This walk starts at the big roundabout on Altrincham Road just before the airport tunnels.
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) Facing towards the airport tunnels, take the very clearly marked path on the right. The path leads to Styal Mill and has delightful riverside views. A highlight along this path is Giants Castle Bridge.
(1) Once at Quarry Bank you can visit the working mill and Apprentice House which are managed by the National Trust. There is a good restaurant in the Mill and a shop and snack bar in the courtyard. If you fancy a pint, you can take a slight detour to Styal Village to the Ship Inn.
(2) Return to the start of the walk by taking the footpath behind the Mill which gives good views of the River Bollin and the meadow at the back of the mill as well as the Mill Owners House and grounds. Continue to Bank House Farm along a lovely leafy stretch and then back onto Altrincham Road to the start of the walk.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 157ft - Airport tunnels
1 : mi 1.57 - alt. 230ft - Quarry Bank
2 : mi 2.04 - alt. 207ft - Mill
D/A : mi 3.25 - alt. 157ft - Airport tunnels
You can park your car along the lane up from the Holiday Inn but it does fill up quickly at weekends.
It can be very muddy around Bank House Farm in the winter.
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This a pleasant little walk and sadly part of it is disappearing under concrete. Manchester Airport have developed on either side of Sunbank Lane. There was a petition to stop it but sadly it failed. There are some before and after pictures on the slideshow.
Lindow Common is a very popular area and is well worth a visit in its own right. The common is crisscrossed by numerous footpaths and contains the Black Lake. It’s worthwhile exploring areas away from Black Lake where there are some small pools and expanses of heather. There is a lot of conservation work being carried out on the common which is designed to keep its open aspect and to protect wildlife and fauna. It is designated as a site of special scientific interest.
Easy and flat walk from Wood Lane to Higherhouse Farm.
Great walk from Castle Mill Lane to Kell House Farm.
Nice and flat walk from Lady Lane to Valewood Farm.
This is a short walk around Lindow Moss. The area became famous when Lindow Man was discovered by peat cutters in August 1984. The footpath skirts the edge of Lindow Moss where peat is still extracted. There is a Lindow Moss website here and you can find information about Lindow Man here. This route keeps to the public footpaths, but there are many unofficial routes across the moss.
Walk from Moor Lane to Mobberley Golf Course passing through Nature Reserve.
This interesting walk through Pownall Park takes in Carnival Fields and St. Olaf's Chapel which was built by the Boddington Family. Sadly, it is now just a ruin. Some of this route follows public footpaths through the Pownall Park area which are now are pretty much back alleys through the area.
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