The bypass will burrow under Marple Road A626, curving first south-west, then south-east across fields to reach the A627 in Hazel Grove.
For the moment, this green corridor still provides a buffer between Offerton and Bosden Farm Estates; a breathing space from the pollution of the A6 and A626. Views from Dial Park Primary School and Half Moon Lane, as pictured above, are magnificent (for the time being!)
Approaching to within a stone’s throw of homes at times, the bypass will be a noisy neighbour. From under the A626 the bypass will plough straight into Offerton Hall Allotments and run alongside Dial Park Primary School and more or less on top of Poise Brook. This is old woodland shown in an 1848 tythe map. Slightly to the east a planned access road from the A626 will loop towards the houses of Braeside before turning back to join the bypass at traffic signals.
At its most westerly point, the route comes within 150 metres of Alfreton Road, Offerton. It then swings towards Bean Leach Road and Bosden Farm Estate – the sliced up fields risk becoming little better than waste ground, possibly including some low embankments to lessen the road’s impact. Poise Brook will be forced from its present course.
The planned single carriageway Stepping Hill Link will meet the bypass just before it is due to cross under Bean Leach Road, which will be lifted up on a bridge. This combined major intrusion will be thumped down disturbingly close to houses on Minsmere Walks on the Bosden Farm Estate. Bean Leach’s narrow traffic-calming bridge over Poise Brook will disappear.
The bypass will touch Brook House Farm buildings as it bends on a low embankment towards houses at the bottom end of Bosden Farm Estate in Kingfisher Road. Not far away across a field to the south are Farndon Road and other streets of Hazel Grove. Residents of nearby Talbot Street will have the busy Stepping Hill Link just behind them.
The bypass will have a major junction with the A627 before swinging around Torkington’s green borders.
Walking from Foggbrook: Many paths are very muddy and ponies may be in the fields, so please be careful. Following the route on foot from Holiday Lane, we cross the A626 (but move east, away from suicide bend !) and go through the gap in the stone walls. Going straight ahead, we descend steeply to Poise Brook (or find another path if too slippery). We step across a tributary (directly on the bypass route) and continue beyond the trees, where we find a path above a pipe line. We go to the west across the field to a stile taking us on to Alfreton Road with its fine views (see top picture) We continue along the road to a left turn, Crowsdale Place, taking us to a path back across more fields. At the eastbound hedge ahead of us, we take the stile on the left, not directly ahead, and cross the next field diagonally to the south east corner and a stile through to Bean Leach Road. Turning right, we follow the road to its end and turn left into Bosden Fold Road which later becomes Cooper Street. At a sharp bend by the Poise Brook we leave the road and take a footpath, officially the start of Cown Edge Way. The path crosses the fields almost to the houses of Bosden Farm Estate and a right turn through trees. When the path reaches the A626 we turn right to continue the walk through Torkington.