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Bollington to Swanscoe

Walk 10 starts and ends on Jackson Lane in Kerridge. Jackson Lane is quite wide between Bollington and Kerridge, sufficiently wide to park a car safely. 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 see a sign for “Hotels”, directing you up Grimshaw Lane. Drive up Grimshaw Lane, passing under the canal aqueduct. At the end of Grimshaw Lane, bear right, as it becomes Jackson Lane. Park along this road, where it is quite wide, after houses, before the brow of the hill.

The Bulls Head pub in Kerridge is close to the start of the walk, and is well worth a visit for refreshments at the end of the walk.

View the starting point

Distance: 3.2 miles (5.1 km)  
Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways. Easy, no significant climbs.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Easy
Time: 1 to 1½ hours
Ascent: 105 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268
Start: Jackson Lane, Bollington, SK10 5BE
Grid Ref: SJ 935 771  

Walk Description and Directions

The outward part of this easy walk takes you past the Bulls Head pub in Kerridge. Then on to Swanscoe, via Higher Lane. Higher Lane has a beautiful row of stone built cottages perched high on the hillside and commanding outstanding views over the countryside. Swanscoe Hall is a private home, overlooking the farmland below it. It can just be seen from the driveway followed in step 9 of the walk. Having skirted around the hill upon which Swanscoe Hall sits, footpaths are followed across fields back to the starting point. An interesting point of the walk is Rally Road. This is crossed in steps 4 and 17. Rally Road was a tramway, which was used to transport stone from the quarry on the hillside down to the canal.

(1) Walk up Jackson Lane, passing the Bulls Head pub to your left. Jackson Lane becomes Oak Lane, as it heads downhill.
(2) Turn left up Higher Lane.
(3) After passing a terrace of attractive cottages to your left, pass through a gate. Continue to the left of the house ahead, to follow a ‘concessionary’ path.
(4) Emerging onto a driveway, bear left. Pass a few houses on your left.
(5) At a fork, bear right and pass through a gate. Follow the old driveway, passing over a stile to the left of a further gate.
(6) After the driveway bears round to the right, take the footpath down to your left. Follow the footpath across a field.
(7) The footpath emerges onto a lane. Turn left up the lane.
(8) Turn right through a gate to follow a path down steps. Pass through a further gate and turn left to follow a footpath across a field.
(9) The footpath emerges onto a driveway. Turn left along the driveway, heading away from Lower Swanscoe Farm.
(10) The driveway emerges onto a lane (Kerridge Road). Bear right along the lane.
(11) Bear right at a road junction, along Swanscoe Lane.
(12) Bear right at a further road junction, to continue along Swanscoe Lane.
(13) Follow the lane until a footpath sign directs you to pass through a large wooden gate. Follow the footpath down past a building, and out into a field. Ignore the farm track to the right.
(14) At a ‘crossroads’ of paths, continue straight on (signposted to Clarke Lane) – a ruined building should be on your right. The footpath passes to the left of a small pond, then across a low stone stile and in between two further ponds.
(15) Cross straight over a farm track, to follow a further footpath across a field.
(16) Cross straight over a road (Clarke Lane), to follow a footpath across a field.



(17) Cross straight over a driveway (this is the old Rally Road), to follow a footpath across a field (pictured here).

(18) Cross a bridge over a stream, and follow the path across a field, bearing right.

(19) When the footpath meets a driveway, turn right. Then take the footpath immediately on your left, which crosses a field.


(20) The footpath eventually meets a road (Jackson Lane). Turn right to return to the starting point.

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.