A varied, hilly walk in a beautiful corner of the Peak District National Park with great views to the Kinder plateau and over the Cheshire Plain to the distant Clwydian Hills.
Take a whole day over this walk, to enjoy the views and peace, and perhaps do some bouldering on the crags next to Windgather. The first part of the walk has good views of the two Goyt Valley reservoirs. The best views on the walk are from the Shining Tor ridge, towards Kinder Scout and west to the Clwydian Hills. I found the short road sections very quiet. There is a public toilet in the car park near Errwood Dam. From Waypoint 7 there appears to be a public footpath along the shore of Fernilee reservoir, which would probably make a nice alternative route, but I prefer to keep higher up and away from the crowds.
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Distance: 11.82 miles (19 km)
Total ascent: 635m
Steepest Gradient: 19% (1 in 5)
Time: 6 hours (Walking)
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SummitsShining Tor 559 m
The free car park by the small reservoir on Goyt's Lane. You can park on the left by the water or in the smaller car park on the right, SK023752
Public footpaths on varied terrain: heather moorland, farm and forest tracks, grassy fields. Flagstones on the popular Shining Tor/Cats Tor stretch. Mostly signposted but path indistinct in places: compass required in poor visibility.
Could be muddy in places and some path sections could be invisible in snow.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
Bus 61 from Buxton to Glossop will take you along the A5004 (Long HIll) to within 1 km of the route. Bus 58 from Buxton to Macclesfield passes the Cat & Fiddle pub on the A537, again within 1km of the route.
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OS Explorer OL24 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Dark Peak (1:40,000), OS Landranger 119 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 118 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Buxton (01298 25106); Macclesfield (01625 504 114); Wilmslow (01625 522 275)
by Vanessa Simmons