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Nelson Pit Walk 2






Grade: Moderate Distance: 9.5 km/6 miles Time: 2hrs 30mins Start: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre Map: OS Explorer 268 Terrain: Some uphill sections Toilets: Available 364 days a year between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the Start and End of the route.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 Cross the bridge over the canal and keep ahead on the rough road past Ivy Cottage.
  2. 2 Just beyond a house on the left, cross the cattle grid and walk ahead with the woods on the right. Cross a stream and another cattle grid and climb the hill. Enter Lyme Park and follow the track ahead, with a dry stone wall on the left.
  3. 3 The track bends left and another track joins from the right. Reaching a junction turn left downhill, then keep bearing left to the car park.
  4. 4 From the Information hut, climb the steps to reach the front of the house. Turn left over the grass (north), taking the rough path uphill between the trees and climb to the Cage.
  5. 5 Travelling north, (the side of the Cage without a sundial faces north) walk downhill. At the tarmac road turn right, on reaching the admissions box turn immediately left. Passing in front of a cottage on the right, cross two bridges and walk up the hill. Cross a cattle grid with a high gate, then bear right, following the sign for “Middlecale Wood”. Follow the dry-stone wall to the right and cross three stiles to reach Ryles Wood.
  6. 6 Walk downhill to the footbridge and rise to cross a stile. Keep ahead through the field to another stile in the left hand corner. Cross the path and into the field with a large tree stump. Keeping to the right, walk ahead to reach a stile with a large stone step.
  7. 7 Over the stile and turn left (south), walk 50 yards to a stile, go ahead through the field and then over another stile in the far left corner. Barlow House Farm will be facing you. Turn right and follow the yellow waymarkers as the path bends left. Go over a stile and turn immediately right onto the tarmac road. Walk over the bridge on the Macclesfield Canal.
  8. 8 Continue along the road until you reach a stone bridge. Go down the steps to the right of the bridge and turn left under it. You are now on the Middlewood Way.
  9. 9 Take the lower path and return to Nelson Pit by way of the ramp up from the platform of the old Higher Poynton Station just after Lyme Road Bridge (Bridge 15).

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