Dan Hobson planned this outdoor adventure with komoot!

Discover your own fun with the #1 outdoor app.

Dan Hobson

Stage 3: Timbersbrook to Kidsgrove — Gritstone Trail

Stage 3: Timbersbrook to Kidsgrove — Gritstone Trail

9.91 mi
2.3 mph
725 ft
875 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
3.84 mi

Willocks Wood

Hiking Highlight

5.41 mi

Old Man of Mow

Hiking Highlight

5.63 mi

Mow Cop

Hiking Highlight

9.91 mi



Tour Profile


Hiking Path: 3.41 mi
Path: 4.42 mi
Footpath: 348 yd
Street: 423 yd
Road: 1.63 mi


Natural: 3.45 mi
Unpaved: 0.67 mi
Gravel: 0.41 mi
Paved: 1.13 mi
Asphalt: 1.56 mi
Unknown: 2.68 mi

Weather Forecast

Dan Hobson planned a hike.

March 16, 2020


  • Dan Hobson

    The final stage is a leisurely hike that explores stunning countryside and the magnificent Mow Cop.With 9.9 miles (15.9 km) of distance and 725 feet (221 m) of uphill, this is a short-and-sweet route which makes for a perfect finish after two tough previous stages. The trail starts at Timbersbrook Picnic Area, once the site of a large silk mill, and crosses fields to the Biddulph Valley Way, which you follow for 1.5 miles (2.4 km).You then climb Nick i’th’Hill, a dip in the ridge that is thought to have been a melt water drainage channel in the last ice age.You hike through Willocks Wood, a pretty woodland composed of Oak and Silver Birch, and continue the gradual ascent to Mow Cop.Situated on a moorland ridge, Mow Cop is a village and hilltop summit which are both dominated by the striking remains of an old castle folly. Here, you get a spellbinding panoramic view of the Staffordshire moorlands and the Cheshire Plain.It is a long and gradual descent to the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Macclesfield Canal, followed by a short step to Kidsgrove, where this stage finishes. There is not a great deal of accommodation in Kidsgrove but the town has good public transport links, including a train station, so you can reach better-served towns.

    • March 23, 2020

Dan Hobson

Stage 3: Timbersbrook to Kidsgrove — Gritstone Trail