Rushton Spencer - Winter on the Edge of the Peak District

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 29

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A few ascents and descents but quite gentle.

Join Rob on a winter walk exploring the unique features and varied landscape surrounding the village, Rushton Spencer, along the western edge of the Peak District.  

Blending sections of the Staffordshire Way, Gritstone Trail and Dane Valley Way, this 9 mile circular walk follows a former train line and canal, a secluded reservoir and tracks through wooded ravines.

We begin by following the tree lined, former train track that once connected the village, Rushton Spencer to Macclesfield, in the north. From here, we cross over the village to join the tow path along an old atmospheric canal, once used to feed water from the River Dale to Rudyard Reservoir in the South.

Leaving the canal, we make the gentle climb northwards towards the prominent ridge, Wincle Minn via Cartlidge Wood. We then make the gentle descent to the secluded Bosley Reservoir, in the west. Weather permitting, we can enjoy a pit stop for lunch on the banks of the reservoir. 

From the reservoir,  its a short walk westwards through to the nearby village, Bosley, and down to the old Wood Flour Mill. A gradual ascent takes us to the base of the majestic Cloud, one of the highest hills in the area, on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire. Depending on the level of interest, we could make a short detour to the trig point on the top of The Cloud, offering panoramic views. 

A gentle descent through the enchanting wooded ravine, Ravens Clough, brings us to the River Dane. Following the river, we rejoin the route of the former train line back to the old station car park. 

With two pubs in the village, there will also be the opportunity to enjoy a well earned refreshment before returning 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 through the odd farm. Therefore, dogs will need to be on a lead at these times.


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