A gentle exploration of our delightful wooded valley with plenty of scope for varying the distance.
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) Walk up the main entrance drive from Harrop Fold Farm until just before you reach the road. Turn left over a stile by a gate and walk down the walled path in front of you, which follows the line of the old road. Cross the stream at the bottom and walk up the slope beyond. Once over a stile at the top of the hill, turn right, and then left along a walled track.
(1) Keep to the left of Further Harrop Farm and then, beyond the buildings, follow a path straight on, between fenced paddocks. When you reach a small valley, turn right and drop down to ford the stream. Beyond the stile at the top of the slope follow a tumbledown wall across open fields and then continue along the contour when it peters out, to reach Harrop Wood.
(2) Follow the path through the wood until it drops to a stile and a small stream. Turn left and walk downhill past two animal shelters. Follow the fenced drive and then, before it enters the property, take a path on the left that drops to a clapper bridge over a stream. Cross the second bridge and walk up the slope to a gate by a farmhouse. (For a shorter walk, turn left between the two bridges and follow this path back to Harrop Fold.) Walk past the farmhouse and along the winding driveway beyond. Keep along this metalled lane, passing the entrance to Winterside Farm.
(3) At the next farm (Heyshead Farm) where the lane starts to descend (keep straight on for Bollington), turn left up to some stone steps and over a step stile. The path meets a wall, which you follow to a further stile. Walk behind and above Winterside Farm until you meet the driveway to Billingeside Farm at a hairpin bend.
(4) Turn left and follow the drive down to and through a gateway in the wall, then turn immediately right to a stile in a hedge. Cross the field beyond, aiming to the left of Brown House. Go through a hand gate into a track; turn left and then immediately right over a stile. Cross the next field, aiming for Harrop Fold, to a gate in the hedge and beyond it a footbridge and stile. After crossing the next field, drop to another footbridge and then another stile. Walk up the hill over yet another stile (by a field gate) and then head on up the hill to the right of the nearest barn. A stile on the left by the barn gives access back into Harrop Fold Farm.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 899ft - Harrop Fold Farm
1 : mi 0.5 - alt. 915ft - Further Harrop Farm
2 : mi 1.09 - alt. 860ft - Harrop Wood
3 : mi 1.77 - alt. 755ft - Heyshead Farm
4 : mi 2.06 - alt. 863ft - Hairpin bend
D/A : mi 2.61 - alt. 899ft - Harrop Fold Farm
Field and woodland paths may be muddy after rain. Several stiles.
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