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Stage 3: Timbersbrook to Kidsgrove — Gritstone Trail

Stage 3: Timbersbrook to Kidsgrove — Gritstone Trail

Intermediate
04:21
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
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Willocks Wood

Hiking Highlight

5.41 mi
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Old Man of Mow

Hiking Highlight

5.63 mi
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Mow Cop

Hiking Highlight

9.91 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

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

Surfaces

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

Comments

  • 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