The River Dane rises on Axe Edge, within yards of the source of the Goyt, and eventually joins it (via the Weaver) in the Mersey near Runcorn.
Axe Edge view
Like the Goyt, the upper reaches of the Dane flow through beautiful scenery. Axe Edge itself is an upland area of heather, peat-groughs and small, long abandoned coal-mines, with splendid views in all directions, when conditions are right. This area forms one of the principal watersheds of England since the Goyt, Dane, Dove and Manifold all rise here, the first two flowing into the Irish Sea and the last two into the North Sea.
Three Shire Heads
Below Axe Edge the Dane flows down through a small disused gritstone quarry and rugged hill-farming country to reach Three Shire Heads, a stream junction where the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire meet. There is a fine old packhorse bridge here and the area is a rightly popular one with walkers and pony trekkers but at one time this was a place where illegal prize fights and cock fights took place - when the police arrived it was easy to move to another county and out of their jurisdiction!
Below Three Shires the Dane flows through picturesque gritstone scenery to Gradbach, where the former silk mill was once a Youth Hostel, and then winds it way on to Danebridge, near Wincle, where there is a picturesque small bridge and inn. Swythamley Park is nearby and this area is steeped in the legend of the Green Knight (cf. the medieval epic poem 'Gawain and the Green Knight' - thought to have been written by a monk in a local priory). Beyond Danebridge the river passes out of the Peak and makes its way onto the Cheshire plain, to join the Weaver near Northwich, which then flows on to join the Mersey near Runcorn - thereby making its final junction with the Goyt.
- Click Here
for a slide show
0 - Axe Edge view down the Upper Dove valley
1 - Axe Edge - abandoned coal mine
2 - Flash - 3 Shire Heads
3 - Flash - upper Dane valley
4 - Gradbach
5 - Gradbach Mill