Thirsty climb up The Cloud at Bosley
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