High on the moor by the dramatic scoop of Coombes Rocks stand the twin Saxon cross shafts of Robin Hood's Picking Rods. Once called the Maidenstones, legend says the name comes from when young men came here to pick their wives from a gathering of local girls - no women's lib in those days.
LOCATION: Four miles east of Stockport
START: Marple Bridge, A626 layby by Sand Hill Lane signed "Do Not Follow Sat Nav"
Grid ref: SJ979905 Postcode: SK6 5NU
DISTANCE: 6.5 miles
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Dark Peak Landranger 109 and 110
REFRESHMENTS: Hare & Hounds
EN ROUTE: Ludworth Moor, Cown Edge Way, Ernocroft, Mill Brow
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News