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AGM 11th November 2017

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

The Essentials

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

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

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


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

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

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

Lead a walk

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

Historical walks

Walks in the old format organised by year: 200620072008200920102011

Historical walks in the newer format: 2011201220132014201520162017

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Walks from 2011

 

17

Jubilee Tower Circular

Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Murphy.

3.0 mi

100m

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 & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

For car share walks, we meet at a convenient Manchester location and drive to the walk start using as few cars as possible. This keeps fuel costs and emissions down. Passengers please remember to contribute towards fuel costs at the end of the day.
Itinerary is below - click links for map and further information.

09:00

Meet at Deansgate Locks for lift share organising.

09:10

Cars will leave for the walk start (Hare and Hounds Pub, Abbey Village).

10:30

Walk starts at Hare and Hounds Pub, Abbey Village.

17-9-2011 09:00 17-9-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Jubilee Tower Circular

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.

Hare and Hounds Pub, Abbey Village MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Deansgate Locks meet point as some people may depend on a lift to get to the walk start. For further information, email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you intend to drive there directly.

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.

 

 

17

Stanage Edge from Hathersage

Public Transport based walk with Phil Barnes.

12.0 mi

780m

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 & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Hathersage £9.60, also Wayfarer

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. Trains from Hathersage 17:32, 18:32, 19:32.

17-9-2011 09:00 17-9-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Stanage Edge from Hathersage Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Extra:

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

 

 

18

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Car based walk with Rebecca Lea.

11.0 mi

200m

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 & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

For car share walks, we meet at a convenient Manchester location and drive to the walk start using as few cars as possible. This keeps fuel costs and emissions down. Passengers please remember to contribute towards fuel costs at the end of the day.
Itinerary is below - click links for map and further information.

09:00

Meet at Deansgate Locks for lift share organising.

09:10

Cars will leave for the walk start (West Bretton, Village Hall Carpark).

10:30

Walk starts at West Bretton, Village Hall Carpark.

18-9-2011 09:00 18-9-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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.

West Bretton, Village Hall Carpark MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Deansgate Locks meet point as some people may depend on a lift to get to the walk start. For further information, email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you intend to drive there directly.

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.

 

 

24

Two Trigs

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

19.0 mi

1191m

A deceptively gentle start to the day as we follow the canal up to Diggle. From Diggle we climb steadily up to Brun Clough Reservoir where we pick up the Pennine Way and follow it over open moorland to drop down to the Wessenden reservoirs. A long steady climb up to Black Hill (first trig) and Laddow Rocks then follows, over exposed and potentially very wet ground. We then leave the Pennine Way behind to cross west over to Chew Reservoir before following a clear trail to Alphin Trig, with fantastic views over the Greenfield area. Finally we drop down to the Pennine Bridleway for a short return to the station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Greenfield £3.60

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. Trains from Greenfield at x:51 until 21:51 then 22:55; 23:26 and 23:34

24-9-2011 09:00 24-9-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Two Trigs Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Diggle, Brun Clough Reservoir, Black Moss Reservoir, Wessenden Reservoir, Black Hill, Laddow Rocks, Chew Reservoir, Alphin Trig, White Lee, Greenfield
Extra:

OS Map OL 1.

Please note this is a long walk over exposed and potentially very wet moorland so come properly equipped with walking boots, and wet weather gear. Toilets are available on the train.

 

 

24

Last Of The Summer Ale

Public Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

12.5 mi

400m

A decent length walk taking us on various national footpaths in the Peak District and incorporating a lunch and pub stop at Holmfirth (aka Last of the Summer Wine town hence the title).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:10

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Brockholes £12.80 (note change at Huddersfield)

10:27

Train departs for the walk start at Brockholes Station.

11:30

Walk starts at Brockholes Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. From Marsden xx:43 past the hour.

24-9-2011 10:10 24-9-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Last Of The Summer Ale Brockholes Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brockholes station, Hamlets Walk, A635, Hills & Hamlets Walk, A6024, HVC Walk, Digley Reservoir, Greaves Head, Nether Lane, Kirklees Way, Pennine Way, Kirklees Way, Marsden.
Extra:

Toilets are available on the train. It is likely that we will be getting the 16:43 or the 17:43 train back. Also depending on demand planning to stop in Stalybridge on the way back for a trip to the Buffet bar. If you are planning to drive, please contact the walk leader - jwbuckland@hotmail.com.

 

 

25

Scramble Season - Cribau, Snowdon

Direct Transport based scramble with Rick Connor.

8.0 mi

1000m

Booking is required for this event to keep the group size small and guarantee transport availability - see below.

An easier and less exposed alternative to the Crib Goch traverse, the Cribau approach to the Snowdon summit leaves the Miner's track at the head of Glaslyn (605m) and provides an enjoyable 200m scrambling ascent to the south side of the Snowdon Horseshoe. After a short respite, a steep ascent leads us up and around the south slopes of Snowdon to the Snowdon summit and cafe. A straightforward descent via the Pyg track leads back to our starting point.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

10:00

Meet at the walk start (Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, Layby Parking)

10:10

Walk starts.

25-9-2011 10:00 25-9-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Scramble Season - Cribau, Snowdon

An easier and less exposed alternative to the Crib Goch traverse, the Cribau approach to the Snowdon summit leaves the Miner's track at the head of Glaslyn (605m) and provides an enjoyable 200m scrambling ascent to the south side of the Snowdon Horseshoe. After a short respite, a steep ascent leads us up and around the south slopes of Snowdon to the Snowdon summit and cafe. A straightforward descent via the Pyg track leads back to our starting point.

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, Layby Parking MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel (250m), Pen-y-Pass (360m), Miner's Track, Glaslyn (605m), Cribau, Snowdon (1085m), Pyg Track, Pen-y-Pass and back to Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel.
Booking:

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

 

 

2

Scramble Season - Jack's Rake, Langdales/Lakes

Direct Transport based scramble with Rick Connor.

8.6 mi

1100m

FULLY BOOKED - please email for waitlist.  2nd walk leader needed - see below.

Our first scramble in the Lakes as part of the scramble season takes us to the Langdale Pikes around the Great Langdale valley, west of Ambleside.  Our target scramble is Jack's Rake, a ledge which traverses diagonally across and up the face of Pavey Ark.  The route consists of fairly easy scrambling but is very exposed in places, so a head for heights is essential.  More details (including a photo of Jack's Rake) here.

Our route takes the Langdale Pikes and forms a semicircle around the Langdale Valley with very fine views in clear conditions, ending at Angle Tarn and a somewhat easier descent back down to the valley.  Then it's back along the flat of the Cumbria Way to a well deserved drink in the hikers bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

10:00

Meet at the walk start (Old Dungeon Ghyll Carpark, Langdales)

10:15

Walk starts.

2-10-2011 10:00 2-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Scramble Season - Jack's Rake, Langdales/Lakes

Our first scramble in the Lakes as part of the scramble season takes us to the Langdale Pikes around the Great Langdale valley, west of Ambleside.  Our target scramble is Jack's Rake, a ledge which traverses diagonally across and up the face of Pavey Ark.  The route consists of fairly easy scrambling but is very exposed in places, so a head for heights is essential.  More details (including a photo of Jack's Rake) here.

Our route takes the Langdale Pikes and forms a semicircle around the Langdale Valley with very fine views in clear conditions, ending at Angle Tarn and a somewhat easier descent back down to the valley.  Then it's back along the flat of the Cumbria Way to a well deserved drink in the hikers bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll.

Old Dungeon Ghyll Carpark, Langdales MAD Walkers
Extra:

Whilst Jack's Rake is classed at the easier Grade 1, the route follows a diagonal ledge up the side of Pavey Ark and is very exposed, so is not for beginners.

Maximum 8 places for Jack's Rake due to route exposure - to book on to the wait list, email scrambles@madwalkers.org.uk.

Volunteer Walk Leader Wanted!  If someone else is willing to lead an alternative ascent to Jack's Rake (i.e. without the scrambling) and regroup later in the day, I'm happy to open this up to anyone else who wants to come along on the day - email me at scrambles@madwalkers.org.uk and I'll update the details here accordingly.  Note that booking is still required for the Rake.

 

 

8

Tintwistle Circular

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

15.3 mi

1200m

This is a hard walk, the vast majority of which is off path over beautiful moorland.  If the weather is good it will be a lovely walk with great views and the chance to see some of the Peaks wildlife including Mountain Hares, Grouse and the odd bird of prey.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. Trains back to Manchester at xx:01; xx:31

8-10-2011 09:00 8-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Tintwistle Circular Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tintwistle Low moor, Arnfield clough, Mount Skip, Chew Resr, Dish Stone Brow, Bramleys Cot, Ashway Gap, Rains Clough, Hoarstone edge, Swineshaw, Arnfield lane, Tintwistle.
Extra:

Map: OS Map Outdoor Leisure 1. No Toilets at walk start.

Pub at walk finish and /or in Tintwistle which is a little over a mile from the walk finish.

Please note that due to rough and boggy moorland terrain, anyone not wearing walking boots will not be allowed on this walk. Gaiters are also advisable.

 

 

8

A Drink From the Canal

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Adrian Radcliffe.

6.0 mi

0m

A short flat walk along the Rochdale canal with chance of a few pub stops.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Sowerby Bridge £9.10, Duo available for £13.60.

10:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. xx:59 xx:19 til 19:19 then xx:19 til 23:19

8-10-2011 10:30 8-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London A Drink From the Canal Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

 

 

9

Arnside and Silverdale

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with John Ireland.

8.0 mi

200m

An autumnal take on a classic walk over Arnside Knott, with a pub stop in Silverdale and a walk back along the beach via Park Point to Arnside. Options en route for gathering wild raspberries and the like.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Arnside £17.80, taking the 10:16 from Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central, changing at Preston for 11:18 to Arnside (train destination Barrow in Furness)

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Arnside Station.

11:55

Walk starts at Arnside Station.

Return

from Arnside Station. Trains from Arnside 16:08, 18:58

9-10-2011 10:00 9-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Arnside and Silverdale Arnside Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Arnside Knott, Arnside Tower, Pepperpot, Silverdale, Park Point, Arnside.
Extra:

In case of inclement weather, the latter part of the route may be a less exposed route along the cliff tops and the woods around Park Point. Toilets are available on the train, optional fish and chips at the end of the Walk. For information about driving options, please email walks@madwalkers.org.uk.

 

 

15

Gritstone Trail Part 1: Congleton to Macclesfield

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.5 mi

900m

A beautiful low level walk through the Cheshire countryside, with a few hills and fantastic views.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either a return ticket to Congleton £7.80, or if travelling in from elsewhere in the Greater Manchester area then Wayfarer £10 plus single from Macclesfield to Congleton £3.70. (NB Wayfarer tickets can’t be bought on the train: buy in advance from the station or from any GMPTE travel shop)

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. Trains from Macclesfield every 20 minutes. If driving the car to start point then return train from Macclesfield to Congleton every hour at xx:18

15-10-2011 08:30 15-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Gritstone Trail Part 1: Congleton to Macclesfield Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Cloud, Barleigh Ford Bridge, Croker Hill, Rossendale Brook, Greenbarn, Langley, Ridge Hill, Macclesfield
Extra:

OS Map: OL268 & OL24

Please note this is a long walk for the time of year and we will need to keep a reasonably brisk pace up. There are no easy bail out points.

 

 

16

Adlington to Blackrod via Rivington Pike

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.0 mi

270m

A linear walk on the Northern edge of Greater Manchester from Adlington to Blackrod, taking in quite a detour via Rivington Pike, a pretend Castle and a Motorway Service Area...

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:25. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Adlington (Lancashire) £5

10:25

Train departs for the walk start at Adlington Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Adlington Station.

Return

from Blackrod Station. 17:12 and xx:12 thereafter

16-10-2011 10:10 16-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Adlington to Blackrod via Rivington Pike Adlington Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Huyton House, M61, Horrobin Lane, Rivington, Rivington Pike, Rivington Hall Barn, The Castle, Anderton Old Hall Farm, Bolton West Services, Woods Barn Farm, Blackrod Station
Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use the ones on the train. Pub (Ridgway Arms, BL6 5JF) at end of walk by Blackrod Station.

Car parking also available at Blackrod should you wish to drive. If so you'll need to be there in time to join us on the 10:52 train to the walk start in Adlington, fare is £1.70. If you drive to Adlington, trains from Blackrod to there are at xx:52 past the hour.

Map EX287

 

 

22

Navigation Road to Dunham

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Debbie Mannion.

6.0 mi

100m

An easy paced walk in the Cheshire Countryside from Navigation Road Station to Dunham finishing in Altrincham.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

11:50

Meet at the walk start (Navigation Road Station)

12:00

Walk starts.

22-10-2011 11:50 22-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Navigation Road to Dunham

An easy paced walk in the Cheshire Countryside from Navigation Road Station to Dunham finishing in Altrincham.

Navigation Road Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Dunham Town, Dunham Park, River Bolllin, Swan with Two Nicks (pub) Altrincham.
Extra Info:

Navigation Road serves trams from Manchester, Eccles, Chorlton and Bury. It also provides a train stop from Manchester and Stockport. Train times 11.17 from Manchester Piccadilly and 11.30 from Stockport.
For those who park at Navigation Road you will have to catch the tram (one stop) from Altrincham.

 

 

22

Beatles Walk

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Gavin Poulton.

6.0 mi

0m

Walk Leader meeting train at Urmston.

In advance of the MAD social, he's a second opportunity to experience a meandering urban walk in south Liverpool connecting childhood homes and other things that influenced the Beatles.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Oxford Road Station for the train at 09:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Liverpool Day Return £10.50

09:44

Train departs for the walk start at West Allerton Station.

10:40

Walk starts at West Allerton Station.

Return

from Mossley Hill Station. From Mossley Hill back to Manchester: 12:35, 13:04, 13:35. From Mossley Hill towards to Liverpool: 12:41, 13:13, 13:41.

22-10-2011 09:30 22-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Beatles Walk West Allerton Station MAD Walkers
Extra:

Map EX275. Trainers are allowed but there are some muddy paths. After the walk, there is the MAD Day Out In Liverpool social!

 

 

23

The Mottram Moor Mystery

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards.

9.8 mi

320m

A relaxing Sunday walk of mystery and intrigue, combined with vivid autumnal scenery! Departing Broadbottom Station we initially head North East, making towards the edge of Mottram Village. Passing Mottram Old Hall, we soon begin our gradual climb on to the moors...perhaps to an eerie sound...perhaps with the company of a distant, shadowy figure... Reaching the spectacular summit of Wild Bank Hill, fantastic views await you of the Manchester Skyline and the Dark Peak hills and moors. Descending Hollingworth Hall Moor, with the impressive views of four reservoirs nestled below, we soon arrive at Stalybridge Country Park. After a pause to admire the views, it's onwards to the village of Millbrook and the meandering tow path of the Huddersfield Canal. A well earned pint at the infamous Stalybridge BuffetBar rounds off the day...... or will you be swapping tales of what you saw, on Mottram Moor....??

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

If travelling by train only: GM Rail Ranger £4.40, If travelling by Train and Metrolink:  GM Tram & Train Ranger £6.50

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. xx:18 to Manchester Victoria

23-10-2011 10:00 23-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London The Mottram Moor Mystery Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Carr House, Mottram Old Hall, Wild Bank Hill, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Stalybridge Country Park, Huddersfield Canal & Stalybridge
Extra:

Please ensure you are appropriately equipped for the weather conditions. Walking boots are essential and gaiters are recommended. Please use toilets at Manchester Piccadilly or on the train as none en route.

 

 

29

Bury to Ramsbottom by Affetside

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.3 mi

270m

An easy-paced linear walk from Bury to Ramsbottom via Affetside, returning to Bury on the Steam Train, taking in a Roman Road and an Assault Course.

A joint walk with the Manchester and Salford Group of the Ramblers

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Manchester to Bury Metrolink Return, £3.50

09:30

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:30

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Ramsbottom Station. Single (via East Lancs Railway) Ramsbottom to Bury Bolton Street £4.60, trains to Bury at 16:01, 16:51

29-10-2011 09:15 29-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Bury to Ramsbottom by Affetside Bury Interchange MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bury, Elton, Walshaw, Affetside, Hawkshaw, Holcombe Training Camp, Holcombe Village, Ramsbottom.
Extra Info:

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

 

 

30

A pleasant afternoon walk round Greenfield and Dovestones reservoir

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Chris Wareing.

6.0 mi

150m

Please note - clocks go back 1 hour on the day of this walk, make sure you set your alarm clocks correctly!

Starting from the train station, we'll walk across Greenfield and up to Dovestones reservoir, hopefully admiring the autumnal conditions! There's a short but moderate climb up to the dam (where the snack van and public conveniences reward you), before we then walk along the reservoir to the sugar cube rock, before coming back through the woods along the valley side and dropping down to the pub for a Sunday afternoon pint at The Clarence (or other nearby establishment!)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

11:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £3.60, also GM Rail Ranger £4.40 if travelling from further afield in Greater Manchester by train.

11:43

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

12:15

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. xx.58 up to 21.58

30-10-2011 11:30 30-10-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London A pleasant afternoon walk round Greenfield and Dovestones reservoir Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Greenfield Station, Waterside, Dovestones, Under Alphin, Waterside, The Clarence, Greenfield Station
Extra:

Walk leader meeting at walk start. No toilets at walk start, use those on the train or those 1 hour into the walk at Dovestones.

 

 

5

GM Round Ramble Stage 4 (Strines to Middlewood)

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Chris Morris.

3.0 mi

100m

Following on from May’s Glossop to Strines stage. A late starting lunchtime walk. If there is time, chance for a quick drink at the Royal Oak (8 ales) before we finish walk at Middlewood Station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

11:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Greater Manchester Rail Ranger £4.40 (includes your whole day’s train journey)

11:45

Train departs for the walk start at Strines Station.

12:15

Walk starts at Strines Station.

Return

from Middlewood Station. 13:57, XX:57 until 22:57

5-11-2011 11:30 5-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London GM Round Ramble Stage 4 (Strines to Middlewood) Strines Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal, Ridge Fold, Macclesfield Canal, Middlewood Way, Middlewood Station

 

 

5

GM Round Ramble Stage 5 (Middlewood to Bramhall)

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Chris Morris.

5.0 mi

150m

Following on from earlier Strines to Middlewood stage. An initial climb to a view point continuing to riverbank and woodland, passing Bramall Hall.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

13:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £4.40 (includes your whole day’s train journey)

13:52

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

14:20

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Bramhall Station. XX:33 until 22:53

5-11-2011 13:30 5-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London GM Round Ramble Stage 5 (Middlewood to Bramhall) Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New House Farm, Towers Yard Farm, Poynton Lake, Barlowfold, Lady Brook , Bramall Hall, Bramhall
Extra:

As this is a linear walk, advised if driving not to park car at walk start or end. Advised to bring proper walking boots. Stage 6 (Bramhall to Manchester Airport(!!)) and stage 7 (Manchester Airport to Altrincham) coming soon. Torches advisable for latter part of walk.

 

 

6

The Walk to defeat Napoleon

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.0 mi

500m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:50

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:08. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Victoria to Todmorden Return Duo £10.95, return is £7.30

10:08

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx:52 until 20:52

6-11-2011 09:50 6-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London The Walk to defeat Napoleon Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Roman Road, Blackstone Edge Reservoir, Stoodley Pike, Lumbutts, Todmorden
Toilets:

Please use trains as there is only a slow coin op toilet at the station.

 

 

12

It's that time of year again - B29 and KB933 amongst others

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

11.5 mi

650m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Glossop £3.60, also Greater Manchester Rail Ranger (covers whole days train travel in Greater Manchester) £4.40.

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. From Glossop at xx:09 and xx:39 until 17:09 then at xx:39 until 22:39

12-11-2011 09:30 12-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London It's that time of year again - B29 and KB933 amongst others Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Old Glossop, Lower Shelf, James' Thorn, Lower and Higher Shelf Stones
Extra:

Toilets are available on the train, Pub at walk finish.

 

 

13

Hebden Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

6.1 mi

400m

A lovely walk around Hebden Bridge, with great views over the town. After climbing up from the station, we meet up with the Calderdale Way for a stroll over the tops. We drop back down into the valley before skirting around Heptonstall for more views.  A pub or two along the way finishing in Hebden Bridge centre, cafes and shops.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:08. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hebden Bridge £8.10, duo ticket available for £12.10

10:08

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 16:45, then xx:45 to Manchester Victoria

13-11-2011 09:45 13-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hebden Bridge station, Calderdale Way, Pecket Well, New Bridge, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge Station
Extra:

Toilets available at Hebden Bridge Station. Some parts of the paths we follow to descend back into Hebden Bridge can be slippery, depending on weather conditions, also this walk involves some fairly steep ascent in parts.

 

 

13

If Bayda'a Can Do It......

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Buckley & Bayda'a Nasrall.

9.5 mi

450m

A linear walk starting from Mossley to Glossop. On leaving Mossley, we take a steep rough path up to Turf Pits - once we reach this summit, we continue along good tracks across the exposed moors with undulating countryside. We then descend toward Tintwistle and circum-navigate Bottoms and Valehouse reservoirs before heading onto the Longendale trail towards Padfield. Then, it's a final bit of urban walking towards the end at Glossop. Pub stops half way through and upon arrival at Glossop. So if Bayda'a can do it……Wahey!!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:25

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £4.40

Metrolink travellers purchase a "Rail Zone 3" ticket (price might vary on start station but will still work out cheaper).

10:43

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

11:02

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 1609, 1639, **09, **39

13-11-2011 10:25 13-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London If Bayda'a Can Do It...... Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Shireclough, Swineshaw reservoir, Arnfield Low Moor, Tintwistle, Longdendale Trail, Padfield, Glossop
Note:

As this is a linear walk, we depart from Manchester Victoria and return to Manchester Piccadilly.

 

 

19

It's a Stones Throw

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley & Stu Edwards.

7.0 mi

270m

Part one of a two part day walk

A linear walk starting from Disley passing through Lyme Park visiting The Cage where, if the weather is decent you get an excellent all round views, we will continue pass the hall onto The Gritstone Trail heading out onto Park Moor and The Bowstonesgate before heading over towards Toddbrook Reservoir then into Whaley Bridge for a pub stop.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Whaley Bridge £6.80

10:52

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:22

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. From Whaley Bridge at xx:39

19-11-2011 10:30 19-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London It's a Stones Throw Disley Station MAD Walkers
Extra:

This is part one of a two part walk which is a circular from Whaley Bridge. If you intend to complete both walks please bring a torch for the second stage.

 

 

19

The Pike By Night...

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Andy Buckley.

3.0 mi

170m

Part two of a two part walk.  Leaders meeting at walk start.

Following on from the end of the Part 1 'Just a stones throw' walk, (and after a refreshing tipple for those on that...) we head East from Whaley Bridge as dusk approaches and the shadows emerge... Meandering our way through the quaint village streets, we soon find ourselves on eerie country paths and tree-lined lanes! With our torch light picking out the way ahead, we soon arrive at Eccles Pike. Here, your efforts will be rewarded... This stunning vantage point offers 360 degree panoramas over the High Peak towns and valleys, with prominent landmarks such as South Head and the Kinder Plateau silhouetted by the early evening sky. (Cloud permitting!) To finish, it's back to the pub... to warm by the open fire, and enjoy a beer! A food option will also be available.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

15:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 15:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Whaley Bridge £6.80

15:52

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

16:35

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. From Whaley Bridge at xx:39

19-11-2011 15:30 19-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London The Pike By Night... Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Throstledale, Dingle Wood, Ollerenshaw Hall & Eccles Pike.
Extra:

A TORCH IS AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR THIS WALK.

Please ensure you are appropriately equipped for the weather conditions. The route is along good paths and lanes but please ensure you have walking boots. Only one train ticket is need to do both this walk and 'Just a stones throw' walk.

 

 

26

Gritstone Trail Part 2: Disley to Macclesfield

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

14.5 mi

861m

The second half of the walk started on October 15th, following the Gritstone Trail through some of the best of the Cheshire countryside including Lyme Park, the White Nancy, and Tegg's Nose.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

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)

08:52

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. Trains from Macclesfield every 20 minutes.

26-11-2011 08:30 26-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Gritstone Trail Part 2: Disley to Macclesfield Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cage Hill, Sponds Hill, White Nancy, Tegg's Nose, Langley, Macclesfield
Extra:

Please note this is a long walk for the time of year and we will need to keep a reasonably brisk pace up. There are no easy bail out points.

OS Map: OL268 & OL24.

Not suitable for cars as we are using two different railway lines.

 

 

27

Helvellyn From Glenridding

Car based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

9.0 mi

1000m

Weather warning: strong winds (60-70mph, gusting 90mph, but dropping through the day), showers falling as snow above 700m, severe wind chill. Bring that torch, extra food and warm waterproof clothing!

New meet point: Prestwich Metrolink Station (due to new parking charges in the city)

A hard walk taking in the third highest peak in the Lake District. Paths are steep and there is little to no flat ground all day! Please wear boots that protect the ankles as we are in rocky mountainous terrain and prepare for a long day on the hill!

If you're unsure about this walk or have any questions, please email Adrian

Meet & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

For car share walks, we meet at a convenient Manchester location and drive to the walk start using as few cars as possible. This keeps fuel costs and emissions down. Passengers please remember to contribute towards fuel costs at the end of the day.
Itinerary is below - click links for map and further information.

08:00

Meet at Prestwich Metrolink Station Carpark for lift share organising.

08:15

Cars will leave for the walk start (Glenridding main car park).

10:15

Walk starts at Glenridding main car park.

27-11-2011 08:00 27-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Helvellyn From Glenridding

A hard walk taking in the third highest peak in the Lake District. Paths are steep and there is little to no flat ground all day! Please wear boots that protect the ankles as we are in rocky mountainous terrain and prepare for a long day on the hill!

If you're unsure about this walk or have any questions, please email Adrian

Glenridding main car park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Prestwich Metrolink Station Carpark meet point as some people may depend on a lift to get to the walk start. For further information, email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you intend to drive there directly.

Waypoints:Gillside, Little Cove, Hole in the Wall, Red Tarn, Swirral Edge, Hellvellyn, Whiteside Bank, Raise, Sticks Pass, Stang End, Greenside Road, Glen Ridding.
Notes:

Trams run to Prestwich from Manchester city centre. Journey time is roughly 20mins from Piccadilly.

Toilets at walk start in Glenridding car park (£7 for 12 hours parking), although we'll probably try and park on the road (free between 31st October and Easter).

Please bring a torch and check the batteries - the final stretches of this walk are along vehicle tracks, but since sunset is ~4.15pm, we may be walking along them in the dark!

Note also Swirral Edge is a short steep, rocky and narrow ascent onto the Helvellyn plateau and whilst not difficult enough to be classed as scrambling, hands may be needed on rock to steady yourself.

 

 

27

Widnes Wander

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Gavin Poulton.

7.0 mi

0m

A partially urban circular walk over a mainly flat route that takes us nearly to a dreamy place. No mid-way pub stop but there should be one at the end 'til we find ourselves bound for home.
 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:30

Meet at Manchester Oxford Road Station for the train at 10:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£9.40 return to Widnes, or £14.10 for a Duo for two people

10:45

Train departs for the walk start at Widnes Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Widnes Station.

Return

from Widnes Station. xx.11

27-11-2011 10:30 27-11-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Widnes Wander Widnes Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Upton Rocks, Sandy Lane, Mill Lane, Pex Hill, Norland's Lane, Sandhill Farm, Wilmere House, Cranshaw Hall, Farnworth, Victoria Park
Extras:

Map EX275. Train also stopping at Deansgate 10:47 & Urmston 10:53

 

 

3

Wilmslow to Chelford linear

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Max Townsend.

7.0 mi

0m

A serendipitous walk through the Cheshire countryside.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:04. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Chelford return (£7.60)

11:04

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

11:35

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Chelford. xx.09 every hour

3-12-2011 10:45 3-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow to Chelford linear Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Extras:

One pub stop en route and one at the walk end. Motorists can get the train back to Wilmslow (station car park is pay and display - £3 per day) from Chelford.

 

 

4

Longsleddale Round

Car based walk with Chris Wareing.

9.0 mi

900m

Please note the new meeting point on the old UMIST campus near Piccadilly

A horse-shoe shaped walk round summits surrounding the quiet South-Eastern Lakes valley of Longsleddale.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

For car share walks, we meet at a convenient Manchester location and drive to the walk start using as few cars as possible. This keeps fuel costs and emissions down. Passengers please remember to contribute towards fuel costs at the end of the day.
Itinerary is below - click links for map and further information.

08:30

Meet at Charles Street multi-storey car park for lift share organising.

08:40

Cars will leave for the walk start (Sadgill, Longsleddale).

10:00

Walk starts at Sadgill, Longsleddale.

4-12-2011 08:30 4-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Longsleddale Round

A horse-shoe shaped walk round summits surrounding the quiet South-Eastern Lakes valley of Longsleddale.

Sadgill, Longsleddale MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Charles Street multi-storey car park meet point as some people may depend on a lift to get to the walk start. For further information, email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you intend to drive there directly.

Waypoints:Sadgill, Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Tarn Crag, Sleddale Fell, Great Howe, Sadgill
Notes:

The weather forecast is cold and showery - please bring warm clothing, waterproofs and extra food!

Some parts of the walk are off path or likely to be boggy - boots and gaiters would be advisable

We should finish in the daylight, but please bring a torch anyway and check the batteries.

Easy bail outs are available straight down from the head of Longsleddale valley on a vehicle track.

 

 

 

10

Santa Walk 2011: Winter Whalleyland

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

5.3 mi

112m

EVENT FULL - no more bookings being taken.

It is that time of year again for our annual Santa Walk, this year this will be taking place in the picturesque village of Whalley (South of Clitheroe) in the Ribble valley where we will have a stroll around the local area of Billington and Old Langho before heading back to Whalley to arrive at The Swan Hotel Pub between 1400 and 1500 for Christmas Lunch.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

10:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return from Victoria £9.30/ Duo ticket (2 adults for the price of 1 ½) £13.95

11:00

Train departs for the walk start at Whalley Station.

12:06

Walk starts at Whalley Station.

Return

from Whalley Station. **14

10-12-2011 10:45 10-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Santa Walk 2011: Winter Whalleyland Whalley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whalley Viaduct, Chew Mill, Lower Elker, Langholme, Hollin Hall.
Booking In:

This walk is a pre-book walk and is open to members only. There is a charge of £20 to cover the three course Christmas meal at the end of the walk(meal charge £15.95), the remainder of the charge will be donated to the Bolton Mountain Rescue. Christmas fancy dress optional (weather permitting), although walking boots must be worn. Bookings open at the AGM on 2nd November, with remaining tickets available for email booking from 00:01 on 3rd November. There is a total of 34 places available.

 

 

17

It's Bugsworth not Buxworth!

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

5.2 mi

212m

A daytime visit to Eccles Pike and a descent to Bugsworth Basin for a leisurely pub lunch at the Navigation before heading back into Whaley for a pint at the Goyt to lay the ground for the evening's Festivities!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge £6.80

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. xx:44 to Manchester Piccadilly

17-12-2011 09:30 17-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London It's Bugsworth not Buxworth! Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whaley Bridge, New Horwich, Sunart, Hilltop, Eccles Pike, Lidgate, Eccles Fold, Buxworth, Bugsworth Basin (Pub/Lunch), Peak Forest Canal, Whaley Bridge (Pub)
Extra:

We will be lunching at the Navigation Inn (www.navigationinn.co.uk) in Buxworth, where there is an option to have a pub lunch. If you wish to go for a pub lunch, please email me on chair@madwalkers.org.uk so that I can gauge numbers...

 

 

18

A stumble round Littleborough (hair of the dog) walk!

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Adrian Radcliffe.

5.0 mi

150m

If there has been snow before this walk please do not attempt to use the station carpark use the street bays instead!

A short walk to blow off the cobwebs from the Christmas Party Hangover and maybe a couple of chances for hair of the dog! These paths maybe icy in the snow!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

11:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:08. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to littleborough £3.50 from any Greater Manchester Station

11:08

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

11:40

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. xx:02 until 21:02

18-12-2011 11:00 18-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London A stumble round Littleborough (hair of the dog) walk! Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Summit, Lower & Higher Chelburn Reservoir, Moor Cock, Castle Clough, Eales Wood, Hollingworth Lake, Wine Press.

 

 

26

Chorlton - Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Al.

6.0 mi

50m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

10:45

Meet at the walk start (The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton)

11:00

Walk starts.

26-12-2011 10:45 26-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton - Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley

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

The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jackson's Boat Public House, Sale Water park, River Mersey, Chorlton Ees, Stretford Ees
Extras:

Bring those turkey sandwiches, or Horse and Jockey also open for food afterwards. As this is a Boxing Day walk, public transport might be interesting - more information will appear here closer to the time.

 

 

27

Along the Etherow valley

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

9.6 mi

576m

This is an easy walk along the varied route of the Etherow valley, hoping for a Winter Wonderland as snow and ice make this particularly lovely countryside.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Hadfield, off-peak day return £3.60

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Godley Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Godley Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 16:01, 16:31, 16:57, 17:22, 17:44, 17:59, 18:28, 18:43, xx:01, xx:31, latest 22:31.

27-12-2011 09:30 27-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Along the Etherow valley Godley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Werneth low, Hyde farm, Back wood, BroadBottom, The Hague, Woolley Bridge, Hadfield.
Extra:

This may be a cold walk so bring soup, Sloe Gin, mulled cider etc. plus warm clothing :) and gloves for snowball fights. Start time may change when the holiday week timetable is available.

 

 

28

Way Out in Whaley with a Sasquatch

Public Transport based walk with Richard Washington & John Irel.

12.5 mi

400m

If we listed all the features this walk has, you'd still be reading whilst the rest of us were back in the pub warming up by the fire. From Whaley Bridge, we head off up the Goyt Valley, passing through woodland, reservoirs, pine forests, 1970s housing estates, rhododendron dells and a ruined mansion. Eventually, we make our way off-trail on to the moors and follow a ridge back to the pub and that fire. Fire not hot enough for you? Well, there's a curry, too!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

08:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge £6.80

08:52

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

09:35

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 16:40, 17:11, 17:44, 18:14, then xx:44 to Manchester Piccadilly.

28-12-2011 08:30 28-12-2011 20:00:00 Europe/London Way Out in Whaley with a Sasquatch Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Horwich End, Shallcross Wood, Fernilee Reservoir, Errwood Reservoir, Clough Bridge, Errwood Hall, Shooter Clough, Shining Tor, Cats Tor, Pym Chair, Windgather Rocks, Taxal Moor, Toddbrook Reservoir.
Extra:

Previously known as 'Staly or Whaley or a walk of two chairs', this title has become a bit superfluous now Richard has gone for the Whaley Bridge option.

Anyway, to join us for a curry after the pub, please email chair@madwalkers.org.uk to reserve a space. This is a long hike on one of the shortest days of the year. Just in case progress is slower than anticipated, bring a torch.

 


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