Dane Valley and Three Shire's Head Day Walk
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Join OutdoorLads for a walk across the moors south of Macclesfield, visiting the Dane Valley, Three Shire's Head and Wildboarclough in the Peak District.
Three Shire's Head, a point on Axe Edge Moor where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet. The point is very picturesque, with a lovely packhorse bridge beside Panniers Pool and waterfalls.
The walk continues to Lud's Church, a deep chasm on the hillside above Gradback, once used as a secret place of worship. The chasm is also associated with an Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a story of a knight cloaked in green who challenged the Knights of the Round Table. The Green Knight was decapitated but retrieved his head and challenged Sir Gawain to meet again in a year's time at the green chapel (Lud's church).
What to bring
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.
Food & Water: At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking.. Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken. Food should be of the high energy variety.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch plus snacks and also plenty of water (at least 2 litres).