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#42456 - 22/11/06 02:47 PM Gritstone Trail
tomread Offline
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Registered: 07/09/05
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This is the nearest path/trail to me. It runs from Disley to Tegg's Nose to Tittersworth to Kidsgrove, and I would like to walk it next year in those 3 day stages.

I have found one company (Byways) who offer the full package - accommodation, breakfasts, packed lunch, map/guide and baggage transfer, but wonder if there are any competitors. I'm also intrigued to know where the accommodations are, and whether they themselves offer evening meals or whether they are close to pubs that do.

Has anyone done it, and what are your thoughts?

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#42457 - 22/11/06 05:36 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
Robbie Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 151
Loc: Cheshire, UK
Hi Tom,

I also live quite close to this trail and have walked alot of it as part of other circular walks. I've yet to do it as a linear walk in a couple of days but do intend to some time soon. I picked up a useful leaflet from Teggs Nose car park recently which shows a complete map of the trail and a description. I emailed Cheshire County Council for recommendations about b&b on the trail but they were unable to help. If you do it as a two day walk the only pub/b&b just over half way round is in Rushton Spencer, I'll check for the name and come back to you. CCC also produce a similar leaflet for the Sandstone Trail, I used it last week and was most impressed. Actually, the trail is so well waymarked you could walk it without a map or the leaflet.

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#42458 - 22/11/06 05:46 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Loc: Cheshire, UK
Its the Rushton Inn, only appears to have 2 rooms for b&b.

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#42459 - 23/01/07 11:40 AM Re: Gritstone Trail
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We intend taking three days to walk the GT, so will be looking for accommodation and evening meal facilities around Teggs Nose and Timbersbrook. Might well stop over before and after - Disley and Kidsgrove - as well.

I'm just wondering what I can get away with in order to avoid baggage transfer. I'm thinking of travelling very light (in terms of spare clothes), and relying on the possibility of an emergency supply drop from my wife in Macclesfield if necessary.

Accommodations anybody?

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#42460 - 24/01/07 01:42 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Been studying the maps etc, and if I can avoid baggage transfer and still pack light enough, then looking at the following overnights:

Disley - Rainow - Rushton Spencer - Kidsgrove

Probably the last week in July.

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#42461 - 24/01/07 02:20 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
joeO Offline
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Registered: 28/08/06
Posts: 32
Loc: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
I also live close, in the Peak District.
However only done the section between Lyme Park to Rushton Spencer in one day which was relatively easy.
Not many places to stay on route, possible accomodation in Sutton/Langley and also Ruhton Spencer which would split your journey well.
Its a lovely walk. Do it and ENJOY
Joe

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#42462 - 19/02/07 03:00 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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We're now all booked for the GT.
Day 1 - Disley to Rainow (Robin Hood Inn)
[over Bowstones, Sponds Hill & White Nancy]
Day 2 - Rainow to Rushton Spencer (Rushton Inn)
[over Teggs Nose, Sutton Common/Croker Hill & Wincle Minn]
Day 3 - Rushton Spencer to Kidsgrove
[over Bosley Cloud & Mow Cop]

We have dinner, bed & breakfast & packed lunches booked in both accommodations, both of which look more luxurious when compared to the PW with TV, en-suite bathrooms etc. Not stopping over the night before, as the 1st day is the shortest and we will have plenty of time to get the train up from Macc. Not stopping over in Kidsgrove as I drive home through there fom work every day and don't like the look of it! Will just get the train home, maybe after a pub meal - or maybe will wait for a curry in Macc!

Bring it on!

Then it's ODP in 2008 for us.

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#42463 - 19/02/07 08:54 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
Robbie Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 151
Loc: Cheshire, UK
Hi Tom,

I did a circular from Congleton this weekend, taking in the Trail from Croker Hill to The Cloud. After the rain of last week I should have known better but from Hawkslee (after Minn Edge Lane) to the base of the Cloud it was a bit of a glue pit, really heavy going! Good fun though!
I'm planning to do the whole trail as a warm up before the PW in April and plan to stay at the Rushton Inn. If I make it I'll leave feedback.
All the best,
Robbie

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#42464 - 23/03/07 12:25 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
Robbie Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 151
Loc: Cheshire, UK
I will be having a go at doing this trial next week over 2 days. I have found another pub that does b&b on route, The Ryles Arms in Higher Sutton near Macclesfield, looks good and is about half way on the trial. I will report back later about the walk and the pub!
Robbie

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#42465 - 01/04/07 08:48 AM Re: Gritstone Trail
Robbie Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 151
Loc: Cheshire, UK
Completed this trail on Saturday after setting off from Disley on Friday morning. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk, there is an excellent variation in terrain and scenery. The weather was a bit overcast and dull on Friday and robbed me of some potential great views towards the Peaks and across Lyme Park into Manchester. Harrop Bridge near Bollington would make an excellent picnic stop on a hot summer's day. I stopped over on Friday night at the Ryles Arms (just before the climb up Croker Hill), this is around 15 miles into the trail which leaves some 20 miles still to go. The weather on Saturday was alot clearer and out of the north east breeze pretty warm. Again great views from all the ridges you walk along with those from Edge Hill south of Congleton coming as a pleasant suprise. Having done the Sandstone Trail a couple of months back I have to say I enjoyed the Gritstone more although it does involve over 5000 foot of climbing! It doesn't have as many waymarks as the Sandstone but is easy to navigate (only had to refer to OS map once). If you can get hold of the Trail walking guide produced by Cheshire County Council I would thoroughly recommend it (these can also be found at Teggs Nose Country Park).

Robbie

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