Guided Walks in the Macclesfield Area

The walk routes presented here follow many different rights-of-way: quiet lanes, way-marked trails, bridleways, concessionary paths and public footpaths. Each walk follows a circular route (starting and finishing at the same point). The walk selection presented here has a range of distances and difficulty levels, so hopefully you'll find a walk to suit.

Macc Forest and Tegg’s Nose 4.3 miles (7.0 km) Medium
Over Alderley and the Edge 4.5 miles (7.2 km) Medium
Shutlingsloe and Wildboarclough 7.6 miles (12.2 km) Medium to hard
Rainow and Kerridge 5.6 miles (9.0 km) Medium to hard
Ridgegate and Higher Sutton 3.9 miles (6.3 km) Easy to medium
Tegg’s Nose and Walker Barn 3.9 miles (6.3 km) Medium
Rainow and Lamaload 5.6 miles (9.1 km) Medium
Rainow and Bollington 4.9 miles (8.0 km) Easy to Medium
Alderley Edge to Bradford Lane 4.1 miles (6.7 km) Medium
Bollington to Adlington 9.0 miles (14.5 km) Medium to hard
Ridgegate to Croker Hill 8.2 miles (13.2 km) Medium to hard
Higher Hurdsfield to Bollington 5.8 miles (9.4 km) Medium
Prestbury to Mottram 7.1 miles (11.5 km) Easy to Medium
Bollington to Lyme Park 10.3 miles (16.6 km) Medium to hard
Standing Stone to Wildboarclough via Shutlingsloe 8.6 miles (13.8 km) Medium to hard
Macclesfield to Langley and Croker 8.6 miles (13.8 km) Medium to hard
Rainow to Ingersley and Rainowlow 2.5 miles (4.0 km) Easy to Medium
Macclesfield to Alderley Edge 9.4 miles (15.2 km) Medium
Macc Forest to Wildboarclough 8.8 miles (14.2 km) Medium to hard
Pott Shrigley to Lyme Park 4.8 miles (7.6 km) Medium

All walks are graded, in accordance with the Walkingworld grading system. Also, an ‘ascent’ figure is given for each walk, in metres. This is the total ascent of the whole walk. An estimated time is given for each walk, the minimum time being based on Naismith’s rule. Naismith’s rule is an estimate of the time taken for a hill walk, for a reasonably fit and steady walker: 15 minutes for every kilometre of horizontal distance, plus 10 minutes for every 100 metres of ascent.

On all walk pages a printable PDF-format route card and map are available for each walk. The route card contains step-by-step instructions for navigating the walk, including map references, compass directions and ascent/descent figures. The map is a copy of the local OS map, with the route superimposed. These may be printed to take on the walk with you. Note that the PDF-format map files are about 3Mb each, so may take a few minutes to download on a slow internet connection.

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As an alternative to downloading the PDF files, the route (directions only) is available as a plain page for each walk.

Also at the bottom of each walk page is a button to download a GPS file for the walk. Right-click on this and select ‘Save link as’ or ‘Save target as’. The files are in a GPX (GPS eXchange) format because this can be read by most different models and makes of GPS receiver, and opened by most mapping software, including Google Earth (Plus version only), Memory Map, Anquet Maps and Tracklogs.

Each walk route has been been tried and tested, so hopefully the directions will be sufficiently clear. If you have any comments about a walk, or suggestions for improvements or new routes, please send them to me, and I'll update the details accordingly.