We set off from Clough house car park.
A weathered poster told of the local area – it could do with a clean.
We headed out of the back of the car park and across Cumberland Brook.
Looking along the brook there is a clear view of Shuttlingsloe on the horizon
Undaunted by the drizzle we set off up the hill
the steady rain made it quite a pull along the stream by the trees
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!
up to where the little water fall flows
by the side of a Rowan tree
At the top we turned to the right, heading across the moor.
Looking behind us the views were equally good.
The insistent rain had brought out loats of toadstools
The sign reassured us that we were still on the right path
We crossed the main road and took the steps down to the path
across the fields and down to the stream
and along the path
then back by the stream where the heather looked great
until we reached the bridge at ‘Three Shires Head’.
over Panniers Pool
Here I have memories of our kids playing about 25 years ago.
\We took our break here
The view from the bridge is great
in both directions
and to think
it is Staffordshire to the left of the stream
Cheshire to the right
and Derbyshire behind us.
We took the road back
ith another view of Shuttlingsloe directly ahead
then across the moor and through a wooded path back down to the road.
With the end in sight a rainbow greeted us
and signalled the way back towards Clough Farm.
When we finally arrived the weather at last smiled!