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Medlock Valley Way

Gtr Manchester

20 km / 12 miles
WARNING. A section of this route near Holts between Abbey Hills Road and Holts Lane, which is not a Public Right of Way, has been found to be blocked by overgrown vegitation. An alternative is via the housing estate to the east using Covert Rd. and Wildmoor Avenue. relocating the MVW path using a local path running alongside Magpie Lane.

The Medlock Valley runs along the course of the River Medlock throughout the whole of East Manchester. The river runs from its source in Bishops Park in Oldham through Tameside into East Manchester where it runs through Clayton Vale and Philips Park, before its confluence with the River Irwell. The Medlock Valley Way one of several routes developed along Manchester's rivers, runs from Ducie Street near Piccadilly Station via Clayton Vale, Daisy Nook and Strines Dale to finish at Bishop Park north east of Oldham. The landscape varies from canal stretches through reclaimed areas to clough woodland and open country near the finish.

A series of laminated cards is still available but out-of-date and inaccurate around the football stadium area. North of Ashton under Lyne parts of the Way coincide with the Tameside Trail and Oldham Way.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named discs with valley logo
Attributes: Easy
Industrial History
Start: SJ848981 - Ducie St, Manchester, Gtr Manchester View on StreetMap
Finish: SD962084 - Bishop Park, Gtr Manchester View on StreetMap


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 109
OS Landranger Active 109
OS Explorer 1, 277
OS Explorer Active 1, 277

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Route Profile:

20.7 km (12.9 miles)
492 m (1,614 ft) ascent
359 m (1,178 ft)  maximum height

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