Distance: 6 ½ miles 10k
leading to Mason Green. Keep ahead, on a waymarked route, between farm buildings and cross the pasture beyond to a stile.
From here the general direction is west over pastureland. Cross two fields using small stiles to exit each field. Exit the third field using a large stile by a gate. Climb diagonally left to reach Aigden Farm. As you near the farm
turn right over a stile in a field corner to enter its yard and follow the drive through the farm buildings. As the drive turns right keep ahead on a footpath
to enter a deep wooded clough. After a footbridge
climb up the far side to emerge in a pasture just below Buck Thorn.
At a track junction turn right through a metal gate
and then diagonally cross the next field aiming for an isolated tree
in the fence line. Cross a stile and the next large pasture aiming to the left of a pond to reach a metal gate. Through this keep ahead to a stile after which the path leads into another densely wooded clough.
There now begins an awkward descent to the River Hodder - made more awkward by the fact the path has been damaged by winter rains.
Improvising as best you can work your way to the riverside.
2. After crossing a small brook keep ahead
through a tree lined pasture and then after a gully and metal gate
bear right over an open field
contouring the high ground and passing a lone tree at the highest point to arrive at a wooden stile.
There now follows a woodland walk which after an impressive stone bridge
climbs to open fields at a stile.
Keep ahead aiming for the right edge of tall conifers (or if you prefer the distinctive profile of Parlick Pike ). Cross large open fields (one of which was occupied by frisky horses when we checked the route in June) to reach the edge of the conifer plantation.
After a gate pass an agricultural building on the right and following a fence reach a wooded gully. Over this a stile
leads onto a plank footbridge.
Keep ahead over a boggy field
aiming to a wooden gate. Through this turn right.
This becomes all the more apparent as you reach Whitewell Road where the tarmac heads arrow straight into the distance. At the first drive turn right and keep on the lane to enter the residential complex of Lees House Farm.
Keep left on a footpath leading down a wooded clough to a footbridge.
Follow the path on the far side as it climbs to field level. Cross a stile on the left over a fence and then continue with hedgerow to the left across large pastures.
After an isolated barn keep ahead through a metal gate close to a plantation of conifers.
As Micklehurst Farm comes into sight leave the main track bearing right to a red metal gate. Cross a field to enter the farm yard close to the house.
Keep ahead on the drive which after almost half a mile arrives on a lane.
A right turn here leads back to the village but a by far more satisfying end to the walk is achieved by crossing diagonally left to Rabbit Lane (signed "Rowland Tractors").
This takes you through Bashall Moor Woods to a junction 500yds further along. Turn right and follow this lane for almost a mile (it is a very quiet lane so you will not be over bothered by traffic). At a handsome house on the left
the lane bends to the right. Follow it and at the next bend keep ahead on a footpath which after crossing a fence
continues to reach the lane leading down from Micklehurst. Turn left for the village.
The village hall car park will be on your left.