Tameside Winter Walk – A Walk Around Hartshead
This is a Tameside winter walk with a difference. At this time of year the walks In Tameside are usually muddy, icy or snow covered. This Tameside winter walk is in snow and fog.
Starting at Lily Lanes near the Hartshead estate go uphill on the tarmac lane, passing some relatively new houses near the junction with Twirl Hill Road. Continue on the lane up to Hartshead Green and turn left at the first house on the left.
Passing over the cattle grid, this track finishes at Higher Hartshead. Just before the first house is reached look for a building in the field on the right. This was once was the old Hartshead Isolation Hospital. Take the enclosed path left of the house courtyard and carry on up the hill. Opposite the sign post is a path leading up to Hartshead Pike. On a clear day Jodrell Bank Observatory can be seen in the distance from Hartshead Pike but unfortunately not today.
Proceed on the enclosed path between the tower and the old tower stump and at the bottom turn left to reach Broadcarr Lane. A right turn here and the route continues down to Mossley Road. Cross the road looking for a short path that leads to Luzley Road. A right turn here eventually leads to the Hare & Hounds public house.
After some refreshment carry on along Luzley Road to Mossley Road. Cross at the junction and walk up Gorsey Lane to reach a turn off on the right. This goes across the golf course and reaches the Knott Hill Nature Reserve. Take the left path which runs alongside the golf course on the left and the reservoir down below on the right.
Before the path bears right, go down steps on the left to another wide track. At the left hand bend, near a signpost, take the route indicated down into Greenhurst Clough. Cross the stream at the bottom and continue through the clough back to Lees Road and the starting point at Lily Lanes.