Cotes Heath author Jeff Kent has followed up his guidebook to Staffordshire’s 65 peaks with the first-ever published guide to the hills of Cheshire. For a county best known for its plain, Cheshire boasts quite a few peaks, with 46 reaching the magic mini-mountain height of 1,000 feet.
In fact, at 1909 feet, Black Hill on the South Pennine Cheshire/Yorkshire border overtops the 1706 feet of Staffordshire’s highest peak, Cheeks Hill on Axe Edge between Buxton and Leek.
Jeff identified and climbed the Cheshire peaks in 2014, and the book describes his encounter with an infuriated alpaca on Allgreave Hill, being corralled by bullocks on Eddisbury Hill and his battles with barbed-wire fences, gorse bushes, brambles and nettles to conquer Billinge Hill (maybe not always using rights of way? Ed).
He describes all the peaks in detail, commenting on their main features, their geology, the origin of their names, their vegetation, conditions underfoot and summit views. He also recommends nearby parking places and the simplest climbing routes.
In addition, the book outlines 19 circular walks though which all of the peaks can be climbed from low ground, to give a feeling for their actual height.
There are 60 colour photographs and 20 colour maps showing the peaks’ location and recommended access routes.
If all this doesn’t put you off, or if you’re more of an armchair hill-walker, Cheshire’s 1000-Foot Peaks ISBN 978 0 9927505 2 7 price £12.75 is available from local bookshops (including WH Smiths in Stone) or online at Amazon. Signed copies are available direct from Jeff at Witan Books tel 01782 791673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org