The Cloud

This is a 12km circular walk which includes a canal towpath, fields, quiet lanes and a short rocky climb up to top of the Cloud. On a clear day we will have excellent views, including Jodrell Bank telescope and the Staffordshire and Derbyshire hills.


28 August 2022

No dogs


Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

This walk starts and ends at the village of Timbersbrook near Congleton. We start with a short walk across fields to reach the Macclesfield canal and then walk along the towpath for approx. 5km until we reach the ‘aqueduct’ where the canal crossed the River Dane.

We then have a steady ascent up lanes to Hillside Farm where we start our ascent to the National Trust hill ‘The Cloud’. The ascent is on a narrow path which is steep but short, passing through crags to the summit, where we should have good views of the Jodrell Bank telescope and the Staffordshire and Derbyshire hills. There is a short rocky climb at the top of ‘The Cloud’ but the views make it worthwhile!

We descend back down the Cloud through woods and then return across fields and lanes to the car park at Timbersbrook.

Route profile
Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Approx. 5hrs
Highest Point:
343m The Cloud
Fields, canal towpath, quiet lanes and short rocky climb.
Explorer 268/Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Congleton
Starting Point:
Carpark on outskirts of Timbersbrook - OS: SJ 894627 Postcode: CW12 3PP


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.