The Gritstone Trail in 3 stages using the local train

A three day trail starting at Disley and finishing at Kidsgrove. The route is split to enable either a stopover or return journey from Macclesfield and Congleton. Transport is by rail, starting at Disley Station (possible use of Macclesfield Station and Congleton Station) and terminating at Kidsgrove Station.

Technical sheet
No. 3043914
A Disley walk posted on 03/03/20 by El Sud. Update : 18/07/20
Author's time Author's time : 3 days
Distance Distance : 83.67km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1687m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1753m
Highest point Highest point : 409m
Lowest point Lowest point : 81m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Disley
Starting point Starting point : N 53.358162° / W 2.04275°
Ending point Ending point : N 53.086219° / W 2.244627°

Step by step walk

This walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Stage 1 of the Gritstone Trail - Disley to Macclesfield

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This first stage starts at Disley Station, goes through Lime Park and up to the Bow Stones, over Sponds Hill (410m), past Bollington and on to the Saddle of Kerridge (over White Nancy), Tegg's Nose and down to Langley. At this point, this route leaves the trail to drop down to Macclesfield past The Hollins.

Stage 2 of the Gritstone Trail - Macclesfield to Congleton

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This second stage picks up the trail at Langley, having left Macclesfield and taken the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal to Sutton Hall. From Langley, the route weaves its way over Croker Hill and Wincle Minn, joins the Dale Valley Way and climbs up to The Cloud (343m) before coming off the trail to Congleton.

Stage 3 of the Gritstone Trail - Congleton to Kidsgrove

The Gritstone Trail runs for 56 km through the Cheshire countryside, west of the Peak District, from Disley to Kidsgrove. This third stage picks up the trail at The Cloud, having left Congleton in a circular route using the Dales Valley Way and the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal to the aqueduct over the River Dale. The route passes Timbersbrook, Nick i' th' Hill, Cheshire's Close, Mow Cop and rejoins the Macclesfield Canal before following the Trent & Mersey Canal into Kidsgrove.

Useful Information

Apart from good strong boots, comfortable but with ankle protection, take waterproofs and wear gaiters if it's wet. Also very useful is this guide from the Cheshire East Council https://bit.ly/30syBw5

Enjoy the walk, the views, the villages and the pubs. Don't rush but keep an eye on the weather and the time. Plan ahead and have alternative routes if you get into difficulties. Don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Keep to the Country Code and respect the farmers, vegetation, animals and rivers. Don't take any plants or stones home; take photos (they last longer and you can share them). Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and make the most of the moment!

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

As this is a 3 stage walk, you have the choice to stay overnight in Macclesfield and Congleton or catch the train home each time. Unless you are pushed for time, it seems like a good excuse to explore these two towns and maybe enjoy an evening meal in a local pub or restaurant. The best time of year to do these walks is early summer when the days are long and the temperatures quite mild. Obviously, you can take each stage as a day trip, maybe coming back to do the other stages some weeks later. The trail isn't about how fast or how many miles you do, rather it's a journey through history and an adventure in our contemporary society. Navigation can be tricky, even in clear weather but following the map and looking out for signs can be fun for walkers of all ages. The terrain is undulating but there are no big mountains and the constant crossing of rivers and streams might encourage you to paddle your feet if it's warm. Using local buses would probably make it possible to break the route even further, so be adventurous and make your own adjustments to the route.

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