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Walk visits highest point in old Cheshire

Posted 24 August 2012
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Walk visits highest point in old Cheshire
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Cheshire is a largely flat county, but its east side is very hilly as the Pennines encroach and offer panoramic views across the plain.

The Peak District encompasses this upland area, but it used to include more of Cheshire before the 1974 reorganisation of local government reallocated parts of the north-east of the county to Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.

A guided walk by national park rangers on September 16th will visit this spot, the 1,908 ft summit of Black Hill. Starting at 10:30 BST at Crowden Car Park, walking boots and waterproofs, plus good walking clothes and a packed lunch will all be needed. 

Walkers heading to the highest point in post-1974 Cheshire can climb Shining Tor near Macclesfield, nearly 300 ft lower than Black Hill.

Cheshire is not the only county to lose its highest top in 1974 and have to make do with something lower, as neighbouring Lancashire lost the 2,635 ft Old Man of Coniston when Lancashire-over-the-Sands was moved into the new county of Cumbria.
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