GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Etherow Country Park

4 miles (6 km)

Enjoy a stroll along the River Etherow and around the large reservoir in this pretty country park near Marple and Stockport. The park also includes a mill pond, a picturesque waterfall, bluebells in Ernocroft Wood and the 32 acre Compstall Nature Reserve. The lake is a good spot for birdwatching with several species of wildfowl regular visitors to the area.
The Etherow Goyt Valley Way and the Goyt Way walking routes run through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk on these trails.
Head west along the river trail and you could visit the lovely Chadkirk Country Estate. Here you'll find a wonderful 16th century chapel, a 60 acre farm and a walled garden. You can also pick up the Peak Forest Canal in this area.
The address for Etherow park is: George Street, Compstall, Romiley, Stockport SK6 5JD. The Romiley Walk visits the park from the train station in the nearby village.


SK6 5JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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


Next to the visitor centre there's a decent on site cafe for refreshments after your walk. They have a good menu selling a range of meals and snacks.

Dog Walking

The woods and riverside trails are ideal for dog walking so you're bound to bump into other owners on a fine day. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Follow footpaths north from the park and you will soon come to Werneth Low Country Park. The park includes a splendid hill top viewpoint with excellent views over the canal, Greater Manchester and the Pennine Hills. There's also a fine parkside pub for refreshments.
Just to the west you could pick up the Peak Forest Canal and enjoy an easy walk along the towpath.
Just to the south there's the climb to the Mellor Cross to try. The religous cross marks the site where Methodist John Wesley preached during the 18th century. There are fine views from the elevated position of the site.
Just to the east is the pretty little hamlet of Rowarth. Here you will find the Little Mill Inn, a delightful Grade II listed inn set in a former candlewick mill,with a waterwheel in the adjacent stream. The historic mill is well known locally and includes an outdoor area with ducks and geese on the river, chickens roaming free and rabbits in a large outdoor pen. Our walk from the village climbs to the geologically fascinating Cown Edge Rocks and Robin Hood's Picking Rods.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.


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View across the lake where all sorts of wildfowl can be seen.

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A footpath through Ernocroft wood in the park

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A small wooden jetty at the top end of the Compstall Mills pond

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Lovely view of the lakeside path in May

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Reservoir at the north end of Compstall Navigation. This reservoir and the nearby weir were constructed to supply water to the mills at Compstall. The mill race was constructed as a canal which was also used to transport coal from a mine in Ernocroft Wood.

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View of the bridge and weir over the river in the park. The weir was constructed in the early 19th century to impound water to power mills at Compstall. The incongruously modern bridge, complete with footways, was constructed in 2006 to replace an earlier structure.

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The sensory and wildlife garden

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Abandoned coal barge. This tub boat was used to carry coal to Compstall. A tramway transported coal to the canal from a mine in Ernocroft Wood. The canal, which also supplied water to power cotton mills at Compstall, was constructed in the first quarter of the 19th century. The barge has been lying abandoned at this location since at least the 1920s.


GPS Files

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