GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Longdendale Trail

8 miles (13 km)

This splendid cycling and walking trail follows a disused railway line through the Longdendale in the Peak District National Park. The path starts in Hadfield and runs alongside a series of beautiful reservoirs including Bottoms Reservoir, Torside Reservoir, Woodhead Reservoir and Rhodeswood Reservoir before finishing at Salter's Brook. It runs for just over 8 miles on a gradually ascending path which is ideal for both cyclists and walkers. There's also fine views of the lovely rolling hills and countryside for the duration of the route. It's easy to access with a train station and public car park right next to the start point at the western end in Hadfield.
The route is part of National Cycle Route 62 which runs for 208 miles from the Lancashire coast at Fleetwood to Selby in North Yorkshire. You could extend your exercise by contuing along the signed route into the Peak District and beyond.


SK13 1DW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Longdendale Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Longdendale Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Dog and Partridge is located near the eastern end of the route. It's an ancient Inn with an interesting history that can be traced back to the Elizabethan period.It was originally a farmhouse and alehouse, supplying shelter and refreshment for travelers crossing the hostile moors of the Pennines. First known as Border Hill House, the Inn became known as the Dog and Partridge on receipt of its first license all the way back in 1740. The inn has an attractive interior with traditional oak beams, nostalgic photographsand roaring fires to warm yourself by. They do very good food and also have a fine selections of drinks. You can find the pub just to the east of the route at postcode S36 4HH for your sat navs.
Just above Bottoms Reservoir in the little village of Tintwistle you'll find the excellent Bull's Head. The 16th century pub does very good food and has a nice cosy fire for winter days. You can easily find the pub in the village at a postcode of SK13 1JY for your sat navs. It's also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Dog Walking

Many people walk their dogs along the trail so you will probably see plenty of other owners on your outing.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The trail starts conveniently close to Hadfield train station at its western end. The station is one of the twin termini at the Derbyshire end of theManchester-Glossop Line, the other beingGlossop.You can catch trains to Hadfield from Manchester Piccadilly via Glossop. They generally run about every half hour. There is also a public car park near here at a postcode of SK13 1DW.
On the northern side of the reservoirs you will find 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.
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. It's located just south of the trail and well worth a visit if you have time.
The route passes along part of the epic Pennine Cycleway which can be used to further extend your ride.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Information sign on Longdendale Trail - - 619898

Information sign on Longdendale Trail Behind is Bottoms reservoir and the village of Tintwistle. Longdendale is the name given to the upper valley of the River Etherow. The trail follows the line of the old Manchester - Sheffield line originally opened in 1845 by the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway. Closed to passengers in 1970 and freight in 1981.

Longdendale Trail at Woodhead Reservoir - - 949949

Longdendale Trail at Woodhead Reservoir

Road Bridge over the Longdendale Trail - - 1277571

Road Bridge over the Longdendale Trail

Longdendale Trail with bridge - - 245516

Trail and bridge. The bridge is the Hadfield to Padfield road. The trail is part of the Trans-Pennine Route (National Cycle Route 62) and follows the route of the old Great Central Railway.

Longdendale Trail near Deepclough - - 949910

Near Deepclough

Path to Longdendale Trail from Padfield - - 949892

From Padfield

Woodhead Reservoir Overflow Channel - - 436853

Woodhead Reservoir Overflow Channel. This picture shows a brimfull Woodhead Reservoir overflowing into the overflow channel located at the Western end of the reservoir. The dam wall and the concrete overflow channel just downstream of here was substantally strengthened in the late 1980's. In the background is the B6105 road which joins the A628 trunk road at the top of the rise.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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