Mow Cop and Little Moreton Hall

Yesterday I was out for a walk with friends from my local gym. Our destination was Mow Cop which straggles the Cheshire/Staffordshire border.

969 Little Moreton Hall

We started our walk from Little Moreton Hall, a National Trust property. It is a moated, half timbered Manor House built for William Moreton, a wealthy Cheshire landowner in the early part of the 16th century and enlarged by successive generations of the family until about 1610.

The weight of the third storey glazed gallery has caused the lower floors to warp and bow giving the building its distinctive shape.

Leaving the hall we crossed the busy A34 and then followed field paths to Rode Mill. A short section of road walking led us through Scholar Green to reach the Macclesfield Canal where we followed the towpath heading south to bridge 89. There were many signs of Spring with snowdrops alongside our path.

972 Snowdrops

Leaving the canal we passed under the railway line to walk through Mount Pleasant and climb up to Mow Cop at 1099 ft. The summit is crowned by a castle, actually it is a folly, built by a local landowner, Randle Wilbraham in 1754 to enhance the view.

977 Mow Cop Castle

979 Groupenphoto

There are extensive views from the summit looking west over the Cheshire plain and in the opposite direction towards the Peak District and the Pennines. But, not today. Although we were in sunshine the plains were full of mist.

Mow Cop is also famous as the birthplace of the Primitive Methodist movement when in 1800, Hugh Bourne and William Clowes began holding open air prayer meetings. On 31st May 1807, a camp meeting was held which lasted for 14 hours and led to the development of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1810. These meetings at Mow Cop became a regular event and camps were also held to celebrate the 100th, 150th and 200th anniversaries of the first camp. A large stone was erected to mark the event.


The area around the summit was once quarried to produce querns, used for milling corn. A 65 ft rock structure called ‘The Old Man O’Mow’ sits in one of the quarry areas and is believed to be on the site of an ancient cairn.

988 The Old Man O'Mow

Mow Cop lies at the junction of the Gritstone Trail and the South Cheshire Way which we followed towards Ackers crossing. The SCW links the Sandstone Trail with the Staffordshire Way and is well way marked with SCW signs. From Ackers crossing we strolled along the Macclesfield Canal to bridge No 86 and then followed field paths back to Little Moreton Hall.

990 Easy walking

We had done an easy 8 miles and were ready for a pot of tea. A local tea room produced the goods. Proper tea in a pot with china cups and a tea strainer. I had a huge chocolate brownie which probably contained more calories than I had burned off during the walk, but it was worth it!

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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4 Responses to Mow Cop and Little Moreton Hall

  1. This was a good ‘warm up’ for the walking season. The climb up Mow Cop got the blood pumping, the pictures have come out well.

  2. Marie says:

    Good photos interesting history. I enjoyed a coastal walk recently until a close encounter with a baby brown snake slowed me down.

  3. crosbyman66 says:

    Thanks for your comments. We don’t have to put up with any poisonous snakes or spiders but we do have lots of mud!

  4. Tracey says:

    Fantastic building

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