Shutlingsloe Walk

Trentabank Car Park, Macclefield Forest, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0NE

Tel: 01270 686029

Add Shutlingsloe Walk to your Itinerary

Product Image

Book Tickets Online

About Us

Grade: Challenging
Distance: 10km/6.5 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Start: Trentabank car park, Macclesfield Forest. This is a pay and display car park. Three parking spaces reserved for disabled people close to toilets.
Map: OS Explorer 268 & Outdoor Leisure 24 (White Peak Area)
Terrain: Mainly public rights of way with some country lanes. A steady, fairly steep climb up to Shutlingsloe followed by a steep descent, then mostly level. There is a short, stone-surfaced track suitable for wheelchair users opposite the car park entrance which provides a good viewpoint of the reservoir and its birdlife, including the heronry.
Barriers: 8 stiles, 2 kissing gates, 5 wicket gates
Toilets: Trentabank car park; includes accessible toilet with RADAR key access.

Starting at Trentabank car park in Macclesfield Forest, follow a circular route over Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough and Oaken Clough back to Trentabank car park.

Stone walls, old barns and upland meadows dotted with harebells set the scene for this taste of Cheshire's hill country. Rising sharply above the plain, this is a wild, upland landscape, carved from gritstone and grazed by sturdy sheep.

The walk begins in the heart of Macclesfield Forest which was once part of a royal hunting ground. Today it is home to a herd of red deer, as well as badgers, foxes and smaller mammals. Conifer seeds provide a welcome feast for many small birds including tits, siskins and crossbills.

Leaving the shelter of the trees, the well paved route climbs steadily to the summit of Shutlingsloe which at 506 metres is the second highest peak in the county. Known locally as the Matterhorn of Cheshire, it is a distinctive landmark throughout much of the east of the county. Views from the top are spectacular, with Cheshire to the west and the rolling hills of the Peak District National Park to the east.

The walk drops down from the windy summit into the shelter of Wildboarclough. From here, the path hugs the side of the hill, offering easy walking and a chance to enjoy the walled landscape across the valley. A gentle climb through Oaken Clough is rewarded with views over Macclesfield, before dropping down to the Hanging Gate Inn and following the road back to the forest.

Directions

Road Directions

From Macclesfield follow the A523.

TripAdvisor

What's Nearby

  1. Bollin Valley Way

    The Bollin Valley Way is a 25 mile (40 km) recreational path shadowing the course of the...

    0.06 miles away
  2. Walks for All - Macclesfield Riverside

    Situated in the delightful Bollin Valley, the Macclesfield Riverside Park provides a...

    0.06 miles away
  3. Macclesfield Riverside Park

    Macclesfield Riverside has a variety of habitats and is a great place to watch wildlife. ...

    0.09 miles away
  1. Macc Mountain Biking

    Guided Mountain Bike Rides - Set in the beautiful area of Macclesfield and the Peak...

    0.15 miles away
  2. Fun 4 All

    Children can play in a safe and secure environment with new and exciting equipment for...

    0.46 miles away
  3. King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel

    From Macclesfield Library, the chapel can be found down a narrow passage way on the left...

    0.48 miles away
  4. St Michaels Church

    Services are held every Sunday at 9:30am and 11:00am and on Thursdays at 10:30am

    0.61 miles away
  5. Mottram Hall Golf Course

    Mottram Hall’s championship golf course is set in 270 acres of Cheshire's finest parkland...

    0.69 miles away
  6. Astle Park

    Popular venue for many of the borough's key events.

    0.69 miles away
  7. Knutsford Indoor Market

    A variety of goods are available from Knutsford market, from toys to food. The covered...

    0.69 miles away
  8. The Old Sunday School

    The Old Sunday School examines the history of the Silk Industry in Macclesfield and...

    0.73 miles away
  9. Tytherington Club & Golf Course

    Tytherington has matured as a golf course over the past 20 years into a widely regarded...

    0.75 miles away
  10. Tytherington Driving Range

    Why not visit the driving range here at Tytherington before heading out onto the 6210...

    0.75 miles away
  11. Paradise Mill

    Step back in time at Paradise Mill. Experience a working day 'at Mill' with this...

    0.76 miles away
  12. Silk Museum, Park Lane

    Take a trip to the Silk Museum- see real life silk worms, discover how silk is made,...

    0.76 miles away
  13. Ride the Middlewood Way

    The Middlewood Way offers a 10-mile (16-km) traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and...

    0.79 miles away
Previous Next

Related

trentabank resTrentabank Reservoir, Macclesfield

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss