A Ride around Shutlingsloe

wildboarclough ride mapStarted at The Hanging Gate pub. Up the hill a little, then left onto a steeper bit. ┬áPassing a stone cross on the left, get to the top and then it’s downhill. Only don’t do as I did, and take a left halfway down – it just goes to a farm!

 

Instead, continue downhill past a couple of old quarries-turned-carparks, then left into the valley that is Wildboarclough.

It’s a great, gentle climb alongside the stream (what is the headwaters of the River Dane, lower down). Then it’s a sharp left and a very steep climb up towards the Chapel. At the top, you can go down on the road into the forest, or left on the bridleway. I went left, and down into Macc Forest.

atop the Macclesfield ForestI kept left, down and up, and came out on to the road above Ridgegate Reservoir that heads back up towards the Hanging Gate.

Total time: 1hr 15
total distance: 9 miles

 

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