573 Oakenclough

Heather, with its magnificent purple haze, is not a plant one normally associates with Cheshire, but the moorland west of Shutlingsloe is set to become the county's largest heather moor. Already the numbers of red grouse, curlew, lapwing, golden plover and short-eared owls have increased, so perhaps even the very rare black grouse will again make Cheshire their home.

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LOCATION: Three miles south-east of Macclesfield
START: Trentabank car park, one mile beyond Langley
Grid ref: SJ961711 Postcode: SK110NS
DISTANCE: 6.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate with a steady climb
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 118
NOTE: Sorry, no dogs
REFRESHMENTS: Hanging Gate & Nice Nosh, (Seasonal)
EN ROUTE: Piggford Moor, Macclesfield Forest, Gritstone Trail, Ridgegate Reservoir

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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