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The Piethorne Valley, Blackstone Edge & Hollingworth Lake

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Newhey Metrolink station

Huddersfield Road

Newhey

OL16 3RN

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This 11-mile walk is an exciting section of the GM Ringway, the new long-distance walking trail for Greater Manchester. As such, it is best suited to those travelling by public transport, as it starts at Newhey Metrolink station (on the Rochdale Line from Manchester) and finishes at Smithy Bridge, from where trains leave back to Rochdale and Manchester Victoria.

From Newhey, we head east into Piethorne Valley, where we pick up attractive paths on the north side of a series of reservoirs. We then enjoy grand views on undulating grassy paths from the aptly named 'Windy Hill', giving us a birds-eye view of traffic on the M62 below. Our route then joins the Pennine Way, which leads us quickly across the M62 on a high footbridge. The Pennine Way then continues northwards over the famous Blackstone Edge - a great spot to enjoy a packed lunch. From there, we descend what is reputed to be an old 'Roman Road' towards Hollingworth Lake. Approximately one mile before the end, we can reward ourselves with a drink or ice cream at this popular day-trip destination before the easy lake-side stroll towards Smithy Bridge station at the end.

The route is suitable for experienced walkers, as there is a considerable amount of (mainly gradual) ascent and descent. The paths used are generally in very good condition, however. Walking boots and clothing for all weather conditions are required, as is ample drinking water and a packed lunch. Note that there are no cafe or toilet facilities until 1 mile before the end. Because of the exposed nature of the footbridge across the M62, the route is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo. Older children are welcome provided that they are experienced in completing walks of 10 or so miles.

Walkers travelling from Manchester or further afield are advised to purchase a DaySaver train & tram (off-peak) ticket, which can be bought from the ticket machines at the Metrolink stop.

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