Roman Bridge

A scenic hike (also suitable for mountain bikes) along ancient trackways to a packhorse bridge over the River Goyt.

Technical sheet
No. 20154897
A New Mills walk posted on 15/03/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 15/03/22
Author's time Author's time : 2 hr
Distance Distance : 9.56km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 278m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 282m
Highest point Highest point : 325m
Lowest point Lowest point : 101m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Mountain biking Mountain biking
Location Location : New Mills
Starting point Starting point : N 53.379839° / W 1.999548°
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(D/A) From The Pack Horse Inn Turn left and ride up the road towards Mellor. When you reach Broadhurst Edge Plantation, turn left up a rocky track along the side of the wood. At the top, go straight over and ride past Knapkin Piece Farm.

(1) At the top of the hill, turn left (West) onto another stony track. Climb to the hilltop then descend steeply past Mellor Cross to the road. Cross over and ride down a metalled drive. When the drive bends left into a dwelling, turn right at a metal barrier.

Descend the steep, twisting bridleway (stepped in places), crossing another path and then passing a small quarry. After a narrow section you reach a crossing track.

(2) Continue straight ahead down a curving, tree-lined track to pass a stone-built house and garage. At the next track, turn right (North), and shortly follow the bridleway round a left-hand bend at the edge of a golf course. Descend the narrow bridleway, crossing part of the golf course (care!) to a junction of tracks.

(3) Turn right (North-West) and ride down past Windy Bottom Farm and under the railway. At a stone-built house, dismount and turn left to cross Roman Bridge. The bridleway curves left to a house, then climbs the metalled drive to the road.

(4) Turn left (South-East) and follow the B6101 through Strines village, turning left after half a mile onto Station Road. Descend to and cross the River Goyt, then climb a cobbled section to the station entrance.

(5) Bear left under the railway arch, then turn immediately right up a rough track marked “Unsuitable for motors”. Climb for half a mile to emerge by the Fox Inn at Brook Bottom. Turn right (South-East) and follow the lane for 150 yards, then turn left up another rocky byway marked “Unsuitable for motors”.

(6) This climbs to the golf course then levels off beyond Shaw Farm (off-route to the left) to reach the road. Carry straight on past the clubhouse (Apple Tree Road) and descend to the first houses of New Mills.

(7) Turn left (North) and ride up the short climb on a potholed road to the hamlet of Whitle. Dismount and go through the gate on your right into a short fenced section on grass, before passing through a hand-gate into another rough driveway. Ride downhill to Mellor Road, and turn left to return to The Pack Horse Inn. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 232m - The Pack Horse Inn
1 : km 1.52 - alt. 308m - Mellor Cross
2 : km 2.88 - alt. 204m - Golf course
3 : km 3.82 - alt. 117m - Windy Bottom Farm - Railway
4 : km 4.97 - alt. 134m - B6101 - River Goyt
5 : km 6.54 - alt. 129m - Railway arch - Fox Inn
6 : km 8.43 - alt. 258m - Shaw Farm
7 : km 8.98 - alt. 227m - Hamlet of Whitle
D/A : km 9.56 - alt. 232m - The Pack Horse Inn

Useful Information

There are a couple of short road sections, and some challenging steep and rocky sections where inexperienced riders may prefer to dismount.

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The Pack Horse Inn
Mellor Road, New Mills,
High Peak SK22 4QQ
Phone +44 (0) 1663 742365

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

  • The Millennium Walkway, built at a cost of £525,000 and opened in 1999, featured on the 44p Royal Mail Millennium stamp. It carries the Goyt Way through the Torrs Gorge below the massive retaining wall of the railway opposite Torr Vale Mill.
  • Mellor Cross (missing its top since a gale in 2016) was erected by Marple Churches Together in the 1970s and commands a fine view over Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. Edith Nesbit immortalised the surrounding area in The Railway Children.
  • The Peak Forest Canal (pictured here near Disley) runs for 15 miles from Dukinfield to Whaley Bridge. Two lock-less halves are separated by the 16 locks of the Marple Flight. The engineer was Benjamin Outram and the canal opened in 1796.
  • The junction of Black Lane and Primrose Lane is marked by a large block of stone in the wall, thought to be a medieval cross base. It may be associated with the abbey at Basingwerk, who owned this area in the Middle Ages and built several similar crosses.
  • The “Roman Bridge” at Strines is in fact a 17th-century packhorse bridge. Pack-horse bridges are typically less than 6 feet wide, with no (or low) parapets to avoid fouling the panniers of the ponies that once used them. The bridge is Grade II listed.
  • The Sett Valley Trail is a 21⁄2-mile cycle- and bridleway from Hayfield to New Mills, following a former branch railway line that opened in 1868 and closed in 1970. The Pennine Bridleway follows the Trail for a mile between Hayfield and Birch Vale.
  • Lantern Pike provides superb views to Kinder Scout and Manchester, indicated by a topograph dedicated to Edwin Royce (of Rolls-Royce fame). The hill is owned by the National Trust and its name probably indicates the former location of a signaling beacon.

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