Telephone masts are not exactly popular these days, but we have a special affection for the tower on Croker Hill. Known as "The Sledging Tower" from snowy days with our boys, this 286ft landmark, high on the skyline, dwarfs the buildings below which look like a child's toy farm. Especially dramatic at sunset the tower actually enhances the view. And just as a lighthouse on the horizon is a welcome sight for a sailor, so Croker Hill is a friendly sentinel recognised from afar.
LOCATION: Five miles south of Macclesfield
START: Off A523. Turn left after the Queens Arms, down Bennets Lane. Roadside parking just before the dam.
Grid ref: SJ926653 Postcode: SK110NZ
DISTANCE: 6 miles
TIME: 3.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Wilmslow, Macclesfield & Congleton
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Bosley, Gritstone Trail, Wincle Minn
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News