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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 2012

 

1

Dunham Massey Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

6.0 mi

50m

Note, walk leader will meet at walk start. Travel options to Altrincham Station via public transport are numerous. Meet by the clock tower outside Altrincham Station.

A circular route to Durham Massey, suitable for new members. This route may be muddy in places!

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.

11:55

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:10. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Travel by Metro! Off peak day return: £3.30

12:10

Train departs for the walk start at Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station.

13:00

Walk starts at Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. Regular metro services back to the city centre

1-1-2012 11:55 1-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Dunham Massey Circular Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station MAD Walkers

 

 

7

Trains, Planes and Pubs

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Buckley.

6.6 mi

54m

A circular route from Mobberley taking in the sites of the surrounding area from crossing the railway (several times!!), to the landing lights of Manchester Airport and hopefully several pub stops along the way. The route goes along a mixture of field paths, tracks and lanes.

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 10:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£5.50 off-peak return to Mobberley, or if there are two of you £8.25 for a Duo ticket (1 adult full price,2nd half price)

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Mobberley Train Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Mobberley Train Station.

Return

from Mobberley Train Station. xx.53

7-1-2012 10:00 7-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Trains, Planes and Pubs Mobberley Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Airport landings lights, Valewood Farm, Mobberley village, Gleavhouse Farm, Broadoak Farm
Extra:

With the time of the year it is please come equipped for the cold weather, also gaitors are recommended as some of the tracks could be muddy (or a bit icy if it's cold enough) and also with the time of the year bring a torch just in case!

 

 

8

Pennine Way Black & White

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.0 mi

500m

THIS IS A LINEAR WALK ON 2 DIFFERENT LINES

A walk out of Littleborough up a roman road to the Pennine Way before heading south over the M62 and eventually down into Greenfield.

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

Suggested ticket:

Manchester Day Ranger, which allows for travel on both trains for £4.40

10:08

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. xx:58 until 21:58

8-1-2012 10:00 8-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Pennine Way Black & White Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackstone Edge, White Hill, Little Moss, Dinner Stone, Diglea, River Tame and Railway pub
Notes:

This walk is not car-friendly as it will take 2 trains to get back to Littleborough if you leave your car there!

Littleborough station only has 1 pump action toilet so please use the toilets on the train.

Bring a torch and check your batteris - one may be required along the lanes at the end!

 

 

14

Todmorden to Hebden Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

9.0 mi

460m

A walk through the Calder Valley, heading out from Todmorden over the Pennine moors. We will call in at the Stoodley Pike Monument, rebuilt 165 years ago at the end of the Crimean War. Climb the 39 steps for the best view around (hopefully!) We head over moorland and into Cragg Vale (weather dependent), home of the Cragg coiners who came close to wrecking the currency of 18th century Britain. We end the walk heading down into Hebden Bridge, winner of Best Town in the Britain and Ireland Urbanism awards.

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.

08:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Hebden Bridge: £8.10. Duo ticket available - 2 adults buy together, 2nd ticket half price

09:00

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

09:34

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. xx.08, xx.28, xx.56 until 19.56, then xx.28 until 23.28

14-1-2012 08:45 14-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden to Hebden Bridge Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Todmorden train station, Calderdale Way, Lumbutts, Pennine Way, Stoodley Pike, Withens Clough Reservoir, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge train station
Notes:

Walk leader meeting at Todmorden Train Station.

Anyone who wants to drive can park at Todmorden Station and then get the train back one stop at the end of the walk.

May be boggy on the moor, gaiters advised. Dependent on weather, route may be shortened.

 

 

15

Handforth to Wilmslow

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

5.0 mi

50m

A pleasant linear route from Handforth to Wilmslow. This is the first of two walks today. Its likely to be muddy so make sure you have appropriate gear. This is a linear walk if you are driving to the walk start you will need to get the train back to Handforth.
 

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 Piccadilly for the train at 10:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Wilmslow (Alderley Edge if doing both walks): £5.50 (£7.30). Duo ticket available - 2 adults buy together, 2nd ticket half price

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Handforth Rail Station.

10:27

Walk starts at Handforth Rail Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. 12:47, 12:54, 13:23, 13:49

15-1-2012 09:45 15-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Handforth to Wilmslow Handforth Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Handforth station, A34, Blossoms Turkey farm, A5102, Old Hall Lane, Florence farm, B5358, River Bollin, Yardon Bridge, Wilmslow Station.
Notes:

Walk leader will join group at Handforth Station.

 

 

15

Wilmslow to Alderley Edge

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

4.0 mi

200m

The second walk of the day continues on from Wilmslow Train Station onto Alderley Edge. It's likely to be muddy so make boots and gaiters would be advisable! 

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.

12:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return Alderley Edge: £7.30.

12:30

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

12:47

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Alderley Edge Rail Station. 15:19, 16:19, 16:51, 17:19

15-1-2012 12:15 15-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow to Alderley Edge Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Wilmslow train station, A538, Hough Lane, Hough Green farm, Alderley Edge park, Wizard's Well, Alderley Edge.
Notes:

Walk leader meeting at Wilmslow station. If you are not doing the first walk of the day, please make sure you have had your lunch prior to the walk start.
 

 

 

21

A shrine to the Goyt

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards.

7.0 mi

200m

Basing ourselves in the High Peak Spa town of Buxton for the day, this first walk explores the stunning countryside to the West of Buxton. We meander through the towns quaint streets as we make towards Nithen End and begin our climb to Watford Moor. Upon reaching the summit of the walk you are greeted with the excellent views of the Goyt Valley and Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs. For our descent, we pick up the unusual path of the disused railway line over Wild Moor and dropping back via the golf course into Buxton. From here, you can either make your way to the station or join us at the pub ready for Part II - Solomon's Under the Stars walk.

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 Buxton: £8.70 or Northern Duo available for £13.05

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 14:30, 15:27, 16:30, on the half hour

21-1-2012 09:30 21-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A shrine to the Goyt Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Nithen End, Watford Wood, Longhill Farm, Wild Moor, Nithen End and Buxton Station.
Extra:

Please ensure you are appropriately equipped for the weather conditions including the possibility of snow and ice. Only one train ticket is needed to do both this walk and 'Solomon's under the stars' walk. If you would like to stay on for the second part please ensure you have a torch.

Gaiters are also recommended.

 

 

21

Solomon's under the stars.... (A Temple By Night)

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards.

3.5 mi

120m

 ***A TORCH IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR THIS WALK.***

Following on from Part I - 'A Shrine to the Goyt' (and after a refreshing tipple for those that participated!) we head towards the Ornamental Pavilion Gardens and shadowy woodland park! With our torch light picking out the path ahead we begin our climb towards Solomon's Temple. This 20m high circular tower is perched at 440m on a ridge due south of Buxton, with 360 degree panoramas of the surrounding countryside. We then follow a similar path back to one of Buxton's finest pubs where we have secured exclusive use of the upper rooms and bar for those wishing to join us for a hearty meal and real ale!

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.

14:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 14:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton: £9.20 or Northern Duo available for £13.80
 

14:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

15:55

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. Every hour: xx:27 until 22:56

21-1-2012 14:30 21-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Solomon's under the stars.... (A Temple By Night) Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Country Park, Grinlow Tower (Solomon's Temple) and Buxton Station
Extra:

Walk leader meeting at walk start.

Please ensure you are appropriately equipped for variable weather conditions including the possibility of snow or ice. Only one train ticket is needed to do both this walk and 'A Shrine to the Goyt' walk. ***A TORCH IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR THIS WALK.***

Gaiters are also recommended.

 

 

22

Troutbeck High Street Lets Shop!

Car based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.5 mi

990m

A Hard Lakes-based walk taking in some of the high street peaks and some very steep ascents and exposed peaks so make sure you have enough layers!

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.

07:45

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

08:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Troutbeck, Town Head, Parking Bay).

09:45

Walk starts at Troutbeck, Town Head, Parking Bay.

22-1-2012 07:45 22-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Troutbeck High Street Lets Shop!

A Hard Lakes-based walk taking in some of the high street peaks and some very steep ascents and exposed peaks so make sure you have enough layers!

Troutbeck, Town Head, Parking Bay MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Town Head, Troutbeck Park Farm, Threshthwaite Mouth, Stony Cove Pike, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, 111 Bell, Yoke, Garburn Nook, Troutbeck
Notes:

Please bring a torch, preferably a headtorch as we may be coming off the fells in the dark.

 

 

22

Hurst Green, Tolkien and Middle Earth?

Car based walk with Debbie Mannion and Nicky Bryan.

6.5 mi

140m

The walk starts in the village of Hurst Green which is 8Km/5 miles west of Clitheroe. We walk along the Ribble Valley adjacent to the Rivers Ribble and Hodder before following a path at the edge of a plantation adjacent to Stonyhurst College. It is said that J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy got his inspiration the hobbits in these woods. Tolkien,his wife and children, regularly stayed at a guest house in the grounds belonging to Stonyhurst College.

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.

09:45

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

10:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Hurst Green Village Hall).

11:00

Walk starts at Hurst Green Village Hall.

22-1-2012 09:45 22-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Hurst Green, Tolkien and Middle Earth?

The walk starts in the village of Hurst Green which is 8Km/5 miles west of Clitheroe. We walk along the Ribble Valley adjacent to the Rivers Ribble and Hodder before following a path at the edge of a plantation adjacent to Stonyhurst College. It is said that J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy got his inspiration the hobbits in these woods. Tolkien,his wife and children, regularly stayed at a guest house in the grounds belonging to Stonyhurst College.

Hurst Green Village Hall 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:Hurst Green, Ribble Valley, River Ribble, River Hodder, Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green
Notes:

Car parking is on the road around Hurst Green Village Hall (SD 684382). There are tiolets at the walk start. Please wear gaiters if you have them as some areas can be extremely muddy!

 

 

28

Clifton Country Park

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Barclay.

6.0 mi

50m

Suggested public transport option: catch the high-frequency number 8 bus from Shudehill at about ten-to or five-to 10am

A leisurely joint walk with the Manchester and Salford Ramblers around Clifton Country Park.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

Meet at the walk start (Clifton Country Park)

10:30

Walk starts.

28-1-2012 10:20 28-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Clifton Country Park

A leisurely joint walk with the Manchester and Salford Ramblers around Clifton Country Park.

Clifton Country Park MAD Walkers

 

 

28

Shining Tor and Lamaload Reservoir

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt .

15.5 mi

877m

A more challenging walk for this Saturday that will also pass through Bollington towards the end of the day for those who'd like to bail out and join in the social there.

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 ticket: £10 at time of posting. Needs to be bought in advance from any GMPTE travel shop or manned station.

08:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Adlington Station. xx:27, final train 22:47

28-1-2012 08:30 28-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Shining Tor and Lamaload Reservoir Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Buxton Station; Burbage Edge Trig Point: Goyt Valley; Shining Tor; Lamaload Reservoir; Snipes Farm; Tower Hill; White Nancy; Bollington; Macclesfield Canal; Adlington
Extra Info:

OS Map 24 and Ex 268. Please note this is a long walk for the time of year and you will need to be able to keep up a fairly brisk pace. A torch may not be a bad idea!

This walk is not suitable for cars as it uses two different railway lines.

Please also check on the transport arrangements closer to the time as timetables not yet fully confirmed for the New Year

 

 

28

Bollington Bash

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea and Catherine Mellor.

9.0 mi

200m

***Please bring a torch if you choose to walk back to Prestbury or Macclesfield***

A lovely walk around the Cheshire countryside followed by a Social in Bollington to sample as many or as few of the village’s 13 pubs as you like, including the Bollington brewing company. There is also an Italian or an Indian restaurant if the group would like to go there for something to eat. Options for getting home are the bus or a taxi to Macclesfield or Prestbury followed by the train to Manchester.

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 10:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

10:48

Train departs for the walk start at Prestbury Station.

11:18

Walk starts at Prestbury Station.

Return

from Prestbury Station. From Macc: 4 times per hour, last train 23:39. From Prestbury: xx:24 up to 22:44

28-1-2012 10:30 28-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Bollington Bash Prestbury Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Prestbury station, Whiteley Green, Wood Lanes, Bakestonedale Moor, Bollington
Getting ho:

Note the walk leaders are going for a meal in Bollington after the walk.

People can either walk back to Prestbury (2 miles along roads) or Macclesfield (3.5 miles along the Macclesfield Canal), get the bus to Macclesfield, or get a taxi to Prestbury or Macclesfield; then get the train back to Manchester.

Trains from Macclesfield are 4 times an hour until the last one at 23:39, trains from Prestbury are 17:24, 18:24, 19:24, 20:24, 21:24, 22:44.

 

 

29

Styal and Quarry Bank Mill

Public Transport based walk with Phil Walters.

6.0 mi

150m

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

Meet & 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.

12:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Styal: £4.80

12:47

Train departs for the walk start at Styal Rail Station.

13:16

Walk starts at Styal Rail Station.

Return

from Styal Rail Station. 14:58, 16:58, 18:58. Southbound, change in Wilmslow 15:10, 17:10

29-1-2012 12:30 29-1-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Styal and Quarry Bank Mill Styal Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Styal railway station, Quarry Bank Mill, Pownall Park, Morley Green, Hookbank wood, Holiday Inn, Giant's Castle, Styal.
Notes::

Gaiters are advised as one or two of the fields and paths on this walk can become waterlogged and very muddy after heavy rain

 

 

4

New Mills to Glossop via Little Hayfield by Lantern

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

9.0 mi

540m

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Railranger £4.20

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Station.

10:15

Walk starts at New Mills Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx.06 and xx.36

4-2-2012 09:30 4-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London New Mills to Glossop via Little Hayfield by Lantern New Mills Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sett Valley Trail, Pennine Bridleway, Little hayfield, Bullshaw farm, Whiteley Nab, Glossop
Notes:

As the days are still relatively shrort and we are on good paths for most of the day, I expect we'll be able to make good time and visit the pub in Little hayfield halfway thru' the walk.

 

 

5

The Walk Of the Roses, a Lovely Family Home and A lost Poet

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.0 mi

500m

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

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:

Return to Burnley Via Hebden Bridge, £13.00 or 2 can travel on a duo for £19.00

Train also stops @ Moston, Mills Hill, Castleton, Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, Littleborough & Todmorden, 

10:08

Train departs for the walk start at Burnley Manchester Road Station.

11:40

Walk starts at Burnley Manchester Road Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. xx:45 until 20:45

5-2-2012 09:50 5-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Walk Of the Roses, a Lovely Family Home and A lost Poet Burnley Manchester Road Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Townley hall, Hoof Stones Height, Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge.
Notes:

PLEASE BRING A TORCH. Check your batteries. Use the toilets on the train as there aren't any at the walk start!

If you wish to drive to this walk, park at Hebden Bridge and join us on the 11:19 to Burnley Manchester Road.

 

 

11

From Disley with love

Public Transport based walk with Phil Barnes.

8.0 mi

365m

Wrap up warm for a delightful ramble from Disley. We’ll walk along the North Cheshire Way from Disley and then into Lyme Park through the beautiful Hase Bank Wood followed by a gentle climb to Paddock Cottage for some lovely views, weather permitting. We’ll continue through Pursefield Wood and visit Lyme Hall and eventually leave Lyme Park by the East Lodge and take the Gritstone Trail back to Disley.

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:

Off-Peak Day Return to Disley £5.60

10:52

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 15:53, 16:55, xx.53 to 23:22

11-2-2012 10:30 11-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London From Disley with love Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:North Cheshire Way, West Parkgate, Hase Bank Wood, Paddock Cottage, Pursefield Wood, Lyme Park, Lantern Wood, Bollinhurst Bridge, Green Lane, Gritstone Trail
Notes:

Toilets available on the train and about 4.5 miles into the walk. You probably won't need it but perhaps bring a torch in case the weather is a bit gloomy on the way back into Disley.
 

 

 

12

Darwen Circular

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

11.0 mi

200m

A walk through the park up to the Jubilee Tower where there are great views as far as Blackpool. Then down into the forest. A couple of pub stops on the way.

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 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Darwen £7:20, a duo ticket is available

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

10:41

Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return

from Darwen Station. 15:58, 17:10, 17:41, 18:41, 19:10, 19:42

12-2-2012 09:45 12-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Darwen Circular Darwen Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Belgrave Park, Jubilee Tower, Darwen Moor, Hollinshead Hall, Tockholes Plantations, Tockholes Village, Sunnyhurst Park and Gorge

 

 

18

Greater Manchester Round Ramble Stage 6 - Bramhall to Altrincham

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

14.0 mi

200m

New members can join for the whole walk, or leave after 3 miles at Handforth, or after 5 miles at Styal (trains are less frequent). The walk leader will provide more details on the day.

Following on from November’s stages. Although passing close to many urban areas, by making maximum use of green belt land, this route has been designed to feel on the whole like a pleasant country walk. A walk underneath the airport runway features! Potential for pub stop during walk.

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:

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £4.60 (includes your whole day’s train journey). DaySaver Train & Tram (£7.20) can be used if you wish to use Metrolink from Altrincham at end of walk.

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Bramhall Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Bramhall Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. xx.04 hourly until 22:31, 23:45. Metrolink every few minutes.

18-2-2012 09:30 18-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Greater Manchester Round Ramble Stage 6 - Bramhall to Altrincham Bramhall Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Waypoints: Bramhall, Hall Moss, Dairy House, Handforth, Deandale Farm, Styal, Styal Country Park, Castle Mill Farm, Brooks Lane, Davenport Green, Well Green, Timperley Brook, Altrincham
Extras:

New members have option of 3 mile section from Bramhall to Handforth. As Handforth is slightly outside of the GM Rail Ranger area, this may require additional purchase of single train ticket from Handforth to Cheadle Hulme (£2.10). As this is a linear walk, advised if driving not to park car at walk start or end, instead £4 per day at Piccadilly long stay. Proper walking boots must be worn as many sections will be muddy. Stage 7 (Altrincham to Glazebrook) coming soon

 

 

19

A Wordsworth & Wainwright walk with Wareing

Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with Chris Wareing.

8.6 mi

350m

Please contact walks@madwalkers.org.uk for details of the walk start.

Starting from Ambleside, we'll walk out to Rydal Hall and Wordsworth's cottage, along the side of Rydal Water and Grasmere into Grasmere village itself for a tea shop and some of the famous gingerbread, before walking back to Ambleside over Loughrigg Fell, one of Alfred Wainwright's 214 lakeland hills. This walk samples the Lake District at its most scenic and beautiful. 

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 Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:15

Cars will leave for the walk start (Ambleside).

11:00

Walk starts at Ambleside.

19-2-2012 09:00 19-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Wordsworth & Wainwright walk with Wareing

Starting from Ambleside, we'll walk out to Rydal Hall and Wordsworth's cottage, along the side of Rydal Water and Grasmere into Grasmere village itself for a tea shop and some of the famous gingerbread, before walking back to Ambleside over Loughrigg Fell, one of Alfred Wainwright's 214 lakeland hills. This walk samples the Lake District at its most scenic and beautiful. 

Ambleside MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Ambleside, Rydal Park, Rydal Hall, underneath Nab Scar, Town End, Grasmere, Tea shop!, Grasmere lake, Loughrigg Fell, Brow Head Farm, Ambleside
Extras:

You might like to bring gaiters or waterproof trousers, this might be muddy!

We'll take our time round the walk, hopefully taking lots of photos. There'll be time for a lunch time tea shop stop in Grasmere, and possibly a visit to the gingerbread shop, then a pub stop / shopping stop / Apple Pie Shop stop in Ambleside!

 

 

25

South of Stanage

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

18.5 mi

930m

A long walk and varied walk over some of the less visited moorland to the south of Stanage, including several climbs and some pretty woodland.

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.

08:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either an off-peak day return ticket to Grindleford (£10.20) or if travelling in on public transport to Piccadilly, a Wayfarer may be more suitable (£10 - purchase in advance from GMPTE travelshop or manned station)

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. x:32 until 20:53 then 22:41

25-2-2012 08:25 25-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London South of Stanage Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Padley Gorge; Longshaw Lodge, Totley Moor; Flask Edge Trig; Big Moor; Ramsley Reservoir; Smeekley Woods; Old Fanshaw Hall; Gill Woods; Totley Bents; Blacka Woods; Houndkirk Moor;
Extra Info:

This is a fairly challenging walk with no easy bailout points so please be sure you're capable of doing the walk at a reasonable pace before coming.

If you wish to drive, Hathersage station has a car park whereas Grindleford Station does not, so it would probably be best to join us on the train when it stop at Hathersage at 09:42. Please inform the walk leader or the walks coordinator if you plan to do this so they know to expect you.

OS Maps OL 1 and 24

 

 

25

Chelford to Macclesfield

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

8.5 mi

250m

A pleasant afternoon walk through Cheshire. Starting from Chelford the walk covers 8.5 miles with great views of Cheshire including Jodrell Bank. We will finish in Macclesfield and for those that want to, we will be going for a couple of drinks in Macclesfield town centre.

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.

11:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:04. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£10 Wayfarer ticket

12:04

Train departs for the walk start at Chelford.

12:40

Walk starts at Chelford.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. XX:12, XX:20, XX:41- the times change slightly later into the evening.

25-2-2012 11:45 25-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Chelford to Macclesfield Chelford MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chelford station, Alderley road, Stubby lane, Bollington lane, A34, Fernhill, Higher Park farm, Highlees woods, Whirley farm, The Mount, Longmass, Broken Cross, Macclesfield hospital, Macclesfield sta
Other:

This walk was reccied at the end of January and some fields were exceptionally muddy and wet. Please ensure you have the correct kit - walking boots, gaiters/waterproof trousers.

Please eat your lunch on the train out from Piccadilly as there won't be a lunch stop.

This is a linear walk and Macclesfield and Chelford are on separate train lines. You would have to change at Stockport to return to your car by train or use the hourly bus service between Macclesfield and Chelford (27A), if you are driving.

 

 

26

Buxton to Whalley Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Phil Walters.

9.0 mi

250m

A walk from Buxton across the moors to the Goyt Valley and then following the Fernilee reservoir and the midshire way into Whaley Bridge.

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 09:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Buxton: £9.20. A Duo ticket for two adults is also available for £13.80. However, if you need to catch the tram or bus to get to Piccadilly, a £10 Wayfarer ticket would probably be better value depending on your travel costs.

09:47

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. xx:44

26-2-2012 09:30 26-2-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Buxton to Whalley Bridge Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Buxton station, Cavendish golf course, Watford Farm, The Beet, Wild Moor, Erwood Reservoir, Fernilee Reservoir, Madscar Farm, Midshire Way, Glebe Farm, Reddish Farm, Toddbrook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge
Extras:

Parts of this walk cross the moors above Buxton. These footpaths can be muddy. Gaiters are advised.
This is a linear walk. If travelling by car, the return service from Whaley Bridge to Buxton leaves at xx.31, or alternatively park in Whaley Bridge and catch the 10:32 to Buxton, £4.80 single.

 

 

3

Cuddington Circular via Little Budworth

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

11.0 mi

50m

Circular walk south of Cuddington to explore Little Budworth Village and Country Park.

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 10:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Cuddington £10

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Cuddington Train Station.

11:25

Walk starts at Cuddington Train Station.

Return

from Cuddington Train Station. xx:27

3-3-2012 10:00 3-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Cuddington Circular via Little Budworth Cuddington Train Station MAD Walkers
Extra:

Pub stops in Little Budworth and at the end of the walk.

 

 

4

Becky's Beer & Bangers Bash!

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

7.5 mi

200m

A short easy walk around the hills of south east Macclesfield, then back to the 'Sutton Hall Inn' (Becky's local) to partake in their 'Beer & Bangers event' (11 different sausage dishes, complemented by 11 different cask ales):
http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/suttonhall/events/

NOTE: If you wish to eat at Sutton Hall, please let Becky know by email
beckysarahlea@hotmail.com

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.

11:10

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return to Macclesfield: £8.30

11:27

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

11:49

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. xx.15, xx.42 until 23:01, 23:13, 23:46

4-3-2012 11:10 4-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Becky's Beer & Bangers Bash! Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield Canal, The Hollins, Langley, Ridge Hall Farm, FoxBank, Hanginggate Farm, Sutton Reservoir, Sutton Lane Ends, Sutton Hall
Notes::

Walk leader will be meeting the walk at Macclesfield Station.

There will be a 2 mile walk back to the station (along the canal or the road) at the end and so you should bring a torch.
 

 

 

10

Lady Clough and the Hern Stones

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.0 mi

994m

A varied circuit from Glossop that swings round the back of Kinder and up through the woods of Lady Clough before returning over the Bleaklow moors to Glossop.

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 ticket to Glossop £3.90

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

09:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. Every half hour at X:09 and X:39 until 19:39 then hourly at X:39 until 22:39

10-3-2012 09:00 10-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Lady Clough and the Hern Stones Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop; Bray Clough; Mill Hill; Ashop Clough; Lady Clough; Pennine Way; Hern Clough; Hern Stones; Dow Clough; Yellowslacks Ridge
Extra info:

This is a fairly challenging walk so please be sure you can complete it at a reasonable pace. There are no reasonable early exits!

Some of the walk is off path and most of it is likely to be very muddy after wet weather. Gaiters and waterproofs will probably be useful!

OS Map Ex 1

 

 

10

Wilmslow Circular

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

11.0 mi

100m

A walk taking in parkland, the periphery of Manchester Airport, farmland and a couple of pubs

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.

10:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Wilmslow £5:50 (any off-peak train)

10:30

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. xx.27

10-3-2012 10:15 10-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow Circular Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Bollin, Manchester Airport runway, Mobberley Hall Farm, Knolls Green, Graveyard Lane, Saltersley Moss Nature Reserve, Lindow Common
Extras:

Gaiters or waterproof trousers may be useful - recent walks around here have found very muddy and wet fields!

 

 

11

Hale & the Mersey Way

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

10.0 mi

0m

A bit of an unusual start to this walk because the easiest way out there is the Liverpool airport bus. Once there, the first hour is unfortunately a bit of drag along a road (we might cheat with another short bus journey!) but then we get to the pretty village of Hale and a bit of its history. Lunch is around here, before we follow the mainly flat coastal Mersey Way around past Liverpool Airport, where we can wave off a Ryanair flight or two! We pass Speke Hall later, now in the hands of National Trust, where I hope to have a look around afterwards. It's a short walk back around to the airport.

Map EX275.

You can go online to www.terravision.eu to book your ticket in advance.

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.

10:40

Meet at Manchester Shudehill for the train at 10:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return Liverpool Airport ticket £12

10:50

Train departs for the walk start at Liverpool Airport.

11:40

Walk starts at Liverpool Airport.

Return

from Liverpool Airport. x:30

11-3-2012 10:40 11-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Hale & the Mersey Way Liverpool Airport MAD Walkers

 

 

17

New Mills to Edale

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

11.7 mi

620m

Walk leader may meet the walk at the walk start!

A walk with a little of everything: canals, tramways, lots of TPXs and hills, not to mention the sheep.

The walk starts alongside the canal and then follows the tramway to Chapel Milton, where we start to head uphill. We pass a place to clean up(!) before heading to Rushup edge where we might find a seat & then it's Edale.

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 10:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £10

10:45

Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Central Station.

11:15

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from Edale Station. xx.45 approx. until 19:47, then 21:08 and 22:56

17-3-2012 10:30 17-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London New Mills to Edale New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal, Peak Forest Tramway, Chapel Milton, Wash, Roych Farm, Green Low, Rushup Edge, Edale.
Extras:

No Toilets at walk start, possibly a pub in the middle, pace dependent and one at the end.

 

 

18

Foulridge Sights and Stalactites

Car based walk with Mark Roper.

8.0 mi

150m

Starting in the Village of 'Foulridge' we head to 'Lake Burwain', around the lakeside path to the sailing club. Past the ford at 'shirt Neck Harry'. We then head up to Alkincoates Woodland Nature Reserve, then back down to the entrance of the 'Mile tunnel' on the Leeds/Liverpool canal. From there we go up to 'Slipper hill reservoir'. We then drop down to 'County Brook Mill' where we join the Leeds/Liverpool canal. Following the tow path until we get to the village of 'Salterforth'.

Here we will visit the cellar of The Anchor Inn where there are stalactites and stalagmites formed by water dripping through the limestone floor.(note- A small donation to there chosen charity is required). We will have time for a quick pint before heading back to Foulridge through fields, canal tow path and part of the disused Colne to Skipton railway.

At the end of the walk refreshment will be available from Cafe Cargo http://www.cafecargo.com/

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.

09:30

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:45

Cars will leave for the walk start (Foulridge Village Green).

11:00

Walk starts at Foulridge Village Green.

18-3-2012 09:30 18-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Foulridge Sights and Stalactites

Starting in the Village of 'Foulridge' we head to 'Lake Burwain', around the lakeside path to the sailing club. Past the ford at 'shirt Neck Harry'. We then head up to Alkincoates Woodland Nature Reserve, then back down to the entrance of the 'Mile tunnel' on the Leeds/Liverpool canal. From there we go up to 'Slipper hill reservoir'. We then drop down to 'County Brook Mill' where we join the Leeds/Liverpool canal. Following the tow path until we get to the village of 'Salterforth'.

Here we will visit the cellar of The Anchor Inn where there are stalactites and stalagmites formed by water dripping through the limestone floor.(note- A small donation to there chosen charity is required). We will have time for a quick pint before heading back to Foulridge through fields, canal tow path and part of the disused Colne to Skipton railway.

At the end of the walk refreshment will be available from Cafe Cargo http://www.cafecargo.com/

Foulridge Village Green MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Foulridge Village Green, Lake Burwain, shirt Neck Harry, Alkincotes Woodland Nature Reserve, Mile tunnel, Slipper Hill Reservoir, County Brook Mill, Salterforth, Foulridge.
Extras:

Walk leader is meeting at the walk start.

 

 

24

Sowerby Bridge

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Angela Robinson.

5.0 mi

200m

This walk heads out of Sowerby Bridge, following old transport links before gradually climbing the valley sides and meandering through woodland. After walking around the hilltop township of Norland, we descend back into the town.

Back in Sowerby Bridge you may wish to sample some local ale at 'The Works' (food served until 5pm) and 'Jubilee Refreshment Rooms', which is conveniently situated a few metres from the platform for the train 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.

11:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return to Sowerby Bridge £9.60

Northern Duo tickets- buy 2 adult tickets, get 2nd for half price

11:21

Train departs for the walk start at Sowerby Bridge.

12:08

Walk starts at Sowerby Bridge.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. 14:59 15:20 then xx:59 xx:19 xx:31 until 19:19, then xx:19 until 23:19

24-3-2012 11:00 24-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Sowerby Bridge Sowerby Bridge MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sowerby Bridge Train Station, Canal Wharf, North Dean Woods, Norland Moor, Sowerby Bridge Train Station
Extra:

Walk leader meeting on train at Todmorden

No toilets at walk start, use those on the train

This walk may be muddy in places, gaiters advisable

 

 

25

Huddersfield to Marsden

Public Transport based walk with Phil Walters.

12.0 mi

500m

Note: the new walk leader will join the walk at Huddersfield. Jon is unable to lead the walk tomorrow and Phil has kindly stepped in.

A good linear walk venturing to parts not regularly visited by the group. This was reccied mid-February and was muddy so please bring appropriate kit. There will be two small stream crossings on the walk.

Note:  Based on the reccie we will be aiming to get the 16:50 train back, however if you are making plans for after the walk, please factor in that we maybe on the 17:50 train. The return train arrives into Manchester Victoria.

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 10:42. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Huddersfield Off Peak Day Return £11.60.

10:42

Train departs for the walk start at Huddersfield Train Station.

11:11

Walk starts at Huddersfield Train Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 16:50, 17:50, 18:50, 19:50

25-3-2012 10:30 25-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Huddersfield to Marsden Huddersfield Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Huddersfield train station, Reap Hirst, A629, Peat Ponds Farm, A643, Kirklees Way, Outlane, Round Ings Road, Kirklees Way, Crimea Lane, Intake Road, Merry Dale, Cop Hill, Bents, Mount Pleasant, Marsde
Notes:

Please note, this walk leaves Manchester from Piccadilly and arrives back in to Victoria, or you need to change at Stalybridge.

The walk leader will not be at the Piccadilly in the morning - please make your way to Huddersfield and everyone will meet up there, in or immediately outside the station.

 

 

31

Kinder Circuit

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

18.0 mi

1200m

A dramatic high level circuit of Kinder, beginning with the interesting route up Grindsbrook Clough and then proceeding anti-clockwise all the way round the top of Kinder, before returning down Grindsbrook Knoll to Edale. If the weather's good the views will be fantastic!

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 08:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either a return ticket to Edale (£10.10) or if you're travelling in by public transport a Wayfarer ticket (£10 purchasable in advance from manned stations or travel shops)

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. Hourly at xx:47 until 21:08 and 22:56

31-3-2012 08:30 31-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinder Circuit Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale Station; Grindsbrook Clough; The Nab; Crookstone; North Edge; Kinder Downfall; Kinder Low; Crowden Brook; Grindsbrook Knoll; Edale station
Extra info:

This walk is likely to be very muddy: gaiters would be an advantage.

This is a long walk for the time of year, and if very wet can be quite hard going. Please be sure you're capable of the full walk as there are few bail out points.

OS Map Ex 1

 

 

31

A Tale of Two Adlingtons: Saddle of Kerridge

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.5 mi

387m

My nod to the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens…(loosely in name only!) . We start our walk from Adlington railway station (Cheshire) and head through the fields before meeting the Middlewood Way for a short distance before joining the Macclesfield Canal until we reach Bollington where we start our climb up to White Nancy and follow the Saddle of Kerridge over to the trig point, were if the weather is good there is spectacular views over Cheshire. We then head down towards Kerridge-end and follow a lane to join up with the Gritstone Trail up to Tegg’s Nose Country Park before our final descent into Macclesfield, where hopefully we can have a pint or two.

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 Macclesfield (Northern Rail only!!!) £8.30, Duo ticket for two adults £12.45.

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. Return journey from Macclesfield at **:20

31-3-2012 09:30 31-3-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Tale of Two Adlingtons: Saddle of Kerridge Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Middlewood Way, Macclesfield Canal, Bollington, White Nancy, Kerridge Hill Trig Point, Kerridge-end, Gritstone Trail, Tegg’s Nose
Extras:

This walk starts from Adlington in CHESHIRE. Use toilets on the train. If wet, gaiters may be appropriate.

 

 

1

The Calderdale Round (3/4's Of)

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

19.2 mi

1200m

Walk Leader will join the train at Littleborough

This is a hard walk - not for the faint hearted! It takes in 4 high points all with drops back down to the valley inbetween! Views over the Calder Valley in every direction!

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 09:08. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Mytholmroyd  £9.10 Return Each or a Duo £13.65 for 2 people

Stops called at: Moston, Mills Hill, Castleton, Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, Littleborough, Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge

09:08

Train departs for the walk start at Mytholmroyd Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Mytholmroyd Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 18:02, 19:06, 20:11, 21:03, 22.50

1-4-2012 09:00 1-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Calderdale Round (3/4's Of) Mytholmroyd Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mytholmroyd, Crow Hill, Midgley Moor, Pecket Well, Hard Castle Crags, Heptonstall, Coulden Clough, Blackshaw Head, Eastwood, Stoodley Pike, Warlands Resv. White House, Moorcock, Littleborough
Extra:

Please use Trains as there is no toilet until around lunch time!

If you plan to drive please drive to Littleborough for the train @ 09:36 and get a Single to Mytholmroyd (£4.60)

 

 

1

A Tale of Two Adlingtons: A Rivington Expedition

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.0 mi

270m

Part two of my nod to the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. This walk starts from Adlington railway station (LANCASHIRE) and head towards Rivington Reservoir where we then follow the west bank of Lower Rivington Reservoir down to the folly called Liverpool Castle before heading into Rivington Country Park and towards the hall, as we get to the wall of the hall we head of into the terraced gardens of Rivington before and the “Pigeon House” tower which overlooks the gardens before the final climb up to Rivington Pike, were on a clear day you can see The Lakes and Snowdonia!! We now start our descent towards Blackrod but not before calling into a couple of public houses in Horwich about a mile from the station at Blackrod.

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.

10:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Adlington £5.30

10:25

Train departs for the walk start at Adlington Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Adlington Station.

Return

from Blackrod Station. **:11

1-4-2012 10:05 1-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Tale of Two Adlingtons: A Rivington Expedition Adlington Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rivington Reservoir, Liverpool Castle, Rivington Hall, Pigeon Tower, Rivington Pike, Horwich
Extras:

This walk starts from Adlington (LANCS). No toilets at the walk start, use those on the train. If wet, gaiters may be appropriate.

 

 

1

A half-moon walk

Public Transport based walk with Dan Sovercliffe.

5.0 mi

100m

The walks coordinator thinks this one is an April fool!

A fun walk close to home without anybody popping too far from Manchester, and so we don't need to go too quick. Step quietly in the wood and, as wildlife around here aren't used to seeing folk, we may even see a fox trot across our path. As we swing around the hook in the river, we might see a cormorant or a shag drying its wings. On other side is the very 'en vogue' house of Charles Tonline, founder of the Londis company and known for his book on football etiquette. Afterwards, pub stop at the Brewery Tap for beer, rum, Baileys, or Tango!

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.

11:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Besses O'Th'Barn £2.50

11:30

Train departs for the walk start at Besses O Th Barn Tram Stop.

11:55

Walk starts at Besses O Th Barn Tram Stop.

Return

from Besses O Th Barn Tram Stop. Trams return every 10 minutes

1-4-2012 11:15 1-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A half-moon walk Besses O Th Barn Tram Stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rocha Chapel, Hebro Bottoms, Kearsal Sands, Besses O'Th'Barn

 

 

7

Cotton on to the Mills

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

12.0 mi

450m

A re-run of one of my favourite walks starting from Hebden Bridge we proceed along the canal for a while before we start a climb up into Jumble Hole Clough visiting the ruins of Staups Mill through some steep, rough narrow paths. From here we continue our climb to Blackshaw Head and Heptonstall Moor where we follow the Pennine Way and Bridleway back to Jack Bridge for a pub stop at The New Delight Inn. Don’t drink too much here because we have to from here proceed over the crags which overlook Eaves Wood just before entering the beautiful village of Heptonstall with it’s church ruins standing in the current church grounds before proceeding back to Hebden Bridge for another 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket £8.60, Duo ticket (1st adult pays full fare, 2nd adult pays half fare) £12.90

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. **:08, **:28, **:56

7-4-2012 09:30 7-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Cotton on to the Mills Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Charlestown, Jumble Hole Clough, Blackshaw Head, Shaw Bottom, Mount Pleasant, Reaps Level, Jack Bridge, Heptonstall
Extras:

Bring gaiters as sometimes the moors can be a bit boggy.

 

 

9

A weave around Wayoh

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.0 mi

260m

A varied zig zag to the north of Bolton, taking in various reservoirs, a half-timbered tower, a climb up to a dubious stone circle on Cheetham Close, a 10ft tall steel heron and a Strawbury Duck!

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 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Entwistle £6.00, Northern Duo Return ticket (for 2 people) available for £9.00

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 15:34, 17:17, 17:48, 18:48

9-4-2012 09:45 9-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A weave around Wayoh Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bromley Cross, Jumbles Reservoir, Turton Tower, Cheetham Close, Spring Bank Farm, Armsgrove Farm, Wayoh Reservoir, Yarnsdale, Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, Entwistle Station
Extra:

Drinks in the Strawbury Duck, afterwards. If driving to the start, car parking is available at Bromley Cross Station, please arrive in good time to meet the train. Some paths may be muddy, so gaiters are recommended.

 

 

12

Old Trafford to Sale evening walk

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

4.0 mi

0m

A short linear evening walk to stretch the legs after work, making use of the tram. Starting through Longford Park, it takes in Turn Moss and Sale Water Park, with a little socialising possible in Sale afterwards! Trainers allowed if you don't mind them getting muddy.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

19:00

Meet at the walk start (Old Trafford Metrolink Station)

19:00

Walk starts.

12-4-2012 19:00 12-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Old Trafford to Sale evening walk

A short linear evening walk to stretch the legs after work, making use of the tram. Starting through Longford Park, it takes in Turn Moss and Sale Water Park, with a little socialising possible in Sale afterwards! Trainers allowed if you don't mind them getting muddy.

Old Trafford Metrolink Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Start: Old Trafford Tram Stop, then Longford Park, Turn Moss, Sale Water Park, Ends at: Sale Metrolink Station
Travel:

From town, a tram return to Sale is probably the cheapest (£3.60), but also check if you can use a peak or off-peak Metrolink Saver ticket for the day (all tram services: £6.40 peak, £4.50 off-peak). You could use the 163 bus to get back up to Old Trafford and town. Allow 20 minutes to get out from town to Old Trafford.

Parking is possible in the side streets around Old Trafford Tram Station, although you'll have to catch the tram back there from sale after the walk.

 

 

14

Alport Castles from Edale - a skip, a stride and a leap

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

15.9 mi

1245m

An exhilarating walk with a steep ascent from almost the start, to be followed later in the walk by more steep ascents and descents! A bit of bog trotting and some great views if the weather holds. We finish off with some off-path walking and negotiation of peat hags.

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer: £10

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx.09 and xx.39, until 19.39 then hourly.

14-4-2012 09:30 14-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Alport Castles from Edale - a skip, a stride and a leap Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ringing Roger, Crookstone Hill, Upper Ashop, Alport valley, Alport Castles, The Swamp, Higher Shelf stones, James Thorn, Old Glossop.
Important:

Proper walking boots are highly recommended for this walk along with full gaiters and waterproofs. This walk will be led at a fairly fast pace.

 

 

15

Mytholmroyd Circular Walk

Public Transport based walk with Phil Walters.

12.5 mi

700m

Walk leader will be meeting the group ay Mytholmroyd Station

A walk over the hills to wind turbines and a reservoir north of Halifax from the birthplace of Britain's last lifetime poet laureate.

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:

Off-peak day return to Mytholmroyd £9.10. Duo ticket for two adults travelling together: £13.65

10:08

Train departs for the walk start at Mytholmroyd Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Mytholmroyd Station.

Return

from Mytholmroyd Station. 16.42 , 17.42, 18.46 , 19.52, 20.44

15-4-2012 09:50 15-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Mytholmroyd Circular Walk Mytholmroyd Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hill House Farm, Crow Hill Nook, Dimmin Dale Edge, Lower Height Farm, Rocking Stone Flat, Knoll Hill, The borders, Ogden reservoir, Halifax Golf Course, Hough Gate Head Farm, Moorfield Farm
Extras:

There is a fair amount of ascent and descent on this walk, some of the descent is quite steep. Some of the paths across the moors are boggy and gaiters are advised.
Toilets at the Ogden Reservoir.

 

 

21

A Walk to Celebrate 80 Years since the Kinder Trespass & 8 Years of MAD Walkers! (The Half Walk)

Public Transport based walk with Chris Wright (Sheffield 20s & .

7.5 mi

500m

This event is joint with Sheffield and Leeds 20s & 30s Groups.

A linear walk to celebrate the 80th Aniversary of the kinder trespass taking the route out of Edale used by the Sheffield-based trespassers up Grindsbrook & over to Kinder Low before splitting from the other group and heading down Jacob's Ladder back to Edale

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £10 includes transport into the Manchester if you live within the Zone Check the zone @
For Buses: http://www.tfgm.com/pdfmaps/Wayfarer_busmap_2010.pdf
or for Trains: http://www.tfgm.com/pdfmaps/Wayfarer_Rail_diagram_2010.pdf

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:47

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. xx:47 until 19:47

21-4-2012 09:30 21-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Walk to Celebrate 80 Years since the Kinder Trespass & 8 Years of MAD Walkers! (The Half Walk) Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Kinder Low, Jacobs Ladder, Barber Booth, Edale,

 

 

21

A Walk to Celebrate 80 Years since the Kinder Trespass & 8 Years of MAD Walkers (The Full Walk)!

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

12.0 mi

500m

This is a joint walk with the Leeds and Sheffield 20s and 30s Ramblers Groups.

A linear walk to celebrate the 80th Aniversary of the kinder trespass taking the route out of Edale used by the Sheffield-based trespassers up
Grindsbrook & over to Kinder Low and following going back down the route used by the Lanchashire branch of the Communist-inspired British Workers & Sport Federation, down William Clough and into Hayfield before the final few miles back to New Mills Central for the return Train!

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £10 includes transport into the Manchester if you live within the Zone Check the zone @
For Buses: http://www.tfgm.com/pdfmaps/Wayfarer_busmap_2010.pdf
or for Trains: http://www.tfgm.com/pdfmaps/Wayfarer_Rail_diagram_2010.pdf

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:47

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from New Mills Station. xx:01 until 20:01 then xx:30 until 22:30

21-4-2012 09:30 21-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Walk to Celebrate 80 Years since the Kinder Trespass & 8 Years of MAD Walkers (The Full Walk)! Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Kinder Low, Kinder Downfall, William Clough, Kinder Res. Hayfield, New Mills Central

 

 

22

Runcorn East to Warrington linear, via Moore & Walton Hall

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

7.5 mi

0m

A linear afternoon walk over fairly level ground seeing a grand hall, the pretty narrowboats on the canal and the inside of a pub! Paths might be a bit muddy after lots of rain. There's the possibility of a beer/curry after the walk.

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.

12:55

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:56. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

For TWO people: MAN-Warrington Duo £11.40 + 2*£2.60 Warr-RUE single. Or ONE person: Warrington Day Return £7.60 + £2.60 Warr-RUE single.

12:56

Train departs for the walk start at Runcorn East Railway Station.

13:40

Walk starts at Runcorn East Railway Station.

Return

from Warrington Bank Quay Railway Station. Typ x:02 from Central or x:03 from Bank Quay

22-4-2012 12:55 22-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Runcorn East to Warrington linear, via Moore & Walton Hall Runcorn East Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:RUE, Bog Wood, Keckwick Brook, Moore, Bridgewater Canal, Walton Hall, A56, River Mersey, Arpley Meadows. Map EX275 & EX276.

 

 

28

Limestone Dales

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

22.0 mi

1161m

A long  but very pretty walk intended mainly as a training walk for those contemplating the Mid Summer Challenge Walk in June. However the walk is open to anybody as long as you're up for the distance!

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 08:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Grindleford £10.10 or a Wayfarer ticket (£10 - must be purchased in advance from travelshop or manned station). The Wayfarer can also be used on buses from Tideswell should you wish to cut the walk short - see extra information below.

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. hourly at xx:39 until 21:00

28-4-2012 08:30 28-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Limestone Dales Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford; Froggat Bridge; Stoney Middleton; Rough Side; Great Longstone; Ashford in the Water; Monsal Dale; Cressbrook Dale; Tideswell Dale; Tideswell; Little Hucklow; Bradwell; Brough; Hope
Extra info:

This is a long walk  with very few bail out points before Tideswell and needs to be done at a brisk pace. Please be sure you're capable of completing the walk.

It is possible to leave the walk at Tideswell (making it a 16 mile walk), but you will need to be able to walk at the pace of the main group.

Travel arrangements from Tideswell are as follows:

Hourly buses at X:23 to Buxton (trains back from Buxton to Manchester every hour at X:27). Last bus from Tideswell to Buxton 18:28.

Occasional buses from Tideswell to Grindleford (short walk to station then required - trains from Grindleford hourly at X:28) at 16:28 and 19:22.

A Wayfarer ticket will cover all this, so if you're not sure you want to do the entire route you'd do better to buy a Wayfarer ticket;

If driving, you can either park at Hope or Grindleford and then catch the train back to the other station at the end of the walk.

OS Maps Ex 1 and 24

 

 

28

Grindleford to Grindleford with stuff in between!

Public Transport based walk with Phil Barnes.

11.0 mi

680m

A circular walk from Grindleford railway station taking us alongside the River Derwent, then over hills and through woodland and eventually over Sir William Hill to Eyam for a visit to the pub or one of the tea rooms before returning to Grindleford along the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail.

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

An off-peak day return £10.20, but the cheapest option is a Wayfarer at £10, which could also be used to get into town!

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:46

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 16:29, 17:29, 18:28, 19:29 (no changes) 16:46, 17:44, 18:46 (change at Sheffield)

28-4-2012 09:30 28-4-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Grindleford to Grindleford with stuff in between! Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Coppice Wood, Leadmill Bridge, Hazelford, Highlow Wood, Mill Wood, Sir William Hill, Eyam, Riley Wood, Knouchley Farm, Froggatt Bridge, Spooner Lane, Grindleford
Notes:

There will be the chance for a quick pub stop in Eyam sometime in the afternoon about two thirds of the way through the walk and there is a cafe at Grindleford railway station for the opportunity to stock up on refreshments.

 

 

3

Walkden to Patricroft linear

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

4.5 mi

0m

Traffic-free route heading south from Walkden, passing through the best tunnel in Manchester! We pick up the Bridgewater Canal to get to Patricroft, and the world's first railway tavern? Expect a little mud at some point on this walk.

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.

18:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Evening Rail Ranger £2.30

18:45

Train departs for the walk start at Walkden Station.

19:05

Walk starts at Walkden Station.

Return

from Patricroft Station. 21:00, 22:00, plus 23:38(by bus)

3-5-2012 18:30 3-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Walkden to Patricroft linear Walkden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Looplines, Worsley Woods, Bridgewater Canal

 

 

5

Congleton circular

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

11.0 mi

0m

A circular walk around Congleton with a pub stop en-route and one at the end.

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:

Day return: £8.30, or a duo ticket where the second adult travels half price: £12.45

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Congleton Station. xx:12

5-5-2012 09:30 5-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Congleton circular Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield Canal, Havannah, Eaton Village, Cockmoss Wood, Marton Village (famous for having the oldest timber-framed church in Europe), Wornish Nook, Radnor Bridge and Congleton Town Centre
Extra:

This train also calls at Stockport.

No toilets at Congleton Station.

 

 

7

Mossley to Stalybridge via Hartshead Pike

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

6.0 mi

200m

A walk suitable for new members taking in the country to the north of Mossley and Stalybridge going via the tower on Hartshead Pike, dropping into Stalybridge to finish up at the famous Station Buffet Bar!

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 10:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Manchester to Mossley Return £3.60

10:27

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. To Victoria - 1642, 1701, 18:01
To Piccadilly - 1646, 1718, 1736, 1818, 1831

7-5-2012 10:10 7-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Mossley to Stalybridge via Hartshead Pike Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mossley Brow, Mossley Cross, Brook Bottom, Top of Lane, Lane Head Farm, Hartshead Pike, Hartshead Green, Knott Hill Nature Reserve, Hazelhurst, Stamford Park, Stalybridge Station
Extra:

If it's been raining then some parts may be muddy so gaiters recommended if you have them. Lunch, weather permitting, at Hartshead Pike.

 

 

8

Middlewood & Norbury Hollow

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stu Edwards.

3.9 mi

24m

A tranquil, evening walk around Middlewood and the Macclesfield Canal. Ideal for new members, this circular walk snakes through the wooded bank of Norbury Hollow before crossing open pasture and country lanes en route to the pub. Following a refreshing pint, we meander back along the canal at dusk, with the distinctive landscape of Lyme Park and the Cage silhouetted on the horizon.

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.

18:40

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Middlewood £1.95 (After 18:30)

18:52

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

19:20

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Middlewood Station. 20:57 and 21:57

8-5-2012 18:40 8-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Middlewood & Norbury Hollow Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Norbury Hollow, Rabbit Burro' Farm, Boars Head and Macclesfield Canal
Extra :

PLEASE ENSURE YOU BRING A TORCH. It will be needed after the pub stop!

 

 

12

Stanage and beyond

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

22.0 mi

1472m

Another long walk, intended mainly as a training walk for those thinking about the Mid Summer Challenge, but open to anyone up for the distance!

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 08:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Hathersage (£10.20)  or a Wayfarer ticket (£10) - buy in advance not on the train

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

09:42

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. xx:36

12-5-2012 08:30 12-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Stanage and beyond Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hathersage; Stanage Pole; Redmires Reservoir; Hallam Moors; Crawshaw Lodge; Dale Dike Reservoir;; Back Tor; Fairholmes; Lockerbrook; Haggwater Bridge; Hope Cross; Win Hill; Parkin Clough; Bamford
Extra note:

This is a long walk with a lot of ascent, including the climb up to Hope Cross and Win Hill towards the end of the day so please be sure you are capable of completing the entire walk at a good pace.

There are no reasonable bail out points during this walk.

If you're driving, park near Bamford and catch the 09:39 to Hathersage, or park at Hathersage and catch the train back there at the end of the walk (xx:37)

OS Map Ex 1

 

 

13

Haigh Hall linear

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

8.0 mi

100m

A linear fairly easy walk over to the west of Manchester with a curious windmill and a grand hall with even grander views. There's even an ice cream stop! You can't say fairer than that!

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.

10:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Ranger Rail £4.60

10:25

Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

10:52

Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

Return

from Wigan Wallgate. xx:15 into Victoria, xx:36 into Piccadilly

13-5-2012 10:20 13-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Haigh Hall linear Blackrod Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackrod, Makinson's Farm, Blundell Lane, Meadow Pit Lane, Copperas Lane, Haigh Hall, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Bottling Wood, Mesnes Park, Wigan
Extra: :

Map EX276

 

 

19

Frodsham has the Edge....

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Katherine Hamlett .

7.6 mi

345m

A circular walk to take you through some of the best views and quirky features of the paths and tracks around Frodsham and Helsby. Saunter along sections of the Sandstone Trail, drop down into Dunsdale Hollow, note your name at the Ancient Tree and admire the vast panorama across the estuary to the hills beyond. Then take a moment to reflect on all you've seen as we wind our way back to one of the listed sandstone buildings for a drink in a real ale pub...

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 09:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak Day Return to Frodsham £12.60

09:50

Train departs for the walk start at Frodsham Railway Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Frodsham Railway Station.

Return

from Frodsham Railway Station. 16:02, 17:04, 18:04 (All terminate at Manchester Oxford Road)

19-5-2012 09:30 19-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Frodsham has the Edge.... Frodsham Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sandstone Trail, Dunsdale Hollow, Snidley Moor Wood, Burrows Lane, Longster Trail, Helsby Hill, Woodhouses, Jacob's Ladder, Memorial
Extra::

Please use toilets on train as none available at Frodsham station. Car parking available at Frodsham station should you wish to meet us at the walk start.

 

 

20

Over the Border Walk

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

11.0 mi

400m

A linear walk starting out from Littleborough in Greater Manchester.  We head over the moors, via a Roman road, and then down past reservoirs into the Yorkshire village of Ripponden. Going through the once industrious valley, the final stage of the walk takes us on to Sowerby Bridge, where a well-deserved drink awaits.

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 Victoria for the train at 10:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Sowerby Bridge £9.60. Northern duo available- buy one get one half price

 

10:14

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. 16:36, 17:36, 18:40, 19:46

20-5-2012 10:00 20-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Over the Border Walk Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Littleborough train station, Roman Road, Warm Withens Hill, Ryburn Reservoir, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge
Extra:

Walk leader meeting at walk start.

Use toilets on the train.

Parts of this walk on the moorland are exposed, so bring some warm clothing. The ground will be boggy if it's been raining, so gaiters are advisable.

 

 

23

Urmston evening circular

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

5.0 mi

0m

A short flat walk following the river Mersey and popping over into the old village of Ashton on Mersey. A quick beverage here and then back across the river to the Transpennine Trail into Urmston, which will nicely lead to the Urmston social at the Steamhouse pub. Walk leader will meet at Walk Start.

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.

18:44

Meet at Manchester Oxford Road Station for the train at 18:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Urmston evening return £1.55.

Chorltonites might prefer to take a bus; Stagecoach Dayrider ticket at £3.70 - a suitable bus will be the #23 at 18:13 from Chorlton bus station.

18:44

Train departs for the walk start at Urmston Railway Station.

19:00

Walk starts at Urmston Railway Station.

Return

from Urmston Railway Station. xx:56

23-5-2012 18:44 23-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Urmston evening circular Urmston Railway Station MAD Walkers

 

 

26

Walk Around Keswick #1 - Skiddaw

Car based walk with Jon Buckland / Andy Buckley.

8.0 mi

800m

Walk leaders will meet at the walk start.

The first of two walks over the weekend based in and around Keswick. For this walk we will be ascending Skiddaw also taking in Dodd to the west of Skiddaw.

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 Deansgate Locks for lift share organising.

08:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Car Park (North of Latrigg)).

10:30

Walk starts at Car Park (North of Latrigg).

26-5-2012 08:00 26-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Walk Around Keswick #1 - Skiddaw

The first of two walks over the weekend based in and around Keswick. For this walk we will be ascending Skiddaw also taking in Dodd to the west of Skiddaw.

Car Park (North of Latrigg) 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.

Waypoints:Latrigg Car Park, Little Man, Skiddaw, Allerdale Ramble, Long Doors, Dodd, Lyzzick Wood, Applethwaite, Water works, Latrigg Car Park
Extra:

If you would like to come on this walk - please email jwbuckland@hotmail.com by 20th May.

As this is the first of two walks in the Keswick area, people will be travelling up on Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning for these walks and we want to make sure there are enough drivers and everyone has a space.

We'll be staying in Keswick (YHA) that night for the walk the day after if anyone wants to join us.

 

 

26

Picturesque Parbold

Public Transport based walk with David Littlemore & Mark Roper.

9.0 mi

250m

Walk leaders will meet at the walk start.

A walk around Parbold showcasing the picturesque Douglas valley.  Although we don't go very high, we obtain some terrific views of the Lancashire plain towards Ormskirk, Southport, Blackpool and way beyond.  It's quite easy going, with gentle ascents, apart from one challenging climb (but that's rewarded by a pub stop shortly afterwards at about 6 miles in).  There's also another pub at the end!

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.

11:05

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Parbold £5.90, if using connecting bus/train/tram services a Wayfarer ticket (£10) may work out cheaper.  A Northern Rail Duo ticket is also available for £8.80 if two are travelling together.

11:22

Train departs for the walk start at Parbold railway station.

12:14

Walk starts at Parbold railway station.

Return

from Parbold railway station. 16:41, 17:42, 18:40, 19:41, 20:41

26-5-2012 11:05 26-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Picturesque Parbold Parbold railway station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Parbold station, Leeds & Liverpool canal, Fairy Glen, Boar's Den, High Moor, Harrock Hill, Bannister Lane, Hunter's Hill quarry, Rigbye Arms Pub, Parbold Hill, Windmill Pub
Extra Into:

Given the late start, a long lunch stop is not planned although there is time to eat on the train en-route.

The train also calls at Bolton (11:45) and Wigan Wallgate (12:02).

If driving, parking spaces at the station are limited although there are housing estates close by with plenty of on-road parking available.

If there has been heavy rain a few days before (or on the day!) gaiters are recommended.

 

 

27

Walk Around Keswick #2 - High Spy, Maiden Moor & Cat Bells

Car based walk with Jon Buckland & Andy Buckley.

9.5 mi

600m

Walk Leaders will be meeting at Keswick Bus station (see destination notes)

The second of two walks over the weekend in and around Keswick. This walk will start from Rosthwaite (south of Keswick) and finish in Keswick passing over High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Please note there are two sections of unavoidable steep rocky descent coming down off Cat Bells. You will probably need to use your hands on the rocky, although these aren't 'scrambles' as such.

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 Deansgate Locks for lift share organising.

08:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Keswick Bus Station / Booths).

10:15

Walk starts at Keswick Bus Station / Booths.

27-5-2012 08:00 27-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Walk Around Keswick #2 - High Spy, Maiden Moor & Cat Bells

The second of two walks over the weekend in and around Keswick. This walk will start from Rosthwaite (south of Keswick) and finish in Keswick passing over High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Please note there are two sections of unavoidable steep rocky descent coming down off Cat Bells. You will probably need to use your hands on the rocky, although these aren't 'scrambles' as such.

Keswick Bus Station / Booths 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.

Waypoints:Rosthwaite, Wilso's Beild, High Spy, Maiden Moor, Cat Bells, Skellgill Bank, Cumbria Way & Allerdale Ramble, Portinscale, Keswick
Must Read:

If you would like to come on this walk - please email jwbuckland@hotmail.com by 20th May.

As this is the second of two walks in the Keswick area, people will be travelling up on Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning for these walks and we want to make sure there are enough drivers and everyone has a space.

This is a linear walk. The group will be catching the Number 78 bus to Rosthwaite from Keswick bus station at 10.25.  We would advise all people going on the walk to meet us at Keswick bus station at 10.15, rather than traveling directly to the walk start. Please allow 15 minutes to park in Keswick, gear up and get to the bus stop in good time.

 

 

27

Avoiding the Black Stuff!

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

7.0 mi

460m

Join us for a wander out of Glossop towards Bleaklow to see there is more to walking the dark peatlands of Bleaklow than mile upon mile of seemingly endless bog.

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:

Off peak day return: £3.90.

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:09; xx:39

27-5-2012 10:00 27-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Avoiding the Black Stuff! Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop Station, Manor park, Old Glossop, Shittern Clough, Yellow Slacks, Dog Rock, Hern Stones, Higher Shelf Stones, Lower Shelf Stones, Jamie's Thorn, Little Clough, Doctor's Gate track, Mossy Lea F
Notes::

This walk does have a few steep ups and downs, but the going is generally pretty easy and the pace won't be too quick.

Gaiters shouldn't be necessary, but you never know! Sunscreen will hopefully be mandatory!

Toilet stop 10 minutes after leaving the station in Manor Park.

Ghost warning: many sightings of the ghosts of US Servicemen around the plane wrecks near the Shelf Stones!

Pub stop at the end: The Queens in Old Glossop by the top of Manor Park. 15 minutes from the station.

 

 

31

Tandle Hill evening walk

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

5.0 mi

100m

A simple linear evening walk north of the city. The short train journey takes us straight into the countryside, where a monument and trigpoint await. We get a great view over to Oldham on one side to Rochdale on the other. The middle view stretches to the horizon over Manchester to the Welsh hills. There's a pub stop here, possibly accompanied by witches. It's a place where one has to be careful with newspapers! From there, it's a short trip into Castleton, as we gradually return to the urban scene.

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.

19:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 19:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Evening Return to Castleton £1.80.

19:00

Train departs for the walk start at Mills Hill Station.

19:10

Walk starts at Mills Hill Station.

Return

from Castleton Station. 21:28, 21:55 & 22:55

31-5-2012 19:00 31-5-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Tandle Hill evening walk Mills Hill Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Chadderton Fold, Healds Green, Cinder Hill Farm, Tandle Hill, Thornham Fold, Thornfields, Trows Farm, Castleton
Extra:

Map EX277. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's.

 

 

2

Froggatt, Curbar and the River Derwent circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Nicky Bryan.

8.5 mi

435m

This circular route takes in the contrasting landscapes of the gritstone edges with the softer views of a riverside walk. From Grindleford station we head up initially steeply and then along Froggatt Edge and Curbar Edge via Hay Wood before descending into Curbar village for a pub stop at The Bridge. Then it's back to Grindleford via the banks of the river Derwent and Upper Padley. Refreshments at the end of the walk can be found in the station cafe!

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Suggested ticket is an off-Peak day return to Grindleford for £10.20 or a Wayfarer ticket (£10) - purchase in advance at the station, not on the train, or the day before for your travel into town too.

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 16:29; 17:29; 18.28; 19:29; 20.50; 22.38

2-6-2012 09:30 2-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Froggatt, Curbar and the River Derwent circular Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Hay Wood, Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge, Curbar Village, Bridge Inn public house in Calver, River Derwent, Upper Padley, Grindleford Station.
Extras:

Toilet available at the cafe at the start of the walk at cost of 20p for non customers of the cafe, or free of charge for cafe customers.

 

 

3

Snowdon via the South Ridge from Rhyd-Ddu

Car based walk with Pete Dolan.

7.5 mi

909m

One of the less travelled routes up to Snowdon, starting from Rhyd-Ddu railway station, the walking is straighforward following a clear track passing some disused quarries towards Bwlch Cwm Llan. The ascent now starts, up Snowdon South Ridge, with great views into the vast Cwm Tregalan, (a few sections will require the occasional use of hands but nothing too difficult). The South Ridge path then joins the Rhyd-ddu path and we follow a narrowing arête (Bwlch Main) to the summit of Snowdon where we can enjoy hot drinks in the cafe before descending back via the more direct Rhyd-Ddu path.

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.

08:20

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

08:30

Cars will leave for the walk start (Rhyd Ddu Railway Station car park).

11:00

Walk starts at Rhyd Ddu Railway Station car park.

3-6-2012 08:20 3-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Snowdon via the South Ridge from Rhyd-Ddu

One of the less travelled routes up to Snowdon, starting from Rhyd-Ddu railway station, the walking is straighforward following a clear track passing some disused quarries towards Bwlch Cwm Llan. The ascent now starts, up Snowdon South Ridge, with great views into the vast Cwm Tregalan, (a few sections will require the occasional use of hands but nothing too difficult). The South Ridge path then joins the Rhyd-ddu path and we follow a narrowing arête (Bwlch Main) to the summit of Snowdon where we can enjoy hot drinks in the cafe before descending back via the more direct Rhyd-Ddu path.

Rhyd Ddu Railway Station car park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Pen ar Lon, Bwlch Cwm Llan, Alt Maenderyn, Bwlch Main, Snowdon, Bwlch Main, Llechog, Rhos Boeth, Pen ar Lon.
Extra:

Toilets at walk start, middle (summit cafe) and finish.

Car Parking cost £4.00 per day. Map OL17. OS Start grid reference SH571526.

Return to Manchester may be quite late.

Driving Directions:   M56 / A494 / A55 J9  / A487 / A4085.

 

 

5

Styal and Quarry Bank Valley

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Catherine Mellor and Becky Lea.

6.0 mi

50m

A pleasant walk through Styal Country Park and the surrounding rolling 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.

10:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Styal: £4.80

10:46

Train departs for the walk start at Styal Rail Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Styal Rail Station.

Return

from Styal Rail Station. Direct trains (Northbound from Styal): 15:59, 17:59. Change in Wilmslow (Southbound from Styal first): 17:18, 18:18 (last train)

5-6-2012 10:30 5-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Styal and Quarry Bank Valley Styal Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Styal Country Park, Hooksbank Wook, Morley Green Village.

 

 

9

Introduction to scrambling: Wilderness Gully and Dovestones

Public Transport based scramble with Chris Wareing (& Tim Harrison).

8.5 mi

400m

Given the forecast, this walk will still take place, but will scramble up Charnel Clough (a pleasant Grade 1 route) rather than Wilderness Gully

Please email the walks coordinator if you have any questions about this scramble.

Wilderness Gully is a classic Grade 1 scramble near Dovestones reservoir. At ~200m from valley bottom to the mooredge, it is often called the peak's best scramble. 

We'll catch the train to Greenfield, walk up to and round the reservoir before heading up Chew Valley to the bottom of the scramble. On the way there, there are opportunities to test yourself on some easy rocky boulders at lunch and even a convenient man-made scrambling practice venue on the way up to the scramble. The scrambling is straightforward, and whilst there are easy options at all time, it is not avoidable. We'll take it on at a suitable pace for the whole group - a perfect introduction if you fancy trying scrambling! Then we'll walk along the moor edge to the gritsone outcrop of Indian's Head with fine views over manchester and merseyside if it's clear. On the way down, Wimberry boulders will provide a little more optional scrambling activity, or you can just have a break and watch the climbers, before on down to The Clarence and The Railway pubs for a little light refreshment!

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 09:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return: £3.90. Duo tickets available.

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:51

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. xx:51

9-6-2012 09:15 9-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Introduction to scrambling: Wilderness Gully and Dovestones Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Greenfield station, Dovestones Reservoir, Chew Brook, Indian's Head, Ram's Clough and Wimberry Boulders, Hey Top, Waterside, The Clarence, The Railway, Greenfield Station.
Extras::

Some gaiters might be useful as the approach to the scramble along the river can be boggy if it has been raining. If the rocks are particularly green and slippy, we might go up the pleasant and easy Grade 1 scramble up Charnel Clough.

 

 

10

Bury to Rawtenstall over Scout Moor

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland .

10.2 mi

370m

A walk up the Irwell Valley to Rawtenstall going out of Bury and going along the eastern side of the valley with a long steady climb up to Scout Moor to see the Wind Turbines, then passing by Waugh's Well and Cowpe Lowe and if we're lucky we might try and fail to get in that Temperance Bar again in Rawtenstall.

Then, we take advantage of the East Lancashire Railway Rambler's Weekend to get back to Bury for a special fare of £4.60, for which you'll need to bring your RA membership card.

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 09:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink Victoria to Bury Return £3.90 - if travelling from Bolton or Rochdale use the 471 bus.

For the return journey from Rawtenstall back to Bury, buy an East Lancashire Railway Ramblers Weekend Single £4.60 - to buy this you will need to show your current Ramblers Membership Card. The normal ELR fare for a Rawtenstall to Bury single is £6.90.

09:15

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:00

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Rawtenstall Station. 15:15, 16:05

10-6-2012 09:00 10-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Bury to Rawtenstall over Scout Moor Bury Interchange MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Burrs Country Park, Limefield, Gindies Farm, Cheesen Bridge, Paradise, Scout Moor, Waugh's Well, Cowpe Lowe, Hall Carr, Rawtenstall
Extra:

Drinks and Canapes at the Trackside Bar, Bury upon our arrival back there...

 

 

12

Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland...

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlet.

3.5 mi

110m

A new evening walk for 2012 and a personal favourite, this walk captures some of the highlights of a full day walk while showcasing some of the stunning countryside around the Manchester area. Escape the clutch of suburbia - stroll along quiet country tracks, criss-cross the River Etherow, wander through woodland and pause to admire the stunning views of the Pennines beyond...

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.

18:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Cheap Evening Return to Broadbottom £1.95

18:48

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

19:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 21:46

12-6-2012 18:30 12-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland... Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Visitor Centre, Tom Wood, Woodseats Farm, Cown Edge Way and Hodgefold
Extra: :

Please ensure you have your walking boots/shoes for this walk. No toilets en route - please use the one on the train. If you wish to drive car parking is available at Broadbottom Station.

 

 

16

MAD Walkers Mid Summer Challenge Walk

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

27.0 mi

2116m

 

Need a challenge to get your teeth into for the New Year? Look no further: the Mid-Summer Challenge Walk - 27 miles over Black Hill, Bleaklow, Kinder Scout and the Great Ridge, with a total ascent equivalent to climbing Snowdon twice! Do it for fun or if you need a bit more motivation why not choose a favourite charity and get your friends to sponsor you?

 

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.

07:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 07:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket (£10 - purchase in advance from any manned station or GMPT travel shop) plus a single from Greenfield to Marsden (£5.40), or, for two adults, a Greenfield-Marsden Duo ticket for £8.70 would be the cheapest option.

07:40

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

08:15

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 19:39; 21:00; 22:48

16-6-2012 07:15 16-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London MAD Walkers Mid Summer Challenge Walk Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Wessenden Reservoir; Black Hill; Hey Moss; Crowden; Torside Clough; Bleaklow Head; Upper North Grains; Lady Clough; Seal Edge; Golden Clough; Edale; Hollins Cross; Lose Hill; Hope: Hope Station
Extra Info:

This is a hard walk!! Please do not just turn up for this unless you are absolutely confident of your ability to complete this walk at a brisk pace (or are confident of your ability to navigate yourself to an alternative finish).

This walk  is over remote moorland with few bailout points so you must be properly equipped, including full waterproofs, good boots and warm layers whatever the weather. Please bring at least 2 l of water - more if it's hot and plenty of food - you'll need it!

This is  not a car based walk - unless you want a very very late finish to your day.

Ex Map OS 1.

Any questions put them up on the MadWalkers facebook page and leader will respond there.

 

 

16

Landscapes of Llangollen - A Welsh Adventure

Coach based walk with Stu Edwards.

8.5 mi

530m

Join us on this summer epic adventure to Llangollen in the heart of the Dee Valley, nestled within the Welsh Borderlands.  We arrive in comfort and style on our chartered, executive coach direct from Manchester Piccadilly. We disembark in the village centre, adjacent to where steam trains simmer on the platforms below and the mighty River Dee meanders through the village.

Heading towards the Llangollen Canal, we stroll along the tow path passing horse drawn narrow boats en route to Horseshoe Falls. Continuing our walk, we begin to climb the hills around Llangollen which allow us breathtaking views of the Dee Valley while sounds of steam trains echo below. Quaint footbridges over tiny streams contrast sharply to the scale of scree slopes and towering hills as we skirt the valleys on the Clwydian Way before walking a section of a famous Welsh path - Offa's Dyke.  The finale of the walk takes to the remarkable ruins of Dinas Bran Castle, perched atop its own mini mountain. Views from here are described as some of the best in Europe! A leisurely decent back to the village allows us to sample Welsh Tea Rooms and their amazing cakes, or why not relax with a pint or two of real ale, or indeed a glass of wine, on the banks of the River Dee? Our carriage then awaits, so sit back and relax as it whisks us back to Manchester for an early evening arrival.

Meet & Travel arrangements - By Coach

A charter coach has been organised for this event.
Itinerary is below - click links for map and further information.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly Bus Stop (Fairfield St) for boarding the coach, leaving at 09:15.

09:15

Coach departs for the walk start at Llangollen Centre (Coach/Park).

10:45

Walk starts at Llangollen Centre (Coach/Park).

Return

from Llangollen Centre (Coach/Park). Coach boarding at 17:45 for 18:00 departure

Waypoints:Llangollen Village, Llangollen Canal, Horseshoe Falls, Coed Hyrddyn, Abbey, Clwydian Way, Offa's Dyke Path, Dinas Bran Castle
Details:

You need to book on to this walk - only 49 PLACES AVAILABLE.

Booking opens on Saturday 31st March 00:01 via email to publicity@madwalkers.org.uk
 
The cost is £10. Payment instructions will be sent via email.
 
The coach will stay in Llangollen with us for the day so a change of clothes can be left on board. A change of footwear is requested in order to keep the coach clean on the return journey. Please bring a packed lunch and your normal walking kit. For a preview of the sites we'll be visiting and for more information on Llangollen, visit www.llangollen.org.uk

 

 

21

Evening Walk: Bramhall Hall & Ladybrook Valley

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stu Edwards.

3.1 mi

12m

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 & 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.

18:35

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Bramhall Evening Return £1.95 (After 18:30)

18:48

Train departs for the walk start at Bramhall Station.

19:05

Walk starts at Bramhall Station.

Return

from Cheadle Hulme Train Station. 20:24, 20:37, 21:24, 21:37, 22:24

21-6-2012 18:35 21-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Bramhall Hall & Ladybrook Valley Bramhall Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Carr Wood, Bramall Hall, Lady Brook Valley and Seven Arches.
Extra:

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

 

 

23

Mission Mow Cop

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards.

8.7 mi

232m

A linear walk along a ridge of Gritstone hills in the middle of the beautiful Cheshire Plain. Stroll along canals, meet the Old Man of Mow and even explore a castle!! Marvel at the stunning views along the way and quench your thirst with your favourite tipple at a traditional Cheshire Inn...

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 to Kidsgrove £11.40. Two people can get a Duo for £17.10.

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Kidsgrove Station. 16:05 (Direct) 16:32 (Change at Stoke) 16:45 (Change at Crewe) 17:05 (Direct) 17:32 (Change at Stoke)

23-6-2012 09:30 23-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Mission Mow Cop Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield Canal, Biddulph Valley Way, Nick i' th' Hill, Mow Cop Castle, Hall Green and Kidsgrove.
Extra:

Toilets available on the train and at Congleton and Kidsgrove Stations.

 

 

24

Snowdon via Crib Goch

Car based scramble with Pete Dolan.

8.0 mi

865m

If you have any doubts about your scrambling ability and your head for heights, please contact the walk leader or the walks coordinator before just turning up for this walk. This walk is not suitable for dogs.

We will park by the Pen-y-gwyrd hotel.

A challenging grade 1 scramble to Snowdon via Crib Goch. Starting from Pen-y-pass, briefly walking along the paved Pyg Track before starting our ascent up a rocky slope where the path twists and turns with occasional short steep sections of scrambling (at times strenuous) before reaching the summit of Crib Goch. From there, we walk along a very exposed ridge with dramatic drops (& great views) on both sides. The top of the ridge can be used as a hand rail with a steady head before reaching the easier traverse of Crib y Ddysgl and a welcome break at Snowdon cafe before returning to Pen-y-pass via the easier Pyg Track. This is challenging scramble which requires an excellent head for heights and a good level of fitness.

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.

07:50

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

08:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Pen-y-Pass).

10:00

Walk starts at Pen-y-Pass.

24-6-2012 07:50 24-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Snowdon via Crib Goch

A challenging grade 1 scramble to Snowdon via Crib Goch. Starting from Pen-y-pass, briefly walking along the paved Pyg Track before starting our ascent up a rocky slope where the path twists and turns with occasional short steep sections of scrambling (at times strenuous) before reaching the summit of Crib Goch. From there, we walk along a very exposed ridge with dramatic drops (& great views) on both sides. The top of the ridge can be used as a hand rail with a steady head before reaching the easier traverse of Crib y Ddysgl and a welcome break at Snowdon cafe before returning to Pen-y-pass via the easier Pyg Track. This is challenging scramble which requires an excellent head for heights and a good level of fitness.

Pen-y-Pass MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Pen-y-pass (alternatively the Pen-y-Gwryd hotel), Bwlch Y Moch, Crib Goch, Bwlch Coch, Crib y Ddysgl, Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon, Bwlich Glas, Pyg Track, Bwlch Y Moch.
Directions:

Toilets & Cafe at start, middle and end of walk.

M56 / A494 / A55 J19 / A470 (towards Betws-y-Coed) / A5 (towards Capel Curig) A4086.   At the junction of A4086 / A498 there is the Pen Y Gwryd Hotel, there is road side parking just before and after this hotel.  

 

 

27

Whitefield to Bury via the Irwell Sculpture Park

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

6.0 mi

100m

This is a nice easy evening walk. We use the metro to get to the walk. Take a gentle stroll along a disused railway track, beside Elton Reservoir, along a disused canal and also along the Irwell Sculpture Trail. At the end we end up in a nice Bury pub for a quick drink or two.

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.

18:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Meet on the Metro Platform. £3.90 off-peak return ticket.

18:15

Train departs for the walk start at Whitefield Metro Station.

18:40

Walk starts at Whitefield Metro Station.

Return

from Bury Interchange. Every 12 minutes until 00:13

27-6-2012 18:00 27-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Whitefield to Bury via the Irwell Sculpture Park Whitefield Metro Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Elton Reservoir, Irwell Sculpture Trail, Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal

 

 

30

A Stones Throw

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

18.0 mi

1120m

A walk of many stones! This will be a day spent generally off-path on open moorland, with a possiblility of a little light bouldering for those interested.The only facilities in the middle of the walk are the hills and stones!

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:

Off-peak day return to Glossop - £3.90

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

09:49

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx.09 and xx.39, until 19.39 then xx.39.

30-6-2012 09:00 30-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Stones Throw Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lower Shelf Stones, Higher Shelf Stones, Grinah Stones, Barrow Stones, White Stones, Near Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow Stones, Wain Stones, Hern Stones and Dog Rock!
Extra:

Gaiters might be worth while.

Use the toilets on the train.

 

 

30

Marsden to Brockholes

Public Transport based walk with Phil Walters.

11.0 mi

450m

The group leader will meet at the walk start at Marsden Station.

A linear walk over the moors pass 5 reservoirs to the village of Brockholes (just north of the town of Holmfirth). We will take the train back to Huddersfield (which will cost £1.75). There will then be the opportunity to have a few beers in some of the real ale pubs around the centre of Huddersfield before catching the train back to Manchester.

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 10:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A return ticket to Huddersfield on Northern Rail is £11.60. You will also need to buy a ticket from Brockholes to  Huddersfield for £1.75 on the train.

Trains back from Huddersfield:  .16 .26 .30 46 .59 minutes pass the hour

10:27

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Brockholes Station. 16.36, 17.38, 18.38

30-6-2012 10:10 30-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Marsden to Brockholes Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsden Station, Butterley Reservoir, Blakeley Reservoir,Wessenden Reservoir, Wessenden Head Reservoir, Digley Reservoir, Carr Green, Upperthong, Netherthong, Brockholes

 

 

1

The Roaches and Three Shires Head

Car based walk with Jo Harvey.

12.0 mi

450m

This classic circuit takes in several famous landmarks of the Staffordshire Peak - Gradbach Mill, Lud's Church, the Roaches and Three Shire Heads. In between these there is some interesting and little traversed scenery, so this is quite a full day out!

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.

09:20

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:30

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

11:00

Walk starts at Gradbach car park.

1-7-2012 09:20 1-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Roaches and Three Shires Head

This classic circuit takes in several famous landmarks of the Staffordshire Peak - Gradbach Mill, Lud's Church, the Roaches and Three Shire Heads. In between these there is some interesting and little traversed scenery, so this is quite a full day out!

Gradbach car park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Gradbach Mill, Lud's Church, the Roaches, Flash and Three Shire Heads

 

 

3

Bromley Cross to Entwistle

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Pete Dolan.

3.5 mi

20m

A short leisurely linear walk from Bromley Cross to Entwistle along Rotary / Witton Weavers Way taking in Jumbles and Wayoh Reservoirs ending up in the excellent Strawberry Duck pub! Entwistle: OS Map 287.

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.

18:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to Entwistle £5.90.

18:23

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

18:55

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 20:17, 21:17 & 22:17

3-7-2012 18:10 3-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Bromley Cross to Entwistle Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jumbles Reservoir, Jumbles Country Park, Turton Bottoms, Wayoh Reservoir.

 

 

7

Sandstone Trail part 1

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Bayda'a Nasralla.

8.7 mi

120m

Weather warning: heavy showers, so waterproofs and gaiters will come in handy!

Part 1 of the Sandstone Trail series. Starting at Frodsham train station, we walk out of the town and straight up a steep ascent to join the start of the Sandstone Trail. As we reach the memorial we continue along a sandstone ridge around Overton hill. Following the trail through the undulating countryside. Passing through a garden where walkers can purchase tea, coffee and bacon butties from a local who has embraced the trail going through his garden!

With a short walk along Dark Ark Lane we go through Manley and head into the beautiful green landscape of Delamere Forest. As the trail continues south, we will depart it at this point and follow the Baker Way to the train station, passing Delamere Forest's rest area for toilet breaks, ice cream and a hot beverage (or a pint at the nearby pub) before going to catch the train 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.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£11.50 single from Frodsham, or a Cheshire Day Ranger for £20.50 if you are travelling from Glossop or surrounding Manchester areas by train (or if you wish, you can purchase this ticket, however it is slightly cheaper buying two singles)

For return from Delamere, you can purchase a single to Altrincham for £8.40 or Manchester Picadily for £9.00

Or, there is a 17:34 No. 48 bus from Hatchmere crossroads to Frodsham (arriving 17:49) which means that a return train ticket to Frodsham (£12.60) could be the cheapest option, depending on the bus fare (unknown!). Return trains from Frodsham are xx.04. It's a 1 mile walk (20 minutes) from Delamere Train Station to Hatchmere crossroads North along the B road.

09:50

Train departs for the walk start at Frodsham Railway Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Frodsham Railway Station.

Return

from Delamere Station. 15:23, 16:23, xx:23 until 20.23

7-7-2012 09:30 7-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Sandstone Trail part 1 Frodsham Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Memorial, Overton Hill, Woodouse Hill fort, Alvanley Cliff, Simmond's Hill, Dark Art Lane, Manley Common, Delamere Forest, Baker Way, Forestry Depot.
Walk End:

Walk leader will be getting off the train at Altrincham and going to Le Trappiste for some belgian beers. All welcome to join!

 

 

7

I Tort I Tor a Puddy Tat

Public Transport based walk with Sally Grimwood.

14.0 mi

700m

This is a long circular walk of varied terrain, which takes in a few interesting sites, including Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Windgather Rocks, Jenkin Chapel, Taxal Moor and a very beautiful garden centre. Most of the ascent is at the beginning with some of it being steep, but there are a few cheeky little climbs towards the end as well.

It can be boggy at times so please bring your gaiters. 

There'll be a pub stop at the end and a curry for anybody who's interested.

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:

Off Peak return £7:20. Duo ticket for two adults: £10.80

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 17:44, 18:44, 19:44, 20:44, 21:44, 23:13

7-7-2012 09:30 7-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London I Tort I Tor a Puddy Tat Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whaley Bridge Station, Toddbrook Reservoir, Reddish Farm, Glebe Farm, Crowhill, Windgather Rocks, Pym Chair, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Thursbitch, Howlersknowl, Saltersford Hall, Fox Hill, Jenkin Chapel,

 

 

8

Wuthering Heights

Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with John Ireland.

7.5 mi

200m

A walk out of Haworth towards the ruins Top Withins, the site of a house that inspired the fictional 'Wuthering Heights' in Emily Bronte's book of the same name.

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.

09:30

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:40

Cars will leave for the walk start (Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth).

11:00

Walk starts at Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth.

8-7-2012 09:30 8-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Wuthering Heights

A walk out of Haworth towards the ruins Top Withins, the site of a house that inspired the fictional 'Wuthering Heights' in Emily Bronte's book of the same name.

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Sladen Bridge, Lower Laithe Reservoir, Stanbury, Hob Hill, Duke Top, Upper Heights, Pennine Way, Top Withins, Bronte Bridge & Waterfalls, Bronte Way, Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth
Travel and:

Walk start postcode is BD22 8DR, several council-run car parks are available in Haworth including one adjacent to the Parsonage.

To get to Haworth, there are several routes, one suggested route is A56 Bury new Road to M60, then M62 to Jn22, turn off for A672, then A58 towards Halifax. In Hailfax take A629 towards Skipton and Keighley, the left onto A6033 at Cross Roads with takes you down into Haworth. Alternate routes are via Hebden bridge to take the A6033 over the tops or via Colne, turning off at Laneshawbridge.

 

 

10

Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stu Edwards .

4.0 mi

6m

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 & 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.

18:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Ashley £5.40 or Northern Duo £8.10. If people are joining the same train at Stockport or Altrincham, the cheapest ticket is an evening return from there.

18:17

Train departs for the walk start at Ashley Train Station.

18:55

Walk starts at Ashley Train Station.

Return

from Ashley Train Station. 20:56 or 21:56

10-7-2012 18:00 10-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows Ashley Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ashley Hall, Coppice Farm, Ryecroft Farm and Birkin Farm
Extra :

Train also calls at: Stockport (18:30) Navigation Road (18:44) Altrincham (18:46) and Hale (18:49). No toilets on station - please use the one on the train.

 

 

14

Sandstone Trail Part 2: Delamere to Tarporley

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Bayda'a Nasralla.

10.0 mi

200m

Part 2 of the Sandstone Trail series. This part of the walk see us following the Baker Way back to rejoin the Sandstone Trail where we left it at the end of the first walk.

As we walk out of the forest, we head into the undulating countryside. Heading South, we will pass a delightful teashop (and go in if we so choose...) before carrying on along the trail. The varying landscape will take us through woodland, farmland and down country lanes.

We will arrive in Tarporley in time for a drink before getting the 84 bus to Chester for the train.

Depending on what people would like to do, there is a possibility of food and drinks in Chester before getting the train 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.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Day Return to Chester £11.60

For 2 adults, it would be cheaper to get a Northern Duo Return to Chester £17.10 **Only available on the slow stopping train - if you wish to get the direct train from Chester to Manchester, please do not purchase this ticket.

Prices are cheaper from Altrincham. Walk leader will meet at Altrincham.

Please use toilets on the train, or at Delamere Visitor Centre at Walk start.

09:17

Train departs for the walk start at Delamere Station.

10:26

Walk starts at Delamere Station.

Return

from Chester Train Station. 17.07, 18.07, 19.07, 20.07, 21.33 and 22.49

14-7-2012 09:00 14-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Sandstone Trail Part 2: Delamere to Tarporley Delamere Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Delamere Forest, Primrose Hill, Urchin's Kitchen, Summertrees, Rock Farm, Dickinson's Rough, Oxpasture Wood, Ash Hill, Crib Lane, Pudding Lane, Town Fields, Tarporley
Travel Inf:

To get back to Manchester we will need to get the number 84 bus from Tarporley to Chester in order to catch the train back.

Cost: £3 single

Bus times are from 15:18, 15:48, 16:18, 16:48, then 17:23 and 17:53

xx:18 bus arrives at Chester at xx:50, xx:48 arrives at xx:20, bus takes approx. 30 minutes, plus a 5 minute walk from thebus stop to the train station. We will aim for the 16:18 bus.

 

 

15

Hellifield to Settle

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

9.0 mi

200m

This a lovely walk on the edge of the Forest of Bowland (an area of outstanding national beauty). Classic Lancashire countryside, on the edge of Yorkshire. We use the special Dalesrail service to access this area and also do a linear walk (see note at bottom). Much of the walk is in the meadows of the River Ribble, we may also pop into the pub at Wigglesworth.

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.

08:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Adult: £16. Duo ticket for two adults: £24

09:00

Train departs for the walk start at Hellifield Train Station.

11:10

Walk starts at Hellifield Train Station.

Return

from Settle Train Station. Settle to Clitheroe 17:17 or 19:21. Clitheroe to Victoria xx:40

15-7-2012 08:45 15-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Hellifield to Settle Hellifield Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hellifield Station, Wigglesworth, Ribblesdale, River Ribble and the Ribble Way.
Notes:

This walk is a linear walk and uses the special Dalesrail service/route (this has a very limited service, see www.dalesrail.com).

 

 

19

Evening Walk: A stroll by the River Goyt

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stu Edwards .

4.0 mi

12m

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! OR is it the 28 minutes until the first 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.

18:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

New Mills Central return £3.20

18:45

Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Central Station.

19:15

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 20:30 and 21:30

19-7-2012 18:30 19-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A stroll by the River Goyt New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Millennium Bridge, Gowhole, Furness Vale and Newtown.

 

 

21

Puddle & Border Hopping Walk!

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

14.0 mi

600m

A circular walk from Littleborough. Undulating through the industrial history of the area. We will take in a canal, lots of old mills & man made reservoirs!

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 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Littleborough from any GM train station £3.90

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 17:25, xx:45, xx:25 until 19:45 then xx:45 until 22:45

21-7-2012 09:45 21-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Puddle & Border Hopping Walk! Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Higher Chelburn Resv. Chelburn Moor, Warland Resv. Gadding Dam,Gauxholme, Brown Road Farm, Inchfield Chapel, Long Causeway, Crook Moor, Shore, Littleborough.

 

 

22

Trip to the 'hangman' (East Didsbury-Woodford linear)

Direct Transport based walk with Gavin.

9.0 mi

0m

A lovely afternoon walk skirting urban areas to the countyside to the south of Manchester, and a fine pub, where you might once have come to a grizzly end.

This is a linear walk where we take the bus back to the beginning, so you could get to the start on one of the various 42 / 142 buses; allow a 40-minute travel time. The idea is to return on the last Stagecoach X57 bus at 17:15 so you can get the DayRider £3.90. But if you're travelling with any bus company, you'll need a System 1 Bus ticket £4.80. Though intended to be bus-based, there is a train that leaves Piccadilly at 12:47 arriving at East Didsbury at 12:58.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

13:00

Meet at the walk start (East Didsbury railway station)

13:00

Walk starts.

22-7-2012 13:00 22-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Trip to the 'hangman' (East Didsbury-Woodford linear)

A lovely afternoon walk skirting urban areas to the countyside to the south of Manchester, and a fine pub, where you might once have come to a grizzly end.

This is a linear walk where we take the bus back to the beginning, so you could get to the start on one of the various 42 / 142 buses; allow a 40-minute travel time. The idea is to return on the last Stagecoach X57 bus at 17:15 so you can get the DayRider £3.90. But if you're travelling with any bus company, you'll need a System 1 Bus ticket £4.80. Though intended to be bus-based, there is a train that leaves Piccadilly at 12:47 arriving at East Didsbury at 12:58.

East Didsbury railway station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:East Didsbury, River Mersey, Cheadle, Micker Brook, Bruntwood Hall, Retail Park, Caravan Site, Blossoms Turkey Farm, Woodford.

 

 

22

Tryfan & Bristly Ridge

Car based scramble with Adrian Radcliffe & Pete Dolan.

6.0 mi

1100m

Please notify the leader if you wish to attend this event: chocolatencheese@ymail.com

We are going to do the Tryfan, Glyders and Y Garn circuit with a long grade 1 scramble up the North Ridge of Tryfan and a short grade 2 exposed scramble up Sinister Gully and Bristly Ridge. Then it's across the top of the Glyders, down to the top of Devil's Kitchen and back up Y Garn before steeply heading down into Cwm Idwal and back to the cars. There is an option to get around Sinister Gully up onto the if you don't like the look of it!

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.

07:45

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

08:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Idwal Cottage car park).

10:15

Walk starts at Idwal Cottage car park.

22-7-2012 07:45 22-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Tryfan & Bristly Ridge

We are going to do the Tryfan, Glyders and Y Garn circuit with a long grade 1 scramble up the North Ridge of Tryfan and a short grade 2 exposed scramble up Sinister Gully and Bristly Ridge. Then it's across the top of the Glyders, down to the top of Devil's Kitchen and back up Y Garn before steeply heading down into Cwm Idwal and back to the cars. There is an option to get around Sinister Gully up onto the if you don't like the look of it!

Idwal Cottage car park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Idwal Cottage, Tryfan North Ridge, Bwlch Tryfan, Bristly Ridge, Glyders, Y Garn, Idwal Cottage.
Notes:

Don't be misled by the short distance - the scrambling and all the ups and downs make this a hard day!

The scrambling on Tryfan's North Ridge is pleasant and mostly avoidable if necessary. The scrambling up Sinister Gully is steep and committed. If at all concerned, use the scree route up to the Glyders 100m East of the Gully.

 

 

25

Evening walk: Chorlton

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

5.0 mi

50m

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.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

19:00

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

19:00

Walk starts.

25-7-2012 19:00 25-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening walk: Chorlton

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.

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

We join the  Madwalkers regular 4th Wednesday social – see the socials page

 

 

28

Sandstone Trail part 3

Public Transport based walk with Bayda'a Nasralla.

12.0 mi

400m

This walk is the longest and hardest of the trail. It has spectacular views, however, if wet, gaiters and waterproofs are heavily recommended.

Because of the constant ascent and descent, walking poles are recommended.

If you have allergies or get bitten, please bring after-bite and antihistamines.

This is a long walk, fairly quickly paced due to time restrictions of buses back to Chester. There are no toilets or pub stops en-route, so please use toilets at walk start at Chester and/or Tarporley.

Venturing out to rejoin the Sandstone Ridge once again, we head through golden fields of wheat to meet up once again with the Sandstone Trail. We head south and after crossing the Shropshire Union Canal, we head towards Beeston Castle, which has been visible to us since we departed Delemere Forest in Part 2 of the series.

We walk past the castle entrance and possibly take a short cafe break there before delving down into the woods, winding around the hills and beginning the first ascent up Peckforton Hill for the first glimpse of a day of spectacular views.

The Trail takes us along the edge of the hills overlooking 8 counties, we weave in and out of the wood-lined hill tops taking in the magnificent views on both sides. On a clear day we can see the start of the trail and admire the distance we have travelled.

As we near the end of the walk, we have the pleasure of climbing to Rawhead Trig Point, the highest point of the Sandstone Trail, taking in yet more splendid scenery, before a steep descent through the woods to prepare for our final climb of the day of hills.

We reach Bickerton and pass the beautiful historical church on our way to the entrance to Bickerton Hill. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild ponies as we head up this final hill on our way to the old Maiden Castle Fort. Taking in the final views of the day, we backtrack slightly to descend down the hillside to make our way to the A41 to catch the bus home.

There is a mile of walking on the public path beside this busy road (single file heavily advised due to fast moving traffic) to enable us to reach the Egerton Arms for a well deserved drink and to catch the bus back to Chester for the journey 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.

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Single person return on the 7.50am train costs £15.60, however if walkers choose, they can purchase a Northern Duo for £17.10 and get the 07:17 train to arrive at Chester at 08.45

 

There is also an option of driving to walk start. If you are are driving, or want a lift by car share, please email baydaa.nasralla@gmail.com and I will help put you in touch. Suggested parking at Steam Mill Street, CH3 5AN - £5.90 for all day parking.

Walk Leader will meet at Chester Train Station at 09:00.

We will walk to Foregate Street Stand G for the 9.25am 84 bus to Tarporley.

Walk Start at 10am from Tarporley.

07:50

Train departs for the walk start at Chester Train Station.

09:00

Walk starts at Chester Train Station.

Return

from Chester Train Station. 19:07, 20:07, 21:33

28-7-2012 07:30 28-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Sandstone Trail part 3 Chester Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Birch Heath, Wharton's Lock, Beeston Castle, Ettley Hill, Moathouse Farm, Horsey Lane, Peckforton Hill, Bulkeley Hill, Droppingstone Well, Rawhead Trig Point, Musket's Hole, Bickerton Hill, Mad Allen
Extra:

84 Bus costs £3.20 from Chester to Tarporley to get to walk start.
41 Bus costs £2.70 from Broxton to Chester for walk end.

There are only 2 buses to get us back to Chester. at 17:50 and 18:50. There may be a need to increase the pace towards to end to ensure we catch the bus. Hopefully we will finish early enough to enjoy a drink in the gorgeous Egerton Arms by the bus stop.

Please note - unlike previous walks in this series, this walk is NOT suitable for new members. Gaiters and walking poles recommended.

 

 

29

Malham Tarn Circular from Settle via Attermire Scar

Public Transport based walk with Phil Walters & John Ireland.

12.2 mi

420m

A circular walk from Settle to Malham Tarn, taking in some of the magnificent limestone scenery that is found in this part of the Yorkshire Dales.

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.

08:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Dalesrail Return to Settle £16. Duo ticket for two adults available for £24. Change at Clitheroe for train onwards to Settle.

09:00

Train departs for the walk start at Settle Train Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Settle Train Station.

Return

from Settle Train Station. Settle to Clitheroe 17:17 or 19:21. Clitheroe to Victoria xx:40

29-7-2012 08:45 29-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Malham Tarn Circular from Settle via Attermire Scar Settle Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Upper Settle, Preston's Barn, Stockdale Lane, Nappa Cross, Langscar Gate, Malham Tarn, Streets, Gorbeck, Attermire Scar, Settle
Extra:

Train also calls at Salford Crescent (09:06), Bolton (09:18). For information about driving options and parking in Settle, please email chair@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.

 

 

31

Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Volker Funke.

5.0 mi

20m

The walk starts at Dane Road Tram Station and mostly follows the Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail and River Mersey. We should have time for a quick pub stop in Ashton-on-Mersey before heading back to Sale, where we could turn the evening walk into a Pub Social...
 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

19:00

Meet at the walk start (Dane Road Tram Station)

19:05

Walk starts.

31-7-2012 19:00 31-7-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

The walk starts at Dane Road Tram Station and mostly follows the Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail and River Mersey. We should have time for a quick pub stop in Ashton-on-Mersey before heading back to Sale, where we could turn the evening walk into a Pub Social...
 

Dane Road Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail, River Mersey, Ashton-on-Mersey, Little Ees Lane, Crossford Bridge
Travel:

Trams from Piccadilly take approximately 20 minutes to get to Dane Road.

 

 

4

Chapel-en-le-Frith to Whaley Bridge: A Long Way Round

Public Transport based walk with Phil Barnes.

10.5 mi

680m

Walk details updated!

A linear walk taking us almost immediately uphill from Chapel-en-le-Frith railway station to the hill fort at Castle Naze, along the rugged and beautiful Combs Edge and then to the Goyt Valley and alongside Fernilee Reservoir before making our way to Whaley Bridge and the possibility of the pub.

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:

Off-Peak Day Return to Chapel-en-le-Frith £9.20

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 16:45, 17:44, 18:44, 19:44

4-8-2012 09:30 4-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Chapel-en-le-Frith to Whaley Bridge: A Long Way Round Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Castle Naze, Combs Edge, Midshires Way, Errwood Reservoir, Fernilee Reservoir, Mill Clough, Whiteleas Road, Taxal, Toddbrook Reservoir
Extra:

Please note that some sections of the path along Combs Edge are narrow with steep slopes on one side and are likely to be in a poor condition due to the rainy weather. Gaiters recommended.

 

 

5

Brooklands to Alti linear

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

5.5 mi

0m

It's a linear flat walk skirting south Manchester's suburbia with a decidedly countryside feel to the approach to Altrincham, arriving for lunchtime. If you enjoy this walk, you can join the one following it in the afternoon!

Allow 40 minutes to travel from Piccadilly Gardens by tram. Get a return to Altrincham (or a day ticket if it's cheaper!)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Brooklands tramstop)

10:15

Walk starts.

5-8-2012 10:15 5-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Brooklands to Alti linear

It's a linear flat walk skirting south Manchester's suburbia with a decidedly countryside feel to the approach to Altrincham, arriving for lunchtime. If you enjoy this walk, you can join the one following it in the afternoon!

Allow 40 minutes to travel from Piccadilly Gardens by tram. Get a return to Altrincham (or a day ticket if it's cheaper!)

Brooklands tramstop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Woodhouse Lane East, Brooks Drive, Clay Lane, Altrincham Golf Course, Oakfield Street

 

 

5

Maize Maze & Icecream

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

7.0 mi

0m

It's a straightforward circular afternoon walk leading up to the Maize Maze, where we'll have a break for everyone to get lost! It looks like it's a castle theme this year, so maybe we'll find a damsel in distress. It's £6.95 for the maze, or there's icecream available.

We start from Altrincham and over to Dunham Town. There are a few occasions where you have to be a little aware of the traffic, but off-road routes are used in the main.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

13:00

Meet at the walk start (Altrincham tramstop)

13:00

Walk starts.

5-8-2012 13:00 5-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Maize Maze & Icecream

It's a straightforward circular afternoon walk leading up to the Maize Maze, where we'll have a break for everyone to get lost! It looks like it's a castle theme this year, so maybe we'll find a damsel in distress. It's £6.95 for the maze, or there's icecream available.

We start from Altrincham and over to Dunham Town. There are a few occasions where you have to be a little aware of the traffic, but off-road routes are used in the main.

Altrincham tramstop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dunham Golf Club, Dunham Town, Red House Farm, Black Brow Farm, Bridgewater Canal, Navigation Road, Altrincham.

 

 

8

Moses Gate to Bolton linear eve walk

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

4.5 mi

50m

A lovely linear evening walk away from the hubbub, where we might meet a 'celebrity'. There's a short steep section up to the canal. Finishing at the social at the Sweet Green Tavern.

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.

18:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:33. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Evening Return to Bolton £1.80. Train also stops at Salford Central.

18:33

Train departs for the walk start at Moses Gate station.

18:52

Walk starts at Moses Gate station.

Return

from Bolton station. 21:08, followed by 21:13, 21:25, 21:31, 21:35 which is repeated every hour till 23:35

8-8-2012 18:30 8-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Moses Gate to Bolton linear eve walk Moses Gate station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Moses Gate Country Park, Leverhulme Park, Tonge Cemetery, Bolton

 

 

11

Round the back...

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

19.0 mi

1272m

A long varied walk that starts from Bamford and skirts round Ladybower and the back of Kinder via a few short steep climbs before dropping south to Chinley and a train 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bamford, £10.20  or Wayfarer ticket:£10 (need to buy in advance from a manned station or GMPT travelshop)

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Chinley. 18:55, other services at xx:55 until 21:16,

11-8-2012 09:30 11-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Round the back... Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bamford, Derwent Valley Trail, Ladybower, Alport Bridge, Oyster Clough, Ashop Clough, William Clough, Hayfield, Pennine Bridleway, Chinley
Extra Note:

OS Map Explorer 1. This is a long walk and there are no easy bail out points until Hayfield (about 16 miles in) so please be sure you can walk the distance.

 

 

11

Lucky Dog of Tod

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Angela Robinson.

6.0 mi

200m

A circular walk around Todmorden, home of Incredible Edible and Bee Spoke. We will take in canals, hill views and moorland. We may get to stop off en route for a drink depending on the weather. Then it's on to meet Lucky, Todmorden's newest celebrity. This dog might just change everything..

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/derren-brown-the-experiments/4od#3258646

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 11:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Todmorden £7.70

Duo ticket for two people travelling together - buy one get one half price

11:21

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

11:51

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx04, xx15, xx36 until 2004

11-8-2012 11:00 11-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Lucky Dog of Tod Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Todmorden train station, Rochdale Canal, Calderdale Way, Todmorden Edge, Lower Moor, Robinwood, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden train station
Extra:

No toilets at walk start so use those on train

Walk leader meeting at walk start

 

 

12

A Mountain for Mountaineers - Helvellyn and Fairfield Horseshoe

Car based walk with Pete Dolan.

13.0 mi

1600m

A long, challenging walk, taking in 6 'Wainwrights' along with a very steep almost-scramble up onto Helvellyn along Swirral Edge and a steep climb up loose scree onto Fairfield from Grisedale Tarn.

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.

08:45

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Patterdale public car park).

11:15

Walk starts at Patterdale public car park.

12-8-2012 08:45 12-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Mountain for Mountaineers - Helvellyn and Fairfield Horseshoe

A long, challenging walk, taking in 6 'Wainwrights' along with a very steep almost-scramble up onto Helvellyn along Swirral Edge and a steep climb up loose scree onto Fairfield from Grisedale Tarn.

Patterdale public car park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Patterdale car park, Hole in the Wall, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn, High Crag, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag.
Add info:

Car parking cost £4.50.   Toilets / Shop at walk start. 

 

 

12

The Arnside Beachcomber

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.0 mi

210m

Walk leader joining train at Bolton.

Lunch on Arnside Knott, then onto the Pepperpot, into Silverdale and round the beach back to Arnside for a fish and chip supper!

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 09:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Arnside £19, change at Lancaster for train to Arnside. Cheaper options are available as advance tickets.

09:16

Train departs for the walk start at Arnside Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Arnside Station.

Return

from Arnside Station. 16:58, 18:58

12-8-2012 09:00 12-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Arnside Beachcomber Arnside Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Arnside Knott, Arnside Tower, Pepperpot, Silverdale, Park Point, Arnside.
Extra Info:

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.

If driving, a route map is available on https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Manchester&daddr=Arnside&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&gl=uk&dirflg=d&geocode=FVMHMAMdCrPd_ynb9SZSTE16SDGqa_4EOBS-2Q%3BFaAVOwMdjcbU_yk3gBqwRpp8SDHaytXz-paF2g&t=h&z=14 - note that the walk will start 5 minutes after the train arrives, please ensure you're on time if driving.

 

 

18

Chorlton Ees towards Urmston

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

5.0 mi

25m

A most splendid walk through Chorlton Ees, Westward towards Stretford and along the Mersey Valley. This is an easy walk, hopefully requiring only old trainers and a small bottle of water. This walk goes the other way compared to last time!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

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

11:05

Walk starts.

18-8-2012 11:00 18-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton Ees towards Urmston

A most splendid walk through Chorlton Ees, Westward towards Stretford and along the Mersey Valley. This is an easy walk, hopefully requiring only old trainers and a small bottle of water. This walk goes the other way compared to last time!

The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Horse and Jockey Pub, North of Sale Water Park, A56, South of Sale Water Park, Rover Mersey, Horse and Jockey pub
Social:

we join the afternoon social afterwards - drinks on Chorlton Green from 1pm ish. Hopefully a nice summer's afternoon on the green (if it’s raining – we’ll be in the pub)

 

 

18

The Ups and downs of Coombes Rocks (Marple to Glossop)

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.0 mi

420m

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 here we carry on with the climb up to Coombes Rocks and then we start the descent into Glossop, where there is another opportunity to visit a few establishments before the train 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.

09:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger £4.60

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 16:39, 17:09, **:39, **:09

18-8-2012 09:45 18-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Ups and downs of Coombes Rocks (Marple to Glossop) Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marple Station, Bottoms Hall, Mellor, Rowarth, Far Slack, Coombes Rocks, Whiteley Nab, Glossop
Extra:

MAP OL1, use toilet on the train as there is no toilet at walk start.

Note, these train stations are on different lines so driving to Marple is not advised. Please part at Piccadilly instead (£4 per day).

 

 

19

Irlam circular via Glazebury and Chat Moss

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

8.0 mi

0m

The walk leader will be on the 10:24 service from Piccadilly to Oxford Road and hence inside the station through the barriers.

A quote from Daniel Defoe in 1724: From hence (Warrington), on the road to Manchester, we pass'd the great bog or waste call'd Chatmos, the first of that kind that we see in England ... The surface, at a distance, looks black and dirty, and is indeed frightful to think of, for it will bear neither horse or man, unless in an exceeding dry season, and then not so as to be passable, or that any one should travel over them ... What nature meant by such a useless production, 'tis hard to imagine; but the land is entirely waste, except ... for the poor cottagers fuel, and the quantity used for that is very small.

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:

Day return from Manchester to Irlam is £3.60.

10:45

Train departs for the walk start at Irlam Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Irlam Station.

Return

from Irlam Station. xx:12

19-8-2012 10:30 19-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Irlam circular via Glazebury and Chat Moss Irlam Station MAD Walkers
Extra::

Pub stop at Glazebury

 

 

22

Prestwich Forest Park

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Ed Bray.

4.5 mi

100m

An evening walk around Prestiwich Forest Park ending at the Church Inn.

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.

18:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Prestwich

18:40

Train departs for the walk start at Prestwich metrolink.

19:00

Walk starts at Prestwich metrolink.

Return

from Prestwich metrolink. Regular tram service

22-8-2012 18:30 22-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Prestwich Forest Park Prestwich metrolink MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Philips Park, Mere Clough, Waterdale Meadow, Drinkwater Park, (Forest Bank Park if there's time,) Prestich Clough, Church Inn

 

 

25

Two Walks in North Wales

Car based walk with Tom Parish.

12.5 mi

950m

Walk 1

9km circular walk from Sygun Copper Mine (2.5 hours drive from Manchester), starting with a stroll down into Beddgelert, then along the granite riverside path to Pont Aberglaslyn, before approx 400m total ascent in a steady uphill walk over sheltered grassland, then a steep descent to Llyn Dinas on a loose gravel path, then an easy walk on tarmac back down to Sygun.  Total time is 4 hours, with a stop for lunch at the top.  The views across to Snowdon from the top are stunning, and bad weather won't spoil that, but it might spoil lunch.

Walk 2

8-12km circular walk (variable, depends on timing) from Llanferes to take in Moel Famau and more fantastic panoramic views of the Vale of Clwyd.  500m total steady ascent, on wide, well-maintained footpaths, with the circular descent taking in parts of Offa's Dyke Path.  If time is short, or weather is bad, this can be shortened, or even dropped to a 4km (1.5hr) moderate linear walk/climb up from the car park at the base of Moel Famau and back.  From there, it's just over an hour's drive back to Manchester.  There are a couple of nice ale pubs to stop at on the way back to Ruthin.

Car based walk, graded strenuous.  Although each stage is not too heavy going, there are two fairly big hill climbs, and it will need to be at a fairly quick pace to do both in one day.  Sturdy waterproof boots essential for the first walk as the climb from Pont Aberglaslyn can be boggy and the descent path is rough.  The second walk is along gritty bridleways so walking trainers would be fine.

Please contact Tom Parish (MADW@baldmosher.com) in advance for more details about the meetup, as car transport will try to be arranged in advance.

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 Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

08:45

Cars will leave for the walk start (Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert).

11:00

Walk starts at Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert.

25-8-2012 08:30 25-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Two Walks in North Wales

Walk 1

9km circular walk from Sygun Copper Mine (2.5 hours drive from Manchester), starting with a stroll down into Beddgelert, then along the granite riverside path to Pont Aberglaslyn, before approx 400m total ascent in a steady uphill walk over sheltered grassland, then a steep descent to Llyn Dinas on a loose gravel path, then an easy walk on tarmac back down to Sygun.  Total time is 4 hours, with a stop for lunch at the top.  The views across to Snowdon from the top are stunning, and bad weather won't spoil that, but it might spoil lunch.

Walk 2

8-12km circular walk (variable, depends on timing) from Llanferes to take in Moel Famau and more fantastic panoramic views of the Vale of Clwyd.  500m total steady ascent, on wide, well-maintained footpaths, with the circular descent taking in parts of Offa's Dyke Path.  If time is short, or weather is bad, this can be shortened, or even dropped to a 4km (1.5hr) moderate linear walk/climb up from the car park at the base of Moel Famau and back.  From there, it's just over an hour's drive back to Manchester.  There are a couple of nice ale pubs to stop at on the way back to Ruthin.

Car based walk, graded strenuous.  Although each stage is not too heavy going, there are two fairly big hill climbs, and it will need to be at a fairly quick pace to do both in one day.  Sturdy waterproof boots essential for the first walk as the climb from Pont Aberglaslyn can be boggy and the descent path is rough.  The second walk is along gritty bridleways so walking trainers would be fine.

Please contact Tom Parish (MADW@baldmosher.com) in advance for more details about the meetup, as car transport will try to be arranged in advance.

Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Beddgelert, Pont Aberglaslyn, Llyn Dinas, Beddgelert, 1hr drive, Llanferres, Moel Famau Car Park, Moel Famou, Llanferres

 

 

26

Crosby Beach

Public Transport based walk with Brendan Keely.

3.0 mi

0m

A walk from Hall Road Station along Crosby Beach, the site of Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place' http://www.sefton.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=6216, followed by a trip into Liverpool City Centre to see the free Mathew Street Festival www.mathewstreetfestival.org/

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:

Manchester to Hall Road £11.10 Return, Change at Hunts Cross

10:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hall Road Station, Liverpool.

12:15

Walk starts at Hall Road Station, Liverpool.

Return

from Waterloo Station, Liverpool. From Liverpool Lime Street 20:01

26-8-2012 10:30 26-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Crosby Beach Hall Road Station, Liverpool MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Crosby Beach
Extra:

We will be going from Waterloo Station to Moorfields Station in Liverpool to see the Mathew Street Festival, probably arriving around mid afternoon. We'll then get the 20:01 train back to Manchester from Liverpool Lime Street.

 

 

28

Clifton Country Park

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Paul Ryan.

4.0 mi

50m

A prodominantly  flat  evening stroll around Clifton Country Park, taking in the Marina, passing through Clifton Woods and around the banks of the River Irwell. Rounded off with a drink in a local pub.

To get to the walk start, use the number 8 bus which runs from Bolton and Manchester (Shudehill)  every 10 mins, or the number 22 bus which runs from Bolton and Stockport via Chorlton. Allow at least half an hour for the journey if travelling on the 8 or 22 from Bolton, or on the 8 from Manchester, 1 hour if taking the 22 from Stockport or Chorlton.

The bus stop is outside Clifton Cricket Club.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:45

Meet at the walk start (Clifton Cricket Club)

19:00

Walk starts.

28-8-2012 18:45 28-8-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Clifton Country Park

A prodominantly  flat  evening stroll around Clifton Country Park, taking in the Marina, passing through Clifton Woods and around the banks of the River Irwell. Rounded off with a drink in a local pub.

To get to the walk start, use the number 8 bus which runs from Bolton and Manchester (Shudehill)  every 10 mins, or the number 22 bus which runs from Bolton and Stockport via Chorlton. Allow at least half an hour for the journey if travelling on the 8 or 22 from Bolton, or on the 8 from Manchester, 1 hour if taking the 22 from Stockport or Chorlton.

The bus stop is outside Clifton Cricket Club.

Clifton Cricket Club MAD Walkers

 

 

1

Signs of Hope...

Public Transport based walk with Katherine Hamlett & Stu Edward.

10.5 mi

435m

Join us for a stunning circular through the heart of the Hope Valley, walking in the footsteps of the Roman Legions. A steady ascent from the station is rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of some of the Peak District's most notable landmarks*. After 'marching' up hill and down dale we quench our thirst in one of Castleton's finest Ale Houses before following the course of the river to the ancient fort and our chariot home...

* Please note the unmissable cement factory does not fall in to this category!

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer - £10.00 - Please note you can only buy this ticket from staffed stations or GMPTE Travel Shops

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 17:39, 18:39, 19:39

1-9-2012 09:30 1-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Signs of Hope... Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Win Hill, Roman Road, Fullwood Lane, Losehill Farm, Spring House Farm, Losehill Hall, Castleton, Navio Roman Fort & Hope Station.
Extra::

In order to maximise our time in Castleton we anticipate that we will return on the 18:39 service back to Manchester Piccadilly. Should you wish to return earlier there is an easily navigable route back to Hope station.  

 

 

2

Pleasington to Buckshaw Parkway

Public Transport based walk with Gavin, meeting at Walk Start.

11.0 mi

150m

A pleasant linear walk in a fresh area for the MAD Walkers. There are several sections of quiet country tracks. I have stuck in some short steady climbs to appreciate the valleys from above too. Ice cream will be available at the pub stop too! There are other subtle reminders of Manchester and Lancaster.

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 Piccadilly for the train at 11:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Pleasington £10.70. Train also passes thru Oxford Road station.

Arrives at Preston 11.57 Change at Preston at 12.05 for the Colne train.

 

11:16

Train departs for the walk start at Pleasington station.

12:22

Walk starts at Pleasington station.

Return

from Buckshaw Parkway station. x:17 to Piccadilly, x:59 to Victoria

2-9-2012 11:00 2-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Pleasington to Buckshaw Parkway Pleasington station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Butlers Arms, River Darwen, Hoghton Tower, Windmill Hill, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Withnell Fold, Top Lock pub, B6229, A6, Sea View (pub on the A6), Buckshaw Parkway railway station.

 

 

8

Singing Ringing Tree

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

12.5 mi

500m

We'll arrive from Manchester at Todmorden Train Station 0913, where we'll walk over to the bus station to catch the bus to Walk Mill

After getting the train to Todmorden, we'll take a 15 minute bus ride to Walk Mill, where we ascend up to the Singing Ringing Tree scuplture, one of the Panopticons of East Lancashire. We head down past a reservoir, and then along moorland and through woodland, taking in lovely views, back to Todmorden.

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Todmorden £7.70

Northern Duo- buy one get one half price

Bus from Todmorden Bus Station to Walk Mill (589 or 592), single ticket £2.70

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

09:13

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. 1604 then at xx15 xx36 xx04 until 2004, thenxx36

8-9-2012 08:30 8-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Singing Ringing Tree Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Walk Mill, Crown Point, Clowbridge Reservoir, Rossendale Way, Deerplay Moor, Burnley Way, Lower Moor, Todmorden Train Station
Extra:

Try and bring change for the bus!

Use toilets on train as none at train station or walk start

Parts of the walk are likley to be boggy if it's been raining

If driving park at Todmorden Train Station and meet us there 0913 to catch the bus

 

 

15

The Gates

Public Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

10.0 mi

670m

This walk holds some true variety. Starting with an easy Grade 1 section of clambering / scrambling up Crowden Clough, to a steeper Grade 1 section towards the top of the clough, beyond this is an optional Grade 2 section. The vast majority of the scramble up Crowden is in the stream bed. After this we head for Kinder downfall and another wettish section up the River Kinder to the Gates! Then over (through) an extremely boggy section which leads us back to the top of Crowden clough. Now we move along the southern edge of Kinder Plateau eastwards to Grindsbrook Clough for an easy Grade 1 scramble back down to Edale.

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 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. At approx xx:42

15-9-2012 09:30 15-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Gates Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale Station, Crowden Clough, The Woolpacks, Kinder low, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Gates, Crowden Clough, Grindsbrook Clough, Edale
Essential :

For this walk you will need Gaiters, decent walking boots, possibly a spare pair of socks and fleece. Also the usual - water and lunch, pub stop only at the end of the walk.

 

 

15

Railway History Walk

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

13.0 mi

70m

A circular walk around Newton-le-Willows connecting places of notable rail history to the Britain and the world but you don't have to be a steam fanatic as it's still a pleasant fairly flat walk. On a few occasions we suddenly appear in suburbia following roads but then disappear again into leafy lanes. One of these is just over halfway for a sneeky pub stop. We get the opportunity to get a horse eye view 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.

10:40

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day Return to Newton-le-Willows £7.30, or a Duo for two people for £10.90.

10:50

Train departs for the walk start at Newton-le-Willows station.

11:15

Walk starts at Newton-le-Willows station.

Return

from Newton-le-Willows station. 16:29, 16:35, 16:52, 17:22, 17:29, 17:52

15-9-2012 10:40 15-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Railway History Walk Newton-le-Willows station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pumping Station, Vulcan, Sankey Canal, Newton Common, Grange Farm, North Florida, Garswood Park, Bay Horse, Ashton Heath, Golborne, Lowton Heath, Highfield Moss, Newton-le-Willows station.

 

 

16

Irlam Circular - the sequel

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

6.5 mi

0m

Another walk to explore the mosses and peat bogs to the North of Irlam.

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:

Day return: £3.60

10:45

Train departs for the walk start at Irlam Station.

11:05

Walk starts at Irlam Station.

Return

from Irlam Station. xx.12

16-9-2012 10:30 16-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Irlam Circular - the sequel Irlam Station MAD Walkers
Notes:

Pub stop at the end of the walk. No toilets at Irlam Station.

Walk leader will meet the group inside the barriers at Oxford Road Station.

 

 

22

Flat Caps and Wellies: A Holmfirth Circular

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.6 mi

365m

A Circular walk from Holmfirth taking in the hills, reservoirs and villages of the area along minor roads, dirt tracks and forest paths with ascents and decents throughout the walk. included in this walk is the re-used stone work from a farm mentioned in the doomsday book in a place you would never have guessed!...OH!! Then at the end of the walk is the little thing of a food and drink festival for us to attend.   

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.

09:10

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

Suggested ticket:

Return train ticket to Huddersfield for £11.60

First Day Saver ticket for Huddersfield to Holmfirth £3.70

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Holmfirth Bus Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Holmfirth Bus Station.

Return

from Holmfirth Bus Station. Buses are every 15 mins from Holmfirth to Huddersfield

22-9-2012 09:10 22-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Flat Caps and Wellies: A Holmfirth Circular Holmfirth Bus Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cartworth Moor (1.66mi), Brownhill Res (3.89mi), Holme (4.61mi), Digley Res (5.46mi), Holmbridge (6.93mi), Holmfirth (8.6mi)
Extra::

Please note that due to the food and drinks festival in Holmfirth on this day the area is likely to be busy and if you should decide to drive to Holmfirth roads and car parks may be busier than normal in the area.

 

 

23

Littleborough Ramble

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

6.0 mi

350m

An afternoon ramble around Littleborough.

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.

12:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 12:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Littleborough from any GM Station £3.90

12:14

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

12:35

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 15:02, xx:02 until 21:02 then 22:50

23-9-2012 12:00 23-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Littleborough Ramble Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Calderbrook, Summit, Moor Cock, Eales Wood, Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough
Additional:

Please have lunch before we depart and there are no toilets at Littleborough Station - use the ones at Victoria before departure!

 

 

26

Evening walk: Didsbury and Fletcher Moss

Direct Transport based walk with Al.

6.0 mi

0m

A pleasant summer walk around Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields, Stenner Lane (and woods).

Startpoint: ‘The Didsbury’, 852 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SG, www.thedidsbury.co.uk

We join the evening social afterwards - see the Social page.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:55

Meet at the walk start (didsbury pub)

19:00

Walk starts.

26-9-2012 18:55 26-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening walk: Didsbury and Fletcher Moss

A pleasant summer walk around Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields, Stenner Lane (and woods).

Startpoint: ‘The Didsbury’, 852 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SG, www.thedidsbury.co.uk

We join the evening social afterwards - see the Social page.

didsbury pub MAD Walkers
Transport:

Many bus services go down the Oxford Road corridor to East Didsbury and then the Didsbury Pub  before Parrs Wood (e.g. 142) or you could catch the train to East Didsbury Station.

Please bring a torch.

 

 

 

29

Jackson's Ridge

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

20.5 mi

1126m

A last long walk for the year before the days get too short. This is a challenging walk over some of the most remote moorland near Hebden Bridge,including some very wet and rough tracks and an extensive pathless section on Jackson's Ridge.

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.

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hebden Bridge: £8.60

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 18:28; 18:56; 19:06 etc

29-9-2012 08:40 29-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Jackson's Ridge Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Colden Clough; Mount Pleasant; Lower Gorple Reservoir; Widdop Reservoir; Dovestones; Jackson's Ridge; Alcomden Stones; Walsh Dean Reservoirs; Hardcastle Crags; Hebden Bridge
Extra Note:

This is a long walk over rough ground with no bail out points  and needs to be done at a brisk pace if we're to finish in daylight. Please be sure you can complete the route at a reasonable pace before coming on this.

Full waterproofs etc essential: gaiters may be useful. Shorts not advised - hostile vegetation.  Torch may be helpful if we miss our timing.

Please note: because the section over Jackson's Ridge is remote and pathless if the weather is bad or if it's been very wet in the previous few days we will do an alternative route round Hebden of same length/similar ascent staying on paths.

OS Ex 21 (South Pennines)

 

 

30

Prestbury Circular

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

6.0 mi

125m

A leisurely afternoon walk, which starts off alongside the River Bollin and takes in Mottram 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.

11:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:41. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Prestbury which costs £7.70.

11:41

Train departs for the walk start at Prestbury Station.

12:10

Walk starts at Prestbury Station.

Return

from Prestbury Station. 15:07 (changing at Macclesfield) and 16:27.

30-9-2012 11:30 30-9-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Prestbury Circular Prestbury Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Bollin, Mottram Hall, Mottram Cross, Hunters Pool and Prestbury Village.
Extra:

Please expect muddy paths, there will be a pub stop at the end.

 

 

6

Burscough & Martin Mere (A birdwatcher's paradise!)

Public Transport based walk with David Littlemore & Mark Roper.

11.5 mi

20m

WALK LEADERS MEETING AT WALK START

This is your chance to visit two nature reserves on the flat West Lancashire Plain!  We begin by walking along the canal to reach Mere Sands Wood for a picnic stop.  After a circuit of Mere Sands Wood we later go past Martin Mere.  Whilst we will get to see a part of Martin Mere on this walk, the walk does not enter Martin Mere since there is an entry fee (see below).  For those who wish to visit all of Martin Mere, you will be able to cut the walk short and it's easy to self navigate back to New Lane Station less than a mile away from Martin Mere.  For those who choose to remain on the walk, we will continue a circular route and there will be a pub stop 2 miles after Martin Mere, at about 9 miles in, and a further pub stop at the end!

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 10:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Burscough Bridge for £7.50 (or £11.20 for a Duo ticket if two travelling together).  If you intend to cut the walk short & visit Marin Mere then a Return to New Lane for £7.70 is recommended (or £11.50 for a Duo ticket if two travelling together).

10:22

Train departs for the walk start at Burscough Bridge Train Station.

11:18

Walk starts at Burscough Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Burscough Bridge Train Station. 16:32 Pic, 17:07 Vic, 17:33 Pic, 18:07 Vic, 18:30 Pic. (If visiting Martin Mere then return from New Lane at 17:04 Vic, 18:04 Vic, 18:28 Pic)

6-10-2012 10:00 6-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Burscough & Martin Mere (A birdwatcher's paradise!) Burscough Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Burscough Bridge, Leeds & Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch), Mere End, Mere Sands Wood, Curlew Lane, Martin Mere, Derby Farm, Martin Lane, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Burscough Wharf
Extra:

This walk is rated as moderate due to the distance involved.  There are virtually no ascents!

The entry fee for Martin Mere is £9.50, although you'll get a £1 discount with a train ticket.  Note that if you choose to end the walk early and visit Martin Mere then you will need to self navigate back to New Lane train station.  The station is easy to find and is less than 1 mile away from the entrance of Martin Mere and directions will be provided.

Details on Mere Sands Wood:

http://www.ribblecoastandwetlands.com/att_mere_sands_wood

Details on Martin Mere:

http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/martin-mere

It's recommended that any keen birdwatchers bring binoculars!

For anyone considering the Martin Mere visit the aim is to reach Martin Mere before 3:30pm so that you have at least 2 hours to go round. Martin Mere shuts at 5:30pm and there's a train at 6:04pm that you should be able to catch, but if there's a disaster with the trains the sunset is at 6:30pm so please bring a torch in case if you're thinking of visiting Martin Mere!
 

 

 

7

Heaton Park to Bury

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

7.0 mi

0m

Having taken the tram out from Manchester, we wander through Heaton Park to its north, taking a flat route till the crossing of the Roch signals our arrival in Bury.

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.

12:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 12:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return tram ticket to Bury, or a Day Ticket might be cheaper if you're travelling from south Manchester.

12:00

Train departs for the walk start at Heaton Park tram stop.

12:30

Walk starts at Heaton Park tram stop.

Return

from Bury Interchange. About every 15 minutes

7-10-2012 12:00 7-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Heaton Park to Bury Heaton Park tram stop MAD Walkers

 

 

13

The Unknown Trig

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley, Sarah Peppiatt.

17.5 mi

885m

Note: at least one leader, possibly both, meeting at Hadfield Station at 9am.

A long walk over rough paths and several extensive pathless sections of moor visiting three mystery trigs in the Hadfield area. Can you work out which trigs we're visiting before we get to them?

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.

08:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Hadfield: £3.90.

08:15

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

09:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 18:01 or other services X:01 and X:31 until 19.31 then hourly at X:31

13-10-2012 08:00 13-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London The Unknown Trig Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield, Trig 1, Trig 2, Trig 3, Hadfield.
Extra:

OS Map Ex 1. The length of the this walk at this time of year means a brisk pace, which together with the off path and the ascent makes this a hard walk with no easy bail out points. Proper walking boots essential, gaiters/waterproof trousers advisable.

 

 

14

Bunbury and some hills

Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with Becky Lea.

7.5 mi

200m

Walk leader will be meeting at the walk start

On the trail of all the Brunning and Price pubs (of Sutton Hall fame) this walk starts in the picturesque village of Bunbury and heads for the hills of Beeston and Peckforton, crossing Cheshire fields and along a few lanes to finish at the lovely Dysart Arms. Please note that this walk will probably be muddy and we may cross fields with cows in.

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.

09:45

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

10:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (bunbury).

11:15

Walk starts at bunbury.

14-10-2012 09:45 14-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Bunbury and some hills

On the trail of all the Brunning and Price pubs (of Sutton Hall fame) this walk starts in the picturesque village of Bunbury and heads for the hills of Beeston and Peckforton, crossing Cheshire fields and along a few lanes to finish at the lovely Dysart Arms. Please note that this walk will probably be muddy and we may cross fields with cows in.

bunbury MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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.

 

 

20

A Valley Steeped in History

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.0 mi

500m

We head up towards Chiserly with views over the Calder valley and on to Lumb Hole, a picturesque waterfall, before dropping through the autumnal woods to Hard Castle Crags and its cotton mill, then a final ascent up to the church in Heptonstall before dropping down the steps and cobbled path to the Hole in the Wall.

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 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Mytholmroyd, Duo available buy 1 get the second half price..

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Mytholmroyd Station.

10:44

Walk starts at Mytholmroyd Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. xx:08, xx:28, xx:56 unitl 19:56 then xx:28 until 22:28

20-10-2012 09:45 20-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Valley Steeped in History Mytholmroyd Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mytholmroyd, Chiserly, Lumb Hole, Crag Vale, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge
Car Parkin:

If you wish to uses you car on this event please park at Hebden Bridge and board the 10:40 to Leeds first stop Mytholmroyd... No toilets at the walk Start use the trains...

 

 

20

Wilmslow Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

6.0 mi

50m

Please note the walk leader will be joining the group at Wilmslow Station.

Circular walk around Wilmslow taking in the river Bollin and then over to Lindow Moss.

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.

13:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£5.50 return. Duo ticket for two adults: £8.20.

13:30

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

13:46

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. Frequent

20-10-2012 13:15 20-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow Circular Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Wilmslow train station, The Carrs, River Bollin, A538, Lindow Moss, Chapel Lane, Carters Arms, Coach and Four, Wilmslow train station.

 

 

21

Towers, Twists and Turns

Car based walk with Katherine Hamlett.

8.8 mi

550m

Join us for an autumnal circular walk starting from Fairholmes Visitor Centre in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. From our base by the reservoir we climb steadily up to the stunning rock feature of Alport Castles, taking in some breathtaking scenery across Rowlee Pasture. We then follow the valley contour before ascending once more to capitalise on the fabulous views from Blackley Hey. Woodland and waterways vary the route as our final efforts for the day are rewarded with an eye-catching descent back towards Ladybower Reservoir and the comforts of the cafe...

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 Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:15

Cars will leave for the walk start (Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derwent Valley).

10:45

Walk starts at Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derwent Valley.

21-10-2012 09:00 21-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Towers, Twists and Turns

Join us for an autumnal circular walk starting from Fairholmes Visitor Centre in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. From our base by the reservoir we climb steadily up to the stunning rock feature of Alport Castles, taking in some breathtaking scenery across Rowlee Pasture. We then follow the valley contour before ascending once more to capitalise on the fabulous views from Blackley Hey. Woodland and waterways vary the route as our final efforts for the day are rewarded with an eye-catching descent back towards Ladybower Reservoir and the comforts of the cafe...

Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derwent Valley MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre, Rowlee Pasture, Alport Castles, Alport Farm, Blackley Hey, Haggwater Bridge, Hagg Farm
Extra::

Please note that Fairholmes Visitor Centre is Pay & Display £4.70 for the day. There are alternative free parking areas on the road to Fairholmes alongside the reservoir.

Toilets and refreshments are available at the visitor centre.

Please ensure you bring layers and hats and gloves as conditions can be windy in sections.

We anticipate our return to the visitor centre for approximately 15:30 - 16:00. Walk leader will not be returning directly to Manchester City Centre.

 

 

27

A Saddleworth Circular

Public Transport based walk with Chris & Sarah Wareing.

7.0 mi

350m

NOTE: THIS WALK USES BUS TRANSPORT. Please ignore all mentions of train times or stations - these are just there because of the back system set up for the website. The transport is by bus (number 180), leaving from Oldham Street on Piccadilly Gardens at 9.50am on Saturday morning.

The walk leaders will meet the group outside the Clarence Pub, at the end of the 180 line (Bus Stop: Chew Valley Road: Clarence Hotel)

A circular walk around Saddleworth that isn't too strenuous, comprising much of a walk postponed from nearly two years ago! Starting from the Clarence Hotel, we walk across Greenfield, then up and around Wharmton Hill, with views over picturesque Uppermill and then down to the Brownhill Visitor Centre for lunch by the canal (tea shop, facilities). From there, we head up to Saddleworth Church and the microbrewery pub next door for a different kind of refreshment stop. From there it's a pull up the hill onto the moor edge to enjoy the view from the War Monument to the Fallen at Pots and Pans, just two weeks before the wreath laying service here. Then it's down hill to look over Dovestones reservoir from Binn Green, before heading through the woods alongside the reservoir to the final pub stop at the Clarence Inn.

This walk has been designed with lots of photo opportunities and the forecast is excellent so bring that camera!

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.

09:40

Meet at Piccadilly Gardens Oldham Street Bus Stop for the train at 09:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Bus ticket: FirstDay Adult: £4.50. System 1 DaySaver: £5/£5.60 (any bus all day, any time, anywhere in GM), System 1 Bus & Train £6.20/£6.50 (any bus or train all day, any time, anywhere in GM). Exact change will be appreciated by the bus driver!

09:50

Train departs for the walk start at Clarence Hotel, Greenfield.

11:00

Walk starts at Clarence Hotel, Greenfield.

Return

from Clarence Hotel, Greenfield. Buses at: xx:09, xx:39, 18:03, 18:33, xx:50 until 22:50 from the Clarence

27-10-2012 09:40 27-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Saddleworth Circular Clarence Hotel, Greenfield MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Clarence Hotel, Brownhill Visitor Centre (2 miles), The Church Inn microbrewery (2.95 miles), Pots & Pans Monument (4.4 miles), Dovestones (5.6 miles, WC), Clarence Hotel
Extra:

On the moor edge and along the paths from Pots and Pans monument to Dovestones, it can be quite boggy and/or muddy - boots and gaiters advised.

Bring change for the tea shop by the lunch stop (at the Brownhill), the Church Inn (microbrewery pub stop by Saddleworth church) and the Clarence Inn at the end of the walk.

No trains running today, so we'll try the bus instead! Journey takes about 1hr 5minutes, maybe a little longer with the metroworks in Oldham.

Weather forecast is good and there are plenty of good views and autumnal woods, so a camera might be a good idea!

 

 

28

Forest of Bowland and the secret valley

Car based walk with Al.

10.0 mi

450m

Passengers: please be prepared to offer a minimum of £3 to the driver for petrol.

Drivers: please check where to go beforehand, although the walk leader will be able to offer advice at the meet point.

A circular walk, with an initial steep ascent up to Totteridge, then significant passage through unpathed moortops towards Brown Berry Plan, where we then descend into the secret valley of Bleasdale Water, cross over Langden Brook at Langden Castle and head out along the Brook.

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.

08:45

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Lay-by at Sykes Nab).

10:45

Walk starts at Lay-by at Sykes Nab.

28-10-2012 08:45 28-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Forest of Bowland and the secret valley

A circular walk, with an initial steep ascent up to Totteridge, then significant passage through unpathed moortops towards Brown Berry Plan, where we then descend into the secret valley of Bleasdale Water, cross over Langden Brook at Langden Castle and head out along the Brook.

Lay-by at Sykes Nab MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Sykes Nab lay-by, Totridge, Brown Berry Plain, Bleasdale Water, Langden Castle, Langdel Brook, Sykes Nab lay-by.
Notes:

Remember the clocks go back so you get an extra hour in bed (but it gets darker sooner!).

Please bring a torch.

We have to cross Langden Brook 2 miles from the end. There is no alternative route (especially with the earlier nights), so it is possible you may get your feet wet! We suggest you bring a change of shoes to leave in the cars.

Toilets: last toilets are in Dunsop Bridge car park.

Pub at the end of the walk: The Parkers Arms, Newton, BB7 3DY

 

 

31

Halloween by torch light...

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

4.0 mi

100m

A short flat evening walk circulating Hollingworth Lake and through the wood into Littleborough... due to the dark evenings a torch is required... there may well be a pub at the end of the walk!

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.

18:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Littleborough £3.90

18:21

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

18:43

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. XX:50 until 22:50

31-10-2012 18:15 31-10-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Halloween by torch light... Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Hollingworth Lake, Ealees Wood, Littleborough

 

 

3

Dual Anniversary walk

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

12.0 mi

500m

It's a linear walk taking us a different way over Pendle Hill which is a steep climb which ever way you look at it! That will be most of the climb out of the way in time for lunch, and we should see Blackpool Tower easily! A steep descent to Barley and a pub stop. We wander over undulating land into Colne with a little bit of history along the way.

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 09:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Clitheroe return £9.90 or 2-person Duo for £14.80. Return from Colne will require a Blackburn single £7 or Duo at £11.70 (but buy this later)

09:00

Train departs for the walk start at Clitheroe station.

10:20

Walk starts at Clitheroe station.

Return

from Colne station. From Colne x:50, with a change at Blackburn. arrives 17:34 final arrival at Manchester at 18:56

3-11-2012 09:00 3-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Dual Anniversary walk Clitheroe station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Clitheroe, High Moor, Worston, Worsaw End, Hookcliffe, Lane Head, Robin Hood's Well, Pendle Hill, Brown House, Barley, Slacks Wood, Roughlee, West Pasture, Higherford, Barrowford Reservoir, Greenfield

 

 

3

Todmorden circular

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

6.5 mi

450m

A short-ish walk around Todmorden, taking the canal to the east of todmorden before climbing the penine way to Stoodley pike before dropping into the top brink for a refreshing pint.. suitable for new members although there'll be some uphill!

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.

11:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to todmorden or duo return second person half price..

11:21

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

11:51

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station.

3-11-2012 11:15 3-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden circular Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Eastwood, Stoodley Pike, Top Brink (Lumbutts), Polished Knob (Todmorden)
Parking & :

Please use trains toilets as there aren't any available at the station, Parking is free and there are plenty of spaces on the station car park.

 

 

10

Bleaklow 64th Anniversary of B-29 Super Fortress Crash & Rememberance Day

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.5 mi

600m

A circular walk, we start by ascending to James's Thorn which involves a moderate climb of 370m (final 50m is quite steep) to the KB933 wreck monument from here we drop down slightly to C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) wreck and then pass Ashton Clough which contains the remains of a Seafire/Spitfire. Next we ascend approx. 100m to Higher Shelf stones Trig point and then onto the B29 Super fortress which crashed on the 3rd November 1948. Afterwards we head north to the Hern stones then the Wain stones and across to Bleaklow head.

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.

09:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop £3.90 from any GM Station

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:09, xx:39 unitl 19:39 then xx:39 until 22:39

10-11-2012 09:40 10-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Bleaklow 64th Anniversary of B-29 Super Fortress Crash & Rememberance Day Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Old Glossop , Doctor's Gate track, James's Thorn, Lower Shelf Stones, Higher Shelf Stones, B29 Super Fortress, Hern Stones, Wain Stones, Torside Castle, Small Clough, Lightside, Old Glossop

 

 

11

Gordale Scar and Malham Cove

Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with Clare Parkinson,Sally Grimwood.

7.0 mi

300m

This walk has something for everyone!  Beautiful waterfalls, stunning limestone scenery, peregrine falcon spotting, amazing disappearing streams, refreshment tea vans en route (hopefully!) and an easy, short (and optional) scramble up the waterfall at Gordale Scar.  The scenery is stunning so budding photographers make sure you bring your cameras. 

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.

09:15

Meet at Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford for lift share organising.

09:30

Cars will leave for the walk start (Malham National Park Centre).

11:00

Walk starts at Malham National Park Centre.

11-11-2012 09:15 11-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Gordale Scar and Malham Cove

This walk has something for everyone!  Beautiful waterfalls, stunning limestone scenery, peregrine falcon spotting, amazing disappearing streams, refreshment tea vans en route (hopefully!) and an easy, short (and optional) scramble up the waterfall at Gordale Scar.  The scenery is stunning so budding photographers make sure you bring your cameras. 

Malham National Park Centre MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, 11 Blackfriars Road, Salford 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:Malham National Park Centre, Janet's Foss, Goredale Scar, Malham Tarn, Malham cove, Pub!
Extra:

The scramble up the waterfall is optional and weather dependant. If it is raining or the river is swollen we will take the alternative route and if necessary the group can split in two, rejoining at the top of Goredale Scar. It is necessary to cross the river to do the scramble and your feet may get wet so we suggest bringing a spare pair of shoes and socks.

Please note there is a small charge of £4.00 to park at the National Park Centre car park, passengers should ensure they split the cost of parking as well as petrol with their driver. The group asks that a minimum contribution of £3 is made to the driver by passengers towards petrol costs, more for walks further away. The driver should be able to siggest an appropriate amount.
 
Toilets are available at the visitor centre

 

 

17

Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.0 mi

957m

A long walk from Macclesfield  taking in two of the highest peaks in Cheshire, along with a visit to Macclesfield Forest and some spectacular scenery en route (weather permitting!) The walk finishes at Whaley Bridge, allowing the extra keen to join Stu's walk in the dark to Eccles Pike straight after (or possibly with a short interval for liquid refreshment).

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.

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket (£10 - buy in advance from manned stations or GMPT travelshops)

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. every hour at x:39

17-11-2012 08:40 17-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield; Langley; Macclesfield Forest; Shutlingsloe; Cumberland Brook; Shining Tor; Errwood Reservoir; River Goyt; Whaley Bridge
Extra Note:

OS Map Ex 24

This is a long walk with a lot of climbing late in the year: please be sure you can do this at a brisk pace, especially as we are aiming to finish in time to join up with Stu's second walk. Please also bring a torch just  in case we don't make it in the light.

If you are joining Stu's walk at the end, the Wayfarer ticket will get you home after that as well.

 

 

17

It's a Stone Throw.....

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley & Stu Edwards.

7.0 mi

270m

Part one of a two part 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 to Whaley Bridge (£7.20)

10:52

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 15.39, 16.40,17.39

17-11-2012 10:30 17-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London It's a Stone Throw..... Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Cage, Lyme Park, Bowstonesgate, Whaley Moor, Toddbrook Reservior
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.

 

 

17

The Pike by Night...

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Andy Buckley.

3.0 mi

170m

PART TWO OF A TWO PART WALK. 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.

15:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge £7.20

15:52

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

16:45

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 18:39, 19:39, 20:39, 21:39 & 23:08

17-11-2012 15:35 17-11-2012 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.

 

 

24

Hills of South West Lancashire

Public Transport based walk with Lorraine Kane.

15.0 mi

350m

The walk leader lives in Appley Bridge so will meet people there.

Varied walk across pretty undulating farmland, canal paths, quiet back lanes (some road walking requied).  Four hills in total with hopefully good views of Lancashire.  Reasonably brisk pace required to complete in daylight.

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.

08:05

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£3.90 offpeak return.

08:22

Train departs for the walk start at Appley Bridge Train Station.

09:11

Walk starts at Appley Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Appley Bridge Train Station. xx:41 to Piccadilly until 22:45, xx:18 to Victoria

24-11-2012 08:05 24-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Hills of South West Lancashire Appley Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Appley Bridge - Dalton (Ashurst Beacon 180m) - Wrightington (Harrock Hill and Hunters Hill 150m) - Parbold (Parbold Hill 120m) - Appley Bridge
Extra:

Please bring a torch in case the walk isn't completed in the daylight.

 

 

24

Weaving the Witton Way

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Katherine Hamlett & Stu Edward.

5.5 mi

50m

Please note that due to unsuitable terrain on the higher ground following heavy rain, we have adapted the ascent and waypoints listed below to ensure we keep to good paths.

Feeling like a leisurely day? Join us for a stroll along the Witton Weavers Way... Starting at a respectable hour, we begin with an easy amble to appreciate the views over the West Pennine Moors and to take in some photography opportunities around Wayoh. Good paths lead us round to the picturesque Turton & Entwistle Reservoir where, as the light begins to fade, we head to one of our much-loved real ale pubs; to settle in front of the log fires with our favourite beverage! For a sneak preview, check out the link below...

http://www.thestrawburyduck.co.uk/

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 to Entwistle £6.00

11:00

Train departs for the walk start at Entwistle Station.

11:40

Walk starts at Entwistle Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 15:17, 17:17, 17:48, 18:48

24-11-2012 10:45 24-11-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Weaving the Witton Way Entwistle Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Entwistle Station, Wayoh Reservoir, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle Car Park, Fox Hill Plantation, Strawbury Duck

 

 

1

Calder Aire Link

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson. More details to follow.

This walk will now take place on Saturday 26th January 2013.

 

 

1

A canal a country park and lots of chimneys....

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

11.0 mi

400m

A walk to take in part of the path of the Rochdale canal and it's surroundings over from littleborough to mills hill via tandle hills country park... From here you can see the milling towns and the expanse into the city... There are 2 gradual ascents and lots of history as well as a modern twist...

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 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to littleborough from any Manchester station for £3.90

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Mills Hills Station. xx:38 & xx:11 until 19:38 then 20:00 & 20:33

1-12-2012 09:45 1-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A canal a country park and lots of chimneys.... Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hollingworth lake, under M62, Newhey, Tandle Hills, Rochdale canal and Mills Hill station

 

 

1

A Cheshire Ramble

Public Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

8.5 mi

200m

Pleasant walk in Cheshire. Starting off in Plumley, with lunch in Knutsford and then trekking through Tatton Park to Ashley.

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 10:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Plumley (£8.90).

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Plumley Station.

11:03

Walk starts at Plumley Station.

Return

from Ashley Train Station. xx:52

1-12-2012 10:00 1-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Cheshire Ramble Plumley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Plumley train station, Parkside Cottage, Parkside Farm, M6, Blackhill Farm, Knutsford, Tatton Park, Tatton House, Ashley/Greyhound pub.
Other:

Walk leader will join the train at Altrincham.

 

 

2

Stretford Dane Road

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

5.5 mi

0m

We are starting from Stretford Metrolink stop, for an easy short walk with the opportunity for a check in at the Bridge Inn at Dane Road. Join us for convivial conversation and a little fresh air.

There are plenty of options to get here by public transport including the 22 and 23 from Stockport, Didsbury and Chorlton, or Urmston from the other direction, and of course the tram from Altrincham or town.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

Meet at the walk start (Stretford tramstop)

11:00

Walk starts.

2-12-2012 11:00 2-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Stretford Dane Road

We are starting from Stretford Metrolink stop, for an easy short walk with the opportunity for a check in at the Bridge Inn at Dane Road. Join us for convivial conversation and a little fresh air.

There are plenty of options to get here by public transport including the 22 and 23 from Stockport, Didsbury and Chorlton, or Urmston from the other direction, and of course the tram from Altrincham or town.

Stretford tramstop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cemetery, Transpennine Trail, M60 bridge, River Mersey, Dane Road, Sale Water Park, Bridgewater Canal.

 

 

8

Santa Walk 2012: Christmas Quarry Cracker

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley & Aimee Teare.

7.0 mi

216m

Tis the season to be jolly, with tinsel and holly.

With this in mind it must mean it is time for the Santa Walk again and this year it will take place in Buxton. The walk begins by meandering through the streets of Buxton beforeheading over to Wye Dale followed by the idyllic hamlets of King Strendale and Cowdale and then under to statuesque railway viaduct and then back along the roads into Buxton, were there will be time to peruse the Christmas Weekend Wonderland event at the Pavillion Gardens.

 

Sandwiches for lunch will be needed as the 3 course christmas meal this year will be at about 5:30pm at The Old Club House and will cost £20 (£2 going to the local mountain rescue team like last year), the menu is below to give you some idea what is available.

 

STARTERS

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms (V): Pan fired mushrooms served on garlic bread with creamy garlic sauce

Winter Vegetable Soup (V): Served with Baguette and butter

Prawn Cocktail: Served with salad, seafood sauce, baguette and butter.

 

MAINS

All mains served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Festive Turkey Dinner: Succulent turkey breast served with sage & onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, yorkshire pudding and gravy

Tradional Beef Dinner: Tender sliced beef served with sage & onion stuffing, pigs in blanket, yorkshire pudding and gravy.

Salmon with Honey and Mustard: Salmon fillet served with creamy6 wholegrain mustard, cider and honey sauce.

Brie & Cranberry Tart (V): Cheese and potato tart with cranberry sauce and Brie topping

 

DESSERT

Christmas Pudding: Tradional fruity christmas pudding served with brandy sauce

Chocolate Brownie: Double chocolate brownie with belgian chocolate flakes served with ice cream and topped with chocolate flavoured sauce.

Cherry & Almond Cheesecake:  Biscuit base with layers of jam, almond sponge and cheesecake topped with icing and glace cherries

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 £9.20

10:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

11:52

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. **:22

8-12-2012 10:30 8-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Santa Walk 2012: Christmas Quarry Cracker Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lowfoot Farm (1.36mi), Woolow Farm (2.65mi), King Strendale (4.03mi), Cowdale (5.06mi), Railway Viaduct (5.89mi)
BOOKING IN:

***You have to pre-book to attend this walk, there are 50 places available. Booking starts at the AGM on November 7th***

 

 

9

Littleborough Recovery Ramble

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

5.5 mi

350m

Here we go again yet another chance to do my infamous littleborough circular pub walk with a few small ascents 3 reservoirs and an autumnal wood at a relaxing pace with the chance of a few light refreshments. And sunset on the lake...

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 11:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Littleborough from any Manchester station £3.90

11:14

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

11:35

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

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

9-12-2012 11:00 9-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Littleborough Recovery Ramble Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, summit, Moorcock, ealees wood holingworth lake

 

 

15

A Shorter Version of My Hebden Bridge Walk

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.0 mi

324m

For those who are going to attend the christmas party tonight, this may be a way to counteract the food and drink you will consume tonight. This is the shorter version of the Hebden Bridge walk I led earlier this year taking in the canal and derilict cotton Mills of the Calder Valley with a possible stop (depending on time) to a micro brewery pub in Jack Bridge before heading off towards Heptonstall with views over Eaves Wood before our descent into Hebden Bridge and the train home to prepare for the party.

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 Victoria for the train at 10:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hebden Bridge: £8.60 return (no Dou tickets available during the month of December)

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 1528,**56,1608,**28,**56

15-12-2012 10:00 15-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A Shorter Version of My Hebden Bridge Walk Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Charlestown, Delph, Calderdale Way, Jack Bridge, Heptonstall

 

 

22

A-Wassailing unto Whaley

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.5 mi

180m

Note that we will now be departing earlier for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Manchester Cathedral - see socials page for more details.

A linear winter walk to Whaley Bridge which much scope for merriment along the way!

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:

Chapel-en-le-Frith Return £9.20

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 1646, 1744, 1846.

22-12-2012 09:30 22-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London A-Wassailing unto Whaley Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Combs, Combs Reservoir, Tunstead Milton, Eccles Pike, Bugsworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal
Extra:

Given the festive nature of the season, we will be availing ourselves of several hostelries on route, notably the Navigation at Bugsworth andThe Goyt in Whaley.

We will then be returning to Manchester aiming to arrive in time for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Manchester Cathedral, with drinks in a local pub afterwards.

 

 

23

On The Walk Before Christmas

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

8.0 mi

450m

Walk Leader Will Meet On train at Littleborough

A Park, A Castle, and a lovely valley and a trudge along the canal and a last chance for a christmas drink...

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 Victoria for the train at 10:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Todmorden

10:14

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx:52 until 20:52 then 22:35

23-12-2012 10:00 23-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London On The Walk Before Christmas Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Centre Vale Park, Dobroyd castle, Gorpley Clough, Walsden, Rochdale Canal, Polished Knob.

 

 

26

Boxing Day Walk

Direct Transport based walk with John & Al.

4.6 mi

50m

A nice easy boxing day walk around Chorlton Water Meadows to work off all Christmas Dinner and feast upon sandwiches made from the leftovers!

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 Didsbury Pub, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury)

11:00

Walk starts.

26-12-2012 10:45 26-12-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Boxing Day Walk

A nice easy boxing day walk around Chorlton Water Meadows to work off all Christmas Dinner and feast upon sandwiches made from the leftovers!

The Didsbury Pub, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Simon's Bridge, Trans Pennine Trail, Farmers Arms Northenden (pub), Ford Lane, Fletcher Moss Gardens, The Didsbury.
Extra Trav:

Limited bus services on Boxing Day, however trunk routes including Wilmslow Road will be running a special service. See http://www.tfgm.com/christmas for details.

 


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