COACH RAMBLE, PEAK DISTRICT
The Group was fortunate to have a wonderful, sunny day for our coach ramble to The Western Peak District. After meeting our leaders, who were members or friends of The Staffordshire Group of The Long distance Walkers Association, in Buxton, The Group divided into two. The longer walk, of some twelve miles, started from Burbage on the outskirts of Buxton and followed the old road over Derbyshire Bridge to the Cat and Fiddle pub on the Buxton Macclesfield Road. The shorter walk, of about eight miles commenced at this point after which both parties followed the same route. Initially heading south over open moorland fine views over the Cheshire Plain were enjoyed with features in Liverpool and Warrington easily discernible. Dropping down from the high moor, the walkers enjoyed the lush pastures and woodland aside Cumberland Brook before reaching the hamlet of Wildboarclough. Here, a good steady climb of some 200m led us to the summit of Shutlingsloe, known as 'The Matterhorn of the Peak' because of its profile when viewed from the north. From the summit our route was north west into Macclesfield Forest, a large wooded area which serves as gathering grounds for four reservoirs. Passing close to Ridgegate Reservoir the walkers joined the Gritstone Trail and the last ascent of the day leading to Tegg's Nose, a prominent rock feature in the outskirts of Macclesfield. The two groups of walkers rejoined the coach at the Visitor Centre of The Country Park.
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