GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cown Edge Way - Hazel Grove - Mellor - Charlesworth Walk

17 miles (28 km)

Visit the striking Cown Edge rocks on this walk through Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.
The path starts at Hazel Grove and heads east towards Marple where you can enjoy waterside stretches along the Macclesfield Canal and the Peak Forest Canal with views of the River Goyt.
Just east of Marple you then begin the ascent to Cown Edge, passing Mellor and Hollywood End on the way. Near Mellor there's a religous cross which marks the site where John Wesley preached during the 18th century.
The path then takes you along Cown Edge Rocks and Coombe Edge Rocks where there are splendid views of the Peak District.
At Coombe Edge the route turns west towards Charlesworth before taking you over the River Etherow to Werneth Low and then onto the finish point at Gee Cross.

Cown Edge Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cown Edge Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks, Greater Manchester Walks and Peak District Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Cown Edge Way footpath - - 1519454

This section gives a good view over the Etherow valley and on to the Great wood in the distance.

Cown Edge - - 21842

 A view from the west side of Cown Edge towards east Manchester.

Pennine Bridleway, Cown Edge - - 519526

A cyclist on the Pennine Bridleway at Cown Edge. The Edge is crossed about 4¾ miles north of Hayfield. Here we are at the summit at an elevation of 380 metres. The Kinder Scout massif can be seen on the skyline.

Spoil heap on Cown Edge - - 1760861

Spoil heap on Cown Edge

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Cown Edge Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Cown Edge Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)