Park Bridge to Knotts Hill
A moderate-challenging walk from Park Bridge to Knotts Hill via Hartshead Pike
Setting off from Park Bridge, 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 to Knott Hill, a local nature reserve, before heading back along country lanes to Park Bridge. 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.
Returning to Park Bridge, the cafe will still be open so you’ll get a chance to try their bacon butties 🙂
The walk will be mainly on paths and roads, but some may be muddy. We’ll be climbing about 500ft
Distance: approx. 8 miles
Stiles: couple of low level and one high (but easy to cross) stiles
Toilets: At Park Bridge Heritage Centre
Parking: Park Bridge car park, opposite the Heritage Centre, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 8AQ
There are several roads leading to Park Bridge, but many of them are not well maintained! The best route, despite being cobbles, is along Waggon Rd (which can be reached from the main Ashton-Oldham road) and along Park Bridge Rd
Contact Jane for details
07847 786 939
Park Bridge Heritage Centre, Dean Terrace, Ashton-u-Lyne, Lancs, OL6 8AL United Kingdom