Woodford Footpaths

During the Covid-19 crisis it has been lovely to see an increase in the number of people using the lanes and footpaths in Woodford. More than 20 footpaths pass through Woodford, which can be linked together in various combinations to create a variety of different walks. We will feature a series of articles showing sections of the network of footpaths which pass through Woodford.

1HGB from Old Hall Lane to the River Dean, leading to Woodford Lane
Old Hall Lane is a narrow lane that runs gently downhill from Woodford Church on Chester Road for 1 kilometre. The public right of way along the lane, 106HGB, ends at a private road to New Hall Farm and the Avro Golf Course club house. On a clear day, fine views of Alderley Edge and the Pennine Hills can be enjoyed from gateways through the hedgerows and the lower part of the lane. Footpath 1HGB starts at a stile from the lane on the right around 100 m after Old Hall Farm.  The stile leads to a track across a field towards the River Dean. You may spot a warren of rabbit burrows in the banks of sandy soil by the track.  The footpath crosses a bridge over the River Dean, which marks the boundary between Woodford in the borough of Stockport and Newton in Cheshire East. The river here meanders in a series of elaborate bends through the low lying fields and is bounded by small willow trees. You may spot the invasive species, Himalayan Balsam, which is spreading along its banks. Looking back along the footpath gives a view of Old Hall Farm, which is currently being renovated. If you turn right after crossing the bridge, you can join footpath Prestbury FP40, which runs parallel to the river. The footpath follows the boundary of the field, turning left in the corner towards a stile on the far side. Here Prestbury FP41 continues around the boundary of the filed, while FP40 crosses over the field boundary via a stile. On the other side of the stile, the footpath is narrow and bounded by tall hedges. This leads past Lumb Farm and out through a gate onto Woodford Lane in Newton, which in turn leads to a cross roads with Lees Lane and Mill Lane.

The footpath provides the opportunity to connect with a variety of footpaths in Cheshire East, as shown on the map below, but beware of high speed traffic on Lees Lane and Bonis Hall Lane, which are narrow and winding and do not have pavements for walkers.

Map of footpaths in south Woodford and Newton

The Stockport public rights of way map can be found here.
The Cheshire East interactive footpath map can be found here.

Dog walkers, please respect other users by collecting dog poo in a bag and taking it home for disposal in the black bin. Bags that are not taken away cause plastic pollution in the countryside.

Blossoms Lane to Church Lane, footpath 4HGB

This short section provides connections to longer walks. Follow a public right of way (FP147) from Threeways Farm on Blossoms Lane in Woodford along the private, no-through-road section of the road, passing Blossoms Farm on the left. Note that this section of road can be used by walkers, but is not a right of way for cyclists or horse riders. Dogs should be kept on a lead. As you walk down this lane you cross the border into Handforth, Cheshire East. Around 100 m or so beyond Blossoms Farm, turn left over a stile into a field belonging to Barr Green Farm and you are back over the border into Woodford, Stockport. The path crosses a short open section of field, where there are views across farm fields and towards Lyme Park and Kinder Scout in the distance. It then runs beside a stream and tall hedge on the right in this same field. The stream is crossed via a footbridge leading to a fenced footpath, which exits on to Church Lane alongside Glyn Evans Nursery, near a sharp bend in the road. Turning right at the exit onto Church Lane and walking 100 m leads to a footpath on the right, which is 5HGB, part of the Fred Perry Way. This path is very narrow in places and leads to Wilmslow Road. Alternatively, turning left at the exit of 4HGB onto Church Lane and walking 100 m leads to a footpath on the right (7HGB), which crosses fields belonging to Hill Top Farm and goes to Chester Road. From the Blossoms Lane end of 4HGB, a walk can be linked with footpaths leading west into Handforth, including Wilmslow FP127, FP128, FP129, or south west across the River Dean to Dean Row.

Woodford photos of the Blossoms Lane to Church Lane, footpath 4HGB
Map of footpaths in west Woodford and Handforth

Maps of footpaths in west Woodford and Handforth

For further information: 

The Stockport public rights of way map can be found here.
The Cheshire East interactive footpath map can be found here.
Dog walkers, please respect other users by collecting dog poo in a bag and taking it home for disposal in the black bin.