A Day of Two Halves   8 comments

Yet another of our traditional weekends – this really is starting to make me sound old, which of course I am – is an annual weekend up a chez-Fester in Manchester for some football/beers/curry on the Saturday and walking on the Sunday. TJS joined us this time and finally after many attempts got to see Man City win a game. And a very good game against Swansea City it was too

Sunday had a forecast of grey skies clearing to some decent spells of sunshine. Uncle Fester is the local expert and suggested a walk around Macclesfield forest and up Shutlingsloe, one of my favourite hills in The Peak. We parked up at te head of Macc forest above the reservoirs and set off into the cold gloom.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

The morning was very grey with little sign of the promised sunshine. Still the walking was pleasant and it was nice to let someone else do the navigating for a change. We’d parked within a short walk of the summit but were on a route that kind of spirals around Shutlingsloe before climbing it at the end of the walk. Turned out to be inspired idea but for the first couple of hours there weren’t many photo opportunities worthy of the name.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

Still the walking was nice and the company good as we dissected many topics mostly football related and it’s always good to travel across new terrain

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

We reached the southern flanks of Shutlingsloe on a very fine traversing path and stopped near Higher Nabbs Farm for lunch. It was amazing how the temperature had changed. The day before had been mild and damp. Now it was bitingly cold. As we ate the skies suddenly began to clear and the sun came out.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

As we continued the traverse above Wildboarclough, the light just got better and better

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

Onward and upward, very upward as for all its modest height, Shutlingsloe is a steep bugger.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

There was keen and cold wind on the summit. Not a place to linger but the views were majestic.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

Less than 2000 feet high Shutlingsloe has a mountain feel and views to match that defy its diminutive size. The Cheshire Plain and the industrial spread of Greater Manchester make for fine views. Sutton Common and its transmitter made for a fine backdrop for the setting sun. Another small hill with disproportionately good views

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

It’s but a short walk back to the car and there is now a permissive path across Buxtors Hill. Boggy at first it soon becomes an extremely fine path above the forest and a really superb route. Well worth seeking out if you can survive the floating plastic matting on the really boggy bits.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

The light was fading fast and getting dark. A mist started to form in the trees and blow and waft about in a most beguiling manner.

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

macclesfield forest, shutlingsloe, wildboarclough, buxtors hill

A fantastic finish to a superb day

Shutlingsloe

Shutlingsloe deserves to be better known. A superb spot and one of my favourites, climbed many times when I lived in Derbyshire. It felt good to re-acquaint myself from a new direction

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8 responses to “A Day of Two Halves

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  1. Three questions:

    No GM? Was he too busy house-painting? (I’ve decided to make no reference to the colour – this is a family show after all.)

    Do my eyes deceive me, or has Uncle Faster bought a new cag? Or did he find it somewhere? If he has unpadlocked his wallet, is it this completely unexpected financial activity which has swung is into a deflationary cycle and sent the Euro zone heading for disaster. Was it a Swiss coat – I’ve read that they have had trouble with their currency? Did Nostradamus see this coming?

    You can’t beat the combination of low-angled winter sunshine and a few strategically positioned clouds can you?

    OK – that was more than three. And the last one was really more rhetorical than anything – my roundabout way of saying ‘Nice photos mate.’

    Hang on, I feel another question coming on: I wonder whether B might be interested in a weekend of this sort. TBH might look more kindly on my attendance if I could drag one of the ankle-biters along too.

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    • GM was off with his new posse so it was just us three. Yes indeed UF has bought a new cag – sorry rainwear protection system – it would be great if B wanted to come to the footy. Might have to tailor the drinking a bit but if he likes a curry it would work.

      The Swiss crisis has hammered the Swiss Franc but benefitted the Euro – we’ll be about 20% better off if it holds 🙂

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  2. Hi Andy not been on your blog for awhile. Good to see you out and about , I have not done much myself because of house move before Christmas. Have a fair bit of catching up to do if I get a chance – which is not often!

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    • Hi Mark – house moving is hard work – I vowed never to move again after the last time. Hopefully see you back out and then blogging again soon. I spent most of the Autumn writing up my Australia trip and I now I’m trying to catch up on all my walks through Autumn and early winter – still a long way to go 🙂

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  3. Great looking day. We’re due to take Northern Pies up Shutlingsoe in the not too distant future – in fact was thinking of doing that very route!

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  4. Looks like a beautiful sunset!

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