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

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

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


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

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

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

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January 2007


Sunday 7th: Glossop

Train-based Walk 3 Boots 9.5 miles - Leader: Kirsten Wolthers

Description: A walk around the environs of Glossop

Meet Point: Piccadilly Train Station for train at 09:53.

Walk Start: Glossop Train Station at 10:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK034942

Waypoints: TBA

Return Train Times from Glossop: 13 and 43 past the hour

Saturday 20th: Chinley to Edale linear walk

Train-based Walk 3 Boots 9.5 miles 350m climb - Leader: Kirsten Wolthers

Description: Prepare to be amazed by the contrasts on offer throughout this walk. For instance, the old quarry workings of Cracken Edge, the tranquil pastures of Monk's Meadow, the boggy, bleak moorlands around Brown Knoll, the eccentrically-weathered rocks strewn around Edale Moor, the quasi-scramble down Grindsbrook Clough and the crackling fire in the Old Nag's Head, Edale! Way.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Train Station for train at 09:46

Walk Start: Chinley Train Station at 10:25

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK038826

Waypoints: Cracken Edge, Monk's Meadow, Andrew's Farm, Brown Knoll, Swine's Back, Noe Stool, Crowden Tower, Grindsbrook Clough, Edale.

Return Train Times from Edale: 16:47, 17:47, 18:47, 19:47

Saturday 27th: Coombes Edge from Broadbottom

Train-based Walk 2 Boot 7.5 miles 380m Climb - Leader: Ed Bray

Description:

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:49 (arr. 10:10)

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 10:15

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Waypoints:

Extra: A larger contingent from Didsbury is expected!

Sunday 28th: The Cloud From Rushton Spencer

Car-based Walk 2 Boot 9 miles - Leader: Becky Lea, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A gradual climb up to 'The Cloud' - an unusual hill with great views.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6 to the Rising Sun pub turning right on to A523 towards and then through Macclesfield. Turn right into Station Lane in Rushton Spencer to find carpark.

Walk Start: Staffordshire Way car park, Rushton Spencer

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ936624

Waypoints: Staffordshire Way, Lee House, Oxhay Farm, Ashmore House, Dial Lane, Gosberryhole Lane, Cloud Plantation, Raven's Clough Farm, Knot Inn.

Extra: Bring some spare footwear for the pub - or walk in stockinged feet! Contact number for walk leader is 07803 165042

Sunday 4th: Bulkeley Hill and Raw Head

Car-based Walk 2 Boot 9 miles 227m Climb - Leader: Rob Connolly

Description: A walk through woodland and along the sandstone trail

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: M56 to Junction 15, M53 to Junction 12, A41S towards Whitchurch, Tattenhall, Burwardsley, Higher Burwards.

Walk Start: Candle Workshops Higher Burwardsley at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ522565

Waypoints: Sandstone Trail, Stanner Nab, Bulkeley Hill, Raw Head, Musket's Hole, Bodnook Wood, Higher Burwardsley

Extra: Toilets near start. Waterproofs and walking boots recommended and change of footwear for pub

Sunday 11th: River Weaver Wander

Car-based Walk 1 Boot 4.5 miles - Leader: Tristan Pocock

Description: An easy walk along the Weaver close to Frodsham followed by an excellent pub lunch at the Horseshoe.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:30.

Suggested Route: Princess Parkway on to M56 leaving at junction 10, head south on A49 towards Northwich. You need to leave the A49 heading initially east into Weaverham but then turn right at the next major junction on to Station Road(B5153). This takes you back over the A49. Turn left at Acton Bridge railway station and continue on the B5153 into Kingsley 3 miles later. Pub on main road.

Walk Start: Horseshoe pub[www.thehorseshoe.co.uk], Hollow Lane, Kingsley, WA6 8EF at 10:20

Waypoints: River Weaver, Peel Hall

Extra: Parking at Community Centre behind pub.

Saturday 17th: Lyme Park & Dissop Head from Disley

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boot 6.5 miles 273m Climb - Leader: Faye Salisbury, joining train at Stockport

Description: An easy walk through Lyme Park Estate.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 10:20 for train at 10:37

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Disley

Walk Start: Disley Train Station at 11:00

Waypoints: Lyme Park, Hampers Wood, Dissop Head.

Reutrn Services: 15:00, 15:59, 16:59, 17:59

Extra: Toilets available near start.

Sunday 18th: Bury Rochdale Border Meander

Car-based Walk 3 Boot 12.5 miles 250m Climb - Leader: Andy Proctor, meeting at Walk Start

Description: Takes in lesser known routes on the border of Bury and Rochdale including Ashworth Valley, Norden Reservoirs, Knowle Hill and Deeply Vale.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Walk Start: The Pack Horse Pub on Elbut Lane, Bury, BL9 7TU at 09:30, as promptly as possible please so that Walk Leader can get to work after walk!

Extra: Important - Though there are some good paths, expect a lot of mud, some bogs, 2 extremely steep short climbs where hands may need to be used and 1 stream crossing at end where wet feet is almost guaranteed as there can be up to 18 inches of water if rain is heavy, and there is no bridge, though this is 15 minutes at most from the end so bring a change of shoes for the pub. There are also some sections of path that have very steep drops to one side.

Suggested Route: Take M66 Northbound and come off at Junction 2, take 2nd turn off (NB 1st turn off leads into an industrial estate car park) onto A58 Rochdale Road and keep to right. Immediately fork right at pub as soon as you come off roundabout onto Wash Lane and take first right onto Willow Street, follow to top and take right onto Bell Lane / Rochdale Old Road. Follow road for about 3-5 mins and turn left onto Elbut Lane (http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&lvl=15&sty=s&eo=0&q=53.6042%2C-2.2478&form=LMLTCC) and follow the lane to The Pack Horse Pub on right for walk start. Please park at bottom of carpark away from pub. Approx walking time 5-6 hours.

 

FEBRUARY

Sunday 25th: An Adventure in Broadbottom

Train-based Walk 2 Boot 9 miles - Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A circular walk from Broadbottom, taking in Cown Edge.

Meet Point: 09:15 at Piccadilly Station for train at 09:23, or at Broadbottom Station for 09:45

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return £2.65

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 10:00.

Waypoints: We'll be using the Cown Edge Way and the Pennine Bridleway via Cown Edge. Exactly how we get there and back is the adventure bit!

Return Services: xx:20; xx:50

Extra: Please bring shoes for the pub. Toilets on the train.

 

WENSLEYDALE WEEKEND 23RD & 24TH FEBRUARY 2007

Area: Bishopdale Valley, Thoralby, (Nr Leyburn) North Yorkshire - Mid - Wensleydale is a beautiful location for fell walking and attractions such as the Herriot Way, Aysgarth Falls (1.5 miles), Bolton Castle (3 miles), Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale. Nearby historic market towns include Hawes (home of Wensleydale Cheese), Richmond and Leyburn.

Travelling time is approximately 2:15 hours from Manchester. The cost will be £26:50 which includes accomodation and food / tea / coffee for breakfast plus bread for sandwiches ( bring your own fillings!).

Accomodation: Two nights accommodation at The Old School Bunkhouse. The bunkhouse has been recently refurbished to a high standard, with a large, attractive open-plan lounge and dining area, a modern kitchen, washing and drying room. The Pub (The Street Head Inn) is 150 metres away & provides evening menu. A full cooked breakfast could be arranged for Sunday Morning 8:30am at the pub for £6.50.

Booking: Please see Kerry Atkinson at the Knott Bar on Wednesday 17 January 2007 at 9pm. 20 places available

Saturday 3rd: Liverpool 2-Centre Walk

Train-based Walk 1 Boot 7.5 miles - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: Two coastal locations with their own unique features.

Meet Point: Oxford Road station for train at 11:43.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Freshfield £9.50

Walk Start: Freshfield station at 13:25.

Waypoints: Freshfield station, Formby Hills, Mad Wharf, Formby station, Hall Road station, Blundellsands, Waterloo sunset

Return Services: From Waterloo 16:40, 16:55, 17:10, 17:25

Extra: You can wear trainers but do expect them to get damp and sandy. For those so inclined, an investigation of the city's interesting pubs will follow!

Sunday 4th: Dovedale freerange

Car-based Walk 2 Boots 12.5 miles 300m Climb - Leader: Alastair

Description: A lovely walk along the river and through Dovedale and through Milldale and Alstonefield. (Nice ice cream vendor at the start/finish)

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6 thru to Buxton then A515 toward Ashbourne. Before reaching Ashbourne follow signs to Thorpe. Pass through Thorpe towards Ilam but turn right just after crossing river.

Walk Start: Public/walk car park about 250 metres past the Issac Walton Hotel DE6 2AY at 10:30.

Waypoints: tba

Sunday 11th: The Monks Road

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A walk from Malham tarn up over the ancient Monks Road to Arncliffe to have a drink in the Falcon Inn (which was the original Woolpack in Emmerdale Farm) and then back over the moor.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: Turn left onto Deansgate, follow Deansgate down on, onto A56. Take A56 to M60 junction 17. Leave M60 at junction 18. Take M66 and A56 to M65. Leave M65 at Junction 13. Take M65 to junction 13. Take A682 to Gisburn, crossing the A59 and then A682 until you see a road on the right (B6253)marked Hellifield. At Hellifield turn right onto the A65 and then take road on left just before you leave Hellifield.Follow this road through Otterburn and at crossroads turn left on road signed posted Kirby Malham and Malham. Follow this road into Malham.Take the right hand road over the bridge and then take a sharp right signedposted Malham tarn. Continue along this road for about 2 miles and you should reach Malham tarn.

Walk Start: Malham Tarn carpark at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD894658

Waypoints: Malham Tarn, Middle House Farm, Clowder, Arncliffe, Arncliffe Cote, High Cote Moor, High Linseed Head, Gordale Beck, Street Gate.

Sunday 18th: Thieveley Pike and Deerplay Moor

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 9 miles, about 250m ascent - Leader: John Ireland

Description: Work off those St. Patrick's Day hangovers with an exploration of the upper reaches of the Irwell valley, including the source of the River Irwell and the smallest street in the world!

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 10:00.

Suggested Route: M66 then A56 past Ramsbottom, taking the A682 to Rawtenstall. In Rawtenstall, take the A681 up to Bacup, Elgin Street Car Park is just off Bank Street, which is on the left just before the roundabout in the centre of Bacup.

Walk Start: Elgin Street Car Park, Bacup at 11:00, car parking is free. If this is full, car parking also available next to St. John the Evangelist Church, opposite the Post Office in the centre of Bacup, which is off the A671 just after the roundabout in the town centre.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD867229

Waypoints: Bacup Borough FC Football Ground, Irwell Sculture Trail, Height End, Weir, Thieveley Pike, Deerplay Moor, Irwell Spring, The Deerplay (Pub), Long Dike, Dean Height, Brex Height, Windy Gate, Bacup Golf Course

Extra: It's Mother's Day so be sure to get your 'pass out' stamped by Mother before setting off!

Saturday 24th: The Whitegate Way & Vale "Royale" linear walk

Train-based Walk 2 Boot 11 miles - Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Pleasant amble through Cheshire countryside along a former rail line, a diversion to the impressive Pettypool Wood & lake, and the medieval site of Vale Royal Abbey on the River Weaver.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station at 09:10 for train at 09:24 (also Stockport at 09:38 and Altrincham at 09:55)

Walk Start: Cuddington Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Shady wooded cuttings contrast with sunny open embankments as we follow the route of an old railway line (closed in 1966) that was used to transport salt. We make a diversion to the enchanted Pettypool Wood where we can have lunch and then continue on the trail for a few more miles. Before reaching Winsford we leave the Whitegate Way and head for the River Weaver where we can admire the site once occupied by Vale Royal Abbey in medieval times (unfortunately the original Abbey was burned down). We then continue along the River Weaver (passing a Nature Reserve) towards Northwich and finish the walk at Greenbank Station.

Return Services from Greenbank Station (Northwich): tba

 

Sunday 25th: The Howgills

Car-based Walk 3.5 Boots 10 miles - Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: A challenging but rewarding walk enjoying the first day of British Summer Time. After a scenic ascent beside the beautiful Cautley Spout waterfall we summit at The Calf (676m) - the pinnacle of this mountain range with abundance of views over the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines. Plenty of exposure to the elements whilst traversing along the ridge, before descending and returning to Cross Keys, followed by a few well earned pints in Sedbergh.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00

Suggested Route: M61, M6 to jnc 37, A684 through Sedbergh, then A683 to Walk Start at Cross Keys Inn

Walk Start: Cross Keys Inn at 10:30. There is ample parking along the A683 in laybyes, if not there is a car park approx 1.5km further along the A683.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD699969.

Waypoints: Cross Keys, Cautley Spout, The Calf (676m), Calders, Grimes Gill, Cross Keys

Extra: Majority of walk very exposed to the elements therefore full walking equipment essential (i.e. walking boots, waterproofs and definitely no jeans). If bad weather encountered it can make the walk extremely demanding so definitely please be prepared for the worst. Change of clothing and warm drinks are a good idea. Map OL19.

REMEMBER - THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD AN HOUR ON SUNDAY MORNING!

MARCH

Saturday 31st: Congleton to Macclesfield Linear Walk

Train-based Walk 2.5 Boot 13.5 miles 350m climb - Leader: Phil Walters

Description: Basically it's a walk along the Macclesfield Canal from Congleton to Macclesfield with a reasonably large detour up Crocker Hill to (hopefully) get good views of the surrounding countryside.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Train Station at 10:40, for 10:53 train to Congleton

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Congleton

Walk Start:

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Waypoints: Congleton, Bosley, Sutton Common (radio mast), Haggingate farm, Oakgrove, Macclesfield.

 

APRIL

Sunday 1st: Ashover

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles 300m climb - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A walk inspired by a pub, but also including a forest, a viewpoint and a reservoir.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6 to Stockport, bear left at Rising Sun. After leaving Chapel-en-le-Frith, turn left at roundabout on to A623. Entering Baslow, take the A619. Entering Chesterfield turn right at roundabout on A632. After 4 miles, enter and pass through Kelstedge and then up the steep hill, taking the first right, which should be signposted to a picnic area.

Walk Start: Wire Stone carpark, Kelstedge at 10:45.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK323633

Waypoints: Bottom Moor, Wayside Farm, Old Engine Farm, Ravensnest Tor, Ashover Hay, Coalpit Wood, Woolley, Ogston Reservoir, Fletcher Hill, Handley, Woodhead, Eastwood Hall, Ashover, Rattle, Marsh Green, Kelstedge, Vernonlane Farm, Wirestone Quarry

 

EASTER WEEKEND 5th April - 8th April 2007

CORK ,IRELAND

This year's Easter trip will be to the second largest city in the republic of Ireland: Cork.

We will be flying with BMI baby from Manchester airport to Cork on Thursday 5 April 07 at 19.30 which will arrive in Cork at 20.45

The return flight from Cork to Manchester on Sunday 8th April departs 20.35 and arrives back in Manchester at 21.50

The accomodation will be for 3 nights at Sheilas of Cork, 4 Belgrave place, Wellington Place, Cork. This is very near Kent train station (Cork) and 10 minutes from the central bus station. It is very well equipped. Please look at comprehensive website www.sheilashostel.ie

Organiser: Michelle Crabbe

Booking : Faye Salisbury will be at the Knott Bar from 9.00 pm on Wednesday 17th January to collect monies on Michelle's behalf.

Booking will also take place on 7th February 8.30 pm. 20 places available.

Note: As Michelle will have to book flights A.S.A.P booking will close on the Wednesday night so she has definite numbers to book for.

Deposit will be the cost of the flights which is £115. Total cost including for flights, accommodation, some meals and bus to Cork and back will be approximately £175. There will be further transport costs as we will need to get to walk starts.

 

Saturday 7th: Skiddaw (931m)

Car-Based Walk 4 Boots 9 miles Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description/Proposed Route: A surprise circular walk exploring the depths and hidden gems of the Skiddaw range before summiting at the peak (931m).

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:30.

Walk Start: Car park at GR 281254 at 11.15

Waypoints: TBA

Extra: Have not done a recce but been around this area plenty of times so I wont try and lose too many people. Will start a new topic on the website to see how much interest there will be due to being short notice.

Monday 9th: Diggle and Delph etc.

Train-Based Walk 3 Boots 11 miles 420m Ascent (but not all at once) - Leader: John Ireland

Description: A bank holiday meander round the northern corner of the peak district going via some small Pennine towns that begin with the letter 'D'.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Station from 9.00 for the 9.27 train to Greenfield.

Walk Start: Greenfield Railway Station at 10.00

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger, price tbc

Waypoints: Greenfield Station, Lower Arthurs, Kinder Stones, Oven Stones, Sugar Loaf, Shaw Rocks, Slades Rocks, Running Hill Head, Fair Banks, Diggle, Hunters Hill, Harrop Edge Lane, Delph, Greenfield Station

Return Services: 16:53, 17:53, 18:25, 18:53 (Journey takes 27min)

Extra: The train does go back via Stalybridge so we might make a little stop at the Station Buffet on the way back....

 

Saturday 14th: Cuddington to Mouldsworth via Delamere Forest

Train-Based Walk 2 Boots 9 miles - Leader: Max Townsend

Description: From the station, we head to Delamere Forest where (hopefully!) we rendezvous around 2pm at the Visitors' Centre with those people who have been on the "Go Ape" Adventure Assault Course. After lunch whoever so wishes can continue the walk through the forest onto the village of Mouldsworth. However, before venturing any further a word of warning! Since Roman times, there have been reports of a strange creature in the woodland and in 1974, a group of eminent Naturalists reported seeing an animal that resembled a Sabre-tooth Tiger! At Mouldsworth, we can have a drink in the friendly Goshawk Public House or you may choose to be pampered at the Beauty Salon in the Railway Station.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station at 10:10 for train at 10:24. Train also stops at Levenshulme 10:30, Heaton Chapel 10:33, Stockport 10:38 and Altrincham 10:55

Walk Start: Cuddington Railway Station at 11:30 (No toilets! Use the train's.)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return £11.30

Return Services: Every hour on the hour from Mouldsworth station.

Extra: As noted above this walk will be coincide with some MAD Walkers swinging about in the trees at Go Ape. There is still the opportunity to join these people by first emailing info@madwalkers.org.uk. The cost will be £25.

 

Sunday 15th: Kris-Kross Country Walk

Car-based Walk 2 Boots 8 miles 200m climb - Leaders: Chris Morris & Chris Paxton

Description: A classic circular walk through a wood, a gorge and a pub with a view!

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:30.

Suggested Route:A6 south in dir of Buxton. After Chapel-en-le-Frith take A623 in direction of Tideswell. After 7 miles turn right onto B6465. After 2 miles you should see Monsal Head Hotel. At hotel crossroads, take immediate left and park on roadside.

Walk Start: Outside Monsal Head Hotel(DE45 1NL) at 10:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Waypoints: Monsal Dale, Great Shacklow Wood, Ashford, Great Longstone, Little Longstone

Extra: Great food available at walk finish. Toilets near Start.

 

Saturday 21st: Slaithwaite via Linthwaite

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 6.5 miles - Leader: Tom Card

Description: Short afternoon walk based out of Slaithwaite going along parts of the Colne Valley walk and Kirklees Walk. Some sharp steep bits and some boggy terrain, but otherwise not too challenging. Features a stop in Linthwaite towards the end of the walk, and a stop at the Sair Inn, winner of the 2004 CAMRA Pub of the Year.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 11:27 (also at Stalybridge at 11:42, arriving Slaithwaite at 12:04)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Slaithwaite £7.30

Walk Start: Slaithwaite station at 12:10

Return Services: xx:39

 

Sunday 22nd: Kinder Trespass 75th Anniversary

Train-based Walk 3.5 Boots 14+ miles - Leader: Richard Washington, meeting train at Heaton Chapel

Description: MAD's way of marking the celebrations for 24th April 1932 when a group of ramblers set off onto Kinder to campaign for the right to roam. This walk pays homage to their efforts with a jolly good 'roam' of our own over our local highest ground.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Station for the 08:53 train to New Mills Newtown. (Also Levenshulme 08:58, Heaton Chapel 09:01, Stockport 09:05 & Hazel Grove 09:13)

Walk Start: New Mills Newtown Station at 09:30 sharp.

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: xx:46

Extra: A 'Kinder Surprise' to rival some of the leader's previous hard-core walks. Expect to encounter difficult terrain as you are led away from the path and towards some of the more remote corners of the Kinder 'massif'.

 

Saturday 28th: Hathersage to Buxton linear walk

Train-based Walk 3.5 Boots 17 miles 400m Climb - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A long walk with a few sharp climbs plus a traipse across trackless moorland, all the while reminded of the limestone of the area. A lovely little pub too.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station at 09:46 (NB other stops inc. Romiley 10:03, Marple 10:06, New Mills Central 10:14)

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £8.40 (see below)

Walk Start: Hathersage station at 10:45

Waypoints: Hathersage, Leam, Wet Withins, Sir William Hill, Ladywash Farm, Eyam, Tideswell Lane, Brosterfield Farm, Wardlow Mires(pub), Tansley Dale, Tideswell, Monksdale Farm, Pennine Bridleway, Tunstead works (Britain's first superquarry!), Townend, Buxton

Return Services: 18:22 & 18:55 & 19:55 & 21:38

Extra: The MAD Walkers' very first walk was 3 years ago! The Wayfarer can be used on the bus/tram to get you into Piccadilly too. Because of this it is advised to buy it in advance, from most train stations and GMPTE shops. A sounding will be taken at the start regarding a post-walk meal in Buxton.

 

Sunday 29th: Betwys-y-Coed, Gwydyr Forest and the Swallow Falls

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 9 miles - Leader: Rob Connolly

Description: A most splendid walk through the Llugwy valley,conifers of Gwydyr Forest and the Swallow Falls

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:30.

Suggested Route: M56 to Junction 16,A5117,A550 onto A55 to Junction 19 Llandudno,A470 to Betwys-y-Coed

Walk Start: Betwys-Y-Coed car park near train station opposite church at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH796569

Waypoints: Jubilee Path, Hafod-las Cottage, Rhiwddolion, Sarn Helen, Ty-Hyll, Swallow Falls, Betwys-Y-Coed

May

May Day Bank Holiday in Dumfries and Galloway

A surprising bit of Scotland often overlooked despite offering excellentwalking without the extreme mountains of the northwest of the country. Apparently red squirrel can still be found here too! Sounds interesting? Join us here for the May Day Bank holiday 4th-7th May(3 nights).

The accommodation is the Minigaff Youth Hostel just outside Newton Stewart in large bunkrooms. Newton Stewart is located in the southern central part of Dumfries and Galloway, a 4-hour journey from Manchester.

The walks have yet to be worked out but will no doubt include walks of moderate intensity in the mountains overlooking the Wigtown Bay, and something along the coast.

There are 30 places available and the cost is £43 and will include bed linen, the usual breakfast cereals and bread, plus fillings for the days' lunches. If you need something sandwich-specific, let me know in advance. Full payment will be taken on the New Members' Night Wednesday 4th April by cheque or cash. However in advance of that, you can pay using internet banking or by arranging a bank transfer to my account.

Email dandg@madwalkers.org.uk if you need further info.

Organiser: Gavin Poulton

 

Saturday 12th: Canals and Cold War

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles, Ascent Negligible - Leader: Andy Proctor

Description: A linear walk from Wrenbury to Nantwich including a stop at a special tourist attraction

Lets face it, for some of us, growing up in the 80's was a scary time. There were all those worries:- puberty, exams, having no friends, and NUCLEAR WAR!!!! Now that all we probably have to worry about from Russia is getting the gas turned off, its time to reflect on what may have happened. For most of us the options would have either been getting vaporized, or to spend a fortnight with our close family under the stairs protected by a door and a pile of cushions with a bucket as a toilet. Only to crawl out and stagger around a nuclear wasteland sporting the finest in Ready Brek kid chic.

But lets spare a thought for those chosen to rise from the ashes and spearhead the next great age of mankind. These were the poor souls chosen to spend several months down a nuclear bunker. Madwalkers invites you to visit Nantwich Nuclear Bunker.

Please note that this walk will stop for approx 2 hours at the bunker whatever, if you don't want to visit you might want to try a different walk.

For prices and more details follow this link:-

http://www.shropshiretourism.info/attractiondetail.cfm?EstID=745

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:34

Walk Start: Wrenbury station at 11:45

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Wrenbury £12.00

Return Services: 17:07, 19:07 from Nantwich

 

Sunday 13th: Keighley Moor and Lund's Tower

Car-based Walk 3 Boots 11 miles - Leader: John Ireland

Description: A bit of the pennine way, a brief flirtation with Bronte country and a dramatic ending!

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:30.

Walk Start: Cowling, outside the Bay Horse pub at 10:30

Suggested Route: M66. A56, M65, A56 to Colne then A6068 to Cowling. There is no car park as such in Cowling, however on-street parking is free, though please be considerate when parking.

Waypoints: Lower Summer House, Pennine Way, Little Wolf Stones, Fairy Fold Dike, Keighley Moor Resr., Near Slippery Fold, The level, Wainman's Pinnacle, Lund's tower, Crag End, Lane Ends, Dick Lane

Extra: Toilets near the start. As we will be parking on roads rather than in a car park, to reduce the number of cars making the journey PLEASE GO TO DEANSGATE LOCKS BEFORE SETTING OFF TO COWLING!

 

Saturday 19th: Rhododendron walk

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles - Leader: Richard Washington

Description: From the station, we make our way up and over Alderley Edge, a mineral-rich rocky outcrop scarred with millennia of mining, and offering fine views over the Cheshire countryside. Then we head off to the beautiful Hare Hill Gardens for an extended lunch break and a chance to see these gardens at their best. We return to the station through the rolling countryside around Nether Alderley. There may be opportunity during the walk to give map-reading experience to anyone who wants to learn.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the 10:33 Train to Alderley Edge.

Walk Start: Alderley Edge Railway Station at 11:09.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ843786

Waypoints: TBA

Extra: Hare Hill Gardens are run by the National Trust. Admission is free for National Trust members and £3.20 for non members. May is the best time to visit this woodland garden, with fine displays from rhododendrons and other spring-flowering shrubs. There is also a notable holly collection.

 

Sunday 20th: Youlgrave and Lathkill Dale - Official Anniversary Walk

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Richard Washington

Description: To celebrate MAD's third anniversary we're returning to the White Peak for a walk between Youlgrave and Monyash. The outward journey takes us along the Limestone Way with a detour into Cales Dale before a quick stop in Monyash (maybe a pub) and a return leg along Lathkill Dale. Britain's native orchids and other rare wild flowers should be at their best, and perhaps there will be 'birthday' cake at the end too!

Meet Point: Grand Central Car Park, Stockport (by Stockport Station) at 0945h (see Extra below).

Suggested Route: A6 through Hazel Grove and bearing left at the Rising Sun. Shortly after Chapel-en-le-Frith, turn left off the A6 on to the A623 follow this towards Bakewell. Turn right on to the B6465 signposted Bakewell. Returning to the A6, continue through Bakewell, then turn right on B5056. Take the first right (Alport Lane). Youlgrave is 1 mile along this road.

Walk Start: Find on-street parking within Youlgrave, close to the centre. Make your way to the Church at the centre of the Village for the walk start at 1030h.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK211643

Waypoints: River Bradford, Limestone Way, Cales Dale, Monyash, Lathkill Dale.

Extra: A change of meet point is necessary as Whitworth Street will be closed for the BUPA Great Manchester Run 2007. There are trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport at 0900h, 0910h and 0926h which will get you to the meet point in time.

Return Services: XX:23, and also 15:53, 15:58, 16:53, 17:02, 18:01 and 19:02.

 

Wednesday 23rd: Smithy Bridge to New Hey

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 5 miles - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: An easy evening station-to-station walk

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 18:47

Suggested Ticket: GM Evening Ranger £1.75

Walk Start: Smithy Bridge station at 19:15

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Clegg Hall, Hollingworth Lake, Bib Knowl, Tunshill, Ogden Reservoir, New Hey station

Return Services: 20:36, 21:08, 21:29

 

Bank Holiday Monday 28th: Irwell Sculpture Trail Between Bury and Rawtenstall

Bus & Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 10 miles - Leader: John Ireland

Description: Along the Irwell Sculpture trail from Bury to Rawtenstall via Ramsbottom, along with a spot of time travel.

Meet Point: Bury Interchange at 10:00

Suggested Ticket: Firstbus Day ticket - £3, ELR single from Rawtenstall to Bury for return journey.

Walk Start: Bury Bolton Street Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Bury, Burrs Country Park, Ramsbottom, Irwell Vale, Rawtenstall

Extra Travel Information: As the Metrolink is closed between Manchester and Bury, suggested buses are services X2 or 135 from Manchester Victoria, Service 471 from Bolton or Rochdale. I would suggest getting a bus at around 09:30 in order to arrive in time. Bury Bus Station is a few minutes walk from Bolton Street Station. Car Parking may also be available at Bolton Street Station.

Extra: PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE! It's the 1940s wartime weekend on the East Lancashire Railway! There's also an appropriate airborne surprise flying over too....

 

June

Saturday 2nd: Pennine Way Stage 1

Train-based Walk 3.5 Boots 17 miles 500m ascent - Leader: Nardia Lloyd

Description: The first day of the Pennine Way via Kinder Scout and Snake Pass, leaving it to drop back to Hadfield on the Longdendale Trail.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:46.

Suggetsed Ticket: Wayfarer £8.40 (bought in advance)

Walk Start: Edale station at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Waypoints:

Return Services: xx:01 & xx:31 from Hadfield (xx:31 after 19:31)

 

Sunday 3rd: Helvellyn

Car-based Walk 4 Boots 8 miles 1km ascent - Leader: Andy Proctor

Description: A circular walk beginning in Glenridding. A very steep ascent (with plenty of rest breaks) tackling Striding Edge before the final ascent of summit and then back down by a shallower route

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:15.

Walk Start: Glenridding main car park (opposite side of road to lake, very hard to miss) at 10:30. Car Park fee £6.

Extra: It's my birthday! Walk leader to probably meet at Glenridding Car Park. It's an early start to get into car park before it fills up. Striding Edge - This is a ridge that we will be following to the peak of Helvellyn. It has very little of what could be called a path and is mostly scrambling and great fun, but if you are very bad with heights you could find it challenging due to the drops on either side. I'm bad with heights and can do it okay so give it a try! Helvellyn is at 950m.

 

Sunday 10th: Buckstones and Linsgreave Head from Marsden

Train-based Walk 2.5 Boots 9 miles 430m ascent - Leader: Jo Harvey

Description: A glimpse of Marsden's industrial past with a mixture of canal towpaths, moorland paths, pathless moor and an old packhorse route.

Meet Point: Victoria station at 10:00 for train at 10:18 to arrive at 10:50.

Walk Start: Standedge Visitor Centre Car Park (just to the west of the station), Marsden at 11:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SE040120

Waypoints:Lower Green Owlers, Buckstones House, Moss Moor Edge, Linsgreave Head, Eastergate Bridge, Tunnel End

Return Services:17:22, 19:22, 21:22

Extra: If wet weather bring gaiters as moorland gets boggy. Toilets at Visitor Centre, Tea Rooms next to car park if anyone gets there early (they do nice cookies).

 

Wednesday 13th: North Manchester - Heaton Park evening walk

Tram-Based Walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles - Leader: Alastair / Tristan Pocock

Description: A walk around Heaton Park, one of the largest public parks in the UK.

Meet Point: Victoria Station Metro Platform at 18:30

Walk Start: Heaton Park Metro Station at 19:00

Extra: This walk is particularly good as an introductory to the club and its members. Further info on location on www.heatonpark.org.uk or www.manchester.gov.uk/leisure/parks/heaton. A post-walk beer is planned in Sinclairs Oyster Bar, 2 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW.

 

Saturday 16th: Stalybridge Circular

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 8 miles - Leader: Kerry Scutts, meeting at Walk Start

Description: Initial climb up a small peak (399m) with views across the Peaks and Manchester, then across Hollingworthall moor, down to the Swineshaw reservoirs and down into Millbrook walking along the canal back to Stalybridge.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 10:27

Walk Start: Outside Stalybridge station at 10:45

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK109914

Return Services: 3 Services per hour

Extra: Fancy a cooked breakfast before the walk? The station's buffet bar do a full breakfast(£3.50) or toast/barms, teacakes. If you'd like the breakfast, take the 09:27 train or be at the buffet bar at 09:45 AND let me know by email at scuttsk@yahoo.co.uk by 9th June so the buffet bar can be forewarned.

 

Sunday 17th: Around Black Ashop Moor

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Kerry Atkinson

Description: Circular walk over Kinder Scout Moorland near Snake Pass

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: Hyde Road(A57), M67, A57 towards and through Glossop. Carpark is about 6 miles beyond Glossop

Walk Start: Birchin Clough Bridge car park at 10:15

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK109914

Waypoints: Birchin Clough car park, Doctor's Gate Culvert, Featherbed Moss, along the Pennine Way to Mill Hill, The Edge, Seal Edge, Seal Stones, Birchen Clough Bridge.

Extra: It's Fathers' Day!

 

Thursday 21st: Strawbury Solstice

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 6 miles 200m Ascent - Leader: Ed Bray

Description: Walking along the edge of a reservoir and up a hill. Quite possibly followed by a drink at the Strawbury Duck. More details to follow.

Meet Point: Victoria station at 18:21

Walk Start: Entwistle station at 19:00 when train arrives

Waypoints: Entwistle Station, Wayoh Reservoir, Chapeltown, Cheetham Close, Three Lowes, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return £4.40

Return Services: 21:14 (arrives 21:50), 22:14 (arrives 22:56), 23:25 (arrives 00:01).

Extra: JI says - Mmmmm treacle sponge pud at the Strawbury Duck..... mmmmmmmmmm.....

 

Sunday 24th: Snowdon by the Watkin Path

Car-based Walk 4 Boots 8 miles 1000m climb - Leader: Rob Connolly

Description: A very challenging and rewarding walk with spectacular scenery

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 07:00.

Suggested Route: M56,A5117,A550,A494,A55 to Junction 19,A470,A5 to CApel Curig,A4086,A498 to Bethania

Walk Start: Bethania Car Park at 09:45

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH628508

Waypoints: Watkin path,Snowdon,Allt Maenderyn

Extra: Good pair of walking boots recommended as some scree towards summit of Snowdon

 

Sunday 24th: Mobb to Macc linear walk

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 14.5 miles - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A mainly flat linear walk across Cheshire's rambling countryside. An 8-mile walk option available.

Meet Point: ALTRINCHAM station for train at 10:10

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £8.80 (Buy from main stations or GMPTE shops. NOT available on train or tram.)

Walk Start: Mobberley station at 10:20

Waypoints: The Oaks, Smith Lane, Ilford factory, Town Lake Farm, Ancoats Road, Sandlebridge Farm, Great Warford(pub), Merryman's Lane, Field's Farm, Alderley Edge, White Barn Farm, The Wizard(tea room), Edge Hill, Daniel Hill, Turner House Farm, Allen's Farm, Legh Hall, Woodend Farm, Spittle House, Prestbury, Bollin Way, Macclesfield Cemetery.

Return Services: xx:40 & xx:55 from Macclesfield (rail replacement)

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's or wait until the pub stop! The final section is very likely to be muddy. Map EX268.

 

Thursday 28th: Dunham Massey Evening Walk

Tram & Bus based Walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A pleasant summer evening stroll from Altrincham passing through Dunham Massey estate.

Walk Start: Altrincham clock tower outside Altrincham bus/Metrolink interchange at 18:45.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ770880

Extra: We will be catching a bus back into Altrincham after a post-walk pint.

 

Saturday 30th: Marple Bridge Circular

Train-based Walk 2.5 Boots 12 miles - Leader: Max Townsend

Description: A serendipitous walk for a summer’s day through wooded glens, grassy meadows and country lanes. Unexpected surprises include an encounter with our stone-age ancestors, a woodland valley that has remained untouched since 1600 and a giant Owl!

Meet Point: Piccadilly station at 09:30 for train at 09:46.

Walk Start: Marple Station at 10:05

Waypoints: Strines, Mellor, Mill Brow, Werneth Low & Etherow Country Park.

Extra: Includes some moderate ascents.

 

JULY

Sunday 1st: Longridge Fell

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A post-Bowland Challenge walk over the nearby Longridge Fell, down to river Hodder and an odd bridge.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 to junction 31, turn under the motorway and follow A59 towards Clitheroe. Turn left on to B6245 towards Ribchester. Once in Ribchester you will pass the Ribchester Arms pub, take first right into Ribblesdale Road(marked Knowle Green?). After 1.5 miles, go straight ahead at the crossroads(Hall Arms pub). At the next crossroads(Newdrop Inn), go straight ahead. Car park is 1 mile on the right.

Walk Start: Jeffery Hill carpark at 10:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD639402

Waypoints: Jeffrey Hill, Spire Hill, Longridge Fell, Turner Fold, Birdy Brow, Ryddings Farm, River Hodder, Hodder Place, Cromwell's Bridge, Bradhurst Farm, Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, Greengore, Hudd Lee Wood, Plantation Farm, Gannow Fell

Extra: Maps EX287/OL41

 

Sunday 8th: Nine Ladies

Car-based Walk 2 Boots 9.5 miles - Leader: Mary Robinson

Description: A trip up to the Nine Ladies prehistoric stone circle on Stanton Moor, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, under threat from continued quarrying.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6 bearing left at Rising Sun and keep going for some 45 miles. Once you reach Two Dales, turn right on to Station Road(B5057) which is marked Peak Rail on a brown sign. Winster is 3 miles along this road.

Walk Start: Car park just before entering Winster (eastern side) off B5057 at 10:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK247606

Waypoints: Cowley Knowl(engine house ruin), Stanton Moor Edge, tower, Nine Ladies Stone Circle(lunch), King Stone, Cork Stone(baby Via Ferrata!), Birchover, Limestone Way, Cratcliffe Tor/Hermit's cave, Robin Hood's Stride, Elton, Winster(with a pub and its 16th Century Market Hall)

Extra: Map OL24

 

Wednesday 11th: Chorlton / Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley evening walk

Direct Walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles - Leader: Tristan Pocock / Alastair

Description: A most splendid walk through Chorlton Eees and the Mersey Valley. This is an easy walk, hopefully requiring only old trainers and a small bottle of water.

Walk Start: Outside the Horse and Jockey pub, Chorlton Green at 19:00 (Junction of Whitelow Rd. and St Clement's Rd. at the very west end of Beech Road)

Walk Start Postcode: M21 9HS

Waypoints: Jackson's Boat public House, Sale Water park, River Mersey, Chorlton Ees, Stretford Ees

Endpoint: Likely to be at The Beech or Horse and Jockey on Chorlton Green for a little nightcap!

Extra: This is a great introductory walk for prospective members to meet the members. Further info on location on www.merseyvalley.org.uk/Chorlton-ees.php, or generally www.merseyvalley.org.uk

 

Saturday 14th: Walsden to Littleborough linear walk

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles 300m Ascent - Leader: Paul Barnes

Description: A station-to-station walk on good paths taking in great views from the hills above Walsden, a lunch stop at the ruins of Little Town near Watergrove Reservoir and a short hop around the moors to finish on the canal towpath to Littleborough.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 10:24

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Walsden £5.30

Walk Start: Walsden Station at 10:55

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD932222

Return Services: xx:15 and xx:44

Waypoints: Walsden, Inchfield, Long Causeway, Watergrove, High Lee Slack, Grimes, Summit, Littleborough

 

Sunday 15th: Lytham

Car-based Walk 2 Boots 10.5 miles - Leader: James Myers

Description: From Lytham's spacious Green overlooking the Ribble estuary, the route heads inland, mainly along roads, lanes, tree lined avenues and field paths, before returning to the estuary. By the shore we pass above the Ribble Marshes, former docks and boatyards. There are wide and extensive views over the flat and fertile lands of the Fylde and across the estuary, with nearby Blackpool Tower sometimes in sight. We then return to Lytham windmill and head for the beach where we continue the walk through Granny's bay and onto the back of Fairhaven. We return through Fairhaven Lake and the prom.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6, M55 to junction 3, first exit A585, straight across first roundabout, straight across second roundabout onto B5259, turn left onto Park View Road, go to the end and arrive. To check directions use www.multimap.com. Park on the coast road or one of the side streets off it for free. There are pay and display carparks too.

Walk Start: Lytham Windmill, Lytham Green at 11:00.

 

Saturday 21st: Scafell Pike

Car-based Walk 3.5 Boots 12 miles 1000m Climb - Leader: Chris Wareing

Description: A strenuous walk up England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike(978m hasl), followed by the Cow Pie Challenge (or other menu choices) at Keswick's George Hotel as a reward for getting to the top, for those not having to head directly home.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:00.

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 to junction 36, A590 to Keswick. Take the B5289 out of Keswick towards Borrowdale. Leave the B5289 at Seatoller to take the narrow road towards Seathwaite.

Walk Start: Seathwaite Farmhouse cafe at 11:15. If you're coming here directly, you need to inform the walk leader on cjwareing (at) hotmail dot com. NB Borrowdale has no mobile phone reception.

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY235122

Waypoints: Seathwaite, Grains Gill, Sprinkling Tarn[NY229088], Esk Hause[NY215072], Broad Crag, Scafell Pike, Corridor Route to Sty Head[NY219095], Stockley Bridge, Seathwaite.

Extra: Car parking in Borrowdale can be interesting, and parking along the roadside to Seatoller is the best bet (with space for several tens of cars). There's a National Trust car park in Seatoller, a 20 minute walk away, if absolutely necessary. Allow time to then meet at the Walk Start. The Corridor Route down from the summit to Sty Head is slightly exposed in places so you need a head for heights. The usual mountain essentials like stout boots, warm layers and waterproofs are required as the summits are windy and slippery.

 

Sunday 22nd: Longdendale Valley

Train-based Walk 3 Boots 11 miles 450m Climb- Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A circular walk from Hadfield to see a great view of Longdendale

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 09.53.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap day return to Hadfield £2.90.

Walk Start: Hadfield Station at 10.35

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK023960

Return Services: xx:35; xx:05

Waypoints: Tintwistle Low Moor, Lad's Leap, Chew Reservoir, Laddow Moss, Pennine Way, Longdendale Valley, Tintwistle.

Extra: Toilets on the train

 

Wednesday 25th: Didsbury Fletcher Moss / Stenner Woods evening walk

Direct Walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles - Leader: Tristan Pocock / Alastair

Description: A pleasant summer walk around Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields, Stenner Lane (and woods)

Walk Start: The Didsbury, 852 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SG at 7pm. www.thedidsbury.co.uk

Walk End: ‘Ye Olde Cock Inn’, 848 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2RN. For further drinking opportunities

Extra: This walk is particularly good as an introductory to the club and its members. Further info on location on www.manchester.gov.uk/leisure/parks/south/fletcher.htm, or generally www.merseyvalley.org.uk. A post-walk drink in Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2RN is planned. Also, boots are advisable as the recent wet weather has rendered several parts of the route very muddy.

 

Saturday 28th: Toddle around Toddbrook

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 8 miles 300m Climb- Leader: Kirsten Wolthers

Description: A pleasant Saturday afternoon train-based walk around the countryside of Whaley Bridge.

Meet Point: Piccadilly train station at 13:30 for the 13:37 train

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Furness Vale £6.20

Walk Start: Furness Vale station at 14:09

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK008836

Return Services: 18:39, 19:13, 20:13 and 21:56.

Waypoints: Peak Forest Canal, Toddbrook Reservoir, Kettleshulme, The Moorside Hotel and Black Hill.

Extra: If summer continues as is (i.e. wet), we may need to negotiate a small river crossing, so please wear waterproof boots. If people are in need of some food after the walk, we can pop into the Chinese. Email me at kirsten.wolthers@virgin.net by the 24th July if you are interested, so that I can reserve a table or two.

 

Sunday 29th: Derwent Edge

Car-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles 300m Climb - Leader: Mike Jackson

Description: A nice summer walk taking in the delightful scenery around Ladybower/Derwent Reservoirs in the Peak District. Walk starts at a leisurely pace along the track by the reservoir before climbing up onto the moor and proceeding along Derwent Edge. Sample the Cakes of Bread before descending at the end of the Edge back down to the reservoir. Gradual climb of about 300m to ascend from reservoir, with a nice flat path along the top. Great views for miles around on a clear day.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:45

Suggested Route: Head east out of Manchester on M67/A57 past Hyde/Mottram to Glossop. Continue on A57 (Snake Pass) for roughly 10 miles towards Ladybower Reservoir. Turn left IMMEDIATELY before the bridge over the reservoir (signposted Derwent Valley). Follow road past the numerous lay-bys to Fairholmes car park at the end of the road at the top of the reservoir.

Walk Start: Fairholmes car park, Derwent Valley at 10:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK173893

Waypoints: Fairholmes car park, Abbey Tip Plantation, Sheepfold Clough, Lost Lad, Cakes of Bread, White Tor, Wheel Stones, Grindle Clough, Derwent.

Extra: £3.00 charge for all-day parking at car park. Toilets, snack bar serving sandwiches, bacon butties, baked potatoes etc. at car park.

 

AUGUST

Sunday 5th: Jacob's Ladder

Train-based Walk 3 Boots 8 miles 610m Climb - Leader: Claire Varley & Sarah Lewis

Description: Moderate scramble up to Grindsbrook Clough. Descent via the old packhorse route(Jacob's Ladder).

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:35

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Edale £7.80

Walk Start: Edale station at 10:20

Walk Start Grid Reference: tba

Waypoints: Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, The Woolpacks, Jacob's Ladder, Upper Booth, Edale

Return Services: 17:16, 18:29

Extra: Toilets near Walk Start. Pub stop at the Nag's head at Grindsbook Booth.

 

Wednesday 8th: Rose Hill Wander evening walk

Train-based Walk 1 Boot 5 miles - Leader: Richard Washington, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A walk from Rose Hill Marple Station to Marple Central Station via some fine east-Cheshire countryside, including a disused railway line, some woodland, a moat, and a canal.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the 18:36 to Rose Hill Marple.

Walk Start: Outside The Railway public house at 19:30 Suggested Ticket: Cheap Evening Return to Marple Stations.

Extra: Pre-walk drinky from 19:00 in The Railway public house. Trains finish early at Rose Hill Marple, so the return train will be from Marple Central. If you wish to drive to the walk start then the two stations are less than a mile apart. Parking is available at either station, so decide whether you want to walk the extra distance before the start of the walk or after the end! Or park at Romiley Station and board the train at 18:59.

 

Saturday 11th: Pennine Way Stage 2 - Crowden to Standedge

Train-based Walk 4 Boots 17 miles 650m Ascent - Leader: Nardia Lloyd

Description: A continuation of the local bits of the Pennine Way initially following the Longdendale Trail and then up out of the valley on the Pennine Way. We drop back into Marsden on the Standedge Way.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station at 09:16

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £3.50 + Marsden-Greenfield sgl £4.10

Walk Start: Hadfield station at 10:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD932222

Return Services: xx:45 from Marsden

Waypoints: tbc

 

Sunday 12th: Forest Of Bowland

Car-based Walk 3.5 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Arthur Macklin

Description:

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00

Suggested Route: Directions will be provided at the meet point at Deansgate Locks with the aim of minimising the number of cars as parking at the walk start may be limited.

Walk Start: Startifants Lane, northwest of Chipping at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD602442

Waypoints: Fell Foot, Blindhurst Fell, Holme House Fell, Fiendsdale Head, Langdale Castle, Sykes Fell, Saddle Fell, Wolfen Hall

Extra: Gaiters advisable - very soft underfoot and several rivers to cross. It would be advisable for drivers to plan their route carefully before reaching Deansgate as there is no obvious or straightforward route to the start point. NB mobile reception might be intermittent. Public Toilets available en route in Chipping.

 

Sunday 19th: Macclesfield to Buxton Linear Walk

Train-based Walk 3.5 Boots, 13.5 miles 400 metres of ascent Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A splendid walk through Macclesfield Forest, over Shutlingsloe and across the moors to Buxton from Macclesfield, hopefully calling in at the Cat and Fiddle pub for a quick one.

Meet Point: Meet 10.00 am Piccadilly Station for 10.15 train. Ticket is Wayfarer at £8.70

Walk Start:11.10 Macclesfield Station

Return Services: 16.25, 17.25, 18.25, 19.25 etc until 22.25

Waypoints: Macclesfield Station, The Hollins, Langley, Macclesfield Forest, Shutlingsloe,Cumberland Cottage, Cat & Fiddle pub, toilets near Derbyshire Bridge, Buxton

 

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 1st: Hope to Edale via Win Hill and Losehill

Train-based Walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 600m Ascent - Leader: Peter Trimbel

Description: A linear walk from Hope to Edale taking in two hills with breathtaking views on clear days. A couple of miles across farmland leads to a shallow ascent of Win Hill. We descend via Twitchell Farm to Hope village with the promise of a pub stop in the Cheshire Cheese Inn. Lunch stop (outside the pub!) and another couple of miles ascent up Losehill and along to Hollins Cross. We leave the ridge and descend down into Edale. Catch the train home or join your very thirsty walk leader in the Nag's Head pub.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:46

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hope (Derbyshire) £7.95

Walk Start: Hope station at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: tba

Return Services: xx:39 from Edale

Waypoints: Win Hill, Twitchell Farm, Losehill, Hollins Cross

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train. For anybody choosing to drive to Hope (and get the train back from Edale), there is ample parking at the station. NB the station is a good 10-15 minutes' walk from Hope village. Train services from Edale back to Hope run at 28 mins past the hour.

 

Saturday 8th: Arnside & Silverdale

Train or Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles 170m of Gentle Ascent - Leader: John Ireland

Description: Over Arnside Knott, past the tower and back along the beach.

Meet Point: Oxford Road station at 08:48 for train to Arnside (destination of train is Barrow in Furness).

Suggested Route: (From Manchester) M61, M6 to Jn 7, A6 to Milnthorpe then lefty onto B5282 along the coast to Arnside, under the railway bridge and turn right for the station. Parking available along the sea front.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Arnside £14.60

Walk Start: Arnside station at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Return Services: 16:55, 17:41 (Change at Lancaster), 18:54 (Change at Preston), 19:55

Waypoints: Arnside Knott, Arnside Tower, The Rows, Jenny Brown's Point, Silverdale, round the coast back to Arnside....

Extra: The return along the beach is dependent upon the tide, however indications are that it'll be on the way out by the time we get there (Low water is at around 1600). Also, Arnside chippy is recommended, £4.50 for fish & chips

 

Saturday 15th: Holmes Chapel Circular

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles - Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Following the Dane Valley Way, we head to the quaint village of Swettenham for lunch and a drink in the pub that was once a nunnery; alternatively you may prefer to have a wander around the Arboretum at the back of the Pub. From there, we follow a myriad of country lanes and footpaths to the village of Goostrey where we have another stop before the final leg back to Holmes Chapel.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station at 10:15 for train at 10:33. For ramblers from Stockport, another train leaves Piccadilly(10:34), going via Stockport(10:42); change at Wilmslow to make the connection to Holmes Chapel.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Holmes Chapel £7.80.

Walk Start: Holmes Chapel station at 11:20.

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Return Services:

Waypoints: tbc

Extra: Toilet facilities available at Walk Start (& a book club!)

 

Sunday 16th: Ramsbottom - Both Sides of the Valley

Car-based Walk 3.5 Boots 15 miles 500m Ascent - Leader: Andy Proctor

Description: The walk takes in both sides of the Irwell Valley along some lesser known routes with generally easy climbs apart from a very steep climb up to the top of Holcombe Hill at about the 10 mile mark. Expect muddy paths, tracks and some exposed moorland walking.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 9.00am

Walk Start: At large vase fountain sculpture in front of Grants Arms Hotel, Market Place, in the centre of Ramsbottom at 9.45am prompt. Heres Multimap link:-

http://www.multimap.com/hotels/?&hloc=GB|BL09AJ#t=l&map=53.64924,-
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Walk starts at 10.00am prompt.

 

Saturday 22nd: Sefton coastal footpath: sea, squirrels and sopwiths!

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles, minimal ascent (sand dunes) - Leader: Peter Trimbel

Description: A linear coastal walk from Freshfield to Southport taking in the red squirrel reserve, National Trust protected woodland, sand dunes and, of course, the beach. Opportunity for some to cut short the walk at 6 miles (Ainsdale Beach) where a further 1 mile walk up Shore Rd will take you to Ainsdale station (trains back to Southport every 15 mins). For those continuing to Southport, we may well ge the chance to see WWII aircraft in the distance as the Southport Air Show also takes place on this day. As there is a cover charge to enter the main Southport beach area on this day, we leave the beach at Birkdale sands for a 20 minute urban walk to Southport centre (well, we might have chance to visit a pub first ...)

Meet Point: Manchester Oxford Road station for the 09.26 to Southport (then changing for the 10.43 to Freshfield)

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Freshfield £9.50

Walk Start: Freshfield station at 11:00

Return Services: 16.43, 17.14, 17.42, 18.28, 19.16, 19.24, 20.34, 21.34

Waypoints: Formby red squirrel reserve, Ainsdale woodland reserve, Ainsdale beach, Birkdale sands, Southport.

Extra: Toilets located at red squirrel reserve (1 mile from walk start).

 

Sunday 23rd: Over Wyredale and the Wyre Way

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 13 miles - Leader: Alastair

Description: (OS Explorer Map OL41). From Abbeystead, a gentle climb up Margery’s Hill, across Lee Fell and up to the Ward stones. Descent down Tarnsdyke Clough into Tarnbrook. If we’re lucky, path along southern loop of the Wyre Way i.e through Marshaw and along the river Wyre. (otherwise shorter northern loop back into Abbeystead). Parts of this walk are on the Wyre Way, near the source of river Wyre, in the heights of the Forest of Bowland. There will be views to the massif of the Forest of Bowland.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: North on M60, exit J33, left off roundabout, ~200m left again, follow signs for Dolphinholme / Abbeystead. Walk start is 6.5 miles from J33 M6.

Walk Start Time: 10:30

Walk Start Location: Road parking at red phone box opposite “Cawthorne’s Endowed School” in Abbeystead [LA2 9BQ, small old primary school, OS Grid Ref. SD561543]

Extra: There may be boggy bits, so bring a change of footwear. Note also that there are no toilets at the start of the walk (Toilets available at Forton Motorway Services just before J33), nor are there any shops for sandwiches.

 

Saturday 29th: Handforth to Alderley Edge

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 8 miles - Leader: Jon Buckland

Description:Saturday afternoon walk in Cheshire taking in National Trust's Styal Mill, the original home of Lindow Pete and possibly some llamas.

Meet Point: 12.45 Piccadilly for 13:03 to Handforth.

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Alderley Edge £4.70

Walk Start: Handforth Train Station 13:25

Walk Start Grid Reference:

Return Services: From Alderley Edge 16.53, 17.02, 17.23, 18.01, 18.23, 19.02, 19.23

Waypoints: Handforth, Styal Village, Styal Mill, Morley Green, Lindow, Chorley, Alderley Edge

Extra: Toilets approx 1 hour into walk at Styal Mill.

 

Sunday 30th: Haverthwaite

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 9miles 300m Climb - Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at walk start

Description: A enjoyable romp over a fell in the South Lakes, real ale and a steam train. What else could you want?

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 9:45

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 to junction 36, then A590 for 18 miles to Haverthwaite looking for Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway signs.

Walk Start: Booking office of the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway station at Haverthwaite at 11:40.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD350842

Extra: Parking may be limited in their car park so go to the Meet Point to car-share. You'll need £3.10 for train journey.

 

Sunday 7th: Grindleford and Froggart Edge

Train-based walk 3 Boots 12 miles Leader: Alastair

Description: A classic walk along a tree-lined stream, open moors, and a cliff edge with great views, before a return walk along a river, just probably a pub at the end.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station's Destinations Board for train at 09:35.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return £7.95 or Wayfarer £8.80 if travelling into town.

Walk Start: Grindleford Station Café at 10:50.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK251787. Postcode S32 2HY.

Return Services: 17:11*, 18:10, 19:06*, 19:55. *Via Sheffield(extra train fare required)

Waypoints: Stream in Yanncliff Wood, Sheffield Plantation, Totley Moss edge, White Edge Moor, Froggatt Edge(plus maybe White Edge), Curbar and Calver, Grindleford.

Extra: OL24 Peak District(White Peak Area) map. Toilets at Walk Start in café if you're prepared to pay the cantankerous owner.

 

Saturday 13th: Hadfield Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles Leader: Jo Harvey

Description: A Saturday afternoon ramble followed by a meal at The Gun Inn, Hollingworth.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 13:19

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Hadfield £2.90

Walk Start: Hadfield station at 14.00

Return services: xx:01 or xx:31 from Hadfield

Waypoints: Tintwistle, Arnfield Flats, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Stalybridge Country Park, Hollingworthhall Moor

 

Sunday 14th: Hawthornwaite Fell and the Wyre Way

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 13 miles Leader: Alastair

Description: An initially challenging walk, using open access land and an enhanced gradient to start off with. Followed by a pleasant bog trot with potentially excellent views. This is culminating into a more gentle descent and attractive walk along the source of the river Wyre.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: M6 to exit J33, left off roundabout, ~200m left again, follow signs for Dolphinholme then Abbeystead. Walk Start is 6.5 miles from J33 M6.

Walk Start: Road parking at red phone box opposite “Cawthorne's Endowed School” in Abbeystead at 10:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD561543. Postcode LA2 9BQ.

Waypoints: Abbeystead reservoir, Hawthornwaite Fell, Langden Head, Dead Man's Stake Clough, Marshaw Fell, dropping down Black Clough to the Wyre Way.

Extra: OS Explorer Map OL41. There may (will) be boggy bits, so bring a change of footwear. No toilets at the Walk Start, nor shops for food once off the motorway (last services are: Forton Motorway Services just before J33 M6).

 

Sunday 21st: Hulme End

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles - Leader: Julie O'Brien, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A climb at the start and then a walk along the Manifold Valley to Wettonmill and back through the fields and villages to Hulme End

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6, follow A6 out of Buxton, follow diversion signs to A5270 (signposted also for Ashourne A515), A515 towards Ashbourne, turn right just after Jug & Glass pub for B5054 (signposted for hartington), carry on though Hartington to Hulme End, car park on Left hand side at Manifold Valley visitors centre.

Walk Start & End: Manifold Valley Visitor Centre Car Park at 11:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK103593

Waypoints: Manifold Way, Wetton Mill, Butterton, Warslow

Extra: Expect mud when crossing farmland and bring a change of shoes. Gaiters recommended! Parking in visitor centre car park is £3 for the day.

 

19th to 21st October 2007 -

Capel Curig, Snowdonia

Two days in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Accommodation is at the Youth Hostel in Capel Curig.

Walking itinerary will likely be finalised when we know what the weather is going to be like, but we hope to include an ascent of Tryfan and the Glyders - one of the finest scrambles in the UK (rated at about 4 boots or more), and maybe a second scramble (Crib Goch and the Snowdon horseshoe?). Less taxing walks will be available, subject to other walk leaders coming forward.

A full English cooked breakfast each morning is included in the price, provided by the Hostel. Materials will also be provided for sandwich making. Evening meals will not be provided, but are available from the Hostel, or excellent pub food is available close by.

Booking opens on Wednesday 5 September 2007 at 8:30 pm at our regular Knott Bar meet.

20 places are available and the cost will be around GBP 42.00 (to be confirmed). Don't forget, this includes cooked breakfast and lunch.

 

Sunday 28th: Holme Chapel Circular

Car-based Walk 3 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Jo Calam

Description: A varied circular walk via the 'Singing Ringing Tree', Thievely Pike and Cliviger Gorge

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: From Deansgate take A56 north to M60 junction 17, then east on M60 leaving at junction 18 to join M66 northbound. Continue forward onto A56. Take turning onto A682 (signposted Burnley) then turn right onto A646 (signposted Halifax, Todmorden). The Ram Inn is on the right hand side at the far end of the village.

Walk Start: The Ram Inn, Holme Chapel, Lancashire (NB Not Holmes Chapel in Cheshire!) at 10:00.

Walk Start Postcode: BB10 4SU http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?G2M?X=387401&Y=428661&A=Y&Z=3

Waypoints: tba

Extra: There are no toilets at the Walk Start. There are a couple of steep ascents and boggy land in places. Boots essential and no jeans. Please bring change of shoes for the pub as it has carpet.

 

Saturday 3rd: Fairfield, Red Screes, Kirkstone Pass Inn and Wansfell Pike.

Direct walk 4.5 Boots 15 miles 1000m Climb Leader: Chris Wareing

Description: We'll walk up Rydal Fell onto Great Rigg, then onto Fairfield. From there, we'll walk over to Dove Crag, down to the Scandale Pass, back up onto Red Screes, down to the Kirkstone Pass Inn (NB a steep descent) for a pint, along to Wansfell Pike and down to Troutbeck YHA. We'll then drive back up to Rydal to fetch the cars.

Walk Start: Pelter Bridge carpark(free), Rydal at 09:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY365059

Extra: This is a long, high-level, exposed ridge walk. Bring full waterproofs and warm clothing in case the weather is inclement. Also, a torch (preferably head torch) may be useful as it is distinctly possible we'll finish this walk in the dark. Any sharing of lifts from Manchester should be co-ordinated on the message board as the walk leader will be on the Lakes weekend and out of contact from Tuesday 30th October.

 

2nd to 4th November 2007 - Lakeland Weekend

Organiser : Ed Bray

We will be staying at Windermere Youth Hostel which is in the village of Troutbeck, a few miles to the North of Windermere and is on the approach to the well known Kirkstone Pass. The idea is to do some easier walks for the shorter days.

A 2 boot walk will be offered on both the Saturday and the Sunday.

The first will be a 8 mile walk going through Skelghyll Wood, nipping into Ambleside to view the Stock Ghyll Force waterfalls followed by a walk up Wansfell Pike giving views over Lake Windermere and returning back to the hostel via Troutbeck.

The second 2 boot walk will take in two tops of Applethwaite Common (Sour Howes and Sallows).

An harder alternative will be offered on at least one of the days. Probably heading in the direction of Red Screes or Fairfield.

Breakfast (£4.20) and lunches (£3.80 small, £4.80 large) can be bought from the Youth Hostel or you can bring your own supplies if you so wish. The evening meal on Saturday would probably be in the local pub (details still to be worked out).

Places available: 20

Cost : £31.00

Booking: starts 19th September 2007 , 8.30 pm at the Knott Bar

 

Sunday 11th: Rushton Spencer, Danebridge and Wincle

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles Leader: Mike Jackson

Description: A lovely walk taking in rolling countryside, wild moorland, the craggy roaches and two very nice pubs serving real ale.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6 then A523 out to Macclesfield. Continue on the A523 out of Macclesfield towards Leek. About 4 miles south of Macclesfield, turn right in Rushton Spencer into Station Road. Turn left after the Knot Inn down a grassy track to the car park.

Walk Start: Rushton Spencer car park at 10:15.

Walk Start Map Location:http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?lat=53.1587&lon=-2.097&scale=10000&icon=x

Waypoints: tba

 

Sunday 18th: Todmorden to Stoodley Pike and back

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10.5 miles 250m Climb Leader: John Ireland

Description: A quick steep climb out of Todmorden then a much gentler climb up to the Pennine way, undulating across to Stoodley Pike with some cracking views on the way. Then, a gentle descent to the Rochdale Canal and back via the canal to Tod and the pub, possibly pausing at a tea shop...

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 09:09

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Todmorden £5.90 - or a GM Rail Ranger and a Littleborough to Todmorden Return (£3.10) if travelling from further afield in Greater Manchester.

Walk Start & Finish: Todmorden station car park at 10:00

Return Services: 17:01, 18:01, 19:01 etc.

Waypoints: Salford, Rake End, Gaddings Dam, Langfield Edge, Pennine Way, Withens Gate, Stoodley Pike Monument (Lunch), Cruttonstall, Rochdale Canal, White Hart Inn (Pub)

Extra: Car route is M66, A56, A681 through Bacup and over the tops, turn left on A6033 and Tod Station is just off the roundabout by the town hall. Gaiters and good sturdy boots advised. Please bring passports for crossing the Lancashire-Yorkshire border.

 

Saturday 24th: Beatles Walk

Train-based walk 0.5 Boots 6 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at walk start

Description: A meandering walk in south Liverpool connecting childhood homes and other things that influenced the Beatles.

Meet Point: Manchester Oxford Road station for train at 12:43.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Liverpool £8.50

Walk Start: West Allerton station at 13:45.

Return Services Back To Manchester: 16:04, 16:36, 16:39, 17:04

Return Services Back To Liverpool: 16:10, 16:39, 17:08, 17:44

Extra: Walk ends at Mossley Hill station. Trainers are allowed but there are some muddy paths. After the walk, for those that are interested, we'll travel into Liverpool to look at their magnificent pubs.

 

DECEMBER

Saturday 1st: Helmshore to Love Clough

Coach-based walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles 450m Climb Leader: Ruth Hart, joining on Bury New Road

Description: This walk skirts the western fringes of Rossendale, broadly following the route of the Rossendale Way. It takes in a variety of terrain, including tracks and roads, but much of the walk is over rough moorland, and you should come prepared to get muddy.

Meet Point: Manchester Chorlton Street, Stand EZ for service for X41 bus at 09:15. This bus also picks up outside the town hall, on Deansgate and Bury New Road.

Suggested Ticket: Day Rambler(£5.50)

Walk Start: Helmshore Post Office, Broadway, Helmshore at 10:00.

Walk Finish: The Glory, Love Clough, around 16:00.

Return Services: xx:17, xx:37, xx:57

 

Sunday 9th: The Annual MAD Walkers Santa Walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 9 miles Leader: Richard 'Tinsel' Washington

Description: A short walk to work up an appetite for a traditional Christmas dinner on the edge of the Peak District. Be sure to wear something festive! Meet Point: Piccadilly station at 10:45. (Further details will be sent to those that book)

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £3.50

Walk Start: Dinting Area

Return Service: A bus is laid on get us back to the train station to get back into town for 21:30.

Extra: This 3-course pub meal walk has limited places, available now for those able to do a bank transfer. The cost is £20 for the meal and bus. Later places will be sold at the Pub Social on Wednesday 7th November from 20:30; please bring your membership card and cash/chequebook. Email for more info, sortcode etc.. If you book and then find yourself unable to attend, please allow us adequate time to replace you, otherwise payment won't be returned.

Saturday 15th: Edale to Castleton via Rushup Edge and Mam Tor

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 400m Climb Leader: Peter Trimbel

Description: A linear walk up and over to Castleton.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station destinations board for train at 09:46.

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Hope - £7.90

Walk Start: Edale station at 10:40. Toilets near walk start.

Walk Finish: Castleton town centre.

Waypoints:Barber Booth, Chapel Gate, Rushup Edge, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Mam Farm, Odin Mine

Extra:Hope station is 2 miles from the walk finish point. After a drink or two in Castleton, walk leader will be taking the 5 minute bus journey (service 272 from Castleton bus station, on the hour every hour) to Hope village. Last pint of the day in the Old Hall Inn from where its a 15 min walk to Hope railway station for the train back to Manchester (departs xx39)

 

Sunday 16th: Haworth

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 250m Climb Leader: John Ireland

Description: Christmas Victoriana, Wuthering Heights, Haunted Pubs and possibly the odd steam train....

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:30.

Suggested Route: M60, M66, A56, A681 through Bacup and over the tops, turn left onto A646 through Todmorden then Turn left onto A6033 at Hebden Bridge, follow A6033 through Oxenhope, turning left onto B6142 Lees Lane, signposted for Haworth to head into Haworth Village Centre.

Walk Start: Outside Bronte Parsonage Museum, SE029372 at 11:00

Waypoints: Bronte Parsonage, Standbury, Pennine Way, Top Withins, Bronte Waterfalls, Penistone Hill, Haworth.

Extra: Ample Car Parking avaialble at several Pay and Display Car Parks in Haworth, click here for a street map. Charges are around £2.50 for the day. Walk will finish slightly earlier that usual to allow the delights of Haworth's Traditional Victorian Christmas ambience to be sampled. Reconvene afterwards in Rusholme at Hardy's Well on Wilmslow Road, leaving at 7pm for a curry.

 

Saturday 22nd: Lad's Leap and the Pennine hard-way up Torside

Train-based walk 3 Boots 11 miles 500m Climb Leader: Andy Barclay

Description: Another chance to experience a rewarding 6 plus hours of fairly fast paced walking, a couple of long (circa 30 minute) steep climbs, some rough and narrow paths, heather, moss and peat.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:16 to Hadfield.

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Glossop, or GM Rail Ranger if coming from further afield in Greater Manchester - trains back to Manchester at 17.06, 17.36, 18.06 etc.

Walk Start: Walk starts at 10.00 from Hadfield station, but finishes at Glossop Station (Only a problem if you have driven to Hadfield, in which case it's an extra walk or one stop on the train back to your car)

Walk Finish: 16:30, time for a few in Glossop.

Waypoints: Hadfield, Lads Leap, Torside, Grouse, Butts & Cock Hill.

 

Sunday 23rd: The Goyt Valley from Whaley Bridge II

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 12 miles 400m Climb Leader: Richard Washington

Description: From Whaley Bridge, we walk up the picturesque Goyt Valley, then head for Shining Tor, before returning along The Tors with spectacular panoramic views of the Peak District National Park. Then, we return to Whaley for a few drinks and a White Christmas, before finishing the evening off with a curry.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 09:03 to Whaley Bridge

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return Manchester to Whaley Bridge £6.30

Walk Start: Whaley Bridge Railway Station SK011814 at 09:40

Walk Finish: Whaley Bridge

Waypoints: River Goyt, Fernilee Reservoir, Errwood Reservoir, Errwood Hall, Shooter's Clough, Shining Tor, Cats Tor, Taxal Edge, Toddbrook Reservoir.

Extra: Our second attempt at a walk first done two years ago. It is a long walk on one of the shortest days of the year, so just in case bring a torch. If you wish to join us for the curry then please email

 

Wednesday 26th (BOXING DAY): Chorlton to Chorlton Ees/Mersey Valley

Car-based walk 1.5 Boots 6-8 miles Ascent: nil Leaders: Alastair & John Ireland

Description: Walk off that turkey guilt. A most splendid walk through Chorlton Eees and the Mersey Valley. This is an easy flat walk.

Meet and Walk Start: Chorlton Green, at the ‘Horse and Jockey’ pub end. This at the junction of Whitlow Rd and St Clement’s Rd. at the very west end of Beech Road, at 11am

Walk Start Postcode: M21 9HS

Walk Finish: Highly likely to be the The Beech / Horse and Jockey / Bowling Green and further drinking opportunities

Waypoints: Jackson’s Boat public House, Sale Water park, River Mersey, Chorlton Ees, Stretford Ees

Extra: Further info about the area on www.merseyvalley.org.uk/Chorlton-ees.php, or generally www.merseyvalley.org.uk

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