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Rainow to Ingersley

Walk 1 starts and ends in Rainow. There is a convenient car park on Round Meadow. Round Meadow (postcode SK10 5UB) is just off the main road (B5470) through Rainow, opposite the Holy Trinity Church. Turn down Round Meadow and the car park is on the left.

If travelling by car, Rainow is reached as follows: Drive out of Macc town centre along the Whaley Bridge road (B5470). Continue uphill until you get to Rainow. Drive through Rainow.
Where the Holy Trinity church is on the right, Round Meadow is on the left.

Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km)

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Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Moderate
Time: 1 to 1½ hours
Ascent: 116 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268, OL24
Start: Round Meadow, Rainow SK10 5UB.
Grid Ref: SJ 950 760 Thank you for taking part in the survey!

Walk Description and Directions

This walk is a circular walk, and may be commenced at any stage, for instance as it passes through Bollington, at step 9 (see below). If you walk up Ingersley Vale from the Crown Inn, you will come across the path mentioned at step 9, on the left, which leads down to the River Dean.

The walk is a relatively easy short route. There are slight inclines here and there, but nothing too strenuous. Strong shoes or walking boots are essential, as parts of the walk can get quite muddy after rain.

The walk starts in Rainow, and heads out across fields to Bollington. In Bollington, you will pass the picturesque waterfall in Ingersley Vale, before heading uphill past Savio House (a retreat centre). From Savio House, the walk heads across fields over to the little hamlet of Rainowlow. After Rainowlow, the walk heads back down a lane into Rainow, passing the Robin Hood pub along the way.

  (1) Turn left out of the car park and walk down the road (Round Meadow). 
(2) Bear left down Sugar Lane, passing tall fir trees on the left. 
(3) Bear right, away from the road, along a footpath that passes behind some houses along a paved path. 
(4) After passing a private pond on the left (on which is moored a small dinghy, see photo), the footpath emerges into an open field.
(5) Pass through a gap between stone slabs, and walk down the left hand edge of the field.

(6) Pass through another gap between stone slabs, and follow the paved path across the middle of two fields. The route is overshadowed by Kerridge Ridge, up to the left, at the end of which sits White Nancy (see photo). Many years ago, this path will have echoed to the sound of the clogs of the residents of Rainow who walked to their jobs at Ingersley Vale mill.

(7) Pass through a gate, and descend towards the buildings of Ingersley Vale. Walk along the lane, passing the picturesque waterfall on the left. Waulkmill Farm is on the right. The waterfall was constructed to provide a head of water for the Ingersley Vale mill further down the lane. The mill stream once flowed along the edge of the hill before crossing high above the lane over a small aqueduct to power the mill wheel. 
(8) Continue along the lane, passing more buildings on the left.
  (9) Turn right down a footpath, that descends to a bridge over the River Dean. You have now joined the Gritstone Trail.

(10) After crossing the bridge, continue along the Gritstone Trail, uphill (see photo). Eventually you will pass buildings on the left. This is Savio House. 

(11) After passing Savio House, a crossroads of footpaths is reached. Go through the gate and continue straight on, uphill, through the middle of a field (this photo looks back towards Savio House).
  (12) The footpath emerges onto a bridlepath (Oakenbank Lane). Cross straight over the bridlepath, and cross the wall into a field. The footpath goes straight down the middle of a field (see photo). Walk down to a stream.

(13) Cross the stream, then a stile, and follow the path uphill.

  (14) At the top of the hill, join another path and turn right.

(15) Bear left, and over a stile, to follow the path between two walls.

  (16) Pass through a few farm gates, and over a stile at the top of the hill. You are now in the hamlet of Rainowlow. Rainowlow consists of only about six dwellings. Turn right along a footpath, signposted to Rainow.
  (17) Follow the footpath through a few fields until you reach a farm. The footpath emerges onto a lane (Kiskhill Lane). Turn right down the lane.

(18) Keep following the lane, past some houses on the right. 

  (19) Where the lane meets the main road you will find the Robin Hood pub.
(20) After the pub, bear right along Stocks Lane.
(21) Stocks Lane soon meets the main road again.

(22) Continue along the main road and turn right down Round Meadow, 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.