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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.

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17

Evening Walk: The banks of the River Goyt

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlett.

4.0 mi

40m

Walk Leaders joining train at Romiley

A short trip on the train brings us to New Mills in the High Peak. Here, we meet the River Goyt and wander the beckoning paths and tracks along the valley floor. This varied, circular route takes us past weirs, towpaths, pastures and along the Mid Shires Way before returning back to New Mills. Perhaps the highlight of the walk is the spectacular section over the Millennium Walk Way - the 175 yards, cantilevered, elevated steel walkway over the rushing Goyt! OR is it just the 28 minutes until the 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.

18:35

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to New Mills Central £5.40

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Central Station.

19:15

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 21:30

17-8-2017 18:35 17-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: The banks of the River Goyt New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Millennium Bridge, Gowhole, Furness Vale and Newtown.

 

 

19

Timperley to Altrincham via Dunham Massey

Direct Transport based walk with Rosie Westwood.

7.0 mi

30m

A leisurely afternoon walk starting from Navigation Road tram and train station (please note we will meet at walk start with walk starting off 13:10). We walk along the Bridgewater canal to the pretty hamlet of Little Bollington where there may be time for a drink in a local pub or teashop. We continue through Dunham Massey deer park and spend a bit of time there walking around the perimeter before returning to Altrincham mainly through suburban parkland. In Altrincham there is opportunity for more food and drink at the artisan market or one of the local Belgian beer bars or cafes.

The walk start can be accessed by trams every six minutes on the Altrincham line or the Manchester/Chester train which stops at Stockport.

 

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

13:00

Meet at the walk start (Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station)

13:10

Walk starts.

19-8-2017 13:00 19-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Timperley to Altrincham via Dunham Massey

A leisurely afternoon walk starting from Navigation Road tram and train station (please note we will meet at walk start with walk starting off 13:10). We walk along the Bridgewater canal to the pretty hamlet of Little Bollington where there may be time for a drink in a local pub or teashop. We continue through Dunham Massey deer park and spend a bit of time there walking around the perimeter before returning to Altrincham mainly through suburban parkland. In Altrincham there is opportunity for more food and drink at the artisan market or one of the local Belgian beer bars or cafes.

The walk start can be accessed by trams every six minutes on the Altrincham line or the Manchester/Chester train which stops at Stockport.

 

 

 

Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadheath, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey Deer Park, Dunham Massey Golf Club, Devisdale, Bowdon, Altrincham Market

 

 

19

Living On The Edge

Public Transport based walk with Luke Burley.

14.0 mi

819m

This walk takes in 2 cracking edges within the Peak District, Stanage and Bamford.

We set off from Hathersage past wood and farmland before reaching the rocky ground of Fiddlers Elbow, shortly before climbing Cowper Stone and onto Stanage Edge.

After High Neb and further rocky ground we skirt past the Sheffield border and behind Moscar Lodge.

We then start to climb back uphill crossing through woodland and following the meandering dry stone walls towards Bamford Edge, with some wonderful views looking over Ladybower Reservoir and across to to Win Hill.

After admiring the views and rock formations on the edge we make our way into Bamford, through the village and to the Station/Pub.

If the weather has been kind we should have a dry day underfoot, but there will be plenty of water and mud if not so bring appropriate footwear/gaiters as 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.

08:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hathersage £11:40

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage.

09:50

Walk starts at Hathersage.

Return

from Bamford Station. 16:36 and hourly **36 thereafter

19-8-2017 08:35 19-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Living On The Edge Hathersage MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hathersage, Mitchell Field, Cowper Stone, Stanage Edge, High Neb, Moscar Lodge, Cuthroat Bridge, Bamford Edge, Bamford

 

 

20

Return to Piccadilly

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Angela Robinson.

10.5 mi

10m

A flat walk from Brinnington back into the city. Passing through a country park, beside a reservoir and through Fairfield Moravian settlement built almost 250 years ago. The last stretch is canal walking passing through Sport City back to Piccadilly.

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.

10:20

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Single to Brinnington £3.70

10:40

Train departs for the walk start at Brinnington.

10:50

Walk starts at Brinnington.

Return

from Manchester Piccadilly.

20-8-2017 10:20 20-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Return to Piccadilly Brinnington MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brinnington station, Reddish Vale, Nelstrop Road, Gorton Lower Reservoir, Ashton Canal, Sport City, Medlock Valley Way, Piccadilly Station
Other:

 No toilets at walk start

 

 

22

Blackleach evening walk

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Arthur Embleton.

4.2 mi

52m

Starting from Moorside station we head towards Clfiton Moss and then join the Rotary Way to Blackleach Country Park.  Then it is off to the Bull's Head in Walkden for a drink or two and then return trains from Walkden station.

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.

18:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Walkden - Off peak day return for £5.40

18:45

Train departs for the walk start at Moorside.

19:05

Walk starts at Moorside.

Return

from Walkden Station. 20:52, 21:52, 22:52

22-8-2017 18:30 22-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Blackleach evening walk Moorside MAD Walkers

 

 

26

Silly in Disley

Public Transport based walk with Ravi. More details to follow.

A circular walk of around taking 10 miles taking in Lyme Park, Bowstones and the surrounding area. Post walk Garden Party at the Ram's Head in Disley. More details to follow.  

 

 

26

The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.0 mi

420m

A linear walk from Marple to Glossop with a variety of terrain including canals, tracks, fields and rough paths over undulating ground with fantasic views from Mellor church and Coombes rocks. Pub stop approximately half way through the walk in the beautiful and secluded village of Rowarth at the idyllic Little Mill Inn (with its own water wheel and railway carriage) from here we carry on with the climb up to Coombes Rocks and then we start the descent into Glossop and the end of the walk. 

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 Piccadilly for the train at 10:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £5.90

Tram/Train Ticket: £8.20

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 16:37, 17:07, **:07, **:37

26-8-2017 09:45 26-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bottoms Hall, Mellor, Rowarth, Far Slack, Coombes Rocks, Whitley Nab.
Extra::

Use Toilets on the train.

This is a linear walk with the stations being on differnet lines and it is not suitable to drive to the walk start.

 

 

26

'Dale to the Birds

CANCELLED Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

10.5 mi

200m

 

 

28

Pennine Way Part 2

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

Part Two of the Pennine Way at last - Hadfield to Marsden!

 

 

31

Evening Walk: The Garden & The Chapel

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Katherine Hamlett & Stu Edwards.

3.5 mi

108m

Walk leaders meeting at walk start.

Tucked away in the heart of the country park and taking its name from the 7th Century missionary St Chad, sits the historic Chadkirk chapel with its beautiful walled garden. Easy paths take us through open fields and woodland before returning via the peaceful canal for a Thursday evening tipple - where this service terminates!

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.

18:35

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Romiley £5.10

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Romiley.

19:10

Walk starts at Romiley.

Return

from Romiley. 21:16, 21:40, 22:40

31-8-2017 18:35 31-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: The Garden & The Chapel Romiley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tangshutt Fields, Hyde Bank, Mid Shires Way, Chadkirk, Peak Forest Canal.
Extra:

Car Drivers

Free car parking available at Romiley station after 6pm.

 

 

2

Return to Edging the Purple

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

10.0 mi

450m

Starting from Grindleford Station theres a  steady accent up through the woods beside Burbage Brook onto Burbage Rocks. From here we follow the edge round onto Stanage edge with, (weather permitting) lovely views across the Hope valley and with a bit of luck lots of purple heather. We drop down from Crow chin and walk through the heather onto Bamford Edge before dropping down into the lovely village of Bamford and its pub the Anglers Rest. Then when your ready back the Bamford Station.

There will be a certain amount of wading through the heather so gaiters or waterproof trousers are recommended in case its been wet.

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:

Off Peak Day Return to Grindleford £11:40

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 16:36, 17:36, 18:37, 19:30, 20:59

2-9-2017 09:30 2-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Return to Edging the Purple Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Burbage Rocks, Stanage Edge, Crow Chin, Bamford Edge, Bamford
Extra:

There is a cafe with toilets at Grindleford but to use them there is a fee or you need to buy something. So please use the toilets on the train if you need to.

 

 

9

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains

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

Still on the long distance trails theme.... from Cardiff to Conwy is an epic unoffiical long distance route called the Cambrian Way. I've been working my way through it over the last eighteen months or so and thought it'd be fun to try some of the route through the Black Mountains. We'll be based out of Abergavenny on the edge of the Black Mountains: a decent sized town with a variety of accommodation options. Expect a longish walk on the Saturday and then a more moderate walk on the Sunday before we make our way back to Manchester (and just possibly an easier walk Saturday too if another leader would be kind enough to volunteer).

 

 

9

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

25.0 mi

1756m

Right on the eastern edge of Wales is some fantastic walking country that has a very remote feel. The first walk of the weekend is a cracking long route over the eastern ridges north of Abergavenny as far as the Blacksmith's Anvil and returning back through pretty woodland and a last big climb over Sugar Loaf. This is a DIY weekend so the idea is you sort your own transport, accommodation etc out & I'll meet you there and lead the walk!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

08:00

Meet at the walk start (Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre)

08:00

Walk starts.

9-9-2017 08:00 9-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London DIY weekend: the Black Mountains

Right on the eastern edge of Wales is some fantastic walking country that has a very remote feel. The first walk of the weekend is a cracking long route over the eastern ridges north of Abergavenny as far as the Blacksmith's Anvil and returning back through pretty woodland and a last big climb over Sugar Loaf. This is a DIY weekend so the idea is you sort your own transport, accommodation etc out & I'll meet you there and lead the walk!

Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Deri, Garn Wen, Blacksmith's Anvil; Partrishow, Sugar Loaf
Extra note:

Long walk with a lot of ascent so make sure you're up to the whole route as there's no bailouts. You'll need sufficient food/water for a long day too & full walking gear including waterproofs and warm layers as it's exposed on the tops.

Lots of accommodation options in Abergavenny including camping, a bunkhouse near the station and B & Bs.

It'd be helpful to get an idea who's coming so we know to wait at the meetpoint: email sarahfpeppiatt@gmail.com or drop me a text on 07495411267

 

 

10

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains Day 2

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

Still on the long distance trails theme.... from Cardiff to Conwy is an epic unoffiical long distance route called the Cambrian Way. I've been working my way through it over the last eighteen months or so and thought it'd be fun to try some of the route through the Black Mountains. We'll be based out of Abergavenny on the edge of the Black Mountains: a decent sized town with a variety of accommodation options. Expect a longish walk on the Saturday and then a more moderate walk on the Sunday before we make our way back to Manchester (and just possibly an easier walk Saturday too if another leader would be kind enough to volunteer). More information to follow

 

 

10

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains day 2

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.0 mi

472m

A much easier route for day 2: the route broadly follows the River Usk by field and woodland to Crickhowell before returning along the canal back to Abergavenny in good time for people to make their way back home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:30

Meet at the walk start (Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre)

09:30

Walk starts.

10-9-2017 09:30 10-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London DIY weekend: the Black Mountains day 2

A much easier route for day 2: the route broadly follows the River Usk by field and woodland to Crickhowell before returning along the canal back to Abergavenny in good time for people to make their way back home.

Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Graig Woods, Crickhowell, Monmouthshire Canal
Extra note:

Definitely aiming to finish before 17.30 as I have train booked back for then!

See day 1 for notes on accommodation and contact details for letting me know if you're coming.

 

 

10

Which way's North?

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

7.0 mi

355m

I will be meeting the group at Broadbottom.

A bit of an experimental walk format (and test of who actually reads this stuff). I won't be leading this walk, YOU will. The idea is you can come down and have a go at navigating a mini-walk (around a mile) which will then combine into a route around the lovely Broadbottom and Cown Edge. If you like it, maybe you can have a go at leading something longer. If not, you can hand over to the next person knowing you have tried something a bit different. We can then reminisce about the whole ordeal over some local ale at the Harewood.

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 Piccadilly for the train at 10:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £5.40

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

10:45

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 15:15, 15:45, xx:15, xx:45

10-9-2017 10:05 10-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Which way's North? Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Gamesley Siding, Simmondly, Cown Edge, Charlesworth, Tom's Wood
Notes:

The observant among you will have noticed there won't be time to get around everyone unless we stop every few minutes. If you really want a go, please drop me an email to webmaster@madwalkers.org.uk. No toilets at the station or on the walk.

 

 

16

'Wood to the Grove

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.5 mi

210m

Linear walk taking in Lyme Park an various parts of Cheshire.

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 to Middlewood £5.90.

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Hazel Grove Station. 14:36, 15:03, 15:36, 16:03, 16:36...

16-9-2017 09:35 16-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Wood to the Grove Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield Canal, Green Farm, Knights Low, Higher Moor, Lantern Wood, The Cage, Middlewood, Hazel Grove Golf Club.

 

 

16

Eyam going for a walk

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes & Gemma Wilson.

11.6 mi

609m

Walk leaders to meet the group at Grindleford

A pretty walk over to the famous plague village of Eyam, where it's inhabitants' self-emposed quarentine in 1665 helped to prevent the spread of the black death; said to have reached the village from infected cloth from London, from reaching neighbouring villages and beyond.  En route to Eyam we'll pass one of the boundary stones used to mark, you guessed it, the edge of the quarantine section.  Villagers left vinegar soaked coins at these stones in payment for food and medicine provided by neighbouring villages and the nearby Earl of Devonshire in Chatsworth House.    

 

Thankfully Eyam is now better known for it's pretty tearooms, cafes and bistros however there are still plenty of monuments and information plaques on many of the houses that tell the story of the people that lived and died there during the plaque. We'll stop for lunch in Eyam before heading up through woodland into the heather adorned moorland above Eyam before passing through more woodland, fields and waterside sections to return to Grindleford and the train home.  

 

This walk should take roughly 5 hours to complete.  Paths are good for the majority of the route however please note that a couple of sections were muddy/slippy or a little overgrown with brambles etc when reccied.  There are only a couple of steep but short climbs.

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 Grindleford from Piccadilly costs £11.40.  

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 16:28 / 17:28 / 18:29

16-9-2017 10:30 16-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Eyam going for a walk Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:D V H Way, The Bank, The Cliff, Town End, Ladywash Mine, Sir William Hill, Stoke Ford, Hazleford, Leadmill, Coppice Wood
Toilets:

Toilet available in cafe at Grindleford station.  Public toilet available in Eyam

 

 

23

Leftovers & Extras

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

21.0 mi

1150m

This is a walk with a drop out point at the 14 mile/700 ft  ascent mark, just by Hebden station, so an opportunity for those more used to the shorter or flatter walks to give themselves an option of a longer route.

The first part of the walk is loosely based on a couple of walk routes which weather or tiredness meant we never quite reached - heading high up onto the moors between Haworth and Hebden, then dropping down to Lumb Falls, down Crimsworth and then up the Hebden valley to Gibson Mill and then sharp back on ourselves climbing through the woods until we can head to the Colden Valley and admire the remains of the mills and the trees growing through them.

The second part of the day heads a little bit up the hill to the south of Hebden, heads towards Mytholmroyd ansd then drops into the Calder Valley, back up to Erringden Moor and then a drop down through Erringden Woods underneath Horsehold back to the town.

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.

00:00

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

Suggested ticket:

A Hebden day return on a Saturday is a princely £9.80.

00:00

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

00:00

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 17.08 but there are trains at xx08, xx18, and xx42

23-9-2017 00:00 23-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Leftovers & Extras Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Deer Stones Edge, Flaight Hill, Midgehole, Gibson Mill, Popples Common, Mytholm, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Broadhead, Horsehold Wood, Hebden Bridge

 

 

23

Kinlochleven to Fort William

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland and Andy Buckley.

15.0 mi

662m

Walk Leaders meeting at Walk Start

Join us for the last stage of the West Highland Way, going from Kinlochleven over to Fort William, taking in Glen Nevis.

If you want to join us, stay over in Fort William for the Friday and Saturday nights as buses to Kinlochleven are available and we'll be setting off once the bus has arrived.

The bus departs at 0847 from a bus stop outside Nevisport in the centre of Fort William, arriving in Kinlochleven at approximately 09:40.

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 Fort William Bus Stop (Outside Nevisport) for the train at 08:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

TBC - Bus ticket from Fort William to Kinlochleven is approx. £4.

08:47

Train departs for the walk start at Kinlochleven/Kearan Road End Bus Stop.

09:45

Walk starts at Kinlochleven/Kearan Road End Bus Stop.

Return

from Fort William High Street. -

23-9-2017 08:35 23-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinlochleven to Fort William Kinlochleven/Kearan Road End Bus Stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mam Mor, Old Military Road, Tigh-na-sieubhaich, Lairigmor (ruins),Blar a'Chaorainn (ruin), Nevis Forest, Fort William
Extra:

This is a linear walk ending in Fort William, if you wish to drive to Kinlochleven you must make your own arrangements to collect your car at the end of the day.

Meal to be arranged in Fort William after the walk!

 

 

23

Around Brereton

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

10.4 mi

109m

Starting from Sandbach the route heads down the main road for a short way before crossing fields to pass over two railway lines and through fields to reach quiet lanes to the small hamlet of Bradwall. The way crosses the M6 and through more fields to Brereton Green where the Hall and church are. There is a short curve round into Brereton Heath onto the Dane Valley Way into Swettenham and then along tracks and a shirt road walk to Holmes Chapel Station and the pub.

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 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Sandbach Return £11.30

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Sandbach Railway Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Sandbach Railway Station.

Return

from Holmes Chapel Railway Station. 16:45, 17:02, 17:44

23-9-2017 09:30 23-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Around Brereton Sandbach Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sandbach Station, Bridge Farm, Bradwall (M6), Brereton Green, Brereton Hall, Brereton Heath, River Dane, Swettenham, Holmes Chapel

 

 

30

Bollington Walking Festival

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

11.2 mi

725m

This walk is part of the Bollington Walking Festival. We'll head towards the top of Tegg's nose for the lovely view before dropping down to Ward's Knob and past a couple of the reservoirs on the edge of Macclesfield Forest and then through the Forest itself. After walking round Lamaload Reservoir we'll start heading towards Bollington via White Nancy where the walk ends. We can then either walk back towards Macclesfield via a shorter route, or after a pint or two jump in a taxi or bus. 

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 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station.

30-9-2017 09:30 30-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Bollington Walking Festival Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield, Tegg's Nose, Ward's Knob, Teggnose Reservoir, Bottoms Reservoir, Ridgegate Reservoir, Macclesfield Forest, Whitehills, Lamaload Reservoir, Yearns Low, High Cliff, Gritstone Trail, White

 

 

7

3 hills before lunch (and another one for luck)

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.5 mi

1072m

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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

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

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Edale Station. X:48 aiming for 18:48

7-10-2017 08:30 7-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 3 hills before lunch (and another one for luck) 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 in August 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.

If you want to drive suggest you park at Edale and join the train at 09:34. Single to Bamford will cost you £3.80.

OS Map: Explorer 24 & 1

 

 

14

Manage an Autumn Walk on Stanage

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

11.1 mi

492m

Starting at Hathersage; the walk starts off heading down the River Derwent before heading off through Coppice Wood and along tracks to Grindleford Station and cafe (do a good breakfast). The next part leads up Padley Gorge to Burbage Bridge where the acsent starts to Carl Wark Iron Age Hillfort and onto Higger Tor. The route then contours along to Stanage Edge before dropping down to Sheepwash Bank and North Lees Hall (connection to the Bronte's). The last part follows field paths and lanes to Hathersage Church and into Hathersage for a 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Hathersage Return £11.40

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 17:32, 18:33

14-10-2017 09:30 14-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Manage an Autumn Walk on Stanage Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Derwent, Grindleford Station, Padley Gorge, Carl Wark, Higger Tor, Stanage Edge, North Lees Hall, Hathersage Church, Hathersage

 

 

21

A (Coldstone) Cut above the rest

Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes and Gemma Wilson . More details to follow.

 

 

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.

 

 

2

Santa Walk 2017

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

 

 

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

 


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