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|Worsley Old Hall Old Rail Trail|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 24 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Greater Manchester, Salford|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from Worsley Old Hall in Worsley, Greater Manchester. Worsley Old Hall is a beautiful country house pub with important historical connections, the perfect place from which to discover the local area. The walking route takes in the immediate area of Worsley including the golf course, the old rail line and Worsley Woods nature reserve, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna. |
The walk is almost entirely flat, with just a couple of short slopes. The paths are a mixture of tarmac and stone/dirt the latter of which stay generally firm but can have a little bit of surface mud after rain. There are no stiles or gates on route, just some steps, staggered barriers and a couple of squeeze gaps. The walk crosses a golf course so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross and take care to avoid any stray golf balls. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Worsley is a small town in the metropolitan borough of the City of Salford within Greater Manchester, just west of Junction 13 of the M60. The walk starts and finishes from Worsley Old Hall, a pub which sits within the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club complex. The complex is accessed from the A575 Walkden Road. Approximate post code M28 2QT.
|Start to Hole Six|
Start point: 53.5055 lat, -2.3907 long
Standing in the Worsley Old Hall pub car park, with your back to the entrance drive, walk ahead passing the pub to the left with some hotel buildings visible through the trees to the right. You will come to a metal vehicle gate ahead. Squeeze through the gap alongside this and keep ahead for just a few paces to reach a T-junction with a tarmac path, with the golf course ahead. Turn right along this tarmac public footpath.
|Hole Six to Cycle Path|
Start point: 53.5075 lat, -2.4041 long
Turn right along the main tarmac path and, after just a few yards, fork right on to the narrow stone path which follows the hedge line on the right. Follow this path out to reach the pavement alongside the main A580. Turn left along the pavement heading for the traffic lights at the crossroads. As you reach the first line of traffic lights, turn right to cross the main road. (Note: this is a designated crossing point, but there are no pedestrian controls so make sure you watch the flow of traffic carefully to allow you to cross safely). Once you are across the A580, turn left to cross the smaller side road, Newearth Road. Now keep ahead, skirting past the red brick wall, down the small residential cul-de-sac, passing a pub on the right.
|Cycle Path to Tunnel|
Start point: 53.5122 lat, -2.4126 long
The pretty path leads you up a short slope and then levels off for its straight journey between trees. The path is, in fact, an old rail line that has been converted to a recreational path. The point at which you joined the path was Ellenbrook Station and you are heading in the direction of the old Worsley Station. Follow this path for some distance.
|Tunnel to Beesley Green|
Start point: 53.5119 lat, -2.3929 long
Turn right and follow the path through the old railway tunnel. The tunnel does have some lighting, but take care with children and dogs as the surface can be slippery and/or littered. At the far side continue on the woodland path, still signed as Cycle Route 55.
|Beesley Green to End|
Start point: 53.5109 lat, -2.3821 long
Keep right at the fork, heading for the old cottage with timbered gables and tall chimneys. Before you reach this cottage, fork right again onto the stone path into Worlsey Woods. As you reach the tree line, on the right you’ll see a beautiful carved wooden sculpture of a butterbur (a riverside plant that was once used by Native Americans as a remedy for headaches but that is actually toxic for the liver).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Enjoyable easy walk, very pleasant pub, lovely day out, well done.
|By Yggdrasil315 on 08 Apr 2015|
Really enjoyed the walk
|By stacey86193 on 25 May 2015|
Great walk, enjoyed a stop off at the Woodside on the way round.
|By WorsleyRambler on 14 Aug 2016|
Really enjoyed our walk-loved stopping off at the Woodside and Worsley Old Hall. The sculptures were wonderful too.
|By panda1812 on 01 Jan 2017|
Great walk and good instructions. The part on the old railway is being worked on at the moment and I think a bit had changed but it was easy enough to realise! (Written in Feb 2017)
|By charlielou on 05 Feb 2017|
Our wintry outing on this walk was a little disappointing as the lack of leaves meant constant traffic noise (and views) was more invasive. Active tramway works on the old railway mean that section is not so attractive at the moment, and you are detoured off it at different points (though fairly easy to find a parallel route). A 1km detour towards the end of the walk to take in Old Warke Dam itself (and additional 500m for Worlsey delph) (both well signposted in Worsley Woods) highly recommended, as the views of the Aviary and the lake are beautiful even in winter. There's a parallel road under the M60 to come out on the opposite side of the school onto the same main road opposite the Marriott.
|By janej7 on 17 Feb 2017|
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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