Autumn in the Peaks – Following the Wild Boar Trail
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Join Rob exploring the hollows, forests and cloughs of the colourful autumn Peak District. This is the first of three walks taking place over Autumn that will explore the Peak District, on the trail of the Wild Boar.
This circular 8 mile walk offers stunning views and takes us through the varied landscape of Macclesfield Forest and around the village, Wildboar Clough.
Starting in Vicarage Quarry Car Park on the outskirts of the village, we will take the short walk up to Macclesfield Forest. The forest track offers unique views of the reservoirs nestled around Langley, before a gradually climb up Shutlingsloe hill, with its panoramic views over the whole area.
Descending into the peaceful village, Wildboar Clough, we then follow Cumberland Brook, making the gentle climb up Danethorn Hollow and to the infamous 17th Century Pub, now a distillery, The Cat & Fiddle. From here, we can enjoy a pit stop at the nearby Peak View Tea Rooms, for a warming mug of tea and slice of cake!
Descending through Chest Hollow across traditional farmland, we follow the intimate trail of Clough Brook, which leads back to the car park.
With a couple of local pubs close by, The Crag Inn and The Stanley Arms, there will also be the opportunity to for a well-earned refreshment, if there's interest, before heading home.
This is a dog friendly walk, so please feel free to bring you dog/s along. Please note that we will be walking through farmland and dogs may need to be on a lead at these times.
The car park is provided by the Peak District National Park for free. The nearest postcode may not be hundred percent accurate so look out for the Outdoor Lads flag!
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What to bring
- Water: bring at least two litres
- Your medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
- Day rucksack: typically, 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
- Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
- Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
- Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
- Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid-layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
- Trousers: Proper walking trousers. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and drier and on warm days shorts are OK
- Waterproof jacket and over trousers: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable waterproof fabrics are more comfortable and drier
- Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
- Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
- Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
- Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Please bring snacks for energy, plenty of water for hydration and a packed lunch.
There are no shops in the village. However, we will be stopping at the Peak View Tea Rooms for a takeout. The tea rooms may also sell take away snacks and cake.