Bollington is one of those secret special places hidden from the knowledge of people who hail from the rat race of the South-East. What is there not to like about it? It has a mix of old and new stone houses along with the post war houses seen in any typical town but softened by their surroundings. Its built on hills and encircled by hills so there are wonderful views wherever you look. There’s at least three good butchers, two bakers (maybe more) that make you want to step in and buy up the store, a good selection of restaurants and pubs and a regular bus service to the amenities of nearby Macclesfield, which we have already decided is a very fine town. And then there are the vestiges of its industrial past, two fine mill buildings, (we are moored in the shadow of Clarence Mill) and chimneys that pop up when you least expect them.
There seems to be a good community feeling. Alan mentioned in one blog that we had arrived in Bollington and we were very pleasantly surprised to receive a comment from Katherine of ‘Bollington in Photos’ telling us about the Midlewood Way and how we could bike into Macclesfield.
Today we woke to what was hopefully a dry day (when the morning shower passed by) and we set off on a walk through the back streets and up Kerridge Hill to White Nancy, a strangely shaped white landmark, apparently a former summer house built in 1815. The door has now been filled in and there is no information to tell the initiated its history but I see on the internet that its Grade II listed. We deviated on the way up onto a little paved footpath across a field that took us on a path past the back of stone houses on the side of the hill and at one point through an old stone building that we had to crouch our way through. When we finally reached the hill top it was to find an incredible view for miles around. After consulting other walkers we kept on going along the Kerridge Ridge and then back on the Gritstone Trail, through Woods and past a waterfall. Wonderful, and we still have the Middlewood Way for tomorrow.
Statistics so far:-
1620.13 Miles, 940 Locks, 108 Swing Bridges, 66 Lift Bridges, 20 Tunnels