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Tameside Trail

 

A 32 mile walking trail around Tameside passing through all the nine towns, along the three river valleys and canals, through the country parks and many of the local nature reserves.

Over heather moorland and farmland, through formal parks and woodlands with constantly changing and far-flung views, together with a rich heritage, it combines to provide a walk full of interest and enjoyment.

Split into eight sections of varying lengths, public transport is available at the start and finish of each section.

Click on each section and you will find downloadable maps and routes.

Section 1: Bardsley Bridge to Manchester Road, Mossley
Section 2: Manchester Road Mossley to Carrbrook
Section 3: Carrbrook to Hollingworth
Section 4: Hollingworth to Broadbottom
Section 5: Broadbottom to Werneth Low
Section 6: Werneth Low to Stockport Road, Denton
Section 7: Stockport Road, Denton to Audenshaw
Section 8: Audenshaw to Bardsley Bridge

 

Section 1: Bardsley Bridge to Manchester Road, Mossley

Distance: 5.8 Miles (9.3km)

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109  Outdoor Leisure 277 and OL1

Start: Bardsley Bridge, Oldham Road, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 9PG
(Grid Reference SD930 014)

Finish: Manchester Road/Shadows Lane, Mossley. OL5 9BS
(Grid Reference SD 983 036)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 409, 396, 419
Tram Ashton under Lyne. 1.2 miles
Railway station Ashton under Lyne. 1.3 miles

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 343, 350, 354
Railway station Greenfield 1 mile
Railway station Mossley 1.2 miles

This section of the path, offers a great variety of walking. Through historic Park Bridge, over Hartshead Pike, a well know landmark and down to the Tame Valley. There are extensive views over Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and North Wales.

 

Downloads
Section 1: Bardsley Bridge to Manchester Road, Mossley - route description
Section 1: Bardsley Bridge to Manchester Road, Mossley - map

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Section 2: Manchester Road Mossley to Carrbrook

Distance: 2 Miles (3.2km)

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109  Outdoor Leisure OL1

Start: Royal George, Manchester Road, Greenfield. OL3 7HX
(Grid Reference SD 983 036)

Finish: Castle Clough car park, Buckton Vale Road, Carrbrook, Stalybridge. SK15 3PG
(Grid Reference SD 988 011)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 343, 348
Railway station Greenfield 1 mile

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 343,
Railway station Mossley 1.3 miles

Starting from Manchester Road, there is a steep climb followed by an enjoyable walk on a walled track contouring the valley side. This section ends in Carrbrook, a former textile village.

Downloads
Section 2: Manchester Road Mossley to Carrbrook - route description
Section 2: Manchester Road Mossley to Carrbrook - map

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Section 3: Carrbrook to Hollingworth

Distance: 4.7 miles (7.5km)Swineshaw Reservoirs

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109/110  Outdoor Leisure OL1

Start: Castle Clough car park, Buckton Vale Road, Carrbrook, Stalybridge. SK15 3PG
(Grid Reference SD 988 011)

Finish: Market Street, Hollingworth. SK14 8HR
(Grid Reference SK 007 963)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 343, 348
Railway station Mossley 1.3 miles

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 236, 237
Railway station Broadbottom 2.6 miles

A steady climb to the highest, wildest and most exposed part of the trail over open moorland before decending into Hollingworth village. Wonderful scenery and excellent paths throughout.

Downloads
Section 3: Carrbrook to Hollingworth - route description
Section 3: Carrbrook to Hollingworth - map

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Section 4: Hollingworth to Broadbottom

Distance: 2.4 miles (3.8km)

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109/110  Outdoor Leisure OL1

Start: Market Street, Hollingworth. SK14 8HR
(Grid Reference SK 007 963)

Finish: Lymefield, off Lower Market Street, Broadbottom, SK14 6AG
(Grid Reference SJ 996 935)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 236, 237

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 341
Railway station Broadbottom 0.5 miles

A quiet lane leads to the River Etherow, beyond Woolley Bridge there is pleasant walking through fields.

Downloads
Section 4: Hollingworth to Broadbottom - route description
Section 4: Hollingworth to Broadbottom - maps

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Section 5: Broadbottom to Werneth Low

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6 km)

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109 Outdoor Leisure  OL1 and 277

Start: Lymefield, off Lower Market Street, Broadbottom, SK14 6AG
(Grid Reference SJ 996 935)

Finish: Quarry Car Park, Werneth Low Road, Top of Joel Lane, Gee Cross, Hyde, SK14 5LW
(Grid Reference SJ 960 928)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 341
Railway station Broadbottom 0.5 mile

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 341
Railway station Hyde Central 2 miles
Woodley 1.8 miles

Through an area of historic interest, along the River Etherow, then steeply up through Back Wood and onto the slopes of Werneth Low with its extensive views.

Downloads
Section 5: Broadbottom to Werneth Low, Hyde - route description
Section 5: Broadbottom to Werneth Low, Hyde - map

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Section 6: Werneth Low to Stockport Road, Denton

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109  Outdoor Leisure 277

Start: Quarry Car Park, Werneth Low Road, Top of Joel Lane, Gee Cross, Hyde, SK14 5LW
(Grid Reference SJ 960 928)

Finish: Stockport Road, Denton. M34 6ET
(Grid Reference SJ 922 937)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 341
Railway station Hyde Central 1.6 miles
Woodley 1.6 miles

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 322, 327

From the heights of Werneth Low with its extensive views over Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and North Wales, the path is downhill to the Peak Forest Canal and River Tame.

Downloads
Section 6: Werneth Low, Hyde to Stockport Road, Denton - route description
Section 6: Werneth Low, Hyde to Stockport Road, Denton - map

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Section 7: Stockport Road, Denton to Audenshaw

Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km)

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109  Outdoor Leisure 277

Start: Stockport Road, Denton. M34 6ET
(Grid Reference SJ 922 937)

Finish: Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw (Junction with King’s Road) M34 5PJ
(Grid Reference SJ 912 973)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 322, 327

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 219
Tram Audenshaw 0.7 miles

A mainly urban stretch of the trail with a formal park and reservoirs.

Downloads
Section 7: Stockport Road, Denton to Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw. route description.
Section 7: Stockport Road, Denton to Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw. map.

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Section 8: Audenshaw to Bardsley Bridge

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)Audenshaw Cycleway

Ordnance Survey Maps: Landranger 109  Outdoor Leisure 277

Start: Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw (Junction with King’s Road) M34 5PJ
(Grid Reference SJ 912 973)

Finish: Bardsley Bridge, Oldham Road, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 9PG
(Grid Reference SD 930 014)

Transport Links Start:
Bus 219
Tram Audenshaw 0.7 miles

Transport Links Finish:
Bus 409, 396, 419
Tram Ashton under Lyne. 1.2 miles
Railway station Ashton under Lyne. 1.3 miles

After a short urban stretch, the trail follows the Hollinwood Branch Canal

Downloads
Section 8: Audenshaw to Bardsley Bridge, Oldham Road, Ashton under Lyne - route description. 
Section 8: Audenshaw to Bardsley Bridge, Oldham Road, Ashton under Lyne - map.  (0.24MB)

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If you come across any problems, complete the whole trail, or just have any comments we would like to hear from you.

Please contact us on parkbridge@tameside.gov.uk