Manchester Horizon

Manchester Horizon is an inspiring walk as I was born on the north and live on the south.  It was to be three of us but eventually I went solo and was dropped off at Oakgrove near Fools Nook to begin the very pleasant ascent through woodland glades but after the pond the path by the drain, not easy to find, had been puddled by a small flock of sheep.  Ascending out of the valley and around the base of the quarry was a relief especially as the tower on Croker Hill came into view.  After reaching the summit and turning North following the Gritstone Trail down into Rossen Valley was easy before going up to the minor road where I diverted from the original description to take the steps up to Hanging Gate. Traversing to Oakenclough below the old Youth Hostel and after the new footbridge I contoured under the boundary wall of Pyggford Moor access land to reach the gate for the path around the perimeter  until Shutlingsloe comes into view.  After the steep ascent it was down again into Wildboorclough before ascending Cumberland Clough onto the Axe Edge path to Cat and Fiddle to reach Shining Tor. Views of the high rise in the centre of Manchester were just about visible  but views of the route ahead was very clear over Cats Tor and Foxlow Edge to Bunsal Cob for a welcome pick up.

Sadistics: 16.5 miles and 3200ft Ascent and descent.

David Allen