Macclesfield Forest and Shutlinglsoe from Tegg's Nose.
Investigating the stone crusher in Tegg's Nose Country Park.
Bottom's Reservoir and and Shutlinglsoe from Tegg's Nose.
Cattle grazing in Tegg's Nose Country Park.
A delightful path through Macclesfield Forest on the way to Charity Lane.
Hang gliders over Shining Tor from our lunch spot near the Charity Lane entrance
to Macclesfield Forest.
The path to Higher Ballgreave Farm.
Looking back towards Wickinford Farm.
Looking back towards Wickinford Farm from the re-routed path over Ely Brow to Snipe House.
The informed finger post at Snipe House.
We went "This Way".
Field Forget-Me-Nots as we approached Tegg's Nose Country Park near the end of the walk.
Tegg's Nose and Sutton Common in our sights - nearly there!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 1740'.
Time: 6 hours 3 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
This is usually a walk that we usually do at some point during the Winter months, so doing it in Summer conditions was something new.
In the main the weather was warm and sunny with a pleasant cooling wind at times, only clouding over for the last mile when we even felt a few drops of the wet stuff.
Much improvements had been done along the route, with stiles replaced by kissing gates and duck boards put in one of the places that in the past were very difficult to negotiate without getting wet feet.
As a change we decided to explore the path via Wickinford Farm and Snipe House, thankfully well signed as the path had been re-routed as it crossed a stream and went through the the wood and over Ely Brow.
It was such a good day for walking that we really did dawdle, admiring the views and the flowers as we went.
Lunch was taken near Charity Lane, where we took advantage of a bench with views towards Shining Tor and the Cat's Fiddle. Hang gliders performed over Shining Tor as we had lunch.
Birds seen or heard included: Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Woodpigeon, Common chaffinch, Common blackbird, Mallard, Pied wagtail, European robin, Goldfinch, Common kestrel, Barn swallow, Rook, Skylark, Lapwing and Eurasian curlew.
We arrived back at the car, having had an excellent walk and celebrated with a cup of tea and coffee at the Tegg's Nose Cafe before we headed home.
Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest will in future be a Summer walk and we can look forward dry mud conditions and clean boots at the end of the day!