Walk #1: Shining Tor and Cat's Tor from the Cat and Fiddle pub
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
Little did I know that this was going to be the start of what has become a rather interesting hobby, pastime and, if I am truthful, obsession. I had the last of a series of operations on my left ankle only seven months before, and the long recuperation was far from over. I had decided to do the Pennine Way midway though the year, and started the forerunner of this website to log my training walks. Part of me expected my ankle to start hurting me again, so I was determined to enjoy every mile. I was staying at my parents' home in Derbyshire for Christmas and the New Year, so this walk along the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire seemed like a good enough place to start...
This is a nice short walk along the Derbyshire / Cheshire border.
Park on the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield road opposite the Cat and Fiddle pub. This is the second highest pub in England (the alternative is the Tan Hill Inn on the Pennine Way). Head west down the A537 until you come to a left-hand bend. On the apex of the bend, follow a path that goes straight on. After 250 meters there is a split in the track. Follow the branch to the north-northeast.
Go over a stile and shortly there is a gap in the wall which is a path northwestwards up to the top of Shining Tor. There is then an easy to follow (but sometimes muddy) path roughly northwards up to Cats Tor. After Cat's Tor, follow the path down to a minor road near Pym Chair. When you reach the road, follow it westwards past a car park and down a steep hill.
Before the bottom of the hill a track heads off over a stile to the left. Follow it to the left of Howlersknoll Farm and on roughly southwards to the ruined farm of Thursbitch. Immediately past the ruins, turn right and go for a short distance over a stream before heading roughly southwards again. Follow a stone wall uphill, and when you reach a corner head due south to a corner in two more walls. Follow the left side of the southbound wall uphill.
Near the top of the hill you come across another wall heading west to east. Follow this wall uphill to Shining Tor, and from there retrace your steps back to the Cat and Fiddle.
This makes a total distance of 7.2 miles, with 1299 feet of ascent and 1299 feet of descent.
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