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Lockdown 13

 

Route description & photos

Start at the Cat & Fiddle pub on the main A537 Macclesfield to Buxton road.  There is parking available on the opposite side of the road to the pub, or 200m back down the road at the start of the path to Shining Tor.

 

Cat & Fiddle                Cat & Fiddle

 

Cross the road to take the bridleway over the moor directly away from the Cat & Fiddle.

 

Bridleway opposite the Cat & Fiddle                Bridleway between A537 and A54

 

At the signpost, turn right to follow the path down into Danethorn Hollow.

 

Right turning down towards Cumberland Brook                Path down Cumberland Brook

 

There are a few path options forking off around here, and most reunite again! 

 

Waterfall at the top of Cumberland Brooo    Waterfall further down Cumberland Brook    Shutlingsloe on the horizon

 

However, as a general rule, try to stick to the path that is directly beside the brook.

 

Footpath down Cumberland Brook                Cumberland Brook

 

At the junction of paths, bear right to follow the track through the gate, passing a waterfall on your left.

 

Cumberland Brook footpath                Waterfall on Cumberland Brook

 

There is a nice spot for a lunch break just before the footbridge over Cumberland Brook.

 

Approaching Wildboarclough                Footbridge over Cumberland Brook

 

Continue down Cumberland Brook, and the summit of Shutlingsloe begins to loom high on the horizon ahead.

 

Clough House Farm                Footbridge out of Clough House Farm

 

Cross the footbridge over the brook and continue down the path to Clough House.  Pass through the farmyard and across the field to cross the wooden footbridge to the lane.

 

Shutlingsloe footpath sign in Wildboarclough                Approaching Shutlingsloe

 

Pick up the public footpath directly over the lane and follow up to and beyond the house at Banktop.  Double back on yourself onto the access track to Shutlingsloe Farm.  As the track enters the farmyard, bear left to follow the public footpath up to Shutlingsloe.

 

Descending Cumberland Brook                Approaching Shutlingsloe

 

You can bear left or right for the final approach, but both end up at the summit.  Both are steep in places but the right option is probably more pleasant.

 

Kissing gate on the slopes of Shutlingsloe                Tom on the summit of Shutlingsloe

 

Stop for a rest or spot of lunch on the summit if required.  Continue over the summit to join the steep flagged stairway down towards Macclesfield Forest.

 

Summit of Shutlingsloe                Descending Shutlingsloe

 

Bear right after passing through the wall to follow a rough path over towards the forest.  There is some meshing to walk along but many of the sections are very boggy.

 

Path to Macclesfield Forest                Footpath sign in Macclesfield Forest

 

Enjoy the fine views over the forest and reservoirs on your left as you pass over a small rise then descend to join the main forest track.

 

View over the Macclesfield Forest and Ridgegate Reservoir                Between Shutlingsloe and Standing Stone

 

At Standing Stone, enter the car park and join the permissive path leading out from its back corner.

 

Looking back to Shutlingsloe                Standing Stone

 

This is a lovely section of winding gravel path through the forest.

 

Signpost at Standing Stone                Exiting Standing Stone car park onto one of the forest trails

 

This is a very bendy path and you may often feel as though you're going in the wrong direction - have faith!

 

Pleasant path through Macc Forest                Macclesfield Forest

 

At the junction, follow the signpost for the path to Forest Chapel.

 

Another footpath signpost                Leaving the Macclesfield Forest

 

At Forest Chapel, turn left before the church onto a rough byway.  This is Charity Lane, the other end of which is a proper tarmac road at Walker Barn.

 

Forest Chapel                Charity Lane

 

After only a short distance up the byway, take the public footpath to the right and follow up to the farm at Whitehills.

 

Public footpath from Charity Lane to Buxton Road                I said "There's a whisky names after you".  He replied "What - Eric?"

 

The PROW is not well signed through the yards at Whitehills, but emerges from a gate at the back of the property and heads down to a wooden footbridge.

 

Chick chick chick chick chicken...                Between Whitehills and Greenways Farm               

 

The footpath on the other side of the footbridge is not at all distinct.  Simply contour around the small hill and work your way towards the next farm at Greenways.

 

Approaching Greenways Farm   Greenways Farm   Crossing the main A537 road

 

The public footpath enters the yard at Greenways via a wall stile then down the access track to the road.  Cross over the road and straight onto another public footpath.  Do this again when you reach the main A537 Macclesfield to Buxton road very shortly after.

 

Approaching Lamaload Reservoir                Start of the long climb to Shining Tor

 

The path now joins the road down to Lamaload reservoir, which you walk down all the way until the reservoir is to your left.  Look out for a public footpath leading off to your right by the Hooleyhey road sign.

 

Richard G3CWI                Starting the climb to Shining Tor from Lamaload

 

Take that path up beside the wood and take the right fork as you leave the wood behind.

 

Old gateway on a section of ridge                Shining Tor summit

 

After a stiff climb, there is a pleasant kilometre or so of ridge walking to be enjoyed before the final climb to Shining Tor summit.

 

Tom M1EYP                Looking across to Shutlingsloe, a summit visited earlier in this walk

 

From Shining Tor, take the main path back down to the Cat & Fiddle.  The route is complete.

 

Cat & Fiddle ahead                The end of the route