Thirsty climb up The Cloud at Bosley

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

GIV­ING com­mand­ing, 360-de­gree views from its lofty po­si­tion on the borders of Cheshire and Stafford­shire, The Cloud at Bosley be­tween Mac­cles­field and Leek was the fo­cus of a re­cent nine-mile walk for East Cheshire Ram­blers, led by Bar­bara Jack­son.

The Cloud is the prin­ci­pal fea­ture of the Na­tional Trust es­tate and of­fers a great panorama.

The climb to the sum­mit at 1,132ft (343m) is bound to work up a thirst, which is no doubt why there is a beer named af­ter it! How­ever, the go­ing is steady rather than se­vere, es­pe­cially if you park in the car park be­low the hill at Tim­bers­brook and fol­low Bar­bara’s route up through the mid­dle of the es­tate us­ing the Grit­stone Trail. On the way, the walk­ers passed through tow­er­ing pines and ma­ture oak trees and emerged at the top af­ter pass­ing through open moor­land clad in pur­ple heather. A to­po­scope points the way to neigh­bour­ing land­marks like Mow Cop, the Cl­wydian hills of North Wales and Mac­cles­field Canal.

Suit­ably inspired, the group of ten de­scended to the Stafford­shire Way on the op­po­site side of the hill and fol­lowed it along a dis­used rail­way line to Rush­ton Spencer with its beau­ti­ful, stone-built Vic­to­rian rail­way sta­tion and the nearby Knot Inn which has re­cently un­der­gone a £200,000 re­fur­bish­ment and is named af­ter the em­blem used on the North Stafford­shire Rail­way Com­pany’s rolling stock and uni­forms.

Lunch was taken with buz­zards cir­cling and then it was time to head back. Bar­bara said: “Back at the car, for those for­tu­nate enough to be shar­ing a lift, a pint of Bosley Cloud was beck­on­ing, mark­ing the per­fect end to a per­fect day with good com­pany, good con­ver­sa­tion and a real sense of ca­ma­raderie.”


●» On a clear day the Welsh hills are vis­i­ble from Bosley Cloud

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