GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rainow Walks

5 miles (8 km)

This Cheshire based village sits in a peaceful rural location in the valley of the River Dean which flows just south of the settlement.
This circular walk from the village takes you to one of the area highlights at Lamaload Reservoir.
The route starts in the village and heads south east towards Thornsett Farm. You continue east through the Dean Valley countryside to the reservoir. Here you can try a lovely circular trail around the water with some nice woodland trails. The route then heads north west past Yearns Low to Ginclough before returning to the village.
To continue your walking around Rainow pick up the Gritstone Trail to the west of the village. You can follow this popular waymarked trail south to visit the wonderful viewpoint at Tegg's Nose Country Park.
Less than a mile to the north west there's the climb to White Nancy just outside Bollington.

Rainow OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Rainow Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Rainow

  • Bollington - This circular walk explores the area surrounding the Cheshire town of Bollington
  • Lamaload Reservoir - This circular walk takes you around the pretty Lamaload Reservoir near Macclesfield in the Peak District National Park
  • Tegg's Nose Country Park - This lovely country park in Macclesfield has splendid views of the Peak District National Park and the Cheshire plain
  • Shining Tor and Cats Tor - Climb to the highest point in Cheshire on this wonderful walk in the Goyt Valley.
    The walk starts from the Erwood Hall Car Park at the southern end of Erwood Reservoir
  • Macclesfield - This market town in Cheshire has an abundance of local options for walkers
  • Macclesfield Canal - Follow the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal from Marple to Kidsgrove on this waterside walk in Cheshire
  • Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir - This circular walk explores Macclesfield Forest and also pays a visit to the pretty Trentabank Reservoir on the western edge of thePeak District.
    The walk starts at the Standing Stone car park on the eastern edge of the forest
  • Macclesfield to Marple - Middlewood Way - Follow the Middlewood Way - a lovely off road cycle and walking path running from Macclesfield to Marple and passing by the Macclesfield Canal.
  • Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir - Enjoy some lovely waterside walking along these two reservoirs in the Goyt Valley area of the Peak District
  • Combs Reservoir - This circular walk takes you around Combs Reservoir near Chapel-en-le-Frith on the edge of the Peak District National Park
  • Chapel en le Frith - This small Derbyshire town is located close to some classic Peak District walks, with stunning scenery in all directions
  • Castle Naze - This walk visits an elevated fort near Chapel en le Frith in the White Peak area of the Peak District.
  • Gritstone Trail - This beautiful, challenging walk runs through the Peak District from Disley to Kidsgrove.
    The walk begins at the train station at Disley and soon comes to the wonderful Lyme Park (video below) with its mansion house and Medieval deer park
  • White Nancy - This walk climbs to unusual structure of White Nancy overlooking the town of Bollington in Cheshire


Back in the village you can enjoy some post exercise relaxation and refreshment at the Robin Hood. The pub has a large car park and a fine outdoor decking area with splendid views towards White Nancy and other Peak District hills. The quaint old inn also serves fine food with a good tapas selection on the menu. You can find them at Chapel Brow with postcode SK10 5XE for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and country trails make for a fine dog walk. The Robin Hood mentioned above is also dog friendly.


Robin Hood, Rainow - - 169440

Robin Hood, Rainow. The B5470 enters the Peak District en route for Whaley Bridge at this point. The Old Chapel (now converted to business units) is in the background to the right.

Rainow Roofs - - 2840159

Rainow Roofs

Pedley Hill, Rainow - - 2804083

Pedley Hill, Rainow

Thornsett Farm - - 169421

Thornsett Farm. Part of the village of Rainow is visible to the left of the farm, and directly behind it the prominent hill is Big Low (SJ957770). Taken from the Gritstone Way.

Dean Valley towards Rainow - - 2805027

Dean Valley towards Rainow

Lamaload Reservoir - - 2791031

Lamaload Reservoir

Upper Dean valley - - 169756

Upper Dean valley

Upper Dean valley - - 169711

Upper Dean valley

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