THANKS TO JUSTIN MURPHY FOR WALKING AND TIMING THESE WALKS.

S.T.A.R.S. (Strines Treking and Rambling Society) organise walks monthly, starting from the pub, see events page for details.

A CIRCULAR WALK FROM THE SPORTSMAN  (65 MINUTES)

Turn right as you leave the pub and walk up Strines Road until you reach the bridle path on your right (opposite Plucksbridge Road) – 3 minutes. Drop down. The path narrows and dives into woodland before arriving at The Roman Bridge – 10 minutes.

Cross the bridge and then turn left. Pass by the weir and under the railway viaduct  and you will arrive at the entrance to the Roman Lakes – 18 minutes. Proceed along Lakes Road, bearing left at the next junction, until you arrive at the junction with Bottoms Mill Road – 30 minutes.

Turn left, crossing over the river bridge, and as you cross the bridge you should see a footpath sign in front of you. Walk up the footpath which bears left and takes you along, beside, then over the railway, before eventually arriving on Strines Road – 35 minutes.

Cross the road as there are some steps opposite which take you to the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal. The towpath goes under the bridge in front of you. Proceed, left, along the towpath, under the next footbridge and also bridge 21, before arriving at a footpath sign on your left for “The Cown Edge Way” and The Sportsman – 60 minutes. Drop down between two fields and across two stiles, you are now in a field where there may be friendly horses. The exit is in the right hand corner between houses and it brings you out on Strines Road directly opposite The Sportsman – 65 minutes.

WALKS FROM MARPLE RAILWAY STATION

There are two routes and one of these can, of course, be reversed to  complete a circular walk to and from The Sportsman.

VIA THE CANAL (50 minutes)

Turn right out of the station and proceed uphill to the Peak Forest Canal, joining at Lock 9. Cross the road safely, the towpath is on the right hand side of the canal – 3 minutes.

Walk along the towpath, which flanks one of the longest flights of locks in the country, passing through the tunnel which goes under the road and arrive at the junction with the Macclesfield Canal – 15 minutes.

Go over the bridge and continue straight ahead on the tow path. At bridge 19 the towpath switches to the other side of the water way – 20 minutes. Proceed along the towpath under the footbridge and also bridge 21 before arriving at a footpath sign on your left for “The Cown Edge Way” and the Sportsman – 45 minutes.

Drop down between the two fields and across two stiles. You are now in a field where there may be friendly horses. The exit is in the right hand corner between houses and it brings you out on Strines Road directly opposite The Sportsman – 50 mintues.

VIA ROMAN LAKES (50 minutes)

Turn left out of the station and go downhill to Marple Bridge, turning right at the lights to walk through the village. At the end of the shops turn right down Low Lea Road – 5 minutes.

This lane/track climbs up and then down, becoming Bottoms Mill Road in the process. You arrive at the junction with Lakes Road where you should turn left – 20 minutes. Proceed along this track and bear right at the next junction – 25 minutes.

The track now passes by the Roman Lakes on your left, under the railway viaduct and past the weir. The River Goyt flows quickly along this beautiful stretch so watch out for dippers! Eventually you will arrive at the Roman Bridge (pictured on our home page) where you should turn right and cross the bridge – 35 mintues.

Leaving the bridge, turn left along the  rough bridle path which broadens out to a tarmac road and climbs up to Strines Road. Turn left, the pub is a short distance down the road. a welcoming sight after the last climb! – 50 minutes.

WALK FROM DISLEY RAILWAY STATION (45  minutes)

Leave the station and proceed along the A6 across the traffic lights in the centre of the village to the Dandy Cock – 5 minutes. Take the left turn beside the pub (Hollinwood Road) and proceed down the hill under the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge turn left up Hagg Bank Lane. This then drops down and there is a distinct track on the right (sign FP 45) which takes you to the Peak Forest Canal at Higgins Clough Bridge, which you should cross – 15 minutes.

Proceed left along the towpath past bridge 24 (Wood End lift bridge) and under bridge 23. Shortly after this bridge there may be a chance to see (and hear) some happy pigs over the wall by the towpath. You will then arrive at bridge 22 (Turflea lift bridge) – 35 minutes.

Proceed along the towpath and there is a sign on your right for “Cown Edge Way” and  The Sportsman – 40 minutes. Drop down between the two fields and over two stiles, you are now in a field where there may be friendly horses. The exit is in the right hand corner of the field between houses and it brings you out on Strines Road, directly opposite The Sportsman. 45 minutes.

 WALK FROM NEW MILLS CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION (80 minutes)

Leave the station and turn right down the hill and follow the Goyt Way sign into Torrs Riverside Park. Keep to the left and turn right into a lane which brings you to the entrance to Mousley Bottom – 5 minutes.  In a few yards turn left following the Goyt Way through woods to a lane where you should turn right – 10 minutes.

Follow the path along the beautiful sheltered riverbank eventually following the path through a gate and turning left into Hague Bar Meadows – 20 minutes. Continue straight along, ignoring the sign on your right for the Goyt Way, until you reach a road, where you should turn left- 25 minutes. Walk down this road, taking care with the traffic, over the bridge so the river is now on your right.  Just before the steep uphill hairpin on the road there is a footpath on the right. The sign has a number 44 on it – 30 minutes.

Walk along the footpath, which initially turns left then sweeps uphill through woodland as the river falls away. You will reach a lane which you should cross to the footpath directly opposite, near Disley Tissues. The footpath sign has a number 47 on it – 35 minutes. Proceed up this path, crossing a small patch of open land, the stile opposite and the railway line, before turning right onto a lane and walking up to join the Peak Forest Canal at bridge 26. Turn right onto the towpath – 45 minutes.

Walk along this beautiful stretch of canal, passing bridge 25 (Higgins Clough), 24 (Wood End Lift bridge) and under bridge 23. Shortly after this bridge you may have the chance to see (and hear) some happy pigs over the wall by the towpath. You will then arrive at bridge 22 (Turflea Lift bridge) – 70 minutes. A little further along the towpath and there is a sign on your right for “The Cown Edge Way” and “The Sportsman”- 75 minutes. Drop down between the two fields and across two stiles. You are now in a field where there may be friendly horses. The exit is in the right hand corner between houses and it brings you out on the Strines Road opposite the pub. – 80 minutes.

A CIRCULAR WALK FROM ‘THE SPORTSMAN’ – TO THE CROSS AND BACK (2 hours)

If you look east from the pub, through the large picture window at the back of the main room, a cross can be seen on the top of the hill.  There are many paths criss-crossing the valley between the pub and Mellor Moor. This route is not the most direct to the top but is designed to make the climb a little easier.

THE ASCENT

Turn right as you leave the pub and walk up Strines Road until you reach the bridle path on your right (opposite Plucksbridge Road) – 3 minutes. Drop down. The path narrows and dives into woodland before arriving at the Roman Bridge – 10 minutes. Cross the bridge and then turn left. A footpath will shortly appear on the right, The Cown Edge Way, which you should take – 12 minutes.

Go along the path, turning right to cross the railway before coming onto open land, part of Mellor Golf Course – 18 minutes. Follow the path through the bushes and towards and through the copses ahead. There is a chance you will see and hear buzzards which seem to be nesting here. Enter the wood ahead between two ponds – 22 minutes. Go through the wood onto the golf course proper. Keep to the far right of the fairway, taking care at all times and being courteous to any golfers. The path actually goes in the wood but is indistinct and overgrown so stick to the course. At a small stone bridge on the right, turn left to pick up the Cown Edge Way again – 26 minutes.

Proceed diagonally across the course – TAKE CARE!- Keeping a larger stone bridge to your right, you should pick up a much smaller bridge over a brook and onto a path which leads to a tarmac lane- 32 minutes. Turn right up the lane (Mellor and Cobden Edge) and in due course you will pass the clubhouse on your left. Follow the lane as it sweeps left and as it meets a track from the right turn sharp right onto that track – 40 minutes.

In about 100 yards an unmarked path appears on the left which you should take. Follow the path through woodland amd along the side of the course and you will eventually come to a lane – 50 minutes. Turn left and walk up the hill. The cross is on your right as you reach the crossroads but continue straight ahead up the unmade track for a little further and take the metal gate in the stone wall on your right. Follow the path up to the trig point, at 328 metres the highest point in the borough of Stockport, for spectatular views through 360 degrees – 60 minutes.

TIME FOR A REST!

THE DESCENT

Retrace your steps downhill, with the cross on your left, passing where you left the golf course until the lane peters out – 8 minutes. Go down the steps onto the path, keeping to the right hand path. This is steep and has recently been refurbished. You will arrive at a bridle way – 15 minutes. Go straight over and continue in the tunnel made by the trees arriving at a junction with another bridle way – 20 minutes.

Turn right and then left at the bridle way sign, with the golf course on your right. Proceed downhill until you meet another bridle way, near the railway – 30 minutes. Turn right and walk past the farm, under the railway and along by the river until you reach the Roman Bridge – 40 minutes. Cross the bridge and retrace your way to The Sportsman for well earned refreshments – 50 minutes.

Including rest stops and time to admire the views, this circular walk should take in the region of 2 hours. On weekdays The Sportsman is shut between 3.00pm and 5.00pm, so now you know what to do with the time between “sessions”!

CYCLING

Strines is in an area with traffic free bridle paths suitable for cyclists, although some of the hillier paths are of rough terrain, perhaps more manageable by the mountain bike enthusiasts. Within four hundred yards of the Sportsman is the Peak Forest Canal with its popular towpath and a further mile away is the famous junction with the Macclesfield canal (guess where that goes!) Also within striking distance is the Middlewood way with traffic free links to High Lane, Poynton, Bollington and Macclesfield.

The District Cycling Office on 0161 474 4593 can supply a map for cyclists – Stockport is Map 7.