Appley Bridge Gathurst Circular

6 mile circular walk starting from Appley Bridge ascending towards Ashurst Beacon before descending over Dean Brook to Gathust and via Leeds Liverpool canal back to start.

Technical sheet
No. 15516496
A Wrightington walk posted on 04/10/21 by gfl57. Update : 08/10/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h20[?]
Distance Distance : 6.46mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 384ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 374ft
Highest point Highest point : 443ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 59ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wrightington
Starting point Starting point : N 53.577588° / W 2.721657°
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Leeds Liverpool Canal

Description

(D/A) Take Appley Lane briefly south over Leeds Liverpool Canal and River Douglas. Take path west (right) initially beside River Douglas before bearing South over farmland and through woodland onto Lees Lane.

(1) Leave Lees Lane taking footpath, no footpath sign, south-west (right) through the gateway and then into woodland. Turn east (left) along Long Heys Lane.

(2) Take Stonehall Lane south-west (right)

(3) Continue on track as it turns south (left) to pass by Stone Hall. Excellent views east over Winter Hill,
Manchester and Pennines. Briefly turn east (left) along Farley Lane.

(4) Leave Farley Lane on the footpath to continue east over the grassland.

(5) Upon reaching Roby Mill Lane, turn north (left). Take footpath east (right) between houses then beside the stream.

(6) Turm north (left) upslope along field boundary Take Ayrefield Drive east (right).

(7) Follow path initially beside duck pond and then east beside field boundary. Cross stile beside the fence and continue on the path as it follows the boundary fence downslope. Take path East (right) as it makes its way down to Dean Brook, take the bridge over Dean Brook to continue on the path under M6. Turn north (left) along Gathurst Road.

(8) Take canal towpath north-west (left). Continue on the towpath. Ascend to Appley Bridge Road.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 72ft - Start
1 : mi 0.63 - alt. 105ft - Lees Lane
2 : mi 1.12 - alt. 203ft - Stonehall Lane
3 : mi 1.71 - alt. 420ft - Manchester View
4 : mi 2.2 - alt. 417ft - Delph
5 : mi 2.65 - alt. 305ft - Cemetry
6 : mi 2.96 - alt. 246ft - Gabriel Turn
7 : mi 3.41 - alt. 249ft - Permissive Path
8 : mi 4.62 - alt. 98ft - Canal
D/A : mi 6.46 - alt. 72ft - The End

Useful Information

Parking at start.
Refreshments available at Appley Bridge, Bank Top and Gathust Station.
More route info : www.graemelinford.com/walks/appley_bridge.html

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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