25 June 2023
A scenic 13.5 mile circular walk from the Cat and Fiddle, taking in the distinctively shaped hill, Shuttlingsloe, 1660 feet. It is also known as the ‘Matterhorn of the Peak’. Please take sufficient food and drink with you for the day, as there are no facilities en-route.
We start with an easy ascent of Shining Tor, followed by the long descent to Lamaload Reservoir. We will have a break just before meeting the Reservoir.
After walking around the reservoir we’ll leave the valley and make our way to Macclesfield Forest, where we will have our lunch break. It’s then a short climb, before we reach the summit of Shutlingsloe. The effort is rewarded with far-reaching views to the west.
A steep descent takes us to Wildboarclough, from where we make our way to Three Shires Head. There is an attractive place, with a packhorse bridge spanning the River Dane. This is where the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire meet. If anyone fancies a dip in Panniers Pool, don’t forget your cossie! We will have another short break here.
There is then a choice of route depending on time. We will either go up to the atmospheric Danebower quarry, or straight up the valley before crossing the road to join Danebower Hollow. The path that takes you over the moor back to The Cat and Fiddle. The coach will depart for home at 6.30pm. As always, new people are most welcome to join us, on what should be an excellent walk.
The coach picks up at the following points.
(With the agreement of the leader other pick-up points
on the bus route may be available).
|“Staff of Life” pub, Hack Lane
|Priestic Road, opp McDonald’s
|Eastfield Side, (Blue Bell)
|Hermitage Lane stop, Sutton Road
|ASDA bus stop. Stockwell Gate.