347 Congleton Edge

Some people run up, others walk, while many just drive up and sit in the cars. But whichever way you arrive on Congleton Edge the view out over the Cheshire Plain to the distant Welsh hills is magnificent. Geologists call this the Red Rock Fault for the rocks slid upon each other to leave a narrow rocky crest. Yet even if you can't tell your Permian from your Cambrian it's still a surprise to find a cave up here in the gritstone.

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LOCATION: Two miles south of Congleton
START: Turn off A34 through Astbury, fork right up Dodds Lane & continue to hilltop. Keep right along ridge & park at viewpoint
Grid ref: SJ868587 Postcode: ST7 3PP
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate, can be muddy
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer - Wilmslow, Macclesfield Landranger 118
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Staffordshire Way, Gritstone Trail, Mow Cop Trail, Nick i'th'Hill, Biddulph Valley Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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