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AGM 11th November 2017

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

The Essentials

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

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

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


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

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

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

Lead a walk

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

Historical walks

Walks in the old format organised by year: 200620072008200920102011

Historical walks in the newer format: 2011201220132014201520162017

JANUARY 2008

Saturday 5th: Plumley Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8.5 miles Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Pleasant perambulation through the Cheshire countryside

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:25

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Plumley £7.10

Walk Start: Plumley Station at 11:10

Walk Finish: Peover Eye, Holford Hall & Holford Moss

Return Services: Hourly back to Manchester 16:36, 17:41, 18:32, 19:34, 20:32, 21:35, 22:08, 23:21 - NOTE: Change at Stockport on trains from 19:34 onwards.

Extra: No toilet facilities at Plumley - use those on the train

 

Saturday 12th: Whalley Abbey

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 8.5 miles 200m Climb Leader: John Ireland - joining the train at Bolton.

Description: A gentle afternoon amble around a quiet corner of rural East Lancashire, ending in a gentle climb up a small hill with lots of views of Pendle and the West Pennines, and then back to Whalley for a look round the abbey.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train to Whalley (Lancs) at 11:00.

Suggested Ticket: Manchester to Whalley Cheap Day Return £8.00. If you've got a GM Country Card or Train Card, get a return from Bromley Cross to Whalley, which is £5.70

Suggest Driving Route: If you want to drive there, the route is M602, M60(N), to Jn 18 for the M66, continue along the A56, then A6068 to Clitheroe, left onto A671, left onto B6246 Accrington Road and be at the station for 1215.

Walk Start: Whalley Station at 1215

Walk Postcode: BB7 9RX

Walk Finish: Whalley Station

Waypoints: Whalley Station, Nethertown, Calderstones Hospital, Common Side, Brook House Farm, Wiswell, Sheep Cote Farm, Wiswell Wireless Station, Clerk Hill, Spring Wood, Whalley Abbey

Return Services: 1642, 1718, 1814, 1842 and 42 past the hour thereafter.

Extra: No Toilets at the station, use the ones on the train beforehand! If you'd like to look around the ruined abbey at the end of the walk, there is an entrance fee of £2, which goes to the upkeep of the abbey and grounds, available from the tea shop. It could be a bit muddy too...

 

Sunday 13th: Boulsworth Hill

Car-based walk 3 Boots 12.5 miles 600m Climb Leader: Richard Washington

Description: See fine views of Pendle Hill, the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the South Pennines from the South Pennines' highest point. It was originally intended that Boulsworth Hill be a highlight of the Pennine Way, but due to access problems the Pennine Way instead passes 3 miles to the east.

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

Suggested Route: Once you leave the motorway, the route gets confusing, so please plan your route carefully before departing. But try the A56, M60, M66, A56, M65 to J10, A671, A679, A682, Briercliffe Road, Burnley Road, Halifax Road.

Walk Start: The lay-by on Halifax Road, 500 m after the junction of Ridehalgh Lane. Click here for an Multimap map of the area.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD901351

Extra: Please meet at Deansgate Locks so that car sharing can be optimised. Although there are some good paths on this walk, also expect to be making your way across plenty of pathless moor. If the ground is not frozen it will be wet and boggy. Bring gaiters and a torch.

 

Saturday 19th: Stalybridge reservoir walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 7 miles Leader: Kerry Scutts

Description: A pleasant afternoon walk round the reservoirs and countryside of Stalybridge.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 11:27.

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger

Walk Start: Stalybridge rail station at 11:45.

Waypoints: Stalybridge CP, Swineshaw reservoirs, Harridge Pike, Higher Hydegreen, pub.

Return Services: At least one train an hour back to Piccadily and Victoria.

Extra: There's a service from Piccadilly at 11:12 too(arrives 11:25).

 

Sunday 20th: Blackstone Edge

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A long climb up to Blackstone Edge for lunch and great views, then across M62(by a bridge!) and back down to Hollingworth Lake.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train to Littleborough at 10:15

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return £2.75

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 11:00

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: xx:53

Extra: At the moment, the journey from Rochdale to Littleborough will be by rail replacement bus.

 

Saturday 26th: Edale & Crowden Tower

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 6 miles 450m Climb Leader: Mark Murphy

Description: A reasonable trot out of Edale up to Kinder Edges to take in the views. Then, back down Crowden Clough to meet the start / end of the Pennine Way back into Edale.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train to Edale at 09:46.

Suggested Ticket: Return from Piccadilly for £8.20 or Wayfarer ticket for £8.80 (see www.gmpte.com).

Walk Start: Edale Station at 10:30

Walk Start Postcode: S33 7ZN

Waypoints: Edale Station, Grindsbrook Booth, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowden Tower, Crowden Clough, Upper Booth, Grindsbrook Booth

Walk Finish: Edale Station

Return Services: 14:47, 15:46, 16:47.

Extra: No Toilets at the station, use the ones on the train beforehand! If you want to drive there, the route is M60 J1, then follow signs for A6 Buxton, through Hazel Grove, past Whaley Bridge. Follow exit signs off the A6 near Chapel-en-le-Frith for Edale. After about 3 miles, turn left to go over Mam Tor, dropping down into the valley. Meet at Edale Station at 10:30. It could be a bit muddy!

 

Sunday 27th: Picturesque Longnor, Nr Buxton

Car-based walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles 300m Climb Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Circular walk through Longnor’s surrounding hills. Features some of the most impressive scenery in the White Peak with a quick stop at The Quiet Woman pub near the end.

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

Suggested Route: A6 south through Buxton. 3 miles south of Buxton, turn right onto A5270. After 2 miles turn right onto A515 and then immediate left onto B5053 signposted to Longnor. After 3 miles, park in village square near pubs and shops.

Walk Start: Longnor village square at 10:30 (SK17 0NS)

Waypoints: Longnor, Glutton Bridge, Hollinsclough, Stoop Farm, Glutton Grange, Parkhouse Hill (possibly), Earl Sterndale.

Extra: Might be an idea for some people to bring torches in case we lose some light at the end and for when we pack up to go home.

Lots of choice for refreshments afterwards with 4 pubs in the centre of the village.

Toilets at Start/Finish

 

FEBRUARY

Sunday 3rd: Margery Hill and the Howden Moors

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 13 miles 350m Climb Leader: Richard Washington

Description: A walk along the upper reaches of the River Derwent, before we branch off and follow Howden Edge, taking in various high points on the way.

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

Suggested Route: The A57 (Snake Pass) is currently closed due to a land slip. As it islikely to be closed for some time, we will probably have to use thealternative route via Castleton. From Manchester, take A6 to theChapel-en-le-Frith roundabout. Go straight on, then immediately take theslip road for the A6187 to Castleton. Follow this down Winnats Pass,through Castleton, then take the A6013 left turn to Bamford. Follow theroad to the A57, and turn left at the traffic lights (through theroad-closed signs?), then take the first right immediately after thebridge over Ladybower Reservoir (signposted Derwent Valley), and park inthe Fairholmes Car Park. Please make sure you are ready to departDeansgate Locks promptly at 8:30, as the alternative route will take abit longer and we don't want to miss the bus.

Walk Start: Fairholmes car park, Derwent Valley at 09:45.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK172893

Waypoints: Howden Reservoir, River Derwent, Hoar Clough, Featherbed Moss, Howden Edge, Harden Moss, Margery Hill, High Stones, Nether Hey, Derwent Reservoir.

Extra: We will be catching the number 222 bus from near the Fairholmes car park at 10:00, which will take us to King's Tree. Therefore you must have arrived at the car park, booted up and be ready at the bus stop by this time. Otherwise you will miss the bus and miss the walk. Bring some money for the bus. Gaiters recommended.

 

Sunday 10th: Hebden Bridge (Northside – Hebden Dale, Blank Hill, Lumb Hole Waterfall) - UPDATED

Train-based walk 2 Boots 10 miles Leader: Alastair (will meet at Manchester Victoria Station)

Description: A circular walk through to the North of Hebden Bridge and also Heptonstall.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria station for the 9:14 train to Hebden Bridge

Suggested Ticket: Manchester to hebden Bridge Return - should be £6.60

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge Station at 10:10

Waypoints: A walk through Heptonstall, on to Hebden Dale, up to Black Hill, then across to Lumb Hole Waterfall, then down through Midgehole and back to Hebden Bridge

Return Services: Leave Hebden Bridge station at xx:54 (back in Manchester Victoria about 45mins later)

 

Saturday 16th: Broadbottom Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9miles Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Roundabout ramble from Broadbottom village via Werneth Low and Etherow Country Park. Some 'moderate' ascents involved.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 10:49.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Broadbottom £2.80.

Walk Start: Broadbottom Station at 11:15.

Walk Start Postcode: S33 7ZN

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: 15 & 45 minutes past each hour.

Extra: The reccie was quite wet & muddy! Please bring appropriate footwear. No ablutionary facilities at Broadbottom Station – use those on the train.

 

Sunday 17th: Appley Bridge joint walk

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: Merseyside Young Walkers group join us up a couple of hills where, on a clear day, we can absorb the whole of Lancashire's coast. This means two ascents but they're not too steep.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:49 (passing through Bolton 10:05)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Appley Bridge £3.00.

Walk Start: Appley Bridge station at 10:40.

Waypoints: Martin's Farm, Atherton's Farm, Ashurst's Beacon, Ashley Farm, Lees Lane, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Parbold Hill, High Moor, Boar's Den, Fairy Glen, Worthington's Farm

Return Services: xx:34

 

Saturday 23rd: Pennine Way Stage 3 - Standedge to Hebden Bridge

Train-based walk 4 Boots 21 miles Leader: Richard Washington

Description: We continue our journey along the country's toughest long-distance path, with a walk from Greenfield to Hebden Bridge.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for the train to Greenfield at 08:27.

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger (use it also to get to/from home if travelling by train) + Hebden Bridge-Littleborough single.

Walk Start: Greenfield Station at 08:50

Return Services: xx:28 and xx:59 from Hebden Bridge (xx:28 after 20:28)

Extra: Walk leader will meet at Stalybridge Station, having caught the 08:12 from Piccadilly. It's a long walk so bring a torch just in case we don't make it back before dusk. There is an option for individuals to head for Littleborough at Blackstone Edge Moor, cutting the walk to 14 miles. If you plan to take this option you will still need to walk at a fast pace and must be confident in navigating yourself safely off the moor. Your return services will be xx:16 and xx:45 from Littleborough(xx:45 after 19:45).

 

Sunday 24th: Saddleworth Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 400m Climb Leader: Chris Wareing, meeting at walk start

Description: A walk round the Pennine valley of Saddleworth, visiting the local micro-brewery.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:18.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return £3.00

Walk Start: Greenfield station at 10:45.

Walk Start Postcode: OL3 7JZ

Waypoints: Dovestones Reservoir, Pots'n'Pans war memorial, Saddleworth Church, Uppermill

Return Services: 17:30, 19:30, 21:30(final)

Extra: No toilets at the start (use those on train), but there are facilities at Dovestones.

 

MARCH

Sunday 2nd: Entwistle Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles 400m Climb Leader: Steve Lees

Description: Passing by the old Krypton Factor assault course and a climb up to Peel Tower

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:00.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Entwistle station £4.60

Walk Start: Strawbury Duck pub at 10:45.

Walk Start Postcode: BL7 0LU

Return Services: 16:02 & 18:02

Waypoints: Wayoh Reservoir, old Krypton Factor assault course, Redisher Woods, Peel Tower, Edgworth

Extra: By car from Edgworth, follow the Entwistle signs. Parking available on or next to Strawbury Duck pub. Toilets near start.

 

Saturday 8th: Dane Valley Way linear walk

Train-based walk 2 Boots 12 miles Leader: Phil Walters

Description: The Dane Valley Way is predominantly flat with a couple of sharp climbs up from the river

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 9:33 to Holmes Chapel, arriving at 10:17

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £8.80 plus Congleton-MACC sgl. (Buy Wayfarer from main stations or GMPTE shops. NOT available on train)

Walk Start: Holmes Chapel station at 10:20

Return Services: 16:25 , 18:25, 19:34. from Congleton

Waypoints: tba

Extra: Map EX268

 

Sunday 9th: Worsley Sunday Lunch

Note - the Chinley walk originally scheduled for this date has been postponed to a later date

Bus-based walk 1 Boot 8 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A mainly flat linear walk around Worsley and its industrial past

Meet Point: Piccadilly BUS station for No. 36 bus at 09:25.

Suggested Ticket: Bus Daysaver £4.00 (all buses believed to be operated by First)

Walk Start: Walkden at 10:20.

Return Services: xx:20 (No. 68) & xx:51 (No. 33) From Worsley Court House

Waypoints: Walkden, Roe Green, Worsley Old Hall, Booth's Bank, Bridgewater Canal, Worsley Green

Extra:After the walk, we aim to go for Sunday Lunch, for those interested - carry a change of footwear (& clean trousers?!) N.B for travellers from Bolton, the No. 36 & 37 buses also depart from Great Moor Street Bus Station in Bolton (Journey time about 30 minutes)

 

Saturday 15th: Hope & Glory (Peak District)

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

Description: Circular walk from Hope Station via the impressive wooded hills overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly for train at 10:46.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hope £8.30 (or Wayfarer £8.80 from GMPTE shops/booking offices)

Walk Start: Hope Station at 11:35.

Return Services: 39 minutes past the hour, every hour

Waypoints: tba

Extra: No powder room at Hope Station – use facilities on the train. Also, there will be no opportunity to stop for victuals (snacks & drinks) at the start of the walk so please come prepared!

 

Sunday 16th: Dunsop Bridge (Forest of Bowland)

Car-based walk 3 Boots 11 miles 300m Climb Leader: Alastair

Description: A pleasant walk through pleasant countryside, followed by a walk up and over one of the lower fells of the forest of Bowland, followed by a pleasant river walk back.

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

Suggested Route: (from Clitheroe) Find your way to Clitheroe train station (RAC Route Planner prefers the M61/A59 route). Pick up signs for B6478 and leave Clitheroe on the B6478/Waddington Road. After 7 miles, you will go through Waddington village and then come to Newton village. Here you should see signs off to the left for Dunsop Bridge. (If you come to Slaidburn, you've gone too far). After about 2 miles from Newton, you will come to Dunsop Bridge, a smallish hamlet with a few houses. The car park (only one) is on the right hand side, opposite to the river and before the bridge.

Walk Start: 10.30am at Dunsop Bridge car park

Walk Start Postcode: BB7 3BB (The nearby Post Office)

Waypoints: Dunsop Fell, Dunsop Head, around Beatrix Fell, Stoney Clough, then through part of the Forest of Bowland.

Extras: OS Explorer OL41 The toilet - Dunsop Bridge car park. The pub at the end - Parkers Arms, Newton (BB7 3DY).

 

Good Friday 21st: Aber Falls and the Northern Carneddau

Car-based walk 4 Boots 10 miles 930m Climb Leader: Mark Murphy

Description: Good Friday! What a great opportunity to get out into the hills! We go over the top of Aber Falls and on to admire some of the glorious, lesser trodden (and weather-exposed) northern Carneddau - topping out at 942 metres. Then back down to view the falls from their base.

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

Suggested Route: West-bound M56 to the end, A5117, A550, A494, A55. Follow A55 for around 45 miles and exit at J13 for Abergwyngregyn. Through village and Bont Newydd car park is ¾ mile up the road, just before the bridge.

Walk Start: Bont Newydd – ¾ miles south-east of Abergwyngregyn at 10:00.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH 662 719

Waypoints: Bont Newydd, Aber Falls, Foel Fras, Garnedd Uchaf, Yr Aryg, Bera Bach, Drosgl, Afon Garn, Aber Falls, Bont Newydd

Note: The route traverses a scree slope, requires a (mild) head for heights for the climb alongside the waterfall and follows the river towards the top. Good walking boots and waterproofs a must, no jeans and expect it to be wet underfoot. Bring a change of clothes for a comfortable return trip to Manchester!

Extras: £2 for the car park. Mobile reception is not guaranteed, so best meeting at Deansgate Locks. Expected walk duration 7hrs. There are toilets at the start/end of the walk.

 

Easter Monday 24th: Northwich Watery Walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 8.5 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Altrincham

Description: A start around Northwich's industry giving way to quietercountryside where nature is taking back former industrial land. Later we visit one of the canal network's Seven Wonders. A predominantly flat walk.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly for train at 10:24 (also passes Stockport 10:34 & Altrincham 10:51)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Greenbank £8.10

Walk Start: Lostock Gralam at 11:15

Return Services: 15:38 & 16:10 & 16:25 & 17:30 from Greenbank

Waypoints: Lostock Gralam, Trent & Mersey Canal, Lion Salt Works, Neumann's Flash, Daisy House Meadows, Big Wood, Budworth Mere, (lunch at Marbury Country Park's picnic benches), Cogshall Lane, Anderton, Boat Lift, Weaver Navigation, Greenbank

Extra: (Note to self, secateurs)

 

Sunday 30th: Mountain Walk for Non-Mountaineers: Old Man of Coniston(803m)

Car-based walk 4 Boots 7 miles 750m Climb Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: This walk is aimed at people who are used to walking but would like to progress further afield ascending mountains and gaining experience on mountain terrain, and of course enjoying the (hopeful) panoramic views from the summit. Within the day's time limits, we will progress at a steady peace and remain as a group to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable day's walking. This is not meant for fast-paced walkers but some experience will be required as well as willingness, determination and be prepared for a long day.

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

Suggested Route: TBA

Walk Start: Coniston main car park at 10:00 (toilets available)

Waypoints: Coniston, Old Man, Swirl How, Coniston Fells, Pub

Extra: Expected walk duration 6hrs. Make sure you put your clocks forward on the night of the 29th! Be prepared for snow and wind chill.

 

APRIL

Saturday 5th: Pennine Way Stage 4 - Hebden Bridge to Cowling

Train-based walk 4 Boots 16.5 miles 700m Ascent Leader: Richard Washington

Description: Stage 4 of our journey along this famous national trail takes us north across the South Pennines, and through the heart of Brontë country.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for the train to Hebden Bridge at 09:24

Suggested Ticket: Single to Hebden Bridge £6.60 + Day Rambler £5.50 on bus

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge station at 10:05

Return Services: #21 bus from Cowling into Burnley xx:07. Frequent onward services from Burnley. Approx 2hr10 total return journey to Manchester.

Extra: Afterwards a visit to the Brun Lea!

 

Sunday 6th: Buckden Pike

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 12 miles 550m Climb Leader: Phil Walters

Description: : A walk up the 4th highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the polish air crew memorial (www.buckdenpike.co.uk/) and hopefully a pub on route. The last 6 miles will be mostly flat as we follow the Dales Way back to Kettlewell.

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

Suggested Route: From Deansgate, continue north on the A56 before briefly taking the M60 at J17 and then on to the M66 at J18. When M66 peters out, follow signs for the A56. Join the M65 at J8. When the M65 peters out, follow signs for the A56 and Skipton. Take the A59 around Skipton and then left at a roundabout on to the B6265. At Grassington, continue on the B6160 for another 9 miles. The Carpark is on the left as you enter Kettlewell after crossing the bridge across the Wharf.

Walk Start: Kettlewell carpark at 10:50. There is a charge for the carpark.

Waypoints: National Park Authority carpark at Kettlewell,Top Mere Road, Cam Head,Tor Mere Top, Memorial Cross, Buckden Pike, Buckden , Kettlewell (taking the Dales way along side the River Wharf)

Extra: The top of Buckden Pike is likely to be boggy. Gaiters are advised.

 

Saturday 12th: Barrow Bridge and Burnt Edge

Direct walk 1.5 Boots 5 miles Leader: John Ireland

Description: A walk on the wild side on the outskirts of Bolton.

Meet Point: Moss Bank Park Car Park, just off A58 Moss Bank Way Bolton from 13:15

Walk Start: Moss Bank Park Car Park at 13:30

Suggested Bus Services: 501 from Bolton Bus Station, alternatively 519 or 125 from Bolton Bus Station, alight at Captains Clough Rd and walk down to the park.

Waypoints: Barrow Bridge, 63 Steps, Walker Fold, Burnt Edge, Matchmoor Lane, Bob's Smithy (Pub), Old Links Golf Course, Moss Bank Park.

Extra: Toliets near start. Bob's Smithy purveys a variety of real ales.

 

Sunday 13th: Chinley Churn & South Head

Train-based walk 2 Boots 7.5 miles 400m Ascent Leader: Faye Salisbury, meeting at Walk Start

Description: Two green hills rise above the Pennine village of Chinley on the edge of the Kinder moors.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:35.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Chinley £7.30 (Or a Wayfarer £9.20 includes your journey to Piccadilly)

Walk Start: Chinley station at 10:20.

Waypoints: Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn, Peep-O-Day, Mount Famine, South Head

Return Services: 14:23, 16:25, 17:24

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start - use the train's.

 

Saturday 19th: Helmshore

Coach-based walk 1.5 Boots 5.5 miles Leader: Tristan Pocock

Description: A short walk up above Helmshore in Rossendale, past a disused quarry and skirting round Tor Hill on the Rossendale Way.

Meet Point: Bus stop EZ opposite Chorlton Street Coach Station (Postcode M1 3JF, in the Centre of Manchester, off Portland Street) for X41 bus at 09:45 (also via Albert Square & Prestwich Longfield Centre)

Walk Start: Helmshore Post Office, The Broadway, BB4 4HD at 10:45

Suggested Ticket: Day Rambler(£5.50)

Return Services: xx:21 & xx:51

Extra: A visit to Helmshore Textiles Museum(BB4 4NP) is planned after the walk.

 

Sunday 27th: Round the Bend to The Cat & Fiddle

Train-based walk 3 Boots 11 miles 550m Climb Leader: John Ireland

Description: Our annual walk to commemorate the MAD Walkers' first walk before the group formed! This year it's a lofty circuit taking in the high country to the north west of Buxton, passing through Shining Tor and stopping at the famous Cat & Fiddle Pub.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train to Buxton at 09:46, calls at Bolton 09:26, Levenshulme 10:01, Heaton Chapel 10:04, Stockport 10:08, Davenport 10:11

Suggested Ticket: Manchester-Buxton Cheap Day Return £7.10, Duo Ticket for 2 available for £10.10 (ish), Wayfarer £9.20 if travelling in from beyond Manchester, if you have a Countycard for the train, £5.50 Middlewood to Buxton Return.

Walk Start: Buxton Train Station at 11:00

Waypoints: Buxton, Round The Bend, Errwood Dam (lunch), Pye Chair, Cat Tor, Shining Tor, Cat & Fiddle (pub), Devonshire Bridge, Buxton.

Extra: No Toilets at Walk Start, use the ones on the train, Toilet at Errwood Reservoir car park, and also at the Cat & Fiddle. Car park at Buxton station is £4 for the day

 

Thursday 8th: Hartshead Pike evening walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boot 5 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: An evening linear walk with promises of great views towards the city but with a steep climb up from Mossley.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 18:27.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Mossley £2.80

Walk Start: Mossley station at 18:50

Waypoints: Mossley, Broadcarr Lane, Hartshead Pike, Hartshead Green, A670, Hopkins Farm, Tameside Way, Stamford Park, Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar.

Return Services: From Stalybridge 20:46, 21:03, 21:46, 22:03

 

Saturday 10th: Darwen to Entwistle

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 12 miles 600m climb Leader: Brendan Keely, joining train at Bolton.

Description: Linear walk from Darwen to Entwistle taking in a variety of landscape and terrain.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Train Station for train to Darwen at 10:00

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Darwen £5.80, or £8.70 for a 'Duo' ticket for two people.

Walk Start: Darwen railway station car park at 10:45

Waypoints: From the station we climb up to Jubilee Tower via Bold Venture Park, then drop down to Sunnyhurst Woods, Earndale Reservoir(edge of), through Tockholes plantations 2 and 3 and then up and over the moors via Hollins Hall and on the Witton Weavers Way, High Pasture Farm, Green Lowe, Top o’th’ Brow, Fox Hill Plantation and Turton & Entwistle Reservoir finishing in the Strawbury Duck for a pint and hopefully a feed.

Return Services: Entwistle 17:13, 17:49, 19:14, 20:21, 21:14 and 23:25

Extra:Toilet Stop about 90 minutes into walk

 

Sunday 11th: The Roaches and Lud's Church

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 9 miles 700m climb Leader: Jo

Description: Circular walk taking in the Roaches (where there is a boulder that looks like a snail) and Lud's Church, an immense natural chasm where Robin Hood used to hide (when he wasn't in Sherwood Forest). If that hasn't sold it to you I don't know what will.

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

Walk Start: Gradbach car park at 10:00

Directions: Get onto A6 past Stockport, just past Hazel Grove at traffic signals turn right onto the A523 (signposted Macclesfield). Keep on A523 all the way past Macclesfield. At Bosley Crossroads, at traffic signals turn left onto the A54 (signposted Allgreave / Buxton). Take a sharp right at the hairpin bend just before the Rose and Crown Inn. Go along this road til you see the sign for Gradbach Youth Hostel and campsite – turn down this sharp right. Go down the hill until you come to the car park. You can get a map here.

Walk Start Grid Reference:SJ995665

Waypoints: Middle Edge, Sniddles Head Farm, Little Hill End, Bald Stone, Blue Hills, The Roaches, Gradbach Wood, Lud's Church.

Extra: Map OL24

 

Tuesday 13th: Poynton to Cheadle Hulme

Train-based walk 1 Boot 5 miles Leader: Ed Bray

Description: To Follow

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Train Station at 18:30

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Evening Return to Poynton £2.10

Walk Start: Poynton station at 18:53

Return Services: xx:34 and xx:57 from Cheadle Hulme

Waypoints: Poynton Station, Parkhouse Farm, Millhill Bridge, Lady Brook, Bramall Hall, Lady Bridge, Cheadle Hulme station.

Extra: Since it's a linear walk, anybody driving is advised to park in Cheadle Hulme and board the 18:47 train to the walk start.

 

Saturday 17th: Helvellyn

Car-based walk 4 Boots 12 miles 940m Climb Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A classic Lakes walk taking a longish but less exposed route up the third highest and arguably the most picturesque mountain in the Lake District.

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

Suggested Route: M61, M6, turn off at J36 onto A590 and continue along road as it turns into the A591. At Windermere take the right turn at the second roundabout onto the A592 (signposted Ullswater, Penrith). Continue along this road for about 12 miles until you reach Glenridding. The carpark is on the left in the middle of the village.

Walk Start: Glenridding Carpark at 10:30. (£6 for 24hrs)

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY386169

Waypoints: : Glenridding carpark, Rake Cottages, Helvellyn YHA, Stang End, Sticks Pass, Raise, Lower Man, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike, Grisedale Tarn, Grisedale, Lantry Tarn, Glenridding

Extra: Please make sure you are equipped with a full set of waterproofs as mountain weather can rapidly change and the top of Helvellyn is rather exposed.

Please be aware that there is a charge for carparking at Deansgate locks on Saturday. Please be prepared to pay the fee for cars that are left in Manchester or carshare where possible from where you live. Alternatively we can park cars in Preswich on the way out of Manchester.

 

Wednesday 21st: Pre-Knott walk to Salford Quays - Our 4th Anniversary walk!

Direct walk 1 Boot 5 miles Leader: Ed Bray

Description: A flat walk down the Irwell/Manchester Ship Canal as far at the Lowry at Salford Quays and returning along the Bridgewater Canal.

Walk Start: The Knott Bar, Castle St., Castlefield at 18:30.

 

Sunday 25th: Marple

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 390m Climb Leader: Steve Lees(07960278804), meeting at Walk Start

Description: This walk takes in a wide variety of scenery around Marple, Mellor and Brookbottom. A very pleasant walk with a variety of higher ground and woodland.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 10:20.

Suggested Route: Head out to Stockport, then follow signs to Marple. At the Texaco, bear right then uphill turn left at service road.

Walk Start: Car park off Service road at 11:00.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ959885

Waypoints: Marple, Mellor Church, Brookbottom

 

Thursday 29th: Shaw to New Hey evening walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 5.8 miles 250m Ascent Leader: Mary Robinson

Description: A walk up and across to look down and over and then down to find the 2 pubs with same name.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 18:30

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Evening Return to New Hey £1.50

Walk Start: Shaw & Crompton at 19:00.

Waypoints: Shaw, Fullwood, Buckstones Road, Crompton Circuit, Trig Point, Whitesides, Slences, Cow Heys, Top O'Th'Hill, New Hey

Return Services: xx:08 from New Hey. (or xx:29 via Rochdale with a Evening Ranger ticket).

 

Saturday 31st: Goostrey Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boot 11 miles Leader: Max Townsend(07800 618218)

Description: A joyful jaunt through the Cheshire countryside via Peover Hall (General Patton's base during World War II) with impressive views of Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope along the way.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:03 (NB also calls at Stockport)

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return £7.50

Walk Start: Goostrey Station at 10:40

Return Services: TBA

Waypoints: TBA

Extra: No powder room at Goostrey station – use facilities on the train. A mystery pub has been scheduled for halfway and one at the end of the ramble too.

 

JUNE

Sunday 1st: Mossley to Stalybridge via Swineshaw Moor and Walkerwood

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 300m Climb Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A linear walk though part of Stalybridge Country Park.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:18

Suggested Ticket: Cheap day return to Mossley £2.80

Walk Start: Mossley Station at 10:45

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD973020

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: From Stalybridge to Victoria, xx:40, to Piccadilly, xx:46

Extra: Bring some sunscreen and a walking pole might be useful for some sections

 

Tuesday 3rd: Snake Pass Evening Gorge Walk

Direct walk 2.5 Boots 6 miles Leader: Mark Murphy (0778 6360684), meeting at Walk Start

Description: A delightful walk off the Snake Pass going onto Kinder Edges via Gate Side Clough. You can choose between walking up the clough or tackling the gorge via numerous short waterfalls(requiring an element of scrambling).

Suggested Driving Route: M60 J24, M67 to end, A57 for Glossop through Mottram, over the crossroads, drop down the hill, turn right at the Gun Inn traffic lights (staying on A57 for Glossop). Left at two mini-roundabouts, through Glossop and onto Snake Pass. After about 5 miles, park in the large lay-by as the road swings to the right. If you reach Snake Pass Inn, you've gone too far.

Walk Start: Birchen Clough Bridge at 18:45.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK109914

Waypoints: Birchen Clough Bridge, Nungrain, Gate Side Clough, Seal Edge, Fair Brook, Nungrain, Birchen Clough Bridge.

Extras: Bring a torch and food. If you need a lift, this can be arranged via the message board.

 

Saturday 7th: Downham Circular

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 400m Climb Leader: Jo Calam, meeting at walk start

Description: A circular route from Clitheroe station through picturesque countryside with views along the Ribble Valley towards the Three Peaks. The route rises gently at first followed by a steep ascent of Pendle Hill. We then descend towards the unspoiled village of Downham (location for "Whistle Down the Wind") where we'll stop at the Assheton Arms (time permitting) before returning to Clitheroe. Plese note that most of the ascent is in one steep section.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 10:00 (passes through Bolton at 10:19)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Clitheroe £8.30, or £12.45 for a 'Duo' ticket for two people.

Walk Start: Clitheroe station at 11:15

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: 17:12, 18:08, 18:36, 19:36

Extra: There are no toilets at the walk start.

 

Sunday 8th: Hug A Wind Turbine (Again) Joint Walk

Train-based walk 3 Boots 10 miles 580m Climb/ 2 Boots 8 miles 400m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton/Chris Wareing

Description: A joint walk with the Leeds & Bradford young persons' walking group, passing over the undulating land to the north of Todmorden. There's a couple of steep climbs one at the beginning and one near the middle. There is also a shorter option available which you can choose between on the day.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:14.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Todmorden £6.50

Walk Start: Todmorden station at 10:05(when the Leeds train arrives)

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Dobroyd Castle, Calderdale Way, West End, Height Top, Cornholme, Dawk Hole Wood, Coal Clough Farm, Bent's Pasture, Burnley Way, Bank Top Farm, Sportsman Inn, Bride Stones Moor, Windy Harbour, Hole Bottom.

Return Trains: xx:01

 

Wednesday 11th: Heaton Park Sunset

Tram-based walk 0.5 Boots 5 miles Leader: Tom Card

Description: An easy evening walk going around various sights of Heaton Park, including the Bowling Green, Horticultural Centre, Temple, Heaton Hall, Tram Museum, Boating Lake (which used to be a racecourse), Town Hall Colonade and Papal Monument.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Heaton Park from Metrolink ticket machine (or Metromax if travelling from a south Manchester tram stop)

Walk Start: Heaton Park Station Gate Entrance (across from the Metrolink station) at 19:00

Extra: Transport info: Best way to get to the walk start by Metrolink. The trip takes about 10 min from Victoria Station (direction: Bury) and there should be a tram every 6 mins.

 

Sunday 15th: Haweswater

Car-based walk 3 Boots 9 miles 800m climb Leader: Jonathan Dorrington

Description: The Lakes' prettiest reservoir.

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

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 upto junction 39. Follow signs to Shap and then Haweswater.

Walk Start: Carpark (free) at the far end of Haweswater road at 11:00.

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY469106

Waypoints: tbc

Extra: It's Father's Day. A post-walk pub at one near the lake or the one in Shap is possible.

 

Thursday 19th: Shire Hill from Glossop

Train-based walk 1 Boot 5 miles Leader: Ed Bray

Description: A stroll from Glossop, walking through fields, along countryroads and tracks around Shire Hill, returning via Old Glossop.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 18:49

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Glossop £1.50

Walk Start: Glossop station at 19:20

Waypoints: tbc

Return Services: 21:39 & 22:39

 

Saturday 21st: Alderley Edge–Chelford Linear Walk

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles Leader: Max Townsend(07800 618218)

Description: Rolling countryside, a hidden cave and a giant sandpit in the land of Arthurian Legend!

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:33

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Chelford (not Chelmsford!) £6.50

Walk Start: Alderley Edge Station at 11:10.

Return Services: from Chelford to Manchester every hour

Waypoints: tba

Extra: People from Stockport can catch the 10:43 train from Stockport through to Wilmslow where they change to join the rest of us on the Alderley Edge service.

There is no public facility for ablutions at Alderley Edge Station, but there is such a facility at the Wizard Car Park about an hour into the perambulation. Also, motorists have the option of parking at Alderley Edge Station and getting the train back from Chelford which is on the same line.

 

Wednesday 25th: Dirty Old Town

Direct walk 1.5 Boots 6 miles Leader: Martina Street

Description: A linear walk returning to town by bus or tram. This is anurban walk through the Irk Valley and some notorious parts of Manchesterthat are gradually being successfully regenerated. There is a stretchthrough Crumpsall which requires us to walk along quite an uninspiring road but apart from that I think you may be very pleasantly surprised.

Meet Point: Victoria station ticket office at 18:30

Waypoints: St Michael's Flags, Angel Meadow, Queen's Park, Harpurhey Ponds, Blackley Forest and Heaton Park.

 

JULY

Sunday 6th: Beeston Castle 360

Car-based walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles Leader: Jon Buckland & Kathy Macdermid

Description: Great views of Beeston Castle and Peckforton Castle. Lunchtime stop will include a quick visit to the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

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

Suggested Route: M56 to J10. Follow A49 for 16 miles. Car park/Pub/Market on A49.

Walk Start: Beeston Cattle Market/The Beeston Castle pub car park at 10:15

Walk Start Postcode: CW6 9NJ

Waypoints: Beeston Cattle Market, Shropshire Union Canal, Rivery Gowy, Ford Lane, Cheshire Farm Ice cream/Newton, Eddisbury Way, Woodhouse Farm, Sandstone Trail, Beeston, Beeston Cattle Market.

Extra: There are quite a few nettles so trousers and some form of arm cover will be needed. It was quite muddy when reccied so gators are advisable as well.

 

Wednesday 9th: Bromley Cross to Entwistle

Train-based walk 1 Boots 4 miles Leader: Ed Bray

Description: A predominately flat stroll via Jumbles Reservoir Turton Bottoms and Wayoh Reservoir.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Train Station for 18:21 train

Suggested Ticket: A return to Entwistle is £4:80. A Duo ticket (for two people) is £7:20.

Walk Start: Bromley Cross Station at 19:00

Return Services: 21:14, 22:14, 23:25

 

Saturday 12th: Carneddau Two-Option Easy Ridge-Walking Day

Car-based walk Option 1: 3.5 Boots 6.5 miles 700m climb OR Option 2: 4 Boots 10 miles 975m climb

Leader: Mark Murphy (0778 6360684) and co-leader Rick Connor

Description: An introduction to ridge-walking and a natural progression for those who did Andy's Old Man of Coniston walk in March. Everyone will tackle the north east ridge of Yr Elen, with its spectacular views. Then we will split into two groups. Group 1 will return to the start via a northerly route off Yr Elen. Group 2 will continue on the link-ridge to Carneddau Llewelyn, onwards to Carnedd Dafydd, returning to the start via Mynydd Du. Both options will be offered subject to a co-leader being available.

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

Suggested Route: Westbound M56 to the end, A5117, A550, A494, A55. Follow A55 for around 50 miles and exit at J11, joining A5 for Betws-y-Coed (there are services here for toilets). In the middle of Bethesda, turn left onto Allt Pen-y-Bryn, turn right at the mini-roundabout, straight over two crossroads and park with consideration near the post office in Gerlan.

Walk Start: Post Office in Gerlan at 10:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH632664

Waypoints: Gerlan, Gyrn settlement, Carreg y Garth, Cwm Caseg, Yr Elen, then Option 1: Foel Ganol, Afon Llafar, Water Works, Gerlan, OR Option 2: Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd, Mynydd Du, Afon Llafar, Water Works, Gerlan.

Extra: The NE ridge of Yr Elen is not as airy as more famous ridges (such asCrib Goch and Striding Edge), but does involve some scrambling and is unsuitable for those afraid of heights (search for 'Yr Elen' on ukscrambles.com/database for more details). Both options involve river crossings and boggy country, so good walking boots and waterproofs a must, gaiters if you have them, certainly no jeans. Bring a change of clothes for a comfortable return trip to Manchester! Expected walk durations. Option 1: 4½ hrs, Option 2: 7hrs. There are no toilets at the start/end of the walk. We expect to have a well-earned drink in one of the pubs in Bethesda before returning to Manchester.

 

Thursday 17th: Radcliffe to Prestwich on the Irwell Trail

Tram-based walk 1 Boots 5 miles Leader: Neil Spenley

Description: A linear walk following the Irwell Trail, taking in the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal, the River Irwell, and Prestwich Forest Park.

Meet Point: Victoria station for tram at 18:45. Allow 30 mins for the journey.

Suggested Ticket: A Piccadilly to Radcliffe return(£3.50) or a Metromax ifit's cheaper.

Walk Start: Radcliffe Metrolink station at 19:15.

Return Services: Every 12 minutes from Prestwich.

 

Saturday 19th: Saints and Soldiers

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 9 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A linear flat walk near Ormskirk and a visit to the oldest pub in Lancashire, the Scotch Piper.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly for train at 12:07

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Maghull £8.90 plus Town Green-Maghull sgl £1.90 [NB Day Return to Town Green £11.10]

Walk Start: Maghull station at 13:46

Return Services: xx:10 & xx:25 & xx:40 & xx:55 from Town Green

Waypoints: Transpennine Trail, Maghull, Town Hall, Mill Dam Bridge, Sefton, Showricks Bridge, Cheshire Lines Path, St. Katherine's Chapel, Scotch Piper, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Hollin House Green Farm, Aughton, Town Green

Extra: Map EX285. After the fascinating pubs of Liverpool beckon!

 

Wednesday 23rd: Chorlton – Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley (evening / new members walk)

Direct walk 1 Boot 4-5 miles 0 Ascent Leader: 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: 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 7pm

Walk Start Postcode: M21 9HS

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

Endpoint: likely to be the The Beech / Horse and Jockey / Chorlton Green for further drinking opportunities.

 

Wednesday 30th: Heald Green to Handforth

Train-based walk 1 Boots 5 miles Leader: Jon Buckland

Description: Linear walk from Heald Green to Handforth taking in Styal Country Park.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly for train to Heald Green at 18:55

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Heald Green(£1.35) plus an Evening Return to Handforth(£2.10)

Walk Start: Heald Green train station at 19:10

Waypoints: Heald Green Train Station, Outwood Farm, Beech Farm, Holly Lane, Oversley Lodge Farm, Styal Country Park, Styal Train Station, Deandale Farm, Handforth Station

Return Trains: 21:29, 22:29

 

Sunday 3rd: Haworth to Top Withins - the Bronte Walk

Car-based walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles 310m Climb Leader: Colin Blackmore

Description: The walk is based on Haworth, begins near the church and ends at the Bronte Parsonage and Museum.

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

Suggested Route: A56 Bury New Road out of town, M60 on to M62 'til junction 24, taking A629 through Halifax. Follow signs for Hebden Bridge and once there take the A6033 into Haworth.

Walk Start: Car Park(£2.50/day) by the Bronte Parsonage at 10:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SE030372

Waypoints: Haworth church, across the marsh going over the Bronte Bridge and then upto Top Withins, passing through a small town called Stanbury, past Lower Laithe reservoir and back to Haworth.

Extra: Toilets near Walk Start

 

Tuesday 5th: Full Body Workout evening walk

Train-based walk 2 Boots 5.5 miles 300m Climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk up the hills to the east of Glossop returning to Hadfield. Steep ascents and descents will get the heart pumping. We cross the moor with some long sections of tussocky uneven ground, but it is not boggy. The upper body will be tested when we get to the Peels Arms in Padfield! Don't go to the gym, come here.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 18:49

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Hadfield(£1.50) (or Evening Rail Ranger(£1.90) if it helps you get home by train later!)

Walk Start: Glossop station at 19:20.

Waypoints: Formal Gardens, Old Glossop, Blakemoor Plantation, Cock Hill, Clough Head, Peak Naze, Woodhead Road, Padfield, Peels Arms, Hadfield.

Return Trains: xx:31 from Hadfield

Extra: If you have to drive, find somewhere to park in Glossop and meet up at the station; after the walk you'll need to take a train back to Glossop. Due to the limited daylight, it's wise to bring a torch too. The uneven ground requires full boots, NOT trail shoes/trainers.

 

Saturday 9th: Stanage Edge

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles 300 climb Leader: Sue Hartwell and Mike Jackson

Description: A lovely walk from Hathersage past sites of literary interest and up onto Stanage Edge. The walk will continue along the length of the Edge, taking in the spectacular views across the Peaks, before descending back down to Hathersage and the pub!

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:46

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hathersage £8.60 (or a Wayfarer(£9.20) bought in advance includes your journey into town).

Walk Start: Hathersage station at 10:45.

Return Services: xx:32

Waypoints: Hathersage station, Baulk Lane, Bronte Cottage, North Lees Hall,Stanage Edge, Callow Bank, Toothill Farm, Scotsman's Pack Inn.

 

Sunday 10th: A Summer Winter Hill walk (AKA Hug a 500kW transmitter walk)

Train-based walk 3 Boots 13 miles 500m overall climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk across the hilly country to the north of Bolton.

In the main, tracks are used but there's a short uneven section crossing the moor. Find out if a Scotsman's Stump is what he keeps under his kilt

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:25. (Train passes through Deansgate 09:31 & Bolton 09:45)

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £3.80

Walk Start: Horwich Parkway station at 09:55.

Waypoints: Reebok stadium, Red Moss, A673, Horwich, Knowles Farm, Wallsuches, Makinson Moor, Two Lads, Winter Hill, Greenhill Farm, Longworth Clough, Higher Critchley Fold, Delph Reservoir, Lynwood, Cheetham Close, Turton Tower, Last Drop Village, Bromley Cross

Return Services: From Bromley Cross xx:06

Extra: Map EX287

 

Wednesday 13th: Didsbury Fletcher Moss/ Stenner Woods (evening / new members walk)

Direct walk 1 Boot 5-6 miles Leader: Alastair Smith

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, www.thedidsbury.co.uk at 7pm.

Walk End: Also the Didsbury Pub, for further drinking opportunities.

 

Sunday 17th: Wibble Way on the ‘Ghost Train' (train based linear walk)

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 13 miles 25m total descent (with perhaps 100-200m small hills in between) Leader: Alastair Smith

Description: Train-based linear walk. We join the Ribble Way, largely along the River Ribble, from Settle to Clitheroe, taking a pleasant river walk through the Lancashire Dales. With pleasant views of the Forest of Bowland to the far West.

Meet Point: Victoria Station for 09:00 (departing) for Clitheroe. At Clitheroe, we change onto the Dalesrail service (this will be signed for Carlisle but we get off at Settle).

Suggested Ticket: Dalesrail Return £16 to Settle or share a 'DalesRail 2-4' ticket for £13 each.

Walk Start: Settle Station at 11.20 (or when Dalesrail arrives)

Waypoints: Settle, Wigglesworth, Paythorne, Gisburn, Sawley, Chatburn, Clitheroe (nb: pub in each hamlet!)

Return Services: xx:24 from Clitheroe

Extra: Since it's a linear walk, anybody driving is advised to park at Clitheroe Station (BB7 2ED) and join 10:45 (departing) Dalesrail train for Carlisle.

 

Thursday 21st: Marple (evening walk)

Train-based walk 1 Boot 3 miles Leader: Jennifer Egan, boarding at Reddish North

Description: A short, pleasant evening walk around Marple, making the most of the last of summer, passing through a range of terrains including parkland, (over a newly restored iron bridge), woodland area and locks. Drinks in the Norfolk Arms to finish (usually two Real Ales on hand pumps).

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 18:46.

Suggested ticket: Evening return to Marple (£1.40)

Walk Start: Marple Train station at 19:10.

Waypoints: Brabyns Park (over the iron bridge), Compstall Bridge, Redbrow Wood, Lower Watermeetings Farm, Upper Watermeetings Farm, Marple Locks.

Return Services: xx:36 from Marple. Arrives in Manchester xx:03

Extra: BOOTS ESSENTIAL, as it may be boggy in parts. Anybody driving can park at Brabyns Park free of charge (5 minute walk from the train station). Torches may be needed towards the end of the walk.

 

Monday 25th: Greenfield to Stalybridge via the moors

Train-based walk 3.5 Boots 14 miles 460m climbLeader: Clare Symons

Description: A fairly strenuous walk through Greenfield, Mossley andStalybridge taking in a number of reservoirs, up two hills, first one is shorter and steep up to an Obelisk, second one is longer and not so steep, but hard work nonetheless! Lots of good views if we get a clear day. Warning- if there has been recent rain a section of this walk may be boggy and also a short part of the end of the walk may involve walking through some undergrowth! However a great ending at the Stalybridge Buffet Bar!

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:27.

Suggested ticket: Day return to Greenfield.

Walk Start: Greenfield station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Greenfield, Pots and Pans, Dovestones Reservoir, Chew Reservoir, Walkerwood Reservoir, Stalybridge Buffet Bar.

Return Services: Typ. xx:03, xx:07, xx:46

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's.

 

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 6th: Sca Fell from Hartknott Pass

Car-based walk 4 Boots 8 miles 860m climb Leader: Lottie Tyler

Description: A tough rocky route up England's 2nd highest peak involving ascramble up to Foxes Tarn just before the summit.

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

Suggested Route: The most picturesque route is over the Hardknott Pass: M602, M60, M61, M6 to junction 36 then A590, A591, left onto A5095 (signposted Coniston), left on to A593 (Coniston again), right turn after 3 miles signposted "The Langdales", two left hand turns in close succession heading for the Wrynose pass, left after a mile, two rights in quick succession after 2 miles, you are then on the Hard Knott pass, go over the pass and look for parking at Jubilee Bridge. The walk starts by a red telephone box just past the bridge - you can't miss it! If the health of your car precludes the Hardknott pass then you can approach from the other direction (from Boot). From the M6 junction take the A590 onto A5092 then A595, the next part of the route will require a map as there are many twists and turns on unsignposted roads. The journey time is not, however, significantly longer.

Walk Start: Jubilee Bridge carpark(£0) at 11:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY213011

Extra: Please go to the Meet Point beforehand to share cars as there islimited parking at the Walk Start. No toilets at Walk Start.

 

Saturday 13th: Kinder's Cloughs

Train-based walk 3.5 Boots 11.5 miles 700m total climb Leader: Richard Washington (joining train at Romiley Station)

Description: Aimed at those who would like an introduction to scrambling, and who would like to explore the easterly reaches of the Kinder plateau. We ascend up to the plateau via Crowden Clough, which involves some straightforward scrambling over boulders plus a short section that's no harder than Grade 1 scrambling. We'll then work our way to the far east of the plateau, including visits to a couple of features on the interior of the plateau. We then descend down a steep grassy slope into Blackden Clough, before working our way back to the plateau for the day's second scramble. Again mostly straightforward scrambling over boulders and with a second short section of around Grade 1 scrambling. Then back to the pub in Edale.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly for train at 09:46

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Edale

Walk Start: Edale Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Barber Booth, Upper Booth, Crowden Clough, Edale Moor, Hartshorn, Druid's Stone, Madwoman's Stones, 590m trig point, Blackden Edge, Blackden Clough, Ringing Roger, Ollerbrook Clough, Ollerbrook Booth, Edale.

Return Services: xx:47

Extra: This walk is aimed at those who would like to increase their hill-walking experience with more challenging days out. It is not a beginner's walk, but if you find you can cope comfortably with MAD's usual 2-boot 10-mile walks then this walk is for you. You must be comfortable and surefooted around heights, as occasional short sections of this walk are exposed. Proper walking boots with good soles are essential. Gaiters will be very useful when on the top of Kinder.

 

Saturday 20th: Hadfield Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles Leader: Jo Harvey

Description: A Saturday afternoon ramble.

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 21st: Back Tor and Derwent Edge

Car-based walk 2 Boots 10.5 miles Leader: Helen Powell

Description: A varied walk with stunning valley and upland scenery.

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

Suggested Route: M60, M67, Glossop, A57 Snake Pass, Derwent Valley

Walk Start: Fairholmes car park, upper Derwent Valley (Pay and Display) at 10:30.

Waypoints: Derwent Reservoir, Lost Lad, Back Tor, Derwent Edge, Cakes of Bread, Ladybower Reservoir.

Extra: Kiosk serving hot and cold drinks at Fairholmes visitor centre. Car Park £3. Toilets near start.

 

Saturday 27th: Ryburn Valley from Sowerby Bridge

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles Leader: Neil Spenley

Description: A walk around the Ryburn valley in West Yorkshire. We will ascend sharply from Sowerby Bridge onto Norland Moor, then take in a section of the Calderdale Way before dropping gradually to Ryburn Reservoir. The return follows the River Ryburn through Ripponden and then via the disused railway line into Sowerby Bridge.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:24

Suggested ticket: Day Return to Sowerby Bridge £8.10. A Duo ticket for 2 people available for £12.15.

Walk Start: Sowerby Bridge at 10:15

Return Services: xx:19 and xx:50

 

Saturday 4th: Holly and Nancy

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 110m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: Flat to start with but with a steep climb halfway up to and tricky descent from Kerridge Edge if it's been wet. Good views of the Cheshire plain. Beer along the way and at the end if you fancy too.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 12:30 (also passes Stockport at 12:40)

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Macclesfield £7

Walk Start: Adlington station at 12:55

Waypoints: Adlington station, Wych Wood, Harrop Green Farm, Middlewood Way, Bollington(pub), White Nancy, Kerridge Edge, Bridge Quarry, Macclesfield Canal.

Return Services: xx:00, xx:10, xx:21, xx:30 from Macclesfield

Extra: There is the intention to get food (a carvery?) prior to the walk at the Legh Arms adjacent to Adlington station; take the train 1 hour earlier.

 

Sunday 5th: Grange Over Sands

Train-based walk 2 Boots 10 miles Leader: John Ireland (Mobile: 07966 490216), boarding the train at Bolton.

Description: An autumnal forage through Southern Lakeland.

Meet Point: 9:45 at Piccadilly station for train at 10:03

Suggested Ticket: Off peak return to Grange over Sands from Manchester, £16.70

Walk Start: Grange over Sands station at 11:45

Waypoints: Grange Over Sands, Hampsfell, Cistercian Way, Cartmel, Cartmel Racecourse, Grange.

Return Services: 16:35, 18:35, 2031* from Grange Over Sands

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start; There will be ample opportunities to gather sloes, damsons, whimberries and the like from the hedgerows, should you wish! Also, Cartmel is famous for its Sticky Toffee Pudding and Priory.

*Change at Lancaster & Preston

 

Saturday 11th: Marsden Jazz Festival

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8.5 miles 350m climb Leader: Tom Card

Description: A circular train based walk around the Colne Valley. Walk starts in Marsden with a steep ascent on to Slaithwaite Moor. From there we overlook the Colne Valley heading to Slaithwaite and down to its reservoir. Possible pub stop in Slaithwaite.
After lunch we go through the town and up the other side of the valley to head back towards Marsden, eventually overlooking Butterley Reservoir before heading back down into Marsden.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria for train at 9:27

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Marsden £7.40. Or a Duo ticket for two people is £11.10.

Walk Start: Marsden Station at 10:00

Return Services: : xx:45 until 22:45. Last train is 23:35. Journey back is about 35 mins.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. Please note the terrain will be boggy in parts and there are some rickity gates and stiles. Gaiters are recommended.

 

At the end, feel free to take in the Marsden Jazz Festival with performances at various venues around the town. Particularly recommended is the Riverhead Brewery Tap pub, which not only should have great music, but also makes its own real ales.

 

Sunday 12th: Bakewell, Chatsworth Park and the River Wye

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 266m climb Leader: Claire Varley

Description: Pleasant, undulating scenery with spectacular views of Chatsworth house and riverside walking.

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

Suggested route: Follow A6 from Manchester and take it direct to Bakewell.

Walk Start: In front of the Farmers' Market (Agricultural Show car park) at 10:30.

Waypoints: Edensor, Calton Lees, Rowley, Haddon Park

Extra: In Bakewell, use Smithy Bridge or Agricultural Show car parks, which are adjacent, and find Walk Start. Toilets near Walk Start.

 

Saturday 18th: Greenfield walk

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 350 climb Leader: Paul Senkans

Description: An easy to moderate paced walk, with chats about the surrounding nature.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria for train at 10:27

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Greenfield

Walk Start: Greenfield station at 11:00

Waypoints: Greenfield Station, River Tame, Oldham Way, Alphin Cairn, Slack Head Brow, Wimberry Moss, Stable Stones Brow (lunch ~12:00), Chew Hurdles, Chew Reservoir, Chew Road, Dovestone Reservoir, The Clarence Pub, Greenfield Station.

Return Services: xx:53

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. Some at Dovestone Reservoir later in walk.

 

Saturday 25th: Glazebrook to Altrincham via Dunham Massey

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 10 miles 150m climb Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Easy to moderate flat linear walk through undiscovered countryside. Taking in the Manchester Ship Canal, Dunham Massey deer park and some good pubs along the way. Finishing at Altrincham's Old Market Tavern, local pub of the year 2008.

Meet Point: Manchester Oxford Road station (normally platform 5) for train at 10:13. (Connecting trains leave Piccadilly platform 14 at 10:03 & 10:07)

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £3.80 (includes your train journey to Meet Point).

Walk Start: Glazebrook Station at 10:33

Return Services: From Altrincham 16:00, 16:55, 17:58, 18:53, 19:55, 20:53, 21:57, 23:42 or Metrolink*.

Extra: Shorts not advisable due to some parts being overgrown. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. *If you're going to use the tram, the Tram/Train Daysaver(£6) is likely to be the best value.

 

Sunday 26th: The Flying Trig Point (Hawthornwaite Fell and the Wyre Way)

Car-based walk 3 Boots 13 miles 400m climb Leader: Alastair

Description: (OS Explorer Map OL41). A potentially 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 walk also allows close inspection of the only levitating trig point in the UK. The walk then culminates 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 GMT

Suggested Route: North on M6, 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 [LA2 9BQ, small old primary school, OS Grid Ref. SD561543] at 10:30

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

Extra: There may be boggy bits, so bring a change of footwear for the pub. Also that there are no toilets at the start of the walk, nor shops for food once off the motorway (last services are: Forton Motorway Services just before J33 M6).

Extra: Remember that clocks will have gone back at 2am so remember to make the most of that extra hour in bed!

 

Saturday 1st: Hallowe'en Hike

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 300m climb Leader: Richard Washington

Description: A linear walk from Middlewood Station to Disley Station, which circumnavigates Lyme Park. To add the spirit of Hallowe'en, we'll be starting late and finishing in the dark.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station for train at 15:37

Suggested Ticket: Return to Disley £4.80, or two of you can club together to get a Duo at £7.20

Walk Start: Middlewood Station at 16:02

Waypoints: Middlewood Way, Elm Wood, Haresteads Farm, Four Winds, West Parkgate, Moorside, Sponds Hill, Bow Stones, Cock Knoll, Bollinhurst Bridge, Green Lane, Disley

Return Services: From Disley 20:15, 21:58 & 23:15

Extra: You must bring a torch and spare batteries, plenty of layers of warmclothing, hats & gloves, and gaiters would be advisable, as would clean shoes for the pub at the end. You might like to bring a flask of hot tea too. We hope to arrive at Disley by 8pm, where a range of pubs, restaurants and takeaways are available for supper. We will only be making brief stops for quick snacks or drinks during the walk. If you wish to drive, we recommend parking at Disley Station, where you can catch the 15:54 train to Middlewood (a three-minute journey). Bring your best ghost stories along to tell when it has gone dark.

 

Saturday 8th: Chapel En Le Frith to Edale via Sparrowpit

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 400m climb Leader: Chris Morris - joining the train at Heaton Chapel

Description: Linear walk in the Peaks approaching Edale from a new angle. Brief stop off at Wanted Inn in Sparrowpitt at noon for refreshments.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:37

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £9.20 (we use one train line there, a different one back) - Buy in advance; not available on train.

Walk Start: Chapel En Le Frith station at 10:22

Waypoints: CELF, Ridge Hall, Platting Farm, Barmoor, Sparrowpit, Perry Dale, Sweetknoll, Oxlow House, Greenlands, Edale

Return Services: xx:47. Takes roughly 45mins to get to Piccadilly.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. We should finish walk at 4pm which should give people attending the Bond evening sufficient time to get home and get changed. Those driving can also park at New Mills. Boarding train at New Mills Newtown at 10:09 and getting off return train at New Mills Central. In this case, get two singles: New Mills Newtown to Chapel En Le Frith on outward train (£3.40 approx) and Edale to New Mills Central on return train (£3.40 approx).

 

Sunday 9th: Bleaklow Gorgewalk and Plane Wrecks

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 9 miles 550m climb Leader: Rick Connor

Description: ESSENTIAL GEAR for this circular walk over rough exposed mountain moorland: Warm clothing(hat, gloves etc) and waterproof trousers/jacket. Walking poles & gaiters beneficial for stream crossings and boggy moorland. This walk visits various plane wreck sites up on the moor. From the start, we ascend a pleasant valley walk hidden from an average Snake Pass commuter. We leave the beaten track and climb to the moors by an entertaining but not too challenging ascent of Yellowslacks Brook, a mini gorge walk involving several stream crossings and a couple of short but steep sections. Walking poles aid the crossings, failing that then bring a sense of humour - it's all good fun. On the moorland, we locate a number of wreck sites, including that of the well known 'Over-Exposed' Superfortress US reconnaissance plane, downed in 1948. Bring a GPS if you have one and would like the practice - we'll be working off bearings and grid references to locate some of the wrecks. From the 621m trig point, it's an easier descent via Crooked Clough waterfall and joining the Doctors Gate path back to Old Glossop.

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

Suggested Route: M67 to end, then A57 through to Glossop. Continue past Tesco (on left), straight on through several sets of traffic lights and the town centre until you reach a mini roundabout. Straight on for 200m, then bear left at the Commercial Inn, down Manor Park road. Bear right past The Queens pub and park on road for free near warehouses.

Walk Start: Shepley Road, Old Glossop at 10:15.

Walk Start Grid Reference/Postcode: SK045948 / SK13 7SA

Waypoints: Mossy Lea Farm, Lower Shelf, Yellowslacks Brook, The Pike, James's Thorn, Shelf Moor/621 Trig, Crooked Clough Waterfall, Doctors Gate Path, The Queens pub!

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Map Explorer OL1. The appearance of some home-made flapjacks en route is very likely!

 

Saturday 15th: Cats & Dogs walk

Train-based walk 3 Boots 12 miles 550m climb Leader: Brendan Keely

Description: A linear walk in new terrain for the MAD Walkers including large sections of uneven squiggy moor, and a famous farm.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:54

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £3.80 plus a Marsden to Greenfield single £4.50

Walk Start: Littleborough station at 10:15

Waypoints: Lane Foot, Lydgate, Roman Road, Old Packhorse Road, permissive route to Flint Hill, Catstones (lunch), watershed to Dog Hill, Blackwood Edge Road (track), Boan Cottage, Rishworth Lodge, Turnpike Inn (pub), Booth DeanClough, Stott Hall Farm, Grey Stone Quarry, Deanhead Reservoir, SlaithwaiteMoor, Hick Hill Lane

Return Services: From Marsden xx:45

Extra: One slow automatic toilet at Walk Start, so please use the train's. Map OL21.

 

Sunday 16th: Pen Y Ghent

Car-based walk 3 Boots 10.5 miles 450m climb Leader: Clare Symons & Matt Walton, meeting at Walk Start.

Description: From Horton in Ribblesdale, up to Plover Hill, then to Pen y Ghent and back along the river.

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

Suggested route: tba

Walk Start: Car park in Horton in Ribblesdale (£3.20) at 10:30.

Waypoints: tba

Extra: Toilets at the car park at the Walk Start.

 

Saturday 22nd: Edale Kinder Circular

Train-based walk 3 Boots 11 miles 400m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A tough walk over the peaty core of Kinder Scout and then back on the familiar territory of the Pennine Way.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:47.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return £8.50, or buy in advance a Wayfarer (£9.20) if your journey into town is more than £0.70.

Walk Start: Edale Train Station at 10:30.

Waypoints: Grindsbrook Clough, Kinder Scout, Kinder Gates, Kinder Low and Jacobs Ladder then the Nags Head.

Return Services: xx:47, until 19:46, 21:08, 22:56.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start

 

Saturday 29th: Chinley Circular via Chapel-en-le-Frith

Train-based walk 2 Boots 11 miles ?m climb Leader: Max Townsend

Description: The walk's title says it all, a circular walk with a couple of steep climbs.

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

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Chinley £7.50

Walk Start: Chinley station at 10:25.

Waypoints: Breckend, Slackhall, Bagshaw & Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Return Services: xx:55

Extra: A pay toilet & shop at walk start; pub stops in Chapel-en-le-Frithand Chinley at walk end.

 

Sunday 30th: Trefriw, Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Cranfnant (plus a harder option)

Car-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 400m climb / 3.5 Boots 10 miles 900m climb Leader: Pete Dolan (p.dolan@me.com) / Richard Washington

Description: The easier option is a fairly undemanding walk through forest and around reservoirs on the eastern flanks of Carneddau through the valley of the River Conwy, taking no more than 4.5 hours. The harder complement to Pete's walk is more demanding and will take us further and higher into the Carneddau. Expect some of this walk to be across pathless mountain terrain. Bring a torch too.

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

Suggested route: M56 / A5117 / A550 / A494 / A55 to towards Conwy, leave A55 at J19 follow signs to Llanrwst.

Walk Start: Car Park, Gower Road (not signposted) opposite Trefriw Woollen Mill at 10:30.

Walk Start Grid Reference/Postcode: SH782631 / LL27 0NQ

Waypoints: For easier route: tba. For harder route: From Trefriw, the mountain ridge to the west of Llyn Crafnant, Craig Wen (548m), Craiglwyn (623m), Creigiau Gleision (678m) & Creigiau Gleision's northtop (634m).

Extra: Toilets near Walk Start. Map Explorer OL17.

 

DECEMBER

Saturday 13th: Eggs, Logs, and Potatoes

Train-based walk 3 Boots 12 miles 750m climb Leader: Kirsten Wolthers, boarding at Romiley

Description: A circular (and slightly undulating) walk around the foothills of New Mills. As it is the festive season, we will be visiting a few pubs en route to sample the ales and/or mulled wine – hence the early start.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 08:46

Suggested ticket: £5.10 return to New Mills Central

Walk Start: New Mills Central Station at 09:14

Waypoints: Gowhole, Shedyard Clough, Chinley Churn, Foxholes Clough, Kinder Reservoir, Park Hall, Lantern Pike, Rowarth and Broadhurst Farm.

Return services: xx:01

Extra: Please bring a torch, as the 20 min walk from the last pub to the station will be along an unlit lane.

 

Saturday 20th: Tatton Park

Train-based walk 0.5 Boots 5 miles Leader: Lottie Tyler, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A circular walk through Tatton Park from Knutsford, hopefully getting a glimpse of the fallow and red deer. This is aimed to be a relaxed and flexible walk winding down into Christmas. There will be the opportunity to visit the Tatton gardens (great photography potential) and to scratch the nose of Lottie the pig in the rare breeds farm(£6 combined ticket for non-National Trust Members, for NT Members the gardens are free and the farm is £2) - or if you would prefer, you can head straight back to Knutsford to benefit from the extra pub time.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:17

Suggested ticket: Off-peak day return to Knutsford(£5.20)

Walk Start: Knutsford Station at 11:00

Return services: xx:49(until 20:49)

Extra: Either bring sandwiches or choose to stock up on soup and cake in the Tatton cafe.

 

Sunday 21st: Winter Wind Turbine Hugging on Scout Moor

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8.5 miles 320m climb Leader: John Ireland

Description: My usual pre Christmas walk near my birthday, a chance to go on a different walk from Ramsbottom to the usual one up to Peel Tower, and also hug some brand new wind turbines!

Meet Point: BURY BOLTON STREET STATION for steam train at 09:50 to Ramsbottom. Allow extra time to buy ticket and for the 10 mins walk from Bury Metrolink Station. The 471 bus from Bolton runs past there too.

Suggested ticket: Bury Bolton St to Ramsbottom Day Return(£6.40)

Walk Start: Ramsbottom Railway Station at 10:15.

Waypoints: Ramsbottom, Rossendale Way, Turn, Scout Moor, Whittle Pike, Waugh's Well, Black Hill, Sand Beds Lane, Hey Meadow, Edenfield, Chatterton, Ramsbottom

Return services: 15:59

Extra: Whilst the ELR is running this as a Santa Special, they are putting on a coach for 'Normal' people too! Gaiters recommended, as is warm clothing for up top. Also, as it is the shortest day of the year, bring a torch just in case, though we should be back before sunset. Post-walk eats to be arranged, possibly of a spicy nature, but we will be stopping in the Trackside bar awhile for Real Ales when we get back to Bury.

 

Friday 26th: Burnt Edge and Bob's Smithy

Direct walk 1 Boot 7 miles Leader: John Ireland

Description: A chance to work off that Christmas Pudding and blow away those Boxing Day cobwebs.

Walk Start: Bolton's Moss Bank Park car park just off the A58 at 10:15 prompt. Click here for a map of how to get there.

Waypoints: Moss Bank Park, Barrow Bridge, Walker Fold Farm, Burnt Edge, Bob's Smithy(Pub), Doffcocker Lodge, Finisher's Arms(Pub)

Extra: Gaiters recommended. Note to self - bring strimmer (Or Gavin's secateurs!)

 

Saturday 27th: Reservoir Recovery

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 11 miles 200m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe, meeting at Walk Start

Description: Fairly flat linear walk with enough bodies of water to assist in a full recovery from a heavy week.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:00

Suggested ticket: Day Return to Littleborough (£3)

Walk Start: Littleborough at 10:30

Return services: From Smithy Bridge xx:49 and xx:19

Extra: There is a single coin-operated toilet at Walk Start; please use the train's. If people want to use their cars, Littleborough is only one stop from Smithy Bridge.

 


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