Walking is excellent exercise and the Bridgend walks evolved from the success of the Heritage Trails. The walks extend enjoyment of the project and reinstate infrequently-used footpaths. Available to all, our walks take place every Wednesday, with a longer walk on the first Saturday of every month. Ranging from a gentle two mile stroll for those who would benefit from gentle or moderate exercise, (some of whom are referred from the Medical Centre) to ten mile hikes, the walks are graded to suit all abilities. Although daunting joining a new group, people can chat and relax before and after walking. The project promotes opportunities to gain a better understanding and enjoyment of local countryside, learning about heritage in the process. Greater insight helps individuals or groups conserve and enhance the countryside’s natural beauty, and protect its wildlife and cultural heritage.
Please access the timetable for our walks here:
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Walks for Health
Three local organisations, the Bridgend Centre, East Cheshire Ramblers and Walkers are Welcome have got together to provide a programme of short, easy walks in and around Bollington from April to October. The walks are designed to encourage new walkers as well as those looking to get back into the habit of taking some regular exercise. Walking is a great way of feeling happier and healthier and has been described by some as the perfect exercise.
The walks are every Monday evening at 6pm and alternate Fridays at 10.30 am. All walks are less than 2 miles, no stiles and have just a few gentle slopes. There is no need to book, just turn up wearing comfortable shoes and you may like to bring a drink. There is no charge and there are different start points in and around Bollington. Full details can be downloaded here or are on the leaflet available at the Bridgend Centre, Bollington Town Hall, libraries and other locations. For more information contact the Bridgend Centre on 01625 576311 or email email@example.com
Walk Leaflet up White Nancy
The Bridgend Centre in partnership with Walkers are Welcome and the Discovery Centre have developed a free walking leaflet to show the route up White Nancy and back to Bollington. Please do pop in to pick up your free copy from either Bridgend or the Discovery Centre. Alternatively you can download a version here:
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 for those who wish to repeat walks on their own. The Bridgend Centre works very closely with the Peak Park Rangers and also those from Cheshire East, who offer their expertise and are vital in assisting with the construction of the Trails. The landowners of all land covered by the Trails are consulted to ensure they understand and agree to the routes. Through work in schools and workshops, children are taught to respect the countryside and markers ensure they keep to the designated paths. Markers also stimulate interest, encouraging walkers to investigate other Trails and explore their heritage. Through the Bridgend Centre working group, paths which were overgrown prior to installation of Trails are now well-maintained
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
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!
We also have another series of walks called ‘Tree trails’ which provide even more routes around the area.