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AGM 11th November 2017

The 2017 AGM will take place on the 11th November from 14:15 at the Deaf Institute, where the new committee will be elected. There will be a walk before, and a social afterwards.
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Walks

The Essentials

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.

Lead a walk

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.

Historical walks

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21

A (Coldstone's) Cut above the rest

Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes and Gemma Wilson.

11.8 mi

776m

A circular walk that offers a glimpse into the past (Pateley Bridge has the oldest traditional sweet shop in England; which has traded continuously since opening in 1827), coupled with the opportunity to interact with modern, contemporary art at Coldstone Cut: a cleverly designed and educational structure, opened in 2010 and created by utilising materials from the adjoining limestone quarry.

 

The route starts with a steepish climb out of Pateley Bridge (a few sweets from the sweet shop may help with this) then it's a varied mix of lush green valleys & fields, woodland that's vibrant with the changing colours of autumn, small sections of open moorland, the prominent Yorke's Folly (a grade 2 listed building from the late 18th century that was commissioned by the Yorke family to provide employment during times when there was little to be had) and several waterways to cross or follow. There are four climbs of note on this walk: two of which are short and steep, and one short section of road walking without any pavement.  The last few miles back into Pateley Bridge follow the route of the River Nidd and are therefore easy and flat.

 

There are a few sections on the route that will be muddy/boggy so good boots and/or gaiters/waterproofs are advisable.

The route should take approximately 6 hours but there a couple of tricky stiles that may slow the group down a touch.  We'll have a couple of short breaks for food and drinks.

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

10:20

Meet at the walk start (Corner of High Street and Nidd Walk, Pateley Bridge)

10:30

Walk starts.

21-10-2017 10:20 21-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A (Coldstone's) Cut above the rest

A circular walk that offers a glimpse into the past (Pateley Bridge has the oldest traditional sweet shop in England; which has traded continuously since opening in 1827), coupled with the opportunity to interact with modern, contemporary art at Coldstone Cut: a cleverly designed and educational structure, opened in 2010 and created by utilising materials from the adjoining limestone quarry.

 

The route starts with a steepish climb out of Pateley Bridge (a few sweets from the sweet shop may help with this) then it's a varied mix of lush green valleys & fields, woodland that's vibrant with the changing colours of autumn, small sections of open moorland, the prominent Yorke's Folly (a grade 2 listed building from the late 18th century that was commissioned by the Yorke family to provide employment during times when there was little to be had) and several waterways to cross or follow. There are four climbs of note on this walk: two of which are short and steep, and one short section of road walking without any pavement.  The last few miles back into Pateley Bridge follow the route of the River Nidd and are therefore easy and flat.

 

There are a few sections on the route that will be muddy/boggy so good boots and/or gaiters/waterproofs are advisable.

The route should take approximately 6 hours but there a couple of tricky stiles that may slow the group down a touch.  We'll have a couple of short breaks for food and drinks.

 

 

Corner of High Street and Nidd Walk, Pateley Bridge MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Knott, Glasshouses, Abraham Crags, Yorke's Folly, Shrikes Wood, Collbeck Farm, Coldstone's Cut, Coldstones Farm, Throstle Nest, Spring House, Heathfield, Wath, Nidderdale Way
Parking, m:

PARKING:

Long stay (over 4 hours) parking is available in the long stay car park at the end of Nidd Walk.   Parking costs £1.40 for over 4 hours. 

 

MEET UP POINT:

Once you've parked up, please walk back along Nidd Walk to the corner of Nidd Walk and High Street to meet the group.

 

TOILETS:

Free 24 hour public toilets are located near to the walk start.

 

 

 

21

Greenfield to Newhey

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

10.0 mi

250m

Linear walk from Greenfield Train Station to Newhey Metrolink Stop. The walk heads along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through Uppermill and onto Diggle village where we leave the canal and walk over Hunters Hill to the Castleshaw Reservoirs. From there it's over Ox Hey Top and through the village of Denshaw to the Rooden and Piethorne Reservoirs. The walk goes onto the village of Newhey and the walk end at Newhey Metrolink stop.

P.S. Suitable footwear please as it is very wet and muddy in sections.

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.

09:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Combined Train and Metrolink ticket £8.20. (Available from all Metrolink ticket machines).

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Newhey Metrolink. Every 12mins

21-10-2017 09:45 21-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Greenfield to Newhey Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Uppermill, Diggle, Hunters Hill, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Ox Hey Top, New Years Bridge Reservoir, Denshaw, Rooden Reservoir, Piethorne Reservoir, Ogden Reservoir.

 

 

22

Over the Tunnel from Edale

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.8 mi

740m

Walk leader joining train at New Mills Central

A linear walk from Edale to New Mills via a different route to the usual, avoiding Kinder and the Pennine Way. Instead, after a steady ascent to Rushup Edge we go over the open moorland on top of Colbourne Tunnel to Brown Knoll, then South Head and over the ridge above Chinley into New Mills for a drink at the end.

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.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Manchester Piccadilly to Edale Return £11.30

Or Wayfarer £13 if travelling in to Manchester from elsewhere on the train or Metrolink network.

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 17:03, 18:03, 19:03

22-10-2017 09:00 22-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Over the Tunnel from Edale Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Harden Clough, Mam Nick, Rushup Edge, Chapel Gate Track, Colbourne, Brown Knoll, South Head, Higher Heys Farm, Higher Hills Cottage, New Allotments, Laneside Road, New Mills
Extra Info:

Drinks at the Hare & Hounds, New Mills at the end then possible Extra Drinks at the Beer Shed.

Gaiters Recommended.

Car drivers can park at Torr Top Car Park (New Mills SK22 4BS) where parking is free on Sunday. Train calls at New Mills at 0951, ticket to Edale is £4.80.

 

 

29

What is the mystery of the 63 steps?

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

An walk with a late start around the northern edge of Bolton, taking in Doffcocker Lodge, Barrow Bridge and edging up to the West Pennine Moors to take in the view

 

 

4

3 hills before lunch: second attempt!

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.5 mi

1072m

Trains having fouled up our first attempt at this walk I've put it back on again in November. A very varied walk across moor and woodland to the south of Bamford and Edale. We start the day with 3 significant climbs and descents as we cross over Offerton Moor and over Bretton Clough.  A long loop through the rolling Derbyshire dales forms the middle section before a final long climb brings us over the Great Ridge & down to Edale for a well-earned drink.

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 07:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Bamford £11.20 or a Wayfarer £13.

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

08:45

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. X:48 aiming for 16:48

4-11-2017 07:35 4-11-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 3 hills before lunch: second attempt! Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Offerton Moor, Sir William Hill, Abney Moor, Great Hucklow; Windy Knoll; Edale
Extra Note:

 As the title suggests there is a lot of ascent on this route & it's fairly long for the time of year. There are no bailouts so please be sure you can do the whole route at a reasonable pace so we don't finish in the dark. Full waterproofs, warm layers etc and enough food/fluid for the whole day will be needed.
Based on the recce  you can expect a lot of mud, possibly a lot of overgrown vegetation and an exciting set of stiles in various states of collapse. Come equipped accordingly. Bring a torch as well in case we're running late.


If you want to drive suggest you park at Edale and join the train at 08:34. Single to Bamford will cost you £3.80.
OS Map: Explorer 24 & 1

 

 

4

Hey Diddle Diddle, The Cat & The Fiddle (Nearly!)

Public Transport based walk with Luke Burley.

12.5 mi

800m

A linear walk from Whaley Bridge to Buxton, which weather permitting, will deliver fantastic views across the White Peak.

We leave the station and move quickly onto the Midshires Way, heading uphill and making our way over both Cats And Shining Tor.

After lunch we head onto the moorlands for some exciting ascents and descents, passing through woodland and crossing various streams along the way.

We then continue past Errwood Reservoir, before beginning the last leg into Buxton and the station/pub stop.

Note this walk has no bail-out points.

We will aim to walk at a reasonable pace, but please bring a headtorch incase we happen to finish the final part after sunset.

Conditions are sure to be pretty wet and muddy underfoot, so please remember appropriate attire.

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.

08:35

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 £10:20

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 15:24, 16:24, **24 thereafter

4-11-2017 08:35 4-11-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Hey Diddle Diddle, The Cat & The Fiddle (Nearly!) Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Midshires Way, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Deep Clough, Wild Moor, Watford Wood, Buxton

 

 

11

Pre-AGM walk, Chorlton to Town

Direct Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

7.1 mi

44m

Very leisurly stroll from Chorlton to the Deaf Institute which is the venue for this years MAD Walkers AGM.

Starting outside the Co-Op on Barlow Moor Road (opposite the Tram Stop) we'll head down to the River Mersey near Jackson's Bridge and follow the river until it meets the Bridgewater Canal near Stretford. From there we'll follow the canal all the way into the City Centre and onto Oxford Road for the AGM.

We'll aim to get to the venue for 2pm and the pace will reflect this.

Path is very good for the whole journey so trainers etc will be fine (weather depending).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

10:45

Meet at the walk start (Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, Chorlton)

11:00

Walk starts.

11-11-2017 10:45 11-11-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Pre-AGM walk, Chorlton to Town

Very leisurly stroll from Chorlton to the Deaf Institute which is the venue for this years MAD Walkers AGM.

Starting outside the Co-Op on Barlow Moor Road (opposite the Tram Stop) we'll head down to the River Mersey near Jackson's Bridge and follow the river until it meets the Bridgewater Canal near Stretford. From there we'll follow the canal all the way into the City Centre and onto Oxford Road for the AGM.

We'll aim to get to the venue for 2pm and the pace will reflect this.

Path is very good for the whole journey so trainers etc will be fine (weather depending).

Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, Chorlton MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Mersey, Jackson's Bridge, Bridgewater Canal, Old Trafford Football Stadium, Deansgate, Oxford Road

 

 

18

My 10th MAD Anniversary - Are You MAD?

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.5 mi

250m

A question I am regularly asked on walks is “Am I a founding member?” For which I tell people no as the group was formed in 2004 and my first walk was in November 2007, actually 18th November 2007 so with this being my 10th anniversary of my very first walk and with the kind permission of my very first walk leader John Ireland (my very first words to John was “Are you MAD?”) I am nicking his walk from the day ten years ago for a trip down memory lane.

 

I do wonder at times why I am still around…..oh, hang on a minute I do know it is because of the good walks, good pubs but most importantly it is because of you….the good like-minded people you meet on the walks, the laughs you have with people and the miserable days when it is teeming down with rain but it is all made worthwhile because of the people. The friends and memories that form will last a life time. Actually there is one phrase to sum this group up and that is “It’s a way of life”. So please feel free if you want to join me on a trip down memory lane, the only thing I can’t promise is the snow angels from 10 years ago….sorry.

 

So the walk starts from Todmorden railway station and a climb out of Todmorden up to the Pennine Way followed by undulating terrain across to Stoodley Pike from there we start our descent back into the valley where we join the Rochdale canal back into Todmorden for a well-deserved pint or two.

 

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.

09:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return from Victoria to Todmorden: £8.70

If you are travelling from another Greater Manchester train station to the meet point at Manchester Victoria it may be cheaper to buy a ticket from your Origin station to Littleborough for £5.40 and then a return from Littleborough to Todmorden for £3.90 (this ticket can be bought at the same time as the Origin Station to Littleborough ticket) If you do it this way your return train from Todmorden has to stop at Littleborough to make the split ticket valid. See below for return train times marked with a * for valid trains, also click on the link below to see if your station is a Greater Manchester Station.

Greater Manchester Stations Ticketing Area

09:26

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. 1650, 1657*, 1715, 1725*, 1750*, 1756*, 1815, 1825*, 1850*, 1856*

18-11-2017 09:10 18-11-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London My 10th MAD Anniversary - Are You MAD? Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Salford, Rake End, Gaddings Dam, Langfield edge, Pennine Way, Withens Gate, Stoodley Pike, Cruttonstall, Rochdale Canal.

 

 

19

Peel Tower

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson. More details to follow.

 

 

25

Homeward Bound

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

In June this year a new long distance walk was launched in Buxton: a 190 mile route around the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. Seeing as it's on our doorstep I thought it'd be rude not to give it a go: or at least those parts accessible by public transport. We start at Chapel en le frith and head East to pick up the section between Peak Forest and Buxton: walking the route in reverse to ensure there's a pub at the end!

 

 

25

Homeward bound

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.0 mi

811m

In June this year a new long distance walk was launched in Buxton: a 190 mile route around the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. Seeing as it's on our doorstep I thought it'd be rude not to give it a go: or at least those parts accessible by public transport. We start at Chapel en le frith and head East to pick up the trail at Middle Barford heading East to Peak Forest before swinging back through some of the stunning limestone dales to Buxton.

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 07:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

08:35

Walk starts at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

Return

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

25-11-2017 07:35 25-11-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Homeward bound Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest, Dam Dale; Peter Dale; Chee Dale; King Sterndale; Buxton
Extra Note:

Long walk for the time of year so the pace will be brisk. No bailouts.

The ascent comes in several short steep bursts as we climb out of the dales. The dales themselves are generally rough walking over limestone that gets extremely slippery in wet conditions so you must have proper walking boots with you.  You should also expect quantities of mud and come prepared accordingly. 

Bring a torch in case we run out of daylight.

OS Map 24.

 

 

25

Where the Wizard does Wander!

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Dean Beaden.

9.0 mi

400m

Starting from Wilmslow station, we will quickly join the Bollin Valley way, making our way towards Mottram.

From here we will link up to North Cheshire way, heading towards Alderley Edge, where we will explore the woodland, which is steeped in legend and hopefully be gifted with views across Cheshire, Lancashire and beyond!

As autumn will be in full swing, it is advisable to bring a torch/headlamp for this walk, as we will aim to reach our main view point at dusk. However it may not be a certainty that we will need them.

We will then finish the last section through the remaining woodland and into Alderley town centre, for a well-deserved pub stop!

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.

10:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:38. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Alderley Edge £8.40

10:38

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

11:10

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Alderley Edge Rail Station.

25-11-2017 10:15 25-11-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Where the Wizard does Wander! Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Wilmslow, Bollin Valley way, Mottram, North Cheshire way, Alderley Edge.

 

 

2

Santa Walk 2017- Ho Ho Hebden!!

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

6.8 mi

318m

This walk is for MAD Walkers Members only and must be booked onto the walk to attend.

The annual Santa Walk is upon us. This years walk is a linear walk from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge  with a slight climb out of Todmorden to the lower path below Stoodley Pike. After the initial climb the rest of the walk is either on undulating roads or good paths and tracks.

This walk will be at a leisurely pace to enjoy the festivities of the season and christmas fancy dress is an option (this can range from a Santa Hat to full costume), if you do this please still bring your waterproofs in case of rain.

The cost of this walk is £21, this is to pay for the 3 course Christmas meal we will have in The Shoulder of Mutton at the end of the walk and also £2 of the cost will be donated to the local Mountain Rescue Team.

Booking will open at 9am on Monday 16th October. Please e-mail andy.buckley27@gmail.com with Santa Walk 2017 as the subject matter and include your membership number in your e-mail as well.

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.

10:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:56. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hebden Bridge £9.80

10:56

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

11:30

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station.

2-12-2017 10:40 2-12-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Santa Walk 2017- Ho Ho Hebden!! Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Salford, Hey Head Green, Lee Farm, Mankinholes, London Road (Track), Swillington, Kilnshaw Lane, Old Chamber

 

 

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

23-12-2017 10:30 23-12-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale Christmas Classic Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Wool Packs, Pennine Way, Jacob's Ladder, Edale Pubs

 

 

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

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

 


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