We do a walk up White Nancy quite often as a training exercise for our Pinnacle Walking Holiday breaks. It only takes a couple of hours, has great views from the top of White Nancy and includes a few ups and downs.
The walk starts at the top of Lord Street. Turn into Cow Lane, a cul-de-sac, and through the gate at the far end. Take the upper of two field paths and aim for the gate and cattle grid at the far left top corner.
Turn left on to an open farm track and follow this all the way down to the lane in the bottom of the valley. Turn right past some terraced cottages. A weir and pond below on your left are all that remain of the former silk mill. Follow this path through Waulkmill Wood.
Leave the wood via a stile and go across the lower part of a sloping field. Then in the second aim for the buildings on the far side. Follow the gated path around to the right, and on through successive fields. Go over a stile with a Gritstone Trail waymark (a footprint with the letter ‘G’) and along the bottom edge of a plantation. Then down a walled track through woodland to reach the main road at Tower Hill.
Turn right and walk along the pavement, past the Rising Sun Inn, for ½ mile. Then turn right into Lidgett’s Lane. As it bends go right go over a high stile ahead and on to a gated track past a row of hawthorn trees. Swinging left follow this grassy path up to the ridge above.
White Nancy Monument
Follow the hilltop track all the way along the ridge of Kerridge Hill, until you reach the monument (White Nancy) at the far end. Great views and you can even see our cottage. Drop sharply down the path in front, with Bollington spread out below. Then cross a farm lane and continue down. Across two more steep fields to reach a stile back into Cow Lane/Lord Street.