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Rainow to Ingersley

This short walk 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.

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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)
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


Route Guide

This circular 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 out by passing behind some old cottages on the outskirts of Rainow. Just before leaving Rainow, look out for a private pond, through trees on the left of the footpath, on which is moored a small dinghy! Crossing the fields, the route is overshadowed by Kerridge Ridge, up to the left, at the end of which sits White Nancy. The stone-slabbed path which crosses several fields heads down to Ingersley Vale (on the outskirts of Bollington). 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.

In Ingersley Vale is Waulkmill Farm. The River Dean tumbles over a waterfall here, before disappearing underneath the farm buildings. 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. The wheel house of the mill that we see today housed a single 56 foot diameter by 9 foot wide wheel. The wheel at Ingersley mill is famous for the fact that it was, at 56 feet in diameter, the largest in England, and only beaten in Britain by the wheel at Laxey in the Isle of Man. At the time of writing, the old mill buildings were being converted to new apartments.

After passing the cottages in Ingersley Vale, the route picks up the Gritstone Trail, for a short way, then heads off to the little hamlet of Rainowlow. The photo here is taken from our route, with Rainowlow in the distance, in the hillside, at the top right of the photo. Rainowlow consists of only about six dwellings. After Rainowlow, the route heads over to Jumper Lane. Jumper Lane provides an easy return downhill to Rainow.

Route Details

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