3.8 of 5 (7 votes)

Gritstone Trail around Bollington and Rainow

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Peak District in Derbyshire, England, about 21.20km (13.17 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 550m (1804ft)
Loss 566m (1856ft)
Max. Elevation 410m (1345ft)
Elevation (total) 1116m (3660ft)
Start & End
Whaley Bridge
Distance 21.20km
(13.17mi)
Duration ~7:30h
Difficulty  
Strenuous
Created by Bat123cat on 16 Sep 2012
A full-day circular walk taking in the splendid views and lowland lanes around Bollington and Rainlow. Take time to appreciate the scenery and perhaps stop at the pub for lunch!

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid SK009814
Start the walk in Whaley Bridge.
OS Grid SJ986809
Follow the path via Hawkhurst Head to Bailey Farm.
About 2.35 km (~1.46 miles) from
OS Grid SJ969798
Excellent all round views on a clear day!
About 2.04 km (~1.27 miles) from
OS Grid SJ969792
Turn right and walk approx. 400 mts then take path on lhs signposted Gritstone trail
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SJ966792
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SJ959790
Keep close to lhs of quarry and aim for stile on far rhs of field
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SJ948786
About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid SJ944781
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SJ944779
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SJ945776
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SJ945772
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SJ942771
Cross footbridge and at road turn left and then right after 80 mts onto signposted trail - this is a steep uphill wide road section towards White Nancy
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SJ937772
At top of hill turn left and climb steeply up to White nancy monument
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
OS Grid SJ940765
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
OS Grid SJ941763
After stile take left turn downwards towards Rainow
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SJ946763
Follow track downhill and across stream and field to join with road,then turn right
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid SJ949761
turn left and follow road to main B5470
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid SJ952762
Robin Hood pub on lhs for refreshments!
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SJ953763
50 mtrs after pub on lhs is a SMALL track - take this and then turn right after 20 mts
About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
OS Grid SJ960770
Cross the fields by stiles to reach the road
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SJ962773
After disused pub - on lhs is way-marked showing route through fields BE CAREFUL HERE AS ROAD IS VERY BUSY!!
About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SJ964777
When you reach the driveway to Map ref SJ965776 be sure that you cross a cattle grid and then follow the sign on the lhs
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SJ964781
Just past Harrop Fold Farm take right path signed towards Further Harrop Farm - visible across the valley- follow this down to steam and uphill to WP 25
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid SJ965784
Turn right and follow track to meet road at WP 4
About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SJ970791
Retrace route or head back via Kettleshulme.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SJ993798
Return via the paths around Kettleshulme.
About 2.44 km (~1.52 miles) from
OS Grid SK010812
Finish up at Whaley Bridge once more.
About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from

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