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Bollington to Bartons Clough and Styperson

Walk 9 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!

View the starting point

FACT FILE – WALK 9  
Distance: 4.0 miles (6.4 km)  
Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways. Easy, no significant climbs.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Easy
Time: 1½ to 2 hours
Ascent: 108 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 walk is along the Middlewood Way. The walk leaves the Middlewood Way and leads up through the woods of Bartons Clough to Sugar Lane. From there you will head past the picturesque Styperson Pool before heading up to Long Lane, offering great views across Cheshire. After crossing Sugar Lane again, the walk heads down to the canal, which is followed back to Bollington.

(1) Cross to the back of the car park, and bear right up a path that goes uphill by the side of the viaduct (and to the left of the skate park, as shown in this photo).
(2) At the top of the slope, continue straight on along the footpath, that is the Middlewood Way. Continue along the Middlewood Way, passing under bridge number 7 then number 8.
(3) Shortly before bridge No. 9, opposite the ‘train wheel’ distance marker, turn right over a stile, and walk slightly uphill with woods (Bartons Clough) on your left, heading for the top left of the field.
(4) Cross a stile then cross over the canal. Walk a short distance up a track with a wall on the right, until reaching a road (Sugar Lane).

(5) Turn right and walk about 200 yds along the road, going slightly uphill.

(6) Turn left up a wide track, signed ‘To Long Lane and Shrigley Road’. 
The lake on the left is Styperson Pool. After about 100 yds you will reach a crossroads of tracks.
(7) Turn right along a chipped path between buildings. Where the grass in the middle of the path finishes, follow the yellow footpath signs and go straight on to follow a narrow footpath between hedges, then between old stone walls. Where the footpath emerges into woods, bear right uphill. Follow the wide path up through the woods until reaching a road (Long Lane).

(8) Turn right and walk along the road, which goes slightly uphill (great view across the Cheshire plain to the right) and then down again.

(9) Turn right down the second signed footpath, opposite a white cottage with a white lamp post in the garden. At the end of the path walk down steps and go straight across the field. Go slightly downhill along a stone-slabbed path, between banks of holly. Continue ahead over two stiles and pass to the right of a house. Pass through a kissing gate onto a wide track with a wooden fence on your left. Walk down the wide track, away from the house, to a road (Sugar Lane).
(10) Turn right along Sugar Lane.

(11) After about 20yds, turn left over a stile. Walk slightly uphill with a fence, then hedging, to your right. At the end of the hedging bear right over a stile and walk along an avenue of trees. The footpath continues across the entrance to a house and onto a wide gravel path, which leads down to a road (Holehouse Lane).

(12) Turn left along the road, walk over the canal bridge and down the steps to the canal towpath.

(13) Turn right and walk along the towpath (with the canal to your left).

(14) When you reach Clarence Mill (on the left), bear right down a bridlepath.
(15) When you meet the main road, turn right then immediately right again into the recreation ground. Turn left down some stone steps, and follow the path beneath trees, with the river on your right. Turn right over the bridge then left, to follow the path by the edge of the playing field.

(16) When you reach Adlington Road, cross over to the car park.

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.