GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stalybridge Country Park

4 miles (7 km)

This country park contains several large reservoirs and some beautiful open moorland. It is ideal for walking and cycling with the super Pennine Bridleway and the Tame Valley Way both passing through the park. You can stay in the lower part of the Brushes Valley and around Carrbrook for flatter, well surfaced paths or climb to Wild Bank where there are fabulous views of the Pennine Moors. The waterside stretch along Walkerwood Reservoir, Brushes Reservoir and the Swineshaw Reservoirs is particularly lovely. The park is located a couple of miles east of the centre of Stalybridge.

Postcode

SK15 3QP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Stalybridge Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stalybridge Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Hare & Hounds pub is located a short distance from Walkerwood Reservoir in Millbrook. They do good food and have a small garden area too. You can find it a short stroll north west from the car park at 394 Huddersfield Rd with a postcode of SK15 3ET for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The park's trails are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably bump into other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

There's plenty of other walks to try around Stalybridge. To the east you can pick up the popular Longdendale Trail and visit Bottoms Reservoir, Torside Reservoir and Woodhead Reservoir. At the eastern end of Woodhead Reservoir there's a car park where you can start the Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk. The area is a bit of a hidden gem with walks along the River Etherow to some beautiful waterfalls and wonderful rock formations. On the northern side of Torside Reservoir there's the hamlet of Crowden which is a popular start point for many walks. For example you could try the Crowden Black Hill Walk which climbs to the highest point in the historic county of Cheshire. There's great views to be enjoyed on this challenging climb.
Arnfield Reservoir is located just to the south east of the park and has a nice walking trail to try. Our walk takes you along the eastern edge of the reservoir before visiting the woodland and lake in the nearby Hollingworth Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.

Photos

Walkerwood Reservoir - view from the spillway bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1399308

Walkerwood Reservoir

Base Of Cock Knarr Dam - geograph.org.uk - 1399316

Base Of Cock Knarr Dam

Lower Brushes Valley - geograph.org.uk - 1280173

Lower Brushes Valley

Millbrook Church, Stalybridge - geograph.org.uk - 2582

View south along Huddersfield Road, Millbrook, Greater Manchester, toward the tower and spire of St James' parish church. The Church Inn is on the left.

Brushes Pond - geograph.org.uk - 1280169

Brushes Pond. Pond in the Lower Brushes Valley, Stalybridge Country Park.

Lower Brushes Valley - geograph.org.uk - 1280175

Lower Brushes Valley. Steps from Elms Road leading down into the Lower Brushes Valley.

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GPS Files

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