Ingersley Vale and Waulkmill

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Waulk Mill
Waulk Mill

This walk starts and ends at The Crown Public House, Church Street,Bollington,Cheshire SK10 5QD.

 Parking behind the pub.

You are now parked within the conservation Triangle of the area and about to walk up through some of the most beautiful and historical areas from the original Northern Powerhouse, which is what made the area what it is today.
When you leave the car park turn left keeping the Old Mill Pond to your right where the road leads you into the Vale.The Mill Pond used to belong to Higher Mills which served over the years as Heavers Brewery and lastly in its life Shrigley Dyers.  The building was demolished to make way for the new buildings you see today.
Walk past the new builds towards the Vale keeping to the road to the right.  Follow the road up a slight hill, whilst going up this small incline you will notice a chimney above.
This was once used for the now derelict Clough Mill, which burnt down for the last time in about 2000.
When the road starts to go down you will notice high up above an iron race bridge which used to carry water into the large building.  This building made Clough Mill one of the most outstanding mills in Northern England as it housed a water wheel about the size of the Laxy wheel on the Isle of Man.
This enabled the mill to be the first to run entirely on electricity alone.
Hopefully in the next few years the mill will be rebuilt into units or flats and plans are in force to put a wheel back in or a hydro turbine ,which could power the mill and parts of the village.
Carry on downhill passing a part of the river that has been revealed when some out buildings for the mill where demolished.To your right in the field just below the tree line you can see the water race to the wheel house .
The road now becomes a farm track up to some old farm cottages at Waulkmill Farm (The waulk name came from local slang for wool spinning,), here you can view a very large partially silted up mill pool with a magnificent waterfall.
From here you can go behind the falls into Waulkmill Woods and view the pond or carry on through the gate and see the flagged path that the mill owners put down right through Ingersley Vale for approximately 1 mile.  This was so workers could get to work from the next village Rainow.
From Waulkmill head back towards the mill but taking a right before the allotments over a old pack horse bridge.  Follow the signed path up hill through farm land for approximately 1/2 mile.  Here you will pass behind Savio House (formerly Ingersley Hall ) and view the old Georgian walled Kitchen Garden.
Follow the path through a few stone styles until you get to Oakenbank Lane.On your left is a gated footpath which takes you past the old fish pool for the hall and the bridleway across the fields.  This used to be the original driveway when Ingersley Hall was first built.  When you get to the tarmac drive, take a right and continue down to the main entrance adjacent to The Poachers Public House.Take a sharp left here down Mill Lane to the bottom of the hill.  Go right at the bottom and The Crown Pub and the end of your journey is approximately 100yds way.