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Walk from Rainow to Ingersley and Rainowlow

This short walk starts and ends in Rainow. There is a convenient car park on Round Meadow. Round Meadow (postcode SK10 5UB) is just off the main road (B5470) through Rainow, opposite the Holy Trinity Church. Turn down Round Meadow and the car park is on the left.

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If travelling by car, Rainow is reached as follows: Drive out of Macc town centre along the Whaley Bridge road (B5470). Continue uphill until you get to Rainow. Drive through Rainow. Where the Holy Trinity church is on the right, Round Meadow is on the left.

Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km)
Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Moderate
Time: 1 to 1½ hours
Ascent: 116 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268, OL24
Start: Round Meadow, Rainow SK10 5UB.
Grid Ref: SJ 950 760


Route Guide

This circular walk is a relatively easy short route. There are slight inclines here and there, but nothing too strenuous. Strong shoes or walking boots are essential, as parts of the walk can get quite muddy after rain.

The walk starts out by leaving Rainow, and heading out across fields to Ingersley (on the outskirts of Bollington). Just before leaving Rainow, look out for a private pond, through trees on the left of the footpath, on which is moored a small dinghy! Crossing the fields, the route is overshadowed by Kerridge Ridge, up to the left, at the end of which sits White Nancy

In Ingersley is Waulkmill Farm. The River Dean tumbles over a waterfall here, before disappearing underneath the farm buildings. The waterfall was constructed to provide a head of water for the old mill further down the lane. The mill stream once flowed along the edge of the hill before crossing high above the lane over a small aqueduct to power the mill wheel. At the time of writing, the old mill buildings were being converted to new apartments.

After passing through Ingersley, the route picks up the Gritstone Trail, for a short way, then heads off to the little hamlet of Rainowlow. The photo here is taken from our route, with Rainowlow in the distance, in the hillside, at the top right of the photo. Rainowlow consists of only about six dwellings. After Rainowlow, the route heads over to Jumper Lane. Jumper Lane provides an easy return downhill to Rainow.

Route Details

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