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Gritstone Trail

56 km / 35 miles

Cheshire, Staffordshire
The Trail, which now includes the former Mow Cop Trail, follows the gritstone edge providing views of the Peak District and Cheshire Plain with much of the upland walking above 1,000ft. The route takes in Lyme Park, Sponds Hill, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Croker Hill and Mow Cop. The only Explorer maps needed for the route itself are 1 and 268 - maps 24 and 258 only duplicate parts of the route. Downloadable route description and schematic map are on the web link below.

The Trail section from Rushton Spencer to Disley is part of the E2 E-Route.

At Lyme Park the Trail connects with the Ladybrook Interest Trail Walk (10 miles and on OS mapping). It links with the Staffordshire Way near to Rushton Spencer and the South Cheshire Way at Mow Cop.

The trail ends officially at Kidsgrove station, but continuing a short way on the Trent & Mersey canal is the entrance to the 2km long Harecastle Tunnel that emerges at Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. This tunnel that connects Kidsgrove to Tunstall is not passable on foot as there is no towpath, and the land over it is private land sometimes with cattle on it (confirmed by the Canal & River Trust); there used to be two separate tunnels but one has now closed.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Details:

Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark
Black bootmark & yellow letter G
Attributes
Challenging; Moorland
Start
SJ972845 - Disley Station, Disley, Cheshire
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Finish
SJ837543 - Kidsgrove, Staffordshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet
Gritstone Trail (Cheshire East Council)
External PDF
Gritstone Trail Walkers' Guide (Cheshire East Council - 2015)
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Maps:

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
OS Landranger Active
OS Explorer
124258268
OS Explorer Active
124258268

Walking Support Providers:

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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4 Km
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Self-catering
Wayfarers Cottage  (bookable online)
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2 Km
Walkers are Welcome
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13 Km
Self-catering
Common Barn Cottages  (bookable online)
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15 Km
Other
Common Barn Farm B&B  (bookable online)
2 Km
15 Km
Self-catering
Kerridge End Holiday Cottages  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
16 Km
Self-catering
Acorn Cottages  (bookable online)
2 Km
39 Km
Hotels
Best Western Manor House Hotel  (bookable online)
3 Km
55 Km

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Downloads:

GPX Route File
Gritstone Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 18/06/2016 12:59:07
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MemoryMap Route File
Gritstone Trail Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 18/06/2016 12:59:07
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Tracklogs Route File
Gritstone Trail Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 18/06/2016 12:59:09
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Route Profile:

55.3 Km (34.4 miles)
1,608 m (5,276 ft) ascent
409 m (1,342 ft)  maximum height