Strines and New Mills from
After a last minute rush to get the bikes ready after all of eight months since their last outing, Sue's puncture was repaired and a seat removed from the Espace to allow them to be wheeled in without difficulty.
Then a thirty
minute drive to
The track past the paper mill was very muddy and narrow, but fun, and the sweet factory by the canal emitted contrasting odours.
The late sun nicely lit the canal, and the first photo taken with the replacement Canon Powershot S70 camera provided today by Cameras2u.co.uk seemed good. (See above.)
Then a jolly
descent into New Mills, where we zoomed around the Millenium Walkway, high over
a curve in the River Goyt, before climbing slowly out of New Mills on a nice
evening all the way up to Brook Bottom. We eschewed the pub (Fox Inn) in favour
of continuing to the end of the ride on nice tracks until the final rocky
Despite blinding sun, Sue kept up (nearly), though Andrew did a bit of walking here.
Adjourned to the
Bridge Inn in
That was an 'archive' entry, and the map is shown below. I may have got the bit through New Mills slightly wrong, but the instructions, written in 2005 and included here below the map, should still be correct. The old 'topwalks' web page is here, and that points to a blog entry here.
Here's the route - 13km with about 350 metres ascent; allow 1.5 hours.
The ride starts out left from
Roman Lakes and follows the track by the river, under the railway, then
alongside the railway before emerging onto a track by a farm. Turn right over
the railway then down to a T-junction where a right turn takes you to the B6101
at Strines. Turn left here* and after about half a km take a bridleway on the
right immediately after a farm drive and before the river bridge. Emerge from
this narrow track past the paper mill at a road.
Turn left up the hill then right at a junction up to the canal bridge. Double back under the bridge along the towpath to the left, keeping on the towpath past the sweet factory. Turn left immediately after passing under the road bridge to join a small road that leads down to the main road (A6015).
Go straight across and keep right at two junctions until the road ends at the Rock Inn. Take the track on the right down into The Torrs, crossing the River Goyt at the bottom (if you reach the picnic benches you've missed the left turn towards the Walkway) before turning left next to the river and crossing the Millenium Walkway above the river. Immediately after that go right up a steep path to emerge by New Mills railway station. Turn right up the narrow road to the top.
Cross straight over and climb steeply up
The only part of this ride that is 'off the saddle' is the steep path after the Millennium Walkway. It's a good, varied route, suitable for all. Allow a good two hours, including breaks, though a fit mountain biker would take well under an hour for this route.
*If walking, cross the B6101, ascend to the canal, and turn left.