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Guided pub walks

There are many wonderful walks in and around Bollington. There are also some wonderful pubs around Bollington! The walk routes presented here start from (and finish at) two of my favourite pubs – the Vale Inn on Adlington Road, and the Poachers Inn on Ingersley Road (which incidentally both serve excellent food and real ale!). The routes follow many different rights-of-way: quiet lanes, way-marked trails, bridleways, concessionary paths and public footpaths. Please do get in touch 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.

 

Walk 1: Vale Inn Short Walk

Distance: 4.6 miles (7.5 km) | Rating: Easy to Medium | Start point: Vale Inn, Adlington Road

This walk leads up to the north side of Bollington, with fine views across the town, then downhill again and over to Savio House. After walking around the base of Kerridge Hill, the walk descends to the canal. A short stroll along the canal towpath leads back to the Vale.

 

Walk 2: Vale Inn Medium Walk

Distance: 6.3 miles (10.2 km) | Rating: Medium | Start point: Vale Inn, Adlington Road

Firstly, the walk leads up to the north side of Bollington, with fine views across the town, then over to Billinge Hill and on to the small hamlet of Rainowlow and over to Savio House. After walking around the base of Kerridge Hill, the walk descends to the canal. A short stroll along the canal towpath leads back to the Vale.

 

Walk 3: Vale Inn Long Walk

Distance: 7.4 miles (11.9 km) | Rating: Medium to Hard | Start point: Vale Inn, Adlington Road

This walk initially leads up to the north side of Bollington, with fine views across the town, then over to Billinge Hill and on to the small hamlet of Rainowlow. From here the walk heads over to Rainow, then up Kerridge Hill and along to White Nancy. The walk then descends to the canal. A short stroll along the canal towpath leads back to the Vale.

 

Walk 4: Poachers Inn Short Walk

Distance: 4.2 miles (6.7 km) | Rating: Easy to Medium | Start point: Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road

This walk heads over to Kerridge Hill, then down into Kerridge and on to the canal towpath. After leaving the canal, the walk leads up to the north side of Bollington, with fine views across the town. From here the walk descends back into Bollington, and across fields to return to the Poachers.

 

Walk 5: Poachers Inn Medium Walk

Distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 km) | Rating: Medium | Start point: Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road

This walk initially heads up the side of Billinge Hill, and over to the small hamlet of Rainowlow. From there over to Kerridge Hill, then down into Kerridge and on to the canal towpath. After leaving the canal, the walk leads up to the north side of Bollington, with fine views across the town. From here the walk descends back into Bollington, and across fields to return to the Poachers.

 

Walk 6: Poachers Inn Long Walk

Distance: 6.9 miles (11.1 km) | Rating: Medium to Hard | Start point: Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road

This walk initially heads up the side of Billinge Hill, and over to the small hamlet of Rainowlow. From there over to Rainow, then up Kerridge Hill and along to White Nancy. The walk then descends to the canal and on to the canal towpath. After leaving the canal, the walk leads up to the north side of Bollington, with fine views across the town. From here the walk descends back into Bollington, and across fields to return to the Poachers.

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.

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.

I have written several more circular walks from the Poachers Inn, entitled “Walks from the Poachers Inn” – this is available for purchase from the Poachers.