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You don‘t have to book a place to go on most of our walks - just turn up at the designated meeting place!

All our walks are either car or public transport based - meeting points are detailed in the walk descriptions. For more details see our transport and where to find us pages.

Before joining us on a walk, please read our Before Walking guidelines, along with our walk ratings information and disclaimer. Some of the more adventerous walks also include scrambles.


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

If you do not have appropriate footwear, or are wearing jeans, the walk leader may refuse to let you join the walk. Also check the weather.

Please do not walk in front of the walk leader unless they are happy for you to do so, and make sure you stay close enough for the walk leader to quickly and easily get your attention if necessary.

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Have you got an idea for a walk that YOU could lead? Take a look at our Walk Leader Guidance Notes and submit a walk online or contact us at walks@madwalkers.org.uk.

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23

Edale Christmas Classic

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

7.7 mi

484m

 This Christmas Walk is now in it's 5th year, a great classic Edale walk up to Kinder, much better than last minute Christmas shopping?!

From Edale we'll make our way to Grindsbrook Clough and enjoy the very mild scramble to the top and then make our way to Crowdon Tower and the fascinating rocks along the Wool Packs before joining the Pennine Way, heading down Jacob's Ladder and back towards Edale.

And being Christmas it would be rude not to sample a few beverages in the Nag's Head or Ramblers in (or both!) before getting the train back to Picadilly.

This walk is suitable for new walkers but please take note there is a mild scramble involved and it has been known to be a little boggy on the top so gailtors or waterproofs recommended.

There is a big car park at Edale Village Hall should you wish to drive, it's less than a minute away from the station.

Hip-flasks, flasks of mulled, Buck's Fizz, Mince Pies & wine etc are more than welcome!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale

10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

11:35: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:47, 17:47, 18:48, 19:47, 21:11, 22:56

Waypoints: Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Wool Packs, Pennine Way, Jacob's Ladder, Edale Pubs

23-12-2017 10:30 23-12-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale Christmas Classic Edale Station MAD Walkers

30

Midwinter Arnside

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.9 mi

210m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start

Yet again By popular demand - a walk up over Arnside Knott, over to the coast, along the cliff tops and back along the beach into Arnside, ending up at The Albion pub, with a nice fire and hopefully an awesome sunset.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Arnside £21.10 (TBC) - cheaper advance ticket options are also available. Change at Lancaster, train also calls at Wigan and Preston.

10:16: Train departs for the walk start at Arnside Station.

11:50: Walk starts at Arnside Station.

Return from Arnside Station. 17:59, 18:43, 1958 all Changing at Lancaster

Waypoints: Dobshall Road, Arnside Knott, Hare Parrock, Far Arnside, Park Point, Arnside Point, Blackstone Point, New Barns, Arnside

Extra:

Lunch on Arnside Knott, if the weather's good we'll walk back to Arnside along the beach. If the weather isn't good we'll take an alternate route that goes slightly more inland and is more sheltered.

Evening Meal (TBC) in Arnside before going home...

30-12-2017 10:00 30-12-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Midwinter Arnside Arnside Station MAD Walkers

6

First Ridge of 2018

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

8.0 mi

700m

First opportunity of 2018 to walk one of the most popular ridges in the UK.

We'll head out of Edale and steadily climb up Cold Side to Mam Tor and then along the Great Ridge for some spectacular views if the weather allows.

After the ridge is done, we'll then finish with a stroll up to Win Hill for more great views before heading down into Hope and into the popular Old Hall Hotel for a few drinkies.

Mostly on good path but it's January, so please come prepared!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope.

10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

11:35: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Hope Rail Station. 39 past the hour

Waypoints: Edale, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Win Hill, Hope.

6-1-2018 10:30 6-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London First Ridge of 2018 Edale Station MAD Walkers

13

Not-the-hardest-walk-I've-ever-led

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

14.5 mi

730m

A walk of three thirds, with more woodland (albeit deciduous and thus not wholly protective against rain at this time of year) than we normally walk through and a fair sprinkling of sharp climbs and drops. Those start with the walk up Heptonstall Buttress and after we've reached the village a drop down to Hardcastle Crags. The next few miles are spent walking up that valley - including on a newly repaired (ie not falling down the hill and requiring advanced gymnastics to process along) path - before a large loop round at the top and we start our return well above the treeline.

A hop down to the valley base and Gibson Mill and then back up again the other side towards the Colden Valley and the sampling of one of the areas other valleys before we reach town.

NB. The only easy drop out points are towards the start and towards the end so limited opportunities for making the walk shorter. Whilst we have a few miles on good solid path, the bulk of the walk isn't, so boots that offer good support are a must. It doesn't look a long walk, but we'll need to take time over the tricky sections and thus need a brisk pace along the easy bits to get us back before its dark.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:40: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester to Hebdern Bridge return is a mere £9.80. If travelling from further afield and planning clever ticket splitting, be aware that the recommended outward train and some of the possible return trains don't stop at all intermediate stations

08:48: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:20: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 16:17 but there are three trains an hour at xx08, xx17 and xx42

Waypoints: Heptonstall, Midge Hole, Blake Dean, Gibson Mill, Colden Valley

13-1-2018 08:40 13-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Not-the-hardest-walk-I've-ever-led Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

14

The Comedy Carpet Walk

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland. More details to follow.

Do you like to be beside the seaside? This is a coastal urban walk from Poulton Le-Fylde to Blackpool taking in the Wyre Way and south along the seafront into Blackpool, ending up in front of the Tower where, if you're not in the know already, you find out what the Comedy Carpet is!

20

Edale to Hope

Public Transport based walk with Henry Hirst.

17.0 mi

1200m

 

 

A linear walk from Edale to Hope. We head out of Edale up Grindsbrook clough and over Kinder Scout to Kinder Downfall. We then join the Pennine Way towards Jacobs ladder and up over the moors onto the Pennine Bridleway where we head for the great ridge over Mam Tor and Lose Hill then down into Hope.

Grindsbrook clough is steep and rocky and the path over Kinder Scout isn’t obvious so will require some peat bog/trench hopping. Please be prepared for that and wear good boots. Also please be aware we may end up finishing in the dark if we don’t keep a reasonable pace. The paths at the end are good but it would be advisable to bring a torch just in case.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope £11:30

08:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

09:40: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Hope Rail Station. 17:39, 18:39

Waypoints: Grindsbrook clough, Kinder Downfall, Edale Rocks, Lord’s Seat, Mam Tor, Lose Hill.

20-1-2018 08:30 20-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale to Hope Edale Station MAD Walkers

27

Mud, glorious mud...

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

20.5 mi

1365m

A challenging route connecting Disley to Buxton via some familiar paths, some less walked ones and a very pretty and unusual route up on to the Shining Tor ridge. Along with the advertised mud there should also be some glorious views if the weather's like it was on the recce.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

07:35: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:39. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Buxton £10.20 or Wayfarer ticket £13 if coming in to Manchester from elsewhere.

07:39: Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

08:16: Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return from Buxton Train Station. X:24 aiming for 16:24

Waypoints: Bowstones, Rainow; Gulshaw Hollow, Chest Hollow, Errwood Reservoir; Wildmoorstone brook, Buxton

Extra Note:

This a pretty ambitious route for the time of year so you'll need to be prepared to walk at a brisk pace throughout the day to make sure we finish in the light.

Last couple of miles are on good tracks/suburbia so we should be OK even if we're running late but bring a torch just in case.

As the title indicates it was pretty soggy on the recce so gaiters, waterproofs, canoes may come in handy during the day & you'll need good waterproof footwear unless you like walking in wet socks. 

Bring plenty of food and fluid with you and obviously warm layers and waterproofs.

OS Map Ex 1 and 24

27-1-2018 07:35 27-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Mud, glorious mud... Disley Station MAD Walkers

27

Pike and Pubs

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Alex Laver.

8.9 mi

396m

A fairly straight forward circular walk up to Stoodley Pike from Todmorden returning for a drink and a meal - Keep an eye out on the Socials page.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:05: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

  • Off-Peak Return £9.20

10:16: Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:50: Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return from Todmorden Station. 2 an hour

Waypoints: Gaddings Dam, Stoodley Pike Monument, Lumbutts, Calderdale Way

27-1-2018 10:05 27-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Pike and Pubs Todmorden Station MAD Walkers

3

Pub to Pub to Pub to Pub (2)

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins.

7.5 mi

150m

A repeat visit to some of Tameside's finest drinking establishments..

We'll meet at the Palatine pub which is opposite Hadfield station from 12:00 onwards and start the walk at 13:00.  Walk Leader to meet at pub/start of walk

If you would like to join us for a lunchtime drink in the Palatine please either get the 11:18 or 11:46 from Piccadilly to Hadfield or if you'd just like to join us when the walk starts please get the 12:18 from Piccadilly.

We'll then head out of Hadield and make our way past Bottoms Reservoir and into Tintwistle where we'll visit pub number 2 which is the popular Bull's Head

As soon as we're satisfactorily refreshed, we'll then head towards Hollingworth Nature Reserve passing through some lovely moorland/woodland and farm fields before heading towards the Waggon & Horses - pub number 3. 

Finally we'll then head through/around Stalybridge before finishing at pub number 4 - the Buffet Bar at Stalybridge Station.

The walk is very gentle but you may wish to wear gaiters as one or two of the farming fields can be a little muddy at times.

It will get dark around 5pm-ish so please bring a headtorch just in case

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

12:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Railranger £6.40 (valid on trains only)

Daysaver Train and Bus £6.90

Daysaver Train and Tram £8.20

12:18: Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

13:00: Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return from Stalybridge Station. 15 & 50 past the hour to Piccadilly, 12 & 46 past the hour to Victoria

Waypoints: Palatine Pub, Hadfield, Bull's Head Tintwistle, Anfield Reservoir, Swallows Wood, Pennine Way, Hobson Moor Road, Waggon & Horses, Stalybridge Buffet Bar

3-2-2018 12:00 3-2-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Pub to Pub to Pub to Pub (2) Hadfield Station MAD Walkers

10

A circular walk from Marple - Joint walk with Sheffield Walkers

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

10.0 mi

400m

This is a joint walk with the Sheffield Walkers.

This walk takes in a wide variety of scenery from the canals around Marple and the Roman Lakes, climbing up to St Thomas' Church, part of which dates back to the 13th Century. The small hamlets of Moorend and Brookbottom are passed en route, with the opportunity of a drink at the Fox Inn in Brookbottom. There are fine views from the higher points over towards Stockport and Manchester. Also, more northerly over Hyde and further east, Kinder Scout stands proud.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:35: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return £5.40

09:49: Train departs for the walk start at Marple.

10:20: Walk starts at Marple.

Return from Marple. TBC

Waypoints: Marple, Mellor Church, Brookbottom, Strines printworks and then return to Marple

10-2-2018 09:35 10-2-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London A circular walk from Marple - Joint walk with Sheffield Walkers Marple MAD Walkers

24

Peak District Boundary Trail: the western bit

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

Following on from November's walk along the first stretch of the Peak District Boundary Trail here's another section of the route running up the western edge of the Peak District as far as Glossop. Got snow first time round so fingers crossed for a bit more this time round!

10

A U-turn on the A646

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

21.0 mi

1200m

A little walk from Hebden Bridge to Sowerby Bridge and back again with a bailout point at the latters station just under half way round.

We start by bouncing over the hill from Hebden to Luddenden Dene and then track down the valley and over the shoulder of the hill before dropping down to Sowerby Bridge, whereupon the excellent Jubilee Refreshment rooms and two trains an hour beckon for those leaving us.

We then climb up onto Norland Moor and enjoy the views from there before dropping down just to the south of the excellently named Triangle, crossing the River Ryburn and climbing up to near Crow Hill, thence a drop down to Crag Vale, climb up to Erringden Moor and finally the drop back down to Hebden.

It'll be a long-ish walk for the time of year and we have three sections - perhaps a quarter of the walk - on quite uneven moorland path where fast progress won't be possible so a brisk pace for the rest of the walk will be needed.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:40: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester to Hebden Bridge return ticket is £9.80. To Sowerby Bridge if you're planning on the bail out option an extra 10p.

08:48: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:20: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for 18:08 but there are three trains an hour back to Manchester at this time of day

Waypoints: Midgley Moor, Sowerby Bridge, Norland Moor, Crow Hill, Erringden Moor

10-3-2018 08:40 10-3-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London A U-turn on the A646 Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

17

Welsh Wander

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

A long circuit out in the Welsh borders, probably taking in some of Offa's Dyke and swinging back past Chirk Castle to return to the cars. More details to follow

17

Celebrating My First Time Walk

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jonny Franklin.

10.0 mi

411m

Starting from Whaley Bridge; the route takes in Toddbrook Reservoir, the route usies the Goyt Valley Way to Taxal church. After this the first ascent occurs up to Windgather Rocks before descending Taxal Edge and down to the quiet village of Kettleshulme. Fields are crossed before a second climb up to Bowstones Hill and then into Lyme Park and over to the Cage before dropping down to Disley; where there will be a pub stop.

Please bring waterproofs and walking boots. Fields and woodlands will be muddy

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

 GM Rail Ranger Ticket

09:49: Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return from Disley Station. 16:55 17:27 17:53

Waypoints: Toddbrook Reservoir, Taxal Church, Whiteleas Road, Windgather Rocks, Kettleshulme, Sweet Hill, Bowstones, Lyme Hall, The Cage, Disley Village

17-3-2018 09:30 17-3-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Celebrating My First Time Walk Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers

28

Snorkel not included...

Public Transport based walk with Dean Beaden.

13.1 mi

860m

From Buxton station, we will link up closely to the River Wye, heading towards Deep dale.

Then heading south from here, towards Earl Sterndale, where we will start our sharp ascents, of Park House and Chrome hill, which should give us some great views, out towards Wildboarclough and beyond.

We will then head back north , passing up over Solomons temple, through Buxton country park and then back into the town centre, for some well deserved food and drinks!

NOTE- THE MAIN ASCENTS ARE QUITE STEEP & EXPOSED, SO PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE PREPARED, AS SOME LIGHT SCRAMBLING MAY BE REQUIRED.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:25: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton

08:49: Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

10:00: Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return from Buxton Train Station.

Waypoints: River Wye, Deepdale, Earl Sterndale, Park House, Chrome Hill, Solomons Temple.

28-4-2018 08:25 28-4-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Snorkel not included... Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers

26

A three legged non race

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith. More details to follow.

My annual attempt to prove that train timetables are deadly accurate and that it's quite possible to try to run three walks on the same day. Intending to have a 12 mile walk from Littleborough to Todmorden, starting early and finishing lunchtime; a 10 mile walk from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge (of course) finishing late afternoon; and a 8 mile walk starting and finishing in Hebden.

More details to be provided later, but feel free to join me for all three segments, just one, or another combination. If it works, there will be a 30, 22, 18, 12, 10 and 8 mile walk options (without getting silly and doing the first and last walk and spending the afternoon in the pub)

 

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