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.
|FACT FILE – PUB WALK 4|
|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|
|Time:||1½ to 2 hours|
|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.
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.