Disley to Dove Holes a walk of 12 miles

Dropping off the TransPeak bus for Manchester at the Rams Head in Disley I set off up the hill passing the church.

Disley Rams Head Hotel

Disley Rams Head Hotel

Once into open county the Cage in Lyme Park came into view. The paths of Cheshire East are of a very high standard. If only Derbyshire could come close.

The Cage in Lyme Park

The Cage in Lyme Park

The walk beside Bollinghurst Reservoir was pleasant pasture with sheep grazing and views towards Lyme Park and colourful rhododendron.

View of the Cage across Bollinghurst Reservoir.

View of the Cage across Bollinghurst Reservoir.

Marked on the map is a Hotel but the sign says High Peak school. What a great setting for guests or pupils.

High Peak School Disley

High Peak School Disley

An old mill just crying out for conversion as I approach Kettleshulme.

An old mill just crying out for conversion as I approach Kettleshulme.

Peak and Northern Footpaths Society signs came thick and fast on this walk 10 spotted.

Peak and Northern Footpaths Society signs came thick and fast on this walk 10 spotted.

Leaving Cheshire and the approach to Taxal Edge

Leaving Cheshire and the approach to Taxal Edge

Through Taxal village where the churchyard is massive and the settlement very small. The track passes through a ford but a footbridge keeps my feet dry. Next is Shallcross. A small development of housing appears out of place in open countryside until I discover this was the site of Shallcross Hall demolished in the 1960s. An interpretation board at the old tramway cross explains all.

Old Tramway now a cycletrack

I avoid the summit of Ladder Hill and still get views over Combs Reservoir before reaching The Beehive Inn at Combs village.

Combs Reservoir

Combs Reservoir

The walk is now almost over and I’m flagging so a temping climb to Combs Edge and the fort is given a miss as I try to avoid the ascent on footpaths around the hill.

Airshafts of the long Dove Holes rail tunnel offer a marker for journeys end.

Just time before catching the bus home to look at the Bull Ring a henge built in the late Neolithic period. Well worth a look but difficult to photograph.

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