Climbing the heathery slopes of Harridge Pike above the Brushes Valley reservoirs, you feel miles from civilisation. Though Stalybridge is just a stone's throw away this must be a well kept secret for we met only one other walker.
LOCATION: One mile north-east of Stalybridge
START: Stalybridge Country Park signed from B6175, just beyond pub.
Grid ref: SJ978995 Postcode: SK153BG
DISTANCE: 5.5 (or 2) miles
GRADE: Moderate, with a steady climb
TIME: 3.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Dark Peak Landranger 109 & 110
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Walkerwood Reservoir, Pennine Bridleway, Hollingworthhall Moor, Swineshaw Reservoir, Buckton Castle, Higher Hydegreen, Oakgates
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News