[visited 29/1/12] This is to all intents and purposes a boulder by the side of a busy road with some views. If the road and the wall weren't here, it would still be a boulder, but at least you'd get some lovely views and nice surroundings. Is it Prehistoric though? Its certainly a different shape and feel to the Murder Stone and Whaley Bridge stone less than 5 miles away. With a different positioning in the landscape too. However, could quite easily be a waymarker for the track the main road turned into.
Access is for the stupid. There is no public parking in Ginclough, so you either have a longish walk (rubbish reward ratio), perch on the side of a busy fast road or do what I did and reverse into the track next to the stone from the main road. The benefit of which means no stiles and a 10 second walk.
Name: Standing stone at Ginclough 400m WSW Gin Clough Farm
SMR Number: 1606
Type of record: Monument
Map Sheet: SJ97NE
Parish: RAINOW, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE EAST
Large stone or glacial erratic by track to Cutlers Farm, Rainow Road. The stone is cut away on 2 sides to create a square face on the east side The stone stands just under a metre high on the south side of the road. Standing stones are large stones of Prehistoric date that are though to have been placed upright for some sort of ceremonial purpose. They are sometimes set in pairs and are often found near other prehistoric sites including burial grounds.
STANDING STONE (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC? to 42 AD)
Scheduled Monument 25702: Standing Stone At Ginclough 400M Wsw Of Gin Clough Farm
Pastscape also list this stone as a reused Bronze Age standing stone.