Friday, 23 February 2018
This 7-mile circular was the second walk of our Peak District weekend and it was a much smaller turnout today.
We had planned to start from the Crag Inn at Wildboarclough but on arrival, it seemed to have closed down, at least for the winter months, so instead, we parked in the lay-by opposite the bridge a short distance up the road.
We started the walk by taking the footpath to Higher Nabbs from just by the gate next to the Crag Inn car park. This path takes you through several fields until you reach the track just above Lower Nabbs Farm.
From here we entered the Open Access area of Piggford Moor. On my map, there was a path that headed northwest but by the time we reach the boundary we found that it was blocked so had to negotiate a fence and get back on to the road. We then followed the road to Greenway Bridge where the path leaves the road and heads to Oakenclough.
We stopped for a quick coffee and then continued on to the Hanging Gate Public House. This was my originally planned starting point for this walk but a little research beforehand revealed that it too had closed down. Sold, due to return to a private residence.
Below the Hanging Gate Inn, we picked up the Gritstone Trail and followed this to the Ridgegate Reservoir were we had lunch outside the Leather’s Smithy’s Inn.
After lunch, we continued around the edge of the reservoir and into Macclesfield Forest where we followed a well-defined path to the other side of the forest and on to the open access moorland. The took the path to the summit of Shutlingsloe (506m).
Sadly there was no view to be had at the summit and the wind was cold and biting so we made our way down the steep slope back to Wildboarclough and the start of the walk.
Looking back over High Nabbs
The Hanging Gate Inn – Closed
The Leather’s Smithy Inn
Heading out on to the moorland
Great views from Shutlingsloe summit!
The steep slope back to Wildboarclough
Distance : 7 Miles
This is a circular walk from the lay-by opposite the bridge.
Click HERE for a GPX file of the route.