Distance: 13kms/ 8 miles
Time: 4 to 5 hours
Start: Bosley village / A523 GR SJ 918 657
Map: Explorer 268
Terrain: Cross field footpaths, tracks, minor roads and moorland paths.
Barriers: Approximately 10 stiles, steep slopes
This is an energetic but spectacular walk with fabulous views across the Cheshire Plain and Peak District. On the ridge top there is no shelter from the wind, rain or snow so make sure you are correctly equipped for the conditions.
Bosley is a small active village situated between Congleton and Macclesfield and sits on the very edge of the Cheshire Plain, with the steep hillsides of the Peak District rearing up behind the village. The church of St Mary’s, built before 1402 as a half timbered structure, is now a mainly restored, brick built building, but it has the most amazing perennial wildlife garden within its grounds. A detour to visit the graveyard is highly recommended in summer months.
The route follows the shore line of the large Bosley reservoir for quite a way. The reservoir is a Site of Biological Importance Grade A, and has some beautiful woodland around its eastern shore line. The reservoir was constructed to supply water to the Macclesfield Canal.
The climb up to the ridge top of Croker Hill at 1319 ft (402 m) is well rewarded by magnificent views. The walk uphill is really beautiful too, following old sunken tracks and passing little copses and old hedgerows, through quiet peaceful countryside.
The radio communications tower relays radio and TV signals across Cheshire. The structure is 286ft (87m) high.
The long ridge walk across Bosley and Wincle Minn follows a single track road across the high pasture, where stone walls provide little shelter from the weather. At the far end of the Minn (the southern end) look for the two stones which appear to be gate posts. Some people think these may be formerly standing stones, as there are others located in this area.
Full Address: Bosley Village , Cheshire , SK11 0NX