Fancy a short walk up to Shutlingsloe summit in the beautiful Cheshire part of the Peak District National Park?
This is a lovely short 3-mile walk from Clough House car park at Wildboarclough. But don’t expect a short easy walk, Shutlingsloe summit is 506 metres, up there with the likes of Mam Tor (517 m) and Lost Lad (518 m) so this route includes a good amount for ascent.
From Clough House car park, Wildboarclough, this route takes you along a lovely gentle track to start before you then have a steep climb up to Shutlingsloe summit. You descend off the other side for almost 360 degree views of the summit before looping back around to pick up the same track back to the car park, making it an easier route to navigate.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Wildboarclough, car parking options, route information, map, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk to Shutlingsloe.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this Shutlingsloe walk and what you think!
Shutlingsloe Hill from Wildboarclough
Shutlingsloe walk mapClick for online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SJ 98722 69877
Car parking address: Clough House car park, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BD* – Google location
*Please note postcode does NOT take you to exact location, please double check on a paper map or google maps. This is free but small car park, but generally not too busy so unless it’s peak time you should get a space.
Alternatively, there’s some car parking available further down the road near The Crag Inn at Wildboarclough – Google location
There are no options for public transport for this start point.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Wildboarclough or anywhere on the walk.
Other useful information
The beginning and end of this walk has a short road section, it’s not a busy road but worth noting if you’re walking with children.
Please note although this is a short walk, it’s steep in a few places on the way up to Shutlingsloe so good footwear is required for the walk, plus some leg power to reach the top!
Please keep the Peak District beautiful and take all your rubbish home to dispose of. Picnics are welcome but please, no disposal BBQs due to the high fire risk. Thank you.
Peak District weather
Check the weather for your walk location and hills. It’s often good to check a few resources.
- BBC Weather for Wildboarclough
- Met Office weather for Shining Tor (nearest hill to Shutlingsloe)
- Met Office weather and/or MWIS (Mountain weather information service) for the Peak District
Ordnance Survey walk map
The map required for this walk is the Ordnance Survey OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon. If you’re hiking in all weathers the Active OS maps are pretty good to have.
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For online maps, I recommend OS Online App (I have been using for 3+ years and worth getting if you want to start walking more). Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App. All the walks on the website are created using OS Online + you can download them to the App.
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Shutlingsloe walk route
Stage 1 – Clough House, Wildboarclough to Shutlingsloe Trig
Distance: 1.5 miles/2.4 km
Grid reference SJ 98722 69877
From Clough House car park, exit from the entrance with the picnic table that goes directly onto the road (not past the farm buildings). Turn left out of the car park, you’re on the road for a short distance.
On your right after 200 m, there’s a footpath (photo above) heading up from the road (next to a green signpost for Langley via Shutlingsloe). Walk up here and over the stile (the only one of the route). Walk along the path, you’ll reach another small gate, followed by a wooden bridge.
Keep heading along the path, go through the next small metal gate then continue towards two large Sycamore trees, the path goes past some buildings then it turns into a wider track.
Continue walking, you’ll go past a house on your right, shortly there’s a cattle grid (photo above). Instead of walking over it, walk up the grassy bank to pick up the track just above. Now turn right almost doubling back but on the higher path, here’s where the uphill starts. From this track you can see Shutlingsloe summit up ahead.
Walk along the track until it bends round to the right (this is private), instead pick up the path which now continues uphill (signposted with arrow markers). Walk in-between the gap in the wall, then continue to the wooden bridge, go across here and through the metal kissing gate. Keep walking uphill following the way markers.
At the next metal kissing gate go through, then you can see two paths heading up to Shutlingsloe. Take the left hand path which is slightly more gradual, follow this all the way to the summit which brings you out at the trig point.
Stage 2 – Shutlingsloe Trig to Clough House car park
Distance: 1.5 mile/2.4 km
Grid reference SJ 97642 69569
From Shutlingsloe trig point you now head down from the summit off the opposite side (there are a couple so pick the right one). The route down is via the flagstones from the summit heading north.
It’s a steep descent, with a few large steps to negotiate on the way down but it’s flagstoned the majority of the route. You’ll reach a wall with a small gate then three stone steps down to the path.
Walk along the path until you reach a metal gate (with a green signpost that’s facing backwards to Wildboarclough and Langley). Here is where you leave the path to loop back around the base of Shutlingsloe, the path heads off right on a few flagstones, but these quickly disappear.
It’s a grassy path, muddy in a few places, follow the path, now with views of Shutlingsloe in front of you, go over the small wooden bridge and continue on the grassy path. It then heads downhill to a section that’s narrow and a little awkward to walk on with both feet (you’ll see what I mean) but it’s just a short distance (photo below).
You’ll reach a metal gate, with another green signpost. Go through here then follow the path alongside the wall until you reach the metal kissing gate at the base of Shutlingsloe (the one you walked through earlier).
Turn left through the gate, follow the path back down, via the second kissing gate and wooden bridge to the track. Bear right along the track and again before the cattle grid walk down the grassy bank to the path below. Turn left here, continuing on the same path you started on, back through the two gates then over the stile to the road. Turn left down the road and the car park will be on the right.
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