Walk 11 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!
|FACT FILE – WALK 11|
|Distance:||7.6 miles (12.2 km)|
|Terrain:||Lanes, footpaths and bridleways.|
|Access:||Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs|
|Time:||3 to 3½ hours|
|Maps:||OS Explorer Map 268, OL24|
|Start:||Adlington Road Car Park, SK10 5JT|
|Grid Ref:||SJ 930 780|
Walk Description and Directions
This walk is based on the route of the annual Three Peaks Fell Race in Bollington, which is an annual race from Bollington Brewery taking in the three local ‘peaks’ around Bollington and returning to the brewery. The three peaks are the trig point on Kerridge Ridge, the White Nancy obelisk, and Nab Head. Officially this is the only fell race in the country to start and finish at a brewery, the race sees seasoned fell runners compete alongside relative novices. The best runners complete this course in about 40 minutes! However, the route may be taken at a much more sedate pace. Walking route 11 takes you along the course of the fell race (apart from two exceptions so that only public footpaths are followed). It also takes in part of the Gritstone Trail, as it passes through Bollington. Note that this is a ‘strenuous’ course, involving 400m of climbing!
From the car park on Adlington Road, the route starts off along the Middlewood Way trail (over the old viaduct). Leaving the Middlewood Way, the route follows the canal towpath, and then the first ascent begins, up the old Rally Road. After walking past Endon Hall, the route heads directly up the side of Kerridge Ridge, and up to the trig point. The route then descends towards Rainow and joins the Gritstone Trail (signposted with a black boot inside a yellow arrow, see picture). The Gritstone Trail is followed up the other side of the ridge to White Nancy. Descending from White Nancy, the route heads down to Ingersley. Now leaving the Gritstone Trail, the route heads up to the Poachers Inn, then down to Sowcar meadow. Now the ascent to the Nab begins. After crossing the main Shrigley Road, the route heads up Beeston Mount and Cocksheadhey (pronounced “cocks-a-day”) Road and on up to the Nab, pausing to admire the wonderful views (well worth the climb!). Unfortunately there is only one public footpath up to the Nab, so we must retrace our steps for a short while. Back down to Beeston Mount, the walk passes a historic old building Rock Cottage. After walking up to Green Lane, the walk crosses a field over to Long Lane (with wonderful views across to White Nancy). From Long Lane, the walk returns to the starting point down a footpath to Sugar Lane and along the canal towpath past the majestic Clarence Mill.
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.