Shutlingsloe, Cat & Fiddle and the Macclesfield Forest from Trentabank

A Cheshire walk that explores the area around the Macclesfield Forest. The route includes Shutlingsloe, views towards Wildboarclough, the Cat & Fiddle and the Macclesfield Forest

Technical sheet
No. 292986
A Sutton (Cheshire) walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 29/05/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h55[?]
Distance Distance : 12.39km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 479m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 471m
Highest point Highest point : 533m
Lowest point Lowest point : 269m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Sutton (Cheshire)
Starting point Starting point : N 53.237204° / W 2.060191°
Arrival Arrival : N 53.237476° / W 2.056895°
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Description

(D)The start is the small car park adjacent to the visitor centre at Trentabank (Grid ref. SJ961711). After parking, walk back towards the road and turn right along the footpath that runs parallel to the road. Ignore the first path right and continue a short way further along by the road to reach the second path going right. Take this and start to climb into the woods. Keep straight ahead at the next junction and continue to climb. The end of the woodland is in sight when a track comes in from the right. Continue ahead here looking out for a signed path on your right to Shutlingsloe. Take this, and leave the forest for High Moor.

(1)The path is paved and progress fast and soon you get your first sight of your objective. Reaching a wall, go through the gate and turn right, keeping the wall on your immediate right. This path will lead without any further need for navigation to the summit area. The views are extensive with most of the onward route in view plus other highlights of the area including the Roaches over the border in neighbouring Staffordshire.

(2)Descend from the summit by the steep path on the eastern flank descending across rough pasture to reach a lane (Grid ref. SJ982690). Turn left along here, go past Banktop and continue along the edge of a wood to reach a road (Grid ref. SJ986697). Go straight across over the bridge into a farmyard. Reaching another lane, go straight across again and follow Cumberland Brook. At the fork (Grid ref SJ998699) bear left. A steady ascent leads onto the open moor and a footpath junction (Grid ref. SK001707). Turn left and continue to the A537.

(3)Cross the road with care and turn left (north). Where the A537 bends left, go straight ahead on the track. Reaching the A537 again, cross the road with care and follow the minor road descending towards Bottom of the Oven. Please note that the A537 is a dangerous road and extreme care is needed at all times. This is quite a fast section of road and it is wise to stay on the right hand side facing uphill traffic. Passing the Pub on your right, turn left along the lane, forking right at the next junction.

(4)Turn right up a narrow walled lane, Oven Lane, which leads up to the small hamlet of Macclesfield Forest (Grid ref. SJ974721). Passing the chapel, go straight ahead at the road junction and after a short section of road walking, turn left down a path (Grid ref. SJ972719) alongside the woods. The path enters the woods after a short way and descends towards the road. Just before reaching the road take the path on your right. Reaching the road, cross over and continue on the path opposite which leads through the woods before running parallel to the road back to the start.(A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 269m - Trentabank visitor centre
1 : km 1.45 - alt. 416m - Leave forest for High Moor
2 : km 2.38 - alt. 483m - Descend from summit on eastern flank
3 : km 7.33 - alt. 517m - Cross road and turn left
4 : km 9.99 - alt. 349m - Turn right up Oven Lane
A : km 12.39 - alt. 273m - Trentabank visitor centre

Useful Information

This walk explores the scenic Cheshire sector of the Peak District National Park. The route offers scenic interest and is generally well waymarked. There is one section of road walking and care is needed on this part of the route. The first objective is known locally as the "Cheshire Matterhorn", Shutlingsloe has a distinctive outline when viewed from certain directions and it is easy to see why it earned this nickname. Besides the scenic interest the walk visits the hamlet of Macclesfield Forest where the famous Rushing Bearing Service is held in the chapel each August.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 06 Jan 2020 11:03:53 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/01/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A really good walk, not at all muddy despite a very wet month leading up to our walk. The text is a bit confusing from point 3 onwards. Firstly, it would help to say “Cross the road and follow the minor road opposite the cafe”. The next confusion is after the pub. “Passing the pub on your right, turn left along the lane and fork right up a lane marked unsuitable for vehicles”.

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