Etherow Country Park – Woodland and Waterways


3.5 miles long

The Keg, Etherow Country Park #Stockport

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A beautiful and calm woodland walk around mill ponds, rivers and streams with colourful views of the Goyt Valley. Etherow Country Park was once part of the estate of George Andrew, who built Compstall Mill in the 1820s. Compstall village was also built to house his mill workers.

Along the way, you will pass Keg Wood and Keg Pool, which were the Andrew family’s private shooting and fishing grounds. They are now are a quiet sanctuary for wildlife.


Note that the full route does include some fairly steep sections and stiles. It is therefore not suitable for wheelchair and pushchair-users. However, many of the paths around the lakes and further northeast by the waterside are level and well-surfaced. The alternative walks we suggest at Etherow Country Park include details of accessible routes.

How to get there

The entrance to the park is close to bus routes serving Compstall village. Alternatively, it is a pleasant 1.2 mile / 1.9 km walk from Marple train station via Brabyns Park to Etherow Country Park.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

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