Stage 2: Tegg’s Nose to Timbersbrook — Gritstone Trail
Road Cycling Highlight
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
March 16, 2020
This stage explores the wildlife-rich Macclesfield Forest and its reservoirs before rising up onto the Cloud, where more enchanting views await. With 14.6 miles (23.5 km) of distance and 2,025 feet (617 m) of climbing, this is a challenging hike and you will need a good level of fitness and stamina. From Tegg’s Nose Reservoir, the trail passes Bottoms Reservoir and then makes a short loop into Macclesfield Forest to visit the stunning Trentabank Reservoir.After crossing Hollin Lane, you make a sharp ascent of Croker Hill, which is the highest point on this stage and is topped with a distinctive telecoms tower. This section is particularly exposedYou then make a long and gradual descent to the River Dane, cross via Barleigh Ford Bridge and follow the canal feeder. The final climb of the day takes you through Ravens Clough to the summit of the Cloud, which affords wonderful views over Congleton, Macclesfield, Holmes Chapel, and Greater Manchester. You then descend to finish in Timbersbrook. Whilst there is not much in the village, there are options for accommodation and food and drink nearby, most notably in Mossley.
March 23, 2020