up the steep side of the valley to a walkway below the railway.

Continue to a footbridge that crosses the line and follow the footpath at the top of the steps to the left and then right. Walk out between gardens to the road (the B6102). Cross and follow the shallow stepped path left and up to the canal.

(3) Turn right onto the canal towpath and immediately left under the bridge. Follow the towpath for half a mile until you pass under a footbridge (bridge 20), continuing along the canal. Just before bridge 21, turn left onto a driveway.

Follow the driveway (Plucksbridge) round to the right (downhill) then left, and descend to the B6101. Cross into a public bridleway that curves down through trees to pass between two cottages.

(4) Continue along the obvious path to the river and cross Roman Bridge. On meeting a track on the other side, turn left (signposted to Roman Lakes). After a short distance, turn right at a carved wooden gate onto a footpath signposted to Mellor and Cobden Edge.
Climb the hill to the railway line, then turn right until you reach a footbridge.

(5) Cross the railway line into the golf course. Continue ahead, passing to the right of a clump of trees. Bear slightly left past a pond on your right. After another pond on your left you pass through a belt of trees, beyond which follow the signposted Cown Edge Way to the right of a fairway.

Follow the top of the wooded valley on your right until a waymark directs you between stone gateposts into the trees. Bear left just inside the wood. At a Cown Edge Way fingerpost, turn left to leave the wood and cross two fairways, guided by blue-topped stakes and waymark posts.

Bear right of the scout camp’s climbing tower to return to the lane opposite the camp entrance. Turn right to retrace your steps back to the clubhouse. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 171m - Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club
1 : km 0.28 - alt. 163m - Linnet Clough Scout Camp and Activity Centre
2 : km 1.37 - alt. 100m - Bridge - River Goyt
3 : km 1.97 - alt. 169m - Footbridge (bridge 20) - Canal
4 : km 3.78 - alt. 122m - Roman Bridge
5 : km 4.28 - alt. 122m - Golf course
D/A : km 5.45 - alt. 171m - Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club

Useful Information

Some paths may be muddy in wet weather. Two moderate climbs.

Pdf file : http://walksfromthedoor.co.uk/i/walks/Ch...

Directions to Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club clubhouse and car park
Travel up Longhurst Lane from Marple Bridge to The Devonshire Arms public house on your left. Opposite the public house is Gibb Lane on your right. Follow the lane to a junction, where you bear right (signposted to Linnet Clough Scout Camp and Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Course). Drive past the cottages and farms of Tarden and follow the road as it bends left and then right. Follow the blue sign for the main car park, which is situated through the golf course. As you reach the bottom of the slight incline you will see the greens sheds on your left and the main car park on your right. Park in this car park and walk up to the front entrance of the clubhouse.

Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club
Gibb Lane, Stockport,
Cheshire SK6 5NA
Tel 0161 427 2208
Email events.mtgc@hotmail.com
Website www.mellorgolf.co.uk

Some satnav users may be directed down Faywood Drive, Marple (an unmade road). If this occurs, use the postcode SK6 5PP and turn right at The Devonshire Arms.

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

Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club
We do hope you will stop off at our clubhouse to enjoy our warm and friendly hospitality. You are welcome to use our facilities without prior booking, but if you have any special food or drink requirements, please email Zoe in advance on events.mtgc@hotmail.com. We can cater for all your needs.
Please remove muddy boots before entering the clubhouse. Dogs are not permitted inside the building, but we do provide an outside area with tethering rings and water for your four-legged friends.

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