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Guided Pub Walks in the Macclesfield Area

Here is a selection of “pub walks”, all of which are circular walks which start and finish at a pub. I would recommend all of the pubs here for their good food and real ale.

The Vale Inn and Bollington 4.6, 6.3 or 7.4 miles (7.5, 10.2 or 11.9 km) Medium
Leather’s Smithy and Tegg’s Nose 4.3 miles (7.0 km) Medium
Crag Inn to Danebridge 7.5 miles (12.0 km) Medium
The Poachers Inn and Bollington 4.2, 5.8 or 6.9 miles (6.7, 9.3 or 11.1 km) Medium


All walks are graded, in accordance with the Walkingworld grading system. Also, an ‘ascent’ figure is given for each walk, in metres. This is the total ascent of the whole walk. An estimated time is given for each walk, the minimum time being based on Naismith’s rule. Naismith’s rule is an estimate of the time taken for a hill walk, for a reasonably fit and steady walker: 15 minutes for every kilometre of horizontal distance, plus 10 minutes for every 100 metres of ascent.

On all walk pages a printable PDF-format route card and map are available for each walk. The route card contains step-by-step instructions for navigating the walk, including map references, compass directions and ascent/descent figures. The map is a copy of the local OS map, with the route superimposed. These may be printed to take on the walk with you. Note that the PDF-format map files are about 2Mb each, so may take a few minutes to download on a slow internet connection.

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As an alternative to downloading the PDF files, the route (directions only) is available as a plain page for each walk.

Also at the bottom of each walk page is a button to download a GPS file for the walk. Right-click on this and select ‘Save link as’ or ‘Save target as’. The files are in a GPX (GPS eXchange) format because this can be read by most different models and makes of GPS receiver, and opened by most mapping software, including Google Earth (Plus version only), Memory Map, Anquet Maps and Tracklogs.

Each walk route has been been tried and tested, so hopefully the directions will be sufficiently clear. If you have any comments about a walk, or suggestions for improvements or new routes, please send them to me, and I'll update the details accordingly.