Bridgend Tree Trail 1, Bollington

In the middle of trees discover or rediscover iconic places of Bollington like White Nancy, Kerridge Ridge and the Rally Road! This walk encourage us to really look at the grace, beauty and majesty of the trees that grow in our local countryside.
This walk is a similar version of this trail. This Tree trail contain more forest and grassland path than the Heritage one.

Technical sheet
No. 29825285
A Bollington walk posted on 10/01/23 by Bridgend Centre. Update : 27/01/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.26 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 145 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 142 m
Highest point Highest point : 280 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 150 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bollington
Starting point Starting point : N 53.298274° / W 2.097744°
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Description

Start : From the Brigend Center 104 Palmerston St, Bollington, Macclesfield (SK10 5PW). Grid ref. SJ 935 779

(D/A) With your back to the Bridgend Centre, turn right and proceed along Palmerston Street (B5000). When you reach a mini-roundabout, turn right (South) into Church Street passing St. John’s Parish Church on your right. In the graveyard next to the road is a magnificent row of common lime trees.

Now follow the street round to the right. This point links up with Tree trail 4.

Climb to the top and as the road bends sharply right, go straight through the gate on the left by the water trough, up a stone-slabbed path. Climb steps to a kissing gate and take the stone path to the right. On crossing the boundary wall, look left to see a Scots pine with a nesting box for a Kestrel, a bird of prey.

(1) At the end, turn left past Redway House and left again at a sign for White Nancy. 15 meters before the cattle grid, go right up the steps through the metal ‘White Nancy’gates. Climb up through the wood, where the predominant trees are oaks.

At the end of the wood go through a gate onto the hillside, with White Nancy ahead. (A) Walk forward to be rewarded by spectacular panoramic views towards the Peak District, the Cheshire Plain and beyond.

(2) Now turn right at the folly, White Nancy, and walk along Kerridge Ridge. Keeping the wall on your left, go through two gates and continue along the ridge with the wall now on your right. The feathery trees on your left are larches.

Emerging from the trees, the village of Rainow can be seen down on your left. Pass through a gate and start the gradual descent along the Saddle of Kerridge.

Glancing to your right, the vast quarry workings can clearly be seen. Ignore a footpath to the right, and with Kerridge Hill rising in front, you will reach a stone wall with a junction of footpaths.

(3) Noting the hare mosaic on the ground in the corner, take a sharp right in front of it down the hillside. Spot the old hawthorn tree on the left, arching over the path. Look at the size of the thorns! (B) More steps lead you down to a quarry track.

Turn left to reach Windmill Lane, where you should cross the road carefully and turn right (North-West), walking down the track and straight onto the gate. On reaching Endon Cottage on the right, look up the narrow path adjacent to its back wall to see 118 treacherous steps! These were part of a funicular railway that carried stone from the quarries down this incline.

(4) Turn left to continue following the Rally Road. Just after the gateway a graceful cider gum tree can be seen on your right. Walk down the path until you reach Oak Lane, passing the Kerridge war memorial on your left.

(5) Cross over the lane and carry on ahead. On your left, you will see an impressive row of ash trees. Turn right (North) through a stile opposite a gate; walk through a field and over a bridge and then diagonally right (North-East), heading to a gate to the right of a short row of trees. This point links up with Tree Trail 2.

Go through the gate, cross over the track and pass through another kissing gate opposite. Continue forward, with a fence and a holly and hawthorn hedge on your left, then along a path with hedges on both sides. Go forward, following the row of trees on your right, to the kissing gate in the corner of the field. Turn left (North) along Jackson Lane.

(6) At the corner, bear right (North-East) into Chancery Lane and then left down High Street. Turning left at the bottom onto Palmerston Street will bring you back to the Bridgend Centre. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 150 m - Bridgend Centre
1 : km 1.28 - alt. 214 m - Redway House
2 : km 1.66 - alt. 270 m - White Nancy - White Nancy
3 : km 2.53 - alt. 280 m - Junction of footpaths
4 : km 3.15 - alt. 218 m - Rally Road
5 : km 3.5 - alt. 173 m - Oak Lane and Kerridge war memorial
6 : km 4.52 - alt. 190 m - Junction Jackson Lane and Chancery Lane
D/A : km 5.26 - alt. 150 m - Bridgend Centre

Useful Information

Start : From the Brigend Center 104 Palmerston St, Bollington, Macclesfield (SK10 5PW). Grid ref. SJ 935 779

Parking : The Pool Bank car park near the Bridgend Centre is a little further in Palmerston Street.

Public transport : Bus line stop at Aquaduct (Palmerston Street)

Terrain : Can be slippery when wet! Road, track and farmland path.

Facilities : Toilets, Cafés, Shops and Bar around the Bridgend Centre.

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During the walk or to do/see around

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(A) White Nancy : The story goes that this curious folly was built by the Gaskell family to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. White Nancy was built of Kerridge stone and used to have a doorway so you could go inside. It is used as the centre of community activities on many occasions. Enjoy the panoramic views, and look out for the white bowl of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory out on the Cheshire Plain.

(B) Quarries : Quarries have been worked on the western side of Kerridge Hill since the fifteenth century. It was gruelling work. The British Sculptor Alfred Gatley began his training in stone carving as a child in Kerridge, where his family owned two quarries. Sadly he died in Italy in 1863, without the recognition his work later
received. Because of the danger, the quarry face has been fenced off. With Kerridge Hill rising in front, you will reach a stone wall. Look out for the Hare mosaic!

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