Crocker Hill from The Hanging Gate – Mar 2020

I seem to be on a roll this year! I normally wait until Spring has arrived but this time, despite all the rain sodden ground, I’ve thrown caution to the wind (and the rain) and gone for it. This is another walk from the peeps at go4awalk and is located South East of Macclesfield in Cheshire. A generally easy going (there were a couple of rises that had me breathing hard!) 8½ mile hike with some great views across the Cheshire plain.

Added bonus, my Galaxy watch decided to play nice this time so there’s a route image for you below and a kmz file for Google Earth should you decide to walk along with me … aw go on, you know you want to 🙂

Route courtesy of Google Earth … as always!

And there you have it. Hope you enjoyed the images … there’ll be more coming up from the next walk soon (hopefully!) …

Shutlingsloe & Wildboarclough from Ridgegate reservoir, Langley – Mar 2020

If I’m totally honest dear readers, I’ve been needing this walk for some time. My head’s not been in the best of places for the last couple of months and I find a good, long hike works wonders to reset my balance.

So that admission out of the way, I give you a 7 ¼ mile (11.5 km) trek around an area South East of Macclesfield on the edge of the Peak District National Park. I’d planned to do this in some fancy new welly boots but the ones I ordered were too big so I took the chance and went for it in my hiking boots. Luckily, despite all the rain we’ve had, the ground wasn’t too bad … although there were a few areas that required some deft footwork!

Unfortunately, my Samsung Galaxy watch decided not to play properly today so I have no GPS route for you to play with. Just some rather nice images. I had lots of sun, plenty of cloud, a little rain and some hailstones … and as for the wind, well it was very windy! The last part of the climb to the top of Shutlingsloe was a little on the scary side as staying vertical was hard going!

And there you go, brief and to the point but I wanted to share it as it was the first of the year. I’m looking forward to many more.