A walk through sheep pastures with wide views and sturdy stone-built hill farms.
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) Leave the Hanging Gate by walking between the pub entrance and the outside toilets. Bear right through the kissing gate and continue down the partly paved path through a second and third kissing gate to emerge on Meg Lane. Turn left and walk down the lane, passing a driveway on your left, and after 75 yards turn left at a footpath sign down a farm track. Follow the track through a series of farm gates and then follow the wall to a kissing gate marked with a Gritstone Trail disc. Follow the hawthorn bushes beyond, keeping them on your right for some distance. Eventually, go through another kissing gate and head half-left down the hill towards Hartstone Farm. Keep to the left of the farmhouse to another kissing gate and pass through a small paddock with a duck pond on your left. Emerge through a hand gate onto a driveway and carry on up the track, away from the house, to reach Hollin Lane by the Ryles Arms.
(1) Turn left and walk up the lane passing Kinderfields Edge, a converted barn. Continue along Hollin Lane for half a mile then turn left up Withenshaw Lane. Climb past Withenshaw Farm on your left, then ignore a farm track on your left.
(2) At the end of a line of trees on your left, scramble up the bank and cross a stile next to a gate. The faint track bears slightly left and passes through a gateless opening in a stone wall. Follow the wall beyond to reach High Lee Farm. Go through a metal gate then cross a stile on your right. Bear half-left down the field and, where the stone wall on your left meets a wire fence, cross the wooden stile. Follow the fence on your left, then drop down steeply to a squeeze stile and footbridge over a stream. Bear left up the opposite slope to a waymark post, and follow the contouring path along the scant remains of an old wall.
(3) Ignore the farm track to Pot Lords Farm, continuing along the wall ahead of you. Cross a stone stile by a gate and keep along the wall. At the bottom of a wall on your right is a sign reading “FOOTPATH TO HANGING GATE ONLY/NO ACCESS THROUGH POT LORDS FARM”. Head uphill, meeting a vague track that heads leftwards up to the road opposite Old Dollard's Cottage. Turn left to return to the Hanging Gate.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1070ft - Hanging Gate
1 : mi 0.88 - alt. 738ft - Hollin Lane
2 : mi 1.87 - alt. 1099ft - Line of trees
3 : mi 2.55 - alt. 984ft - Pot Lords Farm
D/A : mi 2.76 - alt. 1066ft - Hanging Gate
Paths may be boggy in winter; some road walking.
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