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

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

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


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

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

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

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Historical walks

Walks in the old format organised by year: 200620072008200920102011

Historical walks in the newer format: 2011201220132014201520162017

JANUARY 2011

Saturday 1st: Sale and Chorlton Parks

Car-based walk. Length - Short, ascent - Flat. Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: For those who aren't able to go on the boozing....err sorry walking weekend in the Breacon Beacons I will be doing a walk around the water parks at Sale and River Mersey to work off some of the festive indulgence.

Meet Point: Deckers Car Park, Sale Water Park from 13:15

Walk Start: Deckers Car Park, Sale Water Park at 13:30

Suggested Route: Travel via the M60 and exit at Junction 6 and follow signs for Sale Water Park.

Extra: Toilets near Start.

 

Saturday 8th: Marple to Brookbottom Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10 miles), ascent - Moderate (390 m). Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: Medium length, moderate climb. Mixture of canal paths, dirt tracks and field paths visiting small hamlets along the way with views of the Peak district.

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

Suggested Ticket: Marple Return £3.30.

Walk Start: Marple Station at 10:10

Waypoints: Roman Lakes, Mellor, Moorend, Brookbottom, Strines, Ridge End, Windlehurst.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at 15:03, 15:37 then xx:07, xx:34.

Extra: Bring torch and gaiters, use toilet on the train

 

Sunday 9th: Dunham Massey & Lymm

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (9 Miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Jonathan Buckland & Kathy Macdermid

Description: An ideal walk for new members. The walk will take in Dunham Massey, the Bridgewater canal, stopping for lunch at Heatley.

Meet Point & Walk Start: 10:30 Altrincham Tram/Train/Bus Station under the clock tower.

Waypoints: A56, Dunham Massey Hall, Woolstencroft farm, Bridgewater canal, Heatley, Transpennine trail, Bridgewater Canal, Altrincham Train/Tram/Bus Station.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:05, xx:28, xx:30 until 19:16, then xx:46, last train at 22:46.

Extra: Please note we will be meeting at Altrincham. Please check www.gmpte.com for the various transport routes to Altrincham.

Due to engineering works on the Metrolink on Sunday 9th Please allow extra time to get to Altrincham. Note that there is a direct train at 0922 from Manchester Piccadilly, arriving 0947

 

Saturday 15th: Hadfield Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10 Miles), ascent - Moderate (640m). Leader: David Bratley

Description: Medium length, moderate climb with a couple of Steepish sections. Half of the walk is over open Moorland, with a chance of seeing some mountain Hares in their white winter coats, before we descend towards Crowden and then a walk back to Hadfield alongside the Reservoirs.

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

Suggested Ticket: Hadfield Return £3.50

Walk Start: Hadfield Station at 10:30

Waypoints: Bottoms Reservoir, Arnfield Lane, Lad's Leap, Near Crowden, Pennine Way, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Longdendale Trail, Hadfield.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:01, xx:31, xx:01 until 19:01, then at xx.31, last train at 22:31.

Extra: Walk leader will meet at walk start, gaiters and lots of warm clothing are advisable, use toilet on the train if necessary.

 

Sunday 16th: Appley Bridge #2

Train-based linear walk. Length - Medium (9 Miles), ascent - Slight (250m). Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear walk from Gathurst to Appley Bridge with possibly fairies, potentially some views, probably some icecream and may be a pub. Don't want to build up your hopes too much!

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 10:26. (Also calls Oxford Road 10:38 and Deansgate 10:40)

Suggested Ticket: Appley Bridge Return £3.30

Walk Start: Gathurst at 11:20.

Waypoints: River Douglas, Roby Mill, Atherton's Farm, Ashurst's Beacon, Ashleigh Farm, Hillock Lane, Prior's Wood Hall, Parbold Bottle, Sparrow Hill, Fairy Glen.

Return Services: From Appley Bridge xx:27

Extra: No toilet at walk start, use toilet on the train if necessary. Due to Engineering works train does NOT call at Bolton.

 

Saturday 22nd: Cheadle to Macclesfield

Train-based walk. Length - Long (12 Miles), ascent - Slight (100m). Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A linear walk from Cheadle Hulme to Macclesfield along the Lady brook pass Bramhall hall, across the fields at Poynton and down the Middlewood way to Macclesfield. This will a fairly flat walk with possibly a pub stop half way through.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 9.48

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10

Walk Start: Cheadle Hulme Station at 10.05

Waypoints: Cheadle Hulme Station, Bramhall Hall, Millhall Bridge, Poynton Park, Hockley, Woods Lane, Bollington, Macclesfield.

Return Services: From Macclesfield 12, 20, 41 minutes pass the hour.

Extra: Train also calls at Stockport

 

Sunday 23rd: Once Around the Block

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - moderate (440m). Leader: Stephen Whittaker

Description: A circuit around Kinder going up from Hayfield and then back.

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

Walk Start: Bowden Bridge Car Park at 10:00

Waypoints: Hayfield, William Clough, Ashop Head, Sandy Hey, Kinder Downfall, Culther Rocks, 3 Knolls, Tunstead Clough Farm, Bowden Bridge Car Park

Extra: Pretty hard but good paths, Peat, Heather and farm land. Gaiters and lots of warm clothing are advisable, will be weather dependent of course.

 

Saturday 29th: A Saddleworth Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (9 Miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leader: Rick Connor, Meeting at walk start

Description: A ramble around the Saddleworth valley, from Greenfield Station. First along the canal, then steeply up Wharmton Hill to admire the views over the entire of Saddleworth, before dropping back down to Uppermill and along the canal to the Brownhill Countryside Centre for a lunch stop (with facilities). Next along to the impressive Saddleworth Church, and calling at the even more impressive Saddleworth micro-brewery next door for an early afternoon pint. A wander along underneath the war memorial will lead us past Dovestones Reservoir and back to the The Clarence pub by dusk, for another pint of local brewery ale! In case anyone doesn't want a second pub stop, as the walk leader is intending to stop in The Clarence for beer and possibly food, Greenfield station is an easy 20 minute walk along a straight road from The Clarence.

Meet Point: Victoria from 10.15 for train at 10.27

Suggested Tickets: Off Peak Day Return £3.60

Walk Start: Greenfield Railway Station (SD 992 048) at 11am

Waypoints: Greenfield Railway Station, Friezland Mills, summit of Wharmton Hill, canal at Uppermill, Brownhill Countryside Centre (lunch stop, facilities), Saddleworth Church, The Church Inn (pub stop), Dovestones Reservoir, The Clarence (pub stop), Greenfield Railway Station..

Return Services: 51 minutes past the hour until 22.55, last train 23.26.

Extra: Some strenuous although not very steep ascents, mostly on decent paths but with muddy sections so gaiters advisable. Warm clothing required as it is likely to be quite cold, also waterproofs if rain is forecast. No toilets at the walk start. Use those on train or at Victoria.

 

Sunday 30th: Bury to Ramsbottom and the Peel Tower

Tram and Train based linear walk. Length - Short (7 Miles), ascent - Moderate (300m). Leader: John Ireland

Description: A walk out of Bury via Burrs Country Park, Summerseat and up to the Peel Tower before a descent back to Ramsbottom for a steam train back to Bury.

Meet Point: Bury Interchange from 10.20

Suggested Tickets: Metrolink Victoria to Bury Return £3.60 East Lancs Railway Ramsbottom to Bury Single £TBA (around £5)

Walk Start: Bury Interchange at 10.30

Waypoints: Bury, Burrs Country Park, Summerseat, Woodhey, Redisher Woods, Peel Tower, Higher Tops, Ramsbottom.

Return Services: From Ramsbottom 16.51 to Bury. Frequent trams to Manchester from Bury Interchange

Extra: On our return we will be visiting the Trackside Bar in Bury. If travelling from Bolton or Rochdale, use the 471 bus.

 

FEBRUARY

 

Saturday 5th: Littleborough To Sowerby Bridge

Train-based walk. Length - Long (11.5 miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

Description: From Littleborough to Sowerby Brige. A varied walk featuring moorland, reservoirs, open fields and the M62!!

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:50 for the train at 10:00 (Leeds train)

Suggested Ticket: Duo return to Sowerby Bridge (£14.65 For 2 people so buddy up)

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 10:27

Waypoints: Littleborough, Blackstone Edge Resv. Manshead End, Sowerby & Sowerby Bridge

Return Services: To Piccadilly from Sowerby Bridge: xx:19, xx:31 & xx:59 until 19:19 then xx:19 until 23:19

Extra: As there will be mud in place gaiters are advised. A torch maybe needed so have one in case.

 

Sunday 6th: Wilmslow / Styal Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10 miles), ascent - Slight (100m). Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: This walk offers the opportunity to explore the varied countryside to the north of Wilmslow as well as sampling a few of the rustic inns in the area. The walk begins by following the River Bollin east out of Wilmslow before heading north towards the Woodford Aerodrome. After passing the airfield there will be a break in a pub (The Davenport Arms). The walk then crosses farmland and the A34 Wilmslow bypass before going through the village of Handforth. After a short stretch of road walking we will cross Styal Golf Course and enter into Styal Country Park where there will be another pub stop (The Ship Inn). The walk concludes with a walk through the park passing Quarry Bank Mill on the way before following the River Bollin back to Wilmslow. There may be time for a further pint in The Bollin Fee before getting the train back to Manchester.

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

Suggested Ticket: £4.20 off peak return to Wilmslow (valid on Virgin Trains only) - £5.20 valid on all trains.

Walk Start: Wilmslow Railway Station at 10:35

Waypoints: River Bollin, Woodford Aerodrome, Handforth, Styal golf course, Styal Country Park, Quarry Bank Mill, River Bollin

Return Services: 16:29, 17:29

 

Sunday 6th: Patterdale, Lakes

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - Steep (1000m). Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: A classic Lakes circular taking in 4 Wainwright Peaks. Starting from Patterdale, we climb steeply and quickly passing picturesque tarns before sumitting our first peak, The Knott (739m). Gradual ascent along High Street until the high point of the day at 828m with hopefully great views over the Lakes. Continuing at high altitude we take in Stony Cove Pike (763m) before a steep grassy descent back down into the valley.

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

Walk Start: Patterdale Car park (GR NY397159) at 10:15

Waypoints: Patterdale, Angle Tarn, The Knott, High Street, Stony Cove Pike, Hartsop Dodd

Extra: High altitude for most of the day so come prepared for wintry conditions and a strenuous walk. Any questions, drop me an e-mail, as_armstrong@yahoo.co.uk

 

Saturday 12th: Robin Hood Walk (Marple Bridge to New Mills Linear via Rowarth)

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10 Miles), ascent - Slight (250m). Leader: Max Townsend

Description: Come and see where England’s greatest folk hero bent his bow. Wearing green tights is optional.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:45 for the train at 10:03. NB. This service does not call at Stockport.

Suggested Ticket: Manchester to New Mills Central Return £5.50

Walk Start: Marple Station, Marple Bridge at 10:35.

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: Return services from New Mills Central on the hour.

Extra: Motorists can park at Marple Bridge Station and get the train back from New Mills Central.

 

Sunday 13th: Embsay to Bolton Abbey Linear

Apologies to those who turned up for this walk, for the change of location due to transport issues. The original walk will be rescheduled for later this year.

Car-based walk Length - Medium (9 miles), ascent TBA Leader:John Ireland

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

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

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

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

Walk Start Postcode: BD23 6RE

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

Walk End: Bolton Abbey Station at 15:10.

Extra: Muddy in places - gaiters recommended! See Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway for more details.

Note for Drivers: To ensure there are enough cars to take everyone, please go to the meet point, Deansgate Locks, in Manchester, where directions to the walk start will be handed out.

 

Saturday 19th: Hebden Bridge

Train-based walk. Length - Long (14 Miles), ascent - moderate(520m – several short climbs rather than one big climb) Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description: A varied walk from Hebden Bridge, heading out through woodland and up on to the moors before returning down the delightful Hebden Dale.

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

Suggested Ticket: Hebden Bridge Return £8.10

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge Station at 10:20

Waypoints: Colden Clough, Jack’s Bridge, Brown Hill, Noah Dale, Heptonstall Moor, Gorple Lower Reservoir, Hebden Dale, Midge Hole, Hebden Bridge.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:08; xx:28; xx:56.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 21, South Pennines.

 

Sunday 20th: Sankey Navigation walk

Train-based walk. Length - Short (6.5 Miles), ascent - Flat Leader: Gavin Poulton, meeting at walk start.

Description: If you like flat and straight walks, this is the one for you! A linear route following this disused but still lively waterway, with some industrial architecture to look at. A stop at a quirky pub we've stopped at before.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 12.38. Train also calls at Oxford Road at 12:42.

Suggested Ticket: Warrington Return £7.20

Walk Start: Warrington Central at 13:00

Waypoints: Sankey Brook, Twig & Bog Woods, M62, Fiddle I'Th Bag, Mucky Mountains, Earlestown.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester from Earlestown x:01, x:33.

Extra: Map Explorer EX276. Engineering works on the Warrington Bank Quay line have caused an alteration to the train times from the original plan.

 

Saturday 26th: Todmorden to Smithy Bridge

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (9 Miles), ascent - Moderate (350m) Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

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

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

Suggested Ticket: Return to Littleborough from any station in Manchester £3.50 and a single from Littleborough to Todmorden £3.10

Walk Start: Todmorden Station at 10:51.

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

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

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

 

Sunday 27th: Monton/Worsley Circular Walk

Train-based walk. Length - 7 Miles, ascent - Flat Leader: Paul Ryan

Description: A predominantly flat walk along the banks of the Bridgewater Canal to Boothstown Marina, taking in historic Worsley Village en route. Before retuning via Worsley Old Hall, Worsley Woods and Monton Park. Rounded off by a drink in a local pub.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 11:50, arriving Eccles at 1200, then 22 Bus at 12.10 from Eccles interchange, arriving at Monton Green in 5-10 minutes, or walk 1.3 miles along Monton Road to start point. Alternate buses are 70 at 12.17 and 68 at 12.19.

Suggested Ticket: GMPTE System 1 Bus/Train Day Ticket £5.50 - also covers your journey to/from Manchester Piccadilly

Walk Start: 12.30 Bluebell pub, Monton village green.

Waypoints: Bridgewater Canal, Boothstown Marina, Worsley Village, Worsley Old Hall, Worsley Woods, Monton Park.

Extra: Short break for lunch at Boothstown Marina, with the option of a drink in the pub, but not enough time to order food, bring packed lunch.

 

MARCH

 

Saturday 5th: Prestbury/Bollington Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (9 Miles), ascent - Slight(200m) Leader: Jon Buckland

Description: Pleasant nine mile walk around the Prestbury and Bollington area. Lunch will be at the White Nancy monument. Potential pub stop towards the end of the walk depending on the timings.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 10:30 for the 10:48 train.

Suggested Ticket: Prestbury Return £7.30

Walk Start: Prestbury Railway Station at 11:15

Waypoints: Prestbury station, River Bollin, Tytherington golf club, Manor House, Macc canal, Moat Hill farm, White Nancy, Bollington, Macc Canal, Whitely Green, Prestbury station.

Return Services: Trains to Piccadilly at 24 mins past the hour. Aiming to get the 16:24 train.

Extra: Walk reccied 19/02/11 very muddy in places. Walking boots essential and gaiters advisable. Strictly no jeans.

 

Sunday 6th: Three Shire Heads

Train-based walk. Length - Long (11.5 Miles), ascent - Moderate(500m) Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A circular walk from Buxton to 3 Shires head where the counties of Derbyshire , Cheshire & Staffordshire all meet and a visit to the Cat & Fiddle pub.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the train at 09:51

Suggested Ticket: Buxton Return £8.60, Duo Return (for 2 people) for £13

Walk Start: Buxton Railway Station at 11:00 (train arrives 10:53).

Waypoints: Buxton Station, Solomon's Temple,The Terret, Axe Edge Moor, Orchard Common, Three Shire Heads, A54, Daneblower Hollow, The cat & Fiddle, Derbyshire Bridge, Buxton.

 

Saturday 12th: Matlock Bath - Matlock via a few villages and pubs

Bus-based walk. Length - Long (11.5 Miles), ascent - Moderate (450m) Leader: James Johnson

Description: A leisurely walk taking in a few villages with pubs on route, which we will be stopping at.

Meet Point:Chorlton Street Coach Station, Manchester City Centre from 09:00 for the 9:15 Trent Transpeak bus to Matlock Bath.

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10 - note this is a scratch card ticket which cannot be purchased on the bus, but can be purchased in advance from train stations.

Walk Start: Outside the 'Country & Station' pub in Matlock Bath at 11:45. This is on the opposite side of the main road to the train station.

Waypoints: Bonsall, Winster, Birchover, Darley Bridge.

Return Services: Buses back as far as Buxton at xx37 until 18:37, then 20:32. Trains back from Buxton at xx27 until 21:27, then 22:56.

Extra: There is an option to go to a few pubs in towns and villages on the way back to Manchester in the evening. There is also an option to drive to the start of the walk and use the pay and display car park at Matlock Bath train station. There are several regular buses and trains back from Matlock to Matlock bath, which is only a short journey.

 

Sunday 13th: Menai Straits

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - Flat (40m) Leader: Pete Dolan

Description: A circular coastal walk starting from the village Railway Station at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on the Isle of Anglesey. Walking briefly through the village, before following the scenic flat shoreline path up the Straits, under the towering base of Britannia Bridge, along Belgian Promenade across a causeway to Church Island and onto Thomas Telford’s 1826 Menai Suspension Bridge, (a World Heritage Site, if you have never seen the Menai Suspension Bridge close up before then this walk is worth it for the view of the bridge alone). Across Menai Bridge to the mainland, through Botanical Gardens and woodlands on the opposite banks of the Straits before returning back across Menai Bridge to Anglesey along the road to The Marquess of Anglesey Column, at 27 metres high (a tribute erected in the 1820's to Henry Paget, second in command at the Battle of Waterloo).

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

Walk Start: Llanfair P G Railway Station / James Pringle Retail Outlet. Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Waypoints: Llanfair P G, Britannia Bridge, Belgian Promenade, Menai Suspension Bridge, Marquess of Anglesey Column.

Extra: there is the option to climb 115 steps (charge £1.50) to a viewing platform to see great panoramic views of the Anglesey countryside, Menai Straits and Snowdonia before we head back to the car park and the pub.

 

Saturday 19th: Greenfield via Trig points to Old Glossop

Train-based walk. Length - Long (16 Miles), ascent - Steep (1130m) Leader: David Bratley

Description: A fairly fast paced walk of Moorland, with visits to 3 Trig points, The first is Alphin Trig (469m AOD) we then follow the edge of Chew Valley to Chew Resr, from here we go off path to Rakes Moss Trig (541m AOD) from here we cross to Crowden Clough and down to Torside Resr for our second big ascent, Torside Clough is our break-off point if we're not at a certain point on this ascent by 15.10 (approx. 11 miles in) I'll cut the walk short and we'll go to Cock hill Trig (426m AOD) rather then Higher Shelf stones Trig (621m AOD) and then down into Old Glossop ETA 17.00 sunset approx. 17.35.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 09:15 for the train at 09:27

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £4.40

Walk Start: Greenfield Station at 09:51

Waypoints: Alphin Trig, Chew Hurdles, Chew Resr, Rakes Moss Trig, Crowden Clough, Torside Resr, Torside Clough, Wain Stones, Hern Stones, Higher Shelf Stones Trig, James Thorn, Old Glossop.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:09; xx:39.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1, No Toilets at walk start, be ready to leave as soon as we leave the train. Anyone not wearing walking boots will not be allowed on this walk, Gaiters also advisable.
Pub at walk finish for well deserved refreshment with local Howard Town brewery beer (Brewed in Old Glossop).

 

Sunday 20th: Bow Stones and beyond

Train-based walk. Length - Short (6.5 Miles), ascent - Moderate (290m) Leader: Stu Edwards

Description: An interesting, late start, (Hang-over recovery time!) easy Sunday walk around the periphery of the Lyme Park Estate. This walk is ideal for new members as its a short (ish) walk with only gentle climbs, good paths and nice views. We'll head off towards the Cage in Lyme Park, (Deer Hunter's observation post) then shimmy towards Lyme Hall, battling the Canadian Geese that patrol the car park as we go. We'll then pick up the Gritstone Trail and head up to Bow Stones on the top of Park Moor, via a small wood, to enjoy the panorama over Manchester. (Cloud permitting!) Afterwards, we begin our descent off the moors via Bollinhurst Reservoir and back towards the station. Conveniently, The Rams Head pub is situated next to the station....where we can mingle with the village locals...and who knows....even try to blend in!

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 11:40 for the train at 11:52

Suggested Ticket: Disley Return £5.30 Duo Return £7.90

Walk Start: Disley Station at 12:22

Waypoints: Lyme Park, The Cage, Lyme Hall, Gritstone Trail, Bow Stones, Bollinhurst Reservoir.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:53.

Extra: Toilets are on the train or in Lyme Park. Train also calls at Stockport (12:04) and Hazel Grove (12:13).

 

Saturday 26th: GM Round Ramble Stage 2 (Greenfield to Glossop)

Train-based walk. Length - Long (11.5 Miles), ascent - Moderate (700m). Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Following on from November's Littleborough to Greenfield. A varied walk featuring moorland, reservoirs, open fields and an eerie wood! Classic country pub stop mid afternoon..

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:15 for the train at 9.27

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger (covers whole day's train travel in Greater Manchester) £4.40

Walk Start: Greenfield Station at 09:55

Waypoints: Greenfield, Abraham's Chair, Carrbrook, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Arnfield, Tintwistle, Hadfield, Higher Dinting, Glossop

Return Services: To Piccadilly from Glossop: xx:09, xx:39 until 22:39

Extra: As there will be mud in places, advised to bring gaiters. Stage 3 (Glossop to Strines) coming soon

 

Sunday 27th: Mountain Walk for Non-Mountaineers - Old Man of Coniston (803m)

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Clocks go forward 1 Hour on Saturday Night - Please check your alarm clocks to avoid missing the walk!

Car-Based walk. Length - Medium (7 miles) , ascent - Steep (700m). Leader: Andy 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 meeting at 8:00am.

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M61, M6 till junction 36. Follow A591 till reaching Ambleside, and follow the A5095 and A593 into Coniston. For further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Walk Start: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.

 

APRIL

Friday 1st: Walk After Work

Direct walk. Length - Short (4 Miles), ascent - Slight (100m). Leader: Stan Dedge

Description: Well there's just about daylight for a short walk after work on a Friday. A steady climb along an interesting sounding route takes us up to a view over the Cheshire plain, from where you can apparently see 5 counties. The descent is straight-forward but beware of the pixies in the woods that like to tie your shoelaces together!

Suggested Route: Please email walks@madwalkers.org.uk for details, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Walk Start: Foolow village at 18:30.

Waypoints: Diswark, Isson, Nape Rill, The Firs.

Extra: Bring a torch, just in case. If we're lucky we might see the majestic view of the Connochaetes taurinus roaming about below.

Extra Extra: April Fool!!!

 

Saturday 2nd: Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge

Train-based walk. Length - Long (12 Miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leader: Andy Buckley

Description: Walk starts from Todmorden station and heads up to the Pennine Way and pass Stoodley Pike before decending into Crag Vale and across the fields towards Sowerby Bridge, where upon near completion of the walk we will be calling into The Works pub in Sowerby Bridge were I am advised they have a large selection of real Ales to choose from.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:10 for the train at 09:22

Suggested Ticket: Return to Sowerby Bridge £9.10, also Duo ticket to Sowerby Bridge (for two people) £13.65.

Walk Start: Todmorden train station at 09:55.

Waypoints: Todmorden, Lumbutts, Stoodley Pike, Crag Vale, Sowerby Bridge.

Return Services: 15:59, 16:19, 16:31. same minutes past the hour until 20:19

Extra: Use toilets on the train, gaiters may be needed.

 

Saturay 9th: Delamere and Little Switzerland

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10 Miles), ascent - Slight (approx 150m). Leader: Max Townsend

Description: A circular walk from Delamere Station; but instead of going into the forest we head south to Primrosehill Wood and the area known as “Little Switzerland”.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 09:00 for the train at 09:17, also stops Stockport at 09:27, Navigation Road 09:44 and Altrincham 09:46

Suggested Ticket: Return to Delamere £9.50. Northern Duo Ticket for £14.20

Walk Start: Delamere Station at 10:30.

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: xx:23 until 20:23 then 21:49, 23:05

Extra: Use toilets on the train. Optional stop at Mobberley Station on the way back for a pub visit.

 

Sunday 10th: Turton Tower and Cheetham Close

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - Moderate (220m). Leader: John Ireland, joining train at Bolton

Description: Reservoirs, Stately Homes, Pillboxes and Stone Circles on the edge of the West Pennines! A medium walk suitable for beginners with a nice pub at the end.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:45 for the train at 10:00

Suggested Ticket: Return to Bromley Cross £3.60.

Walk Start: Bromley Cross Station at 10:30, or when the train arrives if later.

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

Return Services: 15:23, 16:23, 17:23. same minutes past the hour until 23:23

Extra: Use toilets on the train, gaiters may be needed.

 

Saturday 16th: Holme Valley Tourism Walk

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (7.5 Miles), ascent - Moderate (350m). Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: Essentially three hills up above Huddersfield but each with something to do! When we arrive at Huddersfield, we take a bus out to give us a head start on the first hill.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 11:00 for the train at 11:11

Suggested Ticket: Return ticket to Huddersfield £10.90 plus a Holme Valley Day Ticket £2.80, bought on the bus.

Walk Start: Huddersfield train station at 11:44.

Waypoints: Hall Bower, Castle Hill, Lumb Dike, Farnley Tyas, Holme Valley Circular Walk, Height Green, Brockholes, Hagg Wood, Netherthong, Upperthong, Holmfirth.

Return Services: Bus back to Huddersfield x:00, x:12, x:30, x:45.

Extra: Map EX288.

 

Sunday 17th: Blackstone Edge Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10.5 Miles), ascent - Moderate (440m). Leader: Stu Edwards

Description: A late morning start for this moorland walk to clear the mind for the week ahead. (OR possibly a hang over from the night before....) We'll head off to Littleborough, a village located North East of Manchester and towards the border with our Yorkshire cousins. From the station we'll snake towards Lydgate and then join a Roman Road as we climb towards Aiggin Stone (a medieval route marker) and our summit - Blackstone Edge (472m). If the weather is kind we should enjoy some great views up here. We then pick up the Pennine Way, traverse the M62, (highest Motorway in England at circa 1200ft - sorry, couldn't resist that fact!) and head towards Windy Hill. It's all down hill from here, dropping back towards Rakewood, skirting Hollingworth Lake and then making for tea and medals at the pub!

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 10:55 for the train at 11:08

Suggested Ticket: Littleborough Return £3.60.

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 11:35.

Waypoints: Littleborough, Lydgate, Blackstone Edge, Windy Hill, Rakewood Viaduct, Hollingworth Lake.

Return Services: xx:02 past the hour and then 20:11, 21:03.

Extra: Use toilets on train as none on route. Walking Boots/Shoes essential. Gaiters recommended (if it has been raining) as is a sit-mat or equivalent to perch on for lunch too. There is also a steep section up the Roman Road, but we'll take a few stops to aid the ascent. However, as a reward we'll stop at an Ice Cream van...hopefully!

 

Easter Monday 25th: Edale to Hope

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (10 Miles), ascent - Moderate (540m). Leader: Claire Varley

Description: A circuit taking both sides of the Hope Valley and a walk along Rushup Edge via the Lord's Seat at 546m then down into Castleton for tea and cakes before getting the train home from Hope.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 10:30 for the train at 10:45

Suggested Ticket: Return to Hope (Derbyshire) £9.50 or Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Edale Station at 11:30

Waypoints: Pennine Way, Upper Booth, Chapel Gate, Rushup Edge, Castleton

Return Services: To Piccadilly from Hope: 16:49 and 17:49

Extra: As this is a linear walk, drivers are suggested to park at Edale, you will need to get the train back to there from Hope. Advised to bring proper walking boots and gaiters.

 

Saturday 30th: Buxton, Goyt's Moss, Cat & Fiddle and Flash circular

Train-based walk. Length - Long (15 Miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: james Johnson

Description: A long walk on the south western side of Buxton taking in the Cat & Fiddle pub and Flash (the highest village in England).

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 8:40 for the train at 8:52

Suggested Ticket: Buxton Return £8.70. Duo ticket available from £13.00

Walk Start: Buxton Station at 10:00.

Waypoints: Burbage, Goyt's Moss, Cat & Fiddle Pub, Danebower Hollow, Turn Edge, Flash Village, Dove Head and Diamond Hill.

Return Services: Trains back from Buxton are at xx27 until 21:27, then 22:56.

 

MAY

 

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd: GM Round Ramble Stage 3 (Glossop to Strines)

Train-based walk. Length - Medium (9 Miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Chris Morris

Description: Following on from March's Greenfield to Glossop stage. A classic hill walk featuring Coombes Edge regular viewpoints and a favourite pub stop of the group.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 10:00 for the train at 10:15

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger (covers whole day's train travel in Greater Manchester) £4.40

Walk Start: Glossop Station at 10:50

Waypoints: Glossop, Hobroyd Farm, Whiteley Nab, Coombes Edge, Near Slack, Rowarth, Lydiate Farm, Woodhouse Home, Shaw Marsh, Midshires Way, Strines

Return Services: To Piccadilly from Strines: 18:04, 19:04, 20:33, 22:33, 23:33

Extra: As this is a linear walk, those parking at Glossop will require two trains to get back to their cars. Advised to bring proper walking boots and gaiters. Stage 4 (Strines to Middlewood) coming soon.

 

Thursday 5th: Middlewood Evening Walk

Train-based walk. Length - Short (3.5 Miles), ascent - Slight (Mainly Flat). Leader: Stu Edwards

Description: Stressful day at work?? This may help! An easy, tranquil walk and ideal for new members, this walk is just a 30 minute hop on the train out of Manchester. The walk follows a circular route with a pub stop at the Boars Head, two thirds of the way round. For the Real Ale lovers of the group....there are a few on tap! After a few tipples... it's time to head back to the station via the eerie Middlewood Way....at dusk!! No giggling...you'll startle the Trolls!

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 18:45 for the 18:52 train.

Suggested Ticket: Middlewood return £3.60.

Walk Start: Middlewood Station at 19:18 (or when train arrives)

Waypoints: Norbury Hollow, Rabbit Burro' Farm, Boars Head (Pub) and the Middlewood Way.

Return Services: Trains from Middlewood back to Manchester at 20:57, 21:57 and 23:10.

Extra: PLEASE ENSURE YOU BRING A TORCH! Use toilets on train as none on route until the pub. Train also calls at Stockport (19:04)

 

Saturday 7th: Slaithwaite Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Long (13 Miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Jonathan Orriss

Description: A circular walk taking in views of the Colne Valley before heading south, returning back via another route which will be much more exciting!!

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:10 for the train at 09:27

Suggested Ticket: Return to Slaithwaite £9.00, Duo ticket available for £13.50.

Walk Start: Slaithwaite Station at 10:10.

Waypoints: Colne Valley Circular walk, Pennine Way, Kirklees Way, Magdalen Road, Meltham Way and Black Moor.

Return Services: Hourly at xx.37 with the 17:37 being the most likely first train available

Extra: Use toilets on the train, gaiters advisable.

 

Sunday 8th: Mount Snowdon

Car-based walk. Length - Moderate (9 Miles), ascent - Strenuous (1000m). Leader: Pete Dolan

Description: A hike up to the summit of Snowdon (1085m) taking the what is considered the easiest Llanberis path, a good clear path and a steady ascent to the summit.

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

Walk Start: Snowdon Mountain Railway Station in Llanberis (OS Grid Ref SH582598) Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Walk Start Postcode: LL55 4TY

Waypoints: Henbron Station, Halfway Station, Summit Station.

Extra: Car parking £4.00 per car. Coffee shop near start.

 

Wednesday 11th: Alderley Edge to Wilmslow - Note new walk date

Train-based walk. Length - Short (4 Miles), ascent - Slight (100m near start). Leader: Jon Buckland, joining train at Wilmslow.

Description: A nice linear, evening walk starting from Alderley Edge through to Wilmslow, where we will end the walk in the Bollin Fee pub close to Wilmslow train station.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 18:30 for train at 18:38.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Alderley Edge £3.45

Walk Start: Alderley Edge Station at 19:08

Waypoints: Alderley Edge station, Wizards Well, Oak Farm, Dickens Farm, Hough Green Farm, A538, Bollin Fee / Wilmslow Train Station.

Return Services: Trains from Wilmslow 21:17, 21:38, 21:46, 21:55, 22:15, 22:29. The length of return trip varies between 20 and 30 mins depending on the service.

Extra: Please ensure that you bring a head torch. Please note this is a linear walk, if you wish to drive I would advise you park in Wilmslow and then catch the train the group will be on to Alderley Edge from Wilmslow station. Walk leader meeting at Wilmslow Station

 

Friday 13th: Radcliffe to Bury linear

Tram-based walk. Length - Short (4 Miles), ascent - Slight. Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: It's that time of year for some short evening walks. Here's a straightforward linear walk taking in the Manchester, Bolton & Bury canal, mainly on a mud-free route. On the trip into Bury, we follow the former Bolton to Bury railway. A Bury social follows this walk. Now how lucky is that!

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station and take tram out to Radcliffe allowing 30 minutes for travel. If travelling from Bolton, use the 524 Bus.

Suggested Ticket: Metromax ticket is probably the cheapest.

Walk Start: Radcliffe Metrolink stop at 19:00.

Extra: No toilets; use ones at Victoria station.

 

Saturday 14th: Hope Valley Ancient

Train-based walk. Length - Long (15.4 Miles), ascent - Steep (1189m). Leader: David Bratley

Description: A Linear walk of mixed terrain, some off-path walking including bouncing thru' deep heather and some sections of road walking, we'll be taking in some great views and ancient places, including Stone circles, bronze age burial mounds, Roman forts and Bronze Age hill forts. ETA in Edale by 18.10pm.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 08:30 for the train at 08:45

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Hathersage Station at 9:42.

Waypoints: Eyam Moor, Sir William Hill, Offerton Moor, Shatton, Hope, Loose Hill, Mam Tor, Edale.

Return Services: Trains from Edale back to Manchester at xx:46; until 19:47, then 21.08.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1 and 24, As this is a long walk be ready to leave as soon as we alight from the train. Pub at walk finish for well deserved refreshment.

 

Sunday 15th: Hebden Bridge Circular

Please note - The car-based Howarth Walk has been postponed until August 21st due to the Greater Manchester Run taking place in Manchester City Centre

Train-based walk. Length - Long (12 miles), ascent - Moderate (450m). 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: Victoria Railway Station at 08:50 for the train at 09:08

Suggested Ticket: Hebden Bridge return £8.10, Duo ticket available for £12.15.

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge Railway Station at 10:20

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

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:45.

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

 

Thursday 19th: Prestbury to Macclesfield

Train-based walk. Length - Short (4 Miles), ascent - Slight. Leader: Jon Buckland

Description: A nice linear, evening walk starting from Prestbury village through to Macclesfield.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 18:40 for train at 18:48.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Macclesfield £3.90

Walk Start: Prestbury Station at 19:14

Waypoints: Prestbury station, A538, Manor House, Middlewood Way, Macclesfield station.

Return Services: Trains from Macclesfield 21:12, 21:20, 21:40, 22:12 The length of return trip varies between 25 and 35 mins depending on the service.

Extra: Please ensure that you bring a head torch. Please note this is a linear walk, if you wish to drive I would advise you park in Prestbury and then once in Macclesfield catch the 21:20 service which stops at Prestbury. The first mile of this walk will be identical to the first mile of the walk I led in Prestbury earlier this year.

 

Saturday 21st: Greenfield to Marsden

Train-based walk. Length - Long (10.5 miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leader: James Johnson

Description:A linear walk over Saddleworth Moor and Wessenden Moor taking in several reservoirs. We will be finishing in Marsden where there will be chance to have a good pint of real ale before heading back to Manchester.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:10 for the train at 09:27

Suggested Ticket: Marsden return £8.40, Duo ticket available for £12.60.

Walk Start: Greenfield Railway Station at 10:00

Waypoints: Dovestone Reservoir, Green field Reservoir, Greenfield Brook, Rimmon Pit Clough, Black Moss Reservoir, Standedge Trail.

Return Services: Hourly at xx.43 until 21:43, then 22:47 and 23:18.

Extra: Use toilets on the train, gaiters advisable.

 

Sunday 22nd: Ashton to Mossley via Hartshead Pike

Train-based walk. Length - Short (5 miles), ascent - Slight (200m). Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description:This linear walk is flat to start with, there's a steepish climb near the end before we drop down in Mossley. Views over Mancehster and the Cheshire Plain are impressive if visibility is good. Pub in Mossley.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 13:30 for the train at 13:43

Suggested Ticket: Mossley return £3.30, also covered by GM Rail Ranger (covers whole day's train travel in Greater Manchester) £4.40

Walk Start: Ashton Under Lyne Railway Station at 13:55

Waypoints: Former OA&GB railway route, Limehurst, Park Bridge, Fields Farm, Port Mahon, Higher Hartshead, Hartshead Pike, Mossley Cross, Mossley.

Return Services: Hourly from Mossley at xx:02.

Extra: Maps OL1 and Explorer 277.

 

Saturday 28th: Hathersage to Bamford via Stines Reservoir, Lost Lad and Ladybower Reservoir

Train-based walk. Length - Long (18 miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Bel

Description:A long and varied walk covering Stanage Edge, Stines Reservoir, Lost Lad and Ladybower Reservoir . There isn't any planned pub stop along the way though there is the opportunity for you to stop by Bamford for a bite to eat and/or drink before heading to Bamford train station..

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 09:30 for the train at 09:44

Suggested Ticket: Hathersage return £9.50.

Walk Start: Hathersage Railway Station at 10:45

Waypoints: Stanage Edge, Sugarworth Edge, Stines Reservoir, Lost Lad, Briery Side, Ladybower House and Weir.

Return Services: 18:35; 19:36; 20:57 and 22:45.

Extra: Use toilets on the train, gaiters advisable.

 

Saturday 28th: Mobberley Circular

Train-based walk. Length - Short (6 miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Max

Description:TBA

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 12:00 for the train at 12:17

Suggested Ticket: Mobberley return £5.20, Duo ticket available for £7.80.

Walk Start: Mobberley Railway Station at 13:00

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: Hourly at xx.53 until 21:43, then 22:47 and 23:18.

Extra: Two pub stops.

 

Bank Holiday Monday 30th: Tryfan and the Glyders

Car-based walk. Length - Long (8 Miles, Mountainous with Scrambles), ascent - Steep (950m). Leader: Adrian Radcliffe (meeting at walk start)

Description: 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. Please be advised the scrambles on this walk can be difficult and are not for the faint-hearted.

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

Walk Start: Ogwen Car Park. Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Walk Start Postcode: LL57 3LZ

Extra: Car parking £4.00 per car. Toilets and Coffee shop near start.

 

JUNE

 

Saturday 4th: Five Dales Walk

Train-based walk. Length - Long (19 Miles), ascent - Steep (1072m). Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description: A long and varied walk from Buxton along the beautiful limestone Dales to Hathersage, taking in Eyam village and the moors and woods south of Hathersage.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station at 08:30 for the train at 08:52

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Buxton Station at 09:55.

Waypoints: Woo Dale, Wye Dale, Chee Dale, Monsal Trail, Litton Mills Miller’s Dale, Cressbrook Mill, Cressbrook Dale, Stanley House, Tideswell Lane, Eyam, Bole Hill, Eyam Moor, Highlow Brook, Tor Farm, HogsHall, Leadmill Bridge, Hathersage Station.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester at xx:27.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 24 & 1. This walk is not suitable for bringing a car to the start point unless you want a very long journey to retrieve it at the end of the day! This is a long walk with a lot of climbing (mostly in short steep bursts) including one long climb out of Eyam towards the end of the day. Please be sure you can walk the distance at a reasonably brisk pace as there is no easy way to cut this walk short once we’ve started.

 

Sunday 5th: Offa’s Dyke path and the Clwydian Mountains

Car-based walk. Length - Long (11 Miles), ascent - Steep (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, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Walk Start/Finish: Loggerheads car park (grid reference SJ171610) at 10:30am. Full route details will be given out at meet point at Deansgate Locks, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

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

 

Wednesday 8th: Chorlton to Chorlton Ees and Mersey Valley in the Stretford Direction

Train-based walk. Length - Short (5-6 Miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Al

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

Meet Point and Walk Start: Chorlton Green, at the ‘Horse and Jockey’ pub end. This at the junction of Whitlow Rd and St Clement’s Rd. at the very west end of Beech Road, at 7pm.

Walk Start Postcode: M21 9HS

Waypoints: Sale Water park, River Mersey, Chorlton Ees, Stretford Ees

Extra: For further information on the area, see www.merseyvalley.org.uk

Walk ends by the Horse and Jockey on Chorlton Green for further drinking opportunities

 

Thursday 9th: Bramhall to Cheadle Hulme Evening Walk

Train-based walk. Length - Short (3 Miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Stu Edwards

Description: A pleasant evening walk leaving the leafy suburb of Bramhall, via Carr Wood to Bramall Hall. Here, we'll walk around the picturesque grounds before strolling along the banks of the Lady Brook back towards Cheadle Hulme...and the pub.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 18:30 for the train at 18:48

Suggested Ticket: Bramhall Evening Return £1.80.

Walk Start: Bramhall Station at 19:05.

Waypoints: Carr Wood, Bramall Hall, Lady Brook Valley and Seven Arches.

Return Services: Trains back to Manchester from Cheadle Hulme at 20:24, 20:37, 21:24, 21:37, 22:24, 23:05.

Extra: Use toilets on train as none on route until the pub. Train also calls at Stockport (18:58)

This is a linear walk - if you wish to drive it's best to park at Cheadle Hulme Station car park and pick up the train at 19:02. For a sneak preview of the hall and grounds visit www.bramallhall.org.uk.

 

Saturday 11th: Reservoir Loop

Train-based walk. Length - Long (10.7 Miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Krystle Dunn, meeting at walk start.

Description: An easy walk with one gradual 200m ascent to start with (last 50m approx. fairly steep) then the rest of the walk is downhill or flat-ish. Essentially an amble around the reservoirs.

This is the easy walk which starts jointly with the harder walk 'Bleaklow Spiral' the 2 walks split at Torside Reservoir and meet up again at The Star in Glossop for those who fancy a drink after. Glossop is a 4 minute train journey back towards Manchester from Hadfield.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 09:05 for the train at 09:18

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Hadfield

Walk Start: Glossop Station at 9:49.

Waypoints: Cock Hill, Torside Clough, Longdendale trail, Crowden, Torside Reservoir, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir and Hadfield.

Return Services: Trains from Hadfield back to Manchester at xx:01 and xx.31; until 19:31, then xx.31 until 22.31.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1, A Pub at/after walk finish for well deserved refreshment.

 

Saturday 11th: Bleaklow Spiral

Train-based walk. Length - Long (15.0 Miles), ascent - Moderate (1120m). Leader: David Bratley, meeting at walk start.

Description: A walk of mixed terrain, with a lot of off-path walking including bouncing thru' deep heather and possibly a little scrambling up Wild boar Clough, whilst on this walk keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, Red Grouse and Mountain Hare are in abundance.

This is the harder walk which starts jointly with the easier walk 'Reservoir Loop' the 2 walks split at Torside Reservoir and meet up again at The Star in Glossop for those who fancy a drink after.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 09:05 for the train at 09:18

Suggested Ticket: Day return to Glossop

Walk Start: Glossop Station at 9:49.

Waypoints: Cock Hill, Torside Clough, Wild boar Clough, Lawrence Edge, Stable Clough, Near Black Clough, Bleaklow Head, Dowstone Clough and Lightside.

Return Services: Trains from Glossop back to Manchester at xx:09 and xx.39; until 19:39, then xx.39 until 22.39.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1, A great Pub at walk finish for well deserved refreshment.

 

Sunday 12th: Pendle Hill - Please note revised start time at 10:30am

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - Moderate (600m). Leader: Rebecca Lea

Description:A circular walk climbing up Pendle Hill, which dominates much of East Lancashire, starting from Barley village.

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

Walk Start: Barley village at 10:30am Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Walk Start Postcode: BB12 9JU

Waypoints: Barley Village, Lower Ogden Resevoir, Upper Ogden Resevoir, Pendle Hill, Black Moss Resevoirs.

Extra: Toilets at the beginning, parking cost £1.00 (price correct at time of reccie - payment in honesty box). Nice Cafe in Barley Car park that does nice hot puddings. Also at the end of the walk there is lovely Pub called the Pendle Inn in Barley.

 

Thursday 16th: Cheadle Evening Linear

Bus/Train-based linear walk. Length - Short (6.5 Miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A flat linear route starting in Cheadle Hulme and ending in Didsbury, following the river Mersey and one of its tributaries. We shall need a reasonable pace as this is slightly longer than a standard evening walk and sunset won't wait!

Walk Start: Outside the Church Inn, 90 Ravenoak Rd.(junction with Church Rd.), Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7EG at 19:15.

Suggested Ticket & Route : You can take the bus or the train. If you live near the finish in Didsbury, a single on the bus to Cheadle Hulme might be cheaper, otherwise get the Dayrider £3.70. Take the X57 bus from Piccadilly Gardens at 18:10, or Fallowfield at 18:40, or Didsbury centre at 18:49. (Join the Walk Leader in the Church Inn beforehand by taking the X57 bus half an hour earlier!) OR take the 18:38 train from Piccadilly to Cheadle Hulme station, turn left and walk for 800m along the main road; buy an Evening Ranger for £2.20.

Waypoints: Church Inn, Playing fields, Bruntwood Hall, Micker Brook, Cheadle, Works, River Mersey, Fletcher Moss.

Return Services: There are many buses from Didsbury towards the city centre, Chorlton and Stockport from the finish.

Extra: Map EX268 & EX277. Come on the bus half an hour earlier to grab a drink in the quaint Church Inn (Robinsons).

 

Saturday 18th: Pennine Way - Edale to Glossop

Train-based linear walk. Length - Long (14 miles), ascent - Strenuous (600m). Leader: James Johnson

Description: : The first of a series of a combination of day walks and weekends away taking in stretches of the southern section of the Pennine Way. This strenuous walk starts from Edale and follows the Pennine Way up and over Kinder Scout as far as Snake Pass. We will then descend into Old Glossop on the Doctor’s Gate path where there will be chance to chill out with a pint of real ale before jumping on a train back into Manchester.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 08:30 for the train at 08:45

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Edale Train Station (grid reference SK123854) at 09:30

Walk Finish: Glossop Train Station (grid reference SK035942).

Waypoints: Jacobs Ladder, Kinder Downfall, Mill Hill, Snake Pass, Doctors Gate (path into Old Glossop), Old Glossop.

Return Services: Trains back from Glossop are at xx:09 and xx:39 until 19:39, then 20:39, 21:39 and 22:39.

Extra: It is only feasible to do this walk as a train based walk, not only due to being a linear walk but it would result in a long journey involving two trains to pick cars up.

As an alternative the stretch from Edale through to Marsden with an overnight stop at Crowden youth hostel can be undertaken on the same weekend. There is a thread on the weekend’s page of the message board which details this. However, please note this will be a very strenuous two-day walk involving a total of 28miles walking and 1350m of height gained the majority of which (17miles and 800m of height) being undertaken on the first day. Please consider you own ability and fitness before booking this weekend trip as there are no other walking options unlike other weekends away and if in doubt email the organiser

 

Saturday 18th: Five Towers Marathon Challenge

Train-based linear walk. Length - Long (26 miles), ascent - Strenuous (750m). Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A linear marathon challenge walk visiting 5 towers on the hills north and east of Bolton, with a good deal of climb, particularly near the beginning. Much of the route is on decent tracks but some sections requires short bursts over uneven tussocky moor and boggy ground. Make sure that you're up to the task as there aren't too many places to leave early, and we'll obviously have to go at a brisker pace than a regular MAD Walkers' walk - there's a lot to fit in before nightfall. At least one pub stop planned. As we pass through a firing range, the walk won't take place if they're firing. If bad weather's expected, and as this walk is mainly on high ground, the walk may be postponed; I will go to the Meet Point with my decision.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 08:00 for the train at 08:22

Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Rail Ranger (covers whole days train travel in Greater Manchester) £4.40.

Walk Start: Blackrod station at 08:55.

Waypoints: Blackrod, Bolton West Services, Horwich, Brown Hill, Rivington Pike, Dovecote, Belmont Road, Spitlers Edge, Trial Shaft, Piccadilly, Darwen Tower, Duskshaw Farm, Hall Moss Farm, Bull Hill, Cranberry Moss, Top Of Meadow, Grimehills, Higher Aushaw, Lower House, Toby Inn, Springside Farm, Danger Area, Peel Tower, Top o'th' Moor, Range House, Top Of Quarlton, Turton Bottoms, Turton Tower, Jumbles Reservoir, Bromley Cross.

Return Services: From Bromley Cross 19:23, 19:54, 20:23, 21:23, 22:23.

Extra: If you do want to leave the walk early, Darwen and Entwistle have train stations, but you'll need to bring the map and know how to navigate off the hill. Remember to take your walking sticks, blister plasters, spare socks and 2 litres of water for hot weather. Map EX287.

 

Sunday 19th: Delamere Forest

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - Moderate. Leader: Owain Roberts, joining train at Navigation Road.

Description: A circular walk from Delamere Station up to the trig point and then round into the forest.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 11:10 for the train at 11:22, also stops Stockport at 11:30, Navigation Road 11:45 and Altrincham 11:47

Suggested Ticket: Return to Delamere £9.50. Northern Duo Ticket for £14.20

Walk Start: Delamere Station at 12:30.

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: 15:23, 17:23, 19:23, 21:23

Extra: Use toilets on the train.

 

Tuesday 21st: Strawbury Solstice

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Short (5 Miles), ascent - Moderate (200m). Leader: Ed Bray

Description: Evening walk along the edge of a reservoir and up a hilll. Finishing at the Strawbury Duck pub which is next to Entwistle station.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 17:45 for the train at 18:00

Suggested Ticket: Return to Entwistle £5.70. Northern Duo Ticket for £8.50

Walk Start: Entwistle Station at 18:35.

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

Return Services: 20:17, then xx:17 until 23:17

 

Saturday 25th: Littleborough Pub Circular Walk - Suitable for New Members

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Short (6 Miles), ascent - Moderate (200m). Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

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

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 11:00 for the train at 11:21

Suggested Ticket: Littleborough Return from any Greater Manchester train station £3.50

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 11:45

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

Return Services: From Littleborough xx.46 & xx:23

Extra: One slooow toilet at Walk Start; please use train's, and 3 pubs en-route.

 

Tuesday 28th: Sale to Salford, along the Bridgewater canal - Suitable for New Members

Tram-based Linear walk. Length - Short (5-6 Miles), ascent - Flat. 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). For those wanting food or a drink before: “The Kings Ransom, Sale, M33 2AB” just opposite the station does food and beverages..

Meet Point and Walk Start: Sale Metro Station (Altrincham direction / Southbound Platform) at 7pm.

Walk Start Postcode: M21 9HS

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.

Extra: Walk ends at The Lowry Centre / Salford Quays, doubtless for further drinking opportunities!

 

Saturday 2nd: Hawthornwaite Fell and the Wyre Way (erosion special)

Car-based walk. Length - Long (13 miles), ascent - Moderate (400m). Leader: Al

Description: (OS Explorer Map OL41). This is initially a pleasant river valley, but after about a mile this becomes a steeper challenging walk that uses using open access land. This is Followed by a pleasant bog trot, with potentially excellent views. This walk also allows close inspection of the only levitating trig point in the UK and also the impact of erosion on moor lands. The walk then culminates into a more gentle descent and attractive walk along the source of the river Wyre.

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

Walk Start: Road parking at red phone box opposite “Cawthorne’s Endowed School” in Abbeystead [LA2 9BQ, small old primary school, OS Grid Ref. SD561543] at 11:30

Suggested Route: Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

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

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

 

Sunday 3rd: Insect Life of Chorlton Meadows

Foot/car/bus based Circular walk. Length - Short (5 miles), ascent - Nil. Leader: Al

Description: A walk around the meadows, lead by and expertise by provided by ‘Friends of Chorlton Meadows’.[Madwalkers ‘management’ by Al]. The meadows are a lovely area with a real diversity of wildlife. This walk is hosted by FoCM and provides a little more insight into the area and especially its creepy crawlies.

Meet Point:Jackson's Boat carpark at 10:30am

Directions: Direct to Jackson's boat car park, or Ivy Green car park and walk, or 84 /85 86 buses are near enough.

Walk Start: Jackson's Boat carpark at 10:30am M33 2LX (note: slightly off on google maps).

Waypoints: Jackson's Boat, Sale water park and various nooks and crannies of the meadows.

Extra: There will be an opportunity to visit the Beech Road Festival afterwards.

 

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Sunday 3rd: Whalley Circular

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (8 miles), ascent - Moderate (200m). Leader: Natalie Walker & John Ireland

Description: As an alternative to Chorlton Meadows, a nice undulating walk around Whalley in East Lancashire on the edge of Pendle.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station at 09:45 for the train at 10:00

Suggested Ticket: Return to Whalley (Lancs) £9.30, duo available for £13.90

Walk Start: Whalley Station at 11:05

Waypoints: Whalley Village, Nab Wood, Horse Bowers, River Calder, Cock Bridge, Read Park, Coppy Plantation, Read Old Bridge, Portfield, Clerk Hill, Spring Wood, Whalley

Return Services: To Victoria from Whalley 16:46, 17:46, 18:46 and so on.

Extra: No toilets at station, use Toilets on Train.

 

Thursday 7th: Ashley Meadows

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (4 Miles), ascent - None (Flat). Leader: Stu Edwards

Description: Just one stop after the Greater Manchester Border puts us in Ashley, a quaint village in rural Cheshire. A gentle, circular stroll, takes us on quiet paths and bridleways over the Cheshire Plain. The ideal evening escape after the 9 to 5 routine...with easy connections via Metrolink.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 18:00 for the train at 18:17, also calls at Stockport (18:30) Navigation Road (18:44) Altrincham (18:46) and Hale (18:49)

Suggested Ticket: Return to Ashley £5.00. Northern Duo Ticket for £7.50

Walk Start: Ashley Station at 18:52 (or when train arrives)

Waypoints: Ashley Hall, Coppice Farm, Ryecroft Farm and Birkin Farm

Return Services: 20:56 and 21:56

Extra: No toilets at station, use Toilets on Train. For those driving, we have permission to use The Greyhound Pub's car park, which is just next to the station. Postcode for your Sat Nav: WA15 0QR (Cow Lane).

 

Saturday 9th: Hope to Glossop

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Long (16 miles), ascent - Steep (1060m). Leader: David Bratley

Description: A Linear walk of mixed terrain, some off-path walking, we'll be taking in some great views all the way along the north edge of Kinder.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station at 08:30 for the train at 08:45.

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Hope Station at 9:35.

Waypoints: Win Hill (463m), Hope Cross, Crookstone Hill, Madwoman's Stones, Trig at 590m, Blackden Edge, Seal Edge, The Edge, Trig at 624m, Mill Hill, Harry Hut (440m), Glossop.

Return Services: Trains from Glossop back to Manchester at xx:39 and xx.09; until 19:39, then xx.39 until 10.39.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1, As this is a long walk be ready to leave as soon as we alight from the train. Pub at walk finish for well deserved refreshment.

 

Saturday 9th: Wilmslow Scarecrow Walk

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Short (6 miles), ascent - Slight (16m). Leader: Debbie Mannion

Description: A short circular afternoon walk around Wilmslow along the River Bollin and Lindow Moss, a raised Mire Lowland Peat Bog. There is chance to see the Scarecrow Festival at the end of the walk. .

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station from 11:15 for the train at 11.30, other trains to Wilmslow available at 11.38 and 11.46.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Wilmslow £5.20

Walk Start: Wilmslow Station at 12:05.

Waypoints: River Bollin, Morley Green and Lindow Common.

Return Services: More details shortly - frequent services back to Manchester.

Extra: for further information about the Scarecrow Festival please see: http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/3952/scarecrow-festival-open-for-entry

 

Sunday 10th: Todmorden Circular

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (7 miles), ascent - Moderate (500m). Leaders: Angela Robinson & Sam Priestly

Description:A fairly short walk taking in Todmorden Edge and Bridestones Rocks. Some sections of moderate to steep ascent and decent, up and down the valley sides but well worth it for the lovely views (on a fine day). An ascent through woods at the start will be slippery when wet. This walk is suitable for new members.

Meet Point:Victoria Railway Station from 09:45 for the train at 10:08.

Suggested Ticket: Todmorden Return £7.30, Duo available for £10.95. (NB If you're travelling in from within the Manchester boundary by train it is cheaper to get a return from your station to Littleborough for £3.60, then a return from Littleborough to Todmorden for £3.40).

Walk Start: Todmorden Station at 10:45.

Return Services: xx:52 until 20:52.

Waypoints: Centre Vale Park, Buckley Wood, Todmorden Edge, River Calder, Bridestones Moor and Trig point, Hole Bottom.

Extra: Map OL21. Parking available at Todmorden station if required. No toilets at Station, use those on train.

 

Wednesday 13th: Didsbury Fletcher Moss/Stenner Woods - Suitable for New Members

Bus-based Circular walk. Length - Short (5-6 miles), ascent - Flat (Nil). 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 and Walk Start: ‘The Didsbury’ pub, 852 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, www.thedidsbury.co.uk at 7pm..

Walk Start Postcode: M20 2SG

Extra: Walk ends at The Didsbury pub, doubtless for further drinking opportunities! - See socials page...

 

Saturday 16th: Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (9½ Miles), ascent - Moderate (400m). Leader: Owain Roberts

Description: Starting in Saltaire the walk heads out over along Shipley Glen before crossing farmland where there may be distant views of Leeds. Returning over Baildon Moor there may be time for a visit to see the paintings in Salt’s Mill and a pint in Fanny’s Ale House before returning to Manchester.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 09:30 for the train at 09:48. Train arrives 10:47 at Bradford Interchange, ten minute walk across to Bradford Forster Square for train to Saltaire at 11:11 (Train destination is Skipton)

Suggested Ticket: Return to Saltaire (via Bradford) £12.40. Northern Duo Ticket for £18.60.

Walk Start: Delamere Station at 11:21.

Return Services: 15:55, 16.55, 17:55, changing in Bradford by walking from Forster Sq. Station to Bradford Interchange, trains back to Manchester Victoria from Bradford at xx:00 until 23:00 and xx:32 until 19:32.

Extra: Use toilets on the train, none at Station.

 

Sunday 17th: Marsden Circular - Suitable for New Members

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (8 Miles), ascent - Slight (100m) Leader: Katrin Michaels

Description: Circular walk around Marsden over the Marsden Moor and taking in parts of the Pennine Way. There is a short climb towards the beginning but otherwise this is a relatively flat walk.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 10:15 for the train at 10:42 - Note Revised Departure Time

Suggested Ticket: Return to Marsden £8.40. Northern Duo Ticket for £12.60

Walk Start: Marsden Station at 11:00.

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: 17:50, 18:50, xx:50 until 21:50

Extra: Use toilets on the train. Pub stop at the end. Note as this is over open moorland it can get very windy and wet so please bring appropriate clothing depending on the weather.

 

Saturday 23rd: The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks (Marple to Glossop)

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (10 Miles), ascent - Moderate (420m). Leader: Andy Buckley

Description:A linear walk from Marple to Glossop with a variety of terrain including canals, tracks, fields and rough paths over undulating ground with fantastic views from Mellor Church and Coombes Rocks. Pub stop approximately half way through the walk in the beautiful and secluded village of Rowarth at the idyllic Little Mill Inn (with its own water wheel and railway carriage!!) from there we carry on with our climb up to Coombes Rocks and then the undulating descent into Glossop, where there is another opportunity to visit a few establishments before the train home.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 09:50 for the train at 10:03

Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Rail Ranger (covers whole days train travel in Greater Manchester) £4.40.

Walk Start: Marple Station at 10:28.

Return Services: 16:39, 17:09, then every xx:39 and xx:09 until 19:39 then every xx:39 until last train at 22:39

Extra: Map OL1, use toilet on the train as the ones at Marple you have to pay for.

 

Sunday 24th: Smithy Bridge to Todmorden

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (10 Miles), ascent - Moderate (350m). Leader: Adrian Radcliffe

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

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 10:50 for the train at 11:08

Suggested Ticket: Return to Littleborough from any station in Manchester £3.40 and a single from Todmorden to Littleborough £3.40.

Walk Start: Smithy Bridge Station at 11:32.

Waypoints: Dubbin Hill, Rough Hill, Coolam, Inchfield Pasture, Gorpley Clough & Reservoir, Stones Wood, The Polished Knob in Todmorden.

Return Services: xx:52 until 20:52 then 22:23

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. The route can be boggy.

 

Thursday 28th: Heat-On And Heat-Off

Tram-based Circular walk. Length - Short (5 Miles), ascent - Slight. Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description:A straight-forward circular walk in and around Heaton Park up to the highest point in Manchester proper. Find out how the water got to the reservoir! Pub stop near the end.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 18:15 for the train at 18:30

Suggested Ticket: Tram Return to Heaton Park £3.20.

Walk Start: Heaton Park Tram Stop at 19:00.

Return Services: Trams every 12 minutes

Extra: Map EX277.

 

Saturday 30th: Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Long (20 miles), ascent - Steep (1185m). Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description:Taking full advantage of the long summer day, this walk explores the beautiful countryside to the south-west of Buxton, including a pathless climb up to the Axe Edge Trig point, the stunning rock formations of Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches and some pretty woodland and river sections as well before returning over the other side of Axe Edge Moor to Burbage and Buxton.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station at 08:30 for the train at 08:45.

Suggested Ticket: Return ticket to Buxton £8.70, Northern Duo also available for £13.00. Also Wayfarer £10(NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Buxton Station at 9:55.

Waypoints: Buxton Country Park; Axe Edge Trig; Axe Edge End; Oliver Hill; Flash Bottom; Black Brook Nature Reserve; Ramshaw Rocks; Roaches; Gradbach Wood; Turn Edge; Knotsbury; Orchard common; Cheeks Hill; Burbage; Buxton.

Return Services: Trains from Buxton back to Manchester at xx:27; until 21:27 then 22:56. We will be aiming for the 20:26 train home.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 24. Note that this walk is likely to finish late and there are no easy bailout points.

 

Saturday 30th: Chinley to Edale via South Head - Suitable for New Members

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (9 miles), ascent - Moderate (370m). Leader: Stu Edwards

Description:An alternative shorter walk for those craving some Peak District action!! Leaving the quaint village of Chinley, we meander north towards Cracken Edge - and on to the ridge of Chinley Churn. Here, we'll walk past giant rock formations while heading for South Head (A small peak enjoying stunning 360 degree views - our lunch stop) and the surrounding hills. After lunch we'll cross the moors towards Brown Knoll and then link up with the Pennine Way...taking us via Jacobs Ladder to Edale. Here, we'll head for the beer garden of The Rambler... the weather hopefully allowing us to crash on the grass, in the shadow of the mighty, Kinder Plateau.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station at 10:30 for the train at 10:45.

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Chinley Station 11:19 (or when train arrives)

Waypoints: Cracken Edge, Peep-o-Day, South Head, Brown Knoll, Jacobs Ladder, Upper Booth and Edale.

Return Services: (From Edale) 15:47, 16:47, 17:47, 18:46, 19:47, 21:08.

Extra: No toilets en route - use the one on the train. If you wish to drive to the start there is a car park at Chinley station. Walking boots will be required and gaiters suggested if its been raining. The pub at the end also offers some hearty meals for those wishing to add some sustenance to their beers!

 

Sunday 31st: Settle Limestone Circular

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Long (12.5 miles), ascent - Moderate (350m). Leader: John Ireland, joining train at Bolton.

Description: A walk for fans of Limestone scenery using the Sunday 'Dalesrail' service to get to Settle, comprising a circuit to the western banks of Malham Tarn and then back into Settle via Attermire Crags.

Meet Point: Victoria Railway Station from 8:45 for the train to Clitheroe at 09:00, changing at Clitheroe for 10:45 to Settle

Suggested Ticket: Dalesrail Return to Settle £18, Duo Available for £27

Walk Start: Settle Station at 11:17 (or when train arrives)

Waypoints: Upper Settle, Preston's Barn, Stockdale Lane, Nappa Cross, Langscar Gate, Malham Tarn, Streets, Gorbeck, Attermire Scar, Settle

Return Services: 17:17, 19:21 from Settle - change at Clitheroe.

Extra: Train also calls at Salford Crescent (09:06), Bolton (09:18). For information about driving options and parking in Settle, please email walks@madwalkers.org.uk. For further information on Dalesrail see www.dalesrail.com. Pub visitation at the walk end in Settle and also a brief pub visit when in Clitheroe on the return journey.

 

Thursday 4th: An evening by the River Goyt... - Suitable for New Members

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Short (4 miles), ascent - Very Slight. Leader: Stu Edwards

Description:A short trip on the train brings us to New Mills in the Peak District. Here, we meet the River Goyt and wander the beckoning paths and tracks along the valley floor. This gentle, circular route, takes us past weirs and along the Mid Shires Way before returning back to New Mills...and a visit to a country pub. Perhaps the highlight of the walk is the spectacular section over the Millennium Walk Way - the 175 yards, cantilevered, elevated steel walk walkway over the rushing Goyt, in the 30 metre-high Torrs Gorge!!

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station from 18:30 for the train at 18:45.

Suggested Ticket: Return ticket to New Mills Central £3.00.

Walk Start: New Mills Central train station at 19:11 (or when the train arrives).

Waypoints: Millennium Bridge, Gowhole, Furness Vale and Newtown.

Return Services: From New Mills Central 21:30 arriving Piccadilly 22:05.

Extra: No Toilets en route - please use the ones on the train.

 

Saturday 6th: Lancashire's Brief Encounter

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (8.5 miles), ascent - Slight (100m). Leader: Jon Buckland & Kathy Macdermid

Description:A great walk starting off from the famous Carnforth railway station and joining the Lancashire coastal path with some fantastic views of the Lake District and Lancashire. We then follow the Lancaster canal back into Lancaster crossing the River Lune with great views of the city.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station from 10:00 for the train at 10:16, changing at Lancaster.

Suggested Ticket: Return ticket to Carnforth £17.90.

Walk Start: Carnforth Station at 11:45. Toilets at station. Train arrive 11:34.

Waypoints: Carnforth Train Station, Lancashire Coastal Route, Hestbank/A5105, Lancaster Canal, Ryelands park, River Lune, Lancaster train station.

Return Services: Trains from Lancaster 16:26 (Direct), 16:38, 16:57, 17:20, 17:48 (Direct), 18:26 (Direct), 18:41, 19:26 (Direct), 20:26 (Direct), 20:40. The trains with direct in brackets take you straight back to Manchester Piccadilly, whereas the other trains require a change in Preston and the journey times are slightly longer.

Extra: This walk is a "semi-social", it should finish around 16.30 giving people the opportunity to see some of Lancaster's tourist attractions or visit a couple of the four good beer guide pubs in Lancaster, where we will grab some food! Gaiters are advisable as some of the Coastal route involves walking through marsh land.

See message board for details of further activities taking place in Lancaster on the evening of Saturday 6th, and overnight accommodation options for joining the following day's walk which is in the same area.

 

Sunday 7th: To The End Of The World

Train and bus-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (8 miles), ascent - Slight (100m). Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description:It'll feel like a walk to the end of the world. We start with a bus trip to the south, and the linear walk curves around the coast and ends at Overton, where we take another bus back north. Within the total walk length, there's a separate short walk of about 1 mile where we explore some of Lancashire's ancient history, and why might you want to wear a shirt with red & white stripes? Afterwards for those that want to stay on, we can visit Morecambe's eccentric and photogenic seafront.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station from 9:00 for the train at 9:16, changing at Lancaster, also calling at Oxford Road and Bolton.

Suggested Ticket: Return ticket to Morecambe £14.80 with plusbus £3.

Walk Start: Morecambe train station at 11:00.

Waypoints: Middleton, Westmoor Farm, Potts Corner, Sambo's Grave, Sunderland Point, Marsh Lea, Overton.

Return Services: Buses from Overton xx:40, and from Morecambe 15:21 & 16:02 & 16:42 & 17:55 & 20:00, and regular trains from Lancaster.

Extra: Map EX296. See message board for details of further activities taking place in Lancaster on the evening of Saturday 6th, and overnight accommodation options for joining this walk which is in the same area.

Extra Extra: Note to self, bring secateurs.

 

Tuesday 9th: Clifton Country Park

Bus-based Circular walk. Length - Short (5 Miles), ascent - Slight. Leader: Paul Ryan

Description:A predominantly flat walk around Picturesque Clifton Country Park with a couple of short gradual hills thrown in for good measure. The walk will Initially take us through the woods before following the path around the edge of the River Irwell and the beautiful Clifton Marina . The walk finishes with a steep incline up the road exiting the park to work up a thirst for a visit to a local pub.

Meet Point:Clifton Cricket Club at 7pm. Buses - Number 8 Runs every 10mins from Mcr Shudehill to Clifton Cricket Club, Number 22 every 15 mins from Stockport, burnage, Chorlton, Monton to Clifton Cricket club,

Walk Start: Clifton Cricket Club at 7pm.

Return Services: Buses available from Clifton Cricket Club to Manchester, Salford and Bolton.

Extra: Trainers will be suitable if its not been raining. Bus Services 8 and 22 also run to Clifton Cricket Club from Bolton via Farnworth and Kearsley.

 

Saturday 13th: Malham

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (7.2 miles), ascent - Moderate (307m). Leader: Nicky Bryan, meeting at walk start.

Description:A Circular walk taking the spectacular limestone scenery of Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove.

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

Walk Start: Parking at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre (Grid Ref SD900628, Postcode BD23 4DA), which is pay and display. Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Waypoints: Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn, Malham Cove.

Extra: Path goes up a short scramble up beside the waterfall at the top of Gordale Scar therefore sturdy waterproof boots needed, toilets at start of walk.

 

Sunday 14th: Pennine Way Part 2 - Marsden to Littleborough

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (11.5 miles), ascent - Moderate (530m). Leader: James Johnson

Description:The next part in the series of walks covering the Pennine way.

Meet Point:Victoria Railway Station from 09:30 for the train at 09:43.

Suggested Ticket: : GM Railranger £4.40, which also covers local train journeys to / from Manchester and a single ticket from Greenfield to Marsden £5.10.

Walk Start: Marsden Train Station at 10:15am.

Walk Finish: Littleborough Train Station.

Waypoints: Standege Trail, Warcock Hill Millstone Edge, White Hill and Blackstone Edge.

Return Services: Rail-replacement bus service back from Littleborough at xx:30 until 19:30, then 20:40, 21:35 and 23:15.

Extra: It is only feasible to do this walk as a train based walk, not only due to being a linear walk but it would result in a long journey involving two trains to pick cars up.

 

Saturday 20th: Werneth Heights - Suitable for New Members

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Medium (7.5 miles), ascent - Moderate (240m). Leader: Stu Edwards

Description:A high summer social ramble?! This will be a relaxing Saturday! Leaving Piccadilly late morning, we head off to Godley and then onwards to the village of Werneth. Located upon a ridge, our lunch stop will have panoramic views of the Manchester Skyline to your North and rolling hills of the Peak District periphery to the South and East. Conveniently located next to a pub, you can even enjoy a cheeky glass of wine to complement your sandwiches! We then head off through meadows to Compstall and Ethrow Country Park, where we pause for a cake or ice cream (hopefully al-fresco!) by the waterside cafe. The final part of the walk takes us via Brabyns park towards Marple, making for the Midland Pub...just a short hop from the station. A great day for prospective members too!

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station from 10:30 for the train at 10:48.

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £4.40.

Walk Start: Godley Station 11:05 (or when train arrives)

Waypoints: Werneth Low Country Park, Hare & Hounds (Pub), Ethrow Country Park and Brabyns Park.

Return Services: Trains from Marple XX:07 and XX:35 past the hour

Extra: Walking boots will be required on this walk. Gaiters recommended if it has been raining due to some muddy fields.

 

Sunday 21st: Bronte Country Walk - Note Revised Date

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (9 miles), ascent - Moderate (375m). Leader: Andy Buckley

Description:A Circular walk taking in the beautiful Bronte countryside and the villages of Stanbury and Haworth. We will start from the Penistone Hill Country Park car park and head off over Haworth Moor to Top Withins, from there we will join the Pennine Way for a little while heading towards Stanbury where we will hopefully have a pub stop. Once we have been re-freshed at the pub we head north to Oldfield and then follow the paths down into Haworth before we return to Penistone Hill Country Park.

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

Walk Start: Penistone Hill Country Park Car Park (OS Grid Ref SE021364). Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Waypoints: Bronte Bridge, Harbour Hill, Top Withins, Upper Heights, Stanbury, Oldfield, Howarth.

Extra: Gaiters might be required if damp, Map OL21, toilets at start of walk.

 

Sunday 21st: Introduction to Walk Leading -Training Walk

Train-based walk. Length - Short (5-6 miles), ascent - (TBA). Leaders: John Ireland, Adrian Radcliffe, Chris Wareing, Rick Connor

Description:Are you keen to lead a walk but don't have the skills or need to practise? Then this is the day for you. Over the course of a short walk, the walk leaders will work with small groups to either introduce map reading, navigation with a compass and walk group management or let you practice your skills with guidance, dependent on the experience level in each small group. So, if you want see what map reading is all about and help the group - we're always short of leaders - or if you want to hone those skills before you lead your first or next walk, send us a booking email and come along on the day. The walking itself will not be very taxing, but we will be going 'off-path'! And don't worry, we will finish in the pub where we can answer any more questions!

Meet Point:Piccadilly Station at 10:00. Full details, including options for driving, will be sent by email closer to the day.

Booking: Email training@madwalkers.org.uk Approx. 12 places available.

 

Wednesday 24th: Parrs Wood to Stockport linear - Suitable for New Members

Bus/Train-based Linear walk. Length - Short (2.5 miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description:A simple linear walk along the river Mersey into Stockport via the Olde Woolpack pub, and its fine real cider and ale selection. Methods of getting to the start are legion including: train from Piccadilly to East Didsbury at 18:46 (buy an Evening Rail Ranger £2.20), or by bus on the #142 from Manchester or #23 from Stockport/Chorlton. Wearing trainers is OK, but may get muddy.

Walk Start and Meet PointOutside the Gateway pub, 882 Wilmslow Rd., East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5PG at 19:10.

Waypoints: River Mersey/Transpennine Trail, Olde Woolpack, The Crown.

Extra: Map EX277.

 

Saturday 27th: Alport Castles and Alport Dale

Train-based Linear walk. Length - Long (19 miles), ascent - Strenuous (1160m). Leader: Sarah Peppiatt

Description:Escape the bank holiday crowds with a pretty walk along some of the more remote parts of Bleaklow and the open access land of Bamford Edge, including a visit to the stunning Alport Castles.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Station at 09:00 for train to Glossop at 09:18.

Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Glossop Station at 09.50 am.

Waypoints: Manor Park, Old Glossop, Higher Shelf Stones, Hern Clough, Alport Dale, Alport Castles, Bellhag Tor, Lockerbrook, Crook Hill, Cutthroat Bridge, Jarvis Clough, Bamford Moor, Bamford Edge, Bamford Clough, Bamford Station.

Return Services: Trains from Bamford back to Manchester at xx:35; until 19.35 then 20:57 and last train 22:45.

Extra: This is not suitable for cars as the walk uses two different railway lines. Please note this is a long walk, over some pathless moorland with few opportunities to bail out, so please be sure you are capable of the walk before starting, and there is a short section of scrambling upstream. OS Map OL1.

 

Saturday 27th: Castleton Circular

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (8.22 miles), ascent - Moderate (700m). Leader: David Bratley (meeting at walk start)

Description:This is a relatively easy walk on what are generally good paths, though some of the paths can be a little slippery in wet weather as the rocks around Castleton which give it it's character are Limestone. Bring lunch if you wish or a picnic if it's a nice day (water is always essential), I intend to stop in Castleton for 30-60mins around lunchtime (walk pace dependant) so people can have a wander, a drink and some lunch, then we head back to Edale for a drink in a good pub at the walk finish, on route doing some road walking on a unstable disused road which has been affected by Landslips and finally closed in 1979.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Station at 09:30 for train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Edale £9.50 or Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Edale Station at 10:30.

Waypoints: Cold side, Mam Nick, Rowter Farm, Limestone way, Cave Dale, Castleton, Winnats Pass, Little Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Edale.

Return Services: Trains from Edale back to Manchester at xx:45; until 19.47 then 21:08 and last train 22:56.

Extra: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1, Pub at walk finish for well deserved refreshment.

 

Sunday 28th: Off the beaten track in the North Lakes: Carrock Fell and High Pike

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (10 miles), ascent - Strenuous (650m). Leaders: Chris & Sarah Wareing

Description:A walk twinning the highest hills at the northern edge of the Lake District - Carrock Fell (661m) and High Pike (658m). We'll head up Rougton Gill (optional scramble) past some of the largest disused mine workings in the Lakes and onto the high grassy rolling plateau. After the walk, the plan is to test the beer (& food?) in the Good Pub Guide approved Old Crown in Hesket Newmarket.

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

Walk Start: Phone box in Fell Side - OS Grid Ref NY 3035 3745. Full route details will be given out at meet point in Manchester, for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Waypoints: Roughton Gill, Great Lingy Hill, Milton Hill, Carrock Fell, Milton Hill, High Pike, Potts Gill.

Extra: No toilets at walk start, use Tebay Services (Jnc 38 M6). Limited car parking. Bring waterproofs!

 

Saturday 3rd: Scramble Season - Introduction to Scrambling (Tryfan North Face)

This event is fully booked.

Direct walk. Length - Short (4 miles), ascent - Scrambling (grade 1, minimum exposure) (700m). Leader: Rick Connor

Description: The first in a series of scrambles in Snowdonia and the Lakes, this one being designed for the complete beginner. So if you've ever wanted to take the next step up from steep hillwalks but unsure of what to expect, then this could be the walk for you! The walk distance is deliberately low (as are the number of places available) to give us all time to have some fun 'on the rocks' and work at a comfortable pace. The venue - Tryfan North Face - offers plenty of scope for both beginner and experienced scrambler. Later on in the season, we'll combine the more interesting parts of North Face with an ascent of Bristly Ridge, but today we'll be tackling the easier routes, taking steep paths and short isolated scramble sections which avoid the more exposed areas.

Meet Point: To be advised on successful booking.

Walk Start: Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia

Booking: Fully booked. Email scrambles@madwalkers.org.uk to register for the waitlist.

Waypoints: Llyn Ogwyn, Heather Terrace Junction, Tryfan North Face (including the Cannon!), Tryfan, Bwlch Tryfan (col), Llyn Bochlwyd, Llyn Idwal, Ogwen Valley.

Note: Whilst exposure to heights are kept to a minimum on this walk, scrambling does involve some level of exposure and you should feel reasonably comfortable walking on steep ground, close to steep drops and short sections of steep (but not vertical!) hands-on-rock sections.

 

Sunday 4th:Rawtenstall Temperance March

Train-based circular walk. Length - Short (6 miles), ascent - Moderate (150m). Leader: John Ireland

Description:In a strange turn, the MAD walkers go against the Demon Drink in a walk to Rawtenstall, a town posessing one of the last temperance bars in England, and also a chance to ride behind a steam train.

Meet Point:Bury Interchange at 10:15, for a steam train from Bury Bolton Street Station at 10:40.

Suggested Ticket: Metrolink or Bus to Bury, then East Lancs Railway Return ticket from Bury to Rawtenstall £9.70.

Walk Start: Ramsbottom Station at 11.00 postcode: BL0 9AL (parking available at the Station and in the town centre).

Waypoints: Ramsbotton, Chatterton, Irwell Vale, Helmshore, Ewood Bridge, Irwell Sculpture Train into Rawtenstall

Return Services: 16:30 from Rawtenstall, also 17:20 (but it's a diesel...)

Extra: Toilets at walk start and end, to further the cause of temperance we will be visiting Fitzpatrick's Temperance Bar when in Rawtenstall, and if that's all too much for you we'll recover at the trackside bar in Bury on our Return.

 

Saturday 10th: Froggat and Curbar Edges

Train-based circular walk. Length - Medium (8 miles), ascent - Moderate (200m). Leader: Peter Turner and Richard Broddle

Description:Circular walk from Grindleford Station starting with a moderate ascent through woods before an easy walk along Froggatt and Curbar Edges affording fantastic views of the Peak District on a fine day. Returning through meadows and woods along the River Derwent, with opportunities for a pint and refreshments in Curbar, Grindleford and at the cafe at Grindleford Station.

Meet Point:Piccadilly Station at 09:30 for train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Grindleford £9.60 or Wayfarer £10. (NB this can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Grindleford Station at 11.00 postcode: S32 2HY (parking available close to Grindleford Station).

Waypoints: TBA

Return Services: xx:28 until 18:28, then 19:29, 20:50 and last train at 22:38.

Extra: No toilets at walk start, use the ones on the train, also toilets at the Bridge Inn in Curbar.

 

Sunday 11th: To Macc and Back

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (7 miles), ascent - Flat. Leader: Gavin Poulton.

Description: A straight-forward fairly flat circular walk north of Macclesfield, with the opportunity to visit Heritage Open Day sites and have an ice cream afterwards. Maybe a beer too!

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station from 09:00 for the train to Macclesfield at 09:20, calling at Stockport 09:27

Suggested Ticket: Return to Macclesfield £7.80 (also Virgin Trains ONLY ticket available for £5.90, however this can not be used on other services)

Walk Start: Macclesfield Station at 09:45

Waypoints: Middlewood Way, Manor House, Prestbury Golf Club, Prestbury, Riverside Park

Return Services: xx:15, xx:42 from Macclesfield.

Extra: Toilets at Station at walk start. Map EX268.

 

Saturday 17th: Jubilee Tower Circular

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (9 miles), ascent - Moderate (200m). Leader: Andy Murphy, Meeting at Walk Start (Tel. 07563 553799)

Description:A circular car based walk from the Hare and Hounds Pub car park, Abbey Village with a slight climb to Jubilee (Darwin) tower through woodland past reservoirs and over moorland on mostly well defined paths, sections of the walk are along the Witton Weavers' Way. There is 200m of ascent on the walk with most ascent (around 100m) being the climb from Tockholes road, Darwen Moor to Jubilee Tower.

Jubilee tower was built to celebrate sixty years of the reign of Queen Victoria; it's an octagonal structure with many stone steps to climb and an iron staircase as well with spectacular views at the top on a clear day. The tower sadly doesn't have a roof anymore, tower was renovated and the new roof blew off in a storm a few years back.

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

Walk Start: Hare and Hounds Pub, Abbey Village on A675 few miles south of M65 J3 at 10:30.

Suggested Route: M60, A666, continue straight along A666 Blackburn Road, then turn left onto A675 just after the crossroads with the A58 going through Belmont to Abbey Village. Alternatively M61, then M65 to J3, south along A675 to Abbey Village.

Waypoints: Roddlesworth Lower Reservoir, Roddlesworth Visitor Centre/ Café, Hollinshead Hall (Ruins), Tockholes Road/ Darwen Moor, Jubilee Tower, Sunnyhurst Woods, Janice Cowell Bridleway/ Tockholes Road, Rake Brook Reservoir.

Extra: Please park considerately in Abbey Village, pub car park or on Dole Lane opposite the pub. Unfortunately the Hare and Hounds pub at the start and end of the walk appears to be closed down, however there will be a toilet/refreshment stop approx 2.5 miles into the walk at Roddlesworth Visitor Country Café there is also the Royal Arms pub next door to the café and a possibility (if people want to stop) to visit Sunnyhurst Pub after descending from Jubilee Tower into Darwen.

 

Saturday 17th: Stanage Edge from Hathersage

Train-based Circular walk. Length - Medium (12 miles), ascent - Strenuous (780m). Leader: Phil Barnes

Description:A circular walk from Hathersage including lovely views from High Neb and Stanage Edge, close inspection of the Cowper Stone and a bit of a clamber up Higger Tor (although there is a much easier route up if you prefer).

Meet Point:Piccadilly Railway Station from 09:00 for the train at 09:45.

Suggested Ticket: Return ticket to Hathersage £9.60, also Wayfarer £10. (NB this can't be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop).

Walk Start: Hathersage Station at 10:45. Postcode S32 1DT

Waypoints: North Lees, Crow Chin, High Neb, Stanage Edge, Cowper Stone, Burbage Rocks, Carl Wark, Higger Tor.

Return Services: Trains from Hathersage 17:32, 18:32, 19:32.

Extra: Toilets are available on the train, in the centre of Hathersage and near North Lees Hall.

 

Sunday 18th: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Car-based walk. Length - Medium (11 Miles), ascent - Slight to Moderate (200m). Leader: Rebecca Lea

Description:Take in the cultcha with some sculpture! A lovely walk through the lovely rolling countryside from the Yorkshire Sculpture park south of Wakefield (yet just an hour's drive from Manchester!) The walk will take in Cawthorne Park, Cannon Hall Country Park, and the village of Skelmanthorpe.

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

Walk Start: The village Hall Car park in the village of West Bretton, just off the A637 Huddersfield Road. 10:30am. As this is a car-based walk and some people depend on lifts to get there, please meet at Deansgate if you can (Unless it would create a long journey for you to do so), for further information email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you wish to travel there directly.

Waypoints: High Hoyland, Cawthorne Park, Cannon Hall Country Park, Skelmanthorpe.

Extra: There are toilets in the Sculpture Park fairly near the walk start. At the beginning of the walk we will take a slow ramble through the Park to take in the sculptures which will take approx 45 mins – 1 hour depending on how much time people want to take. Current exhibitions include work from artists such as Emily Speed, Jaume Plensa, Martin Creed and Eva Rothschild. There will be a pub stop towards the end of the walk.

 

Sunday 18th: Scramble Season - Intermediate Scrambling (Snowdon Horseshoe/Crib Goch)

This walk has been cancelled due to illness and poor weather forecast. It will be reinstated at a future date.

Direct walk. Length - Medium (8.5 miles), ascent - Scrambling (grade 1, exposed) 1300m ascent. Leader: Rick Connor

Description: Continuing the scrambling season with the classic Snowdon Horseshoe circuit, taking in a traverse of the Crib Goch ridge which provides an exhilerating alternative to the usual tourist ascents of the Pyg or Miner's Track. It also gives us a chance to summit two more of the Welsh 3000's summits before summiting Snowdon itself. After a well-deserved break in the cafe, the route continues with a steep descent around to the south side of the Horseshoe where easier scrambling continues up and over the Lliwedd summits before dropping down to the Miner's track and a gentle cooling off walk back to the car park.

Meet Point: Lift sharing from Manchester to be organised via email for those who have booked on.

Walk Start: Layby car parking near Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel (SH659555)

Booking: Max 15 places. Email scrambles@madwalkers.org.uk to book, or if you have any queries.

Waypoints: Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel (250m), Pen-y-Pass (360m), The Horns (550m), Bwlch y Moch (570m), Crib Goch (921m), Garnedd Ugain (1065m), Snowdon (1085m), Bwlch Ciliau (744m), Y Lliwedd (898m), Miners track to Pen-y-Pass and back to Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel.

Note: Whilst the scrambling is all designated 'easy' at grade 1, Crib Goch is an exposed route and is not for you if you have a fear of heights. More information on Scrambling - please read before booking

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