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The Essentials

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

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

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


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

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

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

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

Historical walks

Walks in the old format organised by year: 200620072008200920102011

Historical walks in the newer format: 2011201220132014201520162017

JANUARY 2010

Sunday 3rd: Stanage Edge CANCELLED

This walk has been cancelled due to the current weather conditions and will be reinstated at a future date.

Train based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 340m climb Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A linear walk from Bamford with a long steady climb up onto the wild beauty of Stanage Edge before descending down to Hathersage.

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

Suggested Ticket: Return to Hathersage £9.10 (a Wayfarer at £10 may work out cheaper).

Walk Start Location: Bamford Rail Station, S32 1EG.

Walk Start Time: 10:20

Walk Finish: Hathersage

Waypoints: Hurst Clough, Dennis Knoll, High Neb, Stanage Edge, Cowper Stone, Scraperlow.

Return Services: 17.32, 19.32

Extra: Stanage Edge is an open exposed escarpment, so please wrap up warmly. If conditions are icy, the walk may be modified.

 

Saturday 9th: Bromley Cross Circular (Jumbles Reservoir, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir and Wayoh Reservoir)

Train based walk 2 boot, 10 miles 360m climb Leader: Pete Dolan

Walk details updated - now starting from Bromley Cross station.

Description: A gentle walk around 3 large reservoirs north of Bolton. Starting from Bromley Cross Railway Station we head towards Jumbles Reservoir and then along moorland path Witton Weavers Way before reaching Turton & Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs. (Map OS Explorer 287)

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station @ 9:50

Train Time: 10:00

Walk Start Location: Bromley Cross Station.

Walk Start Time: 10:40

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Day Return £3.30 or Northern Duo Ticket £4.95 (2 people must travel together).

Waypoints: Jumbles Reservoir, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, Wayoh Reservoir, Turton Bottoms.

Return Services: From Bromley Cross 15:23, 16:09, 17:23, 17:54, 18:54, 19:23, 19:54, 20:23, 21:23, 22:23, last service 23:29 to Victoria.

Extra: Parking is available at Bromley Cross Station.

 

Sunday 10th: Sheffield, The Ox Stones and the Hidden Valley

This walk has been cancelled due to the current weather conditions and will be reinstated at a future date.

Car based walk 2 Boots 10 miles Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: This walk provides a great illustration of the proximity of the city of Sheffield to the Peak District. The walk begins amongst the rivers and waterfalls of Endcliffe Park before heading out into the Peak District. After around 3 miles there is a viewpoint with great views over the city and on a clear day as far as the Humber Bridge and Lincoln Cathedral. The walk then crosses moorland before passing the famous Ox Stones where there will be a stop for lunch. We will then pass through the densely forested ‘Lady Canning’s plantation’ before heading down the steep sided Limb Valley (Known locally as the Hidden Valley). The walk then crosses farmland before heading back towards the park where there will be an ice cream stop. From here it is a short distance back to Hunters Bar. There will be time for a pint of Sheffield ale in the Porterbrook before returning home.

Meet Point: Outside the Knott Bar, Deansgate Locks, 9.15am

Walk Start: Hunters Bar, Sheffield (maps will be provided at the meet point!)

Walk Start Time: 10:45

Saturday 16th: A Wintry Hike

Train based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 400 m climb Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: A classic linear walk from Hope to Edale. The walk starts gently along the river Noe. We then climb Lose Hill and follow the ridge via Hollins Cross to Mam Tor, descending into Edale and a well-deserved pub stop at the Nag's Head.

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

Suggested Ticket: Return to Hope for £9.10 or, if you are using the bus in the GMPTE area, a Wayfarer for £10.

Walk Start: Hope station at 10.40.

Waypoints: Lose Hill, Hollins Cross, Mam Tor, Edale.

Return Services: From Edale to Manchester Piccadilly at xx:47 until 19.47; then 21.08 and 22.56.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start, and no pub stops until the end! The route can be boggy, so gaiters are advisable.

 

Sunday 17th: Sherwood Forest in Yorkshire??!??

Train based walk 1 Boot 6 miles 300m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A scenic walk through lovely countryside taking in a canal, a wood, a couple of hills and 2 very good pubs. Please note that some paths are tricky but all are passable, as I walked the route on the 10th January.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 11:00.

Suggested Ticket: Pair up with a friend for a Duo Return to Hebden Bridge

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge at 11:52.

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal Waterworks, Pecket Well and the Fox & Goose.

Return Services: xx:45 until 20:45 then 22:27.

Extra: Free toilets are available at the station. Gaiters advisable due to snow in places.

 

Saturday 23rd: A Walk of Highs and Lows

Train based walk 2 Boots 8 miles 400m climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: An easy walk mainly on good paths, with a few steep ascents.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:30.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Broadbottom

Walk Start Location: Godley station at 10:05.

Waypoints: Werneth Low, Erncroft wood, Ernocroft, Higher Chisworth, Woodseats, Broadbottom.

Walk Finish: Broadbottom

Return Services: xx.16 and xx.46 until 19.46 then xx.46 until 22.46.

 

Saturday 30th: Glossop and Yellowslacks Circular

Please note change in walk leader, now meeting at walk start.

Train based walk 3.5 Boots 10 miles 500m climb Leader: Rick Connor, meeting at Walk Start

Description: Likely to be a reasonably challenging walk: probably boggy conditions, or snow – if it’s still around. We follow Yellowslacks and meet the Pennine Way, returning via Doctor’s Gate.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station (under the departures board) at 09:30.

Train time: 09:48

Walk Start Location: Glossop Railway station

Walk Start Time: 10:19

Suggested Ticket: Return to Glossop, £3.30

Waypoints: Lightside, Dog Rock, Hern Stones, Old Woman, Doctor’s Gate, Mossy Lea Farm.

Return Services: From Glossop: xx:09 and xx:39 until 19:39, then 20:39, 21:39 and last train at 22:39.

Extra: Bring a torch - last few kms. likely to be in the dark. Gaiters advised.

 

Sunday 31st: Mud Will Tear Us Apart linear walk

Train based walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A linear walk from Alderley Edge to Macclesfield. Pretty flat apart from the climb up to The Edge. This is a continuation of my walk from 2007 which was abandoned due a spot of rain! You'll need to expect mud on this one too!

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station for train at 12:03.

Walk Start Location: Alderley Edge station at 12:40

Suggested Ticket: MAN-Alderley Edge single £5.70 + Macc-MAN single £3. Or buy a Wayfarer £10 if you're going to use it on your trip to the Meet Point (buy from main stations or GMPTE shops. NOT available on train)

Waypoints: Alderley Edge, Edge Hill, Daniel Hill, Turner House Farm, Allen's Farm, Legh Hall, Woodend Farm, Spittle House, Prestbury, Bollin Way, Macclesfield Cemetery.

Return Services: Cheaper Virgin services xx:42 from Macclesfield, plus at least another 2 per hour.

 

Saturday 6th: Pennine Way - Marsden to Glossop

Train based walk 3.5 Boots 15 miles 400 m climb Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: A linear walk from Marsden to Glossop, following the Pennine Way for half of the walk. We start along the moors for a few miles, followed by a steep descent to arrive at the reservoirs in Longdendale. We finish up in Glossop, where we will enjoy the real ales and veggie food in The Globe.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 09:27.

Suggested Ticket: RailRanger for £4 includes journey in if you use a GMPTE train station and a single from Greenfield to Marsden, £4.80 or £6.20 for 2 on a duo single.

Walk Start: Marsden Station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Blakeley Reservoir, Wessenden Head, Black Hill, Crowden Great Brook, Rakes Rocks, Crowden, Torside Reservoir, Padfield, Glossop.

Return Services: From Glossop to Manchester Piccadilly at xx:09 and xx:39 every hour until 19.39; then every hour at xx:39 until 22:39.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start, and no pub stops until the end! The route can be boggy, so gaiters are advisable.

 

Saturday 13th: Disley Circular

Train based walk 2 Boots 10 miles 400 climb Leader: Jon Buckland

Description: A walk taking in Disley/Lyme Park and further afield

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station Departures Board - 10.45 for the 10.52 train. Walk leader will meet group at Disley train station.

Suggested Ticket: £5 return to Disley

Walk Start: Disley train station at 11.20.

Waypoints: Green Lane, Cock Knoll, Whalley Lane, Furness Vale, Howcroft Farm, Sett Valley Way, Peak Forest Canal.

Return Services: From Disley to Manchester Piccadilly 15:53; 16:55; 17:53 and then at 53 minutes past the hour until 21:53.

 

Sunday 14th: Nothing better to do, then let's go walking!

Train based walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles 500m climb Leader: Jonathan Orriss

Description: A linear walk from New Mills Central to Edale via Little Hayfield and Kinder Reservoir.

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

Suggested Ticket: Return to Edale is £9 or a Wayfarer at £10 if you are travelling to Piccadilly

Walk Start: New Mills Central train station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Sett Valley Trail, Little Hayfield, Kinder Reservoir and Jacobs Ladder.

Walk Finish: Edale Station

Return Services: 15:47, 17:47, 19:47 and 22:50.

Extra: Gaiters advisable

 

Saturday 20th: Hadfield Circular

Train based walk 2 Boots 11 miles Leader: Jo Harvey

Description: A varied walk around the reservoirs north of Hadfield.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station for train at 10:18

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Hadfield

Walk Start Location: Hadfield station at 11.00

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

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

 

Sunday 21st: A Dream Of A Walk (or A Walk Around The Clock)

Train based walk 2 Boots 10 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: An undulating walk through places where nature is gradually returning to this former industrial land. A few mini-hills requiring a little climbing plus an unusual pub stop.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station for train leaving at 11:50 (calls at Oxford Road 11:53)

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Earlestown £6.50 + single from Earlestown-Lea Green £1.40.

Walk Start Location: Lea Green station at 12:24

Waypoints: Marshall's Cross, Sutton Manor Colliery, Clock Face Country Park, Gorsey Lane, Colliers oss Common Nature Reserve, Wheatacre Face, Burtonwood, Boarded Barn Farm, Sankey Canal, Earlestown.

Return Services: From Earlestown at x:10 & x:33.

Extra: There's a point where you can leave to make a 5-mile walk.

 

Sunday 28th: The Short Half - Whernside, Yorkshire Dales

Car based walk 3 Boots 10 miles 550m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A steep ascent up Ellerbeck with a gentle down hill after the summit.

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

Walk Start Location: Chapel-le-Dale Bunk House.

Walk Start Time: 10:00.

Waypoints: Chapel Le Dale, Ellerbeck, Whernside, Pot Hole, Slack Hill, Ribblehead, Chapel Le Dale

Extra: Parking at bunk-house is limited. Further parking available in pub carpark 200 yards further on right. Toilets at walk start and Pub at walk finish.

 

Saturday 6th: A linear walk taking in two of England’s stately homes.

Train based walk 2 Boots 11 miles Leader: Sarah Marlor

Description: We will walk to Bramall Hall, along Ladybrook Valley, beside Poynton Pool and through farmland to the Middlewood Way. At this point (6 miles) any who want a short walk can catch the train from Middlewood Station. The rest of us will continue through Lyme Park to the hall and up the hill to the Cage. We will then drop down and follow Bollinghurst Brook to Macclesfield Canal. Here, those who want to can join the Middlewood Way to the station, while those who would like a drink can walk along the canal to the pub before walking a final mile to the station later. (Map OS Explorer 268)

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station at 9.40 for train at 9.48

Suggested Ticket: Day Ranger (£4) which covers all routes.

Walk Start Location: Bramhall Railway Station

Walk Start Time: 10:05

Walk Finish: Middlewood Station

Return Services: 11.57, 1.57, 3.57, 5.57, 6.57, 7.57, 8.57 and 9.57

Extra: This walk is well suited to those who have done little or no walking with the Manchester and District Walking Group before (and anyone else of course!)

 

Sunday 7th: North Snowdonia (Aber Falls, Llwytwor and Foel-Fras)

Car based walk 4 Boots 11 miles 942m climb Leader: Pete Dolan

Description: A challenging circular hike starting from Abergwyngregyn, North Snowdonia. Starting at near sea level we climb along rocky ledges and screes towards Aber Falls, then the hard work begins with a climb over unpathed territory to the submit of Llwytmor (849m) and Foel-fras (942m). From Foel-fras the route is easier as we descend northeasterly along the ridge towards Drum and Carnedd Y Ddelw where we pick a track back to Abergwyngregyn. If the weather is clear there will be good views across the Menai Straits to Anglesey. This is a very exposed walk, if the weather is bad there is little shelter, so please come well prepared. This walk is not suitable for anyone with a fear of heights. Map OL17

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks at 08:30

Suggested Route: M56, A5117, A550, A494, A55 to Junction 13 (signed Abergwyngregyn). Follow signs to Aber Falls (about 1-2 miles past village), car park is over the bridge and to the right (not the first car park before the bridge).

Walk Start Location: Forestry Commission Car Park, Abergwyngregyn at 10:15

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH664719

Waypoints: Aber Falls, Llwytmor, Foel-fras, Drum, Carnedd Y Ddelw

Extra: Toilets at walk start. Car park can be busy. Car parking cost £2

 

Saturday 13th: Shining Tor & Axe Edge Moor

Train based walk 4.5 boots 16 miles 700m. Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description: A long varied walk taking in the 2 highest points in the area, plus a few other smaller hills on the way.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly in time for the 8:52 am train to Buxton.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Buxton (£8.20) or Wayfarer ticket to cover travel in as well (£10 – can’t buy on the train).

Walk Start Location: Whaley Bridge station at 9.30 am.

Waypoints: Whaley Bridge station, Glebe Farm, Taxal Moor, Windgather Rocks, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Cat & Fiddle, Cumberland Brook, Wildboarclough, Berry Bank, A54, Gradbach YHA, Turn Edge, Panniers Pool, Orchard common, Axe Edge, Burbage Edge, Beet Wood, Watford Farm, Buxton, Buxton Station.

Return Services: Every hour from Buxton at xx:27.

Extra: This is a long walk with a lot of ascent and descent so please be sure you’re capable of it before starting the walk. Bring a torch just in case we don’t make it before dark!

 

Sunday 14th: Dunsop Bridge (Forest of Bowland)

Note change in walk - Hebden Bridge now on March 27th (below)

Car based walk 2.5-3 Boots 11 miles 300m climb Leader: Alastair

Description: A pleasant walk through pleasant countryside, followed by a walk up and over one of the lower fells of the Forest of Bowland, followed by a pleasant river walk back (or maybe variations on a theme).

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00 (walk leader meeting here)

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

Walk Start Location: 10.30am at Dunsop Bridge car park (post office nearby is BB7 3BB). OS Explorer OL41.

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

Extra: Toilets at Dunsop Bridge car park. The pub at the end is The Inn at Whitewell (www.innatwhitewell.com), BB7 3AT.

 

Saturday 20th: Plumley Circular via Lower Peover

Train based walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Circular walk through the Cheshire countryside from Plumley Village via Lower Peover (pronounced “Peever”) which is famous for its Medieval Church dating back to 1269.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly at 10.50am in time for train at 11.17am.

Suggested Ticket: £7.90 return.

Walk Start Location: Plumley Station at 12.05pm.

Waypoints: Bucklow Farm, M6 Motorway, Lower Peover, Swan Green, Cheadle Farm, Golden Pheasant Inn.

Return Services: Back to Manchester 43 mins past each hour.

Extra: No toilets at Plumley Station. Pub stops at Swan Green and at walk end.

 

Sunday 21st: Mountain Walk for Non-Mountaineers - Old Man of Coniston (803m)

Car based walk 3.5 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 Location: Coniston main car park at 10:30.

Walk Start Postcode: LA21 8EL approx.

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

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start.

 

Saturday 27th: Hebden Bridge (Northside – Hebden Dale, Blank Hill, Lumb Hole Waterfall)

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

Description: A circular walk through to the North of Hebden Bridge and also Heptonstall. A pleasant wooded river valley, leading onto moorland, followed by a return through another equally pleasant treed river valley.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria station for the 10:21 train to Hebden Bridge

Suggested Ticket: Should be about £8.00

Walk Start Location: Hebden Bridge Station at 11:05.

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

Return Services: Leave Hebden Bridge station generally xx:08, xx:28, xx:56 til 20:28, then hourly.

 

OR Saturday 27th: Loopline linear

Train based walk 0.5 Boots 5 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: An easy flat morning walk along a former railway line and around a reservoir, so that you can attend the Area AGM in the afternoon. Visit to an award-winning pub at the end.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly station for train at 09:52

Suggested Ticket:A single to Levenshulme (£1.50) and a single back into town (£1.50)

Walk Start Location: Levenshulme station at 10:00

Return Services: xx:03 from Ryder Brow, or xx:01 & xx:31 from Gorton.

Extra: The Area's AGM starts at 14:30 in the Friends' Meeting House on Mount Street in the city centre.

 

Sunday 28th: A Gawp at Gawsworth

Car based walk 2 Boots 7.5 miles Leader: Avril Corbett, featuring her glamorous assistant

Description: A post brunch walk through the varied countryside of Cheshire. Fairly flat and involves field walking, a canal towpath, marshland and one short stretch of narrow lane. Likely to be muddy especially if recent weather has been wet. There is the opportunity to visit the CAMRA heritage pub of the year for Cheshire, The Harrington Arms at the end of the walk and also to visit a delightful medieval church. Please note we will not have a lunch stop but will have a short break for drink and snacks.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 12:00

Suggested Route: Follow A536 out of Macc (signposted Congleton). Pass through Gawsworth, and take the third left.

Walk Start: Park on the road near the Harrington Arms at 13:30.

Walk Start Location: SK11 9RR, map grid ref SJ887694 (Explorer map 268)

Waypoints: Gawsworth, North Rode Village, Macclesfield Canal, Bosley Locks, The Fools Nook pub.

Extra: Don't forget clocks go forward!

 

Thursday 1st: Hyde Sociamble

See socials page for more information.

 

Friday 2nd: Pennine Way Linear

Train based walk 2.5 Boots 13 miles 500m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

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

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 10.00

Suggested Ticket: Day Ranger Ticket £4.00

Walk Start Location: Littleborough station at 10:30.

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

Return Services: xx:51

Extra: 1 slow pump action toilet at Walk Start so use train's. Likely to be exposed so waterproofs and warm clothing a must.

 

Saturday 3rd: Radcliffe to Bury linear

Tram-based walk 0.5 Boots 4 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A straightforward linear walk taking in the Manchester Bolton & Bury canal. On the trip into Bury, we follow the former Bolton to Bury railway. You might fancy joining in this afternoon's walk too!

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station and take tram out to Radcliffe allowing 30 minutes for travel.

Suggested Ticket: Metromax ticket (probably the cheapest)

Walk Start Location: Radcliffe Metrolink stop at 10:00.

Extra: No toilets; use ones at Victoria station. Pub stop and lunch stop at the end. Radcliffe Metrolink Stop can also be reached from Bolton by the 524 bus

 

Saturday 3rd: Curiosities Of Bury

Tram-based walk 2 Boots 10 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A circular afternoon walk with some oddities in the Bury area. A pub stop part way around, for which a change of footwear would be preferable. We might see the smoky train on the East Lancs Railway.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station and take tram out to Radcliffe allowing 30 minutes for travel.

Suggested Ticket: Metromax ticket (probably the cheapest)

Walk Start Location: Bury Interchange near top of escalators at 13:00.

Waypoints: Elton, Bolholt, Holcombe railway trackbed, Tottington, Tower Farm, Greenmount, Holcombe Brook, Summerseat, Irwell Sculpture Trail.

Extra: This links into the walk in the morning. If you want to shorten this walk, you could take the steam train back to Bury!

 

Easter Sunday 4th: Mossley to Manchester Piccadilly

Train based walk 2 Boots 10.5 miles 250m climb Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Something a bit different – train out to Mossley and walk back into the city centre. This is the first stage of last year’s marathon walk, but in reverse. Other than a climb at the start, the rest is generally easy going.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 10.43 or Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10.16 (change at Stalybridge)

Suggested Ticket: Return to Mossley from any GM Station £3.30

Walk Start Location: Mossley station at 11:10.

Waypoints: Hartshead Pike, Park Bridge (lunch), Daisy Nook, City of Manchester Stadium, Ashton Canal, Manchester Piccadilly

Extra: Finishing at Bulls Head, opposite Piccadilly station if people want to meet up afterwards.

 

APRIL

Saturday 10th: Quarry to Bog

Train based walk 3 Boots 9 miles 550m climb Leader: David Bratley

Description: A linear walk requiring good walking boots. some very rough paths and deep boggy sections to be negotiated but if the sun is out great views.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:18

Suggested Ticket: Return to Hadfield

Walk Start Location: Glossop Station at 10:50

Waypoints: Old Glossop, Cock Hill, The Shooting cabin, Torside castle, Clough and Resr, Hadfield

Walk Finish Location: Hadfield Station

Return Services: xx.01 and xx.31 until 19.31 then xx.31 until 22.31

Extra: No toilets at walk start, pub at walk finish.

 

Sunday 11th: Littleborough Pub Circular Walk

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: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 11:08

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

Walk Start Location: Littleborough Station at 11:40

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.

 

Saturday 17th: Greenfield Sugar Loaf - The disused railways of Greenfield and a few of its vantage points!

Train based walk 3.5 Boots 12 miles 750m climb Leader: Jonathan Orriss

Description: A linear walk from Mossley to Greenfield

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 09:27

Suggested Ticket: Return to Greenfield £3.30 (although it is within GMPTE so other tickets are valid)

Walk Start Location: Mossley Station at 10:00

Waypoints: Tame Valley Trail, Sugar Loaf, The Diggle Hotel, Castleshaw Reservoir, Delph and Wharmston Peak.

Walk Finish Location: Greenfield Station

Return Services: xx.51 until 22:51

Extra: Gaiters strongly advisable, also contains several steep sections.

 

Saturday 24th: Holmes Chapel Circular via Swettenham

Train based walk 2 Boots 10 miles (inc. walk around Quinta Arboretum)Leader: Max Townsend

Description: One of Cheshire’s hidden gems is the Quinta Arboretum created by the Astronomer Sire Bernard Lovell at Swettenham Village . The plan is to spend two hours in Swettenham so that people have time to explore the Arboretum and the Village at their own leisure.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:55 (also calls at Stockport 11.04am).

Walk Start Location: Start Holmes Chapel Station at 11.40am

Return services: xx:02 and xx:44

Extra: Entrance to the Arboretum is based on a £2.50 honesty box donation at the entrance. Pub stops at Swettenham and at walk end.

 

Sunday 25th: A Mountain for Mountaineers - Helvellyn and Fairfield Horseshoe

Car based walk 4.5 Boots 13 miles 1600m climb Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: A challenging walk, taking in 7 Wainwrights

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 8am

Walk Start Location: Patterdale car park, (396159 Lake District NE map)

Start Time: 10.15

Waypoints: Patterdate car park, Hole in the Wall, Catstye, Helvellyn, High Crag, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag, Pub

Extra: Possibly up for some wild camping fun the night before – just email me if interested.

 

Thursday 29th: Furness Vale Evening Walk

Train based walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles 150m climb Leader: Garry Lamb

Description: A pleasant and relatively easy walk taking in both the natural and manmade beauty of the area.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 17:52.

Suggested Ticket: Return from Manchester £7.60 or £11.40 for two people Northern Duo. (Rail Ranger not valid)

Walk Start Location: Furness Vale train station at 18:30

Waypoints: Peak Forest Canal, Goytside Meadows, Beard Hall Farm, Shedyard Farm, Goyt Way, Midshires Way

Return services: 20:47, 21:47, 23:16

Extra: Walk leader boarding train at Levenshulme. Pub at end of walk: The Crossings.

 

MAY

Thursday 6th: Southern Cemetery walk

Bus-based 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. You can get to Chorlton on one of the multitude of buses that pass through Chorlton.

Meet Point: Outside The Bar, 533 Wilbraham Rd, M21 0UE at 18:45

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

 

Saturday 8th: Macclesfield To Dove Holes via the Goyt Valley

Train based walk 4.5 Boots 17 miles 650m climb Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: Long walk at a reasonably fast pace taking in all kinds of varied scenery. The walk may be very muddy, so gaiters are advisable. A late finish is highly likely due to distance. This is the shorter half of Hannah's Summer challenge to do 40 miles in 24hrs and cuts half way along the peak district connecting the two towns.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:48

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10

Walk Start Location: Macclesfield Station at 10:20

Waypoints: TBC

Return Services: xx:33 until 21:33 then 23:02

Extra: LINEAR WALK any questions on this or any walk email

 

Sunday 9th: Howgills

Car based walk 3 Boots 11.5 miles 650m climb Leader: Volker Funke

Description: The Howgills create a "bridge" between the Lake District fells and the Yorkshire Dales. The walk starts with a fairly steep climb, but then it quickly becomes more gentle, eventually leading to the highest point of the Howgill Fells, The Calf. All the way there are fantastic panoramic views of the Lakeland fells and the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks (weather permitting of course!). We then continue downhill past one of the finest waterfalls in England towards an old historic Temperance pub (amongst other unusual soft drinks they sell a herbal aphrodisiac - to me it tasted like flat coke). The last part of the walk is a low-level stroll back to Sedbergh.

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

Walk Start Location: Sedbergh

Walk Start Time: 10.30

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6, leave M6 at J37

Waypoints: Winder, Arant Haw, Calders, The Calf, Cautley Spout, Cross Keys Inn.

Extra: Toilets at the car park. There are several pubs in Sedbergh, where we might want to support the local economy by spending money on drinks and/or food afterwards.

 

Saturday 15th: Dinting Circular

Train based walk 1.5 Boots 12 miles 150m climb Leader: Krystle Dunn

Description: Reasonably easy, fairly flat walk, with some ascent towards the beginning of the walk. Suitable for most beginners, but walking boots are required. Walk Leader meeting at walk start.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:18

Suggested Ticket: Return to Dinting

Walk Start Location: Dinting Railway Station at 11:00

Waypoints: Mouselow Castle, Longdendale trail, Bottoms Res'r, Arnfield Res'r, Hollingworth, Etherow trail.

Return Services: xx.12 and xx.42 until 19.42 then every hour until 22.42

 

Sunday 16th: Lake District

Car based walk 4 Boots 11 miles Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: A challenging walk in the Eastern Lakes , taking in 5 Wainwrights and hopefully some fine views!!

Meet Point (Changed due to 10k run closing Deansgate): 8:00 at Manchester Evening News Arena main steps, Victoria Station Approach (M3 1AR). If you'd like my mobile number please email me (below). Plenty of street parking, if not there is the MEN car park.

Walk Start Location: Patterdale car park, 10.50

Waypoints: Patterdale Car Park, Hartsop above How, Hart Crag (822m), Dove Crag (792m), Fairfield (873m), Great Rigg (766m), St Sunday Crag (841m)

Extra: Any questions, please email me

 

Saturday 22nd: Edale to Glossop via Lady Clough

Train based walk 4 Boots 12.5 miles 450m climb Leader: David Bratley and Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A hard walk with some easy scrambling up Grindsbrook Clough and fun in the peat over the top of Kinder, then down to the streams and Woods of Woodlands Valley.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 9:30

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10 approx

Walk Start Location: Edale Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Grindsbrook Clough, Edale Moore (Kinder), Seal Edge, Fair brook, Woodlands valley, Lady Clough, Glossop.

Walk Finish: Old Glossop - Glossop Station

Return Services: xx.09, xx.39 til 22.39 (last xx.09 at 19.09)

Extra: Toilets near Start

 

Sunday 23rd: Westhoughton

Train based walk 1.5 Boot 7 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A wander around Westhoughton with a pub at the end. If you want the option of departing from Daisy Hill you'll need the Rail Ranger £4.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 12:35 (also calls at Oxford Road and Deansgate)

Suggested Ticket: Westhoughton Return £3.30 or Rail Ranger £4

Walk Start Location: Westhoughton station at 13:05

Return Services: xx:46

 

Thursday 27th: Cheadle circular

Train based walk 0.5 Boots 4 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start.

Description: Heading off through Fletcher Moss Gardens down to the river, we head east, going via the hulk of Cheadle Royal hospital into Cheadle. From there we head through Abney Hall's grounds, and over Cheadle Bridge. A pub stop planned on the way back, probably at the Cheshire Lines.

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

Suggested Ticket: Evening Return to East Disbury £1.30

Walk Start Location: East Didsbury station at 19:00

Return Services: 20:57, 21:18, 21:57, 22:17

Extra: You could also get there by the regular #23 & #42 etc. buses. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's.

 

Saturday 29th: Delamere Forest Circular

Train based walk 2 Boots 11 miles Leader: Max Townsend

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:17 (also calls Stockport 10:30)

Suggested Ticket: Day return £8.90, or share a Duo ticket for £13.30.

Walk Start Location: Delamere Station at 11.30am

Return Services: Every 23 mins past hour

Waypoints: Black Lake, Alvanley Cliff (Sandstone Trail), The Royalty, Birch Hill, Hatchmere (Pub Stop), Blakemere Moss

Extra: toilets, snacks & drinks available at the walk start.

 

Sunday 30th: Alderly Edge and Hare Hill Gardens

Train based walk 1 Boot 6.5 miles Leader: Esther Pattullo and Richard Pitts

Description: A short steep climb up to the Edge for a superb view from the top. Down through Dickens Wood and Alder Wood to a picturesque lunch stop next to a lake before continuing on to Hare Hill Gardens. The National Trust property is known for its rhododendrons and walled garden. We then wander back trough the forests around the Edge, stopping at The Wizard tearooms before heading back to Alderley Edge town.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:01.

Suggested Ticket: Alderly Edge return

Walk Start Location: Alderley Edge train station at 10:30am

Walk Start Grid Ref: SK9 7QA / SJ843786

Return Services: 4.19 4.51 5.19 6.19

Waypoints: Alderley Edge Station, Alderley Edge, Daniel Hill, Hare Hill Gardens, The Wizard, The Pub

Extra: 1 dog present, dogs not allowed into gardens. £3.40 entry cost into gardens, National Trust members free.

 

JUNE

Saturday 5th: Marple Bridge Circular

Train based walk 2.5 Boots 12.5 miles 300m climb Leader: Simon Bradshaw

Description: An opportunity to walk through some beautiful countryside right on our doorstep. The start of the walk is fairly flat and follows the River Goyt. We then ascend 200m to get some spectacular views over Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. We'll finish back in Marple Bridge with a drink at The Royal Scot pub.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 10:03

Suggested Ticket: Return to Marple

Walk Start Location: Marple Railway Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Goyt Way, Roman Lakes, Broadhurst Edge, Matley Moor, Ludworth Moor, Mill Brow

Return Services: xx.07, xx.34 and xx.52 until 19.07 then less frequent until 23:36

Extra: For those preferring to drive there is a large free car park about 50m down the hill from the train station.

 

Sunday 6th: Rivington

Train based walk 1 Boot 8 miles 400m climb Leader: Paul Ryan

Description: A walk around Rivington reservoir and woods taking in Liverpool castle on route. We will briefly stop at the Rivington Vistors centre before beginning a gradual ascent up to the pike to enjoy the views across the surrounding area and out to the coast. Weather permitting we will stop for lunch at the top of the pike, before descending and returning through the woods back to Blackrod. The day will be rounded off by a drink at the Ridgeway Arms next to Blackrod station.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 11:25

Suggested Ticket: TBC

Walk Start Location: Blackrod station at 12:00

Suggested Route: For those wanting to drive: Exit M61 Jct 6, take 1st left A6027, Right at next roundabout onto A6 signed Chorley, follow until you see signs for Ridgeway Arms and take a right onto Station road.

Return Services: 16.10, 17.13, 18.13, 19.13, 20.13

Extra: Toilets at Rivington visitors centre.

 

Wednesday 9th: Dunham Town

Direct walk 1 Boot, 7.5 miles Leader: Volker Funke

Description: This is a fairly long but easy evening walk, which includes walking along the Bridgewater Canal, along a dismantled railway line, through some fields and through Dunham Massey. After 3/4 of the walk we will stop at the Axe and Cleaver pub in Dunham Town (despite its name it is actually only a hamlet) for drinks (and food if you wish). The last 2 miles will be along the canal back to the walk start. Since it might be dark at that time, please bring a torch if you don't want to fall into the water!

Walk Start Location: Navigation Road Station at 18:15

Transport: The 17:58 train from Stockport arrives at 18:12. Trams from Manchester run regularly and take about 20 minutes. If you prefer to drive, there is a car park next to Navigation Road Station.

Return Services: The last tram to Manchester leaves at 00:12. The last train to Stockport leaves at 23:46

Waypoints: Trans Pennine Trail, Dunham Woodhouses, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey, Dunham Town

Extra: If anyone cannot make it that early and can come by car, send an email to volker.funke@gmx.de - there might be a way of joining us on the way a bit later.

 

Saturday 12th: Hebden Bridge

Train based walk 3 Boots 12 miles 450 climb Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: A varied walk with canals, a couple of ascents, some narrow rough paths, a little bit of scrambling (nothing serious though) and moorland walking. We'll be visiting The New Delight Inn at Jack Bridge about 3/4 of the way round with further pub stops on arrival back at Hebden Bridge.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 09:48

Suggested Ticket: £7.70 return or a Duo ticket (2 adult returns travelling together) for £11.55

Walk Start Location: Hebden Bridge Railway Station at 10:20

Waypoints: Charlestown, Blackshaw Head, Shaw Bottom, Mount Pleasant, Reaps Level, Jack Bridge, Heptonstall

Return Services: xx:08, xx:28,xx:56 until 21:28

Extra: Toilets at Hebden Bridge station. Gaitors recommended as the moorland can be muddy.

 

Sunday 13th: Darwen Walk

Train based walk 2 Boots 11 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 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: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 10.00am. The train also calls at Salford Crescent (10.08) and Bolton (10.20)

Suggested Ticket: £6.40 return to Darwen, or pair up for a Duo at £9.60.

Walk Start Location: 10.41am Darwen Railway Station

Return Services: 17.10, 18.10

 

Tuesday June 15th: Radcliffe to Whitefield (Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail)

Tram-based walk 1 Boot 5.5 miles Leader: Andrew W (meeting at walk start)

Description: An easy linear evening walk along some sections of the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail. The walk passes through woodland and part of a disused train line. It follows some of the Irwell Valley cycle route that runs from Bromley Cross to Salford Crescent.

Suggested Ticket: Radcliffe Return from Manchester’s Metro Link Stations (approx £3.50). Trams run every 10 minutes so we’ll wait for a few trams to arrive before starting walk. The journey from Manchester to Radcliffe is just over 30 minutes so aim to leave Manchester at 6:45pm. Radcliffe is on the Bury line and is the stop after Whitefield

Walk Start Location: Radcliffe Metro Link Car Park (just opposite Riverside School) at 7:15pm

Waypoints: Radcliffe station, Irwell Sculpture trail (cycle way), Nuttall Wood, Philips Park Rd., Whitefield

Extra: We will aim to visit a pub at the end of the walk (probably the ‘Eagle and Child’ which has real ales!). Although walking boots are recommended this walk is doable in trainers (there maybe some muddy patches if the weather has been wet though).

 

Saturday 19th: A Curious Walk

Train based walk 2 Boots 13 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: We first take a bus from Warrington into the heart of the area that we're going to explore - the countryside to the south along some quiet country tracks around the villages and via a wood full of wildlife including birds and perhaps white rabbits. A real ale pub stop is planned but maybe you'll just want some tea. Don't be late!

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:56 (stops at Oxford Road at 10:11)

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10 (buy at GMTPE travelshops or at station; not available on train)

Walk Start Location: Warrington Central station at 10:30.

Waypoints: Hatton, Daresbury, Grappenhall Heys.

Return Services: From Warrington Central typ. xx:19, xx:34, xx:44, xx:59

Extra: Map EX267 & EX276. Toilet at Walk Start

 

Sunday 20th: A Monumental Walk

Car based walk 1.5 Boots 7 miles Leader: John Waterhouse

Description: Fairly flat walk with monuments on route to both Nelson and Wellington. Good pub for lunch (the Robin Hood on the A623).

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

Walk Start Location: Baslow village (on A623, not far from Chesterfield) at 10.30

Waypoints: TBC

Suggested Route: TBC

 

Thursday 24th: A Walk with a View

Train based walk 0.5 Boots 3 miles 200 m ascent Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: A walk with beautiful views over Manchester, the Etherow Valley, Kinder Scout and much more!

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 18.48.

Suggested Ticket: Evening Rail Ranger, £2.

Walk Start Location: Godley station at 19.05.

Waypoints: Godley Green, Hyde War Memorial, Beacon Houses, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Brabyns Park, Marple.

Return Services: From Marple at xx.36 (last train at 23.36).

Extra: Pub stop at walk end. This is a linear walk, so if you drive to the walk start, it will be difficult to get back to your car from the end.

 

Saturday 26th: Tame Valley Way

Train based walk 2 Boots 10 miles 300m climb Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: A linear walk through varied terrain: canals, moors, fields and cute villages. The walk starts with a stretch along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, following the Tame Valley Way. We then follow the Tameside Trail along the edge of the moors, and climb up to the moors along Shireclough, following the Pennine Bridleway. Passing the Swineshaw Reservoirs, we keep following the Pennine Bridleway/Tameside Trail through Hollingworth Nature Reserve, the village of Hollingworth, and a final stretch along through pastureland back to Broadbottom.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:27

Suggested Ticket: RailRanger, £4 (also covers Metrolink travel within city zone)

Walk Start Location: Stalybridge Station at 10.45

Waypoints: Stalybridge Tesco, Mossley, Buckton Castle, Shireclough, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Hollingworth Nature Reserve, The Hague, Broadbottom.

Walk Finish: Broadbottom Station

Return Services: xx.16 and xx.46 until 19.46 then xx.46 until 22.46

Extra: Toilets at walk start, pub halfway through and at walk finish. Please note that the start and the finish station are not on the same train line, so if you drive to the walk start you have to buy travel back to Manchester to get the train back out.

 

Sunday 27th: Watery Warrington walk

Train based walk 1.5 Boots 9 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Urmston

Description: A linear walk from Birchwood along the water courses of Warrington, some of them a bit dried up, via an old pub into town. You will need 24 pence (no honestly!).

Meet Point: OXFORD ROAD station for train at 09:45 (also stops at Deansgate)

Suggested Ticket: Warrington Day Return £6.80

Walk Start Location: Birchwood station at 10:05

Waypoints: Woolston Cut, River Mersey, Thelwall, TransPennine Trail, Ship Canal, Warrington.

Return Services: From Warrington Central xx:02 & xx:19 & xx:44.

Extra: Map EX276. Toilets at Walk Start.

 

JULY

Sunday 4th: Slaithwaite Circular via Scapegoat Hill

Train based walk 1.5 Boots 5 miles Leader: Max

Description: Short afternoon walk with a steep climb to a village perched 1100 feet on top of a hill that looks down over the rest of Yorkshire.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station at 12.20pm for train at 12.43pm

Suggested Ticket: Return to Slaithwaite, £8.50

Return Services: from Slaithwaite, xx:44.

Walk Start Location: Slaithwaite Station at 1.25pm

Extra: Pub stops in Scapegoat Hill and Slaithwaite at walk end. If people still feel active, there is the further option of a walk along the canal to Marsden Station.

 

Saturday 10th: Stiperstones

You must book by Wednesday 7th July for this walk, as it includes a meal at the Stiperstones Inn (see below).

Direct walk 3.5 Boots 11 miles. Leader: Kayla

Description: This circular route takes us on rocky paths with some steep sections and optional scrambling in one of the leader's childhood favourite walking spots, the second highest point in Shropshire, which includes a trig point and a "Marilyn".
Starting with a gently undulating section, we'll get stunning views across Shropshire on a clear day from this designated Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty - on a really clear day we may even catch a glimpse of Jodrell Bank, some 80 miles away! We'll visit former lead mine workings and possibly a surprise local attraction. We'll finish with some optional scrambling on the infamous Stiperstones, before heading to the pub for dinner - where extra large portions available at no extra charge, but remember to leave room for the local specialities of Whinberry Crumble or pie!

Booking information: We've arranged this walk for a Saturday as it will be a late return to Manchester. This means we won't be able to use Deansgate as our meet point though, so please book in advance so we can arrange car shares and confirm numbers for the meal booking.
Please email: kayla@europemail.com with your name, phone number, the area where you live, if you can drive and how many people you can give lifts to. You're welcome to book as a group if you already have a car share sorted.

Meet point: confirmed on booking - expect to depart Manchester around 8am

Transport: The car journey from Manchester is 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours. Suggested route will be provided.

Extra: You must pre-book to attend this walk. See: www.stiperstonesinn.co.uk for menu options for dinner.

The Stiperstones is a National Nature Reserve and in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a haven for wildlife, with birds that are normally associated with upland areas present, including Red Grouse, Eurasian Curlew, Peregrine Falcon and the rare Ring Ouzel. The general area has a long history of lead mining, most notably during the Roman occupation of Britain.
The area around the Stiperstones is rich in myths and folklore relating to the rocks of the Devil's Chair. According to one legend, the ghost of Wild Edric, a Saxon earl who held lands that were confiscated after 1066 and successfully defied the Normans, for a time at least, rides the hills whenever England is threatened by invasion.

 

Sunday 11th: Middlewood to Dinting

Train based walk 3 Boots 14 miles. Leader: Nardia Lloyd.

Description: Nice wander across the rolling pastures.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:40 for train at 09:51.

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger.

Walk Start: Middlewood Railway Station at 10:20.

Waypoints: Disley, Mellor, Coombes Edge.

Return Services: From Dinting Railway Station, xx:12 and xx:42.

Extra: There will be a pub stop about a third of the way, in Mellor.

 

Wednesday 14th: Bramhall to Middlewood

Train based walk 0.5 Boots, 5 miles, 50m ascent. Leader: John Ireland

Description: A nice evening amble out of the leafy suburbs.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 17:48, Bramhall station at 18:05

Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Rail Ranger £4.

Walk Start: Bramhall station at 18:10

Waypoints: Bramhall Station, Dairyground, Lower Park Road, Poynton Lake, Prince's Wood, Higher Poynton, Middlewood Way, Middlewood Station

Return Services: From Middlewood at 20.57, 21.56, last train at 23:26.

Extra: No pub stop at walk end - heading back into Stockport, probably on the 20:57 to visit The Crown. This is a linear walk, so if you drive to the walk start, it will be difficult to get back to your car from the end.

Saturday 24th: Mam Tor

Train based walk 3 Boots, 11 miles, 600m ascent. Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: Leaving Edale, we'll head up to the ridge which leads to Mam Tor. From there we'll head for a pub stop in Castleton via Winnatts Pass. Then, we'll walk up to Lose Hill to rejoin the ridge back to Hollins Cross before returning to Edale for either the train or more drinks.

Meet point: Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:30

Suggested Ticket: £9.00 Return

Walk Start: Edale Railway Station (SK 124854) at 10:30

Waypoints: Harden Clough, Hollins Cross, Mam Tor, Winnats Pass, Castleton, Lose Hill Hall, Lose Hill, Hollins Cross

Walk Finish: Edale Railway Station

Return Services: xx:46 until 21:08

Extra: Use toilets on train if reqiured.

 

Sunday 25th: Sheffield

Car based walk 2 Boots, 10 miles Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: This walk provides a great illustration of the proximity of the city of Sheffield to the Peak District. The walk begins amongst the rivers and waterfalls of Endcliffe Park before heading out into the Peak District. After around 3 miles there is a viewpoint with great views over the city and on a clear day as far as the Humber Bridge and Lincoln Cathedral. The walk then crosses moorland before passing the famous Ox Stones where there will be a stop for lunch. We will then pass through the densely forested Lady Canning's plantation before heading down the steep sided Limb Valley. The walk then crosses farmland before heading back towards the park where there will be an ice cream stop. From here it is a short distance back to Hunters Bar. There will be time for a pint of Sheffield ale in the Porterbrook before returning home.

Meet point: Deansgate Locks at 09:15

Walk Start: Hunters Bar Roundabout, Sheffield (I will provide maps at the meet point) at 10.45

 

Wednesday 28th: Sale to Salford, along the Bridgewater canal

Train based walk 1.5 Boots 5-6 miles. Leader: Al

Description: A splendid Urban walk, but also with plenty of nice countryside (both canal-side and also a nice park). This is an easy walk, suitable for potential new members. Hopefully requiring only old trainers and a small bottle of water (if it has been raining recently, expect trainers to get muddy).

Meet point / walk start: Sale Metro Station (Altrincham direction / Southbound Platform) at 7pm (M33 2AB).

Waypoints: Sale Metro, River Mersey, Sale Water Park, close to Stretford Metro (for those wanting an even shorter version), Bridgewater Canal Fork (where the North West fork heads off towards Wigan). We then head towards Manchester, crossing the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays.

Walk Finish: The Lowry Centre / Salford Quays, doubtless for further drinking opportunities.

Extra: For those wanting food or a drink before: "The Kings Ransom, Sale, M33 2AB" just opposite the station does food and beverages.

 

Saturday 31st: Altrincham to Knutsford linear

Train based walk 2 Boots 13 miles. Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at Altrincham

Description: A pretty, linear walk out from Altrincham to Knutsford with a couple of pub stops. Along the way we pass two railway stations coinciding with the pub stops, so if you only want a 7.5-mile walk, you can break off at Ashley, or if you want a 10-mile walk, you can break off at Mobberley. It's fairly flat too.

Meet point: Piccadilly Station for train at 09:17.

Suggested Ticket: Knutsford Return £5.80 or get a Duo for 2 people at £8.70.

Walk Start: Altrincham station at 09:46.

Waypoints: Dunham Park, Little Bollington, Ryecroft Farm, Ashley, Birtles Farm, Mobberley, Broad Oak Farm, Parkgate Farm, Knutsford.

Return Services: xx:36 from Knutsford.

 

AUGUST

Sunday 1st: Snowdonia

Car based walk Leader: Pete Dolan / Adrian Radcliffe

Description:

Option 1 - Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr

3 boots, 5.5 miles, 700m ascent. Leader: Peter Dolan

This is a short (5.5 miles) challenging hike up two of the highest mountains of the Snowdonia Glyders - Glyder Fach (994m) and Glyder Fawr (999m). Starting from the car park at Ogwen Cottage we take the path heading south towards Lake Bochlwyd, before heading up Bwlch Tryfan to tackle a very steep loose path to the summit of Glyder Fach. Continuing west along the rocky wasteland of the Glyder Plateau (with views of Snowdon, the Carneddau and Tryfan), we reach Glyder Fawr before a descent down to Devil's Kitchen / Lake Idwal and back to Ogwen Car Park.

Option 2 - Tryfan and the Glyders

4 boots, 8 miles, 950m ascent. Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

This is a longer, very challenging route, up three of the highest mountains in the area, starting with a scramble up the North face of Tryfan (Grade 1). Then, a steep descent off Tryfan and re-ascent up Bristly Ridge (Grade 1/2) onto Glyder Fach, before continuing on to Glyder Fawr for the descent down Devil's Kitchen back to the cars (as in Option 1). Please be advised the scrambles on this walk can be difficult and are not for the faint-hearted.

Meet point: Deansgate Locks @ 08:00. Please note: Road closures are expected in the Deansgate area from 9am onwards due to the Sky Ride cycle event, although we're expecting our usual meet point to be clear at 8am. However, it may be worth noting Adrian's number prior to turning up in case of difficulties (07595 922620).

Suggested Route: A5103, M56, A5117, A550, A494, A55 to J11, A5 follow signs for Betws Y Coed, continue along the A5 for about 8 miles until you reach Llyn Ogwen, the car-park is on your right.

Walk Start: Ogwen Car Park @ 10:00. Postcode LL57 3LZ.

Extra: Car parking costs £4.00 per car. There are toilets and a coffee shop at walk start.

 

Thursday 5th: Marple evening walk

Train based Walk.0.5 boot, 4 miles. Leader: Jennifer E.

Description: A leisurely walk along the canal via Marple locks towards Strines, stopping off at a Freehouse en-route, which serves up to 5 real ales and has views of the Goyt valley, before heading to Marple Bridge via woodland and waterside terrains. There is the opportunity for further drinks at the end of the walk.

Meet point: Piccadilly Station for train at 18.45.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Evening Return to Marple £1.50

Walk Start: Marple Station at 19.05

Waypoints: Marple Locks, Peak Forest Canal, The Sportsman, Roman Lakes, Low Lea Road.

Walk Finish: Marple Bridge, a 10 minute walk from Marple Train Station.

Return Services: From Marple at XX:36

Extra: Anybody driving can park at Brabyns Park free of charge (10 minute walk from the train station).

 

Saturday 7th: Walk of the Roses and a Lovely Family Home and A lost Poet

Train based walk 2.5 Boots, 11 miles, 450m ascent. Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A walk out of Burnley past the Historic residence of the Townley Family over the top of Hoof Stones Height 479m with views of Pendle Hill and Stoodly Pike (on a good day) before finally dropping down into Heptonstall where the remains of the old abbey lie and the grave of Silvia Plath.

Meet point / walk start: Victoria Station for train at 09:48 to Hebden Bridge then connection to Burnley

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Burnley £11.60 or 2 on a Duo Ticket for £17.40

Walk Start: Burnley Manchester Road station at 10:57.

Waypoints: Townley hall, Hoof Stones Height, Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge.

Walk Finish: Hebden Bridge Station.

Return Services: Every hour at xx:08, xx:28, xx:56, every hour until 19:56 then xx:28 until 23:28.

Extra: This is a linear walk. If you drive, park at Hebden Bridge for the train at 10:36. No toilets at walk start; use the train's.

 

Sunday 8th: Deepdale horseshoe

Car based walk 4 Boots, 10 miles, 900m ascent. Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: From Patterdale we head up along St Sunday Crag to a height of 841m. We then drop down about 200m before climbing up a steep ascent to reach the highest point of the day at Fairfield, 873 m. We then walk along an undulating stretch until Dove Crag, where we drop down a very steep descent (slippery and muddy when wet) along Dovedale Beck. During the descent there will be wonderful views over the valley. We end with a 4 mile flat stretch along Brothers Water and Goldrill Beck, before finishing with drinks at the White Lion Inn in Patterdale.

Meet point / walk start: Deansgate Locks at 08.00

Walk Start: 10:00 at the car park at Patterdale Hotel, Patterdale, Cumbria, CA11 0NN (pay and display, £3.50 per day). The car park is quite small, so share cars as much as possible!

Waypoints: Thornhow End, St Sunday Crag, Deepdale Hause, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Dovedale, Brothers Water, Goldrill Beck, Crookabeck Farm, Patterdale

Walk Finish: Patterdale; estimated time of finish is 17:00.

Extra: Prepare for bad weather and muddy and slippery stretches. No toilets at walk start, so stop at nearest services (Rheged).

 

Wednesday 11th: Bromley Cross to Entwistle

Train based walk 0.5 Boots, 3.5 miles, 20m ascent. Leader: Pete Dolan

Description: A linear walk from Bromley Cross to Entwistle, walking along Witton Weavers way taking in Jumbles and Wayoh Reservoirs ending up in the newly managed and refurbished Strawberry Duck Pub.

Meet point: Victoria Station for train at 18.23.

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Day Return to Entwistle £5.40

Walk Start: Bromley Cross Station at 18:55

Waypoints: Jumbles Reservoir, Jumbles Country Park, Turton Bottoms, Wayoh Reservoir.

Walk Finish: Entwistle Station

Return Services: 20:17, 21:17, 22:17, 23:17.

Extra: Parking at Bromley Cross Station. Bring a torch just in case. OS map 287.

 

Saturday 14th: Cat and Fiddle Circular

Car based walk 2.5 Boots, 11 miles, 500m ascent. Leader: Jon Buckland

Description: A good circular walk starting and ending the Cat & Fiddle taking in some of the stunning scenary in the area. The walk will be undulating in some points with a total ascent of about 500m.

Meet point / walk start: Deansgate Locks at 10:00.

Suggested Route: Princess Parkway, M60, A34 to Wilmslow, A538/A523 through PRestbury to Macclesfield, A537 from Macclesfield to Cat & Fiddle.

Walk Start: Cat & Fiddle 11:00. Parking opposite the Cat & Fiddle on A537.

Waypoints: Cat & Fiddle, Danebower Hollow, A54, Panniers Pool, OrchardCommon, Axe Edge Moor, A537, Berry Clough, Goyt's Moss, Stake Clough, Cat & Fiddle.

Walk Finish: Cat & Fiddle

 

Sunday 15th: Snowdonia

Car based walk 4 Boots, 12 miles, 1200m ascent. Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: A challenging walk in Western Snowdonia taking in plenty of summits, ridges, and hopefully some fine views! A small amount of scrambling involved (grade 1), and the walk is expected to take 8-9 hours to complete so likely be a late return back to Manchester. Pretty exposed on the top with little shelter so waterproofs required as well as normal mountain kit.

Meet point / walk start: Deansgate Locks at 08:00.

Walk Start: Rhyd Ddu car park, SH571525 at 10:30

Waypoints: Rhyd Ddu, Y Garn (633m), Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd (653m), Garnedd Goch (700m), Mynydd Graig Goch (609m)

Walk Finish: Rhyd Ddu car park

Extra: Any questions, please e-mail me at weekends@madwalkers.org.uk

 

Saturday 21st: Arnside & Silverdale

Train or Car based Walk. 2.5 Boots, 8 miles, 200m of gentle ascent. Leader: John Ireland

Description: Lunch on Arnside Knott, past the ruined tower up to the Pepperpot, then to Silverdale for a pint and back to Arnside along the shore.

Meet point: Piccadilly Station for train at 10.16 to Arnside (destination of train is Barrow in Furness).

Suggested Route: (From Manchester) M61, M6 to Jn 7, A6 to Milnthorpe then left onto B5282 along the coast to Arnside, under the railway bridge and turn right for the station. Parking available along the sea front. The station is about 5 minutes walk from the sea front.

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Return to Arnside £16.90

Walk Start: Arnside station at 11:50

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD461788

Waypoints: Arnside Knott (Lunch), Arnside Tower, The Pepperpot, Silverdale, Far Arnside, Park Point and round the coast back to Arnside...

Return Services: 16:54, 17:59, 18:43

Extra: We'll probably getting the 17:59 train back, so Arnside chippy is recommended for tea, around £4.50 for fish & chips.

 

Sunday 22nd: Frodsham to Helsby

Train based walk. 1.5 boots, 10 miles. Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: The walk begins by following the River Weaver Navigation out of Frodsham before crossing farmland to a stop in a pub. We will then climb up to a viewpoint above Frodsham town where there are great views over the River Mersey where on a clear day it may be possible to see Liverpool in the distance. The walk then passes through an Arboretum before a visit to a pub in the village of Alvanley. The walk concludes with a visit to the ruined fort overlooking Helsby where there are more views over the Mersey. At 141 metres, this is the highest point of the walk. There may be time for a further pub visit before heading to the station.

Meet point: Piccadilly Station for train at 09:55. The train also calls at Oxford Road at 09:59.

Suggested Ticket: Anytime Day Return to Helsby: £11.60

Walk Start: Frodsham Station at 10:41

Walk Finish: Helsby Station

Return Services: From Helsby at xx:45

 

Tuesday 24th: Evening / New Members Walk - Chorlton - Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley

Car based walk. 1.5 Boots, 6-8 mile, ascent nil. Leader: Al

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

Walk Start: Chorlton Green, at the 'Horse and Jockey' pub end (M21 9HS). This at the junction of Whitlow Rd and St Clement's Rd. at the very west end of Beech Road, at 19:00.

Waypoints: Doubtless Jackson's Boat public House, Sale or Chorlton Water park (to be decided), River Mersey, Chorlton Ees, Stretford Ees.

Walk Finish: Horse and Jockey / Chorlton Green for further drinking opportunities

 

Monday 30th: Rivington, Anglezarke and Heath Charnock

Train based walk 2 Boots 10 miles with a moderate climb up to a height of 372m on Rivington Pike Leader: John Ireland, joining train at Bolton.

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

Meet point: Victoria Station from 9.00 for train at 9:22 (service also calls at Salford Crescent and Bolton)

Suggested Ticket: Return to Adlington (Lancs) Offpeak Day Return £4.70

Walk Start: Adlington (Lancs) Station at 10:25.

Waypoints: Adlington Station, Huyton House, M61, Rivington Country Park, Rivington Pike, Rivington Village, Yarrow Reservoir, Anglezarke Reservoir, Grey Heights, Limbrick, Heath Charnock, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Adlington Station

Walk Finish: Adlington (Lancs) Station

Return Services: To Manchester 1607, 1707, 1813, 1907 then xx07 through the evening. Also on the 125/126 bus route to Bolton.

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

 

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 4th: Hilbre Island and the West Kirby

Train based walk 0.5 Boots, 7 miles. Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: Starting in West Kirby we will walk half a mile across the sands of the River Dee estuary to the first of the three Hilbre Islands. The initial islands (Little Eye and Little Hilbre Island) are little more than large rocks but Hilbre Island itself includes rare birds, a farmers cottage and a ruined lifeboat station. There is also a large colony of grey seals on a nearby sandbank in the Dee which should be visible. We will return to the mainland in good time before the tide comes and then walk along the beach to admire the views across to the Welsh hills (if the weather is good!). We will return to West Kirby along a dismantled railway line which is now part of the Wirral Way. There should be time for a pint in the Wetherspoons pub (The Dee Hotel) before returning to Liverpool and then Manchester.

Meet point: Piccadilly Station. Meeting/Train time will be e-mailed to all those who sign up.

Extra: I have had to apply for a group permit to enable us to visit the Island as it is a protected nature reserve. The walk is therefore limited to 20 participants and all those wishing to come must sign up before by e-mailing owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk. Bookings open on Monday 23rd August.

 

Saturday 4th: Glossop and Kinder North Circular

Train based walk 4 Boots, 18 miles, 1100m ascent. Leader: David Bratley

Description: This is a absolutely stunning walk; if the Heather is still out even better. It's however not an easy walk with some off path walking and rocky ascents, but beautiful views and wild rock formations to look at, well worth the effort of getting to them.

Meet point / walk start: Piccadilly Station for train at 09:18.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Glossop

Walk Start: Glossop Station at 09:50.

Waypoints: Whiteley Nab, White Brow, Snake path, Fairbrook Clough, The Edge, Bray Clough.

Walk Finish: Glossop Station

Return Services: At xx:12 and xx:42 until 19:42 then at xx:42 until 22:42

Extra: Walk Leader is meeting at walk start. There will be a well deserved pub at walk finish. Don't forget to bring at least 2 litres of water and your lunch.

 

Sunday 5th: Canals, Rivers, Trains and an Ice Cream Farm

Train based walk 1.5 Boots, 9 miles, <100m ascent. Leaders: Jon Buckland and Kathy Macdermid

Description: A good walk for existing members and anyone who would like to start walking with the group. The walk is a linear walk, starting off from Lostock Gralam then joining the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk before we head off to Great Budworth. At Great Budworth we will be visiting the Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm for lunch where you will be able to eat your packed lunch and enjoy an ice cream! Afterwards we will make our way to the spectacular Anderton Boat lift before heading back for a good beer guide pint in Northwich.

Meet point / walk start: Piccadilly Station for train at 11:22.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Northwich

Walk Start: Lostock Gralam Station at 12:10

Waypoints: Wincham, Higher Marston, Great Budworth, Budworth Heath, Cock Lane, Kennel Wood, Anderton, Northwich.

Walk Finish: Northwich Station

Return Services: 15:37, 17:37, 19:37. We will be planning to get the 17:37 train back to Manchester.

Extra: Please note the train will be calling at Stockport, Navigation Road and Altrincham on route to Lostock Gralam.

 

Wednesday 8th: Didsbury Fletcher Moss, Stenner Woods and River Mersey

Car / foot-based walk 1 Boot, 5-6 miles, ascent - Flat. Leader: Al

Description: A pleasant summer walk along the River Mersey and also through Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields, Stenner Lane (and woods). This is an easy walk, suitable for potential new members. Hopefully requiring only old trainers and a small bottle of water (if it has been raining recently, expect trainers to get muddy).

Meet Point: 'The Didsbury' pub, 852 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SG, www.thedidsbury.co.uk at 19:00.

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

 

Saturday 11th: Worsley/Monton Circular

Direct Walk 7 miles. Leader: Paul Ryan

Description: A predominantly flat walk along the banks of the Bridgewater canal, taking in Monton Village, Historic Worsley Village and Old Hall en route. Before returning through Worsley Woods and Monton Park, rounded off with a drink in a local pub.

Meet point / walk start: Victoria Railway Station for train at 11.39

Walk Start: Patricroft Railway Station at 11:50.

Walk Finish: Patricroft Railway Station.

Return Services: 16:34, 17:04, 17:34 and 17:59.

Extra: Parking is restricted around the station, an option is to park by canal bank in the vacinity of Shackelton St (this is where walk finishes) then make you way to walk start or wait to join walk as it passes at midday.

 

Sunday 12th: Sandbach Circular

Train based walk Length - Medium (10 miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Max

Description: A wander around the environs of Sandbach with a chance to see the famous Saxon Crosses.

Meet point / walk start: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:04.

Suggested Ticket: Day return, £11.

Walk Start: Sandbach Station at 09:50.

Walk Finish: Sandbach Station

Return Services: 17.03 / 17.48x / 19.03 / 19.48x (x = via Crewe ).

Extra: There are no toilets at Sandbach Station. 2 pub stops are planned.

 

Saturday 18th: 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 / walk start: Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:05 for the 09:22 to Southport.

Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Freshfield - £11 (ish)

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'.

Walk Finish: Southport

Return Services: (V = to Victoria, P = to Piccadilly) - All returns from direct to Manchester - 16:50 (V), 17.20 (P), 17.54 (V), 18.14 (P), 18.56 (V), 19.19 (P), 20.19 (P), 21.19 (V), 22.18 (P - last direct train).

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 19th: The Highs and Lows of the M62

Train based walkLength - Medium (11 miles), ascent - Moderate (310m). Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: A circular walk starting from Littleborough railway station heading out to Blackstone Edge Reservoir before joining the Penine Way towards Blackstone Edge and then on to high footbridge over the M62 at Rook Stones Hill and then returning under the M62 viaduct back to Littleborough via Hollingworth Lake.

Meet point / walk start: Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:08.

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger

Walk Start: Littleborough Railway Station at 10:35 prompt.

Waypoints: Eales Wood, Lydgate, Castle Clough, Blackstone Edge Reservoir, Blackstone Edge Trig Point, Rook Stones Hill, Turf Hill, Hollingworth Lake.

Walk Finish: Littleborough Railway Station.

Return Services: xx:02.

Extra: No toilets at the start of the walk, use the one on the train.

 

Saturday 25th: Stanage Edge and beyond

Train based walk. Length - Long (13 miles), ascent - Moderate (700m), 3.5 boots. Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: From the village of Hathersage we first walk up very gradually up to Stanage Edge, from where we have great views across the Hope valley. We pass High Neb (458m) before descending to Moscar. Another gradual climb brings us up to Derwent Edge (454m) with more grear views, across the Ladybower reservoir and Vale of Edale. A steep descent brings us to the Ladybower Inn at Ashopton for a drink. We then cross the impressive Ladybower Dam, built between 1935 and 1943. A very steep climb up Parkin Clough leads to Win Hill, the highest point of the day at 463m. We then descent gradually into Hope Village for well-deserved drinks, and food if so desired.

Meet point / walk start: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Hathersage, £9.10

Walk Start: Hathersage station at 10:45.

Waypoints: Hathersage, Cow Close, Stanage Edge, High Neb, Moscar, Derwent Edge, Whinstone Lee Tor, Ashopton, Ladybower Dam, Parkin Clough, Win Hill, Twitchill Farm, Hope.

Walk Finish: Hope village.

Return Services: Every hour at xx:39 until 19:39; 21:00, 22:48

Extra: Parking at Hathersage station. If you drive to the walk start, you need to catch the train back to Hathersage (every hour at xx:34). No toilets at walk start; use the train's.

 

Sunday 26th: Place Fell and Ullswater

Car based walk. Length - Medium (8 miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leader: Grace Arthur

Description: A circular walk starting at Patterdale, heading up over Place fell and down to the edge of Ullswater before following a scenic path back around the lake. The views are lovely if I don't bring my usual rainclouds!

Meet point: Deansgate Locks at 08:00.

Walk Start: Patterdale Hotel Car Park at 10:00.

Waypoints: Sides farm, Boredale Hause, Place Fell, Scalehow wood, Sides Farm.

Walk Finish: Patterdale Hotel Car Park

Extra: Pub stop at the end. Map OL5 - North Eastern Lakes

 

OCTOBER

Sunday 3rd: Church Stretton and the Long Mynd

Car based walk. Length - Medium (12 miles), ascent - Moderate (780m). Leader: James Johnson

Description: Situated south of Shrewsbury the Long Mynd, which means Long Mountain was created towards the end of the pre-Cambrian period by volcanoes which caused new rocks to lift and fold. This impressive range contains many valleys and some of which we will be walking up and down. The walk initially takes us south to Little Stretton where we will be walking up Ashes Hollow to Pole Bank (the highest point), then down to Bridges for a drink at the local pub there. We will be returning via Rattling hope and over the Wild Moor back onto the top of the ridge before descending back into Church Stretton down Carding Mill Valley.

Meet point: Deansgate Locks at 08:00

Walk Start: Car park in Easthorpe Road Church Stretton (SO453936) at 10:15.

Waypoints: Little Stretton, Ashes Hollow, Pole Bank (highest point on Long Mynd), Priory Cottage, Bridges, Rattlinghope, Wild Moor, Carding Mill Valley

Walk Finish: Car park in Easthorpe Road Church Stretton (SO453936).

Extra: Explorer map 217

 

Saturday 9th: Marple to Hyde

Train based walk. Length - Medium (11 miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: A linear walk from Marple along the rivers Goyt and Tame, following parts of the Midshires Way, Goyt Valley Way and the Tame Valley Way. There is not much ascent, only some small ups and downs along the rivers. Beautiful views over the rivers, you'd hardly know you're in the middle of the city!

Meet point / walk start: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: RailRanger, £4

Walk Start: Marple Station at 10:10.

Waypoints: Marple, Marple Aqueduct, Chadkirk, Woodbank Memorial Park, Brinnington, Reddish Vale Country Park, Haughton Dale.

Walk Finish: Hyde Central Station

Return Services: From Hyde Central every hour xx:41. You can also take a bus back into Manchester.

Extra: Pub stop at the end.

 

Sunday 10th: A Walk Of Ten

Train based walk. Length - Medium (10 miles), ascent - Moderate (400m). Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk up in the hills to the south west of Glossop with views over the Etherow valley. Pub stop at the Little Mill, Rowarth. You'll enjoy it, of that I am cer-ten!

Meet point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:32.

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Glossop £3.30.

Walk Start: Broadbottom Station at 10:10.

Waypoints: Leylands Farm, Cown Edge Way, Sandylane, Grid Lane, Brook Bottom, Upper Bradshaw Farm, Rowarth, Ayton Farm, Robin Hood's Picking Rods, Cown Edge, Whiteley Nab, Glossop.

Return Services: From Glossop xx:09 and xx:39.

Extra: Map EX OL1.

 

Sunday 17th: Offa's Dyke path and the Clwydian Mountains

Car based walk. Length - Medium (11 miles), ascent - Moderate (800m). Leader: James Johnson

Description: You don't have to venture far into Wales to do a good days walking. The Clwydian Range is just outside Mold and is notable for its high ridge of heather clad hills reaching down from the North Wales coast to the edge of the Dee Valley in the south. Its impressing limestone outcrops burst through the surface in a number of places down the eastern side of the range. The walk will take us up to Moel Famau, the highest point on the ridge before dropping down to a pub at Cilcain for a drink. We will then climb Moel Arthur and take in a long stretch of the main ridge, which combines Offa's Dyke path on the way back to the car park.

Meet point: Deansgate Locks at 09:00.

Suggested Route: Maps will be given to drivers who need them in when we meet at Deansgate Locks.

Walk Start: Loggerheads car park (grid reference SJ171610) at 10:30

Waypoints: Moel Famau, Cilcain, Moel Arthur, Moel Famau, Bwich Penbarra.

Walk Finish: Loggerheads car park

Extra: We may have to pay for parking although if we do it won't be much but toilets are available at the start of the walk. I've planned a lunchtime pub stop at Cilcain.

 

Saturday 23rd: New Mills to Edale by the back of Kinder

Train based walk. Length - Long (14 miles), ascent - Moderate (650m). Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description: A deceptively easy start to the day as we follow the Sett Valley Trail from New Mills to Hayfield, followed by a steep climb up from the Kinder Reservoir to Sandy Heys. We'll then head to Kinder Downfall, before striking off across the peat bog to Fairbrook Naze. The route continues east along the northern edge of Kinder with hopefully good views across to Derwent Edge and Bleaklow before turning south across more pathless peat bog to reach the southern edge of Kinder. We'll then descend down the less used Golden Clough before a final gentle mile back to Edale station.

Meet point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 9:45.

Walk Start: New Mills Central station at 10:15

Waypoints: Hayfield, Bowden Bridge, Kinder Reservoir, Sandy Heys, Kinder Downfall, Fairbrook Naze, Seal Edge, Blackden Clough, Golden Clough, Edale.

Walk Finish: Edale Railway Station

Extra: This is a fairly long walk for this time of year so we will need to keep the pace up. It also involves 2 pathless crossings over the peat bog so gaiters may be useful.

 

Sunday 24th: Bolton to Ramsbottom via Affetside

Tram and Train based linear walk. Length - Medium (9 miles), ascent - Slight (250m). Leader: John Ireland

Description: A new take on an old chestnut involving a Roman road , an assault course and a steam train return to Bury. Nothing too difficult so suitable for Beginners.

Meet point: Bury Metrolink Station at 10.20. Trams to Bury run from Piccadilly and Victoria stations

Suggested Tickets: Manchester to Bury Metrolink Return, £3.50 Ramsbottom to Bury Single £4.60

Walk Start: Bury Metrolink station at 10:30

Waypoints: Bury, Elton, Walshaw, Affetside, Hawkshaw, Holcombe Training Camp, Redisher Woods, Holcombe Village, Ramsbottom.

Walk Finish: Ramsbottom Railway Station

Extra: Return from Ramsbottom to Bury is via East Lancashire Railway steam train. Car parking available in Bury should you wish to drive to the start point. Pub and lunch stop in Affetside. 471 and 524 bus services run from Bolton to Bury as well.

 

Sunday 31st: Take A Walk On The Dark Side

Train based walk. Length - Medium (12 miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leaders: Saskia Roselaar

Description: Nothing to wake you up like a nice walk! So get your sleepy head out of bed and come along! We will walk from Todmorden to Rochdale along part of Rossendale Way, with some nice views over the moors.

Meet point / walk start: Victoria Railway Station at 11:50 for train at 12:08.

Suggested Ticket: Todmorden day return for £6.90.

Walk Start: Todmorden station at 12.45.

Waypoints: Todmorden Edge, Lower Moor, Holden Gate, Wreck Beds, Hades Hill, Brown Wardle Hill, Man Stone Edge, Wardle, Clegg Hall, Rochdale Canal, Rochdale.

Walk Finish: Rochdale station, approx. 5 PM.

Return Services: From Rochdale at xx.24 every hour.

Extra: It may get dark at the end of the walk, so bring a torch. REMEMBER CLOCKS GO BACK!

 

NOVEMBER

Saturday 6th: The Path to Wigan Pier

Pie/Train based walk. Length - Medium (9 miles), ascent - Flat (200m). Leader: Jonny Makin

Description: A linear walk enjoying the gentle, rolling hills of a beautiful part of Wigan borough, and finishing with a tasty Wigan pie.

Meet point / walk start: Victoria Railway Station at 10:10 for train at 10:22.

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger, £4.

Walk Start: Blackrod railway station at 10:50.

Waypoints: Makinson's Farm, Big shaft, Haigh Hall, Kirklees Wood, Leeds to Liverpool canal.

Walk Finish: Wigan Pier.

Return Services: 16:58 then 2 to 4 times per hour, ending at 22:55. Trains mainly return to Piccadilly.

Extra: No toilets at the start of the walk, use the one on the train. Wigan pie and a post walk pub visit are optional but highly recommended. Gaitors suggested. Toilets and hot drinks (and ice cream) at lunch stop. Bring a torch.

 

Saturday 6th: It's that time of year again - B29 and KB933 amongst others

Train and bus based walk. Length - Long (11.5 miles), ascent - Moderate (650m) Leader: David Bratley

Description: A circular walk, we start by ascending to James Thorn which involves a moderate climb of 370m (final 50m is quite steep) to the KB933 wreck monument from here we drop down slightly to C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) wreck and then pass Ashton Clough which contains the remains of a Seafire/Spitfire. Next we ascend approx. 100m to Higher Shelf stones Trig point and then onto the B29 Super fortress which crashed on the 3rd November 1948. Afterwards we head north to the Hern stones then the Wain stones and across to Bleaklow head after which we hopefully head for the the Bleaklow stones and the wreck of the Bolton Paul Defiant and finally the De Havilland L-20A Beaver on Sykes Moor. Our visits to the wrecks are now done and we head back into Glossop, Walk finish hopefully approx. 16:30, visiting the final 2 wrecks are optional and will depend mainly upon time and available light.

Meet point / walk start: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:48.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Glossop.

Walk Start: Glossop Railway station at 10:20.

Waypoints: Old Glossop, Lower Shelf, Jame's Thorn, Lower and Higher Shelf Stones.

Walk Finish: Old Glossop

Return Services: From Glossop at xx:09 and xx:39 until 17:09 then at xx:39 until 22:39.

Extra: Pub at walk finish.

 

Saturday 13th: An industrial Valley Steeped in History Todmorden Circular

Train based walk. Length - Medium (10 miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: A walk first on the sides of a lovely autumnal valley then crossing river and canal by bridges then upto stoody pike before dropping in for a quick drink at the top brink on the way back to Todmorden.

Meet point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:40 for the train at 09:48.

Suggested Ticket: Duo Returns £10.20 for 2 people

Walk Start: Todmorden Railway Station at 10:15 (Note: The express train only stops in Rochdale)

Waypoints: Eastwood, Hebden Bridge, Stoodly Pike, Top Brink, Todmorden

Walk Finish: Todmorden Railway Station

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

Extra: Bring gaiters and a torch. Dress up warm and Waterproofs are a necessity.

 

Sunday 14th: GM Round Ramble Stage 1 (Littleborough to Greenfield)

Train based walk. Length - Medium (11 miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Chris Morris

Description: A 'recession busting' series of linear walks around the GM boundary - making full use of Rail Rangers and value tickets. Great walking right on your doorstep!

Meet point: Victoria Railway Station at 10:00 for the train at 10:08.

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £4 (includes your whole day's train journey)

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 10:40.

Waypoints: Rakewood, Ogden, Crompton Moor, Grains Bar, Harbour Hill, Wall Hill.

Walk Finish: Greenfield

Return Services: To Piccadilly from Greenfield: xx:58 until 21:58

Extra: Bring gaiters and a torch. Stage 2 (Greenfield to Glossop) coming soon...

 

Saturday 20th: A hunt for a witch, a quaker and a barometer

Train based walk. Length - Medium (8 miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: A linear walk starting from Clitheroe proceeding through the town before entering the village of Worston and then up and over the top of Pendle Hill and down into the village of Barley for possible cream teas and a pub. Although it is only 500 metre climb you actually climb 300 metres in under a mile so there is a steep section, be warned!!

Meet point: Victoria Railway Station at 08:45 for the train at 09:00.

Suggested Tickets: Return £8.80 or Duo return £13.20 to Clitheroe. Bus from Barley to Clitheroe £2.50

Walk Start: Clitheroe Railway Station at 10:20.

Waypoints: Worston, Pile of Stones, Pendle Hill Trig Point, Brown House

Walk Finish: Barley

Return Services: Bus at 14:56, 15:56, 16:56, 17:51. Train from Clitheroe at 15:26, 16:40, 17:09, 18:09 then xx:40 until 21:40.

Extra: There are no toilets at the walk start, use toilet on train. Gaiters are recommended.

 

Sunday 21st: A path less walked

Train and bus based walk. Length - Long (15 miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Saskia Roselaar

Description: A linear walk in a corner of the Peaks that we don't usually go to. From Langsett we first walk along the reservoir, then up to the moors along Cut Gate Path. A quite steep descent along Little Cut brings us to the the Slippery Stones (there is a bridge fortunately), at the top of Howden reservoir. We then climb up to the moors again, where we'll have some great views over Alport, especially the rocky outcrops of Alport Castles. We descent steeply and follow the valley down to Snake Road. We finish up by walking around the edge of Kinder to Edale, where drinks and food await in the Nags Head! Walk finish at approximately 17:00.

Meet point: Chorlton Street bus station for the National Express service 350 from Manchester to Sheffield at 09:15.

Suggested Tickets: Single bus ticket to Langsett, approximately £4.50. From Edale a single train ticket back to Manchester (£8.90), or, if you are also using the bus in Manchester, a Wayfarer (£10).

Walk Start: Langsett, Waggon and Horses pub at 10:15

Waypoints: Langsett reservoir, Cut Gate Path, Little Cut, Slippery Stones, Howden reservoir, Alport, Upper Ashop, Jaggers Clough, Nether Booth.

Walk Finish: Edale

Return Services: From Edale at 15:47, 17:47, 19:47 and 22:50.

Extra: You cannot drive to the walk start, since it will take about two hours to get back by public transport. It may get dark at the end of the walk, so bring a torch.

 

Saturday 27th: A lovely walk

Car based walk. Length - short (5 miles), ascent - slight (200m). Leader: Al

Description: A lovely countryside walk around the Lancashire lowlands south of the Forest of Bowland Massif. There should be no bogs on this (this does not mean that it will be dry!)

Waypoints: New Laund Farm, Fair Oak, Knot End, Lickhurst Farm.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks meeting at 10:30am (late start, walk leader meeting here).

Walk Start: Parking adjacent St Michael's Church / Inn at Whitewell (BB7 3AT *) 12 noon. Will give directions from Deansgate on the day.

Walk Finish: The Inn at Whitewell (www.innatwhitewell.com). This is a lovely pub, bring a change of shoes and trus as it is rather nice. Hopefully plan to drink/snack there at the end.

Extra: Sat-nav users:The postcode BB7 3AT seems to be slightly off on google maps. You need to be about 1km south of this point. Basically you need to be in Whitewell, a very small hamlet.

 

DECEMBER

Saturday 4th: Santa Walk

PLEASE NOTE: To attend this walk, you need to be booked on. No further places available.

Train based walk. Length - short (5 miles), ascent - Flat (unknown m). Leader: Jon Buckland

Description: It's the annual Santa walk! This time we'll be heading to Disley and having a hike around the area taking in the Macclesfield canal and Lyme Park. We'll be finishing up in the Rams Head for lunch at around 14:00.

Walk Start: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 10:52.

Walk Start: Disley Railway Station at 11:20

Walk Finish: The Rams Head, Disley.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at 16:50, 17:48, 18:48, 19:48, 20:48, 21:48, 23:17

Extra: The cost of the walk and the meal is £21. We're hoping to get to the Ram's Head around 14:00. The meal will be a three course meal.

 

Sunday 5th: Littleborough Pub Circular

Train based walk. Length - short (6 miles), ascent - Gradual (300m). Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: Short Littleborough circular via a few public houses and very white fields so wrap up warm and dont forget your hip flasks!

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station for the train at 11:08.

Walk Start: Littleborough Rail station at 11:35

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:02

 

Saturday 11th: Malham (Long)

Car-Based walk. Length - Long (14 miles) , ascent - moderate (600m). Leader: Andy Armstrong

Description: A more strenuous walk around Malham

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks meeting at 9:00am.

Walk Start:10.45am, Malham. Parking at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre (Grid Ref SD900628), which is pay and display

Waypoints: Malham, Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Black Hill, Langcliff Scar, Rye Loaf Hill, Kirkby Fell.

Extra: Expect Wintry Conditions - it's going to be chilly!

 

Saturday 11th: Malham (Short)

Car-Based walk. Length - Short (7 miles) , ascent - slight (200m). Leader: John Ireland

Description: A less strenuous walk around Malham, taking in all the sights without as much strain.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks meeting at 9:00am.

Walk Start:10.45am, Malham. Parking at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre (Grid Ref SD900628), which is pay and display

Waypoints: Malham, Kirkby Malham, Windy Pike, Aire Head, Janet's Foss, Goredale Scar, Sheriff Hill, Malham Cove, Malham

Extra: Expect Wintry Conditions - it's going to be chilly! This is an easier walk going at a slower pace more suitable for beginners. Starts from the same car park as the hard walk, take your pick when we get there!

 

Sunday 12th: Styal and Quarry Bank Mill

Train based walk. Length - short (6 miles), ascent - slight. 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 Railway Station for the train at 12:45, leaving from platform 13. Train starts from Manchester Oxford Road at 12:43

Walk Start: Styal station (SK9 4JW) at 13:15

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

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at 15:10 (via Wilmslow), 16:58, 17:10 (via Wilmslow)

 

Saturday 18th: Grindleford to Hathersage via Stanage Edge and Hope Valley Railway Line Pub Crawl

Train-based walk. Length - (9 miles), ascent - (Moderate 320 m). Leader: James Johnson

Description: A nice scenic walk taking in both Burbage Edge and Stanage Edge at the far eastern end of the Peak District, which includes an optional evening pub crawl.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 08:45 (Local train to Sheffield)

Walk Start: Grindleford Station at 09_45

Walk Finish: Hathersage Station

Waypoints: Grindleford Station, Burbage Bridge, Burbage Edge, Upper Burbage Bridge, Stanage Edge, Brookfield Manor, Hathersage Station.

Return Services: Trains back from Hathersage are at 16:32, 17:32, 18:32, 19:32, 20:53 and 22:41. These all stop at stations where we will be visiting pubs during the evening.

Suggested Ticket: Off-peak day return to Grindleford (£9.10) or a Wayfarer (£10) if making a journey into Manchester on another mode of transport prior to meeting up at Piccadilly Station.

Extra: After the walk we will be doing a pub crawl on the Hope Valley railway line, stopping off at a few stations for drinks in pubs on the way back. This will start at the Little John Inn in Hathersage, where food is available. Other possible pub stops include The Anglers rest (Bamford), " The Chesire Cheese Inn, The Old Hall Inn and The Poachers Arms (Hope), The Old Nags Head (Edale), The Old Hall Inn (Chinley).

Trains back are every hour with a larger two hours gap between the last two giving people the flexibility to stop for just a couple of drinks after the walk for stay out for the whole night.

 

Sunday 19th: Whaley Bridge Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (7 miles), ascent - Moderate (200 m). Leader: Max Townsend

Description: 7 Miles with a couple of moderate climbs. Expect some boggy and muddy patches. Also, a Curry afterwards!

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 11:52 (NB: Train also calls at Stockport).

Walk Start: Whaley Bridge Station at 12:35pm

Waypoints: Toddbrook Reservoir, Gap House, Wright's Farm, Dunge Farm, Kettleshulme, Kishfield Bridge, Whaley Bridge.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:44

Suggested Ticket: Whaley Bridge Return £7.70 or get a Northern Duo for £11.50 for 2 people travelling together.

Extra: We will be having a curry after the walk at the Memories of India restaurant in Whaley Bridge. Contact walks@madwalkers.org.uk if interested in curry.

 

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