If travelling by car, take the Bollington Road exit from the roundabout on the A523 where the Silk Road becomes London Road, by Tytherington Business Park. Bollington Road continues onto Henshall Road, then Wellington Road. Follow this road for approximately 1.4 miles (2.2km). Shortly after the Co Op on the left, the Middlewood Way footpath bridge passes overhead approximately 500 feet (50m) before the turning for Adlington Road. Turn left onto Adlington Road. Follow this road, past Bollington Insurance, and the National Trust Middlewood Way car park. Car parking is available in the Middlewood Way car park, which is on the left just before the Vale Inn. The Vale Inn is on the right, just before a sharp left-hand bend in the road. Inside offers an open, friendly feeling – a touch of the original 1980s refurbishment remains with the original slate bar and a taste of the new with a redesigned back bar. A real fire completes the homely feel. The fresh food menu combines a mixture of dishes which are changed regularly rather than just having a set menu with a specials board. The Vale serves real ale brewed in the Bollington Brewery. The brewery was launched in 2008, almost 80 years after ale production ceased in the town at the Heavers Brothers’ site on Dyers Close.
|FACT FILE – PUB WALK 3|
|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Terrain:||Lanes, footpaths and bridleways. One steep, but short, climb.|
|Access:||Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs|
|Time:||2½ to 3 hours|
|Maps:||OS Explorer Map 268|
|Start:||Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington|
|Grid Ref:||SJ 931 781|
Walk Description and Directions
Pub Walk 3 is a circular route, beginning and ending at the Vale Inn. In Bollington, near to the start of the walk, there is a short climb up a steep lane. There is also a short climb up Kerridge Hill. Apart from this, the walk is fairly easy. Strong shoes or walking boots are essential – there are some potentially muddy footpaths.
Firstly, the walk leads to the north side of the Happy Valley (as Bollington is known locally). There is quite a steep climb up the lane out of Bollington, but this is quite short, and is worth it! From the lane (Long Lane), a footpath leads across fields. The walk then descends back down to, and crosses, the main road out of Bollington to Pott Shrigley (Shrigley Road).
The walk then leads you away from Bollington, up the side of Billinge Hill, and on to Rainow. After Rainow, the walk takes you up onto the ridge of Kerridge Hill, to the White Nancy.
After descending into the village of Kerridge, the walk leads down to the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal. This takes you past both of the majestic mill buildings: Adelphi Mill and then Clarence Mill. Once you have reached the canal towpath opposite Clarence Mill, a path takes you back down to Bollington recreation ground, and then back to the Vale Inn.
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.