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|Styal and Airport|
|Author: johnhe, Published: 22 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk from Styal village through the Bollin valley and back past the runway of Manchester Airport. After the walk you can explore Styal village with its thatched cottages and half timbered buildings. |
The walk crosses the River Bollin several times and can be muddy in winter. There are some steep climbs. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges and flights of steps. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts in the car park for Norcliffe Chapel in Styal, just past the cricket ground but on the opposite side. If you are coming by car, park near the cricket ground on Altrincham Road in Styal. Approximate post code SK9 4JE. If using the train, turn right out of Styal Station onto Station Road, and right again onto Hollin Lane before turning left onto Altrincham Road. The station is approx 0.3 miles from the start of the walk.
|Start to Northern Woods|
Start point: 53.349 lat, -2.2479 long
Walk through the car park and when you reach Styal Cross, follow the path into Northern Woods past Norcliffe Chapel. (You can follow the signs for the chapel). Walk past this and descend into the wood.
|Northern Woods to Kingfisher Bridge|
Start point: 53.3473 lat, -2.2506 long
Shortly after entering the woods take the right-hand fork. When you come to some steps, take a few steps down then take the path to the left. At the junction, turn right down to Kingfisher Bridge.
|Kingfisher Bridge to Oxbow Bridge|
Start point: 53.345 lat, -2.2542 long
Cross Kingfisher Bridge (which leads you over a small brook that feeds the River Bollin) and follow the path until you reach Oxbow Bridge. (There is more than one path through this section but you should end up at Oxbow Bridge.)
|Oxbow Bridge to Giant's Castle Bridge|
Start point: 53.345 lat, -2.2574 long
Cross the bridge and turn left following the path up a flight of steps. Drop down to another series of steps then through some beech trees following the path and crossing Giant's Castle Bridge.
|Giant's Castle Bridge to Turn up to the airport|
Start point: 53.3475 lat, -2.2601 long
Follow the path up a series of steps then descend more steps to a path by the river. Walk along this until you see a gate on the right (pictured in the next section) up to the airport.
|Turn up to the airport to Airplane viewing area|
Start point: 53.3456 lat, -2.2768 long
Turn right through this gate. You should be able to hear the planes taking off. Head up the hill to the perimeter fence. At the top, bear right and follow the edge of the runway.
|Airplane viewing area to Swallows Barn|
Start point: 53.3485 lat, -2.2741 long
The viewing area is just above the path. Follow the path until you come to a gate, after which you join a road.
|Swallows Barn to End|
Start point: 53.3517 lat, -2.2577 long
Bear right along this quiet public highway and follow it towards Styal village and the car park, where the walk began.
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You could make it a pub based circular walk by parking at the ship inn, a couple of hundred yards from the chapel car park
|By departing on 2016-08-25 09:54:07|
We did the walk yesterday but had a problem when we failed to find the right fork leading to the kingfisher bridge. We came to some steps leading to what was labelled chapel bridge. At this point I checked the map, which said we were at kingfisher bridge. The only explanation I can think of is that the two bridges are very close together.
|By departing on 2016-08-25 11:00:07|
Very busy on bank holiday we had to cancel and do another walk just nowhere to park for miles.
|By michaeleyres on 2016-08-29 22:33:52|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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