To the Swan at Kettleshulme

A hilly walk over a scenic ridge to a pretty Cheshire village and its splendid pub.

Technical sheet
No. 17173012
A Rainow walk posted on 15/11/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 15/11/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 5.35mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 719ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 748ft
Highest point Highest point : 1247ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 784ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Rainow
Starting point Starting point : N 53.298859° / W 2.053505°
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(D/A) Walk up the main entrance drive until just before you reach the road; cross a stile in front of you to cut a corner. Ignoring the entrance to Blackbrook Farm opposite, turn left and walk down the road, then cross carefully and follow a signposted footpath on the right, along the top of the field below the farm. At the far end, beyond the last barn, cross a stile and negotiate a boggy patch before following the wall downhill to a stile and then crossing the stream.

(1) Head diagonally up the slope, passing two hawthorn trees and aiming towards the buildings of Round Knoll Farm initially. Swing left, directly uphill, when you meet a tumbledown wall. Cross a stile as you approach the top of the hill, keeping along the wall. Turn left at the end of the field overlooking the Todd Brook valley. At a kink in the wall cross a stile on your right and follow the path obliquely down the slope, passing through a metal gate and ignoring the permitted path to Charles Head on your left.

(2) At Summer Close Farm, turn left and go through a gate by a PNFS sign. At the end of the fence turn right off the track and walk diagonally down to a footbridge. Walk up the opposite slope, aiming initially towards Windgather Rocks on the skyline, before swinging slightly left. Cross a stile and follow a line of trees, then swing right to a stile and cross a stream. Walk up the edge of the next field to a stile to the left of the abandoned farm and turn left. After two wall stiles, by two old stone gateposts go straight on (ignoring a stile on the right) to reach Mangers Carr Farm. Follow the driveway beyond, passing a series of farms, to the public road.

(3) Turn left and walk down to the B5470, turning right into Kettleshulme. Beyond the school, turn right into Flatts Lane. At the bottom of the hill, turn left along an unmade road. Just before the main road, a flight of steps on your left gives access to the Swan Inn. From the Swan turn left and walk up the main road, passing the school again and crossing over to follow the pavement for as long as it lasts. Beyond Spout House Farm, keep along the road for 500 yards until you reach Reed Bridge at the bottom of the valley.

(4) Cross over onto a farm track on the left, crossing a stone bridge just upstream of the road bridge. At a T-junction ignore the tracks and head straight on uphill, with a fence and hedge on your left, crossing a stile partway up. When the slope eases off slightly, before the path heads off left towards Charles Head Farm, leave the fence and head diagonally right to a waymark. Then follow a contouring path above the wooded valley of Gnathole.

(5) At the road, turn left and then right into the entrance to Whitelands; turn left off the farm drive at a cattle grid. Follow the path downhill, before crossing the stream on your left to reach a stile and heading slightly uphill.

(6) At PNFS sign no. 391 turn right down a walled track. Just before Further Harrop Farm, turn left and follow the left-hand side of the field down to the stream. Beyond the footbridge climb the steep slope to a stile, then follow the wall ahead back to Harrop Fold.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 896ft - Harrop Fold Farm
1 : mi 0.62 - alt. 1020ft - Stream
2 : mi 1.61 - alt. 922ft - Summer Close Farm
3 : mi 2.88 - alt. 909ft - B5470
4 : mi 3.79 - alt. 784ft - Farm track
5 : mi 4.35 - alt. 1125ft - Macclesfield Road
6 : mi 4.87 - alt. 915ft - PNFS sign no. 391
D/A : mi 5.35 - alt. 896ft - Harrop Fold Farm

Useful Information

Two stiff climbs, numerous stiles, and some sections that may be muddy after rain.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : Non utilisé
Walk interest : 4/5

Admin hiker
on Tue 21 Jun 2022 10:02:17 CEST

Hello Mads North,

So you know for your next adventure, you can download the route offline on your phone. You need to do it before departure when you have some signal. When you are on the app press the button "Download map/hike" with the little icon on the first square on the left.

It will be asked what kind of map layer you wish to have. You can choose several if you have a premium account otherwise it will be OpenStreetMap only.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the forum.

Enjoy your walks

Delphine - Community Developer

on Tue 21 Jun 2022 00:34:53 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 17/06/22
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : N/A
Walk interest : Good

Unfortunately had no signal on this walk so could not use the app map. The printed route map we had was very helpful. Good walk with some testing climbs especially as the walk was done on the hottest day of the year so far. Walked past the first turning off the road as not easy to see on approach. Some lovely scenery and beautifully properties in the area.

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