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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.

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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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1

The totally MAD 'lots of Peaks' Challenge

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

28.0 mi

1643m

Walk leader to join at the walk start. Many of us will be camping at the campsite near Hope railway station.

Bit of a summer challenge to stretch the legs, taking in some of the best hills the Peak District has to offer.

Starting from Hope, we'll make our way towards Win Hill and Wooler Knoll that should offer supberb views of the Ladybower Reservoir, famous as a test area for the Dambuster's Bouncing Bombs.

We'll then head towards Edale and join the Pennine way through Barbers Booth and up Jacobs Ladder until reaching the campsite in Hayfield.

Bit of a long trek follows along the ridge of Lord's Seat until reaching Mam Tor. The glorious great ridge then awaits and we'll visit Hollins Cross, Back Tor and Lose Hill. By then we will be fed up with hills so we head for the pub!

Most of this walk is on decent paths however may still be muddy depending on the weather.

There are drop out points at Edale (railway station) and Hayfield (bus service) but a small amount of self-navigation would be required.

In terms of difficulty, this walk is quite comparable to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks so please ensure you are capable of this length/ascent as the pace will be quite brisk due to the length.

Plenty of parking available in Hope

If you have any questions please feel free to email walks@madwalkers.org.uk

 

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:

Return to Hope

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

08:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 39 mins past the hour

1-7-2017 07:35 1-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The totally MAD 'lots of Peaks' Challenge Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope, Win Hill, Wooler Knoll, Ladybower Reservoir, Edale, Jacobs Ladder, Hayfield, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill

 

 

1

A Great Edale Shorter

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

12.5 mi

450m

Walk Leader will meet at walk start, many of us will be camping over the weekend in Hope.

A shorter alternative walk in the Hope Valley. The walk takes in Edale and the fabulous hills to the South of the village i.e. the Great Ridge, from the Great Ridge its across the valley to Win Hill and from there its to the pub in Hope. Hopefully at some stage we will meet our fellow MADs embarked on the 28 miles walk to offer them moral support.

If you have any questions please feel free to email walks@madwalkers.org.uk

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 Hope (Derbyshire) £11.40.

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 15:40, 16:39, 17:39, 18:40, 19:39, 21:03 ... Last Train 22:49.

1-7-2017 09:35 1-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A Great Edale Shorter Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Barber Booth, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Wooler Knoll, Win Hill, Hope.

 

 

2

Have You Got A Map?

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.8 mi

405m

A circular walk taking in the beautiful village of Haworth and the surrounding moors where the Bornte Sisters spent some of their time. 


We will leave the village and head through the Penistone Country Park and then onto the moors out to the pituresque valley where Bronte Bridge stands followed by a rough path that leads us to Top Withens, which isreportedly linked to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.


From here we head off along the Pennine Bridleway skirting the villages of Stanbury and Oldfield before we head back towards Haworth via a couple of picturesque bridges, where if you have time there is a chance to browse the shops or visit the local establishments for a beer or tea and cake!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

Meet at the walk start (Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth)

11:15

Walk starts.

2-7-2017 11:00 2-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Have You Got A Map?

A circular walk taking in the beautiful village of Haworth and the surrounding moors where the Bornte Sisters spent some of their time. 


We will leave the village and head through the Penistone Country Park and then onto the moors out to the pituresque valley where Bronte Bridge stands followed by a rough path that leads us to Top Withens, which isreportedly linked to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.


From here we head off along the Pennine Bridleway skirting the villages of Stanbury and Oldfield before we head back towards Haworth via a couple of picturesque bridges, where if you have time there is a chance to browse the shops or visit the local establishments for a beer or tea and cake!

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bronte Bridge (2.43m), Top Withens (4.08m), Cold Knoll (5.82m), Oldfield Lane (6.93m), Long Bridge (8.00m)
Extra:

Parking at Bronte Prsonage Museum costs £4 for all day.

Planning to be back at Haworth for between 15:30-16:00

Toilets are available at the car park at the start of the walk.
 
 
 

 

 

2

Broadbottom to Stalybridge

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

9.0 mi

415m

A linear walk from Broadbottom station through Hollingworth and then up onto the moors before finishing at the station buffet bar in Stalybridge

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:

GM Rail Ranger: £6.40

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:39

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 15:15, 15:46, 15:50, 16:15, 16:46, 16:50

2-7-2017 10:05 2-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Broadbottom to Stalybridge Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hollingworth Village, Middle Bank, Pennine Way, Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, Brushes Reservoir, Millbrook

 

 

6

Evening Walk: Woodley Wander

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

3.6 mi

107m

Walk Leaders meeting at walk start

A lesser used starting point for MAD Walkers but worth a trip out to wander the tucked away green spaces and waterways on the fringes of Stockport. This is a tranquil route along both the Peak Forest canal and the meadows of the River Tame and provides a glimpse of the industrial heritage that has since been reclaimed by nature. We finish at the Railway Inn - a stone's throw from the 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.

18:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:35. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak return to Woodley £5.10

18:35

Train departs for the walk start at woodley.

19:00

Walk starts at woodley.

Return

from woodley. 21:19

6-7-2017 18:25 6-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Woodley Wander woodley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal, River Tame, Haughton Dale, Mill Dam, Peak Forest Canal, Woodley station.
Extra:

Car parking is available at Woodley Station.

Please note the return train service at 21:19 is the last train to Manchester from this station. Should you wish to stay longer in the pub however, further services are available from Bredbury station which is less than a mile and a 20 minute walk away.

 

 

8

4 Peak District scrambles

Public Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

13.0 mi

750m

A Fantastic chance to do 4 of the best scrambles in the Peak District in one day. These are Crowden, The upper section of Red brook, Grindsbook and Ringing Roger.

Walk leader might be meeting at hte walk start.

As always with KInder Gaiters, water proofs, lunch and enoguh water for the day are 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.

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

return to pirccadilly

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 16:48, 17:48, 18:48 and 19:48

8-7-2017 09:00 8-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 4 Peak District scrambles Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Crowden clough, Red brook clough, Grindesbrook and Grindesbook. Ringing Roger.

 

 

8

Buttermere

Direct Transport based walk with Rachel Smith.

11.0 mi

700m

This is a bit of ridge walk following the hills around a lake taking in Haystacks and fleetwith pike. The descend follows a gorge/waterfall to the lake which the trail follows back to the start. 

This walk is part of a camping trip I'm doing in July

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:45

Meet at the walk start (Syke Farm campsite Buttermere)

10:00

Walk starts.

8-7-2017 09:45 8-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Buttermere

This is a bit of ridge walk following the hills around a lake taking in Haystacks and fleetwith pike. The descend follows a gorge/waterfall to the lake which the trail follows back to the start. 

This walk is part of a camping trip I'm doing in July

 

Syke Farm campsite Buttermere MAD Walkers

 

 

8

Chorlton to Altrincham Market via Dunham Massey

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

9.5 mi

56m

  1. A very gentle walk from Chorlton, along the canals to Altrincham for food and drinks in the Market Hall. We'll take a slight detour along the way through Dunham Massey where we'll also have the option of a cheeky pint in the Swan with Two Nicks.

Mostly good solid ground but possibly the odd muddy patch through Dunham Massey

Walk leader to meet at the start of the walk outside the Co-Op which is just over the road from the metrolink stop.

To get to the Barlow Moor road Met Stop by tram you will need to get the Manchester Airport line. If travelling through the city centre first, change at Deansgate or Cornbrook. Please allow 30 mins from the City Centre. We'll start the walk as soon as the next tram after 11.30 arrives.

 

 

 

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.

10:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:55. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink off-peak Travel Card £5

10:55

Train departs for the walk start at Barlow Moor Road.

11:30

Walk starts at Barlow Moor Road.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. Every 6 mins

8-7-2017 10:45 8-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton to Altrincham Market via Dunham Massey Barlow Moor Road MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jackson's Bridge, Sale Waterpark, Bridgewater Canal, Swan with Two Nicks, Dunham Massey, Altrincham

 

 

13

Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

Direct Transport based walk with Volker Funke.

5.0 mi

20m

The walk starts at Sale Tram Station and mostly follows the Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail and River Mersey. We should have time for a quick pub stop in Ashton-on-Mersey before heading back to Sale, where we could turn the evening walk into a Pub Social...

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

19:00

Meet at the walk start (Sale Tram Station)

19:00

Walk starts.

13-7-2017 19:00 13-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

The walk starts at Sale Tram Station and mostly follows the Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail and River Mersey. We should have time for a quick pub stop in Ashton-on-Mersey before heading back to Sale, where we could turn the evening walk into a Pub Social...

Sale Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail, River Mersey, Ashton-on-Mersey, Little Ees Lane, Crossford Bridge

 

 

15

Silk Town Circular

Public Transport based walk with Dean Beaden.

17.0 mi

1069m

Leaving Macclesfield station, we make our way up to Teggs Nose country park, on the edge of the Peak District.
From here we make our way down the valley and into Macclesfield Forest. Once we have made it through, we will then begin our ascent of Shutlingsloe.
After admiring the views and having a well earned break, we will make our way down into Wildboarclough, as we continue to follow the Shutlingsloe path.
We then link up with the Gritstone trail, which we follow until we arrive for a brief pub stop, at the Leather Smithy, which is set in the heart of Macclesfield Forest, next to Ridgegate reservoir.
After sampling a beverage here, we will continue down through Langley and onto the beautiful and apparently very haunted, Sutton Hall.
Once we have had our fill of food and drink here, we will casually finish the final mile or so, along the canal, back towards Macclesfield town centre.

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 08:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Walk leader to meet at Macclesfield station. 

Cheapest option is the northern rail, off peak return - £9.40 This is sometimes £4:00 if booked in advance.

08:47

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. Aiming for 17:21 There after: 18:05, 18:21, 19:05, 19:21, 20:05, 20,20 etc

15-7-2017 08:30 15-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Silk Town Circular Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers

 

 

16

Lake District Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

12.6 mi

760m

Please note this is a joint walk with the Glasgow Young Walkers

A summer walk in the Lake District taking in a number of Wainwrights - Longland Fell, Great Sca Fell, Knott and High Pike

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:10

Meet at the walk start (Caldbeck)

10:15

Walk starts.

16-7-2017 10:10 16-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Lake District Walk

A summer walk in the Lake District taking in a number of Wainwrights - Longland Fell, Great Sca Fell, Knott and High Pike

Caldbeck MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Caldbeck car park, Fell Side, Branthwaite, Longland Fell, Lowthwaite Fell, Little Sca Fell, Great Scva Fell, Knott, Coomb Height, Cumbria Way, High Pike, Nether Row, Caldbeck
Travel to :

There is no formal meet point in Manchester. I will set up a thread on the Walk Meet Up site for organising lifts to Caldbeck. If you are struggling to get a lift , email chair@madwalkers.org.uk.

Some of us are staying overnight in Ambleside before the walk, you are welcome to join us. Email chair@madwalkers.org.uk.

Please allow 2 hours 15 mins  to get to the walk start.

 

 

 

20

Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows

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

4.0 mi

10m

Walk Leaders meeting at walk start.

Just outside the Greater Manchester Border, Ashley is a quaint village in rural Cheshire. A gentle, circular stroll takes us on quiet paths through several meadows and along quiet country lanes of the Cheshire Plain. We'll finish the evening off at the local pub - the Greyhound.  An ideal evening escape after the 9 to 5 routine!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:55

Meet at the walk start (Greyhound Inn)

19:00

Walk starts.

20-7-2017 18:55 20-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows

Just outside the Greater Manchester Border, Ashley is a quaint village in rural Cheshire. A gentle, circular stroll takes us on quiet paths through several meadows and along quiet country lanes of the Cheshire Plain. We'll finish the evening off at the local pub - the Greyhound.  An ideal evening escape after the 9 to 5 routine!

Greyhound Inn MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ashley Hall, Coppice Farm, Ryecroft Farm and Birkin Farm
Extra: :

Train Options:

Please note due to the trains times, this walk has been made direct transport. There is a train from Manchester Piccadilly at 18:17 - arrives Ashley 18:52. However the return journey is  quite late on, departing Ashley at 22:25 - arrives 23:02 at Manchester Piccadilly.

Driving:

This walk is very accessible by car - around a 10 minute drive from junction 6 of the M56 (near to Manchester Airport).

Car parking is available at the Greyhound pub. We will be returning here at the end of the walk for a drink.

 

 

22

miles 13 under smidge a and ridge a bridge a

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes. More details to follow.

This is the reverse route of my 'a bridge, a ridge and a smidge under 13 miles' walk from last year.  We'll start and finish in woodland, with a nice mix of small river crossings, fields, ridges, the site of an ancient fort and open moorland in between.

 

 

22

Scramble No 4: Torside Gully and Dowstone Clough. Bleaklow

Public Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead. More details to follow.

Date and times to be confirmed.

A grade 2 scramble and a grade 1 scramble in the same walk!

 

 

26

A first Chorlton walk..with new walk leaders

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Adele Reynolds and Neil Bhattacharyya.

6.0 mi

14m

Meet at Chorlton tram stop at 18:50 for the walk start at 19:00 (prompt)

A great way to have a weekday evening walk close to south Manchester and the Centre. We move on from the  tram stop in Chorlton to a meander along the river Mersey via Chorlton Green following the trans Pennine Way to Sale Water Park, which we circuit before a stop for red wine (other drinks available!) at Jackson's Boat and then make our way back to Chorlton.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:50

Meet at the walk start (Chorlton tram stop)

19:00

Walk starts.

26-7-2017 18:50 26-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A first Chorlton walk..with new walk leaders

A great way to have a weekday evening walk close to south Manchester and the Centre. We move on from the  tram stop in Chorlton to a meander along the river Mersey via Chorlton Green following the trans Pennine Way to Sale Water Park, which we circuit before a stop for red wine (other drinks available!) at Jackson's Boat and then make our way back to Chorlton.

Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chorlton tram stop, Chorlton Green, River Mersey. Sale Water Park, Jacckson's Boat, Chorltonville

 

 

29

Kentmere Horseshoe

Public Transport based walk with Alex Laver.

18.8 mi

916m

This is a hike that Arthur Embleton led in April 2015, and because I liked it so much, I thought I would put it back on the calendar.

A walk in the Lake District, starting off from Stavely station.  We will head north towards Kentmere Pike and follow the ridge up to the highest point on the walk, High Street at 828m to take in the views before heading south and back to Staveley.

Bring at least 2 litres of water and enough food for two lunches as well as snacks as this will be a long day.

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.

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return - £24.00

 

07:44

Train departs for the walk start at Staveley.

09:30

Walk starts at Staveley.

Return

from Staveley. 18:08, 20:03

29-7-2017 07:30 29-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kentmere Horseshoe Staveley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yoke, 706m – Ill Bell, 757 – Thornthwaite Crag, 784 – High Street, 828m – Mardale Ill Bell, 761m – Harter Fell, 778m – Kentmere Pike, 730m – Shipman Knotts, 587m

 

 

3

Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland

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

3.5 mi

110m

**Walk Leaders will meet at walk start**

A personal favourite, this walk captures some of the highlights of a full day walk while showcasing some of the stunning countryside around the Manchester area. Escape the clutch of suburbia - stroll along quiet country tracks, criss-cross the River Etherow, wander through woodland and pause to admire the stunning views of the Pennines beyond...

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 18:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak return to Broadbottom £5.10

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

19:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 21:45, 22:44

3-8-2017 18:35 3-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Visitor Centre, Tom Wood, Woodseats Farm, Cown Edge Way and Hodgefold
Extra:

Please ensure you have your walking boots/shoes for this walk. No toilets en route - please use the one on the train. If you wish to drive car parking is available near Broadbottom Station.

 

 

5

Poynton to Adlington

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

11.6 mi

410m

Starting at Poynton to avoid roads the first part links round to Poynton lake and up into the fields behind and up to Higher Poynto to join the Macclesfield Canal for a short way and along a track into Lyme Park for a climb up to Bowstone Gate and Sponds Hill (highest point) and lunch stop possiblly. Descending down to a road and onto the Gritstone Trail to Berristall Hall and Pott Shrigley. The route leads down a road and down through woods passing Styperson Pool and through a farm and fields to reach Adlington with a pub stop. Please bring waterproofs. Can park at Poynton as Adlington is on the same trainline.

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:

Return from Adlington £7.70

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Poynton Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Poynton Station.

Return

from Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station. 17:28 18:28

5-8-2017 09:30 5-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Poynton to Adlington Poynton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Poynton Lake, Macclesfield Canal, Lyme Park, Bowstones, Sponds Hill, Ellis Bank, Pott Shrigley, Styperson Pool, Harrop Green Farm, Adlington

 

 

8

New Mills 'Two Beards' Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with John Ireland.

3.8 mi

180m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start

A walk round the top end of New Mills exploring the view from my back window!

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to New Mills Central £6.40

18:49

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

19:20

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 21:30, 22:30, 23:30 (bus replacement)

8-8-2017 18:30 8-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London New Mills 'Two Beards' Circular New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Torr Top, Sett Valley Trail, Ollersett Farm, Ballbeard Farm, Beardhall Farm, Peak Forest Canal
Extra:

Drinks in the Beehive Pub, Newtown, and possibly the Beer Shed too.

 

 

12

Star Walks; A New Hope

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan. More details to follow.

A circular walk from Hope Station in the region of 11-15 miles.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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. Although strictly a linear walk the walk finish is only 10 mins walk up Grosvenor Road from the walk start so it is possible to arrive by car- pay and display parking in Altrincham and a (small) car park at Navigation Road.

 

 

 

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. Although strictly a linear walk the walk finish is only 10 mins walk up Grosvenor Road from the walk start so it is possible to arrive by car- pay and display parking in Altrincham and a (small) car park at Navigation Road.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

26

'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...

26-8-2017 09:35 26-8-2017 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.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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).

 

 

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

 

 

23

Kinlochleven to Fort William

Direct Transport based walk with John Ireland and Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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.

More details soon...

 

 

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

 

 

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. More details to follow.

Same Walk, Same Weekend, 5th Year in a row.

 


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