High Tameside Walk – Harridge Pike Circular
This high Tameside walk is a circular route around Harridge Pike in the Carrbrook, Tame Valley and Brushes valley areas. Start at the Castle Clough car park at the top end of Buckton Vale Road in Carrbrook, Stalybridge. Turn right from the car park entrance then immediately left into Long Row. At the end of Long Row turn right and go past the new housing on the left. Go past the mini roundabout and turn left by the side of the small estate.
Take the direction signposted ‘Pennine Bridleway’, up the lane on the right. Ignore an early left turn off to Shireclough. Proceed uphill on this part paved track past a stone house on the right. Soon a signposted left turn off is reached. Take this track, going through a stile by a gate and head uphill.
Looking back good views are seen over Carrbrook, Mossley and Hartshead Pike in the distance and to the left, Buckton Vale Quarry. The highest point of this high Tameside walk is reached after a 120 metre/400 ft climb. 5 minutes later Lower Swineshaw Reservoir comes into view followed shortly after by Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.
At the end of the track go through the gate ahead and then turn right on the tarmac track running above Lower Swineshaw Reservoir. Eventually another wide gate is reached near the track dividing Brushes Reservoir and Walkerwood Reservoir. Turn right here on a tarmac lane heading uphill. Go through a gate and at the next gate the track meets a tarmac road.
Keep on this track waymarked ‘Pennine Bridleway’, ignoring any paths that veer off to the left or right. The track passes through Higher Hydegreen and eventually heads downhill to the new housing estate passed at the start. This high Tameside walk is 4.4 miles long and takes around 1hour 40 minutes.