Walking trails

The Gritstone Trail

From Disley, a lovely stone-built village with an excellent dining pub, the Ram’s Head, follow the 35 mile (56km) Gritstone Trail into the Lyme Park estate, inhabited by red deer and the location for the TV dramatisation of Pride and Prejudice. Climb through the moors up to the Bowstones, the remains of Anglo-Saxon crosses, perched high above the Park. The views from here are breathtaking - Manchester spread out one way, the Cheshire Plain another, the peaks of Kinder Scout and Shuttlingsloe to another. The mile walk continues to White Nancy, the famous landmark overlooking Bollington at the end of Kerridge Ridge, to Tegg’s Nose Country Park, and on to the Staffordshire Border.

The North Cheshire Way

Follow the eastern section of the 70 mile North Cheshire Way, Cheshire’s newest and longest path. Fully waymarked, you can walk from Styal Quarry Bank Mill and Country Park to the Edge at Alderley Edge, Adlington Hall, Lyme Park and on to Disley.

The Bollin Valley Way

A fascinating 25 mile route, following the River Bollin through a wide variety of scenery filled with wildlife. Walk through the beautiful beech woods of Styal or alongside the runway of Manchester Airport, where you will be amazed to discover the wildlife inhabitants living just yards away from the roar of huge aircraft - the children love this!

Bollin Valley Partnership organises regular guided walks and outdoor activities.


The Middlewood Way

Middlewood WayA 10 mile (16km) traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill towns. For much of its length, the Middlewood Way runs close to the Macclesfield Canal, and there are many options for easy circular walks.

For the more adventurous, the extensive public footpath network reaches into the Peak District Foothills to the east and the Cheshire Plain to the west.