Accessing Roman Lakes by Foot or Bike
From Marple Centre
From Marple centre (approximately 1 mile): Head past the junction of Arkwright Road and Oldknow Road onto Faywood Dive. From Faywood Drive go down the steep hill of Lakes Road, with the railway line to your right and woodland to your left. At the bottom of the hill cross over the stone bridge that crosses the river.
As the road curves round keep going straight (do not turn left) and you will come up to a T-junction in front of a large Georgian House. Turn right in front of the Georgian House. You will see the main lake, tea rooms etc on your left a little further along.
From Marple Bridge
From Marple Bridge (approximately 1 mile): Turn off Town Street just after the pharmacy onto Low Lea Road, crossing over a cobbled section of road before heading up a steep track with white terraced cottages to your left and fenced woodland and the river Goyt to your right. At the top of this steep hill keep following the track as it passes alongside various fenced fields and drops down into woodland as Low Lea Road becomes Bottoms Mill Lane and the wooded Mellor mill site becomes visible. At the T-junction at the bottom of the track turn left onto Lakes Road, passing the Roman Lakes north lake to your left. Follow the path a little further along until you reach another T-junction, turn right here. The Roman Lakes will be a little further along the lane on your left.
From Strines Road
From Strines Road (approximately 1 mile): Approximately 250 yards north of the Nightingale pub turn sharply downhill following the footpath into Barlow wood heading past Lumb House and Lumb House Barn towards the Roman Bridge. Cross over the pretty Roman Bridge that traverses the River Goyt and follow the footpath upto Lakes road, bearing left towards the Roman Lakes with the River Goyt to your left. The Roman Lakes man lake site is approximately ½ mile further along the track on your right.
From Strines Station
From Strines train station (approximately 2 ½ miles): Head down the cobbled path from the train station, bearing right just after the cobbles stop up a rough track which crosses over the railway track. Follow the path, bearing sharp left just after it passes Greenclough farm. The path will go through woodland and be quite stepp downhill before rapdly rising again before running adjacent to the railway track to your left and fenced farmland to your right. Bear left as the track split in two, downhill past Windybottom Farm and through the long railway tunnel just after it. Continue along this track for approximately another mile and a half, keeping the river to your immediate left, until you pass under a large stone viaduct and eventually reach the Roman Lakes main site on your right.