The Cloud and toposcope
The toposcope at the top of The Cloud points to key features in the Cheshire landscape below.
The Cloud is 300m high and is a prominent and compelling feature in the surrounding Cheshire lowland countryside. Like Bickerton, the Cloud is a heathy landscape. Since 1800, 84% of Britain’s lowland heath has been lost and as such, areas such as the Cloud are extremely important. This has been reflected in the Cloud being designated as an area of Special Biological Interest.
A toposcope guides the visitor's eye towards the chimneys and furnaces of south Lancashire in the north-west, to the fertile plains of Crewe and Nantwich in the west, the Potteries in the south and finally eastwards, up the Dane Valley to the main range of the Pennines.
The early 19th century saw extensive quarrying on the site, the stone being used for nearby canal construction, railway bridge construction and millstones. An ancient stone boundary marker still marks the county boundary between Staffordshire and Cheshire that crosses the property.
Car park postcode (not National Trust): CW12 3PP
Grid ref: SJ 894627