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Bollington to Whiteley Green

Walk 8 starts and ends at the Middlewood Way Car Park on Adlington Road in Bollington. If travelling by car, take the main road out of Macclesfield towards Stockport (A523). Turn right to follow the sign to Bollington (B5090). Continue to follow the main road (B5090, Wellington Road) through Bollington, until you pass under the first viaduct. Take the next left, which is Adlington Road. Car parking is available in the Middlewood Way car park, which is on the left.

The Vale Inn is almost opposite the car park, a little way down Adlington Road, and is well worth a drink and a bite to eat after the walk!

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Distance: 1.9 miles (3.0 km)  
Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways. Easy, no significant climbs.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Gentle stroll
Time: 1 to 1½ hours
Ascent: 38 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268
Start: Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT
Grid Ref: SJ 930 780  

Walk Description and Directions

The outward part of this easy walk is along the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal, leaving the canal at Holehouse Lane in Whiteley Green. Walking past the Windmill pub, the walk returns along the Middlewood Way.

(1) From the car park, walk back to Adlington Road.

(2) Cross over into the recreation ground and walk along the path at the edge of the field with the River Dean on your right. Cross the bridge over the river and turn left. Walk along the path (with the river now on your left). At the end of the recreation ground, walk up stone steps and bear right to reach the main road.

(3) Turn left along the main road, then immediately left up a bridleway to reach the canal. The majestic Clarence Mill is on the other side of the canal here.
(4) Bear left along the canal towpath. The canal should be on your right.

(5) Walk along the canal towpath until you get to bridge number 25. Walk up the steps, and turn left down Holehouse Lane. You will cross over the Middlewood Way and then pass the Windmill pub

(6) Almost immediately after the pub there is a stile on the left. Cross the stile and follow the footpath which goes up a slight slope and then across a field to a stile in the corner.

(7) Cross the stile and head across a large field towards a house. Do not cross the waymarked stile straight ahead but bear left to cross a stile to the left of a telegraph pole.

(8) Turn right and follow the path down to the Middlewood Way. Turn right along the Middlewood Way.

(9) Bear left away from the Middlewood Way just before crossing the old railway viaduct. The path descends to the car park below, down the side of the viaduct. 

Print the route card and map to take on the walk with you. The step numbers above correspond to the step numbers in the route card and on the map.