506 Marple Dale

During the Civil War a Royalist Army officer visited Colonel Bradshaw's daughter at Marple Hall. He was carrying despatches for the King, but the girl - probably out of loyalty to her dad, a staunch Parliamentarian - arranged for an accident to the documents while crossing the River Goyt. Alas her lover was drowned as well and Miss Bradshaw was so mad with grief that her ghost still haunts this spot. Fortunately you are not required to cross the river on this walk, but as you stroll beside the fast-flowing torrent, keep a lookout for any lonely looking ladies - they're probably walkers who've got lost!

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LOCATION: Marple, four miles east of Stockport
START: A626, Rose Hill Station car park
Grid ref: SJ950887 Postcode: SK6 6ED
DISTANCE: 4 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer - Wilmslow, Macclesfield. (Most of walk also on both Dark Peak & Manchester maps) Landranger 109
REFRESHMENTS: Hare & Hounds, Wyevale Garden Centre
EN ROUTE: Cown Edge Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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