Three Shires Head Walk

Three Shires Head is a fantastic walk in the peak district to do with family , dogs or just by yourself .

Three Shires Head Walk.
Three Shires Head Walk.

Below information quoted from


  • Free parking (car park has three picnic tables, but no toilet facilities; no height restriction; no overnight parking or camping). Sadly, there’s NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT to this location.
  • 4½ miles (7¼ kilometres) circular walk
  • 2 to 2½ hours at a leisurely pace
  • Mixed terrain (including rough rocky tracks, and boggy ground after rain); not suitable for wheelchair users or for pushchairs.
  • 4 stiles (including one ladder stile)

Getting there

Start and finish at Clough House Car Park (arrowed on the map below). The following may help if you use a satnav:

  • nearest postcode: SK11 0BD (this postcode is actually in Wildboarclough village, about 1 kilometre south of Clough House Car Park)
  • Latitude, Longitude: 53.225, -2.020
  • Ordnance Survey grid reference: SJ 987 698

Or get directions to the start from Google Maps.

About the walk

This pleasant circuit of a little over 4 miles takes you out to Three Shires Head and back. Taking in secluded river valleys, mature woodland, a couple of miniature waterfalls, open sheep pasture and heather moorland, there are also some gentle hills to stretch the legs nicely—285 metres (935 feet) ascent and descent in total. Could take as little as 1¼ hours if you don’t hang about, but on a nice day there are plenty of excuses to dally, particularly at the packhorse bridge at Three Shires Head, so allow a good 2 hours.

The route remains within Cheshire throughout, but follows the county boundary with Derbyshire, and then Staffordshire, near Three Shires Head. Technically, you could stand with one foot in Cheshire, one foot in Derbyshire, and one foot a hand in Staffordshire, but you’ll get very wet trying…

Alternative walks

If you like the look of this walk, why not take a look at the Shining Tor and Fernilee Reservoirwalks too?”

Three Shires Head Route from
Three Shires Head Route from

The local areas I work/ cover in is Romiley , Stockport , Woodley, Bredbury , Hyde , Gee Cross , Hazel Grove , Godley , Disley , Marple , Marple Bridge , Glossop , Poynton , Higher Poynton , New Mills , Hayfield , Whaley Bridge , Mellor. If you are not situated in one of these areas do not hesitate to contact me as other areas are considered. These do not apply for home boarding.

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