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Shining Tor SP-004

 

Shining Tor, G/SP-004 - 559m ASL - SJ 994 737 - OS Explorer OL24 - 2 SOTA points         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Thursday 25th March 2021

It still wasn't appropriate to drive (travel) beyond immediate countryside for outdoor exercise and recreation on this date, although those freedoms were less than one week away.  As such, I decided to walk from home to Shining Tor summit.

Tom M1EYP setting off from home        A juxtaposition composition!

I set off from my home QTH on the Weston Estate, Macclesfield and walked into the town centre.  I then walked up to Hurdsfield, and took the public footpath on the right up to Cliffe Farm on Cliff Lane.  I was pleased to see that the honesty box stall was fully stocked, and I added two Mars & Malteaser tiffins to my rucksack.

Cliffe Farm honesty box stall        Pig and goat at Cliffe Farm

Over the road, I went to say hello to the pig and the goat.  The pig came to say hello back!  At the top of Cliff Lane I crossed the main Macclesfield-to-Buxton A537 road and walked via Brink Farm to Walker Barn.

Pig came over to greet (grunt at) me        Public footpath from Brink Farm to Walker Barn

After passing the former Setter Dog pub at Walker Barn, and the Peak District National Park boundary stone, I turned left onto a public footpath.

Approaching Walker Barn        Peak District National Park border stone

I followed the pleasant paths through to Lamaload Reservoir.

Public footpath from Walker Barn to Lamaload        Lamaload

The path emerged onto a road at the south end of Lamaload Reservoir.  I turned left down the road, still with the reservoir on my left.  At the corner, I turned right onto a well-signed public footpath.

Woodland footpath south of Lamaload        Climbing away from Lamaload

The path climbed, weaved and undulated until eventually topping out on Shining Tor.

Shining Tor summit        Tom M1EYP

On the summit I made eleven QSOs on 2m, mostly FM but with a couple of C4FM (Fusion).  It was nice to catch a couple of new activators on Cracoe Fell G/NP-032.  They had also walked from home to their summit.

Permissive path below Peak View        Heading up towards Forest Chapel

I commenced the descent the standard way towards the Cat & Fiddle.  However, I veered right onto the path to drop to the main road at Peak View Tearooms.  Opposite that establishment, is a permissive path that weaves its way down to Bottom of the Oven.

Forerst Chapel        Macclesfield Forest       

There was then a climb up a stony track to Forest Chapel and a continuation into the Macclesfield Forest.  This section of the walk was beautiful, and excellent walking.

Sighting of Tegg's Nose        Final approach to Tegg's Nose Country Park

As Tegg's Nose came into view, Marianne called to say she was out on a shopping trip, and did I want picking up from anywhere?  I replied "Yes please, meet me at Teggy".  That relieved me of an extra three miles uninspiring walking back through town to home.

Final climb to the car park        Tegg's Nose Tearoom

There remained just the climb up to the car park and tearoom at Tegg's Nose Country Park to complete the walk.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

11:36

2W0BML

144MHz

FM

 

11:38

G3KAF

144MHz

FM

 

11:41

2E0VRX/P

144MHz

FM

G/NP-032

11:43

M7MCG/P

144MHz

FM

G/NP-032

11:46

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

 

11:51

2E0LKC

144MHz

DV

 

11:53

2E0LMD

144MHz

DV

 

12:34

G3CWI/A

144MHz

FM

 

12:35

G3VDB

144MHz

FM

 

12:37

M7AQX

144MHz

FM

 

12:42

2E0TXT

144MHz

FM

 

 

 

Tuesday 30th March 2021 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

 

The get-up time today was now 1am.  The plan was to be in bed asleep by 6pm later that day, ahead of a long overnight walk with a midnight start.

 

Shining Tor under moonlight        Trig point

 

I drove up to the usual parking spot, just short of the Cat & Fiddle, on the A537 Macclesfield-to-Buxton road.  The walk to the summit was pleasant and seemed to fly by.

 

Tom M1EYP        Manchester, as viewed from a foggy Shining Tor at 3am!

 

To my surprise and relief, four stations were worked despite it being just after 3am local time.  I descended and went over to Gun G/SP-013.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

02:04

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

02:07

G3TNN

144MHz

FM

02:16

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

02:20

M7TUX

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 3rd April 2021

This activation report from Jimmy M0HGY:

"Happy Easter to everyone involved in SOTA.  On Easter Saturday evening I did my first 2021 SOTA activation which was Shining Tor G/SP-004.  The reason for this being my first SOTA activation of 2021 is because until recently it has not been acceptable to drive the to parking spot of your local SOTA summit, due to Covid-19 restrictions in England.  The reason for doing this activation in the dark is because due to social distancing, I prefer to walk past less people, so walking in the dark means you are less likely to see anyone else on the walk.

Summit of Shining Tor G/SP-004        Jimmy M0HGY

When me and my dad Tom M1EYP arrived at the parking spot, we saw two groups of people arrive there who were descending, and then another two groups of people while on the ascent, but no problems with social distancing.  After this we saw no one.

Tom M1EYP        Jimmy M0HGY

My dad Tom M1EYP activated this summit on 20m CW where he got five contacts - including DX from Puerto Rico and Curacao - and then 2m FM where he got four contacts. I activated the summit on 2m FM where the band was very busy proving that those who say 2m FM is dead are wrong.  I worked a total of 25 contacts.  I now had a week off work booked so was planning night-time activations of Gun G/SP-013 and The Cloud G/SP-015 for later in the week."

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

Op

20:27

KP3W

14MHz

CW

M1EYP/P

20:29

2E0NSR

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:31

G0DMV/M

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:32

G4UDG

14MHz

CW

M1EYP/P

20:32

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:33

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:34

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:35

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:39

G7ROM

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:40

G0WDT

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:41

2E1AEQ

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:42

G0KXW

14MHz

CW

M1EYP/P

20:42

2E0NRL

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:42

G2ALN

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:43

M1DYU

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:45

M1BNH

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:46

M7JWS

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:49

PJ2ND

14MHz

CW

M1EYP/P

20:51

M7DRB

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:54

NP3A

14MHz

CW

M1EYP/P

20:56

M0JFE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:59

M0JZR

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:01

M6IIE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:02

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:04

MW0OFA

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:07

2E0FMH

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:09

M7AQX

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:10

2E0TXT

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:12

M6NSR

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

21:16

M1BAT

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

 

Easter Sunday 4th April 2021

"I want to go out on a walk on my birthday" declared my wife Marianne.  Her birthday this year coincided with Easter Sunday.  That morning, I prepared some salami, Edam and piccalilli sandwiches for us to take out on our walk.

Setting off from the car park at Tegg's Nose Country Park        Buxton Old Road

I decided that Lockdown Walk 42 from my Lockdown Walks project would be a great walk to do on this lovely sunny Easter Sunday.  We parked up at Tegg's Nose Country Park car park, and joined the socially-distanced queue for the pay-and-display parking ticket machine!  Parking for the whole day was a pretty reasonable 3, and I was happier to pay that amount than leave my car on one of the nearby country lanes, after a brief 'debate' with Marianne!

Gritstone Trail route near Windyways        Following the Gritstone Trail over the shoulder of Brink

The walk took us along the Gritstone Trail over Brink (hill) and down to Brink Farm.  We turned right along the walled tracks through the farm to head up to Walker Barn.

Silly photograph!  Heading north on the Gritstone Trail  Walled track behind Brink Farm

At Walker Barn, we walked past the former Setter Dog pub and then the Peak National Park boundary stone.

Turn right here to head to Brink Farm        Wall stile approaching Brink Farm

Behind the big millstone, we crossed a stile to head onto the long public footpath through farmland towards Lamaload Reservoir.

Tom approaching Walker Barn from Brink Farm Walker Barn Peak National Park boundary stone

Shortly, we dropped into a pleasant hollow by a babbling brook.  Marianne thought this was a nice spot for our coffee and sandwiches, so we rested here for our lunch, relatively early in our walk.

Public footpath between Walker Barn and Lamaload   Footbridge   Track towards Hooleyhey Lane

We continued on the path towards Lamaload, turning left off the track to cut the corner with the optional "Reservoir Circuit" path (not mapped).

Lamaload Reservoir  Turning onto the public footpath  View of Shutlingsloe

After turning left onto Hooleyhey Lane, we walked slightly downhill in the direction of Lamaload Reservoir.  Bit by bit, the full extent of the large dam at the other side of the water came into view.  Soon we reached the sharp road corner from where the "Burbage via Shining Tor" path leads off.

Left turn to follow the reservoir circuit path        Descending towards Peak View

A couple of sections of stiff steeper ascent were broken up by a long curving flattish section with great views out to the south.  Halfway up one of the climbs, we rested and indulged in custard pies to complete our lunch.

Shining Tor summit   Marianne & Tom   Footpath signpost

Shining Tor summit was reached after cutting across from the main path along a trodden but unmapped line.  It was extremely windy on the summit and difficult to find a comfortably sheltered spot.  We elected for the flat patch of grass a little down from the trig point, and just above the rock outcrop.  It was actually almost the same position that Jimmy and I had taken up for our activation the previous evening!  I made four contacts on 2m, all on C4FM digital voice mode.

Looking back towards the Cat & Fiddle        Heading towards Bottom of the Oven

From the summit we initially took the usual descent route towards the Cat & Fiddle, but branched off on the right to follow the footpath down to the tearoom at Peak View.  This was open and serving takeaways, but we pressed on and directly over the road and into another public footpath.  This path lead down into a steep sided mini valley called Chest Hollow, containing a brook.  The path swung around to contour the banks of Chest Hollow in a westerly direction.

Looking across to the Stanley Arms Walking through Macclesfield Forest Macclesfield Forest

We worked our way down to Bottom of the Oven, between the Stanley Arms pub, and the Forest Distillery.  Here we turned left onto the road, then almost immediately right, and very quickly right again to climb the stony track up to Forest Chapel.  The Easter Sunday service (outdoors) was just concluding at St Stephen church.  We then turned right up Charity Lane (not driveable at this end) and climbed up towards the forest.  When we reached the trees, Marianne was pleased to learn that we wouldn't need to continue right up to the top of Warrilow Head, but would divert left into the forest path, which would maintain a mainly level contour for the next half mile or so before descending.

Sighting of Tegg's Nose        Passing a farm on the approach towards the final Tegg's Nose path

There would be a final climb required though.  After emerging from the forest and dropping down along Hacked Way Lane to the Saddlers Way route, we then needed to climb the cobbled path back up to the car park at Tegg's Nose Country Park.  A little "sting in the tail" you could say!  Marianne complained that the walk was somewhat lengthier and more strenuous than what she'd hoped for on her birthday, but at least we could enjoy a guilt-free birthday tea - a banquet for four from the fantastic Weston Balti Raj, Macclesfield.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

13:49

2E0TXE

144MHz

C4FM

13:52

G3CWI/A

144MHz

C4FM

13:54

2E0LKC

144MHz

C4FM

14:04

M0HGY

144MHz

C4FM

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