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A varied stroll starting in the Macclesfield Forest, up Shutlingsloe, or the ‘Cheshire Matterhorn’ and over Cat and Fiddle

Distance 13.1km/8.14 miles, Ascent 565m/1850ft

Terrain - varied, woodland path, moorland tracks, minor and major roads

Map OS Explorer OL24 The White Peak

Parking - at the Trentabank Visitor Centre, some free roadside parking nearby

Refreshments/Toilets - at Trentabank Visitor Centre, also at the Cat & Fiddle and the Stanley Arms at ‘Bottom of the Oven’

There are 4 or more caches on this route

From the Visitor Centre car park, take the footpath to the right that runs through the trees parallel to the road, and take the second path on the right uphill into the woods

Follow this path to the top edge of the woods, over the stile onto the open moor, following the obvious made path to the top of Shutlingsloe. The summit offers views over the moors, Manchester and the Cheshire Plain, but is quite exposed on windy days although some shelter can be found at the north end

There are two ways off the top, short and steep off to the east from the summit, or longer and a little less steeper to the south end of the hill, then round to the east. Both of these paths join together and descend to the tarmac track that is the driveway to Shuttlingsloe Farm

Take this track right for a few hundred yards until it meets the wall and double back to your left along the footpath above the wall. This footpath passes in front of Banktop cottage, and this is a sheltered place for lunch if the summit of Shutlingsloe has proved a bit windy

Follow this track northwest, keeping your eyes open - we spent 10 minutes closely observing a kestrel hovering above us. Where it drops down to the Wildboarclough road, go straight across the road, over the little footbridge, and head for the farm buildings, going through the middle of the farmyard/stables

Out of the farmyard, pass to the right of the small island with the tree and commemorative plaque and on up Cumberland Beck. This is a fairly obvious track and takes you all the way up to the Cat and Fiddle pass, where there is the pub and a tea rooms.

In front of the pub, head left down the road, keeping an eye open for fast moving traffic. Where the road bends to the left, carry straight on along the track, keeping left at the fork and descending to the tea rooms, walk along side the road for a hundred yards or so and take the lane that descends to the left

Follow the lane for approximately 1 mile, and take the left fork at the junction by the pub, then the right fork at the next junction. Follow this road for a few hundred yards, round the bend then take the rough track uphill to the right

At the end of the track, go straight on past the church down the tarmacced road, through the hamlet of Chapel House, taking the signposted footpath to the left just as you reach the woods

Take this path downhill through the woods, going right at the ‘Trentabank’ signpost by the small pond, across the minor road and back to the car park, here to avail yourself of the local delicacies provided by the refreshment van

The Cheshire Matterhorn  I dont think so !

 

© Mike Leech 2011