logo Walking Britain

Peak District Walk
Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe

Nat Park - Peak District - Shutlingsloe Macclesfield Forest

County/Area - Cheshire

Author - Mike Bexley

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Ascent - 1700 feet / 515 metres

Time - 5 hours 10 minutes

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SJ961711
Lat 53.236916 // Long -2.05989
Postcode SK11 0NS (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe Photo from the walk - Wildboarclough & Shutlingsloe
Click thumbnails for larger images.

The unique shaped Shutlingsloe (the local Matterhorn) is visible for most of the walk but its not until near the end that you can stand on its top and trace your route. From this low hill you have unrestricted views of Shining Tor, Kinder, The Cloud and the Mountains of Wales. The navigation looks more difficult than it really is but bear in mind the greatest challenges are some of the many stiles!

This Peak District walk starts from the Visitors Centre, in Macclesfield Forest (Grid ref. 961711) near Trentabank Reservoir. Proceed out of the car park and turn left down the road. Go left again up the minor road. At the corner take the wide path ahead continuing onto a forest path on your right that drops down to Ridgegate Reservoir. Follow the path to the left of the dam then over the stile on your left, walking down to the brook. Continue up through a broken wall to turn left on to the well-marked "Gritstone Trail".

This Trail takes you over fields passing farms en route. On reaching the second road (Grid ref. 950698) turn left. Walk up the road for a short way and then take the old footpath to the left of the cottage. This leads up to the back of the "Hanging Gate" pub. Cross over the road and follow the often wet bridleway opposite. On reaching the top, bear right following the path on High Moor to the large buildings at Oakenclough. Ahead of you across the moor is your first good view of Shutlingsloe. Turn right at the pond in front of the hall and follow a feint path leading you through the pretty Oaken Clough and its Highmoor Brook. The path ends at a road (Grid ref. 963687).

Head south along the road and take the farm track that climbs on the left. Leave this track at Lower Nabbs Farm and drop down to the fields on your right. Then continue straight across many fields and walls to reach the road (Grid ref. 981685).

Walk through Wildboarclough and take the steep lane on the left leading to Banktop (Grid ref. 982692). From here you take the path to Shutlingsloe, the summit of which is reached by an easy scramble. The hill can be avoided by taking the right fork roughly half way up. From the top descend via the path heading north. This is soon joined by the alternative path mentioned above. Follow the well worn path descending to Macclesfield Forest. Cross over the stile and then go left to reach the wide forest path descending through the forest to the visitors centre and your start.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Travel restrictions for exercise in Wales and Scotland will be lifted in early July.

Covid 19 Update for Walkers

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL24Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL24Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 118Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 118Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

GPS files - right click or option-click the button and choose "Save As..." to download this file.


Recommended Books & eBooks

Dark Peak Walks

Dark Peak WalksGuidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

Walking - Covid 19 update

Regular updates on how Covid 19 will impact on walking in the UK More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.