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Ashley Rail Trail Route

Grade

Easy

Type

Walk

Description

Grade: Easy Distance: 3 3/4 miles/6 km Time: 1 3/4 to 2 hours Start: Ashley Railway Station Map: OS Explorer 268 Terrain: Almost flat, surfaced tracks and unsurfaced footpaths Barriers: 0 stiles, 3 kissing gates Toilets: None on route, but available for patrons of the Greyhound Pub.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 Proceed from the station up to the road at the top and turn right into Ashley Road. After approximately 100 yards, passing the church on your right, turn right on a sharp bend, through a gate onto a surfaced farm track heading north.
  2. 2 After a short distance, the track crosses the M56 via a bridge. Continue along this track, passing Ashley Hall Farm on your left. Shortly after the farm, the track becomes tarmac and eventually meets Ashley Road. Continue straight on along Ashley Road before taking the first turn left into Ashley Mill Lane.
  3. 3 In approximately 150 yards there is a fork where you take the lane on the left, signposted for Ryecroft Farm. Follow this road for nearly a mile until Ryecroft Farm is almost reached. There is a lone oak tree about half way with a conveniently placed picnic table beneath it which makes for an excellent refreshment stop!
  4. 4 Turn left through a kissing gate, just before the farm buildings, to follow the hedge line towards the M56, then after a short distance turn left again through another kissing gate. The path then heads parallel to the motorway with woodland to your right, until it turns right and the motorway is crossed by an over bridge.
  5. 5 After crossing the bridge immediately turn left onto the Bollin Valley Way footpath, which follows the motorway for about a fifth of a mile and then turns right following a field boundary. Follow the path beside the hedge which will eventually curve round to the left. Keep following this until a surfaced road is reached via a kissing gate and carry on straight ahead to pass Birkin Farm on your right. Follow this road which winds its way until the station entrance is found on your left.

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