Cown Edge and Robin Hood’s Picking Rods loop

  • Time Approx.: 2:15 hours
  • Length:10:6 miles
  • Average speed: 8.4 m
  • Uphill 1,100ft
  • Downhill 1,075ft

From the bus terminus take Market Street past the shops in New Mills and keep on this road for about a mile until you meet a steep left hand bend past the Printers Arms. At the top of the hill here take a very sharp left along Aspenshaw Road past the primary school. Where the road splits take a right where the lane will take you past Aspenshaw Hall and eventually become a dirt gravel track heading uphill. 

At the top, go left along a wide, stony way gradually climbing until you meet a split in the track. Go right here (left drops down to the Little Mill pub in Rowarth) downhill, crossing the stream then climbing again to a gate with a steep rocky descent coming into a field with a gate in the left corner.

Through here, go left and follow a good surfaced stony track and continue on through two gates. Downhill here turning right at the bottom eventually brings you to a T junction where you go left through the gate.

Carry on along the lane take a right at the split with a steep, stony uphill over the lip of Cown Edge.

Looking back here you’ll see the hills of Kinder and looking on you’ll see the conurbations of Ashton and Manchester.

Through the gate ahead leads to a lovely downhill past two large upright stones, Robin Hood’s Picking Rods, and eventually meeting a small lane, Gun Road, where you go left and after about 2 km you’ll meet a crossroads, Five Lane Ends, which you cross taking the left fork along the back of Broadhurst Edge Wood.

Turning left at the end of the lane leads to an excellent fast downhill back into New Mills.

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