The Gritstone Trail
Stride out along the Gritstone Trail and sample some of the
finest walking in Cheshire. This is a more challenging route
stretching from Disley to Kidsgrove, with some fine ridge walks and
stunning views over the Cheshire plain.
The Gritstone Trail, which now includes the former Mow Cop
Trail, has been extended to make it more accessible by public
transport. The route is split into three sections, which can each
be walked in a day by fairly fit walkers. There are few facilities
along the Trail - most pubs, cafes and shops are a short distance
away. Please check opening times and always take some food and
plenty to drink with you. Even in the summer the weather can change
quickly, so always be prepared with extra layers and waterproofs.
The three parts of the Trail are:
If you’re up for the challenge visit the Discover The
Gritstone Trail website for full route details, interactive
mapping and a whole host of information to help you plan your trip
along the trail.
The trail is well marked using a mixture of finger posts and
yellow waymark discs with a 'G' in a footprint. Waymarks indicate
the way to go as you stand directly in front of them. Often there
is a clear path on the ground, but some paths may not be quite so
obvious. Look out for stiles in hedges, fences or walls or waymark
posts to guide you.
When Out in the Countryside
- Please keep to the path across farmland, and leave all gates as
you find them.
- Remember, paths may be wet and muddy at any time of year! Dogs
should be kept under control so they are not a nuisance to other
walkers, farm animals or wildlife.
- Although the trail is well waymarked, you are strongly advised
to use the Ordnance Survey Explorer map 268, Wilmslow, Macclesfield
& Congleton, and the Outdoor Leisure Dark Peak map.
- The trail uses both permissive routes and public rights of way.
You should not experience any problems using the rights of way
network, but if you do, please report them to the PROW Network
Management and Enforcement Team on 01606 271830 or email the Public Rights of way
The Trail is very hilly, with several long climbs and some steep
but short ascents. There are many stiles, including ladder stiles
along the way. Surfaces vary along the trail but they may be rough,
boggy or slippery, so sensible footwear is recommended.
How to get there
There are good rail links to Disley, Macclesfield, Congleton and
Kidsgrove, as well as regular bus services to the major towns and
For all passenger travel and timetable information contact
Cheshire Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (Calls cost 10p per minute
plus network extras). Lines are open 8am - 8pm, every day except
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.