One of my favourite training walks for Pinnacle Walking Holidays is Shuttlingsloe, not too far from home.
Our walk began from Ridgegate reservoir on the edge of the Macclesfield Forest. There is usually ample free parking here although the visitor centre just up the road has pay and display parking.
Today the Forest is home to a herd of red deer, as well as badgers, foxes and many small birds including tits, siskins and crossbills.
We took the forest track, climbing steadily to the summit of Shutlingsloe which at 506 metres is the second highest peak in the county. Known locally as the Matterhorn of Cheshire, it is a distinctive landmark throughout much of the east of the county.
Views from the top can be spectacular, with Cheshire to the west and the hills of the Peak District National Park to the east. However on this occasion we were thwarted by a swirling mist.
The walk then headed down from the windy summit into Wildboarclough. From here we took a path towards Forest Chapel, always a good place for lunch. After a well-earned break we made our way up Charity Lane before taking a track back through the forest.
The final leg of the walk leads to the Leathers Smithy Pub, hard to resist on a summers day, and then back to the car.