Enjoy fabulous views over Cheshire on this climb to Shutlingsloe Hill in the Peak District. The distinctive hill is also known as the Cheshire Matterhorn due to its shape from certain directions.
The walk starts from the Trentabank Reservoir car park and follows a footpath through Macclesfield Forest to Shutlingsloe, passing Nessit Hill on the way. There is quite a steep path to the 506 m (1,660 ft) summit but you will be rewarded with splendid views of the surrounding Peak District scenery. At the summit you will find a toposcope detailing all the landmarks visible from the viewpoint. This includes Shining Tor and the famous large dish of the radio telescope at Joddrell Bank. You can return on the same path or descend to Wildboarclough and return on country lanes to make it a circular walk.
Highlights on the walk include nice woodland trails through the conifer forest and views over Trentabank Reservoir with its heronry and interesting plantlife.
It's easy to extend your walking in this lovely area. You could head west from the car park to Ridegate Reservoir and pick up the Gritstone Trail and follow it to the excellent Tegg's Nose Country Park.
PostcodeSK11 0NE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Shutlingsloe Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Shutlingsloe Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Shutlingsloe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Shutlingsloe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Macclesfield Walk starts from the neighbouring town and visits Trentabank and several of the other local walking highlights.