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Bollington Outdoors

The Bollington Outdoors website is now here …

In 2017 Neville Bester and Linda Stewart developed a popular walking website called Bollington Outdoors. This was a compliment to their two walking booklets, Walks from the Vale Inn, and Walks from the Poachers Inn. The Vale Inn version is now sold out but the Poacher’s version is still available from the Poacher’s Inn. Since Neville moved out of Bollington, he decided to discontinue the website. Fortunately, he has been so kind as to provide the content to the happyvalley website so that we can include it in its own section.

Bollington is well known to provide access to truly wonderful walking country. Located on the western edge of the Peak District National Park, an area known as the Cheshire Peak District, it offers walks amongst the low hills and valleys, leading up to higher ground or through to Macclesfield Forest. In the opposite direction there are many footpaths into the flatter lands of the Cheshire Plain. Bollington also has both the Macclesfield Canal and the Middlewood Way (right) passing through – both offer countless miles of level walking, out on one, back on the other. The variety of walks described nowhere near exhausts all the possibilities, but offer choices to suit everyone, from those short mainly level strolls to lengthy up and down hill walks to suit the well equipped experienced adventurer. Each is listed here in summary with links to maps and a walk guide. Once you know the ground, with a bit of planning it is possible to lengthen or shorten many of the walks to better suit your purpose.

Bollington holds a Walking Festival each year in late September (but NOT in 2020!)

Many footpath maps and walks guides are available from the  Discovery Centre , and from the Bridgend Centre.

Three free leaflets are available at the  Discovery Centre  for self guided walks that leave from the centre. Please pop in and help yourself to these.

Bollington Civic Society and the  Discovery Centre  organise guided heritage walks as part of the Bollington Walking Festival held in late September each year (but NOT in 2020!). Some start from the Bridgend Centre, others from other locations. Please see the Walking Festival page for details. We sometimes organise heritage walks in the summer months. See the Civic Society page for details.

Many guided walks are organised by the Bridgend Centre. They have a programme of fortnightly walks – see their web page for details. They also provide self guided walks which require the relevant guide pack – there are presently seven to choose from! These are available for purchase from the Bridgend Centre or the  Discovery Centre  at a nominal price. Many of these walks are specially designed for children and are therefore short and easy but always with added interest for children including spotting the specially designed way markers.

For those wanting to walk further into the Peak District, have a look at the walks guides on the ’10 Adventures’ Hikes in Peak District website.


Walk 1: Bollington to Rainow via Rainowlow

Start/Finish: Ingersley Vale. Distance:  3.2 miles (5.1 km). Difficulty: Easy to Medium. Ascent: 156m. Time: 1 to 1½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 2: Pott Shrigley to Lyme Park

Start/Finish: Layby at the side of Shrigley Road, opposite a house named “Needygate”. Distance: 4.8 miles (7.6 km). Difficulty: Medium. Ascent: 158m. Time: 2 to 2½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 3: Bollington to Rainow and Kerridge

Start/Finish: Ingersley Vale, Bollington. Distance: 5.2 miles (8.4 km). Ascent: 208m. Difficulty: Easy to Medium. Time: 2 to 2½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 4: Bollington, Higher Hurdsfield and Rainow

Start/Finish: Jackson Lane, Kerridge. Distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 km). Ascent: 321m. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate. Time: 2 to 2½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 5: Higher Hurdsfield and Bollington Circular

Start/Finish: Kerridge Road, Higher Hurdsfield. Distance: 5.8 miles (9.4 km). Ascent: 200m. Difficulty: Mainly medium, one short climb. Time: 2 to 2½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 6: Bollington, Adlington

Start/Finish: Car park on Clough Bank. Distance: 9.0 miles (14.5 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, one long climb. Ascent: 387m. Time: 3½ to 4 hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 7: Bollington to Lyme Park

Start/Finish: Middlewood Way Car Park, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 10.3 miles (16.6 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, a few small inclines. Ascent: 376m. Time: 3½ to 4 hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 8: Bollington to Whiteley Green

Start/Finish: Middlewood Way Car Park, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 1.75 miles (3.0km). Difficulty: Easy. Ascent: 38m. Time: 1 to 1½ hours.

Map | route08

Walk 9: Bartons Clough and Styperson

Start/Finish: Middlewood Way Car Park, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 4.0 miles (6.4 km). Difficulty: Easy, no major climbs. Ascent: 108m. Time: 1½ to 2 hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 10: Bollington to Swanscoe

Start/Finish: Jackson Lane, Kerridge. Distance: 3.2 miles (5.1 km). Difficulty: Easy, no major climbs. Ascent: 105m. Time: 1 to 1½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk 11: Three Peaks Challenge

Kerridge Hill – White Nancy – The Nab

Start/Finish: Middlewood Way Car Park, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 7.6 miles (12.2 km). Difficulty: Tough, major climbs. Ascent: 400m. Time: 3 to 3½ hours. There is an annual hill race covering most of this route – the winner does it in just over 40 minutes!

Map | Walk Guide


A selection of walks beginning and ending at the Poachers Inn. Further walks from here are described in Walks from the Poachers Inn, available at the pub.

Walk Poachers 1: Short Route

Start/Finish: The Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road, Bollington. Distance: 4.2 miles (6.7 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, two short climbs. Ascent: 185m. Time: 1½ to 2 hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk Poachers 2: Medium Route

Start/Finish: The Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road, Bollington. Distance: 5.8 miles (9.3 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, two short climbs. Ascent: 279m. Time: 2 to 2½ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk Poachers 3: Long Route

Start/Finish: The Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road, Bollington. Distance: 6.9 miles (11.1 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, one short climb. Ascent: 338m. Time: 2½ to 3 hours.

Map | Walk Guide


A selection of walks beginning and ending at the Vale Inn. Further walks from here are described in Walks from the Vale Inn, although the booklet has now sold out.

Walk Vale 1: Short Route

Start/Finish: The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 4.6 miles (7.5 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, two short climbs. Ascent: 200m. Time: 1½ to 2 hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk Vale 2: Medium Route

Start/Finish: The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 6.3 miles (10.2 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, two short climbs. Ascent: 299m. Time: 2¼ to 2¾ hours.

Map | Walk Guide

Walk Vale 3: Long Route

Start/Finish: The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. Distance: 7.4 miles (11.9 km). Difficulty: Mainly medium, one short climb. Ascent: 356m. Time: 2½ to 3 hours.

Map | Walk Guide


The Cheshire Peak District

There is a vast number of walks in the wider district, known as the Cheshire Peak District, and the following video walks produced by Neil O’Connor are particularly enjoyable. He also has a Facebook page.


Acknowledgements

All credit must go to Neville and Linda Stewart for their work in developing and recording each walk. Over 96 miles of walks – must have required a lot of pints!

Ordnance Survey maps, Crown copyright, reproduced with permission under licence 100050140.