Prestbury, Adlington, Bollington
The route starts and ends in the centre of Macclesfield, and heads out along the B5087, which is the road between Macclesfield and Alderley Edge. This route is all on lanes, and follows a circular route around Prestbury, Adlington, Pott Shrigley and Bollington. The route generally follows gently rolling hills – the steepest part being the road from Adlington up to Pott Shrigley. There are toilets, cafés and telephones in Prestbury and Bollington.
|Distance:||14.4 miles (23.2 km)|
|Terrain:||All roads and lanes. Gentle, but one or two medium climbs.|
|Time:||1.5 to 2 hours|
|Maps:||OS Explorer Map 268|
|Start:||Macclesfield town centre.|
|Grid Ref:||SJ 918 736|
The first point of interest on the route is the village of Prestbury. Prestbury began as the administrative centre of a large rural parish. During the nineteenth century it became involved in the silk industry. During the twentieth century it developed into a residential area with a reputation for affluence. There are several pubs and restaurants in the village. There are toilets near to where the high street passes over the River Bollin. After Prestbury village, the route takes you out along lanes, then for a short distance along the B5358, before turning towards Adlington Hall.
There was a house here as early as 1040, when the Leigh family built a hunting lodge in the forest of Macclesfield. The current house is a product of the 14th century. It was begun in 1315, though late medieval and Tudor remodeling have changed the house considerably since that time. The Great Hall was built in the late 15th century, while a Tudor manor in typical Cheshire black and white style was added a century later. After passing Adlington Hall, the route takes you across the main road and through Adlington village, and on uphill to Pott Shrigley.
Pott Shrigley is a delightful hamlet located about one mile northeast of Bollington. It's as rural as you can get with the buildings that form its centre huddled close to the top end of two valleys, overlooked by Holme and Nab woods on the higher ground and enjoying views of hills to the southwest. Pott Shrigley is known for a couple of outstanding things other than its church and school - in Spring the bluebells along the road up the hill towards Shrigley Hall are a sight to behold; the best for miles. The other notable item is the cricket club. This must be one of the most beautiful settings for a cricket ground anywhere in the world.
The next town along the route is Bollington. The present day town of Bollington has evolved over the centuries from a number of scattered farms and from three small villages that coalesced the original centres of agriculture: ‘Old’ Bollington is to the east, West Bollington is in the middle and Bollington Cross is to the south. Because of the layout of these parts the resulting town is very long (two miles) and narrow, but generally not very wide, controlled to some extent by the geography of the valleys within which the town is built.
Along the route you will pass the Legh Arms in Prestbury and several pubs in Bollington.
The route is also available as a plain page.