Walking Groups and Local Walks

Bollington is beautifully situated on the edge of the Peak District, surrounded by spectacular countryside and served by a comprehensive network of footpaths just crying out to be explored. Whether you wish to be part of a serious walking group, join in with a sociable ramble or explore the countryside by yourself there is something for everyone.

Bollington is part of the Walkers are Welcome Network. Learn more

Organised Local Walks

The Bridgend Centre run regular short, moderate and longer walks taking in points of interest and local history along the way. These graded circular walks start at 10.15am at the

Bridgend Centre, 101 Palmerston Street SK10 5PW  and finish back at the centre unless otherwise stated.
Please register at the centre at 10am to ensure a prompt start.
£3 per walk
Includes tea, coffee and biscuits at end of walk. 01625 576311

View the current month's walks in the What's On leaflet

Download the latest walking program from here


Walks for Health

Bollington ‘Walks for Health’ is a programme of short, easy guided walks in and around Bollington designed to encourage new walkers. They provide a great opportunity to enjoy some exercise and meet people.

Easy, less than 2 miles in length, no stiles, with gentle slopes.

Walks take place during spring and summer:

Mondays at 6:00pm. 


Latest Walks for Health can be downloaded here when available


Cheshire East Council Ranger Service

The Rangers run a large number of varied and interesting events, across Cheshire East, throughout the year and this includes a number of guided walks.

The Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service event programme can be found, organised by month, via the menu on this page. Most events are bookable in advance via the online booking service Eventbrite


East Cheshire Ramblers

East Cheshire Ramblers is a group within the UK-wide Ramblers organisation.  Most of their members live in the area of north-east Cheshire centred around Macclesfield and Wilmslow.  They organise several walks each week which are generally in our local area or the Peak District but are occasionally in North Wales, the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District.  

All members of the Ramblers, whatever their local group, are welcome to join their walks; if you aren’t a member you can try up to three of the walks before committing yourself to joining. 

To view the latest planned walks please visit the website
The Mayor of Bollington organises an annual Bounday Walk.
Look out for details in our What's On section. You can view the route here.

Self Guided Walks


The Ordnance Survey Explorer Map for the Area is number 268 and you can view an overview here. It can be purchased online or from some of the larger book shops locally.


Parish Path Maps are available for Bollington and the surrounding towns of Rainow, Pott Shrigley and  Prestbury  from the Discovery Centre and Bridgend Centre. You may need more than one Parish Paths Map to complete a walk which straddles the boundaries.


Heritage Trails

The Bridgend Centre has developed a number of walking trails that explore the stunning countryside around Bollington. Packs containing maps and detailed directions for all the Trails are available from the Centre at £1.00 per pack.

Each Heritage Trail Pack contains a map, directions, memories, quiz with answers and a furry keepsake for the end of the walk. Markers will guide you around the trail and don’t forget to look for surprises along the way!


Walking in Cheshire - free downloads*

This website has brought together a number of downloadable walks in the area ranging from simple maps with basic directions  to detailed route plans with historical information.


Circular Walks from Adlington Road Car Park.

You can download 4 different circular walks from Adlington Road car park here


Bollington Outdoors

The Happy-Valley website is now home to the excellent selection of walks from this website. Includes walks of differing lengths and difficulties and some pleasant pub walks.


Gritstone Trail

Stride out along the Gritstone Trail and sample some of the finest walking in Cheshire. There are stunning views in all directions from the gritstone ridges abutting the Cheshire plain. On a clear day you’ll see views to the Welsh hills and the cathedrals of Liverpool. Along the route there’s a variety of interesting landmarks and features. The whole trail is 35 miles (56km) and includes the Kerridge Ridge. Download the leaflet to view the stages of the trail.


Middlewood Way      Walkers are Welcome

Macclesfield Canal  Mayor's Boundary Walk

Peak District Boundary Walk.

Bollington is located on the edge of the Peak District and forms part of the beautiful 200 mile circular Peak District Boundary Walk created by the Friends of the Peak District Group, Stretching from the moorland tops of the South Pennines to the gentle limestone scenery of the Derbyshire Dales, the route embraces the urban edges of Sheffield and Oldham, as well as Staffordshire’s rugged moorland and the undulating slopes of Cheshire.

To find out more about the walk (Bollington is included in Stage 18 & 19) please visit their website

Bollington Walking Festival takes place every autumn  and is a week of fabulous guided walks exploring the scenery, heritage and wildlife of Cheshire where the peaks meet the plains.

Walks to cater for all ages and energies including along the canal and the Middlewood way. A chance also to visit the Town and sample some of our excellent pubs and local accommodation. 

All the latest news and pictures can be found on the Walking Festival Website or Facebook Page.

Visorando is a Walking Route Planning App which people can use to create a walk from any point on an ordnance survey map which provides key information such as distance and elevation. People can then print out the route and even export the route for use with a GPS device (so there is no reason to get lost!). You can see the walking route planner here https://www.visorando.co.uk/walk-planner.html

If you know of any other apps which you could recommend for walkers then please get in touch

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