Park Bridge to Hartshead Pike via Knott Hill Reservoir
A moderate to challenging walk from Park Bridge to Hartshead Pike via Knott Hill reservoir
For nearly 200 years, Park Bridge Ironworks was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed there and its iron and steel were exported around the world. Park Bridge ironworks made rivets used in the construction of the Eiffel Tower!
From Park Bridge, nestling in the beautiful countryside of the Medlock Valley, we’ll head up to Knott Hill, a local nature reserve. The rich mixture of habitats including open water, marsh, swamp, developing woodland, and grassland make Knott Hill an important area for nature. Reclaimed by nature, the disused reservoir is now a haven for wildlife.
From there we’ll head up to Hartshead Pike. Although the name ‘Hartshead Pike’ is generally used to mean the tower, it was originally the name of the hill itself. The pike is not the highest part of the hill, but at 940ft above sea level, it’s prominent position has meant that from early times it has been the site of a beacon or signalling station. The present tower was built in 1863.
We then head back down along country lanes to Park Bridge where the cafe will still be open so you’ll get a chance to try their bacon butties 🙂
Distance: approx 8 miles
Stiles: a couple of low stiles, and one high (but easy to cross)
Toilets: yes at the start
Terrain: The walk will be mainly on paths and quiet lanes, but some will be muddy. We’ll be climbing about 500ft
Park Bridge Heritage Centre, Dean Terrace, Ashton-u-Lyne, Lancs, OL6 8AL United Kingdom