North Cheshire Riders

Rides in East Cheshire

Ride 1Laureen’s Ride ‘Cheshire Cheese’

(southern loop) clockwise

 

You can park at the Stag, Mill Lane Great Warford 01565 872350 postcode SK9 7TY.  Provided the spaces are pre-booked and the riders have order a sandwich/drink or order a packed lunch, parking is free for a couple of horsebox/trailers

Tethering rails, water buckets, hay nets and a mounting block plus tables and chairs for riders are planned. For other parking see http://www.northcheshireriders.webs.com/


1.     Turn right from the car park on Mill Lane and after the pelican crossing turn left on a bridleway.

2.     Keep straight ahead until the track bears left, where you go through the bridle gate on the right into a field, keeping straight ahead through a small wood and another field to a tarmac track. Cross a byway and at t junction turn right and straight over the A537 at Chelford into Pepper Street.

3.     After a quarter of a mile take the bridleway on the right and at its end turn right, then immediately left.

4.     At the next T junction, turn left into Sandhole Lane and straight ahead on a field edge bridleway, which continues in a straight line to the water tower on the horizon. After the water tower ride straight ahead through a field and into a fenced track.

5.     At the end of that track turn right on Stocks Lane then first left into Grotto Lane.

6.     Take the next right and ride for one mile, passing Peover Hall.

7.     Turn right on a bridleway, following this straight ahead for one and a half miles.  At the t junction turn right.

8.     At the cross roads with the A50 go straight over into Townfield lane. At the next junction turn right into Heath Lane which becomes Foxcovert lane. After a mile bear right to a t junction with Free Green Lane where you turn left.

9.     Take the bridleway on the right in a few yards, following it through the farmyard and on for a mile to the A50.

10. Keep on the verge here crossing into Stocks Lane by the Whipping Stocks pub.

11. After three quarters of a mile turn left on a bridleway in a poplar wood. After a hundred yards, with a stable yard on your left bear right on tarmac then, by Lower Moss Wood Nature Reserve, take the bridleway on the left.

12. When this hedged bridleway ends bear right to follow the field edge track to Ash Farm then through the farmyard to Seven Sisters Lane.

13. Turn right on Seven Sisters Lane, using the verge and at the A537 go straight across into Marthall Lane.

14. After a mile turn left on a bridleway and follow this straight ahead using the bridle gate by the cattle grid. This passes Mount Pleasant farm and crosses a bridge to come out on a tarmac farm lane*. Go straight ahead and follow the tarmac right to reach Pedley lane. Turn left on Pedley Lane and then right on Ancoats Lane.

15. *At the t junction with Warford Lane turn right, then first right again on Mill Lane to get back to the Stag.

 

* join the northern loop at either of these two points

 

 No 2. Airport bridleways

EASY

Planes are usually just a rider frightener- these are good all weather tracks linked by mainly quiet lanes

 9 miles

Start from the Plough and Flail Paddock Hill ring 01565 873537 for permission

Grid ref SJ816797 map Landranger 118 or Explorer 268

  1. Ride back down Paddock Hill and at the junction with a small wood and pond bear right
  2. Turn right on Moss Lane
  3. After Egerton’s turn left on Graveyard Lane. Turn right on Newton Hall lane
  4. Shortly bear left and left again on Davenport Lane
  5. Turn right on Blakeley Lane and then left on Ostlers Lane, keeping left at the junction with Woodend lane
  6. This becomes a bridleway
  7. At the road turn left on Lady Lane with airport access gates on your right
  8. Turn right on a bridleway (signed footpath but permissive horse access) across the end of runway 2
  9. At the road turn left on Wood Lane with airport access gates on your right
  10. Turn left again at the junction, with Breach House Lane on your right
  11. At the t junction turn left
  12. Pass a minor road on your right where you can see Mobberley railway station and the horse friendly Railway pub then another minor road right
  13. Go straight ahead about 1 mile and at the junction turn left on Lady Lane
  14. Turn first right on Davenport Lane
  15. From the junction where you originally left Davenport Lane on your way out, retrace your steps to your transport

 4.5 miles

Start from the Railway Station Road Mobberley ring 01565 873155 for permission

 Grid ref SJ777814 map Landranger 118 or Explorer 268

  1. Leave the pub car park and cross the railway line
  2. At the road turn left and in one hundred yards turn right on Wood Lane
  3. Follow Wood Lane to its end and take the bridleway on the right which goes across the end of runway 2
  4. Turn left on Lady lane and shortly right on another bridleway which becomes a lane
  5. At the next junction with Woodend Lane bear right
  6. At the T junction turn right on Blakeley lane
  7. At the next T junction right on davenport Lane back to Lady lane
  8. This time turn left and then right on Hobcroft lane back the Railway station and pub.

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  No 3. Alderley Edge

 EASY

 Explorer 268 or Landranger 118

6.5 miles

 Mostly quiet lanes/tracks some turf and good steady hill work. Park at layby at grid ref. SJ on Slade Lane (off Macclesfield Road B5087)862757 just above the junction with Hocker Lane.

1   Turn right down Slade lane and at a crossroads of roads and rights of way, go straight ahead. This bridleway comes out on Birtles Lane.

2   Turn left here and after a mile first left, Hocker Lane. You will reach the cross roads of roads and rights of way again but this time go straight across, staying on Hocker Lane, which is now a track. At a t-junction of tracks turn left down cobbled Bradford Lane and then turn right on the A34 for one hundred yards (busy but good visibility)

3    Turn right into Artists Lane. Half way up the lane turn left on a bridleway that goes downhill and at the track turn right

4    Bear right to go up the hill through Windmill Wood on a signed permissive track

5   Cross straight over Artist’s lane onto a permissive bridleway

6   Turn right down Finlow Hill Lane.

7   Where Finlow Hill lane rejoins the B5087 use the permissive path on the verge 100 metres to Slade Lane and your transport.

 

3A. Alderley Edge

EASY

5.5 miles

Explorer 268 or Landranger 118.

 Mostly quiet lanes/tracks some turf and good steady hill work. Park at layby at grid ref. SJ on Slade Lane (off Macclesfield Road B5087)862757 just above the junction with Hocker Lane.

  1. Continue straight ahead on Slade Lane and eventually at the cross roads go straight ahead on to a bridleway
  2. Go through a gate onto an unfenced tarmac track and through a gate by a cattle grid
  3. At the end of the next field turn left on Birtles Lane.
  4. Take the next left at the top of the hill into Hocker Lane
  5. This will bring you back to the cross roads where you took the bridleway earlier. Go straight on this time still on Hocker lane, now a bridleway, with vehicle access to houses
  6. At the t junction turn right up cobbled Bradford lane bridleway.

7.     At the T junction with Finlow Hill Road turn right. Pass a riding stables and at the t junction bear right keeping to the path on the verge.

8.     Turn right on Slade Lane back to your transport

 

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3B Park on Soss Moss Lane grid reference SJ833765 in a surfaced lay-by just before the junction with Nursery Lane

  1. Proceed along Soss Moss lane toward Alderley Edge, cross the railway and take Welsh Row straight ahead.
  2. Cross the A34 to Artists Lane. Half way up the lane turn left on a bridleway that goes downhill and at the track turn right
  3. Bear right to go up the hill through Windmill Wood on a signed permissive track
  4. Cross straight over  Artist’s lane onto a permissive bridleway
  5. At the end turn right
  6. At the fork turn left down Finlow Hill Lane.
  7. Where Finlow Hill lane rejoins the B5087 use the permissive path on the verge 100 metres to Slade Lane.
  8. Turn right down Slade lane and at a crossroads of roads and rights of way, go straight ahead. This bridleway comes out on Birtles Lane. Turn left here and first left, Hocker Lane. You will reach the cross roads of roads and rights of way again but this time go straight across, staying on Hocker Lane, which is now a track. At a t-junction of tracks turn left down cobbled Bradford Lane and then turn  left on the A34 for one hundred yards (busy but good visibility)
  9. Turn right on Smith Lane
  10. At the t junction turn left on to Soss Moss lane and recross the railway bridge back to your transport

 

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 Ride 4. Arley Hall

5.5 miles

 Easy although you will have to dismount for some gates and solo riders will find the gated bridge awkward.

 Landranger map 109 Manchester

Parking is available at grid Ref. SJ693815, a small lay-by near Whitley Brook farm, just before the road crosses over the M6. Reach this spot by turning south off the A50 at High Legh Garden Centre.

1.      From the lay-by continue south over the motorway and, immediately after the bridge, right on a track that runs parallel to the motorway.

2.      Where this track meets another at a t junction, go through the gate and turn left along a narrow strip of woodland.

3.      At the back of a cottage called the Ashes there is a three-way bridleway sign. Turn  right here and across a field

4.      At the end of the field, go through the gate and right on a cobbled track.

5.      At a cross roads by Arley Hall turn right

6.      Just after the gates of Arley Hall, in the village, turn left on  a track at the side of a house with garages behind it

7.      Follow this track, which then crosses two open fields 

8.      Cross the gated wooden bridge over the stream and bear right, meeting a road at Hollies Farm.

9.      Turn right on the road and then right again

10.  After passing Crowley Lodge turn right again at a cross roads

11.  You will now retrace you hoofprints through the grounds of Arley Hall to ‘The Ashes’

12.  At the three way junction of bridleways turn right

13.  This short bridleway comes out on a tarmac estate road

14.  Turn right here and cross the stream

15.  At the t junction turn left

16.  This brings you to the public road again

17.  Turn left and cross the motorway bridge to your parking place

Ride 3A. Arley 

8 miles

 Easy although you will have to dismount for some gates and solo riders will find the gated bridge awkward.

1.      From the lay-by continue south over the motorway and, immediately after the bridge, right on a track that runs parallel to the motorway.

2.      Where this track meets another at a t junction go through the gate and turn left along a narrow strip of woodland

3.      At the back of a cottage called the Ashes there is a three-way bridleway sign. Turn  right here and across a field

4.      At the end of the field, go through the gate and right on a cobbled track.

5.      At a cross roads by Arley Hall turn right

6.      Just after the gates of Arley Hall, in the village, turn left on  a track at the side of a house with garages behind it

7.      Follow this track, which then crosses two open fields 

8.      Cross the gated wooden bridge over the stream and bear right, meeting a road at Hollies Farm.

9.      Turn right on the road and then right again

10.  After passing Crowley Lodge go straight ahead at a cross roads

11.  Follow this road around some sharp bends and at the junction turn right

12.  Where the road bears sharp left go down the farm track right to Fir Tree Farm on a Countryside Stewardship ‘Country walks’ bridleway (end date 30/09/2012)

13.  Just before the farm buildings take the waymarked track right.

14.  Follow the waymarks through a gate and a large field with a fishing pool on you left back to a gated track

15.  At the road go straight ahead

16.  At the cross rods turn left

17.  You will now retrace you hoofprints through the grounds of Arley Hall to ‘The Ashes’

18.  At the three way junction of bridleways turn right

19.  This short bridleway comes out on a tarmac estate road

20.  Turn right here and cross the stream

21.  At the t junction turn left

22.  This brings you to the public road again

23.  Turn left and cross the motorway bridge to your parking place

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Ride 5 Biddulph Valley Way

Map Explorer 268

 EASY

Park at Timbersbrook car park Grid reference SJ 894626.

Get there from the A54. The turn to Timbersbrook is about a mile from Congleton.

 Mix and match these rides with the Cloud and Crossley Hall circuits to get some hill and some easy going.

Ride 5a Length 3.5 miles

1.      Turn left out of Timbersbrook car park and right at the crossroads.

2.      Turn first right down Brookhouse Lane.

3.      Pass over the canal and before the railway viaduct left on to the Biddulph Valley Way.

4.      After the first bridge over road go down horse steps to the road (If you turn sharp left on to a bridleway at the foot of the steps, you will find a pub with hitching rails.)

5.      Turn right uphill passing under the Biddulph Valley Way and take the first left to find the Coach and Horses, a pub that has a small walled paddock/beer garden that can be used by riders and their horses. Continue past the pub to Timbersbrook and your transport.

 Ride 5b   Length 6 miles

1.      Turn left out of Timbersbrook car park and right at the crossroads.

2.      Turn first right down Brookhouse Lane.

3.      Pass over the canal and before the railway viaduct left on to the Biddulph Valley Way.

4.      (If you go down to the road. at the first road bridge and turn sharp left on to a bridleway, you will find a pub with hitching rails.)

5.      Where a track crosses the Way, at Bailey’s Wood, take the track to the right

6.      At the road turn left back to the Biddulph Valley Way and retrace your steps.

 Ride 5c  Length 10 miles

1.      Turn left out of Timbersbrook car park and right at the crossroads.

2.      Turn first right down Brookhouse Lane.

3.      Pass over the canal and before the railway bridge left on to the Biddulph Valley Way.

4.      (If you go down to the road. at the first road bridge and turn sharp left on to a bridleway, you will find a pub with hitching rails.)

5.      At the next road crossing at Bailey’s Wood take the track to the right

6.      Turn right at the end of the track and immediately right again up a bridleway to the top of the ridge then left along the top of the ridge to a road.

7.      Turn immediately left downhill and left again on Mow lane

8.      When Mow lane crosses the Biddulph Valley way turn left on it to retrace your steps

 

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Ride 6  Chelford

 EASY

 4 miles on quiet roads 50% and bridleways 50%

Park on Lapwing Lane (shown as cul de sac), second left south of Chelford off the A535 (GR821725). The layby is near the end in the woods. You can turn a horsebox at the end of the cul de sac. This is on maps Landranger 118 and Explorer 268

 The circuit takes about an hour to ride, using quiet roads and bridleways

 1.      From the layby, ride back toward the A535 and take the signed bridleway left

2.      Follow this as it winds its way around the sand quarry (the conveyors may be working weekdays). There are several opportunities for a canter

3.      At Whitecroft Heath Road turn left

4.      Where the road forks turn left (Whisterfield)

5.      Take the signed bridleway right

6.      At the next road turn left

7.      At the t junction turn  right toward Siddington

8.      Shortly take the road on the left into the small housing estate, following the road right to the end. Hiding by the laurel hedge is your  track

9.      Cross the ford (there is a narrow bridge too) and turn left on a bridleway along the top of a small wood. After the cottage turn left to rejoin the road

10.  Turn right on the road and where a road goes off to the right, take the bridleway left

11.  This takes you back to Lapwing Lane and your transport

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Ride 7. Crossley Hall and the Cloud

 EASY

5.5 miles

This quiet and scenic ‘lost way’ was re-opened 2005 thanks to work by Border Bridleways.

Start from Timbersbrook car park GR SJ895628 map Landranger 118 Stoke on Trent or Explorer 268. This is a large free parking area with toilets (often closed) and a picnic site.

  1. Turn right out of the car park and right up the bridleway (Acorn lane)
  2. Turn left at Tunstall Road. Stay on this road ignoring turns to left and right down a steep hill
  3. Just before the bridge over the river Dane, go through a wide metal gate on the left signposted bridleway.
  4. Follow this left across a field beside the river and over a wooden bridge on the river bank with a gate either side
  5. Climb a hill and cross the canal. There is often a very wet patch straight ahead and if you can get your horse under the branches, veer left to the fenceline to reach the canal.
  6. The bridleway is now a sunken track along a fence line.
  7. Go under the railway viaduct and through a small industrial estate
  8. Go through the edge of the garden on the right if the gate is closed.
  9. At the main road turn left. This road is busy and there is no verge but you only have to ride a short distance on it. As there are traffic lights to your right over a narrow bridge you can time it to avoid having traffic behind you.
  10. Turn left again just over the canal on to Peover Lane. Climb back uphill
  11. Turn right back on to Tunstall road.
  12. Turn right on to  Acorn Lane
  13. Turn right to the car park at Timbersbrook.

 Ride 7A Crossley Hall and the Cloud

  8 miles

 Easy with some hills

 Start from Timbersbrook car park GR SJ895628 map Landranger 118 Stoke on Trent or Explorer 268. This is a large free parking area with toilets (often closed) and a picnic site.

  1. Turn right out of the car park and right again up the bridleway (Acorn lane) and straight over the road into Gosberry Hole Lane
  2. At the end of this track turn left and pass the Bridestones prehistoric site
  3. Take the next left and at the t junction left again.
  4. At the fork take Red Lane left
  5.  at the cross roads turn right onto Tunstall Road,
  6. Ride down the steep hill and just before the bridge over the river Dane, go through wide metal gate on the left signposted bridleway
  7. Just before the bridge over the river Dane, go through a wide metal gate on the left signposted bridleway.
  8. Follow this left across a field beside the river and over a wooden bridge on the river bank with a gate either side
  9. Climb a hill and cross the canal. There is often a very wet patch straight ahead and if you can get your horse under the branches, veer left to the fenceline to reach the canal.
  10. The bridleway is now a sunken track along a fence line.
  11. Go under the railway viaduct and through a small industrial estate
  12. Go through the edge of the garden on the right if the gate is closed.
  13. At the main road turn left. This road is busy and there is no verge but you only have to ride a short distance on it. As there are traffic lights to you right over a narrow bridge you can time your ride to avoid having traffic behind you.
  14. Turn left again just over the canal on to Peover Lane. Climb back uphill
  15. Turn right back on to Tunstall road.
  16. Turn right on to  Acorn Lane
  17. Turn right to the car park at Timbersbrook.

 Ride 7B Crossley Hall and the Cloud

9.5 miles

 MODERATE some steep hills

 Start from Timbersbrook car park GR SJ895628 map Landranger 118 Stoke on Trent or Explorer 268. This is a large free parking area with toilets (often closed) and a picnic site.

 1.      Turn right out of the car park and right up the bridleway (Acorn lane) and straight over the road into Gosberry Hole Lane

2.      At the end of this track turn left and pass the Bridestones prehistoric site

3.      Take the next left after the Bridestones and at the t junction right downhill.

4.      Go left again at the next junction and then take the track left steeply downhill through Ravensclough.

5.      At the top turn left

6.      at the t junction turn right onto Tunstall Road, down a steep hill

7.       just before the bridge over the river Dane, go through the wide metal gate on the left signposted bridleway

8.      Follow this left across a field beside the river and over a wooden bridge on the river bank with a gate either side

9.      climb a hill and cross the canal. There is often a very wet patch straight ahead and if you can get your horse under the branches, veer left to the fenceline to reach the canal.

10.  The bridleway is now a sunken track along a fence line.

11.  Go under the railway viaduct and through a small industrial estate

12.  Go through the edge of the garden on the right if the gate is closed.

13.  At the main road turn left. This road is busy and there is no verge but you only have to ride a short distance on it. As there are traffic lights to you right over a narrow bridge you can time your ride to avoid having traffic behind you.

14.  Turn left again just over the canal on to Peover Lane. Climb back uphill

15.  Turn right back on to Tunstall road.

16.  Turn right on to  Acorn Lane

17.  Turn right to the car park at Timbersbrook.

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 Ride 8 GOOSTREY

 

EASY

A flat circuit of 6 miles (9.5 kms.) on bridleways (45%) and quiet country roads. Explorer Map 268  Landranger 118

Parking, by prior arrangement, at the Crown Inn SJ775701or Red Lion SJ780700 pub in Goostrey itself.

 There is also a small lay-by large enough for a car and trailer or small horsebox at the start of the bridleway to Boots Green SJ 782720

 

  1. Turn left out of either pub car park and, a few houses past the Red Lion, turn left on to the metalled track leading to Blackden Hall.
  2. At Blackden Hall, turn left again
  3. when you meet a road, turn right
  4. Turn left at the first junction (Cross Lane),
  5. go straight across the crossroads
  6. at the end of this road turn right.
  7. At the T-junction, turn left and immediately left again on a green lane signposted to Boots Green.
  8. Continue to the end of this track
  9.  Turn left on to Boothbed Lane.
  10. As you come into Goostrey, turn left down Sandy Lane and when you meet the main road through the village, turn left again and continue on to your vehicle.

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 Ride 9   Marbury and Anderton

 EASY

Park at  Marbury Country Park (charge) grid ref SJ652764 or at the Anderton Boat Lift car park.

 Ride 9A 5 miles

  1. Leave Marbury car park by the exit
  2. Turn right back to the road and then turn left downhill
  3. At the marina sign turn left and bear right beside the canal
  4. Turn left on a track and go straight ahead.
  5. At the top of a rise follow the track downhill ahead
  6. This crosses a bridge and then reaches a traffic free road
  7. Turn right and continue ignoring the first bridle gate you see on the left
  8. Before a car park on the right you will see a horse stile and bridle gate on the left
  9. Go through this and turn right to ride anticlockwise around the Flashes
  10. You will go through the bridle gate you passed earlier
  11. Turn right back on the road
  12. Go past the track from Anderton you rode earlier and through a gate on the road and over a canal
  13. When you reach the next bridlegate turn right into Marbury Park
  14. Follow this track sharply round to the right and around the perimeter of the open ground in the park anticlockwise, following the signs back to the car park

Ride 9B   5 miles with no roadwork

 EASY

  1.  turn left from Marbury car park on the traffic-free road
  2. Take the first gate on your left back into the park and ride clockwise keeping to the edge of the woods.
  3. At the traffic free road again, turn left
  4. After you have crossed the canal take the first horse gate on the left
  5. Follow this path clockwise around the Flashes and back onto the traffic free road
  6. Go straight ahead back to Marbury Park

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Ride 10  PEOVER AND PEOVER HALL

 EASY but the shorter route requires riding 100 yards on the A50.

 Maps: Explorer 268 or Landranger 118. A flat circuit of 8 miles (12.7 kms.) on bridleways (60%) and quiet country roads. You do, however, have to cross the A50 Knutsford/Holmes Chapel road twice although both crossings have good visibility.

Parking may be possible by prior arrangement at the Whipping Stocks pub or the Parkgate.

 Ride109A From the Whipping Stocks pub, cross straight over and turn right towards Knutsford on the grass verge then left down the signposted bridleway which then bears left towards Sandy Lane Farm.

  1. Pass the farm and continue to Free Green Farm, passing across the front of the house to meet Free Green Lane.
  2. Turn left on Free Green Lane.
  3. At the end of Free Green Lane, turn left onto the A50, making use of the wide grass verge.
  4. After 100 yards cross over to take the tarmac road/bridleway on the right.
  5. Continue on past the nursery and pass Peover Hall on your left.
  6. After Peover Hall, turn left
  7. Go straight across the crossroads into Clay Lane.
  8. At the end of Clay Lane, turn left into the village of Over Peover, passing a pub.
  9. Just past the entrance to Colshaw Hall, take the signed bridleway to the right.
  10. when you reach the distinctive Water Tower, turn left past Bowden Bank Farm
  11. Turn left at the road and immediately  left again on to Percival’s Lane,
  12. At the T-junction, turn left again on to School Lane, signed as a no through road, leading to Lower Moss.
  13. Pass a bridleway off to the right and, where the roadway forks in an unfenced field, bear left.
  14. Just before New Hall Farm the bridleway turns left.
  15. Turn right on Stocks Lane towards the Whipping Stocks to rejoin your vehicle.

 

Ride 10B You can avoid riding along the A50 by taking a longer route. This adds about three miles.

1.      From the Whipping Stocks pub, cross straight over and turn right towards Knutsford on the grass verge then left down the signposted bridleway which then bears left towards Sandy Lane Farm.

2.      Pass the farm and continue to Free Green Farm, passing across the front of the house to meet Free Green Lane.

3.      Turn left on Free Green Lane.

4.      Take the first right onto Mill Lane

5.      at the t junction turn left on Foxcovert Lane

6.      Take the next left Heath Lane

7.      At the next junction, turn  left again on Townfield Lane to the A50

8.      Cross straight over into Booth Bed lane

9.      When the road bears right go straight ahead into Boots Green Lane which becomes a restricted byway. Keep straight ahead on the byway to the next road

1.      Here turn left (Blackden Lane)

2.      At the entrance to Peover Hall, Blackden Lane bears right to a cross roads

3.      Go straight across the crossroads into Clay Lane.

4.      At the end of Clay Lane, turn left into the village of Over Peover, passing a pub.

5.      Just past the entrance to Colshaw Hall, take the signed bridleway to the right.

6.      when you reach the distinctive Water Tower, turn left past Bowden Bank Farm

7.      Turn left at the road and immediately  left again on to Percival’s Lane,

8.      At the T-junction, turn left again on to School Lane, signed as a no through road, leading to Lower Moss.

9.      Pass a bridleway off to the right and, where the roadway forks in an unfenced field, bear left.

10.  Just before New Hall Farm the bridleway turns left.

11.  Turn right on Stocks Lane towards the Whipping Stocks to rejoin your vehicle.

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 Ride 11     Styal Mill and Lindow

 EASY

Map Landranger Manchester grid ref SJ825829 for parking SK9 4LT for the Honey Bee

10 miles

 Park in the large lay-by on the A538 at the top of the hill past the airport tunnels going toward Wilmslow. If you are coming from Wilmslow you will find it on your right just after you pass Nan’s Moss Lane on the left. Make sure you don’t block the entrances to the houses. There is a sign at present deterring HGV parking here so you might prefer to park at the Honey Bee and have a bite to eat afterward. Ring first for permission 01625 526511.The route guide is the same for either starting point.

  1. Cross over the A538 onto the path on the wide verge and turn left toward Wilmslow.
  2. Turn right down Nan’s Moss Lane after a hundred yards.
  3. Just after a farm on your right, go down a grass track on the left to its end and turn right
  4. Almost immediately turn left onto a hard surfaced track.
  5. At the end of this track, near the main road turn right onto another track and follow this through a gap by a gate and past allotment gardens.
  6. At the end of this turn right uphill on grass on open ground (this is the old Wilmslow tip)
  7. Over the brow of the hill turn left at the t-junction.
  8. At the foot of the hill take the track right
  9. At the t-junction of tracks at a horse stile turn left
  10. Pass the Animal Rescue Centre and turn left on Newgate Road
  11. Take the second track right through a bridlegate, which is signed as a bridleway.
  12. At the end go through the field gate on to a track straight ahead ignoring other tracks on both sides
  13. At the t-junction (Rotherwood road bridleway) turn right.
  14. This will bring you back to the animal rescue centre. Retrace your steps past this and straight ahead past the track up to the old tip.
  15. Pass a caravan site on the left and join Eccups Lane, bearing right.
  16. At the main road in Morley Green turn right and then left, passing the Cheshire Smokehouse.
  17. Continue to the main A538 and turn left along the new path on the verge as far as the bus shelter on the opposite side of the road. This is a very busy road but the verge is wide.
  18. Cross over here and ride under the trees into the hotel car park and across the river bridge to the top of the hill.
  19. Turn right into a bridleway along the side of Runway 2 at Manchester Airport. Go to the end of the bridleway and proceed to the end of the gated road.
  20. At the road junction turn left on to Moss Lane
  21. When the road bears sharp left take the muddy lane on the right (Wilkins Lane)
  22. At the end turn right into Holly Lane then left on Altrincham Road into Styal village.
  23. Take the cobbled lane on the right after the sign to Norcliffe chapel. There is a National Trust sign by some pretty thatched cottages
  24. Turn left after the last house and follow this track to its end
  25. Turn right in front of white cottages and at the end of a short track right toward the Mill
  26. Go down the road as far as the mill. Just before the mill there is a steep cobbled path curving downhill to your right signed ‘footpath to Morley’. This path is a ‘restricted byway’ and therefore open to horses and bicycles. Zig zag to the track along the front of Styal Mill as the direct route is very slippery.
  27. Go over the millstream and uphill, passing through a gate.
  28. At the farm, go through the gate to the left of the buildings on to the track to the road and the lay-by where you are parked.

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Ride no 12.   SWETTENHAM

8.5 miles

EASY

 Map Explorer 268 or Landranger 118

 If you want to have a pub stop, you can park at the Swettenham Arms CW12 2LF. Ring beforehand for permission 01477 571284. Start at point 2 for both rides.

Alternatively park in the lay-by at grid reference SJ 810676. Get there from the A535 at Twemlow Green, take the road signed Swettenham (by the Yellow Broom). After three-quarters of a mile, take the first road to the right signposted Swettenham and look for a large tarmac lay-by in the second turn left (toward Swettenham Heath). From the lay-by go downhill toward Swettenham, taking the first right, signed "deep ford". This ford has a concrete base and the water is clear and not too deep but does have a swift flow. If your horse objects, there is a narrow bridge or you can return to follow the signs for the vehicular access to Swettenham.

  1. If you've made it through the ford you join the road for cars, turning right.
  2. In Swettenham bear left to go past the church, (if you can give the Swettenham Arms a miss!), and through a gate at the end of the road. Cross the River Dane on a bridleway and follow the track uphill, through an ornamental gate to the A34.
  3. Cross straight over and pass Brereton Heath Country Park on the left. At the crossroads at the end of the park turn right on to a track. This becomes tarmac at St Oswald's church. Pass the church and turn left after an archway.
  4. Immediately turn left again down School Lane.
  5. In about a mile take the first left signed Brereton Country Park. This brings you back to the point where you turned down the track.
  6. At this junction turn right this time keeping the wooded park on your left.
  7. At the end of the woods turn left at a bridleway sign on a sandy track in Brereton Country Park.
  8. When you can see houses in front of you turn left again and up a small hill where the sandy path bears left.
  9. At the road turn right and retrace your steps back over the main road, the River Dane and into Swettenham again.
  10. Pass the church in Swettenham and bear left by the telephone box. Where the lane forks, go right, downhill, crossing Swettenham Brook.
  11. At the top of the hill, at a t junction, turn left and through the gate. At the end of the farmyard the track bears right. Follow this past Kermincham Hall to the road.
  12. Turn right and first right again get back to your transport.

 

 Ride 12A   Swettenham Shorter route

EASY

6 miles

Map Explorer 268 or Landranger 118

 Park in the lay-by at grid reference SJ 810676. Get there from the A535 at Twemlow Green, take the road signed Swettenham (by the Yellow Broom). After three-quarters of a mile, take the first road to the right signposted Swettenham and look for a large tarmac lay-by in the second turn left (toward Swettenham Heath).

  1. From the lay-by go downhill toward Swettenham, taking the first right, signed "deep ford". This ford has a concrete base and the water is clear and not too deep but does have a swift flow. If your horse objects, there is a narrow bridge or you can return to follow the signs for the vehicular access to Swettenham.
  2. If you've made it through the ford you join the road for cars, turning right.
  3. In Swettenham bear left to go past the church, (if you can give the Swettenham Arms a miss!), and through a gate at the end of the road. Cross the River Dane on a bridleway and follow the track uphill, through an ornamental gate to the A34.
  4. Cross straight over and take the sandy path to the left at the start of Brereton Heath Country Park
  5. Follow this until you see houses in front of you then turn right
  6. At the road turn right
  7. At a cross roads with a byway in front of you, turn right and retrace your steps back over the main road, the River Dane and into Swettenham again.
  8. Pass the church in Swettenham and bear left by the telephone box. Where the lane forks, go right, downhill, crossing Swettenham brook
  9. At the top of the hill, at a t junction, turn right and when you reach the road turn right back to your transport.

 

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 Ride No. 13  Tegg’s Nose

 MODERATE The tracks are steep and stony but the views are fantastic. Not suitable for barefoot horses.

8 miles

There is parking at Tegg’s Nose (charge in summer) grid ref 950733. Parking is also available beside Ridgegate Reservoir (with a tying up area) but this can be busy.

These tracks are steep and stony.

1.      From Tegg’s Nose take the permissive steep track downhill (Saddler’s Way) then keep straight ahead on the road

2.      The road bears half left still going downhill. Ignore the bridleway sign to your right.

3.      This road becomes a track that fords a stream then goes uphill

4.      At a junction of tracks, bear left to pass a house.

5.      At this point you are on a surfaced road Hacked Way Lane, signed to Forest Chapel.

6.      Go through the bridle gate from Hacked Way Lane to the right into the forest. This is signed as a bridleway.

7.      Follow the track downhill and at the road right downhill to the Leathers Smithy pub

8.      Turn left with Ridgegate reservoir on your right and up the hill with Trentabank reservoir on your left.

9.      At the top of the hill take the track to your right into the forest

10.  Follow this track to a viewpoint and down to a road again

11.  At the road turn right and shortly turn left to pass Ridgegate reservoir again this time on your left

12.  At the Leathers Smithy pub go past it downhill

13.  As you reach Langley take the first right passing reservoirs on the left and right

14.  This road turns into a track that leads back to the steep path down from Tegg’s Nose car park

 

Ride 13 A  Tegg’s Nose

MODERATE The tracks are steep and stony but the views are fantastic. Not suitable for barefoot horses.

12 miles

There is parking at Tegg’s Nose (charge in summer) grid ref 950733. Parking is also available beside Ridgegate Reservoir (with a tying up area) but this can be busy.

These tracks are steep and stony

  • From Tegg’s Nose take the steep track downhill (Saddler’s Way) and at the road bear half left still going downhill
  • This road becomes a track that fords a stream then goes uphill
  • At a junction of tracks, bear left to pass a house.
  • The track becomes a surfaced road
  • Go through the bridle gate from Hacked Way Lane to the right into the forest signed Forest Bridleway
  • Follow the track downhill and at the road turn right downhill to the Leathers Smithy pub
  • Turn left with Ridgegate reservoir on your right
  • At the far end of the reservoir, at a junction, turn right and after 500 yards left back into the forest on another permissive bridleway.
  • Follow this uphill passing a viewpoint then back down hill to a crossroad- about 2 miles.
  • Continue straight ahead ignoring the roads that drop downhill to left and right. After ¼ mile, turn left to Forest Chapel.
  • Turn right here onto Charity Lane (a stony track) and follow it for 1 ½ miles. At the road turn left on tarmac NB this may very slippery, LEAD YOUR HORSE.
  • You will soon turn left on the permissive bridleway down to Leather Smithy you rode earlier.
  • This time turn right at the pub down to Langley with a reservoir on the right. At the end of the reservoir turn right in to a tarmac lane which becomes a track between reservoirs.
  • You will cross a ford and pass through two gates to reach the road at the foot of Saddler’s Way.
  • Retrace your steps on Saddlers way to the car park.

 

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Ride No. 14 THE WATER TOWER RIDE

 EASY although Seven Sisters road is busy

Explorer map 268, Landranger 118

9 miles on bridleways and mainly quiet lanes. Seven Sisters Lane is busy.

If you have a pub stop afterward, park at the Stag, Mill Lane Great Warford SK9 7TY. Ring 01565 872350 first for permission. The car park is small so they may only have room weekdays. The Parkgate Inn Peover also allows parking WA16 8TU. Ring first 01625 861455. From the Parkgate turn right. Pass Colshaw Hall to join the route at point 9.

1.      Turn right out of the car park and at the David Lewis Centre take the bridleway left.

2.      The bridleway has been diverted past the buildings of the Centre but it is normally too overgrown to be passable, so stay on the track straight ahead until it bears left

3.      At that point, go through a bridle gate into a field on the right, continuing straight on through a wood into a second field and out onto a tarmac track by a bungalow.

4.      Turn right on the housing estate road to cross the A537 at Chelford into Pepper Street.

5.      Turn right onto a bridleway from Pepper Street at the edge of woods

6.      When you rejoin a road turn right then quickly left

7.      At the t-junction by Sandhole Farm turn left and immediately left on a bridleway

8.      Keep straight ahead here toward the water tower on the horizon and continue past the tower through several gates to pass beside Colshaw Hall

9.      At the t junction with Stocks Lane turn right

10.  take the next bridleway on the right through a gate into a small poplar wood

11.  follow the track, which becomes tarmac as you pass some stables, and just before the nature reserve at Lower Moss take the bridleway on the left

12.  this follows a green lane then swings right around a field edge and through Ash Farm to Seven Sisters Lane

13.  turn right on Seven Sisters Lane and cross the A537 into Marthall Lane

14.  at Firtree Farm take the bridleway track on the left passing Mountpleasant farm and through two fields to rejoin tarmac by a building and pond

15.  continue on the tarmac to Pedley lane, ignoring the bridleway

16.  turn left on Pedley lane

17.  at the junction turn right on Ancoats Lane

18.  At the t junction turn right and after 100 yards right again back to the Stag.