GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bosley Cloud

2 miles (3.5 km)

This short circular walk visits the Bosley Cloud hill, near Congleton, on the edge of the Peak District. The hill stands at 343m (1,125ft) and offers wonderful views over Congleton, Greater Manchester and the surrounding Peak District hills and countryside.
You start at the parking area at Timbersbrook and follow the Gritstone Trail to the Cloud summit. You can descend the same way or take an alternative path to the south of the peak. The route follows good waymarked footpaths and includes woodland sections followed by a steep ascent to the craggy sandstone summit. Here you will find a toposcopewhich details the landmarks you can see from the viewpoint. These include the Dane Valley, the Pennine Hills and the Potteries.
If you would like to extend your walk you could continue along the Gritstone Trail or pick up the Maccelsfield Canal on the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk just to the north.
You could also head to the nearby Bosley Reservoir and pick up the waterside path.


CW12 3PP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bosley Cloud OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bosley Cloud Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

After your walk you could reward yourself with refreshments at the Harrington Arms in Bosley. The pub is located on the Leek Road just over a mile north west from the Cloud summit. It has a nice large beer garden to relax in during the warmer months. You can find them at postcode SK11 0PH for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Congleton Walk visits the cloud from the nearby town. It starts from the train station and includes waterside stretches along the Macclesfield Canal and Bosley Locks.
A few miles to the north there's the worthy village of Gawsworth to visit. The village includes three noteworthy historic buildings including the 15th century Gawsworth Hall. The house and grounds of the historic Tudor house are well worth exploring.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks and Peak District Walks pages.


Bosley Cloud facing Cheshire

View from Bosley Cloud facing Cheshire

Bosley Cloud facing Cheshire

The Ordnance Survey triangulation point at the north end of Bosley Cloud


View of the hill from below

The Cloud - - 497104

The Cloud as seen from a footpath near Pool Bank. The Cloud seems to dominate, almost threaten Congleton. It is the outstanding feature from Mow Cop to the south to Gawsworth Common to the north.

Bosley Cloud - - 36616

Path up this gritstone Pennine outlier on the Cheshire Staffordshire border.

Timbersbrook - - 223416

Timbersbrook at the foot of the hill. Telephone box and post box in the village centre. You can start the walk from here.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Bosley Cloud.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Bosley Cloud.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)