GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dane Valley Way

41 miles (66 km)

Follow the River Dane through Derbyshire and Cheshire on this fabulous walk from Buxton to Middlewich.
Highlights on the route include the wonderful Three Shires Head where the counties of Cheshire,Derbyshire andStaffordshiremeet. Here you will find pretty waterfalls, pools and an old packhorse bridge. Near here you will pass the fascinating deep mossy chasm of Lud's Church. The route also passes through the attractive town of Buxton and the delightful Buxton Country Park.
Here you can enjoy a climb to the Victorian folly of Solomon's Temple and enjoy some wonderful views over the valley. Just west of Buxton there's Axe Edge Moor where you will find the source of the river at the foot of Cheeks Hill.
Near Congleton there's also the lovely Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. There's a pretty lake and an abundance of wildlife to see here.

Dane Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dane Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Near Congleton you could stop off at the excellent Swettenham Arms. The 16th century country inn includes a lovely lavender garden where you can enjoy fine food on a summer day. You can find them in Swettenham village at postcode CW12 2LF for your sat navs.
In Holmes Chapel there's the George & Dragon. They serve high quality food from the conservatory restaurant, while outside there's a lovely terrace garden for warmer days. You can find them on Middlewich Road at postcode CW4 7EA.
At Middlewich there's the splendidly located Kings Lock Inn. There's an unusual and charming interior witha bar built in the shape of a narrowboat, closely resembling the one at The Shroppie Fly at Audlem. There's also a nice garden area outside where you can sit and watch the boats go by on a summer day. You can find them on 1 Booth Lane with a postcode of CW10 0JJ for your sat navs.
At Cheshire based Wincle there's the Ship Inn to visit. The historic pub dates all the way back to the 16th century and has a cosy interior with fires to warm yourself by during the colder months. In the summer you can sit outside in the little beer garden. There's a good menu and decent selection of ales at this fine village pub. You can find the Ship at Barlow Hill, Wincle with a postcode of SK11 0QE for your sat navs. Near here you can also visit the excellent Wincle brewery. The site includes a small shop and tasting room where you can sample some of the 'eccentric' ales brewed here.


Dane Valley Way - - 1446685

Five bar gate on the Dane Valley footpath, east of Holmes Chapel.

Dane Valley Way near Danebridge - - 1298841

Near Danebridge

Dane Valley Way near Reeve-edge Quarries - - 1571729

Reeve-edge Quarries

River Dane footbridge - - 898112

River Dane footbridge

River Dane above Three Shire Heads - - 175799

River Dane above Three Shire Heads. Following the footpath to the A54 from Three Shire Heads (part of the Dane Valley Way). The county boundary follows the Dane; to the left is Cheshire, to the right Derbyshire.

Dane Valley Way - north - - 977376

Looking north across Axe Edge Moor.
The elevated moor is the highest stretch of this Long Distance Footpath from Middlewich to Buxton. The view is from late summer.

Weir on River Dane - - 117987

Weir on River Dane. The River Dane here forms the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire, flowing in a valley traversed by the Dane Valley Way. This weir is 120m upstream from the footbridge (photographer location) near Gig Hall. Peaceful enough most of the time, but when there has been heavy rain on the Pennines - and despite weirs like this - Northwich (32 km downstream as the crow flies) can still get flooded.

River Dane - - 447274

View downstream (towards Northwich) from Shipbrook Bridge, Davenham.


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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