Wanting a short, but slightly strenuous walk today, we decided to follow a walk that appeared in the walking guide 100 Walks in Cheshire by David Bishop (Route no. 52).
|Near the start of the walk, Timbers Brook.|
The route was easy to follow as it stayed on well developed paths, although we did decide to come of the route as the road that this follows was a bit busier than we would have liked. There were a couple of times that we had to think about the directions on after we had reached the summit and were on our way down, but checking the map in and a bit of thought showed us the right way.
|Panorama near the top.|
Even though the weather was hazy, from the summit we could just about make out the radio telescope at Jodrell bank, which according to the sign by the trig point was 8 miles away as well as some of the larger buildings in Macclesfield and would look forward to popping up here again when the weather is clearer.
The walk starts off on an open track and heads through woodland most of the way to the summit. Pausing at the first clearing that had a view we took advantage of the low seat that was there and had lunch.
As we approached the summit it cleared to open moorland where the best views are to be had in all directions, including a view down towards Rudyard lake.
By the trig point there is a metal plaque pointing out directions and distances to some of the local landmarks, but it is probably optimistic to say you can see London.
The walk downhill is also pleasant passing down steps and through more woodland down to the main road, here we walked the short distance to visit The Bridestones, which is the remains of a burial mound, the stones being those that surrounded the burial chamber itself.
Turning to the road we started walking towards the coach and horses, but gave up on this as it stayed to get into tight bends so we checked the map and found a small footpath that cut a corner back to one of the lanes that lead back to the car park.
Overall this was a nice walk, not too strenuous and with great views and a nice variety of terrain and landscape to walk through.
The directions in the guide were reasonably easy to follow and lead us on our way quite well.