Shutlingsloe from Macclesfield Forest path
|Elevation||506 m (1,660 ft)|
|Prominence||c. 134 m|
|Topo map||OS Outdoor Leisure 24|
Shutlingsloe is a hill near the village of Wildboarclough, in the east of the county of Cheshire. It stands to the south of Macclesfield Forest, on the edge of the Peak District and within the Peak District National Park.
A steep-sided hill with a distinctive profile, sometimes described as the 'Matterhorn of Cheshire', it is the third highest peak in the county (Shining Tor being the highest and Whetstone Ridge second highest) with an elevation of 506 m (1,660 ft), and commands excellent views over Cheshire.
The name derives from old English 'Scyttel's hlaw' meaning 'Scyttel's (personal name) hill' and is one of several 'low' names in the Peak District, from the same Old English root that gives rise to the name "Law" for many hills in southern Scotland.
The hill is constructed from alternating layers of mudstones and coarse sandstones (referred to as 'gritstones' or simply 'grits') which were laid down in a delta system in the Carboniferous period. The summit tor is formed from the Chatsworth Grit and the lower slopes from the Roaches Grit. A number of geological faults run north–west to south–east through the hill.
- Cheshire County Council: Landscape Character Type 20: Moorland Plateau (2007) (accessed 19 April 2010)
- Mcmeeken, L. 'Peak Place-names', Halsgrove 2003
- British Geological Survey 1:50,000 map sheet 111 'Buxton' and associated memoir
- Shutlingsloe at Cressbrook
- Discovercheshire website (Walk to Shutlingsloe)
- A circular walk up Shutlingsloe