- Shining Tor
Name = Shining Tor
Photo = Shining_Tor.jpg
Caption = The
trig pointand ladder stileat the summit of Shining Tor.
Elevation = 559 m (1,834 ft)
Peak District, England
Prominence = "c." 236 m
Parent peak =
OS "Landranger" 118
First ascent =
Easiest route =
Grid_ref_UK = SJ994737
Listing = Marilyn, County Top
Shining Tor is a hill in the
Peak Districtof England, between the towns of Buxtonand Macclesfield, lying on the border between Derbyshireand Cheshire. Its summit is the highest point in Cheshire. (There is another Shining Tor, above Dovedalein Derbyshire, at grid referencegbmappingsmall|SK145545). The word " tor" means a high rock, and comes from the Old English language.
The hill can be climbed by many routes, perhaps most commonly from the Goyt valley by
Errwood reservoir, perhaps combined with a walk along the ridge north from Shining Tor over Cats Tor. It can also be gained with less climbing from the Cat and Fiddle Inn.
As it is the highest point around (it is some 8 m higher than the summit of
Axe Edge Moorabove Buxton), the views are pleasant, though the relatively flat uplands mean they are not extensive in all directions: the view to the south-west of the peak of Shutlingsloeabove Wildboarclough is particularly notable, and in clear conditions, Winter Hillnear Bolton, the city of Manchesterand much of the Cheshire Plain can be seen, including the radio telescopes at Jodrell Bank20 kilometres (12 miles) to the west. In very clear but not unusual conditions North Wales and even Snowdonia can be seen, see external panorama link below.
*Computer generated summit panoramas [http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/ENG/Shiningtor.gifShining Tor] [http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas.html index]
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