Countryside Health Walks in Oldham and Tameside

Carrbrook : Stalybridge Country Park

Length: 1.1 km (¾ mile)

If walking in the countryside is new to you, to get the best out of this walk why not go with your partner or a friend?

Walk Summary

A short, almost level walk, on surfaced paths or quiet lanes, linking together the various open spaces adjoining Carrbrook village that form part of Stalybridge Country Park. There are occasional seats and picnic tables.


The walk runs through small areas of woodland, and across open grassland on the edge of the village. There are good views of the nearby moorland.

How to get to the start

By bus : Buses from Manchester, Ashton under Lyne, Stalybridge and Hyde. Get off the bus in the main part of the old village, and make your way to the Castle Clough Car Park, opposite the Buckton Vale Institute on Buckton Vale Road.

By car : Turn off the B6175 Huddersfield Road at a mini roundabout by the 'Buckton Castle' public house, 3 km (2 miles) north of Stalybridge, and go along Buckton Vale Road for 750 metres to Carrbrook village.

Park in the Castle Clough Car Park on the left opposite the Buckton Vale Institute.


None on route.


None on route. The nearest public house is the 'Buckton Castle' on Huddersfield Road at the bottom end of Buckton Vale Road.


Map Key

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Map Key

Map of Walk


  1. Take the level path from the back of the car park, and go through the trees, with a stream down to the left.
  2. Cross the stream by a bridge in 150 metres, and go left on the path to reach a quiet lane by stone cottages. Go right, and then left at the junction in 100 metres, passing the entrance to Buckton Vale Primary School, and forward to a road junction.
  3. Go straight across, with care, into the rough lane opposite, and immediately up three steps on the left into woodland. Continue on the footpath for 100 metres to an area of open grass, and follow the path leftwards.
  4. In 30 metres turn left off the main path back into the woodland and down some steps on to a road.
  5. Go right for 30 metres, then left through a kissing gate, and along the path past a former mill pond (Duck Island), to another kissing gate on the far side.
  6. Turn left on the road for 30 metres and through a gap in the wall on the right immediately after a stream crossing. Follow the path through a few trees and across an open grassy area (rising slightly), to the gateway on the far side.
  7. Turn left on the unmade lane, soon bearing slightly left past the backs of houses to a road. Turn left, go across the junction in a few metres, and down Carr Rise to return to the car park and buses.

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Contact Information
Contact by Post

Countryside Section
Tameside MBC
Dukinfield Town Hall
King Street
SK16 4LA
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0161 330 9613
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0161 343 1834