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Disley Guide 2017

Disley Guide 2017


Disley Welcomes Walkers As one of the main gateways to the Peak District, Disley makes an ideal centre for walkers. It offers excellent public transport links from Manchester, Stockport and Buxton and has a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. The Parish of Disley and Newtown covers 3½ square miles and enjoys superbly varied scenery: wooded valleys, rolling farmland and typical Pennine moorland, punctuated by rocky outcrops of Millstone Grit. There are over 22 miles of footpaths offering everything from gentle rambles to more strenuous walks. There are six ‘promoted routes’ which start in, pass by or go through Disley, including the Gritstone Trail, Midshires Way and North Cheshire Way. Many of these footpaths follow ancient routes, while others were established in the 18th and 19th centuries to serve the developing mining, quarrying and textile industries. Disley is the start and end point of The Gritstone Trail, a long-distance footpath of 35 miles in total. The first stage of 10.3 miles leads from Disley to Tegg’s Nose; the second, of 15.3 miles, from Tegg’s Nose to Timbersbrook and the final stage of 9.3 miles runs from Timbersbrook to Kidsgrove. The official trail is waymarked with yellow discs with a footprint inscribed with a ‘G’. A map and board by Disley railway station have more information. The Upper Peak Forest Canal winds its way through the northern part of the parish and affords opportunities for buggy-users and those with limited mobility, for example, to walk through attractive hilly terrain on a safe, level surface. The canal also provides a valuable connecting route to neighbouring parishes for cyclists and walkers and links in to the rest of the footpath network. The canal was awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted ‘Green Flag’ status in 2016; only the second canal in the country to receive this accolade. In 2015, with strong support from the community, Disley was awarded Walkers Are Welcome accreditation. Walkers are Welcome is a unique community-led scheme that now has over 100 accredited towns and villages across the UK. Disley’s accreditation recognises the variety of well-signposted, well-maintained walks in and around the village and the breath-taking views they afford. It also enables Disley to be part of a wider campaign to secure better facilities for walkers in the future. Continuing maintenance of public footpaths, the development of way-marked trails and better access to the village by public transport are all promoted by Walkers are Welcome. The task of maintaining the footpaths is undertaken by volunteers from local group, the Disley Footpaths Society (DFS). Bigger tasks (such as replacing bridges or felling unsafe trees) and strimming the paths are carried out by Cheshire East Council’s Public Rights of Way team and Disley Parish Council. The Footpaths Society was established in 1999 and can look back with pride at many achievements such as paths resurfacing, signpost repairs, new footpath designations and clearing overgrown vegetation. The result of all this hard work is that Disley has some of the best signposted and maintained paths in Cheshire. Indeed, in 2004, the society received a Ramblers Association award for innovation and excellence in footpath maintenance. The 16

society also offers a number of organised walks each year and arranges meetings with guest speakers. The Disley Towpath Action Group (TAG) is a volunteer group that works with the Canal & River Trust to maintain a stretch of the Peak Forest Canal towpath and is now part of the Footpaths Society. Walking for Health has become a policy priority for nearby National Trust property, Lyme Park, and DFS will be working with Lyme Park to promote this for the village as a whole. More information about the society, including TAG, is available from Tony Jackson (Chair) at a.r.jackson@, Pat Featherstone (Membership) at or on 01663 765058, or via the Parish Council website at www. There is a map, Disley Parish Paths, showing all the footpaths in the area which includes full directions for six varied walks. The map is available to buy at the Parish Offices, the Library and Fountain News. There are also free leaflets giving details of two fascinating Heritage Walks available from the Parish Offices, the Library and Lyme Perk Café. These walks, and more information on walking in Disley, are available to download from the Disley Parish Council website at: http://disleyparishcouncil. 17

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