GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


3 miles (5 km)

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 the506m (1,660ft) 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.


SK11 0NE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Shutlingsloe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Shutlingsloe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


To the south of the hill there's the small village of Wildboarclough where you will find The Crag Inn for some post walk rest and refreshment. The historic inn was originally a farm built in 1629 and then later converted to a beer house 1825.There's two cosy real fires indoors and a nice garden area for warmer days. They have a car park and are also dog friendly. You can find them at postcode SK11 0BD for your sat navs.
You can also start the walk from here and follow a track north west to the summit. The Wildboarclough valley is very attractive with its streams, Georgian mill and beautiful countryside.

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Toposcope on Shutlingsloe - - 696802

Toposcope on Shutlingsloe. View to the north-east from the toposcope near the trig point on Shutlingsloe.

View from Shutlingsloe towards Jodrell Bank - - 7608

View from Shutlingsloe towards Jodrell Bank. The large dish of a radio telescope can be seen right in the centre of the picture on the horizon. Taken from the 506m hill looking due east.

Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Path - - 1016218

Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Path

Trig point on Shutlingsloe - - 696715

Trig point on Shutlingsloe View to the north-east towards the Cat and Fiddle Inn which is actually at a higher elevation above sea level than the 509m high Shutlingsloe, known as the Cheshire Matterhorn due to its shape from certain directions. The couple pictured here were among many on the summit enjoying a beautiful winter's day.

The north slopes of Shutlingsloe - - 697361

The north slopes of Shutlingsloe. View to the north-east from the final steep climb to the summit of Shutlingsloe. Shining Tor can be seen on the horizon to the left of centre.

From Shutlingsloe trig point S2760 - - 1413870

From Shutlingsloe trig point S2760

Crags on Shutlingsloe - - 696792

Crags on Shutlingsloe. Craggy rocks beside the path climbing Shutlingsloe from Shutlingsloe Farm.

Shutlingsloe - - 697369

Shutlingsloe viewed from the footpath as it approaches from the north. On a sunny winter's day the summit is a popular place to be.


GPS Files

GPX File

Shutlingsloe.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Shutlingsloe.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)