A satisfying walk with wonderful views. The walk is at the very bottom of its grade, only meriting a 3 because it involves just over 1,000ft of ascent. It explores the northern section of Stalybridge Country Park, an area known for its wooded valleys, wide open moorland, and the airy summit of Alphin Pike. We begin by leaving the Carrbrook Conservation Area on a contouring track overlooking the Tame Valley and then ascend steadily to the top of Alphin Pike, which at just over 1500ft gives expansive views over the Cheshire Plain. A short ridge then leads us to a gentle descent into a wooded valley and so back to the cars. We will be stopping for lunch en route, so please bring a packed lunch, and you’ll need your walking boots too.
Facilities: Toilets at the pub after the walk.