North Cheshire Riders

Rides in areas outside of Cheshire

In addition to researching rides in Cheshire, the intrepid North Cheshire Riders gang enjoy exploring further afield as well. Here is where we'll share some of our favourite rides in other parts of the country. In addition to the rides on this site, Rides created by North Cheshire Riders are also  on other sites www: bridleways .co.uk eg routes 847,  848, 1051 and 1052 from Upper Lambourn  Wiltshire

Hayfield, Derbyshire 

 Outdoor leisure map OL1 Dark Peak

Moderate-some steep hills

There is dedicated horse box parking at Grid Ref: SK 036 869 to SK 001 855 

Hayfield Countryside Centre, Station Road, Hayfield, SK22 2ES  Tel: (01663) 746222

Parking fee

About 12 miles

The first section is on the Pennine bridleway

  1. From the car park cross the main road A624 using the Pegasus crossing into Hayfield village
  2. Go past the church and turn right with the Bulls Head pub on your right
  3. Turn first left and keep left on Valley Road
  4. Follow the stream and just past a small stable bear right through a gate
  5. Follow this bridleway uphill through woods, with a slope down to the left and, after another bridleway joins from the right, go through a gate and downhill
  6. Take the track going uphill straight ahead signed Pennine Bridleway
  7. At the top go through three gates on to a walled stone track.
  8. Leave the Pennine bridleway at this point, continuing straight ahead to the A624
  9. Turn left for 100 yards on the verge and cross into a lane by a house
  10. Keep straight on uphill leaving the lane, through a cottage garden and several gates onto Ollersett moor
  11. Keep the wall on your left and before the gate ahead turn right along the next wall line signed Hayfield
  12. Go downhill off the moor, passing a TV mast on the left and through a gate onto a metalled track to the road with the Grouse Pub on your left
  13. Cross the A6105 and bear left
  14. You will reach the Sett valley trail where you turn left
  15. When the trail crosses the next road turn right on the road
  16. At the T-junction turn right uphill passing the Printers Arms pub on the left
  17. Turn next left and follow this road past a school for about ½ mile to a sharp left bend
  18. Here turn right on a cul de sac road passing Aspenshaw hall
  19. The road becomes a bridleway with two gates
  20. Turn left on a stony track and when the track forks take the right fork
  21. Go through a gate and keep the wall on your left to the far side of the field
  22. Here you turn right uphill, back onto the Pennine Bridleway
  23. At the top of the field bear right to a bridle gate and onto a stony track continuing uphill
  24. This track drops downhill and through a gate onto tarmac
  25. Follow this downhill to a  lane
  26. Here turn right and immediately left onto another track
  27. Follow this down to the road and turn left
  28. When you come back to the Sett Valley Trail turn left this time back to the parking area at Hayfield.

 4 miles

  1. Leave the parking area away from Hayfield on the Sett Valley Trail
  2. Cross the first road and at the next road turn right
  3. At the T-junction turn right uphill passing the Printers Arms pub on the left
  4. Turn next left and follow this road past a school for about ½ mile to a sharp left bend
  5. Here turn right on a cul de sac road passing Aspenshaw hall
  6. The road becomes a bridleway with two gates
  7. Turn left on a stony track and when the track forks take the right fork
  8. Go through a gate and keep the wall on your left to the far side of the field
  9. Here you turn right uphill, back onto the Pennine Bridleway
  10. At the top of the field bear right to a bridle gate and onto a stony track continuing uphill
  11. This track drops downhill and through a gate onto tarmac
  12. Follow this downhill to a  lane
  13. Here turn right and immediately left onto another track
  14. Follow this down to the road and turn left
  15. When you come back to the Sett Valley Trail turn left this time back to the parking area at Hayfield.

 8 miles

The first section is on the Pennine bridleway

  1. From the car park cross the main road A624 using the Pegasus crossing into Hayfield village
  2. Go past the church and turn right with the Bulls Head pub on your right
  3. Turn first left and keep left on Valley Road
  4. Follow the stream and just past a small stable bear right through a gate
  5. Follow this bridleway uphill through woods, with a slope down to the left and after another bridleway joins from the right go through a gate and downhill
  6. Take the track going uphill straight ahead signed Pennine Bridleway
  7. At the top go through three gates on to a walled stone track.
  8. Leave the Pennine bridleway at this point, continuing straight ahead to the A624
  9. Turn left for 100 yards on the verge and cross into a lane by a house
  10. Keep straight on uphill leaving the lane, through a cottage garden and several gates onto Ollersett moor
  11. Keep the wall on your left and before the gate ahead turn right along the next wall line signed Hayfield
  12. Go downhill off the moor, passing a TV mast on the left and through a gate onto a metalled track to the road with the Grouse Pub on your left
  13. Cross the A6105 and bear left
  14. Turn right on the Sett Valley Trail back to the parking area at Hayfield.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Longendale trail and the Northern horse route

 Moderate-some steep hills and steps

 10 miles

 This ride uses an old railway line that forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail and returns on old bridleways linked by permissive routes which allow you to make a complete circuit without needing to use the busy main road.

Hazards-Some sections may get wet in winter and there are two well-constructed bridges. A short section runs on a bank between a lake and a stream. In 2007 there were a few awkward gates that will be made more user friendly toward the end of 2009. There is a section with steps. The ride is signed on the permissive sections and easy to follow.

Park at Torside car park. Reach this from the A 57 turning right to cross the dam between Torside and Woodhead reservoirs. This is a sharp turn and to get back to the A57 after the ride go the opposite way out of the car park and into Glosssop, turning right at the lights to get back to the A57. Pay and display £6 all day for horseboxes in 2009. Toilets sometimes available.

 Longendale trail

There is both a grass and a hard track. The grass track can be wet, especially when it runs between trees but is otherwise good going apart from the section at the southern end of the Woodhead reservoir, beyond the road crossing, which is always boggy. Use the hard track here.

 Join the trail from the car park, turning left toward the hills.

  1. Cross the minor road by the dam and continue to the Woodhead tunnel
  2. Bear right uphill past the tunnel entrance and take the steep track climbing above the tunnel beside a wooden fence signed Trans Pennine Trail East.
  3. Cross the A57 (there are good refuges and sight lines) and continue steeply uphill
  4. At the fingerpost turn left on a clear, wide track.
  5. Continue downhill with fantastic views through three gates. The final gate is next to a cattle grid.
  6. At the road take the gated bridge to the edge of the reservoir and bear right to the horse bridge over the reservoir inlet.
  7. Cross the bridge and then cross a minor road into the permissive Northern Horse route on the far side.
  8. Follow the faint track in the grass straight ahead through two gates with a wood to your left then through a gap in the next wall down to the main road.
  9. Bear right onto a wide track without touching the road, uphill and through a gate by an old chapel.
  10. Take the gate on your right shortly after the chapel onto the next permissive section.
  11. This is again a narrow track in grass to a gate on the left into a wood
  12. Follow the path through the wood to another gate onto tarmac with the A57 on the far side of a wall.
  13. Turn right on the tarmac ignoring a way out onto the road to pass a building on the right and Crowden car park on the left.
  14. After the outdoor centre on the right continue straight on over a bridge and uphill on the Pennine Way
  15. Stay on the tarmac back to the A57 where there is a horse friendly road crossing again.
  16. The permissive section on the far side of the road goes steeply downhill using steps.
  17. Go through a gate into a narrow wood and at the far end through another gate and down three steps.
  18. Turn right along a broader track and through a gate onto tarmac.
  19. Turn sharp left to cross the dam and climb back to another road.
  20. At the road turn sharp right to the crossing point (ignoring the Longendale trail ahead down the valley) and turn left on the trail back to Torside car park

 Longer route 11 miles

After point 19

  1. Go straight ahead through a gate onto a stony track.
  2. At the end of this track turn left to cross the dam
  3. Take the steep path on the left up to the Longendale trail
  4. Turn left on the trail and continue, crossing a road, back to Torside car park

 Longer route 13 miles

 After point 19

  1. Go straight ahead through a gate onto a stony track.
  2. At the end of this track turn left to cross the dam
  3. Follow the lane on the far side of the dam
  4. Where the Pennine bridleway crosses the lane turn left, climbing back onto the Longendale Trail
  5. Turn left on the trail and continue, crossing a road, back to Torside car park
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Chatsworth

Map Outdoor Leisure 24

Length 11 miles

 Moderate- some steep hills

 Park in the large car park at the roundabout at the junction of the A6020 and B6001, Grid reference SJ223707. Parking fee.

  1. From the car park turn left onto the Monsal trail.
  2. At Bakewell station leave the trail through the car park, turn left and immediately left again uphill.
  3. Take the gravel bridleway on the right that crosses a golf course before climbing up through a wood, crossing another track running along the contour line. Always keep straight up the hill. At times this bridleway is quite rough and steep but you could stay on the road to the top of the hill to avoid it.
  4. Rejoin the road and turn right.
  5. Over the brow of the hill take the gravel track to the right signed as a bridleway and footpath (blue and yellow arrows) to Edensor. In Edensor, next to the church, is a tearoom and store with toilets.
  6. Leave Edensor through the imposing white gate that can be opened from horseback. Turn right on the turf. Follow the unfenced road, looking for a line of wooden posts to your right when the road swings left.
  7. Follow the posts across the turf up to the wood on the crest of the hill and pass through a tall wooden gate onto an unsurfaced lane in a wood.
  8. At another gate leave the wood and cross more turf.
  9. Follow the path straight ahead to a stone wall and follow it, keeping the wall to your left.
  10. You will pass one five bar gate and go through the second.
  11. Again there is a track to follow but as you climb the steep hill watch out for your bridleway veering left, leaving the sheep-path.
  12. At the crest of the hill is a double gate next to a walker’s stile over the wall. Pass through the gates, then keep by the wall to your right.
  13. When you reach a grassy ride to the left through the pines follow it across the ridge to a viewpoint.
  14. The bridleway continues down the hill to the left to a junction of gravel tracks.
  15. Go straight ahead here and at the next junction of tracks turn right, passing Bowling Green Farm. The bridleway then passes through two fields to rejoin a surfaced road.
  16. Follow this left, down to the river Wye.
  17. Turn right through a gate just before the river. Follow the river to the fenceline then turn right along it to the gate onto a track.
  18. Turn left on this to a road
  19. Cross over the road uphill back onto the Monsal Trail.
  20. Follow the Monsal trail back to the car park.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Manifold Trail

 Moderate with some steep hills

 Start from Waterhouses on the A523 about seven miles east of Leek.

There is a pay and display car park; turn right off the A523 at the pub (signed Manifold Trail). The entrance is on the left just under the bridge behind the pub.

Get there early- the trail is very popular.  Be warned- you will have to pay £6 (2007) for parking a horsebox all day.

There are two tea rooms on the trail and a pub at the far end.

 14 miles 10 miles off road

1.     From the car park, follow the access to the Manifold Trail from the far end of the car park using the bike track on the road verge.

2.     Follow the Manifold Trail as far as a caravan site on the right, where a signed bridleway crosses the trail. Turn right through the bridle gate and through the caravan site, crossing the bridge on the right and follow the track up the hill (incorrectly signed footpath) through several gates.

3.     Where a stone wall seems to close off the top of the track follow the wall round and go through two gates next to a wood to a field with a disused cattle trough. Bear right, keeping the wall on your right until you cross the ridge to see a deep valley below. At this point turn left to parallel the valley, passing through more gates. Aim for the belt of trees ahead and turn left on the  unfenced road in front of them, down through Throwley Hall Farm

4.     Turn right at Rushley Farm and through the farm yard, using the gate by the cattle grid and up the hill, past old farm buildings and, higher up, a barn.

5.     When the track opens up into a large field, keep the wall to your right until it makes a sharp turn right. Here bear left to the top of the hill.

6.     Go through the gate on the left onto a hollow lane in an open field and through another gate. You will see the cement works to the right in the distance. At the far right hand corner is a gate onto a road. Turn right on the road and, at the crossroads, left. At the main road (A523), cross straight over and take the first right 100 yards after the main road crossing.

7.     At the farm turn right on a signed bridleway. Follow the track round a sharp left hand bend ignoring the bridle gate to your right with the cement works in behind

8.     Pass through a gate into a wooded section of track. Turn right on a narrow path, which may be difficult to see in the summer. The overgrown section is short; after a gate keep the wall in a field on your left. The path bears left then right to follow the edge of a wood and, shortly after the end of the wood, go through a gate onto a road. (caution traffic here-A52)

9.     Turn left on the road for 100 yards to a gate by a cattle grid and up an unfenced tarmac track through three gates, passing a farm. Just as the track starts to go downhill go through the gate on the left into a large field with an old lime kiln on the far slope.

10.  Keep near the wall on your left over the hill and at the end of the field go left then right through gates keeping to the same line but now on a hedged track. At the farm turn left on a road to cross the A52.Pass Stanton Dale farm on your left and at the bottom of the hill turn left on a walled green lane. Follow this until you reach the road; (you will recognise the path as you reach the bridle gate to the field with the cement works in the distance).

11.  At the road turn left and at the A523 turn left into the walkway and back the short distance to the car park.