The walks calendar will be finalised very soon. You will be able to access the information on our calendar here on this website, download a printable leaflet, or obtain a printed leaflet from the Bridgend Centre.
A circuitous route in the hills surrounding Bollington, hopefully finishing at the RedWillow brewery in Macclesfield; otherwise a few pub visits. Return late afternoon via the Rainow bus to Pool Bank car park. Booking required.
Exploring north-eastern waterways, we'll climb from Harrop Brook to Charles Head, follow Todd Brook to Whaley Bridge, the River Goyt and the Torrs, and return along the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals.
Come and join the Town Mayor on the annual Boundary Walk, which contains both flat and hilly sections. Please bring a packed lunch; there will be a lunch stop. This is a circular route starting and ending at the Town Hall.
Pubs have always been popular in Bollington! This is a walk past some of those buildings in Bollington, Kerridge and Whiteley Green used as public houses both past and present. There won't be time to sample the wares of those still open, but there will be the opportunity to retire to the Vale afterwards, so for that reason we won't be stopping for lunch during the walk. We'll walk up to Kerridge Ridge but there's nothing too technical or hilly. Booking required.
Through the Harrop Valley and up to Charles Head. Then along the ridge, with panoramic views, and over Broad Moss to Blue Boar Farm. Return to Bollington via Gin Clough, Oakenbank Lane and White Nancy.
Along the canal towards Grimshaw Lane and on to Kerridge. At Clarke Lane we will leave the canal and walk back up the Middlewood Way to Whitely Green and back on to the canal. returning to Clarence Mill.
A short walk to a picturesque spot where we'll have around two hours to sketch some of the buildings and lovely views of Bollington. Basic materials will be provided, but you're welcome to bring your own. You might also like to bring a lightweight camping chair. If the weather proves inclement we'll have an indoor sketching session. Booking required.
Coinciding with the publication of the revised Peak District Boundary Walk (PDBW) guidebook, the staff of the countryside charity CPRE will lead stage 19 of the Walk. Hear about the work of CPRE and history of the PDBW along the way. Undulating mix of field paths, lanes and parkland, and canal from Bollington to Whaley Bridge. This is a linear walk, so you'll need to get yourself back to the start (or home) from Whaley Bridge. Details on public transport available on the walking festival website. See www.cprepdsy.org.uk/discover/pdbw-stage-19 for more details.
A walk to encourage your confidence, mainly on the flat, apart from two sets of steps, and some off road. Slow-paced and mindful. Bring a drink and waterproofs. We'll finish at Café Waterside for those who'd like food or drink. Guide dogs only. Booking required.
An energetic walk exploring some of the hidden paths of Kerridge and the ridge. Hopefully we'll see some bats at the end of the walk. Please wear sturdy boots and waterproofs. A torch and binoculars may be useful!
Are you affected by sight loss? Would you like to walk with a trained Sighted Guide? A gentle walk exploring the sounds, smells, textures and sights around the canal and Middlewood Way. Finishing at Café Waterside, where you can buy drinks and snacks. Booking required; contact 01625 422602.
A varied walk that takes in lots of local features, with lovely views. We start along the Middlewood Way and the canal, and climb up over the fields to Dale Top and Sponds Hill, taking it at a steady pace with pauses to admire the views across to Manchester and Lyme Park. Return to Bollington along the lovely Harrop Valley.
A relaxed exploration of the pleasant village of Prestbury from Bollington Cross, including fields, a golf course and Prestbury churchyard. Please note that we will be crossing the busy Silk Road at one point.
We'll follow the Gritstone Trail along Kerridge Ridge to Rainow and across open farmland to Teggs Nose. We'll pass through varied scenery and terrain, including pretty woodland (you may hear woodpeckers), leading us to Langley, along the Hollins, past a residential area, a short stretch of canal towpath and back through farmland. Total ascent 530m.
Our walks are led by a number of local organisations; there is a charge for some walks, which are indicated by a £ symbol on the walk programme. Where booking is not required for a walk, we just ask you to arrive in plenty of time.
Where advance booking is required, simply reserve your place by purchasing your ticket from the calendar above. For the Sensory Walk please telephone the Eye Society (phone number on the programme). If you would like any support with online booking, please contact the Bridgend Centre on 01625 576311 to arrange a convenient time for us to help you with it.
Please note that all walks and events are listed in good faith but will be subject to the government’s Coronavirus guidelines as they stand at the time of the festival in late September 2021. Our overriding concern is the safety of all those involved. Please check our website regularly for the most up-to-date information on how things are being done.
On walks starting from the Bridgend Centre, please wait outside the front of the Centre for the walk to start as numbers are limited inside.
Walking: essential information
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a waterproof. We reserve the right not to take a person who is not properly equipped as this could affect the safety and enjoyment of the whole group.
Please check the walk symbols to confirm whether dogs are welcome; dogs are not allowed on some of the walks. To avoid disturbance to farm animals or wildlife, please keep your dog on a lead and under control.
Most walk leaders are volunteers.
All walks are circular unless stated.
In poor weather the leader may modify the walk, or in extreme conditions, cancel it.
A packed lunch may be required; look for the symbol on the walk details. It is advisable to carry a drink.
Young walkers aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.