Wild Bank Hill

A taste of heather moorland as you climb to the local trig-point, with wide views over Manchester.

Technical sheet
No. 18955464
A Manchester walk posted on 01/02/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 01/02/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 5.56km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 162m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 164m
Highest point Highest point : 394m
Lowest point Lowest point : 248m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.466496° / W 2.025256°
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Description

(D/A) Cross the main road in front of The Waggon and Horses pub and turn right. Turn immediately left into Hobson Moor Road. At the next junction, turn left up the no-through road. At the next junction, bear right into Dewsnap Lane. Pass Dewsnap Farm on your right.

(1) Continue straight on past further houses and pass the entrance to Lumb Farm on your left, keeping straight ahead and ignoring paths and tracks off to either side. After passing Hard Times Farm, the track swings left round a house to a narrow lane.

Turn right and walk down to the end of the road. Beyond a gate marked “Private Road”, continue along the track between converted farm buildings. Just after the next farm, turn left over a stone step stile at Peak & Northern Footpath Society sign no. 198 (“Stalybridge via Shaw Moor”). The path leads between fence and wall and then up the side of a field to the top corner, where it turns left to a stile.

(2) Turn left along the bottom of the next field, then turn right in the bottom corner and walk up towards Moorside Farm. At the top of the field, turn left through a gate in front of the farmhouse. Cross the drive and climb a short flight of stone steps, continuing to a stile onto open moorland. Follow the path to the right, passing a couple of way-mark posts and keeping to the right of a shallow clough (stream valley).

(3) As you approach a drystone wall, cross the stream via a wooden footbridge on your left (if this crossing is inaccessibly boggy you may need to skirt to the right of the head of the stream). Above the footbridge head for a stile in the wall with a footpath fingerpost beyond it.

Walk up the right-hand side of the field beyond, following an obvious track. The track descends to a gate then heads on through the heather, fording the headwaters of Gallows Clough. Beyond a line of pylons a path through the heather to the right cuts the corner to the main path to the Wild Bank summit.

(4) Bear right along the broad track up to the trig point. Having admired the view from the top, turn and retrace your steps, this time ignoring the short cut (now on your left), continuing straight on to a crossroads of ways by a waymark post and a small cairn of stones. Follow the wide descending track ahead of you, passing a pylon to your right.

(5) Shortly before a second pylon, the track swings sharp right and descends to a gate above a junction. Turn left and follow the descending track in the general direction of the masts on Harrop Edge. Keep straight on when another track joins from the right.

(6) At Gallows Clough Farm, bear right down a metalled road. At the bottom, a short cobbled section swings left and emerges on the A6018 opposite The Waggon and Horses. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 252m - The Waggon and Horses
1 : km 1.08 - alt. 248m - Lumb Farm
2 : km 2.18 - alt. 288m - Moorside Farm - Open moorland
3 : km 3.11 - alt. 360m - Stream - Wooden footbridge
4 : km 3.7 - alt. 394m - Viewpoint
5 : km 4.58 - alt. 317m - Harrop Edge
6 : km 5.32 - alt. 272m - Gallows Clough Farm
D/A : km 5.56 - alt. 252m - The Waggon and Horses

Useful Information

One moderate climb, and a moorland stream crossing that may be boggy. Although the way is easy to follow, the walk crosses open moorland and appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Avoid in bad weather.

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The Waggon and Horses
300 Mottram Road, Matley,
Stalybridge SK15 2SU
Tel +44 (0)1457 764837
Website www.waggonhorses.com
Email joe@waggonhorses.com

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 Waggon and Horses is situated on the top of what is locally called the cutting on the main Stalybridge to Glossop road. It is a friendly and comfortable family-run pub.
We pride ourselves on using locally sourced food freshly prepared by our team of chefs. The menu is an extensive traditional pub menu; running alongside that are specials and the locally renowned Sunday lunch menu.
The Waggon and Horses is a very family-friendly place to go: whether for a relaxing drink or a family gathering, everyone is catered for. It has three cask ales, a selection of lagers, ciders, soft drinks and an extensive wine list. The Waggon and Horses is open every day both lunchtimes and evenings.
We hope these carefully chosen circular walks will help you appreciate our beautiful surroundings and we look forward to quenching your thirst and satisfying your appetite on your return to the Waggon and Horses.

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