In October 2011, Lee Wainwright (landlord of the Vale Inn in Bollington) invited me to write a guide book containing walks starting from and finishing at the Vale. I had already included several guided walks from the Vale on the walking pages of this website, so Lee thought I was the right person for the job! I wanted to come up with 18 walks, as similar walking guides I have bought before have at least this number. I have walked many of the footpaths, bridleways and lanes in and around Bollington over the last few years, so I had plenty of material. I completed the book in November, had it printed professionally, and Lee had it on sale at the Vale in time for Christmas. The book is only available to buy at the Vale. In May 2012 all proceeds from the first 50 book sales were donated to Cancer Research UK (thanks Lee!), thereafter all profits will continue to be sent to Cancer Research.
The walks in the book are all circular walks (apart from one, as there’s only one path up to Nab Head!), starting from and finishing at the Vale. The walks are steeped in the local history of Bollington, taking in the Macclesfield Canal, the Middlewood Way, White Nancy, the Rally Road and more. The walks are varied, and hopefully there is something for all abilities: there are short strolls around Bollington, medium distance walks out to White Nancy, Nab Head, Styperson, Harrop Valley and Rainowlow, and longer more strenuous walks out to Lyme Park, Lamaload Reservoir and Adlington. Full details of the distances, times and levels of difficulty are included at the beginning of each walk in the book.
The Vale Inn serves real ale brewed in the Bollington Brewery. The brewery was launched in 2008 by Lee, almost 80 years after ale production ceased in the town at the Heavers Brothers’ site on Dyers Close, and is only 150ft from the Vale Inn. A wide range of ales are brewed at the brewery (10 at the last count, but still growing), at least 3 of which are always on offer at the Vale. Also, the food on sale at the Vale is excellent – have a look at the Vale Inn Menu PDF. So why not make a day of it? Park in the Middlewood Way car park (just over the road from the Vale), choose a walk from the guide book, and return to the Vale for a bite to eat, and a warm welcome!