Fifteen miles on the Cumberland Gap – not quite – but we made three shire head

We set off from Clough house car park.

A weathered poster told of the local area – it could do with a clean.

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We headed out of the back of the car park and across Cumberland Brook.

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Looking along the brook there is a clear view of Shuttlingsloe on the horizon

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Undaunted by the drizzle we set off up the hill

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the steady rain made it quite a pull along the stream by the trees

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and then into the open heading towards the Cumberland Gap but not the one of Lonnie Donegan fame – that’s near Middlesborough – A number one hit when ! was nine!

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up to where the little water fall flows

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by the side of a Rowan tree

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At the top we turned to the right, heading across the moor.

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Looking behind us the views were equally good.

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The insistent rain had brought out loats of toadstools

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The sign reassured us that we were still on the right path

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We crossed the main road and took the steps down to the path

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across the fields and down to the stream

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and along the path

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then back by the stream where the heather looked great

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until we reached the bridge at ‘Three Shires Head’.

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over Panniers Pool

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Here I have memories of our kids playing about 25 years ago.

\We took our break here

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The view from the bridge is great

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in both directions

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and to think

it is Staffordshire to the left of the stream

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Cheshire to the right

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and Derbyshire behind us.

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We took the road back

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ith another view of Shuttlingsloe directly ahead

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then across the moor and through a wooded path back down to the road.

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With the end in sight a rainbow greeted us

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and signalled the way back towards Clough Farm.

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When we finally arrived the weather at last smiled!

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