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Macclesfield Forest and Peak District Matterhorn   8 comments

Moving into October and the sunshine of our Skiddaw walk drifted into history as rain and grey clouds took over. A weekend in the NW staying with the Hard Man for a Saturday trip into Manchester for a footy match. A truly dreadful spell of weather had us dodging floods on the way in and a soaking on the way to the match. On the upside we found an awesome new spot for breakfast and Man City won the game. Afterwards a very convivial afternoon spent in the pub drinking beer and a curry afterwards as the rain stopped.

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Forecast for Sunday was pretty good so we met up with UF for a walk around Macclesfield Forest. It was extremely busy and we only just found a spot in one of the more remote car parks. However the sun was shining so we set off in good spirits.

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Macclesfield Forest is s lovely spot for an easy Sunday walk. Mixed woodland and a succession of reservoirs make for interesting views and diversions.

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A view across to Teggs Nose Country Park, more of which later.

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Ridgegate Reservoir.

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We stopped for a cuppa and lunch by Trentabank Reservoir. The weather so far hadn’t been as sunny as promised but from here onwards the skies began to really clear and we had some fabulous views for the remainder of the day.

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Onwards to the Matterhorn of the title.

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Shutlingsloe is relatively diminutive in height at only 506m but its isolated position and steep summit make it a very obvious landmark.

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Its has some marvellous views and is one of my favourite small hills.

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Selfie – I was happy, honestly, not good at smiling in photos.

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We managed to find a sheltered and sunny spot on the eastern flanks for a rest and contemplation.

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The rest of the party contoured around the summit but I went back over. Its always worth a second look around from the top.

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There is no marked path over Buxtors Hill back to the car but there is one. Very boggy at first (there is netting to prevent being dragged down to a peaty hell) but the views over the forest and the Cheshire Plain are immense.

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This short stretch has become a real favourite of mine.

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Our walk was effectively a circuit of this broad forested valley.

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It was a relatively short walk and we finished earlier than planned and had eyes on a evening meal before we headed home. To fill an extra hour we drove around to Teggs Nose Country Park for another short stroll.

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Its an interesting spot full of old quarry workings and machinery and with more immense views.

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A look back over our route from earlier in the day, Shutlingsloe centre.

A great day out to end a fine weekend.

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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.

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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.

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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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