Moderate

GM Ringway Stage 6 Strines – Marple

Stockport

7.9 miles long

View from the track above Strines

View from the track above Strines © Dr Andrew Read

A view across hills from the ascent to Mellor Moor

On the ascent to Mellor Moor © Dr Andrew Read

A muddy path on Mellor Moor

A muddy path on Mellor Moor © Dr Andrew Read

The old turnstile at Roman Lakes

The old turnstile at Roman Lakes © Dr Andrew Read

Peak Forest Canal south of Marple

Peak Forest Canal south of Marple © Dr Andrew Read

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Overview

This is one of the 20 stages of the GM Ringway – the new walking trail for Greater Manchester.

GM Ringway Stage 6 (Strines – Marple) includes a fantastic mix of canalside, moorland and valley scenery with stunning Peak District views.

Highlights include:
– The hamlet of Brook Bottom with its traditional country pub
– An exploration of Mellor Moor, a high plateau including one of the two highest summits in Stockport borough
– Mellor village, with its Iron Age archeological site and church with the oldest wooden pulpit in England
– The ‘Roman Lakes’, a Victorian beauty spot in the picturesque Goyt Valley
– The famous flight of locks at Marple.

The route can followed, downloaded or printed using the Viewranger app or website (registration needed) or the mobile-friendly Plotaroute site. To use Plotaroute on your phone’s browser, simply click the map. Then, when you’re ready to start walking, click the tracker icon (bottom right) to show your position as you follow the route. We recommend carrying an additional power source and/or map when following online routes on your phone.

Accessibility and facilities

There is a fairly steep climb for the first 2 km (1.3 miles) up to Mellor Moor, but after that most paths are level or downhill. Mud and puddles are likely on certain sections. Because of the varied terrain, the overall walk is not wheelchair or pushchair-friendly. We hope to identify and map more accessible sections of the GM Ringway when funding allows.

There are no public toilets along the route, but there are pubs at Brook Bottom and in Mellor Village as well as several pubs and cafes in Marple Bridge to the east of Marple station.

How to get there

All stages of the GM Ringway can be accessed by public transport. This stage links Strines and Marple train stations, both on the same line from Manchester to New Mills and Sheffield. Both the start and the end of the route can also be accessed by bus to and from Stockport town centre.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start and end points, click the Google Maps links on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. Then, for public transport options, click the train icon. Alternatively, input the postcodes shown on this page into the Traveline journey planner.

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