Easy walking through woodland and former parkland, with the picturesque valley of Lumb Brook as a highlight.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the front door of the Parr Arms, turn left and walk down the cobbled village street past the church. Just before the canal bridge, turn right into Canal Side.
(1) After the first house, but before the second, turn right along a fenced path between gardens. After a footbridge, go through a kissing gate into Grappenhall Wood. Follow the obvious path ahead, following the electricity wires. At the end of the wood, bear right to the Wizard of the Woods statue.
(2) Go through the wooden kissing gate into the road and turn right. After 400 yards, having crossed a stream, turn left into a driveway with a public footpath sign. Pass a house on the left and continue along the green lane beyond to a gate.
(3) Beyond the gate, walk past a pond on your left, then turn left along a well-surfaced path within a belt of trees. Bear right at the end of the trees and follow the fieldside path ahead, with a small stream on your left. Cross the stream at a footbridge and turn right, with the buildings of Grappenhall Heys away to your right. Follow the path to the right and left around a pond, and along the right-hand edge of a further couple of fields. Just before you reach the road, bear right, then turn left over a footbridge to emerge opposite the entrance to Stud Farm.
(4) Cross the road and turn left along the pavement, past a brick barn and then past Brantwood Cottage. At a T-junction, turn right into Dingle Lane. Follow the lane past Dingle Farm (on your left) and down into the valley. Cross the bridge over the stream in the valley bottom, then turn right through a metal barrier. Pass the wooded sign for The Dingle, and a sandstone outcrop on the left, and follow the obvious path down the valley, crossing the stream twice at one point and ignoring any paths off to the left.
(5) After half a mile, pass under a road bridge dated 1997. Shortly afterwards, follow the paved path to the right of some houses to meet Dale Lane. Follow the road for a short distance, then turn right (signposted to Lumb Brook Lane) over the stream into Lumb Brook Millennium Green. Follow the path ahead along a hedge and then across a field to a road opposite Witherwin Farm.
(6) Cross and turn left, passing a lodge-house on your right, then turn right at a kissing gate along a footpath following a belt of trees (with a Woodland Trust sign). Follow the path along the belt of trees as it bends right then left to pass in front of the mock-Georgian houses of Grappenhall Heys. By an exit to the road, keep right, within the woods; cross a footbridge and take the right-hand path along a short boardwalk past a pond and up some steps.
(7) When you reach a kissing gate into a surfaced path, turn left (signposted “Grappenhall village ⅓m”). Follow the path back to Grappenhall village, passing the cricket pitch on your left. When you meet the road, cross over into the tarmac path opposite.
(8) When you emerge on the main village street again, turn right to return to the Parr Arms.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 112ft - Parr Arms
1 : mi 0.15 - alt. 108ft - Fenced path
2 : mi 0.51 - alt. 128ft - Wooden kissing gate
3 : mi 0.9 - alt. 161ft - Pond
4 : mi 1.73 - alt. 177ft - Lumb Brook Road
5 : mi 2.7 - alt. 128ft - Bridge
6 : mi 3.1 - alt. 131ft - Lumb Brook Road
7 : mi 3.86 - alt. 164ft - Kissing gate
8 : mi 4.27 - alt. 115ft - Church Lane
D/A : mi 4.39 - alt. 112ft - Parr Arms
Generally level; some paths may be muddy after rain.
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