Shutlingsloe Hill Short Walk From Wildboarclough | 3-Mile Route

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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 Hill from the other side

Walk information

Walk type: Short (steep) circular walk

Distance: 3 miles/4.8 km

Walk time: 1-2 hours

Total ascent: 262 m/859 ft

Highest point: 506 m/1,660 ft

Walk highlights: Approach to Shutlingsloe and views from Shutlingsloe summit

Trig points: 1 – Shutlingsloe

Ethels: 1 – Shutlingsloe

Stiles: 3 (2 are the same stile on return)

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Shutlingsloe walk map

Shutlingsloe walk map from Wildboarclough
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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

Clough House car park at Wildboarclough

Public transport

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.

There’s a pub a short distance from the car park at Wildboarclough – The Crag Inn, Nabbs Road, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BD – Google location

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.

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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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And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition or the Silva Classic compass.

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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. 

Footpath from the road

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.

Cattle grid (that you don’t need to cross!)

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.

Wide track where the footpath splits up to Shutlingsloe

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.

Over the bridge towards Shutlingsloe summit

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. 

Flagstoned path leading off to the left

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.

Footpath heading off around Shutlingsloe

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).

Section where the path is narrow

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.

Final stile before reaching the road back to the car park

Ask me questions about the Shutlingsloe route in the comments below.

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