Day out: Bosley Cloud, Cheshire

Scale 365 steps through a magical winter woodland to a breathtaking viewpoint
high above Cheshire’s patchwork countryside

family walking through a snowy woodland
Published: November 19th, 2021 at 6:18 am
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At the summit of Marilyn-classed Bosley Cloud (343m), you feel on top of the world.


Take in views across the Cheshire Plain – Congleton Viaduct, Rudyard Lake and Jodrell Bank – to Greater Manchester and the encircling Peak District. Follow the toposcope and pick out Liverpool Cathedral 38 miles away. You can even bag the trig point. And if there is a dusting of snow on the patchwork, so much the better.

Bird in the snow
Look for kingfishers on the Gritstone Trail/Credit: Getty

Bosley Cloud walk

A 2.5-mile circular walk on the Gritstone Trail starts at Timbersbrook picnic site – once a silk mill, now a pond for toads frequented by herons and kingfishers. Turn left on to Tunstall Lane, right up 365 steps through hoar-frosted woodland, and across heathland.


Some steep paths can be slippery with tree roots, but views from the top make this a Boxing Day to remember. Return on the south side of the hill via Bridestones and Gosberryhole Lane.


Linda Sage is a Cheshire-based nature and landscape writer.


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