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Poachers walk (short)

If travelling by car, take the Bollington Road (B5090) exit from the roundabout on the A523 where the Silk Road becomes London Road, by Tytherington Business Park. Bollington Road (B5090) continues onto Henshall Road, then Wellington Road, then Palmerston Street. After passing under two viaducts, Palmerston Street rises uphill. At a mini roundabout, go straight on (B5090 towards Pott Shrigley), then turn immediately right up Ingersley Road. After a right hand bend, the Poachers Inn is on the right. The pub has a small car park. The Poachers is a pleasant and very friendly pub with a reputation for good quality, fresh home-made food. Formerly known as the Masonic Arms it has been created by merging half a dozen terraced cottages. Occupying a corner site it is solidly built from local stone and blends well with its surroundings. By the door, the comfortable lounge chairs and open fire provide a warm, relaxing and surprisingly quiet niche where you can stare into the fire while enjoying a pint of real ale. To the rear can be found a large secluded beer garden.

Distance: 4.2 miles (6.7 km)  
Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways. Two steep, but short, climbs.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Easy
Time: 1½ to 2 hours
Ascent: 185 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268
Start: The Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road, Bollington.
Grid Ref: SJ 942 778  

Walk Description and Directions

Pub Walk 4 is a circular route around Bollington, beginning and ending at the Poachers Inn. To the north of Bollington, 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.
From the Poachers, the walk initially heads away from Bollington, along roads to meet with the Gritstone Trail, which passes to the east and south of Bollington. On the Gritstone Trail, the walk passes behind Savio House, a retreat centre. After walking around the edge of the grounds of Savio House, the walk continues along the Gritstone Trail. After emerging onto a lane, the Gritstone Trail leads you up the side of Kerridge Hill. Before walking up Kerridge Hill, a short and worthwhile diversion leads to Waulkmill Farm, and the picturesque waterfall on the River Dean.

The Gritstone Trail then leads you past the base of Kerridge Hill, where a short diversion up to the White Nancy is recommended.

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.

From the main road, the walk leads up the hill to the north of Bollington. There is quite a steep climb up the lane here, 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). A short walk across a field leads to Ingersley Road and back to the Poachers.

(1) Turn right up the road (Smithy Brow) from the Poachers Inn. There is a pavement on the left hand side.

(2) A short distance further on, a crossroads is reached. Turn right along Oakenbank Lane. You are now following the Gritstone Trail – follow the signs with a yellow waymark disc with a ‘G’ in a footprint.

(3) Having passed some houses on the left, look out for a footpath off to the right, signposted as the Gritstone Trail. Follow the footpath downhill. The Gritstone Trail goes downhill then up again, where it follows a wall to the right (this is the edge of the grounds of Savio House). 
(4) Having crossed a stone stile, turn right at a crossroads of paths, with the grounds of Savio House still to the right. Follow the Gritstone Trail as it descends through a few kissing gates, and eventually emerges onto a lane.


(5) Turn left along the lane.
(6) Soon the Gritstone trail (and our route) turns right up a bridleway. The bridleway goes uphill, and then down again to meet a road (Redway).
(7) Turn right along the road, which takes you into Kerridge.


(8) At the end of Redway, turn left.
(9) Take the bridleway off to the right. This is signposted as a Private Road (to Beehive Cottage amongst others). Follow the bridleway downhill.
 (10) Bear left at the bottom of the lane (to the left of Beehive Cottage), crossing the canal over a bridge.
 (11) Turn right straight after the bridge, down some steps and along the canal towpath. 
 Continue along the canal towpath, passing Adelphi Mill on the left.
 (12) Eventually, Clarence Mill is reached (on the right). Cross the footbridge (26A) over the canal and turn right down the road.

(13) Turn left along the main road.

 (14) After a church on the left, turn left up Beeston Brow. This is a steep, cobbled lane uphill past several houses. At the end of the houses, Beeston Brow takes a sharp right turn.
 (15) A little further on, bear left up Long Lane.
(16) Eventually, Long Lane becomes less steep. Look out for a footpath on the right.
Take this footpath, which heads across fields, with fine views to the right across Bollington to the White Nancy.
 (17) At the end of the footpath, and just past a few buildings on the right, turn right down a lane.

(18) A short distance down the lane, take the paved footpath downhill to the left. This footpath has a wooden handrail on the right, which is useful as it is slippery in places.

 (19) The footpath descends past some houses on the left, where it becomes a lane. Continue straight on down past more houses to the main road (Shrigley Road).
(20) Cross straight over the main road, into a short cul-de-sac.

(21) At the end of the cul-de-sac, take the footpath that continues straight on down hill. Follow the footpath across a field, and then up to a road.

 (22) Turn left along the road (Ingersley Road), to return to the Poachers for a well-deserved drink!

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.