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The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew

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The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 26 Nov 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walkstar1 The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walkstar1 The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walkstar1 The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walkstar0 The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walk
Cheshire, Wilmslow
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walk boot The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walk boot The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew Pub walk
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A 1.5 mile circular pub walk from the Bull’s Head in Mottram St Andrew in Cheshire. The Bull’s Head is a traditional country pub with a central bar surrounded by a series of dining areas. The walking route performs a simple short loop around the local countryside, taking in quiet lanes, horse paddocks and rural footpaths.

The route includes several gentle climbs and descents throughout. The paths pass through fields and horse paddocks which can be very muddy so good waterproof boots are a must. Each paddock is likely to be holding several horses so take care with dogs. You will need to negotiate 11 stiles, a kissing gate and a flight of steps. Some of the stiles are enclosed with wire fencing so dogs may need a lift over. Approximate time 45 to 60 minutes.

Mottram St Andrew is located about 3 miles north-west of Macclesfield in Cheshire. The walk starts and finishes from the Bull’s Head on Wilmslow Road, just a few hundred yards south of Mottram Hall. Approximate post code SK10 4QH. The pub has its own car park, although this can be very busy so it is best to avoid peak times.

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Walk Sections

Start to Woodside Farm
Start to Woodside Farm

Start point: 53.3032 lat, -2.1805 long
End point: 53.3056 lat, -2.1743 long

Come out of the pub car park back to the road and turn left, passing in front of the pub. Keep ahead along the road edge for a few paces (take extreme care here as the traffic can be fast moving) and then cross over to turn right down the tarmac lane (opposite Priest Lane) marked as a footpath.

Follow this lane, Smithy Lane, between properties and then heading steadily downhill. The lane levels off, then swings steadily right and leads you through a vehicle gate. Ahead you will see the brick gate posts of Woodside Farm. (To the left here are the open grounds of Mottram Hall, a country house built around 1750 and now a golf club and hotel).

Woodside Farm to Wilmslow Road
Woodside Farm to Wilmslow Road

Start point: 53.3056 lat, -2.1743 long
End point: 53.299 lat, -2.1758 long

Turn right along the stone track, passing the farmhouse to the left. Continue past some outbuildings on the left and then cross the stile ahead into the horse paddock. Cross the paddock at about 11 o’clock to reach a stile half-way along the left hand boundary. Cross the stile into the next paddock and turn right to walk along the right-hand edge of this next field.

The stile at the top of this paddock leads you into the next field. Go straight ahead, heading for the left-hand edge of the large house in front of you (Legh House). Pass through the black metal kissing gate and keep ahead along the private driveway between the house and garage. You will reach a T-junction with a stone lane. Turn right along this and follow it all the way to its junction with Wilmslow Road.

Wilmslow Road to End
Wilmslow Road to End

Start point: 53.299 lat, -2.1758 long
End point: 53.3032 lat, -2.1806 long

Cross over the road with care to take the footpath opposite (at about 11 o’clock). Follow this stone track heading fairly steeply downhill enjoying the views across rolling views ahead.

Soon, at the first junction of paths, turn right. Climb the sleeper steps and cross the stile into a rough hillside field. Go straight ahead along the right-hand top edge of this field. Down to the left you’ll see Hunter’s Pool.

Keep ahead as the field narrows, passing a pink thatched cottage on the left. Cross the stile and take the next stile directly opposite. Follow the short section of fenced footpath and another stile leads you into a rough field. Note: from this point you may come across some exotic pheasant that are kept here, so take care with dogs.

Cross the field diagonally left (at about 11 o’clock). At the bottom of the slope (with some outbuildings to the left) cross the stile to reach some private grounds with a large pond ahead. Bear left here to cross the footbridge over the stream. Climb the short slope and then turn right over the next stile.

Follow this path through a narrow section of woodland. The low twisted laurel branches give the path a somewhat mystic feel. Cross the next stile and keep ahead on the path along a wider grass track between hedgerows. A final stile leads you out to the stone access lane, with Brook House Farm on the left.

Turn right along the access lane and follow it out through the gate posts. If you look to the left here you’ll see an old cast iron water pump. Turn right along the edge of the road (taking care of any traffic) and, before you reach the T-junction, turn right up the steps to reach the Bull’s Head for some well deserved hospitality.

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2 comments for "The Bull's Head and Mottram St Andrew"

In the section 'Wilmslow Road to End', the right turn at the "first junction of paths" is easy to miss as it appears to be a wide gravel driveway rather than a path.

By rt100 on 10 Oct 2014

We did the same today (i.e. failed to find parking) and so added 2 mile on the walk lol.

By michaeleyres on 29 Aug 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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