Start: At the Ram’s Head Inn in the village centre
Distance: About 6km / 31/2 miles
Time: About 2 hours
Terrain: Numerous stiles, some steep slopes and uneven ground
From the Ram’s Head, go down Station Approach road and turn off left up the steps opposite the station buildings. Go through the gate at the top, straight on up the road (Red Lane) and take the first left by the Old Vicarage.
Fork immediately right (28) and continue along Green Lane for over 800 metres, admiring the fine views both of Lyme Park and the Cage on your right and of Black Rocks straight ahead. When you reach a sign by Higher Stoneridge, turn off left down Long Lane (31). On arriving at Buxton Old Road, turn right. After 200 metres turn left down (65) between two houses and over a stile.
Bear right over the field marvelling at the spectacular view of Kinder Scout on your right and follow the contour of the hillside before heading down to a gate in the wall by a white cottage. Turn right and follow Corks Lane, down into a clough to reach its junction with Greenshall Lane. Turn left down Greenshall Lane and cross the A6, with care.
Go under a railway bridge, over the canal and under a second railway bridge, admiring its intricate brickwork. Continue down Waterside Road and turn left at the speed restriction sign on to (44) which leads uphill. On your right you will notice the River Goyt, which flows on to Stockport where it joins with the River Tame, at which point they then become the River Mersey.
Cross over Waterside up (47), crossing the railway footbridge and emerging onto Redhouse Lane. Turn right here and continue up until you cross the canal at Bridge 26, where you take the steps down to the far bank (42).
Follow this path as far as Water’s Edge Cottage, then turn left up on Sherbrooke Road (74). A right turn on to Hollinwood Road will take you under yet another railway bridge to theA6, whence it is but a few steps back to the Ram’s Head.