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There are many wonderful walks in and around Bollington. I’ve included some of my favourites on this website. The walk routes presented here follow many different rights-of-way: quiet lanes, way-marked trails, bridleways, concessionary paths and public footpaths. All walks presented here are circular (starting and finishing at the same point). Please do get in touch if you’d like to recommend one to add to the list, or if you spot any mistakes in the directions. To help you choose a walk, I’ve included brief descriptions below. Simply click on any title to view a full description, and to get directions and a map. Or look at the maps first. Also, see which walks are the most popular, on the statistics page.

Walk 1: Bollington to Rainow via Rainowlow

Distance: 3.2 miles (5.1 km) | Rating: Easy | Start point: Ingersley Vale, Bollington

This short walk heads out of Bollington, and picks up part of the Gritstone Trail, heading slightly uphill past Savio House. Then a path leads to the little hamlet of Rainowlow (just a few houses), before headng downhill to Rainow. The walk finishes with an easy stroll across fields back to Ingersley Vale, where there is a picturesque waterfall on the River Dean.


Walk 2: Pott Shrigley to Lyme Park

Distance: 4.8 miles (7.6 km) | Rating: Easy | Start point: Layby on Shrigley Road

This circular walk involves an easy walk up a lane past West Parkgate to Green Farm, then footpaths in Lyme Park, before returning along an Interest Trail through Ladybrook Valley and Crow Wood, then a gentle stroll through Hase Bank Wood back to West Parkgate.


Walk 3: Bollington to Rainow and Kerridge

Distance: 5.2 miles (8.4 km) | Rating: Easy | Start point: Ingersley Vale, Bollington

This walk heads out of Bollington and across fields to Rainow, along a path to the east of the river. The return leg follows the path to the west of the river (along the side of Kerridge ridge), through Kerridge, then along the towpath of the Macclesfield canal. A walk along a few of the streets in the old part of Bollington returns you to the starting point.


Walk 4: Bollington, Higher Hurdsfield and Rainow

Distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 km) | Rating: Easy/Moderate | Start point: Jackson Lane, Bollington

The first part of the walk takes you from Kerridge, past Swanscoe, then up a lane to the A537 Buxton Road. A short footpath beyond heads up to the Gritstone Trail. The return leg follows the Gritstone Trail down into Rainow, then up to the top of Kerridge ridge and the White Nancy. Then a steep descent to Kerridge returns you to the starting point.


Walk 5: Higher Hurdsfield and Bollington Circular

Distance: 5.8 miles (9.4 km) | Rating: Easy | Start point: Kerridge Road, Higher Hurdsfield

This walk leads you from Higher Hurdsfield to Kerridge, then on a circular route around Bollington. The walk passes along Higher Lane and down to the canal towpath. After leaving the canal, a steep ascent up a lane is followed by a pleasant stroll along bridleways and footpaths, which takes you past the Poachers Inn and back to Kerridge, and then back to the starting point.


Walk 6: Bollington to Adlington

Distance: 9.0 miles (14.5 km) | Rating: Moderate | Start point: Clough Bank, Bollington

Starting in Bollington, the Gritstone Trail is followed, towards (but not all the way to) Lyme Park. After reaching the highest point of this walk, the route leaves the Gritstone Trail, and a series of downhill footpaths are followed back to Wood Lanes, near Adlington. The walk finishes with a stroll along the canal back to Bollington.


Walk 7: Bollington to Lyme Park

Distance: 10.3 miles (16.6 km) | Rating: Strenuous | Start point:  Adlington Road, Bollington

Starting with a gentle stroll along the canal to Adlington, this walk takes you uphill and into Lyme Park. An uphill path from Lyme Park takes you up to Bowstones and the Gritstone Trail. Follow the Gritstone Trail, across Bakestonedale Moor back to Bollington.

Walk 8: Bollington to Whiteley Green

Distance: 1.9 miles (3.0 km) | Rating: Gentle stroll | Start point:  Adlington Road, Bollington

This is a relatively easy stroll. Crossing the recreation ground, you head up to the canal, opposite the majestic Clarence Mill. After a short stroll along the towpath you will reach Holehouse Lane in Whiteley Green, passing the Windmill Inn. The return leg takes you across fields and along a short stretch of the Middlewood Way.

Walk 9: Bollington to Bartons Clough and Styperson

Distance: 4.0 miles (6.4 km) | Rating: Easy | Start point:  Adlington Road, Bollington

Following a stroll along the Middlewood Way, this pleasant walk takes in the wooded areas to the north of Bollington: firstly Bartons Clough followed by Styperson. The ‘top’ of this walk, on Long Lane, provides wonderful views across Cheshire to Alderley Edge and beyond. The return leg of the walk is a gentle stroll along the canal towpath, past the majestic Clarence Mill.

Walk 10: Bollington to Swanscoe

Distance: 3.2 miles (5.1 km) | Rating: Easy | Start point:  Jackson Lane, Bollington

This easy stroll leads from Kerridge, past the Bulls Head pub, up the picturesque Higher Lane (with great views across to Alderley Edge), and across fields to Swanscoe. The return leg heads across low-lying fields, and back to Kerridge.

Walk 11: Three Peaks Challenge

Distance: 7.6 miles (12.2 km) | Rating: Strenuous | Start point: Adlington Road, Bollington

This tough walk takes in the three peaks around Bollington: the trig point on Kerridge Ridge, White Nancy and Nab Head. The route is based on that of the annual Three Peaks Fell Race, and includes part of the Gritstone Trail as it passes through Bollington.

All walks are graded, in accordance with the Walkingworld grading system. Also, an ascent figure is given for each walk, in metres. This is the total ascent of the whole walk. An estimated time is given for each walk, the minimum time being based on Naismith’s rule. Naismith’s rule is an estimate of the time taken for a hill walk, for a reasonably fit and steady walker: 15 minutes for every kilometre of horizontal distance, plus 10 minutes for every 100 metres of ascent.

Each walk page contains a detailed description of the route (plus additional points of interest) together with photographs taken along the way (mostly courtesy of Linda Bester).

Alternatively, at the bottom of each walk page, there is a PDF-format route card and map, which may be printed to take on the walk with you. The route card contains step-by-step instructions for navigating the walk, including map references, compass directions and ascent/descent figures. The map is a copy of the local OS map, with the route superimposed. The numbering of steps on the map corresponds to the numbered steps on the route card. Note that the PDF-format map files are about 3Mb each, so may take a few minutes to download on a slow internet connection. To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.

Each walk route has been been tried and tested, so hopefully the directions will be sufficiently clear. If you have any comments about a walk, or suggestions for improvements or new routes, please send them to me through the Contact page, and I’ll update the details accordingly.