Gawsworth and Danes Moss, Cheshire
Starts at Church Lane, Gawsworth [SJ889696]
4 hours 0 minutes | 7.8miles 12.6km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10546 | Developed by: Neil Coates |
From the historic village of Gawsworth, this easy walk across farmland joins the wildflower-rich Macclesfield Canal before returning across Danes Moss, a rare area of lowland raised bog fringing the foot of the Peak District's looming hills
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Starts at

Church Lane, Gawsworth [SJ889696]

Ends at

Church Lane, Gawsworth [SJ889696]

Getting there

Nearest railway station is Macclesfield. Bus 38 (mostly Arriva) Macclesfield to Crewe, regular daily service to Gawsworth, Harrington Arms stop, which is 400m or ¼ mile from start of walk (0871 200 2233,

Ample roadside parking on Church Lane, between Gawsworth Church and the Harrington Arms pub.

Route instructions

[1] START Use the stile (fingerpost North Rode) up steps off Church Lane, 150m southwest of the church. Walk the field-edge path for several pastures to a stile beneath a holly tree, then across the causeway between fishing ponds to the large lake. Start along the R side but almost immediately look R for the stile, in trees above the larger lake, into pasture and advance south away from the lake beside three fields to a copse. . Go L then look R for the stile, in trees above the larger lake, into pasture and advance beside three fields to a copse. Head into copse on a rough track then keep ahead along the hedgeline to a lane T-junction.

[2] Join Pexall Road (opposite) to reach a waymarked stile (L) in 140m. Follow the field-edge track to and through the distant spinney and then go slightly R off the continuing field road, aiming just R of Manor Farm's buildings. Join the concreted driveway ahead, farmhouse on your L. Keep R at the fork to approach Yew Tree Farm. Turn L beyond the cattle-grid, advancing past farm buildings, then beside a fence to reach the driveway to North Rode Manor. Bear R along this, shortly crossing the estate lake's dam; remain with the old driveway to find houses and a road junction beside a railway bridge.

[3] Cross the railway and head along Bullgate Lane to reach the Macclesfield Canal. Turn L nearside to pass the top lock at Bosley flight and follow towpath north for the next 4.5km (2¾ miles) to reach swing-bridge No.47 (NB not the electric road bridge [49] at Oakgrove). This gentle section passes through attractive hummocky countryside bordering the Peak District's lofty gritstone ridge of Sutton Common.

[4] Leave the towpath here (picnic tables nearby) and head L to cross the nearby railway footbridge. Proceed along the long, straight, tree-lined track through the raised bog of Danes Moss Nature Reserve, a haven for invertebrates. Peat was dug here from medieval times until the 1960s; the path you're on was a 3ft-gauge horse-drawn tramroad that transported peat to the main line sidings, short stretches of rail remain in-situ.

[5] At the sunken, tree-lined cross-track in 1km, turn L to reach a tarred lane at a bend. Walk straight ahead to the next L-bend; here turn R, past the scrub and then along a waymarked field-edge path through several hand-gates. At the very end, as the field funnels to a surfaced lane, keep ahead, soon reaching the ornate gatehouse to Gawsworth Hall. Bend R to the nearby junction between ponds. Turn L to the church and roadside parking. The Harrington Arms is at the end of the lane ahead.


This route was first published in the spring 2018 issue of walk magazine (Walk 58).

Developed by: Neil Coates
Gawsworth Church and PondGawsworth Church and Pond
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Gawsworth field pathGawsworth field path
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Gawsworth Old HallGawsworth Old Hall
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Harrington Arms pub, GawsworthHarrington Arms pub, Gawsworth
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Macclesfield CanalMacclesfield Canal
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