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Geraint W


This week’s walk is a moderate circular walk of some 6 miles from the village of Tintwistle which lies just north of Glossop at the western end of the Longendale Valley. The village is divided in two by the busy A628.  The older part of the village, where the walk begins, sits on the northern side of the road, set back on the valley side.  Some buildings in the old part of the village are said to date back to the 16th century, including the Bull’s Head public house where we might take refreshment at the end of the walk.  Part of the village is within the Peak Disdrict National Park and is designated a conservation area.

We leave the village along Arnfield Lane as far as Arnfield Farm and then follow the Pennine Bridleway and well marked paths until we arrive at Higher Swineshaw reservoir which we visited in March 2016. There are a couple of steepish sections on the way up to the reservoir but nothing more than “moderate”.  We will stop for our lunch break and enjoy the views at the reservoir before we return to Tintwistle along a different path via Swallows Wood and Arnfield reservoir near the village.  There is a variety of terrain – surfaced lanes at the start & end and good tracks and paths for most of the remainder.  Some of the path on the return leg is rough stone for a short distance and please note that we will cross a shallow ford towards the end of the walk. There are also a few stiles along the route.  Walking boots strongly recommended as is suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day.

Please bring water and whatever food you require as there will be nowhere along the walk to buy supplies, I didn’t notice any shops in the village either. At the end of the walk there is a pub The Bulls Head where those who want to can have a well deserved drink.  Food is also available here.

Dog owners please note

While the walk is suitable for dogs it passes through farmland with sheep grazing, there are notices that warn that dogs worrying sheep will be shot.

Start point and time

Meet at 12:30 at the end of Arnfield Lane where it meets Old Road in the village.

OS ref : SK 02190 97331

Nearest postcode : SK13 1LQ

Lat 53.472711  Long -1.9684802

Parking should be available on Old Road and the roads off it in the village.

Directions to start

From Manchester follow M67 to its end then the A57 as far as Hollingworth where the road becomes the A628.  Turn off the A628 into Tintwistle at “The Lib” (Tintwistle Liberal Working Mens Club) the meeting point is 220m on the left.

The nearest rail station is at Hadield which is 1mile from the meeting point. 

Contact on the day

Geraint 07904 628188


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