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Walking to White Nancy

White Nancy a'top Kerridge hillAll roads lead to White Nancy, to mis-quote a well known phrase or saying, so on this page we give directions from a number of start points including the two main public car parks in the town. Kerridge hill is plainly visible from most parts of Bollington but the walking route to the hill is not always obvious.

White Nancy

From Pool Bank car park

Pool Bank car park is in the centre of the old part of town (east of the canal aqueduct traffic lights).

  1. Cross Palmerston Street and head slightly uphill to High Street;
  2. Walk the full length of High street;
  3. At Chancery Lane turn left and walk the 100m to the corner, the junction with Cow Lane and Lord Street;
  4. Turn right, up the steps to the field path;
  5. At the top of the field pass through the stile/gate;
  6. Decision point! You can go left or right here – left leads across the field to the ‘middle road’; right leads to Redway. Both lead to the middle of the hill but the path to Redway is stone paved, turn left, follow from point 3 in the next section below;
  7. Left: cross the field to the gate onto the ‘middle road’. If the gate is closed, please close it again after you have passed through;
  8. Turn right and follow up the hill to the cattle grid;
  9. Second decision point! There are two paths up the hill. The first is just beside you, an open (good views behind you) flight of stone steps which take you to the top. The second is on the left 10m the other side of the grid (use the small gate beside the grid) and is a woodland path with intermittent steps and few views out, it takes you to the top. Suggestion: use one path to go up, the other to go down. My personal choice is to go up through the wood and down the open steps for the views.

From Jackson Lane car park

  1. Turn left out of the car park and walk up to the road junction beside the Bull’s Head inn;
  2. Turn left into Redway and walk up to the cottages where the road does a U turn;
  3. Take the drive to the right of the cottages. This is the Kerridge end of the ‘middle road’ referred to elsewhere;
  4. Follow the drive up to the cattle grid;
  5. Decision point! There are two paths up the hill. The first is just behind you, 10m from the grid, and is a woodland path with intermittent steps and few views out, it takes you to the top.The second is on the right just over the cattle grid (use the small gate beside the grid) an open (good views behind you) flight of stone steps which take you to the top. Suggestion: use one path to go up, the other to go down. My personal choice is to go up through the wood and down the open steps for the views.

From Ingersley Vale

Ingersley Vale begins as a street of houses and soon becomes a very narrow private road with public access for walking. There are two points of access to Kerridge hill and White Nancy. A third route provides access to the central part, the saddle, of Kerridge hill about half a mile further along the hill.

First access

  1. Pass the houses, see the green commercial building in front of you, follow the private road to the right of the building. Within 20m take the path up the hill to the right;
  2. Pass through two stile/gates (this first part of the route can be muddy during wet weather), and cross the open field the Cow Lane;
  3. Decision point! Walk straight on down Cow Lane and join the route described in the first section above from point 4, turning left up the steps into the field; Alternatively, turn round and walk diagonally up the field aiming for the top corner. Continue from point 8 in the first section above.

Second access

  1. Walk along Ingersley Vale, past the derelict Clough mill, until you reach a small green triangle of grass at a junction in the road. At this point we can recommend continuing straight on for 100m to view the often spectacular waterfall, and then returning to the triangle;
  2. Proceed up the hill, using the gate beside the cattle grid. This is very steep and care is needed in wet or icy weather. Continue to the next cattle grid, again using the small gate. Continue from point 8 in the first section, walking straight up the ‘middle road’.