Upper Hulme to Macclesfield via Hen Cloud, Roaches, Shutlingsloe walk
Hen Cloud and the Roaches, the Hanging Stone, Lud's Church chasm, the Dane Valley, lonely Wildboarclough, the 'Cheshire Matterhorn', Macclesfield Forest, Reservoirs.
24.9 km (15.4 mi), with 784/892m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.
8 out of 10, with 6 ¾ hours walking time.
A tour de force of highlights in the Staffordshire/Cheshire borderlands within easy reach of London.
A bus from Langley cuts out the last ascent. An Alternative Start in Leek makes for a longer walk.
If you travel to the start via Stoke-on-Trent Station and a subsequent bus journey from Hanley Bus Station: there are frequent buses linking Stoke Station to Hanley Bus Station, but a pleasant 2.3 km walking route is described in text and also available as a gpx file.
OS Explorer: 268 (Wilmslow, Macclesfield & Congleton) – just for the urban finish – and OL24 (The Peak District – White Peak Area)
Upper Hulme, Old Buxton Road Bus Stop, map reference SK 013 607, is 16 km southeast of Macclesfield, 245m above sea level and in Staffordshire. Macclesfield Station, map reference SJ 919 736, is 237 km northwest of Charing Cross, 133m above sea level and in Cheshire East. Upper Hulme is served by four buses a day (Mon-Sat) on Line 16 Hanley – Leek – Buxton (Stoke Station, closer to London on the Macclesfield line, has frequent buses to Hanley Bus Station, which is a 2.3 km walk away). Macclesfield Station is on the Stafford to Manchester branch line off the West Coast Main Line from London Euston. Travel time to London is from 108 minutes Mon-Fri, but longer on weekends.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: The walk is doable as a daywalk from London with a train no later than 08.20 hours.
Upper Hulme Start
The Outdoor Café Gradbach Mill, Gradbach, Quarnford, Staffordshire SK17 0SU (01260 227 000). The Outdoor Café is located 11.7 km (7.3 mi) into the walk, on the banks of the River Dane.
The Forest Snug Food Van Trentabank Reservoir Car Park, Macclesfield Forest Visitor Centre, Langley, Cheshire, SK11 0NS (07743 909 339). The Forest Snug is located 6.0 km (3.7 mi) from the end of the walk.
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Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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