2016 07 23 Wildboar Revisited

One of those rare occasions when a bright , warm sunny morning welcomed us
to the Macclesfield Forest.

8.30am prompt, the 6 of us headed off towards our first morning break at Flash.
Shutlingsloe was soon dispensed with then with a steep descent we were in the
beautiful Wildboar valley,not for long.A steady climb took us past Cumberland
Cottage,a well known checkpoint on the Bullock,up over Wood Moss then dropping
down to Panniers Pool.up the sandy track [ last week was a river ] to Wickens Walls.
Continuing skywards we reached our first stop,Flash.

After a brief stop,Hilltop,from appearing a small speck was quickly bagged.Then on
and across Axe Edge Moor,eventually dropping down into Goytsclough quarry.
Following tracks heavily overgrown with rhododendron bushes,we stumbled on our
lunch stop....the ruins of Errwood Hall.

Biting insects prompted an early exit.Another steady climb up Foxlow Edge led us
to our path to Pym Chair,with splendid views over the Cheshire Plain.

Lamaload Reservoir was our next port of call,by this time the heat and humidity
had increased and we lost that cooling breeze....so a quick water stop was called for.
Refreshed we skirted the res' and headed up over the rolling hills,back to our start
point...some 22mls ....4300'.....3.30pm.

Thanks to everyone for the company. Good to have John out with the gang.