Stalybridge Walk – Hollingworthall Moor & 4 Reservoirs Circular
Stalybridge has many fine walks and this Stalybridge walk is one of the best, with fantastic views all around. This walk has everything, high moorland, stunning views, and peaceful countryside. The views from the trig point on Hollingworthall Moor cover all of Tameside, as well as parts of Manchester and the High Peak. Audenshaw and Godley reservoirs can be seen. In fact the only downside of this Stalybridge walk is the blue and yellow monstrosity of Ikea in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Starting at the signpost 140 yards up Hobson Moor Road, Mottram, head up towards Gallows Clough and take the track above Matley and below Shaw Moor. After passing 2 stone houses in just over ½ mile go uphill through the field to the right to join a wide track. Turn left and soon the trig point at Hollingworthall Moor is reached. It is well worth spending some time here admiring the great views. Next head right at the trig point going over the moor to reach the path between Higher Swineshaw Reservoir and Lower Swineshaw Reservoir. At the end of the reservoirs turn left on this Stalybridge walk and follow the track down to a gate on the right. This leads to a track which bears left and eventually follows the line of the pylons. At the end of the track turn left downhill to reach the reservoir access road.
Cross the road and follow the path down to the south side of Walkerwood Reservoir and at the end take the path uphill to pass the old shooting range. The narrow path continues past Ashtonhill Cross to reach the incoming route at Gallows Clough Farmhouse. This enjoyable Stalybridge walk is 6.6 miles and takes around 2 hours 40 minutes. Full mapping and route finding details are available in Walks In Tameside – Southern Tameside.