Knotbury Common, Three Shires Head, Dane Valley Way

1 hr 30 mins

3.86 miles (6.22 Km)

COVID-19 update. Parking in the area is currently very restricted. There is a small layby on the left on the lane down from the A53. Grid ref at SK022682. I will update the website when the situation changes.


From the layby, walk downhill passing the 1st turn right then take the 2nd right turn.
Head uphill passing the 2 houses on your left.
Take the farm track on right above Knotbury farm, just before the sign “Narrow road no turning area…….”
Follow this over moorland, passing farm on left and down to stream.
Immediately over stream turn left and follow the path with stream on your left down to Panniers Pool at Three Shires Head.
Over the bridge turn right and follow upstream to where the path forks by a small stream/bridge.
Take stile on right (route 6, the longer version, goes directly ahead here through gate).
Follow path upstream and past the chimney at the disused quarry.
Up to “T” junction of paths beyond chimney and turn right.
Follow path past the disused quarries and over stream.
Follow well defined path (avoiding path through metal gate on right), maintaining approximately the same height to reach a metal gate at the head of a deep gorge (end of open access sign).
Through gate and continue on path to farm track.
Turn right at farm track heading downhill.
As farm track doubles back on itself, head directly downhill on feint path keeping the wall on your left (a lot of nettles in this area but there’s normally a gap between wall on your left and the nettles).
When wall on left ends, bear left and head down to road.
Turn left on road for 100 mtrs to where wall on your right ends, then turn right uphill.
At crest of hill, take gate on right and follow the path with remains of a wall on your left to a large wooden stile.
Over stile and turn left onto track and back to car

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