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The Peak District village of Wildboarclough (pronounced Will'berclough) nestles in an upland valley in a superb scenic location to the south of Macclesfield Forest.

Clough Brook at Wildboarclough


Legend states that it is so named as the last wild boar in England was shot in the hills around Wildboarclough. Some authorities dispute this, stating that the name arose from the rapid rise in levels of the Clough Brook after heavy rain, when a torrent of water or a bore of water floods down the valley and the Clough brook. However, others argue it simply derives from a deep valley (clough) frequented by wild boar.

Cottages at Wildboarclough


The peak of Shutlingsloe (506 metres), lies to the north-west of the village. Often referred to as the 'Matterhorn of Cheshire', due to its distinctive triangular profile, Shutlingsloe is the third highest peak in the Cheshire. On a clear day the mountains of North Wales are visible from its summit.

The Old Post Office

The Clough Brook runs through the village, which burst its banks in a flash flood in May, 1989, resulting in the death of a motorist, which is commemorated on a plaque on the stone bridge. Crag Hall which is situated to the east of the village, was built in 1815 by George Palfreyman, the owner of a nearby textile printing works. Mill House and the Old Post Office, which once bore the distinction of being the largest sub-post office in England (pictured left) are the only parts of the mill buildings remaining.

The red sandstone village church of St. Saviour's was built between 1901 and 1909 by Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, to celebrate the safe return of his sons from the Boer War.

St Saviour's Church

St.Saviour's Church, Wildboarclough

Blaze Farm in the village, an admission free attraction, is an award winning farm, famous for its Hilly Billy Ice Cream, in a vast range of unusual flavours, which is made on the farm using the milk from their dairy herd, there are also tea rooms, a farm trail and a paint-a-pot studio for children.

Forest Chapel, otherwise known as the Church of St Stephen high in Macclesfield Forest, is situated in a hollow on the ridge between Langley to the west and the valley of Clough Brook to the east. A chapel has occupied the site since 1673, although the present building dates from 1834. The ancient ceremony of Rushbearing still takes place at Forest Chapel annually on the nearest Sunday to the 12th August, rushes are taken from nearby streams and marshes and laid.

Below Forest Chapel is a pub called the Stanley Arms, which offers a relaxed atmosphere, cask-conditioned real ales and good food, the inn stands on Oven Lane, which crosses Clough Brook here and starts to climb up again to the Cat and Fiddle, the second-highest inn in England.

Nearby places of interest

Three Shires Head, is a beauty spot where the three counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire meet is a short walk from the Wildboarclough.

Macclesfield Forest, once the centre of a Royal Forest created by the Norman kings for the purpose of hunting game such as deer, wild boar and wolves. It once encompassed all the area from Disley to the River Dane. The forest is home to a herd of red deer, while the reservoirs contain a wide variety of wildfowl.

Shutlingsloe is the third highest peak in the Cheshire (Shining Tor being the highest and Whetstone Ridge the second ) with an elevation of 506 metres (1,660 feet), the summit offers excellent views. On a clear day the mountains of North Wales are visible from its summit.

Adlington Hall, set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, the current building was begun in 1315, although late medieval and Tudor remodeling have since changed its appearance.

A walk from Wildboarclough to Wincle

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