Roman Lakes and Cobden Edge

Superb views, bird-rich lakes, historic buildings and a bracing climb to a hilltop cross amid gritstone quarries.

Technical sheet
No. 16315210
A Manchester walk posted on 25/10/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 25/10/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.01mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 735ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 712ft
Highest point Highest point : 1070ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 299ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.39354° / W 2.016269°
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Description

(D/A) From the front door, turn right (downhill) and follow the road to the Devonshire Arms.

(1) Turn left into Gibb Lane. Follow the lane to a junction, where you turn right (signposted to the scout camp and golf course). Cross a stream and keep on up the lane, passing a covered well as you approach the hamlet of Tarden.

(2) Walk past the cottages and farms of Tarden and follow the road as it bends left to the golf course entrance. Ignore the road to the clubhouse on the right, keeping on past the 1st tee and bending right by a bench. Pass the entrance to the main car park on your right, following the lane signposted to Linnet Clough Scout Camp and Activity Centre. Pass the camp entrance and follow the track beyond (signposted to Marple Bridge on PNFS sign no. 461). Follow this track downhill all the way to Bottoms Hall.

(3) Beyond the farm buildings and house turn left into the unsurfaced Lakes Road. Pass the entrance to Roman Lakes Leisure Park to meet the River Goyt. Walk under the railway viaduct and past the weir, and then past Floodgates Cottage. Pass a couple of houses (Roman Lodge and Strawberry Hill) – it’s worth a short detour to view Roman Bridge over the river on your right, but keep to the left bank of the river to continue.

(4) The track eventually leaves the river and passes under the railway to reach Windy Bottom. Beyond the farm, the track curves back rightwards towards the railway line. At a junction of bridleways, turn left, uphill and away from the railway. Follow this track uphill, crossing one of the fairways of the golf course. At a crossing path, turn right, away from the golf course and past a house called The Shielan.

(5) At the next junction, turn left up the track and pass the buildings of Cross Gates Farm. Cross the next drive and walk up a walled hollow way, which curves steeply uphill between farms and past a small quarry. Ignore a downhill track on the right with a stone gatepost, to reach a driveway. Turn left along the driveway, with views over the golf course away to your left, until you meet the road at Paradise Farm. Clamber up the rocky slope to the cross and admire the wide view while you get your breath back. Behind the cross, follow a path that leads to the left of a disused quarry, then bear left on a path that leads back to the rocky trackway of Black Lane. Turn right (uphill, briefly). As you reach the brow of the hill a wide view of Kinder Scout is revealed. Continue along Black Lane, now descending, until you reach a T-junction of tracks.

(6) Turn left and follow Primrose Lane for a quarter of a mile until you reach a road. Cross straight over the road into the entrance drive of Birchenough Farm.

(7) At a crossroads of paths before the first farmhouse, turn right (signposted to Moorend on PNFS sign no. 466). Swing left in front of another farmhouse, across a cobbled yard, and then exit the farmyard to your right by a stile next to a gate. Follow the right-hand edge of the next field to a gap in the wall in the far corner. As you descend the last field, aim for the left-hand end of a row of houses in the bottom, where you will find a squeeze stile and footbridge. 30 Swing left and follow a short path through gardens to return to the Oddfellows.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 745ft - The Oddfellows
1 : mi 0.34 - alt. 640ft - Gibb Lane
2 : mi 0.82 - alt. 623ft - Tarden
3 : mi 1.67 - alt. 315ft - Lakes Road
4 : mi 2.56 - alt. 354ft - Railway
5 : mi 3.16 - alt. 545ft - The Shielan
6 : mi 4.31 - alt. 1010ft - Primrose Lane
7 : mi 4.67 - alt. 932ft - Birchenough Farm
D/A : mi 5.01 - alt. 745ft - The Oddfellows

Useful Information

One long ascent, some rocky paths, and some muddy sections may be encountered in winter.

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

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