Walking Trails

The Bridgend Centre has developed a number of walking trails that explore the stunning countryside around Bollington.

Walking Trails

The Bridgend Centre has two ranges of walking trails that cover the local area; Bollington Nostalgia Trails and Tree Trails. The Bridgend Centre works very closely with the Cheshire East Ranger Service who offer their expertise and are vital in assisting with the construction of the Trails.

We have recently received funding from a number of organisations to allow us to rejuvenate the Nostalgia Trails, as they have been in place for nearly twenty years. They will be renamed ‘Bollington Heritage Trails’. Victoria Scholes started off the project, getting routes assessed and gathering resources. Avril Corbett is now drafting the new walks leaflets and will be working with local volunteers to repair and replace new markers and features.

We are very excited about this new project and what the trails will look like at the end. Thank you so much to our funders:

South West Peak Partnership

Peak District National Park

Cheshire East Council

The Hobson Trust

The original walk leaflets containing maps and detailed directions for all the Trails are available from the Centre for those who wish to repeat walks on their own.

Trail 1 – The ‘Bee Happy’ Trail

A 4 mile introduction to Bollington taking in Middlewood Way and Canal

Trail 2 – ‘Ribbon of History’ Trail

4½ or 6 mile walk investigating sights, sounds and scents around Harrop Valley

Trail 3 – ‘Written in Stone’         

3½ mile walk to Bollington’s famous landmark White Nancy , exploring the theme of quarrying in Bollington

Trail 4 – ‘Revolving in Time’
4 or 4½ mile walk  to Rainow looking at the mills and agriculture of the area

Trail 5 – ‘Drifting through the Past’ 
7½ or 8½ mile walk via Bakestonedale  explores mining for coal and fireclay

Trail 6 – ‘As the Crow Flies’
5½ mile walk to Higher Hurdsfield looking at changes in the environment

Trail 7 -‘ Travelling in Time’
5½ miles walk to Adlington exploring the theme of transport

Trail 8  – ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’
6 mile walk to Butley Town looking at aspects of social history

We also have another series of walks called ‘Tree trails’ which provide even more routes around the area.