Today we attempt to climb up The Cloud
We are at our mooring below the Bosley Locks, at Dane Aqueduct and today we are climbing up The Cloud.
The Cloud is a 343m hill on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire, a couple of miles west of the Peak District. It has a craggy appearance, which is is from a quarry that provided stone for the canal and then the railway. It is one of the highest hills in the area and its heather-covered plateau is crowned by a trig point, from which there are breathtakingly spectacular views. The summit and adjacent slopes are owned by The National Trust and there are several public footpaths that cross the hill. The Cloud has been designated as an area of Special Biological Interest because of the fact that 84% of Britain’s lowland heath have been lost since 1800.
It was quite a rough path that we walked up, with lots of steps and very overgrown with heather but we took the easier path back down. I think I would have struggled getting back down the same way as we came up!
Here’s a little video snippet
And now for the walk back down, which was so much easier.
Climbing The Cloud was fab. We highly recommend.