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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 2009

Sunday 4th: Higger Tor and Longshaw

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 9 miles 350m climb Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A circular route from Grindleford.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:22 for train to Grindleford with a change in Chinley (10:00), arriving 11:05.

Suggested ticket: Day Return to Grindleford £9.10 (or Wayfarer bought in advance at £9.20 which will include your trip into town.)

Walk Start: Grindleford Station at 11.15 prompt.

Return services: 16:29; 16:48; 18:29; 18:48

Extra: If you are coming by car, please be on time, because we'll be chasing the light at the end.

 

Saturday 10th: Pennine Way Linear

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles 500m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: Littleborough to Greenfield, a linear walk heading southwards on Pennine Way.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 10.00.

Suggested Ticket: Day Ranger Ticket £3.90

Walk Start: Littleborough station at 10:30.

Waypoints: Blackstone Edge, White Hill, Little Moss, Dinner Stone, Diglea, River Tame and Station pub

Extra: 1 slow pump action toilet at Walk Start so use train's. Bring a TORCH!

 

Sunday 11th: Limestone, limestone and limestone

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 12 miles 490m climb Leader: Richard Washington

Description: A walk around some of the White Peak's best dales, and a visit to a cave. The route is mainly straightforward, but with a nice scattering of short, sharp climbs. The final stretch will be along Chee Dale, which is notoriously muddy and slippery, although the Monsal Trail can be taken instead, which mostly follows a disused railway line.

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

Suggested Route: A6

Walk Start: Wyedale Car Park, three miles east of Buxton - around £3 per car

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK104725 (53° 14' 56" North 1° 50' 49" West)

Waypoints: Wye Dale, Woo Dale, Red Gap Farm, Cunning Dale, Kidtor Dale, Midshires Way through Deep Dale, Caxter way Lane, Chelmorton, Pennine Bridleway to Blackwell, Chee Dale, Wye Dale.

Extra: Please meet at Deansgate Locks so that car sharing can be optimised. Bring clean shoes for the car, and gaiters. A torch will enable you to explore the cave, and might be useful if we don't quite get back before dark. As it's likely to be cold, bring lunch that can be eaten on the move, so that we don't need to stop for very long.

 

Saturday 17th: Hadfield linear

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 490m climb Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description: A varied walk from Greenfield through woods and up on to rough moorland before returning by the Pennine Way and the Longdendale Trail to Hadfield.

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

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £3.80 (returning on a different line)

Walk Start: Greenfield station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Greenfield station, Intake Lane, Chew Plantation, Chew Road, Chew Reservoir, Laddow Rocks, Crowden, Torside Reservoir, Hadfield

Return Services: From Hadfield xx:01 & xx:31

Extra: No toilets at the start of the walk or during the walk. The walking on the top and descending from Laddow Rocks is rough, boggy and very wet.In places it involves fording small streams. Gaiters are advisable.

 

Saturday 24th: Greenfield to Dovestone Circular

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8.5 miles 300m ascent Leader: Paul Senkans

Description: Walk is moderate to slightly strenuous and definitely not for beginners.

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

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Greenfield

Walk Start: Greenfield station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Greenfield station, Dovestone Reservoir(toilets), Chew Road,Chew Reservoir, Dish Stone Brow, Fox Stone, (tricky bit where the path may have eroded), Ashway Stone, Yeomen Hey Reservoir, Dovestone Reservoir(toilets again), The Clarence Pub, Greenfield station.

Return Services: xx:53(tbc) train from Greenfield. Should be back for the 15:53.

Extra: Proper boots are essential. It will be very cold, and could snow or rain. Anyone travelling by car must be on time. Train arrives at Greenfield station at 09:50.

 

Sunday 25th: Littleborough Circular

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 6 miles 200m ascent Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: An easy walk to take in Littleborough's pleasant scenery.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:08.

Suggested Ticket: Littleborough Return from any Greater Manchester train station £3.20

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 10:40

Waypoints: Far Hey Head, Summit, Lower & Higher Chelburn Reservoir, Castle Clough, Eales Wood, Hollingworth Lake.

Return Services: xx:02

Extra: one slooow toilet at Walk Start; please use train's. And two pubs en-route.

 

FEBRUARY

Saturday 7th: Becky's Beer & Bangers Belated Birthday Bash (& walk)

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 7.5 miles Leader: Andrew Purvis & Angela

Description: A short easy walk around the hills of south east Macclesfield, then back to the 'Sutton Hall Inn' (Becky's local) to partake in their 'Beer & Bangers event' (12 different sausages (including veggie), 6 types of gravy, with mash & cabbage, plus 12 different cask ales): Sausage Menu. NOTE: If you wish to eat at Sutton Hall, please let Becky know. Contact details are on the walks section of the message board.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 11:35

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Macclesfield £7.40

Walk Start: Macclesfield Train Station at 12:00

Waypoints: Macclesfiled Canal, The Hollins, Langley, Ridge Hall Farm, FoxBank, Hanginggate Farm, Sutton Reservoir, Sutton Lane Ends, Sutton Hall

Return Services: xx:20, xx:25 & xx:41 until 21:25

Extra: There will be a 30 minute walk back to the train station; if you want to walk along the canal, BRING A TORCH.

 

Sunday 8th: New Mills to Edale

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 400 climb Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A linear walk using the Sett Valley Trail and Pennine Way

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:22

Suggested Ticket: Return to Edale £9.00 or Wayfarer £9.40

Walk Start: New Mills Central at 10:00. Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ997853

Waypoints: Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Bridge, Sett Valley Trail, Hayfield, Jacob's Ladder

Return Services: From Edale 15:47, 17:47, 19:47

Extra: Toilets are at Bowden Bridge, about 2 hours into the walk. Come prepared for snow!

 

Saturday 14th: Route to Love Clough

Bus-based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 300m climbLeader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear afternoon walk on the hills to the north east of Rawtenstall with a vague Valentine theme. You'll love it!

Meet Point: Chorlton Street coach station for bus X43 (Opposite entrance door) at 12:00.

Suggested Ticket: Rambler ticket £6.50

Walk Start: Rawtenstall set down point at 12:45

Waypoints: Rawtenstall, Chapel Hill Farm, The Heights, Bank Top, Far Pastures, Dunnockshaw Community Woodland, Compston Cross, Meadow Head, Love Clough

Return Services: From Love Clough 15:56, 16:16, 16:36, 17:01, 17:21, 17:41

Extra: Large stretches of snow and ice have made this walk moderately difficult.

 

Saturday 21st: New Mills Circular

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 7 miles Leaders: Jo Harvey and Ed Bray

Description: A Saturday afternoon stroll taking in the sights of New Mills. Tracks and field paths with one ascent early on the walk.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 12:45.

Suggested Ticket: Return to New Mills Central

Walk Start: New Mills Central station at 1:15. Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ997853

Waypoints: Goyt Way, Ballbeard, Birch Vale, Bate Mill, Tanpits, Whitle, Shaw Moor, Hague Bar, Mouseley Bottom.

Return Services: From New Mills Central on the hour

Extra: No lunch stop because of late start so bring snacks if you want. We’ll be going to the Taste Of Bengal (above the Beehive) for a curry afterwards. Wet and Muddy in places - gaiters advisable, please bring change of footwear for restaurant.

 

Sunday 22nd: Embsay to Bolton Abbey linear

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles Leader: John Ireland

Description: A linear walk over the hills from Embsay to Bolton Abbey, then we take a smoky train back to Embsay (£5)

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

Suggested Route: Deansgate onto A56, M60, M66, M65, and back to the A56 out of Colne. At roundabout with A65, take the 2nd exit on to the A65 towards Ilkley. After 2 miles, turn right on to A6131 and then in 500m turn right on to Skipton Road. Embsay is 3 miles on.

Walk Start: Car park in Embsay at 10:30.

Walk Start Postcode: BD23 6RE

Waypoints: Embsay, Embsay Kirk, Hutcheon Gill Head, Broad Stone, Hare Head Side, Strid Cottage, River Wharfe, Cavendish Memorial, Wooden Bridge, Bolton Abbey, Stepping Stones, Bolton Bridge, Bolton Abbey Station

Walk End: Bolton Abbey Station at 15:30.

Extra: 'Tis muddy in places - gaiters recommended!

 

MARCH

Sunday 1st: Abney

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 400m climb Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A circular route in the Hope Valley.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:22

Suggested Ticket: Bamford Return £9.10 or Wayfarer £9.20

Walk Start: Bamford at 10.30

Waypoints: Old Lees Farm, Shatton Lane, Abney, Bretton Clough, Stoke Ford, Offerton Hall

Return Services: 15:36, 17:36, 19:36

Extra: No toilets. Be prepared for any kind of weather!

 

Saturday 7th: Sheep Stones, Lumb Hole, Jack Bridge and the Twisted Ankle

Train-based walk 3 Boots 11 miles 650m climb Leader: Jonathan Orriss

Description: A circular walk to the east, north and west of Hebden Bridgewith its ups and downs.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 09:22

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hebden Bridge £7.70. A Duo ticket for two people is available for £11.55

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge Railway Station at 10:00. Walk Start Postcode: HX7 6JE

Waypoints: Sheep Stones Edge, High Brown Knoll, Lumb Bridge, Walshaw, GreenHill and Jack Bridge (pub)

Return Services: xx:08, xx:28 and xx:56 until 20:00 and xx:28 beyond until 23:28

Extra: This walk has exposed sections, some short steep ascents & the delights of Hebden Bridge at the end. Toilets near Start.

 

Sunday 8th: Hunt for Wild Boar in Macclesfield Forest

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 7 miles 860 climb Leaders: Faye Salisbury & Colin Blackmore, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A circular walk exploring the old and the new Macclesfield Forest, and the mini Matterhorn of Shutlingsloe.

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

Suggested Route: A6, right at the Rising Sun on to the A523. Pass through Macclesfield and then turn left on to the A54. After about 5 miles, turn left towards Wildboarclough, with the car park about 1/2 mile in.

Walk Start: Lay-by at Brookside, on lane 1 mile south of Wildboarclough at 11:00.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ972680

Waypoints: Greenway Bridge, Hanging Gate PH, Trantabank Resevoir, Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough.

Extra: Toilets near lunch stop at Macclesfield Forest Visitor Centre.

 

Saturday 14th: Northwich to Knutsford via Great Budworth

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 11 miles 150m climb Leader: Chris Morris (boarding at Stockport)

Description: Relatively flat linear walk suitable for all walkers who don't mind a little mud. Taking in the world famous Anderton Boat Lift, two lakes, a large satellite dish and one of Cheshire's prettiest villages – Great Budworth (just ask those who went past on the Manchester 100 bike ride last year). There's also the chance to visit two quality pubs along the way!

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:17

Suggested Ticket: Return to Northwich £8.90 or pair up with someone else for a Northwich Duo at £13.35. Or if your journey into town is more than £0.40, buy a Wayfarer at £9.20.

Walk Start: Northwich station at 10:12

Waypoints: Carey Park, Anderton Boat Lift, Budworth Mere, Great Budworth, Pickmere, White House Farm, Parkside Farm, Blackhill Farm, Knutsford

Return Services: From Knutsford xx:49 to 22:15, 23:30

Extra: Gaiters advisable. Toilets at Anderton Boat Lift and Great Budworth. More pubs available in Knutsford!

 

Sunday 15th: Forest of Bowland Classic Bog Trot

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 13 miles Leader: The man only known as Alastair

Description: A circular walk, with an initial steep ascent upto Totteridge, then significant passage through unpathed moortops of Brown Berry Plan, followed by descent into a valley and along Langden Brook.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 9:00.

Suggested Route: Bury New Road(A56) out of city, north on M66, becomes A56. Across M65 at J8, onto A6068. Then A671, then A680, then A59, then A671 again, into Clitheroe. From Clitheroe, find the train station, head past station (on your lhs), turn left under bridge onto B6478 towards Waddington (2ish miles from Clitheroe), a further 7ish miles to Newton (you’ll pass the pub). Into Newton, turn left towards Dunsop bridge (BB7 3BB / SD659501). Thru DunsopBridge, turn right at T junction, passed school on rhs, across 2x cattle grids, park at Sykes Nab lay-by (has a small info sign / 2 miles from DunsopBridge).

Walk Start: Lay-by at Sykes Nab at 10:45.

Walk Grid Ref: SD632511

Walk Start Postcode: BB7 3BJ (Approximate location - ensure that you use this in combination with the Suggested Route)

Extra: Toilets: last toilets are in Dunsop Bridge car park. Pub at the end of the walk: The Parkers Arms, Newton, BB7 3DY

 

Saturday 21st: Merseyside 2-Centre Walk

Train-based walk 1 Boot 7.5 miles Leader: Peter Trimbel

Description: Two coastal locations with their own unique features. We're going to be joined by folks from the Merseyside 20s-30s group too.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly destinations board at 09.05am for train at 09.22 (N.B. please be on time as train likely to depart from the 'far away' Platform 14.)

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Ainsdale £11.00

Walk Start: Ainsdale station at 11am.

Waypoints: Ainsdale station, Dobsons Ride, Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, Fishermans Path, Freshfield beach, Red Squirrel Reserve, Freshfield station ... train ... Hall Road station, Crosby Promenade, Antony Gormley's 'Another Place', Waterloo station.

Return Services: Trains from Waterloo into Liverpool Central - every 15 minutes. Lime Street station is only a 5 minute walk from Central and the route is well signposted. Trains back to Manchester from Lime Street are very frequent - walk leader should have a timetable on the day.

Extra: You can wear trainers but do expect them to get damp and sandy. For those so inclined, we'll head into Liverpool at the end of the walk and a visit to some of the city's more interesting pubs will follow!

 

Sunday 22nd: Frodsham circular with a woodland surprise

Train-based walk 2 Boot 9 miles 450 climbLeader: Jo C, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A circular walk from Frodsham station via the viewpoints at Beacon Hill and Helsby Crag. The walk takes in varied terrain through broadleaved woodland, open fields and some short sections on quiet roads. The two viewpoints on clear days offer spectacular views to Wales, the Mersey estuary and the Peak District with moderate ascents.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:56.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Frodsham £10.00.

Walk Start: Frodsham station at 10:40.

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: 15:49, 16:49, 17:49, 18:49, 19:49, 20:49

Extra: No toilets at walk start (train may have some). You will need a change of footwear for the pub at the end of the walk. The woodland surprise has an Easter theme - intrigued? - them come along and find out more!

 

Saturday 28th: Stalybridge Circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8.5 miles Leader: Kerry Scutts meeting at Walk Start

Description: A repeat of a walk I did in June 2007, a steady ascent initially up to the cairn at 399m, then mostly flat or descending.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:27

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Stalybridge, £2.70

Walk Start: Stalybridge station car park at 10:00

Waypoints: Sidebottom Fold, Hollingworthall Moor (via cairn), Swineshaw Reservoirs, Harridge Pike, Brushes Reservoir, finishing at Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar

Return Services: xx:01 & xx:22 to Victoria and xx:44 to Piccadilly, varyingslightly towards evening

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start. A train from Piccadilly at 09:11 also gets you to the Walk Start.

 

Sunday 29th: Turton Tower and Cheetham Close

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 220m ascent Leader: John Ireland, meeting at Bolton

Description: A medium-intensity circular walk around the reservoirs north of Bolton.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 10:00.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Bromley Cross

Walk Start: Bromley Cross Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Bromley X station, Jumbles Country Park, Turton Tower, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir(Lunch), Turton Heights, Cheetham Close, Last Drop Village, The Flag(pub, does real ales), Bromley X station

Return Services: 15:22, 16:22, 17:22 and so on

Extra: Remember to set your watches when you go to bed! Clocks go forward one hour at 01:00.

 

APRIL

Saturday 4th: The Walk to defeat Napoleon

Train-based Linear walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles 500m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A moderate walk from Littleborough to head north on the Pennine Way to Todmorden via Stoodley Pike, maybe muddy due to amount of precipitation due this week.

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

Suggested Ticket: Duo Return to Todmorden OR a Return to Littleborough and single from Todmorden to Littleborough

Walk Start: Littleborough at 10:30

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Blackstone Edge Reservoir, Stoodley Pike, Lumbutts, Todmorden

Return Services: xx:04, xx:15, xx:36 until 20:04 then xx:36 until 23:36

Extra: One slooow Coin Op toilet at Walk Start so please use the train. This is a LINEAR walk, please use the train.

 

Thursday 9th: Sociamble (see socials page).

 

Friday 10th: Good Friday's Grisedale Horseshoe from Braithwaite walk (North Lakes)

Car-based walk 3 Boots 8 miles 1100m climb (Harder options 4.5 Boots 13 miles 1350m ascent)Leader: Chris Wareing

Description: A hike round the Grisedale horseshoe from Braithwaite in the North Lakes, including Grisedale Pike, Sand Hill, Crag Hill and Causey Pike. If the weather is good, the walk may well be extended to include Whiteside and Grasmoor, overlooking the beautiful valley of Buttermere. Note, there is a reasonably steep descent off Crag Hill (for which I am adding an extra 0.5 Boot).

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 07:30. (Free parking for spare cars as Good Friday is a public bank holiday)

Suggested Route: M60, M61, M6 to Junction 40, A66 westbound. Braithwaite is literally just off the A66, 2.5 miles past the main Keswick roundabout on the A66. Expect this to take 2.5 hours from Manchester with a short stop.

Walk Start: There's a disused quarry on the B5292 Whinlatter Pass road about 300m west out of Braithwaite (Grid point NY227238). Use this quarry car park, or the road climbing up the pass going past it. Other options are 2 more carparks (400m NY225241 & 800m NY223244) further up the road, but meet at the QUARRY CARPARK for 10:00.

Waypoints: Braithwaite, Grisedale Pike, Sand Hill, (option to head out to Hopegill Head and Whiteside), Coledale Hause, (option to include Grasmoor), Crag Hill, Causey Pike, Stoneycroft, Braithwaite Lodge, Braithwaite.

Extra: There are no toilets at the Walk Start; stop at Rheged services at M6's Junction 40. Note there is a large amount of ascent and therefore descent; please only tackle if you know you can cope. We may well stop for dinner at The Greyhound at Shap on the way home if anyone is interested. Views from the last two times I did the route here and here.

 

Saturday 11th: Hall I'Th'Wood Tourism walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 6.5 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk taking in Moses Country Park, Leverhulme Park and Firwood. A visit to the Hall I'Th'Wood Museum, a lovely timber-framed house with a famous former resident, is intended at the end (£2).

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 12:33

Suggested Ticket: Hall I'Th'Wood Day Return £3

Walk Start: Farnworth station at 12:50

Return Services: From Hall I'Th'Wood station xx:00 & xx:23

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

 

Monday 13th: Ingleborough from Ribblehead

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 10 miles (approx) 400m climb Leader: John Ireland(07966 490216)

Description: A slightly different way of doing one of the three peaks of Yorkshire, going up the northern side via Chapel-le-dale

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

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 to J34, A683 towards Kirby Lonsdale, A687, A65 to Ingleton, B6255, park at the Station Inn.

Walk Start: Ribblehead Station Inn Car Park at 10:30

Walk Start Post Code: LA6 3AS

Waypoints:Ribblehead, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleborough, Sulber, Selside, Ribblehead

Extra:Beer in the Station Inn, Ribblehead afterwards!

 

Saturday 18th: Broadbottom to Glossop - not quite a circular

Train-based walk 3 Boots 14.5 miles 350 climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: A walk over mixed ground from possibly some muddy areas to high dry areas with good views of the surrounding country.

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

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Glossop £?

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 10:20

Waypoints: Tom Wood, Chisworth, The Banks, Slack Edge, Cown Edge, Talga farm, Burnt Hill, Doctors path

Return Services: 16:09, 16:39, 17:09 etc. through to 20:09. Last train at 21:39

 

Sunday 19th: Hilbre Island, Caldy and the Wirral Way joint walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 7.5 miles Leader: Sally Partington (from Merseyside 20s-30s group)

Description: ***This is one of the few occasions where we have to restrict numbers as the Hilbre Islands are a protected nature reserve, and permits are issued for groups. Their group are getting 18 places, as is ours. So email hilbrewalk@madwalkers.org.uk to get the meet up details. Please do not turn up on the walk without booking as we cannot take responsibility for any additional numbers.***

This enjoyable walk starts and ends at West Kirby station and will take us across the sands from Dee Lane slipway at West Kirby to the tidal islands of Hilbre located in the mouth of the Dee Estuary, which are cut off from the mainland at high water. The islands are a rich source of flora & fauna and we may even be lucky enough to spot a grey seal or two! Returning to the mainland well before high water, we will then walk along the marina lake path & shoreline to Caldy with wonderful views across the estuary to Wales and return to West Kirby along the Wirral Way. There will be a chance to have a drink in one of the local pubs or cafes before heading home.

 

Saturday 25th: Circular via Capesthorne Hall

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

Description: A walk through the Cheshire countryside via Capesthorne Hall (built 1726) which has a distinctive Jacobean style and a Georgian Chapel. We will spend 30 - 40 minutes here so that people have time to enjoy the gardens, lakes and other attractions. The walk will finish with a drink at the Egerton Arms in Chelford.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 11:04 (service also calls at Levenshulme & Stockport)

Suggested Ticket: Chelford Day Return £6.90

Walk Start: Chelford Station at 11:45

Waypoints: Dingle Quarry, Astle Farm, Capesthorne Hall, Redes Mere, Brook House Farm & Chelford Heath.

Return Services: To Manchester every 9 minutes past the hour.

Extra: No toilets at Chelford Station but Tea Rooms and facilities at Capesthorne Hall.

 

Sunday 26th: Straddling Stretton

Car-based walk 4.5 Boots 15 miles 950m climb Leader: Kayla

Description: A walk in the Shropshire countryside up a dozen hills around Church Stretton. We will leave Manchester early to start walking mid-morning. Mostly following paths and tracks, with some sections of Open Access land, this full day's walk will give us long views across Cheshire, Shropshire and out to Wales on a clear day. The route includes 2 Marilyns and 2 trig points. Meet Point: Deansgate Locks (time to be determined as may need early start for Llyn Eigiau car park).

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

Suggested Route: Exit Manchester on the A5103(Princess Parkway). Take the M56 to junction 7. A556 to the M6, joining the M6 at J19. Exit M6 at J12, at roundabout, take ?5th exit to join A5 to Gailey. At Gailey roundabout, take first exit on to A449 towards Wolverhampton. Continue straight over at 2 roundabouts. At third roundabout, take 3rd exit to join J2 M54 to Telford. Continue along the M54 – at junction 7 it becomes the A5. Follow A5 towards Shrewsbury. At Bayston Hill, take the slip road left on to the A49. After 11 miles, you reach Church Stretton - turn right to go to the town centre. At the crossroads, turn left. At the mini-roundabout, go straight ahead. Turn right up Cunnery Lane(there's a black & white timber-framed building on the left where you need to turn). Follow this winding road uphill as far as the Long Mynd Hotel and a dead end sign – the free car park is on the right.

Walk Start: Car park near the Long Mynd hotel at 10:30 prompt

Waypoints: Townbrook valley, Boiling Well, Pole Bank, Pole Cottage, Round Hill, Callow, Little Stretton, Ragleth Hill, Hazler Hill, Hope Bowdler Hill, Cwms Plantation, Caer Caradoc, 3 fingers rock, Church Stretton.

Extra: Use toilets at services on M6 or M54 as there aren't any at the Walk Start. There are several steep ascents (including one after lunch & right at the end) and a couple of steep descents - including one near the end, so bring poles if you have them. There are also a couple of minor stream crossings and some of the open access land includes areas of heather to cross. It's a long route, so we'll have to keep up a reasonable pace for the whole day so we're not too late back to Manchester. We're likely to finish walking around 7pm-ish, so bring plenty of food to keep you going for a long hill day (including extra for the way home). The cafes in Church Stretton will be closed by the walk's end though there are a few pubs for those who have time for a quick drink before returning home. Note: for those who did the long walk at New Year, this starts from the same point and follows the same route as far as Pole Bank and then loops south to complete the full Church Stretton circuit in the opposite direction. Be prepared for any (& probably several) weather conditions on the day.

 

MAY

Saturday 2nd: Monsal Trail

Coach-based walk 1.5 Boots 11 miles Leader: Garry Lamb

Description: A scenic walk along the route of the former Midland railway between Bakewell and Buxton(as featured on BBC’s Railway Walks series), taking in the limestone cliffs, gorges, tunnels, viaducts, and, of course, pubs en route.

Meet Point: Chorlton Street bus station for TP bus at 09:15.(also calls at Stockport Bus Station stand Y at 09:42 and Hazel Grove Rising Sun at 10:00)

Suggested Ticket: GMPTE Wayfarer £9.20(bought in advance)

Walk Start: Bakewell, Matlock Street at 11:10

Waypoints: Bakewell (old railway station), Thornbridge Hall, Little Longstone, Monsal Head (pub stop), Cressbrook Mill, Water-cum-Jolly Dale, Litton Mill, Miller’s Dale (pub stop), Chee Dale, Blackwell Head.

Return Services: Last Transpeak bus to Manchester leaves Taddington at 17:13. Subsequent buses are at 13 mins past the hour to Buxton. Return trains from Buxton at 27 mins past the hour.to Manchester Piccadilly.

Extra: Toilets at pubs en route. Walk will end at bus stop on A6 near Blackwell. Plan is to catch Transpeak bus back into Buxton where those who want can go for a meal/drink. For those heading straight back to Manchester, you can catch the train back from Buxton at the above times.

 

Sunday 3rd: Mills Hill-New Hey linear walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles 150 climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk across undulating countryside with moderate climbs in two main sections. Along the way there's a proper country pub and 2 trig points! At the end, you can stick around and we'll go and see a really big engine!(£3)

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 11:08

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £4

Walk Start: Mills Hill station at 11:20.

Waypoints: Healds Green, Cinder Hill Farm, Tandle Hill, Rochdale Way, Fentons Farm, Oldham Way, Newhey

Return Services: xx:29 from New Hey.

 

Friday 8th: Sociamble (see socials page).

 

Saturday 9th: Hathersage and the Heritage Way

Train-based walk 2 Boots 7.5 miles Leader: Helen Powell

Description: A varied walk with stunning valley and upland scenery including abandoned millstones and a stretch of river from Grindleford to Hathersage. A descent to the hamlet of Upper Padley, passing Padley Chapel before a pitstop at Grindleford Cafe. From Grindleford to Hathersage it's by the River Derwent on the Heritage Way, finishing at The Little John Inn.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: Hathersage Day Return £9.10 or Wayfarer £9.20

Walk Start: Hathersage station at 10.45

Waypoints: Mitchell Field Farm Conservation Area, Millstone Edge, Upper Padley, Padley Chapel, Coppice Wood.

Return Services: 15:32, 16:32, 17:32, 18:32

Extra: Unlikely to be toilets at Walk Start so use toilets on train.

 

Sunday 10th: Anglezarke Moor

Car-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles 400m climb Leader: Volker Funke

Description: This is a circular walk covering most of Anglezarke Moor. It starts in White Coppice, a lovely hamlet whose fame is to have the most picturesque Cricket Ground in Lancashire. We first go through open moor land, steadily rising up to Great Hill. On a good day you will get a fantastic view of a lot of Lancashire's landmarks, such as Pendle Hill, the Bowland Fells, Blackpool Tower and even as far as Heysham Power Station (Wow!). On a bad day you might not even be able to see the TV mast of Winter Hill... Then we turn right towards Winter Hill and right again towards Anglezarke Reservoir, along which we will walk during the last part of the walk.

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

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, leave M61 junction 8, A674 to Wheelton. In Wheelton, turn right onto Chapel Lane and follow signs to White Coppice.

Walk Start: White Coppice at 11:00 (near the cricket ground).

Waypoints: Great Hill, Redmonds Edge, Spitlers Edge, Hempshaw's Farm, Lead Mines Clough, Anglezarke Reservoir

 

Wednesday 13th: The Long And Short Of It

Train-based walk 1 Boots 5.5 miles 150 climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear evening walk from Broadbottom to Stalybridge taking in sites of local interest. Commencing with a short steep section up to a church with a sad tale. We descend artistically to find a white stone, and onto the reason for the walk's title.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 18:48

Suggested Ticket: Evening Rail Ranger £2

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 19:10

Waypoints: Mudd, Warhill, Mottram in Longdendale, Mottram Old Hall, Roe Cross, Edge Lane, Matley, Bower Fold, Stalyvegas.

Return Services: xx:01*, xx:44 from Stalybridge (*arrive into Victoria, otherwise into Piccadilly)

Extra: Map OL1. Note to self - bring photos. TOT CAVR CI

 

Saturday 16th: Broadbottom to Royston Vasey

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8.5 miles 200m climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: A linear walk between stations for local people. A visit to a lovely pub in Padfield too before finding precious things in Hadfield.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:47

Suggested Ticket: Hadfield Day Return £?

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 11:15.

Waypoints: Melandra fort, Dinting Viaduct, Mouselow Castle, Cemetery hill, Bottoms Resr, Torside Resr, Longdendale Trail, Little Padfield and the Peels Arms.

Return Services: from Hadfield xx:01 (last one at 19:01), xx:31(last one at 22:31)

 

Tuesday 19th: Short 5th Anniversary walk

Direct walk 0.5 Boots 1.5 miles Leader: Mark (07786 360684)

Description: MAD is 5 today! MAD has a number of events lined up to celebrate its 5th anniversary (such as the Summer Ball), but today is our official birthday. So, come and join us for a city centre walk along a canal and a drink at our Manchester base – The Knott on Deansgate. Birthday cake at the end!

Walk Start: 18:30 under the Departures Board at Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station.

 

Sunday 24th: Carneddau Mountain Walk - Llyn Eigiau Dam Breach

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 14 miles 1000m climb Leader: Rick Connor (07984 531130)

Description: ***NOTE: UPDATED WITH NEW START POINT AND EXTENDED DISTANCE & ASCENT***. A mountain walk to Foel Grach summit (976m) in the Carneddau region of Snowdonia. The route is based broadly around Llyn Eigiau, the reservoir whose dam collapsed in the 1920s allowing millions of gallons of water to flow down to the village of Dolgarrog, destroying the aluminium works and a row of cottages. The dam breach remains to this day and we'll take a look during the walk. Subject to available time and walk leader availability, a harder walk will be provided to take in additional summits following on from Foel Grach (4 boots, 16 miles, 1100m climb, +2 hours). Meet Point: Deansgate Locks (time to be determined as may need early start for Llyn Eigiau car park).

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

Suggested Route: M56, M53, A55, A470 towards Betws-y-Coed, turn right after approx. 4 miles at Tal-y-cafn onto B5279, left at Ty'ny Groes crossroads onto B5106, then 3 miles to Dolgarrog. Park on road opposite aluminium works, near large downfall pipes from reservoir.

Walk Start: Llyn Eigiau Car Park at ??:??.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH769674

Waypoints: Dolgarrog, steep ascent to Coedty Reservoir, Llyn Eigiau, Dulyn Reservoir, Melynllyn Reservoir, Foel Grach. Easier option descends via Cwm Eigiau back to Llyn Eigiau and walk start. Harder option: Foel Grach to Carnedd Llewelyn(1064m), SE descent to Bwlch Eryl Farchog ridge, Pen yr Helgi Du(833m), E ridge to 637m spot height, Pen Llithrig y Wrach(~800m).

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start - services on A55 at Bodelwyddan, 2 miles after St. Asaph. Steep ascent to begin with on both walks. Harder option also has short section of steep rocky descent and rough ground.

 

Sunday 31st: Darwen Hill, Moor and the Roddlesworth Reservoir

Train-based walk 2 Boots 10.5 miles Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: The walk begins amongst the waterfalls of Belgrave Park before climbing up to Darwen Hill, where there are spectacular views from the Jubilee Tower as far away as Blackpool, Pendle Hill and the '3 peaks' of the Yorkshire Dales. We then continue across Darwen Moor with a good possibility of seeing Grouse before dropping down into a forested valley by the Roddlesworth Reservoir where there will be a visit to a CAMRA pub. Continuing, we leave behind the forest and Reservoir, to the village of Tockholes where there is another pub stop. From here its across farmland before the walk concludes in the spectacular Sunnyhurst Gorge and Wood. There will be time for a further pub stop in the Millstones Hotel in Darwen before returning to Manchester.

Meet Point: Victoria Station for train at 10:00 - also calls at Salford Crescent (10:08) & Bolton (10:20)

Suggested Ticket: £6.40 return to Darwen

Walk Start: Darwen Railway Station at 10:41

Return Services: 17:10, 18:10

 

JUNE

Saturday 6th: Little Moreton Hall & Mow Cop linear

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 12 miles 350m climb Leader: Mary Robinson

Description: A linear walk using mainly tracks but with some uneven fields, starting with a gradual climb up from the canal into a little wood. We follow the ridgeline up to the Old Man of Mow and the folly, Mow Cop. It's a steep descent down to the Cheshire plain and over to the delightful Little Moreton Hall. Just after that we cross a busy road, so be careful. A quick stop in a quirky heritage pub on the approach to Kidsgrove!

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:48 (also calls at Stockport & Macclesfield, amongst others)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Kidsgrove £10.20

Walk Start: Congleton station at 10:30

Waypoints: Macclesfield Canal, Weld House Farm, The Housestead, Fairfields, Cheshire's Close, Gritstone Trail, Old Man Of Mow, Mow Cop, South Cheshire Way, Little Moreton Hall, Boarded Barn, Lunts Moss Farm, Scholar Green, Macclesfield Canal.

Return Services: xx:05 from Kidsgrove (or xx:32 via Crewe)

Extra: Map EX268. Lunch at 5M.

 

Sunday 7th: Around Deer Hill Moss

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10.5 miles 400m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk in the hills between Slaithwaite and Marsden. There is a long stretch of moorland crossing with deep tussocks requiring confidence. No pub stop but at the end is Marsden!

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:43.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Slaithwaite £8.50 or a Duo for two people for £12.70.

Walk Start: Slaithwaite station at 10:20.

Return Services: From Marsden x:50.

Extra: Maps OL21 & OL1. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's.

 

Wednesday 10th: Didsbury/Fletcher Moss

Direct walk 1 Boot 5 milesLeader: Edward Bray

Description: A pleasant summer walk around Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields and the woods.

Walk Start: Outside the Didsbury, 852 Wilmslow Road, M20 2SG at 19:00

 

Saturday 13th: Littleborough to New Hey

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 4 miles 300m climb Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Short linear moorland walk that links in with the other longer walk today. Do that walk after this one... or get home early!

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

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £4

Walk Start: Littleborough station at 10:30

Waypoints: Syke, Rakewood

Return Services: From New Hey xx:02 , xx:37

Extra: If enough time, we'll visit one of the 'Bird in (the) Hand' pubs.

 

Saturday 13th: New Hey to Greenfield

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 8 miles 400m climb Leader: Chris Morris, meeting at walk start

Description: Varied linear walk that links in with the other short walk today. Do this walk after that one... or have a lie-in! Pub stop along the way.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Station for train at 12:24.

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £4

Walk Start: New Hey station at 13:00

Waypoints: Slences, Grains Bar, High Moor

Return Services: From Greenfield xx:51

Extra: Will be getting back early enough so people have time to get ready for the evening out.

 

Sunday 14th: Combs Moss

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles 260m climb Leader: Sarah Purdue, meeting at Heaton Chapel

Description: Spectacular views on a circular walk on the moors above Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:50. (stopping at Stockport at 10:05)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Chapel-en-le-Frith £8.30

Walk Start: Chapel-en-le-Frith railway station at 10:45.

Waypoints: Castle Naze, Combs Edge, Black Edge, Hob Tor, Short Edge, Combs

Return Services: xx:30

 

Thursday 18th: Summer Solstice Scramble

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 4.5 miles 320m climb Leader: Richard Washington, meeting at Hadfield Station

Description: A tough walk from Torside involving scrambling up Wildboar Clough onto Bleaklow, and a return via the Pennine Way and some steep grassy slopes. We might also find an aircraft wreck.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 17:37.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hadfield

Walk Start: Initially, Hadfield Station at 18:17, for a 10-minute drive to Walk Start, courtesy of any drivers on the walk. Directions to the Walk Start provided on arrival. Please bring clean shoes, as you will be travelling in someone else's car.

Return Services: 20:31, 21:31, but most likely 22:31.

Extra: This walk's ascent includes a large element of scrambling, initially over a boulder-strewn gully, but also up sections of dry waterfalls and along narrow ledges. You must have a good head for heights and preferably some experience in scrambling up rock, or at least a desire to give it a go. However, all technical sections can be bypassed using easier terrain, if you do not fancy the challenge. Although this is a short evening walk, please equip yourself for a mountain walk, especially with regard to footwear. I plan to stop at around 20:30 h to eat a packed dinner. This walk offers the best of the Dark Peak with the magic of the evening light. IMPORTANT NOTE - this scramble is best tackled in dry weather. If the weather does not look promising the walk may be re-scheduled for the following week.

 

Saturday 20th: 3 Scramble Challenge

Direct walk 5 Boots 12 miles 2000m ascent Leader: Rick

Description: A tough but rewarding linear walk taking in 3 of the best rated scrambles in the Snowdonia mountain range: Tryfan North Face, Bristly Ridge and Crib Goch. We link these together by ticking off 6 of the 15 Snowdonia peaks over 3000 feet, including the summit of Snowdon.

Meet Point: At youth hostel accommodation on the Friday evening to allow for an early/fresh start (7:30-8am) on the Saturday morning - it will be a long day!

Waypoints: Ogwen Valley carpark, Tryfan North Face, Tryfan (915m), Bwlch Tryfan, Bristly Ridge, Glyder Fach(994m), Glyder Fawr(999m), Pen-y-Pass, Pyg Track to Crib Goch(914m), Garnedd Ugain(1065m), Snowdon(1085m), the Lliwedds, Miners' track to Pen-y-Pass.

Extra: Unlike our usual walks, you cannot just turn up; please contact the walk leader (Click here to email or Tel. 07984 531130) if you intend doing this walk, so that accommodation details can be provided (cost will be £15-20) and car-sharing organised. This walk demands a relatively high level of fitness, a head for heights and preferably previous scrambling experience. All scrambles are Grade 1, hands-on rock with some exposure. Although all scrambling routes are weather-dependent, you will still need warm clothing, full waterproofs and good boots.

 

Saturday 20th: Adlington Circular via Pott Shrigley and Bollington

Train-based walk 2 Boots 10 miles with a moderate climb up to a height of 310m Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Interesting walk in that area where the Cheshire Plain meets the Peak District. Highlights will include an unexpected surprise for music lovers, a mysterious pyramid and good views of Andrew's Knob.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 10:48 (service also calls at Stockport)

Suggested Ticket: Adlington(Cheshire) Day Return £6.20

Walk Start: Adlington (Cheshire) Station at 11:15.

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: To Manchester every 27 mins past the hour.

Extra: No toilets at Adlington Station / pub stops in Bollington and at walk end.

 

Sunday 21st: The Other Adlington Circular via Rivington and Heath Charnock

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles with a moderate climb up to a height of 372m on Rivington Pike Leader: John Ireland

Description: A footle round the edge of the West Pennines, taking in Rivington Pike, the ruined Chinese Gardens, several reservoirs, a canal and an ice cream shop

Meet Point: Victoria Station for train at 10:25 (service also calls at Salford Crescent and Bolton)

Suggested Ticket: Adlington(Lancashire) Day Return £4.70

Walk Start: Adlington (Lancs) Station at 11:15.

Waypoints: Adlington Station, Huyton House, M61, Rivington Country Park, Rivington Pike, Rivington Village, Yarrow Reservoir, Hallsworth Fold Farm, Holland Fold, Heath Charnock, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Adlington Station

Return Services: To Manchester every 7 mins past the hour.

Extra: No toilets at Adlington Station, we'll be stopping at Frederick's Ice Cream in Heath Charnock and a Pub in Adlington.

 

Wednesday 24th: Styal evening walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 6.5 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear evening walk taking in the picturesque country park (though you could hardly say peaceful with an airport a kilometre away!). This route is undulating and may be muddy. This is a longer walk than the standard evening walk and within a steep-sided and darker valley, a faster pace will be required to beat the light. Opportunity for pubs in Wilmslow.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 18:38 (also calls at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel & Stockport)

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Wilmslow £2.55.

Walk Start: Handforth station at 19:00.

Waypoints: Deandale Farm, Styal BR, Styal Country Park, A538, Bank House Farm, River Bollin, St Bartholomew's Church

Return Services: 21:17, 21:36, 21:46, 21:55, 22:17, 22:29 from Wilmslow

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

 

Saturday 27th: Marathon Challenge - Manchester to Huddersfield

Train-based walk 4 Boots 26 miles 500m climb Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Instead of running a marathon, ever thought of walking one? This is an opportunity to test yourself or to just do a few of the stages. This long linear walk has five stages due to the many train stations along the route.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Station

Walk Start: Manchester Piccadilly Station at 08:00.

Waypoints: Piccadilly, Daisy Nook, Hartshead Pike, Mossley, Greenfield, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield

Return Services: xx:00, xx:26, xx:30 until 23:00, then 23:05, 23:56

Extra: Leader is walking to raise money for charity. Finish line / place of collapse is Huddersfield’s Grove Inn (16 ales 2 ciders and about 10 foreign beers on draft, plus snacks.)

 

Saturday 27th: Invitation from the Merseyside Young Walking Group, our sister group, to their walk The Great Ridge from Edale

 

JULY

 

Saturday 4th: George Washington and the Viewpoints

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 400m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk taking in three viewpoints where you can see Morecambe Bay, the Lakes, and the Pennines to the east. To get up to them requires some steep sections up slippery limestone, if it's damp. There's a GBG pub visit near the middle!

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:16 (also calls at Oxford Road & Bolton)

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Arnside £16.90

Walk Start: Carnforth station at 11:40

Waypoints: Warton, Warton Crag(lunch), Coach Road, Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss, Silverdale(pub), Eaves Wood, Arnside Tower, Arnside Knott.

Return Services: From Arnside 16:57-18:27, 17:59-19:27, 18:43-20:27

Extra: Map OL7. Toilets at Walk Start, but please use the train's to expedite a prompt start. The walk leader might take a train one hour prior in order to visit the Brief Encounter experience at Carnforth Visitors Centre.

 

Sunday 5th: Malham duo

Car-based walk 4.5 Boots 15 miles 500m climb and 3 Boots 7 miles 195m climbLeader: Katherine and Kayla, meeting at Walk Start

Longer Option Description: A fabulous walk, starting in the picturesque village of Malham. We'll cross the Beck by a bridge (or stepping stones if you prefer!) and wander along the waterside(ish) until we get to Airton. We'll nip up the road to Calton and then pick up the trail across Calton Moor to Weets Top – a trig point(yaay!). We'll then head back towards Hanlith across Hanlith moor and Windy Pike Lane. We'll re-trace a small section of the Pennine Way before turning towards Janet's Cave. Then we'll head off to the Scar for some scrambling (watch out for the funny sign!) and on to Malham Tarn. Heading back towards Malham, we'll take the Pennine Way along Watlowes and on to the limestone pavements at the top of the Cove. Then it's a few (hundred) steps down to the bottom. From here it's a short wander back to Malham and cafes/pubs. We'll keep up a fairly brisk pace so the other group won't have a long wait for us at the end. We will take stops as needed, but keep them short & to a minimum.

Shorter Option Description: An abridged version of Kayla's with the same scramble, starting with a morning tea/coffee stop to give the other group a head start! We'll cross the Beck by a bridge (or stepping stones if you prefer!) and wander along the waterside(ish) until a path through woodland takes us to Janet's Cave. Then we'll head off to the Scar for some scrambling (watch out for the funny sign!) and on to Malham Tarn. The scramble route is by a waterfall, sheltered and grade 1, making it ideal for beginners. We will take it steady and have a few helpers to make sure everyone gets up the route safely. Heading back towards Malham, we'll take the Pennine Way along Watlowes and on to the limestone pavements at the top of the Cove. Then it's a few (hundred) steps down to the bottom. From here it's a short wander back to Malham and cafes/pubs. We will take this route at a steady pace with a few stops en route to appreciate the views before taking full advantage of Malham village's hospitality while we wait for the other group to finish.

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

Suggested Route: Deansgate up the A56 to the M60 and on to the M66. Then follow signs for the M65. Take the M65 to junction 13 and follow the A682 to Gisburn. A quick right and left, and take the A682 out to Hellifield. At Hellifield take the B6253 and then briefly turn right on to the A65 before turning left to follow signs to Malham. Malham is 7 miles along this road.

Walk Start: Car park (£3.50) at Visitor's Centre in Malham at 10:30.

Waypoints: Longer option: Malham Village, Pennine Way, Hanlith, Airton, Calton, Weets Top, Hanlith Moor, Windy Pike Lane, Pennine Way, Janet's Cave, Gordale Scar(Grade 1 scramble – suitable for beginners), Malham Tarn, Pennine Way, Watlowes, Malham Cove, Malham village. Shorter option: Malham Village, Pennine Way, Janet's Cave, Gordale Scar(Grade 1 scramble – suitable for beginners), Malham Tarn, Pennine Way, Watlowes, Malham Cove, Malham village.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start. Map OL2 (Yorkshire Dales, Southern & Western areas).

 

Wednesday 8th: North Manchester - Heaton Park evening walk (evening/new members walk)

Tram-based walk 1 Boots 5.5 miles Leader: Alastair

Description: A walk around Heaton Park (North Manchester), 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. A post-walk beer is planned in Sinclairs Oyster Bar, 2 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW.

 

Sunday 19th: Wilmslow to Alderley Edge

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 9 miles Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: The walk begins by following the River Bollin out of Wilmslow before crossing the Mottram Hall golf course. At the site of Mottram Cross there is a pub which specialises in Italian beer and wine where we will make a stop. After, it is an easy climb up to Alderley Edge where there are good views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside and towards the Peak District. From here it is a short walk into Alderley town where there will hopefully be time for a drink in one of the pubs before returning to Manchester.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 10:20, also calling at Stockport(10:29)

Suggested Ticket: £6.50 Off Peak Day Return to Alderley Edge.

Walk Start: MWilmslow Railway Station at 10:36.

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: XX:19, XX:51

 

 

Saturday 25th: Invitation from the Merseyside Young Walking Group, our sister group, to their walk Disley & Lyme Park

 

Saturday 25th: Monton/Worsley Circular

Train-based walk 1 Boots 5.5 miles Leader: Paul Ryan - 07815 662701

Description: A short circular walk starting in Monton village, then following the path alongside the Bridgewater Canal into historic Worsley village, passing the Old Boathouse, Worsley Old Hall (possible pub stop), Worsley Village Green and then returning through Worsley Woods back to Monton and finishing at the Bluebell pub.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train to Patricroft at 11:39.

Walk Start: Bluebell pub at 12:10.

Waypoints: Bluebell Pub, Folly Lane, Waterside pub by the canal in Monton Village

Return Services: From Patricroft 16:34, 17:09

Extra: Can anyone travelling by car, meet the train travellers at Patricroft station to transport them the 0.5 miles to the Walk Start.

 

Sunday 26th: Edale to Hope

Train-based walk 2 Boots 6.5 miles 530m ascentLeader: Mark Murphy - 0778 6360684

Description: A station-to-station walk over the top to Hollins Cross, down and up again to Win Hill - some steep(ish) ascent.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:45.

Suggested ticket: Day Return to Hope station (£9.10) or a Wayfarer(£9.20).

Walk Start: Edale station at 11:32.

Waypoints: Hollins Cross, Lose Hill, Win Hill, Hope station.

Return Services: 15:39, 16:40, 17:39

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

 

Wednesday 29th: Circular via Etherow Country Park

Train-based walk 1 Boots 5.5 miles Leader: Jennifer Egan

Description: A leisurely evening walk with a small climb passing through one of Britain's first country parks (established in 1968 around an old cotton mill). Along the route there are a range of terrains including woods and waterside which were historically shooting and fishing grounds. Drinks in the Royal Scot (at Marple Bridge) to finish. For those heading straight back (from Brabyns Park), it is a 10-15 minute walk along the main road.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Train Station for train at 18:22.

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Marple £1.50

Walk Start: Marple Train Station at 18:40.

Waypoints: Marple Locks, Iron Bridge(at Brabyns Park), Compstall Bridge, Etherow Country Park, Weir Cottages, Keg Pool, Keg Woods, Sunny Corner, John Hirst Cottage, Weir Cottages, Compstall Bridge, Brabyns Park, Marple.

Return Services: XX:36 from Marple Train Station. Arrives in Manchester XX:05

Extra: Anybody driving can park at Brabyns Park free of charge (10 minute walk from the train station). Toilets at Etherow Country Park (open until dusk). For anyone driving to Marple from Romiley/Compstall direction or coming via Glossop Road, there are road works on Lower Fold (part of A626). Only one lane is currently in operation. Please allow extra travelling time.

 

AUGUST

Saturday 1st: Macclesfield to Buxton Linear Walk

Train-based walk 3.5 Boot 13.5 miles 400m climb 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 on the way for a quick drink.

Meet Point: Meet 9:30 am Piccadilly Station for 9:48 train. Ticket is Wayfarer at £9.20

Walk Start: 10:20 Macclesfield Station

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

Return Services: 16.30, 17.27, 18.27, 19.27 etc until 22.56

 

Thursday 6th: Affetside evening walk

Train-based walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles 200m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear evening walk with a gradual climb up to a pub with great fine views back to Manchester and a grizzly surprise! We have a full moon that night, but a torch will be useful.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 19:00.

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Bromley Cross £1.60.

Walk Start: Hall I' Th' Wood station at 19:25.

Waypoints: Firwood, Bolton Open Golf Course, Harwood, Castle Farm, Tottington Road, Hoyle's Field, Affetside (pub), Cromptons, Fish Farm, Bromley Cross

Return Services: 22:23 & 23:23 from Bromley Cross

Extra: Map EX287. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's.

 

Saturday 8th: Glossop to Hadfield Via Ashton?!?

Train-based walk 3.5 Boot 12 miles 600m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A walk through Glossop and a scramble up Ashton Clough, at times in the stream itself, over Bleaklow and down into Hadfield.

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

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hadfield £3.20.

Walk Start: Glossop station at 10:20.

Waypoints: Doctor's Gate, Ashton Clough, Bleaklow, Longendale Trail to Hadfield

Return Services: From Hadfield xx:01 & xx:31 until 19:31 then xx:31 until 22:31.

Extra: Ashton Clough is a summer-only path and an alternative route may be done if the weather has been wet. Toilets near Walk Start. If you're driving, Hadfield is only a short train journey back to Glossop.

 

Sunday 9th: Trollers Gill & the river Wharfe

Car-based walk 2.5 Boot 13 miles 150m climb Leader: Phil Walters, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A walk from the Grimworth reservoir walking down to the river Wharfe, passing the villages of Burnsall and Appletreewick (and hopefully popping in for a drink in the pubs there). Later we explore Trollers Gill, an interesting mini-gorge!

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

Suggested Route: A56 Bury New Road, M60, M66, A56, M65 to Colne, A6068, then left on to the A56 & A59 towards Skipton, then left on to B6265 towards Grassington. Enter Grassington village and continue for another 3 miles looking for Yorkshire Water signs to Grimwith Reservoir. Carpark is at the end of this road.

Walk Start: Grimwith reservoir car park(£0) at 11:00.

Walk Start Postcode: BD23 5ED

Waypoints: Grimwith Reservoir carpark, Hebden Moor, Bank Top, Suspension bridge over the river Wharfe(or the stepping stones!), Burnsall, Appletreewick, Middle Skyreholme, Trollers Gill, Swallow Hole.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start.

 

Wednesday 12th: Chorlton – Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley (evening/new members walk)

Direct walk 1 Boots 4.5 miles Leader: Alastair

Description: A most splendid walk through Chorlton Eees and the Mersey Valley. This is an easy walk, 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 (postcode M21 9HS)

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

End point: Back to Chorlton Green, for doubtless further drinkies the Horse and Jockey (see socials page)

 

Saturday 15th: Grindleford station circular

Train-based walk 2 Boots 7.5 miles 250m climb Leaders: Julie O'Brien, Kerry Scutts

Description: Approx seven and a half miles, hilly at start (highest point 339m) then flat/down hill. Pub or Tea shop stop at Calver and pub/cafe at end (NB café shuts at 17:00).

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:45 (arriving at 10:46)

Suggested Ticket: Grindleford Day Return £9.10, or Wayfarer £9.20

Walk Start: Grindleford station at 11:00.

Waypoints: Grindleford station, Frogatt Edge, Calver (pub and tea shop), River Derwent, Upper Padley (pub), Grindleford (café - if open!)

Return Services: xx:29 & xx:46.

Extra: Toilets at walk start (in cafe, 20p). NB at Grindleford road car parking free but gets very busy.

 

Sunday 16th: Dent to Ribblehead via Whernside

Train-based walk 4 Boots 15 miles 700m climb Leader: John Ireland (07966 490216)

Description: A walk from England's highest main line railway station (1150ft) along Dentdale, over the top of a tunnel and then over the highest of the three peaks of Yorkshire.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train to Clitheroe at 08:00, change at Clitheroe for Dalesrail to Dent.

Suggested Ticket: Dalesrail return £20 for one, £30 for two. Change at Clitheroe, train arrives at Dent at 10:50.

Walk Start: Dent Station at 10:55

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD 764 875

Waypoints: Dent Station, Dent Head, Blea Moor Tunnel, Little Dale Aqueduct, Knotberry Hill, Whernside, The Scar, Ribblehead Viaduct.

Return Services: 17:02, 19:05  from Ribblehead, change at Clitheroe.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. Drinks at the Station Inn, Ribblehead, afterwards! If driving there, I would suggest parking at Ribblehead and then catching the train, which passes at 10:40. Ribblehead is on the B6255, turning off the A65 at Ingleton.

Extra for travelling from Leeds: If travelling from Leeds, get the 08:49 to Carlisle, arriving Dent at 10:16. Return to Leeds at 1802 - note this is the LAST direct train.

 

Saturday 22nd: Grindleford to Edale

Train-based walk 4 Boots 15 miles 800m climb Leader: Chris Morris

Description: A long linear walk visiting 10 classic Peak villages. Also passing the venue for our NYE Weekend. Pub stop(s) along the way.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 08:45.

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £9.20 or return to Grindleford £9.10.

Walk Start: Grindleford station at 09:50.

Waypoints: Froggatt, Stoney Middleton, Town End, Eyam, Foolow, Grindlow, Great Hucklow, Castleton, Edale.

Return Services: From Edale xx:47 until 19:47, then 21:08, 22:56

 

Wednesday 26th: Marple evening walk

Train-based walk 1 Boots 3 miles 50m total ascent Leader: Jennifer Egan

Description: A short, pleasant evening walk around Marple, making the most of the last of summer, passing through a range of terrains including parkland, woodland area and locks. Drinks at the Midland to finish.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly for train at 18:45.

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to Marple £1.50

Walk Start: Marple station at 19:05

Waypoints: Brabyns Park, Compstall Bridge, Redbrow Wood, Lower Watermeetings Farm, Upper Watermeetings Farm, Marple Locks.

Return Services: xx:36 from Marple.

Extra: Boots essential, as it may be boggy in parts. Anybody driving can park at Brabyns Park free of charge (10 minute walk from the train station). Torches may be needed towards the end of the walk. No toilets, use the train's.

 

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 5th: Congleton Circular

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

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station at 10.30am for train at 10.48am (train also calls at Stockport).

Suggested Ticket: Day return: £7.80 from Manchester

Walk Start: Congleton Station at 11.30am

Waypoints: Macclesfield Canal, Biddulph Valley Way, Biddulph Grange Country Park, Himalayan Mountain Trail, Talbot Inn, Higher Whitemoor.

Extra: Tea Room at Biddulph Grange Country Park.

 

Saturday 12th: Edale to Glossop - the next step

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 13 miles 600m climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: Walk taking in some stunning views in the Peak not to mention a dip or 2 in the streams.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £9.20

Walk Start: Edale station at 10:30

Waypoints: The Nags Head, Upper Booths, Jacob's Ladder, Kinder Reservoir, William Clough, Mill Hill, Harry Hut

Return Services: xx:09 'til 19:09, xx:39 'til 22:39.

Extra: Toilets near Walk Start

 

Sunday 13th: Owain's 2nd Wilmslow Walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 8.5 miles Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: This walk offers the opportunity to explore the varied countryside to the west of Wilmslow as well as sampling a few of the rustic inns in the area. The walk begins in the park before dropping down into the Bollin Valley which is amazingly tranquil considering its close proximity to the runway at Manchester Airport. We then follow the periphery of the runway before crossing farmland to the first pub(The 'Bird in the Hand'). From here we cross gently undulating countryside with distant views of the Peak District, to the second pub(The Plough and Flail) before crossing woodland and fields of heather to the outskirts of Wilmslow. The final pub is located here(The Boddington and Dragon). A network of town footpaths then take us back to the town centre.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 10:20 (also calls at Stockport 10:29).

Suggested Ticket: £4.00 off peak return to Wilmslow (valid on Virgin Trains only).

Walk Start: Wilmslow Railway Station at 10:35.

Return Services: 16:29, 17:29

 

Saturday 19th: Wirral Way

Train-based walk 2 Boots 13 miles Leader: Claire Varley

Description: A pleasant flat 12 mile walk from Hooton along the former train track initially in a sheltered cutting followed later by wide coastal views. Finish at the beach, West Kirby.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:00.

Suggested Ticket: to be confirmed, probably Liverpool Day Return(£9.90) plus a Wirral Line Saveaway ticket(£3.30, from Liverpool Lime Street ticket office)

Walk Start: Hooton station at 10:30.

Return Services: 17:36 (18:25 Lime street) or 18:06 (18:52 Lime street) from West Kirby.

Extra: Invitation to the Merseyside group to join the walk.

 

Sunday 20th: Wythenshawe Hall linear

Direct walk 0.5 Boots 5 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: Starting off in West Didsbury, we visit the beautiful Wythenshawe Hall to have a look around and spend a little time in its surrounding park. Afterwards we pop back on the frequent #41 bus to the Walk Start. Maybe you'll want to come on to the later walk too!

Walk Start: Outside the Woodstock pub, 139 Barlow Moor Road, West Didsbury, M20 2DY at 11:30.

Suggested Ticket: Single back to Barlow Moor Road, or if you're travelling to the Walk Start, a day bus ticket.

Return Services: From Northenden Post House x:07, x:12, x:32, x:52.

Extra: Boots are preferable but you can wear trainers on this walk though they might get muddy. Toilets at Wythenshawe Park. Icecream & Pitch'n'Putt?

 

Sunday 20th: Southern Cemetery walk

Direct walk 0.5 Boots 4 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A short circular walk from central Chorlton passing through Southern Cemetery to find some of the worthies buried there. We may find somewhere to eat after the walk if there's interest.

Walk Start: Outside The Bar, 533 Wilbraham Rd., M21 0UE at 16:00.

Extra: Boots are preferable but you can wear trainers on this walk though they might get muddy. Toilets at Walk Start. Cemetery closes at 17:45.

 

Saturday 26th: Big Planes walk

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles Leader: Peter Trimbel

Description: A linear coastal walk from Freshfield to Southport taking in the red squirrel reserve, National Trust protected woodland with some sand dunes to tackle and, of course, the beach. Opportunity for some to cut short the walk at 6 miles, where a further 1 mile walk up Shore Road will take you to Ainsdale station (trains into Southport every 15 mins). For those continuing to Southport, we may well get the chance to see a Eurofighter or the Red Arrows fly overhead 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. From here, it's a 20 minute urban walk to Southport town centre ... but we'll nip for a quick pint in a nearby pub first!

Meet Point: 9.05am at the Piccadilly station destinations board - for the train at 09:22 to Southport.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Freshfield - £11

Walk Start: Freshfield station at 11:00

Waypoints: Formby red squirrel reserve, Freshfield beach, Fisherman's Path, Ainsdale woodland reserve, Dobsons Ride, Pinfold Path, Ainsdale beach, Birkdale 'green beach', Southport.

Return Services: From Southport 16:54, 17:24, 17:54, 18:17, 19:00, 19:23, 20:23, 21:23, 22:18.

Extra: Please be on time as the Southport train departs from Platform 14 - as far as you can get in the station! We change at Southport for the 10:43 to Freshfield. Toilets located at the red squirrel reserve (1 mile from walk start) and also at Ainsdale beach. Rather than the usual long lunch stop, we will probably have two shorter stops (at Freshfield and Ainsdale beaches). You can wear trainers if you want to ... but do expect them to get damp and sandy.

 

Sunday 27th: Trevor Basin, Rocks and Castell Dinas Bray loop

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 16 miles 500m climb Leader: Avril

Description: An up and down circular walk that starts from the aqueduct, climbs following the Offa's Dyke Path around Trevor Rocks with views over LLangollen. Turning at Llwyn Hen-Parc, it then picks up the Clwydian Way with views over Dalle Crucis Abbey and bypassing Llangollen to climb up to Castell Dinas Bray before dropping to the canal to return to the start point. Opportunity to walk out on to the historic Pontcysyllte aqueduct too.

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

Suggested Route: Follow Princess Parkway out of town on to the M56. Take motorway before turning south on to the M53. Follow this around Chester before turning left on to the A483. At Ruabon, drop down to the A539 Llangollen Road toawrds Trevor. After 3 miles, in Trevor, turn left into Station Road.

Walk Start: Trevor car park(N side of aqueduct) at 10:30.

Walk Start Postcode: LL20 7TY approx.

Waypoints: tba, see walking route

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start(shut at 17:00)

 

OCTOBER

Saturday 3rd: Over the Hurdle and down the other side.

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 12.5 miles 330m climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: A linear walk through valleys and over a short stretch of boggy moor from Broadbottom to Greenfield.

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

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £4

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 10:15.

Waypoints: Carr House, Swineshead resr, Ogden Clough, Chew Hurdles, Chew resr, Fern Lee Farm

Return services: xx:51 from Greenfield.

 

Sunday 4th: Snowdon Horseshoe

Train-based walk 4.5 Boots 7.5 miles 1150m climb Leader: Nardia Lloyd(07923 839267, nardia_joy@hotmail.com)

Description: The classic horseshoe walk in Snowdonia. Starting from Pen-y-Pass the route includes Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd. This is a challenging walk and it includes a knife edge ridge and scramble up Crib Goch..

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

Suggested Route: M56 towards Chester, A55 towards Conwy, A548 then A470 to Betws, A5 to Capel Curig, A4086 to start

Walk Start: Pen-Y-Pass Car Park - on the A4086 it is on your left at the top of the climb opposite the hostel at 10:15

Walk Start Grid Ref: LL55 4NY / SH647556

Waypoints: Summits of Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd

Extra: If there is no parking at the carpark we will have to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up. Toilets near Start.

 

Saturday 10th: 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 (hopefully) 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: M602, M60, M61, M6 till junction 36. Follow A591 till reaching Ambleside, and follow the A5095 and A593 into Coniston.

Walk Start: Coniston main car park at 10:00.

Walk Start Postcode: LA21 8EL approx.

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

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start

 

Sunday 11th: Bury to Rammy and Holcombe Tower

Linear Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 7 miles 200m climb - Leader: John Ireland

Description: Along the side of the railway from Bury to Ramsbottom, following the Irwell Sculpture trail and an optional climb up to the Peel Tower at Holcombe at the end.

Meet Point: Bury Interchange at 10:00

Suggested Ticket: ELR single from Ramsbottom to Bury for return journey - £4.40.

Walk Start: Bury Interchange at 10:00

Waypoints: Bury, Burrs Country Park, Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Holcombe Tower (optional)

Travel Information: To get to Bury use the Metrolink from Manchester city centre, also the 135 bus from Manchester, or the 471 bus from Bolton or Rochdale.

Extra: As it's autumn, there will be a chance to forage for stuff like Whimberries, sloes and so on, and we'll be taking the train back to Bury and having one or two at the trackside bar at the end.

 
Saturday 17th: Goyt Valley

Train-based Walk 3 Boots 14.5 miles 450m climbLeader: Richard Pitts

Description: A linear walk around the Goyt Valley. Starting at Combs Reservoir walking along its shore before climbing into the Goyt Valley and crossing the River Goyt. A gentle ascent up Cat Tor and Shining Tor, enjoying the views towards the distinctive Shutlingsloe, and weather permitting Jodrell Bank. Dropping into the Goyt Valley again and passing Errwood Reservoir before finally heading to Buxton.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 08:52 (also calls at Stockport).

Suggested Ticket: Return to Buxton £8.20

Walk Start: Chapel-en-le-Frith station at 09:45.

Waypoints: Combs Reservoir, River Goyt, Windgather Rocks, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Goytsclough Quarry, Buxton

Return Services: From Buxton 17:22 xx:22 22:51

 

Sunday 18th: Reservoirs, forests and a wee peak

Car-based walk 2.5 Boots 11 miles 400m climb Leader: Avril (07749 795038)

Description: Undulating walk that takes in bits of Bottoms Reservoir, Teggs Nose Country Park, Macclesfield Forest and Shutlingsloe.

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

Suggested Route: A6, A523 to Macclesfield, follow this through Macclesfield then left onto the A537 towards Buxton for approx 1 mile, bear right onto Buxton Old Road for approx 0.5 mile then right onto Broadcar Road, continue onto Coalpit Lane, 1st left in Langley village up Main Road and left again up Hole House Lane to parking.

Walk Start: Teggs Nose Reservoir, Langley at 10:30

Waypoints: tba, see walking route.

Extra: Toilets are approx 2 miles from Walk Start. Please text me if coming directly so I know to expect you if you're late.

 

Saturday 24th: Cuddington Circular

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

Description: Circular walk around the mid-Cheshire region from Cuddington via Acton Bridge.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 10:17.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return £8.90.

Walk Start: Cuddington station at 11:25.

Waypoints: tba

Return Services: xx:36

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Pub stops after lunch and at walk end.

 

Sunday 25th: Nicky Nook

Car-based walk 2 Boots 10 miles 200m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start

Description: An undulating route over Nicky Nook, where there are views out of Morecambe Bay. Trig point and a real ale pub included! There are some lengthy sections down country lanes so expect some traffic.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:30 - REMEMBER CLOCKS GO BACK!

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 to j33, head S towards Preston for 3 miles, turning left onto Station Lane which takes you on a narrow lane next to, then under the railway. In 400m, you're in Scorton at the main junction. The easiest free parking is to the right opposite the church.

Walk Start: Scorton Priory at the main junction in Scorton at 10:50.

Walk Start Postcode: PR3 1AU

Waypoints: Scorton Priory, Nicky Nook, Fell End, Harrisend, Lane Head, Stonehead Farm, Tinker's Lane, Dolphinholme, Bantons Farmhouse, Wyre Way

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start, instead factor in some time to stop at Forton Services just before you leave the motorway.

 

NOVEMBER

Sunday 1st: Short Styal walk

Train-based walk 1 Boot 6 miles Leader: Phil Walters, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A walk around Styal, passing Quarry Bank mill, walking through the National Trust area by the river Bollin and seeing the surreal spectacle of planes taking off over the trees in what seems to be the middle of the tranquil Cheshire countryside.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 12:41 *NOTE CHANGE*

Walk Start: Styal station at 13:10

Walk Start Postcode: SK9 4JW

Waypoints: Styal railway station, Quarry Bank Mill, Pownall Park, Morley Green, Hookbank wood, Holiday Inn, Giant's Castle, Styal

Return Services: 15:10 (via Wilmslow), 16:58, 17:10 (via Wilmslow)

 

Sunday 8th: Trough and Forest of Bowland (return of the feisty one)

Car-based walk 3 Boots 10 miles 300m climb Leader: Alastair

Description: Circular, feisty but nice little walk up to Totridge, across the fell, around Hareden Fell, past Wolf Fell, across Brown Berry Plain and Sykes Fell, finally down into Langden Brook valley. Highlights include stunning views north to Ingleborough and Peny-y-gent, also Morecambe bay etc. This walk is season-optimised to ensure feistiness!

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 9:00. Please note time change.

Suggested Route: tba

Walk Start: Lay-by on south side of Trough of Bowland Rd.(between Abbeystead and Dunsop Bridge, 2 miles out of Dunsop Bridge) at 11:00.

Walk Start Postcode / Grid Ref: BB7 3BH / SD632511

Extra: Toilet available at Dunsop Bridge car park just before you get to Walk Start. Map OS Explorer OL41. Suggest bring a change of footwear, as if recently wet could be a tad squidgy on top (if cold n crisp - it'll be wonderful). The post-walk pub: Parkers Arms, Newton (BB7 3DY).

 

Saturday 14th: Whalley and the Nick of Pendle

Train-based walk 2 Boots 8.5 miles 250m climb Leader: John Ireland, joining train at Bolton (07966 490216)

Description: A nice undulating walk in rural east Lancashire, taking in old Roman Roads, picturesque villages, the Nick of Pendle and ending up in the historic town of Whalley.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:00, stops at Bolton at 10:20.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Whalley (Lancs) for £8.80 (GMPTE Countycard holders can get a Bromley Cross - Whalley return for £6.30), Northern Duo Return Ticket (for 2 people) from Manchester to Whalley is £13.20

Suggested 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 1100 as we will be setting off promptly at 1120.

Walk Start: Whalley Station at 11:15

Walk Start Postcode: BB7 9RX

Waypoints: Whalley Station, Calderstones Hospital, Higher Standen Hey Farm, Pendleton (Pub/Lunch), Wymondhouses, Nick of Pendle, Wilkin Heys, Bramley Farm, Wiswell, Whalley, Whalley Station

Return Services: 16:41, 17:13, 18:10, 18:41, 19:41, xx:41 thereafter

Extra: No toilets near Walk Start, use the ones on the train. Some car parking at station if you wish to drive there, however travel by train recommended. The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton has at least 3 good ales on, and Sloes grow in abundance along some of the lanes for those who wish to forage. Gaiters are recommended as it is muddy in parts.

 

Sunday 15th: The Berwyn Ridge

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots 10 miles 900m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A hilly walk in wales taking in some amazing views and a fabulous ridge.

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

Suggested Route: M56 taking the M53 south to junction 12. Follow the A55 around to the A483, and follow south towards Ruabon and Chirk. When you meet the A5 turn right, and a kilometre later, turn left on to the B5070 and pass through Chirk. Take the B4500 to Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog. Head straight over crossroads and follow road for 4 miles into Tyn-y-Ffridd.

Walk Start: Tyn-y-Ffridd at 10:15.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ117308 (N 52 52.05' W 03 18.75'). Approximate postcode SY10 0DE.

Waypoints: Mynydd Tarw, Foel Wen, Tomle, Cadair Berwyn, Moel yr Ewig, Godor, Bryn Gwyn

Extra: No toilets near Walk Start. There is a phone box at Tyn-y-Ffridd. Not much parking at Walk Start.

 

Saturday 21st: Stoodley Pike - So near yet so far!

Train-based walk 3 Boots 11 miles 500 climb Leader: Jonathan Orriss

Description: A linear walk from Walsden to Hebden Bridge. There are two climbs, one near the start and the other after the pub stop, both fairly steep to start with then levelling out.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 09:22.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Hebden Bridge, £7.70 for one or £11.50 for two if you have a friend

Walk Start: Walsden Station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Warland Reservoir, Withens Clough Reservoir, 'The Hinch' @ Cragg Vale & Sunderland Pasture

Return Services: Three an hour until 20:00 (xx:08, xx:28 and xx:56) then hourly (xx:28) until 23:28

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start, gaitors advisable, exposed sections and a ale surprise in Hebden Bridge (Directions to station available!).

 

Saturday 28th: Todmorden to Smithy Bridge

Train-based walk 2 Boots 9 miles 350 m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A linear walk from Todmorden to Smithy Bridge, up a gentle hill and across what could be boggy moorland with views over 3 reservoirs and past a hospital tower that dates back to 1871.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:21.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Littleborough from any station in Manchester £3.30 and a single from Littleborough to Todmorden £2.90

Walk Start: Todmorden Station at 10:51.

Waypoints: Stones Wood, Gorpley Clough & Reservoir, Inchfield Pasture, Coolam, Rough Hill, Dubbin Hill, Shore & Tophams Tavern at Smithy Bridge.

Return Services: xx:48, xx:25 until 19:48 then xx:48 until 23:48

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start. The route can be boggy, so gaiters are advisable.

 

Sunday 29th: Over Wyredale (the North face of the Forest of Bowland)

Car-based Walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles Leader: Alastair, meeting at Deansgate Locks

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, the path along the southern loop of Wyre Way, otherwise the 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: M602/M60/M61 north to M6, exit M6 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 5th: The famous MAD Walkers Santa Walk

Organiser: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: Our annual act of silliness, this time in lovely, scenic Calderdale. The walk will require some hills to be climbed and a total distance of 6 miles will be covered. This is all in aid of building up a healthy appetite for the Christmas pub lunch! Vegetarian options will be available and more information regarding the meal will follow for those people who book a place.

Booking: FULLY BOOKED. All participants should now have received further details of this event from Adrian - email santawalk@madwalkers.org.uk if you have not received yours.

Meet: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:21. It is cheaper if you share a Duo ticket with someone else.

Return services: xx:04, xx:15 & xx:36 until 20:04 then xx:36 until 23:36.

Extra: Be sure to wear something festive - the full Santa outfit or just a bit of tinsel!

 

Sunday 6th: The Village at the Top of the World

Train-based walk 2.5 boots 12 miles 400m climb Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Circular walk from Buxton via Flash which is formally recognised as the highest village in the British Isles at 1,519 feet. The record for the highest village was challenged by Wanlockhead ( Scotland ) in 2007 but a subsequent investigation by the BBC and Ordnance Survey determined that Flash had the highest dwelling place and should keep its status as Guinness Record holder.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Stn at 8.30am in time for train at 8.55am (also calls at Stockport)

Walk Start Time: 10am

Walk Start Location: Buxton Station Circular

Return Services: xx:27 until 22:27

Extra: Some steep climbs and muddy stretches.

 

Saturday 12th: Flowery Fields To Stockport

Train-based walk 1 boot, 7 miles <50m climb Leader: Sarah Marlor, meeting at walk start

Description: An amble through hidden coutryside to arrive in Stockport in time for chip sandwiches and a pint or two of real ale (or Christmas shopping).

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station 9.40 for Hadfield train at 9:48.

Walk Start Time: 10am

Walk Start Location: Flowery Field train station

Waypoints: The walk starts through Hyde Park. It then takes in a short section of the Peak Forest Canal before joining the River Tame, which it follows to Reddish Vale Park. From the park the walk follows the Trans Pennine Trail to the point where the Tame meets the Goyt to become the River Mersey. We may arrive at The Railway (pub) as late as 2pm so a hearty breakfast and/or snacks along the way are advised. There will be no lunch stop as the railway will be serving chip sandwiches.

Return Services: Every 10 minutes or better.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Walk leader meeting at walk start.

 

Sunday 13th: Hadfield to Stalybridge

Train-based linear walk 2.5 boots, 6.5 miles 300m climb Leader: John Ireland

Description: An afternoon amble over the hills near Stalybridge, ending up at the famous Buffet Bar

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station 11.10 for Hadfield train at 11:18.

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £4.

Walk Start Time: 12pm

Walk Start Location: Hadfield train station

Waypoints: Longdendale Trail, Tintwistle Reservoir & Village, Pennine Bridleway, Hollingworthhall Moor, Bower Fold, Stalybridge.

Return Services: 1608, 1646, 1708, 1746, 1808 and so on until 2119 when it’s 19 past the hour until 2319.

Extra: Toilets near Walk Start or on train. This is a linear walk ending up at a pub so travel by car is not advised, also please bring torches in case it's dark at the end of the walk.

 

Saturday 19th: Bakin' and Makin

Train-based walk 1.5 boots, 8 miles 170m climb Leader: Jonny

Description: A relatively straightforward linear walk taking in the highs and lows of this edge of Lancashire. Starting from Upholland we'll meander slowly upwards to the high point of Merseyside (geographically), to the site of a beacon and affording views over "16 counties". Then we'll wander round a dam and pop to the pub at the walk end. Note that anyone wishing to drive are advised to park and meet the train at Wigan.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria station at 10:00 for the 10:10 train from Victoria to Upholland

Suggested Tickets: All three of the following - GM Rail Ranger (£4), Orrell to Upholland (£1.50) and Garswood to Bryn (£1.40)

Waypoints: Billinge Hill (with trig point), Carr Mill Dam.

Return Services: 16:07, 16:37, 17:07, 18:19, 19:07, 19:37, 20:18.

Extra:

Bring a few (homemade) cakes to share around and we'll make some regular stops. Mince pies are my favourite...

There are some muddy parts.

Bring a torch, just in case we run out of daylight.

There is no loo at walk start - use the trains.

There's a pub at the end.

 

Sunday 20th: Mountain hikes for Mountaineers - Cadair Idris

Car-based walk 3.5 Boots (but it will feel like 5 if the weather is wintry). 8 miles, 1000m climbing, 1000m descending including steep ups and downs and narrow ridges.

Leader: Chris Wareing

Description: Circular mountain hike from Minffordd on the South-East side of Cadair Idris in mid-Wales. Climbing up the steep and rocky Craig Lwyd ridge above the cwm of Llyn Cau, we'll reach the South top, before crossing the narrow glacially carved Craig Cau ridge to the Western top, then onto the main summit of Cadair Idris at just under 3000ft above sea level. We'll then continue to Mynydd Moel, the Eastern top with views of the precipitous North face, before descending back to where we started at Minffordd. I intend to finish before sunset, but bring a torch just in case.

Meet Point: email the walk leader (cjwareing at hotmail dot com).

Extras: Whilst there are unlikely to be any unavoidable scrambles (hands on rock to aid balance and enable progress), this will be a tough and challenging mountain walk with steep ups and downs and narrow, exposed ridges. Not one for beginners then. There may be snow on the ground and possibly considerable wind chill; with an air temperature around freezing and even a 10-20mph breeze, the wind chill on exposed skin can be -10 to -20 degreesC. Please make sure you have decent three or four season hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, gloves (preferably two layers), hat, spare gloves, spare hat, extra mid-layer(s) and I always find a flask of something hot to warm up when we stop very nice. The walk leader will, depending on the conditions, provide a 'wee nip' of something Scottish and peat-flavoured to brace against the cold on the main summit. Of course you may be able to do the whole hike in a baselayer and require sun-tan cream to avoid snow-reflection sunburn! If you're unsure about anything, feel free to email me as I have plenty of spare gear to lend out for the day. The hike leader reserves the right to refuse anyone joining the group who is ill-equipped in Manchester or at the walk start.

 

Saturday 26th (BOXING DAY): Chorlton – Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley

Direct walk 1.5 boot, 6-8 miles, ascent – nil. Leader: John / Al

Description: Walk off that turkey guilt ... a most splendid walk through Chorlton Ees and the Mersey Valley. This is an easy walk, hopefully requiring only old trainers and a small bottle of water (or hipflask if you must).

Meet Point/Walk Start: At the ‘Horse and Jockey’ pub on Chorlton Green. This is at the junction of Whitlow Rd and St Clement’s Rd. at the very west end of Beech Road.

Walk Start Reference: M21 9HS

Walk Start Time: 11am

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

Endpoint: The Horse and Jockey (www.horseandjockeychorlton.com)

Further info: Bring those turkey sandwiches, or Horse and Jockey also open for food afterwards.

 

Sunday 27th: Reservoir Recovery Littleborough Circular

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

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

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:08.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Littleborough (£3.30) from any Greater Manchester Train Station.

Walk Start: Littleborough at 10:35.

Return Services: From Littleborough xx:02.

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 free parking.

 

Monday 28th: There and Back Again

Train-based walk 2.5 Boots 12.5 miles 570m climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: A medium paced ramble over generally easy paths and a stop at a pub or two, dependant upon light and time.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:15.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Glossop.

Walk Start: Dinting Railway station at 09:50.

Waypoints: Whiteley Nab, Rocks Farm, Rowarth, Wethercotes, Cliffbank farm, Bullshaw farm, Matley Moore, Glossop.

Return Services: from 16.00 to 18.33 every 20mins, after this at xx.39 and 09 until 21.39.

 

Tuesday 29th: Moore Xmas walk

Train-based walk 1.5 Boots 7 miles 100m climb Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start.

Description: A short linear walk taking in the countryside between Runcorn and Warrington. There's a slightly steep section up to Daresbury but hopefully we'll have a good view from there.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station for train at 11:50 (also stops at Oxford Road.)

Suggested Ticket: Runcorn East Day Return £8.90.

Walk Start: Runcorn East station at 12:35.

Waypoints: Mersey Valley Trail, Keckwick Hill, Daresbury, Moore, Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington.

Return Services: From Warrington Bank Quay 16:51, 17:49, 18:45 etc.. More from Warrington Central.


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