Lamaload - Ginclough - White Nancy - Rainow - Lamaload

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Lamaload - Ginclough - White Nancy - Saddle of Kerridge - Rainow - Lamaload

This walk starts from the picnic area at the northern end of Lamaload Reservoir, between Macclesfield and Buxton. It skirts the reservoir's tip before heading up and over undulating meadowland to the outskirts of the village of Ginclough and on to the small hamlet of Rainow. Here you catch your first sight of White Nancy, the object of the walk, which is a small, white, bullet-shaped structure on the northern end of the Saddle of Kerridge. The route continues dropping down over fields until the base of the Saddle is reached. It is then a short, sharp climb up onto the ridge and the folly of White Nancy. From here there are extensive views across Cheshire and Manchester, with Liverpool to the west and Mow Cop on the Staffordshire border to the south in the distance. The ridge is now followed along the top of the Saddle of Kerridge before descending close to the village of Rainow. Here the access road to the reservoir is picked up, from where the outward route is followed back to the picnic area.

England - North England - Cheshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Wildlife
6/5/2020 - Simon Worrall

Walked May 2020. Nice walk with great views (on a clear day) from White Nancy and Saddle of Kerridge. No significant navigation issues however : NOTE that footpath marker under the oak tree referred to in instruction # 11 is no longer there. Turn left half way down the field by the second large oak. As you approach the gap in the trees you will see a footpath marker on the stile. Rather a long slog back up the the road after waypoint 21 but it's a private road with only farm traffic and as you climb up towards Lamaload there are some good views of the upland area. INFO : The car park (which belongs to United Utilities) was closed to cars because of COVID-19 but the lay-by nearby is available for parking. The disused toilet block close by the car park appears to have been bought by a private developer who was in the process of placing barbed wire and 'private' signs around the building which partly cut across the track leading to the footpath.

10/8/2016 - Phil and Sue Eptlett

Rewalked and ammendments made reflecting some of the comments below and further observations

3/14/2016 - Brian Foster

The notes for this walk suggest that the picnic area car park is closed from March to October. I did this walk on 11 March 2016 and the car park was open then.

5/7/2014 - Norman Brannick

Completed this walk 7th April 2014. Excellent walk by Phil & Sue Eptelett, directions and map were easy to follow, a few steep assents and descents especially the last leg of the walk from the water treatment works up the hill passing the reservoir dam wall, which really pulls on your legs. On many walks I try to divert into villages close by and take in the 19th century Church and cottage architecture, so this was ideal for me with Bollington & Rainow being en rout. Highly recommend this walk. Thanks again Walking World for another great day out..

10/20/2008 - Graham Marks

The pathe at waypoint 7 has been diverted (signed) to go behind the cottage. Waypoint 20 no traffic lights. The road back to the treatment works was tedious and perhaps another route could be found on the other side of the valley. All in all it was a very good walk which we did on a bright october day. N.B. the height gain seemed more than 250metres

4/2/2007 - Phil and Sue Eptlett

I have been and investigated the comments made about the walk and found no problem, the footpath was open and free to pass between the waypoints indicated. A few more fences and gates had appeared but I think these could be temporary. Apparently it has been shut for some time to facilitate the laying of a new pipeline from the water treatment works but was well and truly open today (1st April). Thank you, Mr. Starkey, for the interest and the tip about the Tea Shop.

3/19/2007 - Tom Starkey

Path between points 1 & 3 are closed but you can pick up a path about 500 metres up the lane to Common Barn Farm (Smashing Tea shop) to join the route at point 5. Tom Starkey

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