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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

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Walks from 2013

 

5

South Head and Cracken Edge

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.0 mi

1061m

A nice challenging walk to burn off all that excess Christmas dinner and alcohol!  A figure of eight walk that takes in two of the high points around Chinley along with some of the Pennine Way. Weather permitting there should some fantastic views of Kinder and the Vale of 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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Chinley: £9.50

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley.

09:20

Walk starts at Chinley.

Return

from Chinley. X:55 aiming for 16.55 train.

5-1-2013 08:30 5-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London South Head and Cracken Edge Chinley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chinley; South Head; Pennine Bridleway; Jacob's Ladder; Peep O Day; Cracken Edge; Chinley
Extra Note:

This is a long  walk for the time of year on rough and, in places very wet, paths with a lot of climbing and will need to be done at a brisk pace to finish in the light. Please be sure you're capable of doing this before starting.

Gaiters probably useful: bring a torch in case we don't finish in the light.

OS Map Ex 1

 

 

5

Winter Woodland Walk

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.3 mi

110m

*****NEW TO WALKING? THIS WALK MAY BE SUITABLE FOR YOU*****

The New Year is on us and as usual the New Year resolutions are made: be more active, eat healthier and drink less........well we may be able to help with one of them.

This is a circular walk passing through the cheshire fields, which includes some very large greenhouses and a farm shop before dodging the golf balls and entering the lovely woodland of Styal Country Park and then pass a site where holiday dreams begin and then back towards Heald Green where our walk will 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.

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

£3.50 reutrn to Heald Green

10:46

Train departs for the walk start at Heald Green Station.

11:05

Walk starts at Heald Green Station.

Return

from Heald Green Station. 1420,1433,1449,**20,**33,**49

5-1-2013 10:30 5-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Winter Woodland Walk Heald Green Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yew Tree Farm (0.88mi), Styal Golf Club (1.39mi), Styal (2.13mi), Giants Castle (3.06mi), Oversley Lodge Farm (4.55mi), Holly Lane (5.20mi) Beech farm (5.83mi) Outwood farm (6.44mi)
EXTRA::

Gaiters may be needed for muddy sections if wet.

 

 

6

Sowerby Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

5.0 mi

200m

***NEW TO WALKING? THIS WALK MAY BE SUITABLE FOR YOU.***

 

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' 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 11:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return £10

Northern duo- pay half price on 2nd ticket for 2 adults travelling together

11:14

Train departs for the walk start at Sowerby Bridge.

12:01

Walk starts at Sowerby Bridge.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. xx36 until 1736, then 1840, 1946

6-1-2013 11:00 6-1-2013 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:

 

No toilets at walk start, use those on the train

 

 

 

 

12

Black & White along the Pennines

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

14.5 mi

600m

Walk Leader Will meet at walk Start!

A Long Linear walk heading along the pennines and onto the oldham way heading into Mossley. An early start is to ensure we get back to mossley before dark but ensure you bring your torches anyway! This is an exposed 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.

08:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Manchester Day Ranger £4.80 all Rail travel in GM for the whole day

09:00

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Mossley Station. xx:54

12-1-2013 08:45 12-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Black & White along the Pennines Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Roman Road, Blackstone Edge, White Hill, Oldham Way, Scouthead, Mossley
EXTRA:

If you wish to drive on this walk cars should be parked in the city centre as this walk is on 2 seperate lines...

Please use train toilets as there are none at the walk start.

Returning to Manchester at the end of the walk to meet up with the other day walk for the option of food and drink.

 

 

12

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

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.5 mi

450m

***NEW TO WALKING? THIS WALK MAY BE SUITABLE FOR YOU***

A linear walk starting from Mossley to Glossop. On leaving Mossley we head up to Turf Pits- once we reach the summit, we continue along good tracks across the exposed moorland with undulating countryside. We then decend towards Tintwistle and circum-navigate Bottoms and Valehouse reservoirs before heading onto the Longdale Trail towards Padfield. Then, it's a bit of urban walking towards the end in 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.

10:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £4.80

10:27

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

10:47

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 16:08, 16:38, **:08, **:38

12-1-2013 10:15 12-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London If Bayda'a Can Do It In Spirit..... Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Shireclough (1.86mi), Swineshaw Reservior (3.06mi), Arnfield Low Moor (4.34mi), Tintwistle (5.47mi), Longedendale Trail (7.22mi), Padfield (7.81mi), Glossop (9.5mi)
Extra:

On ending the walk we will be returning to Manchester to meet up with the other walk on this day for food option and drinks.

 

 

19

Bury Loco Linear

Public Transport based walk with Gavin Poulton.

6.0 mi

100m

JOINT WALK WITH THE MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS

Our classic route out from Bury but then to the new Kirklees Trail. Much of the route is on tarmac but there will be mud so trainers aren't appropiate. We drop down into the leafy village of Summerseat later, where we'll get a steam train back to Bury (£5). Please bring your Ramblers membership card in order to get a discount on the train fare.

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.

11:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Return tram ticket to Bury, must be bought before boarding.

11:30

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

12:00

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Bury Interchange. Trains back to Bury every 50 minutes, Trams back to Manchester every 6 minutes

19-1-2013 11:20 19-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Bury Loco Linear Bury Interchange MAD Walkers

 

 

26

Calder Aire Link

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson. More details to follow.

****This walk has been postponed until 9th February****

 

 

26

Burbage Edge and Stanage Edge

Public Transport based walk with James Johnson.

9.4 mi

370m

A nice scenic walk taking in both Burbage Edge and Stanage Edge at the far eastern end of the Peak District. We will be finishing in Hathersage where there will be a option to have a few drinks 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.

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 Grindleford £10.60, Duo ticket on which two people can travel together for £15.90 or a Wayfarer (£11) if making a journey into Manchester on another mode of transport prior to meeting up at Piccadilly Station. Note Wayfarer tickets can only be bought from train stations.

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:46

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. xx:32 until 19:32 then 20:53 and 22:41

26-1-2013 09:30 26-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Burbage Edge and Stanage Edge Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Burbage Bridge, Burbage Edge, Stanage Edge, Greens House, Baulk Lane.

 

 

27

The Country Book Walk

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.5 mi

110m

A winter walk from Chelford to Macclesfield making use of the Wayfarer ticket, travelling through the country to the south of Macclesfield via Redes Mere and Gawsworth. Whilst not involving much climbing, an early start makes this is a walk suitable for those who are new to walking and would like to try something a bit longer. Walk leader joining train at Stockport.

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 Piccadilly for the train at 09:04. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £11 - Please note this ticket must be bought at a staffed station before the walk, it cannot be bought on the train.

09:04

Train departs for the walk start at Chelford.

09:40

Walk starts at Chelford.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. 1623, 1642, 1715, 1742, 1815, 1842, 1915

27-1-2013 08:45 27-1-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Country Book Walk Chelford MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Promontory Wood, Astle, Redes Mere, Walkersheath, Gawsworth Hall, Danes Moss, Macclesfield Canal
Extra:

At the conclusion of the walk, we will retire for refreshments in one of Macclesfield's fair hostelries.

 

 

2

Moors and Dales

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.5 mi

995m

A long and very varied walk from Hope to Buxton, passing through long stretches of the Limestone Dales en route.

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:

Wayfarer ticket: purchase in advance from stations/travelshops. £11

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. X:29, aiming for 16:29

2-2-2013 08:30 2-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Moors and Dales Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope; Abney Moor; Great Hucklow; Silly Dale; Cressbrook Dale; Miller's Dale; Chee Dale; Wye Dale; Buxton
Extra note:

This is a long walk with no easy bail out point and will need to be done at a brisk pace to finish in the light. Please be sure you can manage the distance at a reasonable pace before coming on the walk.

Bring a torch just in case we don't make it.

OS Map Ex 1 and 24

SOCIAL: On completion of our walk there will be an option to get off the train at Disley and meet up with the other walk for food and drinks.

 

 

2

Deer Dizzy Disley

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley & Aimee Teare.

9.5 mi

220m

A Circular walk from Disley heading north out of the town via the Peak Forest canal and Ridge End before heading over to Macclesfield Canal and turning south heading back to Disley vis Lyme Park and the Deer sanctuary.

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 ticket £5.80

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

10:22

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 1455, **55 and every hour

2-2-2013 09:30 2-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Deer Dizzy Disley Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal (1.25 mi), Ridge End (2.38 mi), Macclesfield Canal (4.55 mi), Lyme Park (6.82 mi), Bollinghurst Bridge (7.97 mi)
SOCIAL:

We are hoping to meet up with the longer walk on their return trip from Buxton where they will join us in Disley for food and drinks.

 

 

3

A New Metro Line to an Old trainline

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

8.0 mi

400m

A hilly walk over grains bar around the top of ogden reservoirs under the motorway and down to hollingworth lake visiting a few pubs 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.

10:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Tram & train Zone 3 £6.40

10:25

Train departs for the walk start at Shaw & Crompton Tram Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Shaw & Crompton Tram Station.

Return

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

3-2-2013 10:15 3-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A New Metro Line to an Old trainline Shaw & Crompton Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Shaw, Grains Bar, Crompton circuit, Piethorne Reservoir, Rochdale Way, Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough

 

 

9

Calder Aire Link

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

13.0 mi

500m

A walk connecting the Worth Valley and Calderdale areas. We will take a 30 minute bus ride from Hebden Bridge to Haworth, where we start our walk through the picturesque cobbled streets of Bronte Country. Calling in at the Bronte Waterfalls, we then head over the moors via the Calder-Aire link route towards the woodland and valleys of Hardcastle Craggs, before finishing in Hebden 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.

07:50

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Hebden Bridge £9. A Duo ticket is also available where two people can travel together for £13.50

We will get the Keighley bus 500 from Hebden Bridge train station to Haworth. £2.70 single fare. Please try and bring change for the bus!

08:00

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

08:55

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. xx56 xx08 xx28, until 1956 then xx28

9-2-2013 07:50 9-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Calder Aire Link Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Haworth, Penistone Hill Country Park, Bronte Waterfalls, Leeshaw Reservoir, Calder-Aire Link, Hardcastle Craggs, Hebden Bridge
Extra:

 We will get the Keighley bus 500 from Hebden Bridge train station to Haworth. £2.70 single fare. Please try and bring correct change for the bus!

If driving, park at Hebden Bridge station and meet us 08:55 to get the bus.

Bring a torch just in case. This walk will be done at a reasonable pace to try to finish in decent light.

May be boggy in places so gaiters advisable.

Walk leader meeting at Hebden Bridge station.

Toilets at Hebden Bridge station.

 

 

10

A Wintery Horseshoe

Car based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

12.5 mi

1150m

Please contact me on chocolatencheese@ymail.com so we can ensure we have enough transport.

A classic circuit of Kentmere takingin parts of High Street and Kentmere Pike this is a difficult walk with some steep asscents and a lot of exposure to the wind. If the weather is too extreme i will adjust the route to suite...

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.

08:15

Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

08:30

Cars will leave for the walk start (Kentmere).

10:00

Walk starts at Kentmere.

10-2-2013 08:15 10-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Wintery Horseshoe

A classic circuit of Kentmere takingin parts of High Street and Kentmere Pike this is a difficult walk with some steep asscents and a lot of exposure to the wind. If the weather is too extreme i will adjust the route to suite...

Kentmere MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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:Crabtree Brow, Yoke, 3 Bell, Park Fell, Mardale Bell, Kentmere Pike, Green Quater, Kentmere.

 

 

10

Sandbach - Canal and countryside

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

10.5 mi

50m

PLEASE NOTE NEW WALK TRAIN AND START TIMES!

Plenty of space to park cars at walk start, Sandbach train station. Walk leader will be at walk start.

After leaving Sandbach train station, we will walk along the canal for about 5 miles, passing some interesting locks and other features of industrial Cheshire. We then cross countryside and ramble along lanes to return to Sandbach. We will visit the impressive Old Hall (Brunning and Price) in Sandbach for refreshment before walking the mile or so on pavements back to the station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:50

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

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket : £12.80

11:04

Train departs for the walk start at Sandbach Railway Station.

11:48

Walk starts at Sandbach Railway Station.

Return

from Sandbach Railway Station. 15:03; 15:48; 17:03

10-2-2013 10:50 10-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Sandbach - Canal and countryside Sandbach Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Trent & Mersey Canal, Wheelock, Hassall Green, Sandbach Heath, Sandbach, Sandbach Railway station

 

 

16

Knutsford Circular

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

8.0 mi

50m

JOINT WALK WITH THE MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS

A walk to explore the paths and country lanes south of Knutsford. Towards the end of the walk there will be an opportunity to see some of the remarkable buildings designed by Richard Harding Watt which were used in a Hollywood movie!

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:

Return ticket : £6.80

Duo Ticket (1 full price and 1 half price): £10.20

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Knutsford Station.

Return

from Knutsford Station. **:49

16-2-2013 10:00 16-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Knutsford Circular Knutsford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bexton Hall, Toft Hall, Radbroke Hall, Ollerton Hall, Windmill Wood
EXTRA::

Pub stop en-route and opportunity fpr further driks/wanderings around Knutsford at the end of the walk (but please don't make waves)

 

 

17

Over the tops from Hadfield to Stalybridge

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.5 mi

350m

A walk taking in a local place for local people, reservoirs, some of the Pennine Bridleway and finishing up along the canal into Stalybridge.

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:

GM Rail Ranger £4.80

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 17:08, 18:08 to Manchester Victoria, 16:46, 17:47 to Manchester Piccadilly

17-2-2013 10:00 17-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Over the tops from Hadfield to Stalybridge Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Longdendale Trail, Bottoms Reservoir, Tintwhistle, Arnfield, Pennine Bridleway, Hollingworthhall Moor, Wild Bank Hill, Mottram Rise, Bower Fold, Stalybridge
Extra:

Didn't I mention? There's a buffet bar on Stalybridge Station...
 

 

 

23

How to avoid the Pennine way

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

17.0 mi

1000m

A fast paced walk (avg. 4-5 Kph) over rough boggy Moorland with Steep off path ascents and descents. This walk if the weather is good will give great and exhilerating views!

We start on good paths which after a while turn into fun bog! after about 2hrs we'll stop for our first snack break, after which we have a long ascent upto Kinder downfall where after about another 1.5 hrs we'll have our second snack break. Then over the top and down to the River Ashop were we may optionally have a third snack break after this it's over the hill and down to Doctors gate on which we'll have our final  snack break of the day before arriving in Glossop for a well deserved drink.

Please note we'll not be having a proper lunch stop just a series of 10 minute breaks.

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 07:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer (£11)

07:44

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

08:30

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. at xx.09 and xx.39

23-2-2013 07:30 23-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London How to avoid the Pennine way Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rushup Edge, Kinder Downfall, River Ashop, Snake pass, Doctors Gate.
Extra:

Please bring food items suitable for snacking, Gaiters will be required along possibly with spare socks, and don't forget Head torches with spare batteries.

Unless frozen deep bog will be encountered.

 

 

23

Weaver Navigation Joint Walk

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

12.0 mi

150m

Walk Leader might join at Oxford Road.

JOINT WALK WITH THE MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS

A linear walk out of Runcorn picking up a familiar canal. There's a pub stop early on to support the local economy. We follow the canal a little further, then drop down to the Weaver Navigation. Our gradual ascent after that takes us up to Frodsham's famous viewpoint. There are a few boggy places but there are large sections of quiet country roads/towpath/farm tracks.

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.

10:50

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

Suggested ticket:

Frodsham Day Return £13.30 (Train stops at Oxford Road 2 minutes later)

10:50

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

11:35

Walk starts at Runcorn East Railway Station.

Return

from Frodsham Railway Station. From Frodsham 16:02, 17:04, 18:04 etc.

23-2-2013 10:50 23-2-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Weaver Navigation Joint Walk Runcorn East Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Dutton, Dutton Lodge Farm, Dutton Locks, Crewood Common Road, Kingsley Mill, Roddy Lane Farm, Kingsley, Dark Lane, Depmore Lane, Newton, Fivecrosses, Memorial, Frodsham
Extra:

No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. Map EX267.

 

 

2

A cold walk for a cold may or then again maybe not

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

14.0 mi

1024m

A walk on the cold side of Kinder, or to put it another way a walk for those who love walking on upland areas, with due to the time of year a chance of snow and ice.

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 08:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop (£4.10)

08:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:09 and xx:39

2-3-2013 08:00 2-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A cold walk for a cold may or then again maybe not Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bray Clough, Mill Hill, Black Ashop Moor, Fairbrook, Kinder, Harry Hut
Walk Extra:

Walk leader will meet at walk start, more info may be updated later dependant upon weather conditions at time of walk.

 

 

9

Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

21.0 mi

1152m

A challenging circular walk from Buxton, dropping south to the stunning ridges of Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches before returning over Axe Edge Moor.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Buxton (£9.60) or if travelling in to Piccadilly from within the Manchester area a Wayfarer ticket (£11) may be cheaper.

08:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. x:29 aiming for 18:29

9-3-2013 08:45 9-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Buxton Country Park; Axe Edge End; Ramshaw Rocks; Roaches; Gradbrach Woods; Turn Edge; Axe Edge Moor; Burbage; Buxton
Extra Note:

This is a long walk with a lot of climbing and still quite early in the year. Please be confident you can do the walk at a reasonable pace before coming on it.

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9

Walsden to Littleborough

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Alan Beeby.

8.0 mi

350m

This walk starts alongside the Rochdale Canal. Once we leave the canal we start our ascent up to Warland and Light Hazzles reservoirs, before heading along to Blackstone Edge reservoir and passing the White House pub. From here we start our descent to Littleborough calling off at the Moorcock Inn for refreshments. On leaving the pub we will proceed back towards Littleborough via a valley and a few pastures.

I will also be running Northern Quarter Pub Crawl on that evening. Details are available on the socials page.

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:

Off-Peak Return £7.30. A duo ticket is available where two people can travel together for £10.90.

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Walsden.

10:48

Walk starts at Walsden.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. xx:23 & xx:45 until 19:45, then 20:45, 21:45 22:45 & 23:45

9-3-2013 10:00 9-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Walsden to Littleborough Walsden MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dean Royds Farm, Cat Stones, Warland Reservoir, Light Hazzles Reservoir, Blackstone Edge Reservoir, The White House Pub, Cloise, Qwlet Hall, Lane Foot and Rochdale Canal.
Drivers:

Please note there is no car park at walsden. You can park your car for free at Littleborough station and then catch the 10:42 train to Walsden.

A single train ticket from Littleborough to Walsden costs £3.00.

 

 

16

Cuddington Meres and Mosses

Public Transport based walk with Max Townsend.

11.0 mi

50m

****JOINT WALK WITH MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS****

A circular walkto explore the area south of Cuddington in Cheshire. The walk includes two "Sites of Special Scientific Interest" (SSSI).

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:

Return : £10.40

Duo: £15.60 (2 adults travelling together with the 2nd adult paying half fare)

Train calls at Stockport (09:30), Altrincham (09:46)

09:17

Train departs for the walk start at Cuddington Train Station.

10:22

Walk starts at Cuddington Train Station.

Return

from Cuddington Train Station. **:27

16-3-2013 09:00 16-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Cuddington Meres and Mosses Cuddington Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Crabtree Green, Hogshead Lane, Abbots Moss (SSSI), Novia Scotia, Foxtwist Green, Whitegate, Pettypool Wood (SSSI)
Extra::

Pub stop en-route and at the end of the walk. Expect some muddy routes. There may be an option to visit a book & coffee shop about an hour into the walk.

 

 

16

Through the Park to the Pike

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

8.2 mi

300m

Overlooking the towns of Horwich and Blackrod is the unmistakeable pike at Rivington, gatekeeper to the vast expanse of the West Pennine Moors. For those who enjoy a varied walk, this route is a great opportunity to explore the sights and history of Lord Leverhulme's Estate, which even includes a little known castle! With good terrain underfoot and a steady ascent you will be able to take in the fantastic views from this Lancashire vantage point. After surveying all before us we will make our way down for a well-earned tipple at the ideally located 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.

10:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£4.10 return to Blackrod

10:22

Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

Return

from Blackrod Station. 16:12; 17:12; 18:19; 19:12

16-3-2013 10:00 16-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Through the Park to the Pike Blackrod Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackrod Station, Anderton Old Hall Farm, Rivington Lodge, Great House Information Centre, Rivington Pike, Jepson's Bridge, Blackrod Station
Extra:

Toilets are located at the lunch stop.

 

 

23

Area AGM Walk

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

4.8 mi

0m

This is a short urban walk organised by Manchester and High Peak Area of the Ramblers prior to the Area AGM at the Friends Meeting house at 2.30pm.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Stretford tramstop)

10:30

Walk starts.

23-3-2013 10:15 23-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Area AGM Walk

This is a short urban walk organised by Manchester and High Peak Area of the Ramblers prior to the Area AGM at the Friends Meeting house at 2.30pm.

 

Stretford tramstop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Old Trafford Football Ground, Pomona Docks, Oxford Street, Friends Meeting House
Extra:

Tea and coffee will be provided prior to the AGM, bring a packed lunch if staying on for the meeting.

 

 

 

24

Hilbre Island and Wirral Way

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Owain Roberts.

7.0 mi

30m

****PLEASE NOTE: YOU UST PRE-BOOK ONTO THIS WALK DUE TO A VISIT TO THE NATURE RESERVE OF HILBRE ISLAND. THERE IS A MAXIMUM OF 25 PLACES. IF YOU TURN UP WITHOUT BOOKING ON YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY. PLEASE SEE E-MAIL ADDRESS BELOW****

A walk out across the sands to the nature reserve at Hilbre Island. After a walk along the beach, return to the start via the Wirral Way.

A permit is necessary for group visits to the Island so there is a limit of 25 people for this walk. If you would like to come please email: owain_roberts5@hotmail.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.

08:50

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:07. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to West Kirby: £15.20

09:07

Train departs for the walk start at West Kirby Station.

11:10

Walk starts at West Kirby Station.

Return

from West Kirby Station. 16:01, 16:31, 17:01, 17:31

24-3-2013 08:50 24-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Hilbre Island and Wirral Way West Kirby Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Little Eye, Hilbre Island, Marine Lake, West Kirby Beach, Wirral Way

 

 

30

A Green Walk from Chorlton Green

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jane Tedder.

6.5 mi

50m

A leisurely circular walk taking in Chorlton and Sale Water Parks and the Bridgewater Canal. Optional visit to Chorlton Green Farmer's market & Craft Fair afterwards (outside Horse & Jockey pub).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:50

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

10:00

Walk starts.

30-3-2013 09:50 30-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Green Walk from Chorlton Green

A leisurely circular walk taking in Chorlton and Sale Water Parks and the Bridgewater Canal. Optional visit to Chorlton Green Farmer's market & Craft Fair afterwards (outside Horse & Jockey pub).

The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chorlton Green, Chorlton Ees, Bridgewater Canal, Priory Gardens, Jackson's Bridge, Chorlton Water Park, Chorlton Green.
Extra:

Walk leader meeting group at walk start. There are various public transport options to get you fairly close to the walk start, but will include approx a 10-20 min walk. The nearest Metrolink stop is Chorlton. The 85 and 86 buses regularly run from Piccadilly Bus Station to Chorlton Bus Station, Barlow Moor Road.

http://www.tfgm.com/buses/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.metrolink.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

There will be plenty of food options in Chorlton afterwards.

 

 

30

Lantern Pike and Cock Hill

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

23.0 mi

1637m

A hard walk  that visits both the north Edge of Kinder and the Bleaklow Moors as well as a couple of smaller hills en route.

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.

08:10

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop (£4.10)

08:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

08:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. X;38 & X;08 until 19:38 then hourly. Aiming for 19:08

30-3-2013 08:10 30-3-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Lantern Pike and Cock Hill Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadbottom; Coombes Edge; Lantern Pike; Middle Moor; William Clough; North Edge Kinder; Fairbrook; Upper North Grains; Bleaklow Head; Cock Hill;'Glossop
Extra note:

This is a hard walk over rough and occasionally pathless moorland  with a lot of climbing and will need to be done at a reasonably brisk pace. Please be sure you can complete the walk as there are no easy bail out points.

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1

The Chester Wall Perambulation

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

6.0 mi

40m

Apparently in Victorian times it was fashionable to 'Perambulate' around the walls of Chester, so whilst we do this we can see the tower from which King Charles I watched the Royalist Army being defeated, see the Racecourse, walk along the banks of the River Dee and see various Roman Remains, such as an Ampitheatre.

Afterwards, we'll wander back through Chester itself, which has a rather interesting city centre within the walls...

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:

Return to Chester via Altrincham £11.90, Duo for £17.80. Note this ticket is only valid on Northern trains via Altrincham.

For other services an off-peak return £16.60 gives more options via other operators.

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Chester Train Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Chester Train Station.

Return

from Chester Train Station. xx:07 for trains via Altrincham until 20:07 then 21:33 and 22:49

1-4-2013 10:00 1-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Chester Wall Perambulation Chester Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Eastgate, City Walls, Chester Castle, Chester Approach, Cemetry, Handbridge, Queen's Park, City Walls, Roman Ampitheatre
Extra:

On the return leg there will be a chance to go within the City Walls and take refreshments in one or more of the many tea rooms and pubs within the city.

(P.S. Unlike a certain other walk leader who has posted walks on this date in previous years this is NOT an April Fool)

 

 

6

Irwell that Ends Well

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

9.0 mi

100m

A walk from the city centre up the Irwell valley. Finishing in Prestwich for a drink at the Church Inn. 

The tram can be caught back to the city centre from Prestwich.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:50

Meet at the walk start (Victoria Station)

11:00

Walk starts.

6-4-2013 10:50 6-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Irwell that Ends Well

A walk from the city centre up the Irwell valley. Finishing in Prestwich for a drink at the Church Inn. 

The tram can be caught back to the city centre from Prestwich.

Victoria Station MAD Walkers

 

 

7

War of the Roses: a joint walk with the Leeds Take a Hike

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Alan Beeby and Dave Pannell.

10.5 mi

200m

***JOINT WALK WITH THE LEEDS TAKE A HIKE GROUP**

Due to the weather conditions the walk has had to be changed slighty and a detour added. Anyone taking public transport might find it difficult to get to the bowling social for 6.30pm. Please note that it will be exposed along areas of the walk and potenially very cold.

Meet at Marsden Railway station from where we will follow the canal out of Marsden onto the old Pack Horse trail across the moors. Picking up the Pennine way across Standedge right on the Yorkshire / Lanchashire border, we will then divert off to take in the magnificent Butterly Reservoir and grade 2 listed spillway which is currently under threat. An easy route including 211 stone steps takes us back down through Bank Bottom Mill into the village, for a pint or three at the Riverhead micro-brewery.

The start time has been set so that public transport is available from both Manchester and Leeds. Please note we will be waiting 35 minutes for the Leeds Group to arrive.

If you get there early there are lots of nice cafes in the village with a public toilet on Peel Street.

Parking - there is lots of free parking in the National Trust car park next to the train station.

Please wear either a white rose or a red rose to show where your loyalty lies!!

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 09:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Open Return £9.30

09:43

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 15:50, 16:50, 17:50, 18:50, 19:50, 20:50, 21:50

7-4-2013 09:15 7-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London War of the Roses: a joint walk with the Leeds Take a Hike Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:butterfly reservoir, bank bottom mill

 

 

13

A hard, fast one!

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.0 mi

1069m

A relatively long walk from Marsden to Hadfield, mostly following the Pennine Way done at a fast pace  (4.5 hours to complete the 15 miles) in order to allow the walk leader to pick up the second walk of the day at Hadfield!

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.

08:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger ticket (£4.40) plus single from Greenfield to Marsden.

08:27

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

09:00

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. **00, **30

13-4-2013 08:10 13-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A hard, fast one! Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsden; Wessenden Reservoir; Black Hill; Laddow Rocks; Lads Leap; Valehouse Reservoir; Hadfield (or if time pushing Laddow Rocks; Crowden; Longendale Trail; Hadfield)
Extra Note:

Because the walk leader has to be in Hadfield for 2pm this walk will be done fast.    Please don't come on this unless you're sure you can maintain the pace indicated in the description over rough terrain and a lot of ascent.

Second walk of the day carries straight on, making a total of 22.5 miles if you come on both, but at a much reduced pace(!). The rail ranger ticket will cover return from the second walk as well.

OL Map 1

 

 

13

Woods and Reservoirs

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

7.5 mi

427m

A nice late start, taking advantage of the longer daylight hours, and a relaxed walk from Hadfield to Broadbottom, following the Pennine Bridleway mostly. NB: although the walk leader usually leads hard walks it is absoutely guaranteed that the distance/ascent are as advertised and the walk will be done at a gentle pace (around 2mph)!!

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.

13:10

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield (£4.10)

13:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

14:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. X:45; X15 until 19:45 then hourly aiming for 18:15

13-4-2013 13:10 13-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Woods and Reservoirs Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield; Bottoms Reservoir; Arnfield; Lees Hill; Hollingwood Nature Reserve; Hague Road; Broadbottom
Extra Note:

Walk leader meeting at Hadfield. NB walk leader leading long walk in the morning so if leader isn't there give her a few minutes before yougive up and  go home!!

Suggest either eat lunch before you come out or on the train: there will be stops for snacks/admiring the view but not a lunch break.

Map OL 1

 

 

14

Cheshire Ice Cream Walk

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

9.0 mi

0m

Walk leaders will meet the group at Nantwich train station.

A nice Spring walk around Nantwich taking in both the Shropshire Union canal and the Llangollen canal, At lunch time we will be stopping at Snugbury's ice cream farm  (http://www.snugburys.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.

09:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Return £12.70

09:30

Train departs for the walk start at Nantwich Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Nantwich Station.

Return

from Nantwich Station. 16:18

14-4-2013 09:15 14-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Cheshire Ice Cream Walk Nantwich Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Nantwich station, The Green, Rease Heath, Cherry Orchard farm, Shropshire Union canal, Snugbury Ice Cream farm, Llangollen canal, Nantwich, Nantwich station.

 

 

20

Crowden Scramble AKA The Gates

Public Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

10.0 mi

670m

Due to weather in March the scramble never took place, and due to the high level of interest shown I've decided to re-run again.

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:

Return to Edale (£10.50)

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. at xx:45

20-4-2013 09:30 20-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Crowden Scramble AKA The Gates Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale Station, Crowden Clough, The Woolpacks, Kinder low, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Gates, Crowden Clough, Grindsbrook Clough, Edale
Extra info:

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

 

 

20

Broadbottom to Glossop round the back

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

9.0 mi

400m

A low level walk, (while we wait for the snow to melt and Spring to spring) with the ascent spread throughout the walk.  This walk takes us on a mixture of back lanes, bridleways and footpaths. We follow Pingots Lane out of Broadbottom up to Warhill, hop the A57, skirt Hollingworth round to Arnfield, through Tintwistle, sweep round the top of Bottoms and then up over the hill to Old Glossop via Little Padfield. There maybe beer stops at the Bulls Head in Tintwistle and there is the Star Inn back in Glossop for those that would like to hang around for some socialising afterwards. 

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.

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 to Glossop £4.10

 

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. ..08, ..38

20-4-2013 09:30 20-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Broadbottom to Glossop round the back Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Warhill, Coach Lane, Hollingworth Hall, Arnfield, Tintwhistle, Little Padfield, Old Glossop.

 

 

27

Disley to Chapel: the long way round

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

25.0 mi

1770m

A long and very varied valk with a lot of ascent that heads south from Disley over several of Cheshire's high points before heading east via Macclesfield Forest and the Goyt Valley to Castle Naze, finishing at Chapel en le frith.

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.

07:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Chapel-en-le-frith (£9.60) or if you're travelling into Piccadilly within the Greater Manchester area a Wayfarer (£11) may be cheaper (needs purchasing in advance)

07:52

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

08:20

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station. X:38 aiming for 19:38

27-4-2013 07:45 27-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Disley to Chapel: the long way round Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Disley; Knights Wood; White Nancy; Tegg's Nose Country Park; Macclesfield Forest; Lamaload Reservoir; Taxal Edge; Goyt Valley; Coombes Moss; Chapel-en-le-frith
Extra note:

This is a long walk with a lot of climbing and no easy bailout points unless you can navigate yourself to an alternative finish. Please be sure you can complete the walk at a reasonable pace before coming on it.

OS Map Ex 1 and 24

 

 

27

A View from the Ridge...

Public Transport based walk with Katherine Hamlett & Stu Edwards.

9.0 mi

490m

Rushup Edge has been described by those in the know (who shall remain nameless to avoid unfair publicity...!) as "the best ridge walk in Britain". Whilst everyone will have their favourites, this route certainly provides some of the most breathtaking views of the Peak District and the chance to take in a number of well-known waypoints of the area. The first climb of the day covers the bulk of the ascent and takes us directly up to the ridge to make the most of the vistas. Paths are generally good underfoot with occasional muddy sections depending on the weather. The day's efforts will be all wrapped up with the ultimate walkers' 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.

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 Hope £10.60 or Wayfarer £11.00 (also covers additional travel within Greater Manchester)

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47; 16:47; 17:47; 18:46

27-4-2013 09:30 27-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A View from the Ridge... Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope Station, Losehill Farm, Lose Hill, Hollins Cross, Mam Tor, Lord's Seat, Chapel Gate, Barber Booth, Edale Station
Extra:

This is a linear walk - car drivers will need to get the train from Edale back to Hope at the end of the walk.

There are no toilets at Hope Station - advised to use toilets on the train.

 

 

28

The Darwen Duck Bonanza

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.0 mi

250m

A linear walk from Darwen to Entwistle taking in the Tower and the Moors above Darwen and ending at the Strawbury Duck pub by Entwistle Station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Darwen £7.50. Duo ticket option (for 2 people) £11.20.

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 17:17, 18:17 to Manchester Victoria

28-4-2013 09:45 28-4-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Darwen Duck Bonanza Darwen Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Darwen, Jubilee Tower, Darwen Moor, Duckshaw Clough, White Hill, Witton Weavers Way, Cranshaw's, Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
Extra:

Real ale and (possibly canapés) at the Strawbury Duck at the end!

If driving, there is parking near Entwistle Station. Train passes at 10:34. Please be aware that Entwistle is a request stop. If you are boarding here ensure you are stood on the platform in view of the driver.

 

 

4

A Hebden Circular

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

21.0 mi

1435m

A long, hilly and brisk circular walk round Hebden Bridge – with 6 climbs,  5 valleys, 4 canal crossings, 3 churches, 2 cloughs and 1 pike.

We start & finish in Hebden, are never more than a few miles from it, but only reach the town at the end of the walk

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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return: £9.00                   Duo Ticket (1 full fare adult, one half fare adult): £13.50

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Return from Hebden Bridge station, xx08, xx28, xx56 aiming for 17.56.

4-5-2013 08:30 4-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Hebden Circular Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Luddenden Dean, Luddenden Foot, Crag Vale, Stoodley Pike, Blackshaw Head, Colden Clough, Heptonstall, Pecket Well

 

 

4

Nob End walk

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

6.5 mi

0m

Ooh it's a bit rude but actually it's a straight-forward circular walk out of Radcliffe following the gentle undulations of a canal. Frank Hornby will be happy you came! Bring your 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.

13:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 13:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A return tram ticket to Radcliffe.

13:00

Train departs for the walk start at Radcliffe tram stop.

13:30

Walk starts at Radcliffe tram stop.

Return

from Radcliffe tram stop. Services back to Victoria every 6 minutes

4-5-2013 13:00 4-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Nob End walk Radcliffe tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal, Nob End, Prestolee Road, Cinder Hill, Outwood Country Park, Radcliffe

 

 

5

The Halo and the Golf Balls

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

12.0 mi

600m

Walk leader will meet you at walk start

A walk to the metal sculpture halo round a reservoir and back down to rawtenstall for a few pints with views of the whole of the rossendale valley! 

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 Chorlton Street Bus Station, Manchester for the train at 10:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

2 returns to rawtenstall 7.00 each!

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Rawtenstall Bus Stop.

10:48

Walk starts at Rawtenstall Bus Stop.

Return

from Rawtenstall Bus Stop. Lots every 15mins

5-5-2013 09:50 5-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Halo and the Golf Balls Rawtenstall Bus Stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whitaker Park, Dry Ski Slope, The Halo, Hamledon Hill, Clowbridge Reservoir, Lever Hill, Bonfire Hill, Rawtenstall...
Departure:

This is a BUS based walk from the side of chorlton street coach station stop letter EZ. The bus you need is the X43 (The Burnley and Pendle Bus Company)

 

 

7

Evening Walk: Middlewood & Norbury Hollow

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

3.9 mi

40m

A tranquil, evening walk around Middlewood and the Macclesfield Canal. Great 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 (£2.05 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. 21:58

7-5-2013 18:40 7-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: 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!

 

 

11

The Wardle Waddle

Public Transport based walk with Niall Maclennan and Alan Beeby.

9.0 mi

480m

A circular walk exploring the left side of Littleborough and its surrounding hills. Expect hills, bridal paths, open access land and sheep. If we are lucky with the weather we should be treated to a picturesque view of Watergrove reservoir and the village of Wardle. There will be a lunch stop at the aforementioned reservoir before we begin a moderate ascent to skirt around from Hades Hill to Brown Wardle Hill. A refreshing drink will be on offer at the Globe Inn, Wardle on the way past, so remember to bring your pennies.  Walking boots and gaiters recommended and dependent on the weather sun cream and a hat. There are car parking facilities at Littleborough train station but no public conveniences so use the toilet at Victoria or on the train if required.

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 From Victoria to Littleborough £4.10.  Rail Ranger £4.80, this ticket can be used from any Greater Manchester Station to get to the meet point at Victoria as well as your trip to Littleborough

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. Return from Littleborough 16:45, 17:23, 17:45

11-5-2013 10:00 11-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Wardle Waddle Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:High Lee Stack, Watergrove reservoir, Ramsden Road, Brown Wardle Hill, Middlewood farm, Shore Fire Station.
PUB SOCIAL:

Alan will be hosting a social in the evening at Chorlton, South Manchester

 

 

12

Return to Piccadilly

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

10.5 mi

10m

A flat walk from Brinnington back into the city. Passing through a country park, beside a reservoir and with the last stretch canal walking passing through Sport City back to Piccadilly.

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 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day single to Brinnington £3.10

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Brinnington.

09:33

Walk starts at Brinnington.

Return

from Manchester Piccadilly.

12-5-2013 09:10 12-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Return to Piccadilly Brinnington MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brinnington train station, Reddish Vale, Nelstrop Road, Gorton Lower Reservoir, Ashton Canal, Sport City, Medlock Valley Way, Piccadilly station
Extra:

No toilets at walk start so use those on the train.

If driving park at Piccadilly station

 

 

12

Southern Cemetery Celebs

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

4.0 mi

0m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start

Simple circular saunter from central Chorlton circumventing suburbia, slipping into Southern Cemetery, seeking celebs' stories. Subsequently settling in a sofa with a shandy?

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Tram return to Chorlton £3.  (Consider a Weekend ticket for £5.50 if you're going to Alan's social too)

13:30

Train departs for the walk start at Chorlton tram stop.

14:00

Walk starts at Chorlton tram stop.

Return

from Chorlton tram stop. Trams every 12 minutes

12-5-2013 13:30 12-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Southern Cemetery Celebs Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Fallowfield Loop, Hough End Fields, Southern Cemetery, Chorlton Park

 

 

16

Evening Walk: A Walk Around the Lake

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

4.0 mi

45m

A circular walk from Littleborough around Hollingworth Lake ending up back at Littleborough for a quick 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.

18:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Return: £2.05

19:00

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

19:30

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 21:45

16-5-2013 18:45 16-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Walk Around the Lake Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Clegg's Wood, Turnough Hill, Hollingworth, Rochdale Canal
EXTRA:

Use the toilet on the train

 

 

18

The Edale Horseshoe

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

20.0 mi

1270m

The Classic Horseshoe of the Edale Valley starting from Hope and obviously including the whole ridge, an exhilerating and long day with a good pace for those who like a faster pace.

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:

return to Hope (£10.60)

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

09:39

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. xx.35

18-5-2013 08:30 18-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Edale Horseshoe Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Win hill, Ringing Roger, Pims chair, Rushup edge, Hollins cross, Loose hill.

 

 

18

Great Budworth and Anderton Boat Lift

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Mags Fenton and Volker Funke.

9.0 mi

50m

 

***Walk leaders will get on the train at Altrincham***

 

This walk is a great opportunity to combine walking through the beautiful Cheshire countryside with visiting a unique monument of the Industrial Revolution. We are first heading to the picturesque village of Great Budworth for our lunch break, where you can have a drink in the listed George and Dragon pub, explore the medieval church or have an ice-cream at the nearby ice-cream farm. The walk then continues across green fields with fine views over Budworth Mere to Anderton Boat Lift. We will have time to see the lift in operation, visit the cafe and view the exhibition about the boat lift. The final part of the walk leads us back along the Trent & Mersey Canal to Northwich, where you can join us for a drink or go straight back to the train station.

We are planning to go for a curry afterwards at http://www.theindiannorthwich.co.uk. Since the restaurant is very popular, we need to book a table in advance. If you would like to join us, please email volker.funke@gmx.de by Thursday, 16th May.

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:

£10.20 return. £15.30 Duo Ticket (2 adults: 1 full paying, second 1/2 price on one ticket). Wayfarer £11.

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Northwich Railway Station.

11:15

Walk starts at Northwich Railway Station.

Return

from Northwich Railway Station. 1837, 1937, 2037, 2203, 2318

18-5-2013 10:00 18-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Great Budworth and Anderton Boat Lift Northwich Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Neumann's Flashes, Marston, Higher Marston, Great Budworth, Anderton, Trent & Mersey Canal
Additional:

Stockport (10:27), Altrincham (10:46)

 

 

19

Hadfield Circular

Public Transport based walk with Jo Harvey.

11.0 mi

400m

A varied walk around the reservoirs north of Hadfield.

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:

Day return to Hadfield - £4.10

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. xx:01 or xx:31

19-5-2013 10:00 19-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Hadfield Circular Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tintwistle, Arnfield Flats, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Stalybridge Country Park, Hollingworthhall Moor

 

 

23

Evening Walk: Milling around Greenfield...

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

3.3 mi

200m

New for 2013, this is an evening walk to shake off the working day!  A gradual climb up to Wharmton rewards us with cracking views of some of Manchesters' finest countryside. A chance to explore some of the picturesque tracks and woodland of the Saddleworth area, before strolling back along a beautiful canal stretch and a stop at the classic Railway 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.

18:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £4.10

18:27

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

18:55

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 20:51; 21:51

23-5-2013 18:15 23-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Milling around Greenfield... Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Greenfield Station, Wharmton, Colt Hill Lane, Uppermill Viaduct, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Greenfield Station

 

 

25

East of Slaithwaite

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

26.5 mi

1456m

A long walk from Slaithwaite over the moors and past several reservoirs to Glossop, with plenty of climbing and rough paths, including some off path sections.

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.

08:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger ticket (£4.40) plus single from Greenfield to Slaithwaite (£7.30)

08:27

Train departs for the walk start at Slaithwaite Train Station.

09:05

Walk starts at Slaithwaite Train Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. X:09 and X:39 until 19:39 then hourly. Aiming for 20:39

25-5-2013 08:15 25-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London East of Slaithwaite Slaithwaite Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Slaithwaite; Royd Edge Clough; Holme; Winscar Reservoir; Longendale; Near Black Clough; Bleaklow Head; Cock Hill; Glossop
Extra Note:

This is a hard walk, much of it over remote terrain so please be sure you're capable of doing the whole route at a reasonable pace, and come properly equipped (including plenty of food/drink).

OS Map Ex 21 and 1
 

 

 

25

Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

12.0 mi

500m

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

Meet & 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 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Sowerby Bridge

Return: £10:00

Duo Ticket £15.00 ( 2 adults travelling together with the 2nd Adult going half price)

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

09:52

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. **19,**31, **59

25-5-2013 09:00 25-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lumbutts, Stoodley Pike, Crag Vale, Sowerby Bridge
EXTRA::

Use the toilets on the train.

 

 

27

The Edge of Reason

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

7.0 mi

205m

A circular walk from Alderley Edge taking in the spectacular views over the Cheshire plains.  Followed by a stroll through the rolling fields to Mottram St Andrews and the magnificant houses of the village, where if you have a spare £5.5 million you can meet the estate agents whilst we're there.  For those not moving into their new mansion we'll then move onto The Wizard  for your choice of a teashop, ice cream or the pub.  Our final stage of the walk will take us through the back alleys of the rich and famous to the pub in Alderley Edge for a 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.

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Alderley Edge £7.60.

Duo to Alderley Edge £11.40

10:46

Train departs for the walk start at Alderley Edge Rail Station.

11:24

Walk starts at Alderley Edge Rail Station.

Return

from Alderley Edge Rail Station. 16:13, 16:49, 16:54, **:13, **:49, **:54

27-5-2013 10:30 27-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Edge of Reason Alderley Edge Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Wizard's Well, The Edge, Hill Top Farm, Mottram St Andrews, Danielhill, The Wizard, White Barn Farm.

 

 

29

Evening Walk:The Marple Ring.......of sorts

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

4.1 mi

85m

A walk from Rose Hill to Marple taking in a small section of the Middlewood Way before shooting off to a minature railway, a chapel and a canal before a pub in Marple

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.

18:20

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:35. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £4.80 (This ticket can be purchased for your inward journey to Manchester prior to meeting up and will cover you for all your journeys)

18:35

Train departs for the walk start at Rose Hill.

19:05

Walk starts at Rose Hill.

Return

from Marple Station. 20:36, 21:36, 22:36

29-5-2013 18:20 29-5-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk:The Marple Ring.......of sorts Rose Hill MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Middlewood Way, Higher Danbank, Chadkirk, Peak Forest Canal
EXTRA:

This is a linear walk. If you want to drive you will have to park at Romiley and meet up with the Rose Hill train there. The return Marple train calls at Romiley. Also use the toilet on the train.

 

 

1

Dismantled Railway & Steam Railway Bury Circular

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

10.0 mi

300m

****Walk leader will meet at walk start****

Heading south out of Bury passing through wood and along the Irwell Valley and a country park, before returning into Bury from the north and heading to the trackside for a 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 10:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bury: £4.10, Day Ticket: £4.90. Tickets are bought from the ticket machine on the tram stop.

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:50

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Bury Interchange.

1-6-2013 10:00 1-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Dismantled Railway & Steam Railway Bury Circular Bury Interchange MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Elton resv. Ainsworth, Tottington, Higher Summerseat, Burrs country park, Bury.
TONIGHTS S:

If you are also going to attend tonights social, buy the day ticket as this ticket will cover you for the tram to the West Didsbury Mini Pub Crawl.

 

 

2

Red Brook Scramble

Car based scramble with David Bratley.

7.7 mi

730m

An excellent easy scramble with some nice clambering at the bottom of the scramble before moving up on to a series of nice clean steppy rock walls. then a reasobale walk back round to Hayfield.

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.

10:15

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

10:20

Cars will leave for the walk start (Bowden Bridge).

11:20

Walk starts at Bowden Bridge.

2-6-2013 10:15 2-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Red Brook Scramble

An excellent easy scramble with some nice clambering at the bottom of the scramble before moving up on to a series of nice clean steppy rock walls. then a reasobale walk back round to Hayfield.

Bowden Bridge 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:Bowden Bridge, Kinder road, William clough, Red brook clough, Kinder Downfall, William clough, Bowden bridge
extra info:

Walk leader will meet at walk start.

 

 

6

Timperley to Altrincham via Dunham Massey

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Owain Roberts.

6.0 mi

20m

***WALK LEADER TO MEET AT WALK START***

An evening walk from Timperley out to the countryside following the Bridgewater Canal. Then return to Altrincham via Dunham Park for a drink in the Market 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.

18:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:25. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return Metrolink ticket to Altrincham: £4.40.

18:25

Train departs for the walk start at Timperley Tram Station.

19:00

Walk starts at Timperley Tram Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station.

6-6-2013 18:15 6-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Timperley to Altrincham via Dunham Massey Timperley Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey Hall and Park
TRAM TICKE:

You will need a return ticket to Altrincham although the walk starts at Timperley

 

 

8

Bramall Hall and Poynton Lake

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

7.5 mi

0m

 

 ***WALK LEADER TO MEET AT WALK START*** 

 

An easy walk, starting from Bramhall Station we head towards Bramhall Park with the possibility of ice cream before heading off to Poynton Park for our lunch stop before starting our return trip to Bramhall. 

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: £4.10

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Bramhall Station.

10:05

Walk starts at Bramhall Station.

Return

from Bramhall Station. 15:33 and then every **:33

8-6-2013 09:30 8-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Bramall Hall and Poynton Lake Bramhall Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bramall Hall, Poynton Lake, Bramhall.

 

 

11

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

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

3.5 mi

110m

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:

Return to Broadbottom £1.90 (After 18:30)

18:48

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

19:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 21:45

11-6-2013 18:30 11-6-2013 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.

 

 

15

5 Rise Rocks, Airedale HIll Tops and 2 Smoking Towns

Public Transport based walk with Jane Tedder. More details to follow.

****THIS WALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 29TH JUNE, PLEASE SEE BELOW****

 

 

15

Blackden Clough Scramble, inc. Ringing Roger

Public Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

9.5 mi

960m

Assuming the weather holds, this should be an exciting day of scrambling, starting with Ringing Roger, then onto the top of Grindsbrook, before hitting the highlight of the day, Blackden clough, a beautiful place on the north side of Kinder, and quite hidden, lovely waterfalls and exciting scrambling, with clean rock steps (a little slippery if wet), and large boulders towards the top).

This walk will move at a reasonably fast pace and there are very few bail out points.

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:

Return to Edale or Wayfarer, depening on where you are travelling from. Please note that a Wayfarer can only be bought from TFGM travelshops, staffed railway stations and on the day you can also purchase them from Paypoint retailers.

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. xx:45 approx.

15-6-2013 08:30 15-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Blackden Clough Scramble, inc. Ringing Roger Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Golden Clough, Ringing Roger, Grindsbrook, Seal Edge, The Wicken, Blackden clough, Golden Cough, Edale.
Extra info:

Gaiters maybe required and don't forget woolly hat and gloves, the top of Kinder can still be very cold at this time of year.

Obviously good walking boots are essential.

 

 

15

Todmorden Circular... Finale

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

10.5 mi

500m

***JOINT WALK WITH MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS***                                                                  Walk Leader will meet at walk start. This is my final walk!

We are going to do a circular out of Todmorden via Dobroyd Castle, then up to  Gorply Clough and onto the ridge before dropping into Walsden & a walk down the canal to the Polished Knob!

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 10:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Todmorden

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. XX:04, XX:15, XX:36

15-6-2013 10:10 15-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden Circular... Finale Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dobroyd Castle, Gorpley Clough, Gorpley Reservoir, Ramsden Clough, Rochdale Canal
Toilets:

Please use trains toilet as there aren't any on Todmorden Station

 

 

18

Heaton Mess and Blackley Forest Gateau

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

4.0 mi

100m

After work stroll around Heaton Park and Blackley Forest Nature Reserve. Followed by an optional drink at the Woodthorpe 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.

18:50

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

Suggested ticket:

Tram ticket: Return to Heaton Park.

19:00

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

19:20

Walk starts at Heaton Park tram stop.

Return

from Heaton Park tram stop. Frequent trams

18-6-2013 18:50 18-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Heaton Mess and Blackley Forest Gateau Heaton Park tram stop MAD Walkers

 

 

22

Ambleside High Level: Fairfield Horseshoe

Car based walk with Andy Buckley & Jon Buckland.

10.7 mi

924m

****WALK LEADERS TO MEET AT WALK START****

This walk starts from the large Rydal Rd car park at the North end of Ambleside (facilities available).This is one of the most spectacular high level ridge walks in The Lakes. We leave Ambleside and walk through the beautiful grounds of Rydal Hall before we start the main section of ascent, there will be plenty of breaks during this time. Once we get up onto the ridge you will realise that the ascent was worth it as on a clear day with good views of the rest of the lakes and the biggest lake of them all (actually it is the sea!) The ridge walk itself is undulating throughout. On the return leg of the horseshoe the descent is pretty steep in places but the sense of acheivement you have once you look back and seen what you have just done is exhilarating. Once back in Ambleside we will be visiting The Unicorn Pub for a drink or two. For those Wainwright geeks among us ( for which I freely admit I am one) there are seven Wainwrights in this walk.

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.

07:30

Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

07:45

Cars will leave for the walk start (Ambleside).

09:30

Walk starts at Ambleside.

22-6-2013 07:30 22-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Ambleside High Level: Fairfield Horseshoe

This walk starts from the large Rydal Rd car park at the North end of Ambleside (facilities available).This is one of the most spectacular high level ridge walks in The Lakes. We leave Ambleside and walk through the beautiful grounds of Rydal Hall before we start the main section of ascent, there will be plenty of breaks during this time. Once we get up onto the ridge you will realise that the ascent was worth it as on a clear day with good views of the rest of the lakes and the biggest lake of them all (actually it is the sea!) The ridge walk itself is undulating throughout. On the return leg of the horseshoe the descent is pretty steep in places but the sense of acheivement you have once you look back and seen what you have just done is exhilarating. Once back in Ambleside we will be visiting The Unicorn Pub for a drink or two. For those Wainwright geeks among us ( for which I freely admit I am one) there are seven Wainwrights in this walk.

Ambleside MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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:Rydal Hall, Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike
TRAVEL:

Please be aware a large number of people are going up on Friday evening and spending the entire weekend there to do both walks. If you are only coming for the day please ensure you have sorted out transport for yourself to avoid disappointment.

 

 

22

Ambleside Scramble: Wansfell Pike & Red Screes

Car based scramble with Chris Wareing.

8.0 mi

950m

****WALK LEADER TO MEET AT WALK START****

This walk starts from the large Rydal Rd car park at the North end of Ambleside (facilities available). From there, we wind our way up Wansfell Pike, visiting the scenic Stockghyll Force along the way. After enjoying the fine view down Windermere (and recovering from the steep ascent), we turn our backs on the lake and bog-hop along the fields to the top of the Kirkstone Pass and a refreshing pint! Then to the business of the day - a scramble up Red Screes looking for the good rock to scramble on (which can be avoided by a very steep but well made path if necessary that makes this a good introductory scramble route). After that, enjoy the view from the top, then back down the ridge into Ambleside to meet the other groups in the Unicorn.

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.

07:30

Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

07:45

Cars will leave for the walk start (Ambleside).

09:30

Walk starts at Ambleside.

22-6-2013 07:30 22-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Ambleside Scramble: Wansfell Pike & Red Screes

This walk starts from the large Rydal Rd car park at the North end of Ambleside (facilities available). From there, we wind our way up Wansfell Pike, visiting the scenic Stockghyll Force along the way. After enjoying the fine view down Windermere (and recovering from the steep ascent), we turn our backs on the lake and bog-hop along the fields to the top of the Kirkstone Pass and a refreshing pint! Then to the business of the day - a scramble up Red Screes looking for the good rock to scramble on (which can be avoided by a very steep but well made path if necessary that makes this a good introductory scramble route). After that, enjoy the view from the top, then back down the ridge into Ambleside to meet the other groups in the Unicorn.

Ambleside MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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 Rd Car Park (North end of town), Stockghyll Force, Wansfell Pike, Kirkstone Pass Inn, Red Screes (scramble!), Raven Crag, Ambleside
Extras:

Car Parking in Ambleside can be difficult. Extra time is allowed to park in any of the car parks, but please be at the Rydal Rd car park for 09:30. The walk leader will meet everyone at the walk start. You could lift share with those going on the other walk(s), but please make sure you have a plan for meeting again at the end of the day - the walk leaders on this walk, or the other walks on this day, take no responsibility for ensuring you get home again (although Windermere station is only a short bus ride from Ambleside!). Whilst the scramble is mostly avoidable, confidence on steep and exposed ground is required for this walk. As such, it is not really suitable for dogs.

 

 

22

Ambleside Low Level: Elterwater

Car based walk with John Ireland.

9.2 mi

300m

***WALK LEADER TO MEET AT START OF THE WALK***

An easier alternative to the other two walks, gaining a bit of height to start with to go over to Loughrigg Tarn, then around Elterwater and back via Skelwith Bridge to Ambleside.

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 Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

08:15

Cars will leave for the walk start (Ambleside).

10:00

Walk starts at Ambleside.

22-6-2013 08:00 22-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Ambleside Low Level: Elterwater

An easier alternative to the other two walks, gaining a bit of height to start with to go over to Loughrigg Tarn, then around Elterwater and back via Skelwith Bridge to Ambleside.

Ambleside MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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:Rothay Park, Loughrigg Tarn, Cumbria Way past Elterwater, Fletcher's Wood, Skelwith Bridge, Skelwith Fold, Pull Garth Wood, Clappersgate, Ambleside
Extra:

Please be aware a large number of people are going up on Friday evening and spending the entire weekend there to do both walks. If you are only coming for the day please ensure you have sorted out transport for yourself to avoid disappointment.

 

 

22

Reddish Vale Stroll

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jennifer Egan & Martina Street.

5.5 mi

40m

***WALK LEADERS TO MEET AT WALK START***                                                                               JOINT WALK WITH MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS

For those who are unable to attend Ambleside this weekend this is a leisurely afternoon walk around Reddish Vale Country Park , including a stop at the cafe for refreshments as well as a brief look around the community garden and visitors 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.

12:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to reddish Vale: £2.30

12:14

Train departs for the walk start at Reddish North Train Station.

12:25

Walk starts at Reddish North Train Station.

Return

from Reddish North Train Station. **:19, **:49

22-6-2013 12:00 22-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Reddish Vale Stroll Reddish North Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mill Lane, Trans Pennine Trail, Horse Close Wood, Tameside Trail, Reddish Vale Farm/Cafe, Reddish Vale Visitors Centre, Mill Lane

 

 

23

Ambleside Day 2: A Lakeside Ramble

Car based walk with Andy Buckley & Jon Buckland.

8.7 mi

246m

****WALK LEADERS TO MEET AT WALK START****

After yesterdays high level ridge walk today we will be doing a more sedate walk. We will retrace our steps from yesterday to pass through the beautiful grounds of Rydal Hall before heading over the coffin route to Grasmere and a visit to the fabulous Grasmere Gingerbread shop. After a stop at the Ginerbread shop we head around the southern shore of Grasmere Water which links us to the shore of Rydal Water before heading back to Ambleside for a quick pub visit before headnig off home.

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 Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

08:15

Cars will leave for the walk start (Ambleside).

10:00

Walk starts at Ambleside.

23-6-2013 08:00 23-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Ambleside Day 2: A Lakeside Ramble

After yesterdays high level ridge walk today we will be doing a more sedate walk. We will retrace our steps from yesterday to pass through the beautiful grounds of Rydal Hall before heading over the coffin route to Grasmere and a visit to the fabulous Grasmere Gingerbread shop. After a stop at the Ginerbread shop we head around the southern shore of Grasmere Water which links us to the shore of Rydal Water before heading back to Ambleside for a quick pub visit before headnig off home.

Ambleside MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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:Rydal Hall, Grasmere, Dale End, Pelter Bridge, Fox How, Rothay Park
TRAVEL:

Please be aware a large number of people are going up on Friday evening and spending the entire weekend there to do both walks. If you are only coming for the day please ensure you have sorted out transport for yourself to avoid disappointment.

 

 

27

Evening Walk: Bramhall Hall & Ladybrook Valley

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

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 Ladybrook 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:

Return to Bramhall £2.05 (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

27-6-2013 18:35 27-6-2013 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

 

 

29

Mad Walkers Mid Summer Challenge Walk 2013

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

30.0 mi

1989m

Looking for a challenge to get your teeth into for 2013? Missed out last year? Daft enough to do it two years in a row? Get the date in the diary now: a 30 mile circular route visiting the 6 main high points around the Derwent reservoirs - hopefully in glorious June sunshine (just like last year...)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

07:20

Meet at the walk start (Cutthroat Bridge Car Park)

07:30

Walk starts.

29-6-2013 07:20 29-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Mad Walkers Mid Summer Challenge Walk 2013

Looking for a challenge to get your teeth into for 2013? Missed out last year? Daft enough to do it two years in a row? Get the date in the diary now: a 30 mile circular route visiting the 6 main high points around the Derwent reservoirs - hopefully in glorious June sunshine (just like last year...)

Cutthroat Bridge Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bamford Moor; Win Hill; Alport Castles; Slippery Stones; Shepherd Stones; Outer Hill; Margery Hill; Derwent Reservoir; Back Tor; Derwent Edge
Extra Note:

This is a hard walk!!!  Please don't just turn up for this unless you've done at least one of the long walks on the calendar beforehand (and preferably some training on your own).

Although the walk circles the reservoirs so in an emergency we can cut down, the intention is to stay up on the hills all day, so you will need to have food and water for around 13 or 14 hours, (at least 2 litres of water - much more if it's hot) plus full waterproofs and warm layers (and be able to carry it over the distance!)

NB: the leader is intending to stay in Hathersage on Friday night and probably Saturday too (hence the direct start). If you're interested in doing the same contact the walk leader via Facebook and I'll pass details of where I'm staying on.

If you're intending to come over on the Saturday please contact the walk leader via Facebook so we know to wait for you (and if possible leave a contact number)

OS Map: Ex 1

 

 

29

5 Rise Locks, Airedale Hill Tops and 2 Smoking Towns

Public Transport based walk with Jane Tedder.

11.0 mi

500m

***WALK LEADER TO MEET AT WALK START***

A pleasantly surprising and varied moderate circular walk around where I grew up "on't other side o't Pennines!" We'll take in green hills and farmland, pretty riverside and canalside trails and industrial heritage in the mill towns of Bingley and Saltaire.

We'll start in the Sir Titus' UNESCO world heritage model village of Saltaire, crossing through Robert's Park and ascend the Shipley Glen Tramway path, continuing to the top of Baildon Hill where we can survey the genius of Sir Titus' creation from above. After descending, we traverse green countryside trails and farms over the tops above Eldwick and descend via Prince of Wales park to Bingley's famous Five Rise Locks.

From there, we follow the pretty Riverside Walk through Myrtle Park before rejoining the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to see more locks, an aqueduct and the final home straight back to Saltaire where there'll be opportunity to check out Salt's Mill 1853 gallery, shops and cafe. http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/

There are plenty of food and drink options in Saltaire village.

Salt Mill and car park closes at 6pm. If you want to explore the mill what about arriving a bit earlier?

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.

09:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:42. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return  - Manchester Piccadilly to Saltaire £21.30

Alternatively you can park nearby and walk to the station: http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/saltaire_station/bd18/bradford/

09:42

Train departs for the walk start at Saltaire Train Station.

11:21

Walk starts at Saltaire Train Station.

Return

from Saltaire Train Station. '28 and '58 minutes past the hour back to Leeds

29-6-2013 09:25 29-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London 5 Rise Locks, Airedale Hill Tops and 2 Smoking Towns Saltaire Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Salts Mill, Shipley Glen Tramway, Baildon Hill, Eldwick, Five Rise Locks, Myrtle Park, Dowley Gap, Salts Mill
Trains:

Change at Leeds for the Skipton bound train to Saltaire.

 

 

30

Dalesrail Special: Hellifield to Clitheroe

Public Transport based walk with Al.

14.0 mi

300m

***JOINT WALK WITH MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS***

This is a beautiful walk through the South edge of the Forest of Bowland. Nice rolling hills, fields and woods. Parts of the walk is along the lovely River Ribble. Maybe the odd Lancs pub (or two).

On the way up, we have the opportunity for a 'pit stop' in Clitheroe; whilst awaiting for the one and only Dalesrail service.

Coming back on the Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria line, there maybe options for a stop off at the Strawberry Duck [Entwistle station] for a quick 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.

07:50

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:01. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Special Dalesrail ticket: Adult Dalesrail: 16.00 / Adult Duo Dalesrail 24.00

08:01

Train departs for the walk start at Hellifield Train Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Hellifield Train Station.

Return

from Clitheroe station. xx:40 (last 22:40)

30-6-2013 07:50 30-6-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Dalesrail Special: Hellifield to Clitheroe Hellifield Train Station MAD Walkers
Dales Rail:

This is still a Dalesrail walk. But now Hellifield to Clitheroe (rather than Hellifield to Settle). Details of Dalesrail service: www.dalesrail.com

 

 

4

Sale Water Park

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Owain Roberts.

4.5 mi

10m

***WALK LEADER TO MEET AT WALK START***

An evening walk from Sale following the Bridgewater Canal out to Sale Water Park. Following a lap of the park we'll return to Sale centre for a drink at the King's Ransom or Steamhouse

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.

18:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:35. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return Metrolink ticket: £3.80

18:35

Train departs for the walk start at Sale Tram Station.

19:10

Walk starts at Sale Tram Station.

Return

from Sale Tram Station.

4-7-2013 18:25 4-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Sale Water Park Sale Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Chorlton Ees and Nature Reserve, Jackson's Bridge, Sale Ees

 

 

6

Broadbottom to Glossop Round the Back the Other Way

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

13.0 mi

650m

An undulating walk winding up though Chisworth Village onto Coombes Edge, before dropping down to Little Hayfield. From there we have the longest climb of the walk up past Kinder Resevoir to William Clough to briefly join the Pennine Way before dropping back down via the Worm Stones into Glossop and the pub/s.

Parts of this walk can be quite muddy so if you have them gaiters are recommended. 

If you need to please use toilets on the train there aren't any at Broadbottom Station.

Walk Leader will meet you at Broadbottom Station

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Day Return to Glossop £4.10

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. :08 and :38

6-7-2013 09:00 6-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Broadbottom to Glossop Round the Back the Other Way Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chisworth, Coobes Edge, Little Hayfield, Kinder Reservoir, Williams Clough, Worm Stones.

 

 

7

South Pennines circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with James Johnson.

7.3 mi

315m

 

     There is engineering work on the Metrolink on the day of this walk so trams will not be running between Piccadilly Gardens and Central Park. We will be catching a tram replacement bus to Central Park, which stops outside Victoria station at the junction of Corporation Street / Hanover Street on the train station side of Corporation Street. I have put the walk start time back to allow people extra time to buy tram tickets and find this bus stop. 

 

  

 

 

We will be using the tram to get out to Newhey at the foot of the Pennines for this walk through a region of moorland and hill country. The walk starts off with a gradual climb as we head out of Newhey on a track and then drop down to Piethorne Reservoir for lunch. We will then be taking a cross country route back into Newhey were there's an optional 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 Victoria for the train at 10:10. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

 

Off-peak return to Newhey for £4.40 or an off-peak day Metrolink travel card if making other Metrolink tram journeys in the same day.

 

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10:10

Train departs for the walk start at Newhey Tram Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Newhey Tram Station.

Return

from Newhey Tram Station. Every 12 minutes

7-7-2013 10:00 7-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London South Pennines circular Newhey Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Newfield Head, Tunshill Lane, Cold Greave, Piethorne Reservoir, Cherry Top Farm, Oldham Way, Top-O' Th' Hill

 

 

7

Firswood-Timperley linear walk

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

8.0 mi

0m

***WALK LEADER MEETING AT WALK START***

Believe it or not, it's 2 years since the Chorlton line opened. This flat linear walk starts from one of those stations heading mainly south through parks and rural pastures.

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 11:30. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Tram Day Travelcard £4.90. (Or if using the tram on Friday night or Saturday, buy a weekend tram ticket £5.50)

11:30

Train departs for the walk start at Firswood tram stop.

12:00

Walk starts at Firswood tram stop.

Return

from Timperley Tram Station. Every 15 minutes

7-7-2013 11:30 7-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Firswood-Timperley linear walk Firswood tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Longford Park, Turn Moss Fields, Transpennine Trail, River Mersey, Bank Meadow, Ash Farm, Woodhouses, Woodhey Park, Timperley tram stop

 

 

9

Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows

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

4.0 mi

10m

***WALK LEADERS TO MEET AT WALK START***

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 finishing at the lovely Greyhound Pub. 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 £5.60

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, 21:56

9-7-2013 18:00 9-7-2013 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.

 

 

13

Stones and more stones

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

22.0 mi

1600m

If you can get anywhere in the Peak Dirstrict that could be classed as a wild place, this walk covers it! Stunning wild scenery, hidden river valleys and views which have no man made structures in them.

But it's a tough walk, over two thirds are off path, no bail out points and no pubs during the walk.

Walk also includes an optional very short scramble about 7m of!

We will be moving at a good pace all day long averaging 3-4km/hr even through deep heather.

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 07:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop

07:48

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

08:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:09 and xx:39, until 7:39

13-7-2013 07:30 13-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Stones and more stones Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lower Shelf Stones, Higher Shelf Stones, River Westend, Horse stone, Shepherds Meeting Stones, Deaths Head stones, Barrow Stones, Grinah Stones, Wain Stones, Hern Stones.
extra info:

Leader will meet at walk start.

Please ensure you bring plenty of liquid and food, this is an energy sapping walk, but well worth the effort.

 

 

13

The Pursuit of Hoppyness

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

12.0 mi

545m

A lovely walk that quickly passes the Toddbrook reservoir before heading along the river Goyt to Fernilee and Erwood reservoir. After a brief stop at a waterfall we will ascend close to the Shining Tor where we will be making a stop at the Cat and Fiddle, England’s second highest pub. We will then make our way to Buxton.

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 £9.60, Duo ticket £14.40 (1 full paying adult, second adult half price)

09:52

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 16.29, 17.29, 18.29

13-7-2013 09:30 13-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Pursuit of Hoppyness Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Toddbrook Reservoir, Reddish Farm, Glebe Farm, River Goyt, Fernile Reservoir, Errwood Reservoir, Cat & Fiddle Pub, Raven low flat, Buxton
Car Driver:

Anyone driving by car will have to park at the Whaley Bridge Station. When arriving at Buxton they will need to buy a single ticket Buxton to Whaley Bridge at £5.

 

 

14

Walsden to Rawtenstall on Bastille Day!

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.7 mi

490m

Does this walk have anything to do with the storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution? NON!

It's just a linear walk in the hills between Todmorden and Rawtenstall, with a ride back into Bury on a steam 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.

09:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Train & Tram Ranger £7.50 + Single from Littleborough to Walsden £4.80 + Single Rawtenstall to Bury £7

09:14

Train departs for the walk start at Walsden.

09:50

Walk starts at Walsden.

Return

from Rawtenstall Station. 16:05

14-7-2013 09:00 14-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Walsden to Rawtenstall on Bastille Day! Walsden MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brown Road Farm, Foul Clough Road, Trough Edge End, Shawforth, Holden Moor, Jackson's Moor, Cowpe Moss, Cowpe Lowe, Rawtenstall Station
Extra:

Bring your Ramblers membership card as Ramblers get Concessionary Fare (10% off) on the East Lancs Railway! (Fare is £6.30)

Beers in the Trackside bar once we get to Bury.

 

 

16

Strawbury Saunter

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

5.5 mi

150m

A figure of eight walk. The first loop will be around Wayoh Reservoir; the second will head up Edge Lane to Lowe Hill and then return via Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.

Followed by a drink at the 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.

17:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Offpeak day return to Entwistle. £6.30

18:00

Train departs for the walk start at Entwistle Station.

18:35

Walk starts at Entwistle Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 21:17, 22:17, 23:17

16-7-2013 17:45 16-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Strawbury Saunter Entwistle Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Wayoh Reservoir, Edge Lane, Lowe Hill, Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
For a late:

As this walk is in two parts, anyone unable to make the start can get the 19:00 train from Victoria (arriving 19:34) and wait at Entwistle Station for the first loop to finish.

 

 

20

Chinley to Edale via South Head

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlett.

9.0 mi

590m

Due to current hot weather please bring plenty of water with you.

Because we liked it so much the first time - we're back! Leaving the quaint village of Chinley, we climb north towards Cracken Edge - and on to the ridge of Chinley Churn. Here, we'll meander past the giant rock formations while heading for South Head (a small peak enjoying stunning 360 degree vistas) and the surrounding hills. After lunch our route crosses the moors towards Brown Knoll and then links up with the Pennine Way - taking us via Jacobs Ladder to Edale. To finish the day, we head for the beer garden of The Rambler... the weather hopefully allowing us to crash on the grass, in the shadow of the mighty Kinder Plateau.

Meet & 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 Edale £10.60 or Wayfarer £11.00 (also covers additional travel in Greater Manchester)

09:45

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley.

10:25

Walk starts at Chinley.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:47, 17:47, 18:46, 19:47,

20-7-2013 09:30 20-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Chinley to Edale via South Head Chinley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cracken Edge, Peep-o-Day, South Head, Brown Knoll, Jacobs Ladder, Upper Booth and Edale.
Extra:

No toilets en route - please use on the train. This is a linear walk If you wish to drive to the start there is a car park at Chinley station. Walking boots are essential and gaiters suggested if it's been raining.

 

 

21

Bowfell to Scafell Pike in the Lakes

Car based walk with Arthur Embleton.

11.2 mi

1350m

Due to current hot weather please bring plenty of water with you.

Starting off at the New Dungeon Ghyll car park we will climb up onto the ridge at Bowfell and cross over Esk Pike and Broad Crag before reaching Scafell Pike.  We will then retrace some of our route before dropping down and joing the Cumbria Way back to the car park.

If this fantastic weather holds up throughout the weekend then this walk will give us stunning views over the Lake District.  New Dungeon Ghyll has a pub with some great ale for those not driving.

We will meet at Ferguson House car park in Salford at 8.45am with the aim to get to New Dungeon Ghyll for 11am.  The aim is to complete the walk by 5pm and return to Manchester (after a rest in the pub) for approximatelly 8pm.

I reserve the right to skip Scafell Pike if we're walking slower than expected as it is quite a late finish for most of us on a Sunday.

Parking will be around £6 plus fuel cost will be around £20.  By car sharing, we should be able to make this more reasonable.

Bring a packed lunch, suncream and plenty of water.

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, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

09:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (New Dungeon Ghyll).

11:00

Walk starts at New Dungeon Ghyll.

21-7-2013 08:45 21-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Bowfell to Scafell Pike in the Lakes

Starting off at the New Dungeon Ghyll car park we will climb up onto the ridge at Bowfell and cross over Esk Pike and Broad Crag before reaching Scafell Pike.  We will then retrace some of our route before dropping down and joing the Cumbria Way back to the car park.

If this fantastic weather holds up throughout the weekend then this walk will give us stunning views over the Lake District.  New Dungeon Ghyll has a pub with some great ale for those not driving.

We will meet at Ferguson House car park in Salford at 8.45am with the aim to get to New Dungeon Ghyll for 11am.  The aim is to complete the walk by 5pm and return to Manchester (after a rest in the pub) for approximatelly 8pm.

I reserve the right to skip Scafell Pike if we're walking slower than expected as it is quite a late finish for most of us on a Sunday.

Parking will be around £6 plus fuel cost will be around £20.  By car sharing, we should be able to make this more reasonable.

Bring a packed lunch, suncream and plenty of water.

New Dungeon Ghyll MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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.

 

 

25

Evening Walk: A Stroll by the River Goyt

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

4.0 mi

15m

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 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:

Return to New Mills Central £3.35 (after 18:30)

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; 21:30

25-7-2013 18:30 25-7-2013 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.

 

 

27

Testing... Testing....

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

21.0 mi

1458m

For anyone who's ever been tempted to try the long walks, but was worried they might get left in the countryside! This is a longish walk with a lot of ascent, but with 3 bailout points!  It runs for 21 miles through the stunning and varied country round Hope and Grindleford, including Bretton Clough, the River Derwent and Surprise View

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:

Depends on how far you think you'll get round and where you're coming from! If you're confident of doing the whole thing, then return to Bamford (£10.60). If you're likely to want to bail out (or are travelling in from across Manchester) an £11 Wayfarer is best bet (buy in advance from stations or paypoint). The Wayfarer will cover for buses as well.

08:45

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. X: 35, (aiming for 18:35) until 19:35 then 20:57

27-7-2013 08:30 27-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Testing... Testing.... Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brough; Bretton Clough; Eyam; River Derwent; Hey Wood; Grindleford station; Surprise View; Scraperlow; Hathersage station; River Derwent; Abney Clough; Offerton Moor; River Derwent; Bamford Station
Extra Note:

Bailout points at Eyam (roughly 6 miles in: intermittent buses to Grindleford); Grindleford (roughly 10 miles in: hourly trains to Manchester); and Hathersage (roughly 15 miles in, hourly trains to Manchester).

You will need to be able to keep up with the pace of the group even if you're intending to bail out early (about 3 mph/5 kph).

If you've not done a long walk before bring plenty of food and water: you'll be surprised how much you get through!

Possible to drive to either Hope and get train back from Bamford at the end, or drive to Bamford and get 8:36 train to Hope. More parking at Hope.

OS Map Ex 1 and 24

 

 

28

Pennine Way stage 8 - Horton In Ribblesdale to Hawes

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

14.0 mi

400m

LINEAR JOINT WALK WITH THE MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS

A linear section of the Pennine Way in the Dales that, although it doesn't take in the major peaks, it's rather beautiful. There are several faster sections of tracks and but there's still a lot to do! Please ensure that you're able to do a consistent 2.5 miles/hour, and you're carrying at least 1 litre of water. On the way up, there's a short coffee break in Clitheroe, whilst awaiting for our Dalesrail service. At the end, we arrive into Hawes where we will arrange for a taxi down to Garsdale station, with hopefully time for a quick pint probably at the Moorcock.

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.

07:53

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 07:53. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Special Dalesrail return £16.00 or Dalesrail Duo £24.00 for two people. Taxi from Hawes down to Garsdale £3.

07:53

Train departs for the walk start at Horton In Ribblesdale station.

10:45

Walk starts at Horton In Ribblesdale station.

Return

from Garsdale station. From Garsdale 18:52. Arrival back in Manchester about 22:00.

28-7-2013 07:53 28-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Pennine Way stage 8 - Horton In Ribblesdale to Hawes Horton In Ribblesdale station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Inn, Jackdaw Hill, Birkwith Moor, Old Ing, Fair Bottom Hill, Ling Gill Bridge, Cam End, Cam High Road, Dodd Fell, West Cam Road, Gaudy Lane, Gayle, Hawes.

 

 

28

A Couple of Cheeky Ones around Saddleworth

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

7.4 mi

290m

A shorter walk with a reasonable hill in it to build up one's appetite, before descending back into the valley, calling for refreshments at Diggle and then heading back into Greenfield to wait at the pub 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.

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £4.10

10:43

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

11:10

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 16:58, 17:58

28-7-2013 10:30 28-7-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Couple of Cheeky Ones around Saddleworth Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Fur Lane, War Memorial, Kinder Stones, Shaw Rocks, Slades Rocks, Running Hill Gate (Church Inn), Holly Grove, Diggle (Diggle Hotel), Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Tame Valley Way, Greenfield (Railway Inn
Extra:

No toilets at Greenfield Station, so use the ones on the train first.

We will also be visiting the pubs in Running Hill Gate (Church Inn), Diggle (Diggle Hotel) and the Railway Inn in Greenfield whilst we wait for the train home. Optional stop at Stalybridge for the Buffet Bar if enough are interested.

If the weather is really diabolical we will take a lower route.

 

 

1

Marple Evening Walk

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jennifer Egan.

4.0 mi

50m

****WALK LEADER WILL MEET AT WALK START****

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

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:

Cheap evening reutrn to Marple £1.90

18:45

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

19:06

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Marple Station. **:36 until 22:36

1-8-2013 18:30 1-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Marple Evening Walk Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marple Locks, Peak Forest Canal, The Sportman, Roman Lakes, Marple Bridge
Parking:

Anybody driving can park free of charge at Brabyns Brow Car Park, Brabyns Brow, Marple Bridge, SK6 7DA. (5 minute walk from the train station.)

 

 

3

From Hull, Hell and Halifax...

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.0 mi

445m

Before you get started, this isn't a Hull to Halifax linear - instead it's nice walk out to the west of Halifax with lots of little hills, then beyond Lightcliffe and back via Shibden Park, with a missing trig point, a hollow way and half a viaduct just to add to the fun.

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:

Off Peak Return to Halifax £10.80 - Duo available for £16.20

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Halifax Train Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Halifax Train Station.

Return

from Halifax Train Station. 17:12, 17:44, 18:12, 18:44

3-8-2013 09:30 3-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London From Hull, Hell and Halifax... Halifax Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Eureka!, Beacon Hill, Brighouse Boundary Walk, Lightcliffe, Baliff Bridge, Rookes Bridge, Norwood Green, Coley Hall Lane, Brian Scholes, Shibden Park, Halifax Minster.
Extra:

Fiendish cheaper travel options are available for those who hold the various TFGM season tickets by splitting the fare at Littleborough and Walsden, or Rochdale and Todmorden.

Also, the ascent is evenly spaced out through the day with one major ascent at the start to get out of Halifax and then lots of little ones as we undulate back.

Note to self - bring secateurs!

 

 

4

MAD go picnicing in the Park

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

4.8 mi

150m

Summer's here, so how about a Picnic in the Park? We'll have a walk around Heaton Park, see various unusual architecural phenomena, revisit one of the locations of 'Big Chimp' and then have a picnic, then walk back through past a Pope once stood for a nice drink at a pub. Let's just hope it stays sunny!

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:

Metrolink Manchester to Heaton Park Return £3.70

11:00

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

11:30

Walk starts at Heaton Park tram stop.

Return

from Heaton Park tram stop. Regular Trams back to Manchester

4-8-2013 10:45 4-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London MAD go picnicing in the Park Heaton Park tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Heaton Park, Heaton Park Reservoir, Trig Point at SD828052, Heaton Hall, Ha-ha, Boating Lake, Papal Monument
Extra:

It's a picnic, so bring stuff to sit on, copious amounts of food and lashings of ginger beer. If the weather is inclement a 'Plan B' option will be prepared. It is also along well made paths, so full-on walking gear isn't necessary.
 

 

 

8

Stockport Sandwich Stroll

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Aimee Teare.

4.0 mi

50m

This walk is like a sandwich.  We start the walk from Brinnington train station briefly walking through the streets of Brinnington (the bottom slice of bread) before entering the beautiful surroundings of Reddish Vale Country Park (the filling).  We then emerge for a brief stroll through the streets of Stockport (the top slice of bread) to the pub and the end of the walk.  We will be finishing at The Crown a small real ale pub tucked under Stockport's landmark viaduct.

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:

Single to Brinnington £3.10 then a single to Manchester Piccadilly £1.60 for the return.  Alternatively you can get a GM railranger £4.80 which would include any onward travel in the GM area.

18:45

Train departs for the walk start at Brinnington.

19:00

Walk starts at Brinnington.

Return

from Brinnington. 20.42, 20.50, 20.52...then at regular intervals.

8-8-2013 18:30 8-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Stockport Sandwich Stroll Brinnington MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Reddish Vale visitors centre, A626 (Tiviot Way), The Crown.
Extra note:

The is a linear walk.  Brinnington and Stockport are on seperate lines so if you wish to drive it might be better to leave your car at Manchester Piccadilly.

 

 

10

Introduction to Scrambling : Cribau, Snowdon

Direct Transport based scramble with Rick Connor.

7.5 mi

800m

Booking required for this walk - see below.

If you've never been on a scramble before but want to try one, then this could be for you. Cribau is a relatively wide ridge which connects the Miner's track up Snowdon to the southern side of the Snowdon horseshoe.  It's a proper scramble and whilst there is some level of exposure to heights, it's nowhere near as exposed as the nearby Crib Goch.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:00

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

10:00

Walk starts.

10-8-2013 10:00 10-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Introduction to Scrambling : Cribau, Snowdon

If you've never been on a scramble before but want to try one, then this could be for you. Cribau is a relatively wide ridge which connects the Miner's track up Snowdon to the southern side of the Snowdon horseshoe.  It's a proper scramble and whilst there is some level of exposure to heights, it's nowhere near as exposed as the nearby Crib Goch.

 

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, Layby Parking MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pen-y-Pass, Pyg Track, Trial Levels, Cribau, Watkin Path, Snowdon summit, Pyg Track
Booking:

There are a limited number of places on this walk to allow the walk leader to offer support where necessary during scrambling.  Max 12 places - email scrambles@madwalkers.org.uk to book.

We'll car-share to minimise transport costs, so please indicate if you can offer or need a lift and also your local area so lifts can be arranged locally.

 

 

10

Niall's Big Bleaklow Birthday Bash

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

11.5 mi

520m

A circular walk up to Bleaklow Head taking the bridle way from Old Glossop before ascending to the Pennine Way.  After a stop at Beaklow Head/Bleaklow Hill we will retrace part of the path we took up to descend via Dog Rock back to Old Glossop.  Provided the weather is with us the views from the top and on the descent are stunning.  Even on a good day the land around Bleaklow is boggy and wet underfoot.  Boots are essential, gaiters are recommended.  On the way back to the train station we pass about 4 different pubs so I'll leave it to the experts to make a recommendation for those that wish to get a refreshment 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak day return £4.10

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. At 08 and 38 past the hour until 20:38

10-8-2013 09:30 10-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Niall's Big Bleaklow Birthday Bash Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Queens Arms, Shire Hill, Sheep Fold, Pennine Way, Hern Stones, Bleaklow Head, Dog Rock.
Parking:

Those that wish to join by car please remember there is no parking facilities at Glossop station.  Parking is allowed but limited on Shepley Street where the walk leaves Old Glossop for the surrounding hills but be aware that it is an industrial area requiring access to the plants.  There are no toilet facillities at Glossop station, please use the train.

 

 

11

The Walk after the Night Before

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Alan Beeby.

5.0 mi

0m

Walk Leader will meet Group at walk start

Join me on one of my favorite hangover walks. Starting at Chorlton Tram stop we head to Longford Park where we make a quick circuit around the park via the petting zoo. We then stumble into Turn Moss playing fields which connects us up to the Mersey, briefly following the Mersey to Sale Water Park. We will go all the way round the water park and then head to Chorlton Nature Reserve. The walk will finish at the Horse and Jockey, one of Chorlton’s best loved 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.

12:50

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Tram and Bus services to Chorlton are available from a range of places at different prices. 

13:00

Train departs for the walk start at Chorlton tram stop.

13:30

Walk starts at Chorlton tram stop.

Return

from Chorlton tram stop. every 15 minutes

11-8-2013 12:50 11-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Walk after the Night Before Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Longford Park, Turn Moss Playing Fields, Sale Water Park, Mersey, Chorlton Nature Reserve

 

 

13

Whitefield to Bury via Irwell Sculpture Trail (& Bridge Inspection)

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. There is the possibility of a detour, depending on bridge repairs. At the end, we will end up in Bury for a quick drink or two. This will hopefully be a joint walk on the weekend walkers.

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:

Standard METRO return ticket to Bury. Meet on METRO platform at Victoria

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 midnight

13-8-2013 18:00 13-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Whitefield to Bury via Irwell Sculpture Trail (& Bridge Inspection) Whitefield Metro Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:via Whitefield, Nuttall Wood, Irwell Sculpture Trail, Radcliffe and into Bury

 

 

17

Coombes Squared or perhaps the square route of

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley and Sarah Peppiatt.

20.0 mi

1350m

A very edgy walk which might start with a ring of stone or perhaps a square, we'll definietley have to get past the Kracken and watch out for a planet.

Needless to say it'll be a long and fast journey, but at least we won't have to fight our way past the fort.

Just keep an eye out for the Pike (plural).

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:

Wayfarer (£11)

07:50

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:09 and xx:39, until 19:39, then at xx:39 only

17-8-2013 07:30 17-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Coombes Squared or perhaps the square route of Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:combs Height, Combs Deep, A Pike, The Kracken, Sett in our way, Another Pike, A Big wheel, combes again, Edge of the world.
Informatio:

As always a serious note, please bring lots of water and adequate food for the day, and the usual about decent boots, warm clothing and waterproofs (just in case the Kracken drags you down :) ).

 

 

17

A Chelford Neigh-bourhood Walk

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Aimee Teare.

7.4 mi

50m

Walk leader to join the train at Heaton Chapel.

A beautiful stroll through the Cheshire Countryside surrounding the village of Chelford.  The walk will see us pass through the grounds of the lovely old St Mary's church in Nether Alderley followed by the historic Nether Alderley Mill,  an old flour mill.  Finally we will meander through the village of Little Warford back to Chelford and of course 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.

10:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Chelford £8.40

11:04

Train departs for the walk start at Chelford.

11:38

Walk starts at Chelford.

Return

from Chelford. 15.09, 16.09, 17.09......

17-8-2013 10:45 17-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Chelford Neigh-bourhood Walk Chelford MAD Walkers
Waypoints:George's wood, Nether Alderley Mill, Field's Farm Warford Hall

 

 

18

Clitheroe to Whalley (Further down the Ribble Way)

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

12.0 mi

100m

A pleasant countryside and river walk from the historic town of Clitheroe, partly along the River Ribble and ending up in Whalley. Not to many ascents. Suitable for everyone, including those new to walking.

There maybe pub(s).

[There maybe an option to exit early, if required at approx the 8 mile stage and head towards Langho Stn (rather than Whalley Stn)].

This is a joint walk with Manchester Weekend Walkers

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:

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Clitheroe station.

11:15

Walk starts at Clitheroe station.

Return

from Whalley Station. xx:46

18-8-2013 09:45 18-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Clitheroe to Whalley (Further down the Ribble Way) Clitheroe station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:We start from Clitheroe, join the Ribble Way, along side the River Ribble. We head towards Great and Little Mitton and past the confluence of the Rivers Ribble and Hodder and then the confluence of th

 

 

24

The Search for Maggoty Johnson

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

13.0 mi

273m

Walk leader getting on the train at Stockport - Please also note revised walk start time in Macclesfield. ****Joint Walk With MW Walkers****

A circular walk from Macclesfield of a good length and varied landscapes, taking in Tegg's Nose and the Grave of England's last jester - Not only that, there is a library, industrial archeology, ornithology and even Puss in Boots!

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Macclesfield £8.60, Duo for £12.90

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:05

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. 16:23, 16:42, 17:15, 17:42, 18:15, 18:42

24-8-2013 09:00 24-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Search for Maggoty Johnson Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tegg's Nose, Langley, Sutton Lane Ends, Sutton Reservoir, Mount Farm, Gawsworth Hall, Danes Moss, Macclesfield Canal.
Extra:

Toilets at Walk Start, on Macclesfield Station. Dogs not recommended due to having to traverse many fields containing livestock.

 

 

24

Easy Scrambles

Public Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

9.5 mi

800m

Two easy scrambles firstly Ashton clough, which some would barely class as a scramble it's that easy! Secondly Yellowslacks brook which is again overall very easy but with a couple of steep sections before you reach simple steps to the top of the brook.

As is usual with my scrambles I'll be moving at an easy pace to maximaize enjoyment of the rock.

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 Glossop

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:09 and xx:39, until 19:39, then at xx:39 only

24-8-2013 09:30 24-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Easy Scrambles Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Doctors Gate, Ashton clough, James Thron, Shelf Benches, Yellowslacks brook, Old Glossop.
Important:

Leader will meet at walk start. Pub at end of walk.

Please bring your lunch and adequate water.

 

 

28

The Poynton Lake Lark

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

3.6 mi

50m

Walk leader joining train at Stockport.

A nice little evening walk around Poynton, just as summer starts to turn towards Autumn. We go round Poynton Park and Lake and a footpath so new it's not even on the map!

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:

Evening Return to Poynton £2.85

18:48

Train departs for the walk start at Poynton Station.

19:10

Walk starts at Poynton Station.

Return

from Poynton Station. 21:30, 22:59

28-8-2013 18:30 28-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Poynton Lake Lark Poynton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:A5149, A523, Poynton Park, Towers Road, Footpath 95, Poynton Lake, Bull's Head (Pub), Phillips Bridge, Lower Park Road, Poynton Station
Extra:

The nights are drawing in, so torches may be necessary for the last bit to the station. Refreshments will be taken at the Bull's Head in Poynton before getting the train home.

An extra-curricular drink in the Crown, Stockport, afterwards too should you feel the need.

 

 

31

Introduction to Scrambling : Tryfan, Snowdonia

Direct Transport based walk with Rick Connor. More details to follow.

Postponed until further notice.

 

 

31

North Glazebrook walk

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

10.0 mi

0m

A lovely low level walk with a fruity interlude. Once we get as far as north as we're going, we'll find some place to have lunch and call in at a pub. Then it's a leisurely walk back on the Glazebrook Trail. The timing of the trains means that we don't have to rush.

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.

10:16

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

Suggested ticket:

Glazebrook day return £3.80.

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Glazebrook station.

10:40

Walk starts at Glazebrook station.

Return

from Glazebrook station. 16:10

31-8-2013 10:16 31-8-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London North Glazebrook walk Glazebrook station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hollingreave Farm, New Hall Farm, Moss Side Farm, Franks Farm, Holcroft Hall, Raven Bridge, Glazebury, Light Oaks Hall, Moss House Farm, Little Woolden Hall, Great Woolden Hall.

 

 

5

At the rising of the sun and at its going down

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

4.5 mi

200m

JOINT WALK WITH THE WEEKEND WALKERS

A circular walk with many panoramas particularly the one from the Rising Sun pub! There are a few steep ascents and descents.

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.

18:27

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Mossley £3.80 day return. Train also calls at Ashton under Lyne and Stalybridge.

18:27

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

18:50

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Mossley Station. 21:55, 22:59 & 23:30.

5-9-2013 18:27 5-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London At the rising of the sun and at its going down Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mossley Cross, Hartshead Pike, Back Lane, Holly Bank, Little Haigh Farm, Rising Sun, Wood End, Canal.

 

 

7

Bury to Ramsbottom via Affetside

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.3 mi

270m

Note change to the previously advertised walk, we will escape from Burnley at a later date...

An easy-paced linear walk from Bury to Ramsbottom via Affetside, taking in a Roman Road and passing by a the Krypton Factor Assault Course.

On arrival at Ramsbottom you can sample the delights of this up and coming gastronomic destination - namely the Chocolate Cafe and the Irwell Works Brewery before returning back to Bury on a Steam 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.

09:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Return Metrolink Ticket - Bury to Victoria £4.10

East Lancs Railway Single Ramsbottom to Bury £5

Note - ELR Concessionary Fare (£4.50) available if you bring your Ramblers membership card with you!

09:30

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:15

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Ramsbottom Station. 16:25, 17:10

7-9-2013 09:15 7-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Bury to Ramsbottom via Affetside Bury Interchange MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bury, Elton, Walshaw, Affetside, Hawkshaw, Holcombe Training Camp, Holcombe Village, Ramsbottom.
Extra:

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

Toilets at walk start (20p charge), finishing in the Trackside Bar in Bury for a drink or two.

 

 

14

Moses Gate to Manchester via Irwell Sculpture Trail (Urban Park and Wilderness Walk!)

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

10.0 mi

150m

We start at Moses Gate Station. Head through Moses Gate Country Park and the River Croal

We passed the confluence of the Rivers Croal and Irwell; then along part of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. Onto Ringley and then we join the Irwell Sculpture Trail at Nuttall Wood. We head past Prestwich Forest Park towards Kersal Dale.

Continuing throughout along parts of the Irwell Sculpture Trail and/or the River Irwell.

We finish near the grounds of Uni of Salford and head into town for a drink or two.

There are opt-out stations enroute (if required)

 

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 10:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Single or return to Moses Gate

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Moses Gate station.

10:50

Walk starts at Moses Gate station.

Return

from Manchester Shudehill. 00:00

14-9-2013 10:00 14-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Moses Gate to Manchester via Irwell Sculpture Trail (Urban Park and Wilderness Walk!) Moses Gate station MAD Walkers
Parking:

Please note there is no parking until Spring 2014 at Manchester Victoria station due to redevelopement. If driving to Victoria please use the Manchester Arena NCP car park.

 

 

21

Hebden Bridge to Todmorden Beer Festival

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

9.0 mi

420m

A linear walk in the Calder Valley. Includes a few steady ascents but hopefully some great views. We'll head along the Calderdale Way and Centenary Way with views across to Stoodley Pike monument. After a visit to Bridestones Rocks we'll descend into Todmorden. Here there's the option to visit the Beer Festival at Todmorden cricket club before catching 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.

10:05

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Hebden Bridge £9.00 (Duo ticket available for £13.50 which covers 2 adults, one at full price and second adult at 1/2 price)

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:58

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx04 xx15 x36 until 20:04, then xx36 until 2336

21-9-2013 10:05 21-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Hebden Bridge to Todmorden Beer Festival Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hebden Bridge train station, Rochdale Canal, Eaves Wood, Blackshaw Head, Great Rock, Great Bride Stones, Hole Bottom, Todmorden train station
Extra:

Walk leader meeting on the train at Todmorden

Toilets at Hebden Bridge station

If driving park at Todmorden station and catch the 1052  train to Hebden Bridge

The beer festival normally costs about £2 for entry and food should be available

 

 

25

The Last Evening Walk (Didsbury: Fletcher Moss)

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

5.0 mi

0m

 

1 boot (if you're 'old school') , 4-5 miles, ascent – nil

Further info:
07:00 Meet at ‘The Didsbury’ pub at 7pm
08:30 Walk finish and head to the pub

The nights are closing in! So please bring a torch. Boots will be good, as its been raining recently.

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

A pleasant late summer walk around Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields, Stenner Lane (and woods). This will be the last walk of the summer, as its getting dark rather quickly. However, still an excuse for a quick walk and a maybe a drink or two.
 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

06:55

Meet at the walk start (The Didsbury Pub, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury)

07:00

Walk starts.

25-9-2013 06:55 25-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Last Evening Walk (Didsbury: Fletcher Moss)

A pleasant late summer walk around Fletcher Moss, Millgate Fields, Stenner Lane (and woods). This will be the last walk of the summer, as its getting dark rather quickly. However, still an excuse for a quick walk and a maybe a drink or two.
 

The Didsbury Pub, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury MAD Walkers

 

 

28

Last of the Summer Wino; Holmfirth festival 2013

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Alan Beeby and Niall MacLennan.

7.9 mi

476m

A short walk from the village of Holmfirth.  Famous for being the setting for Last of the Summer Wine.  Walking out of the village we enter the Holmfirth country park and the surrounding hills.  Quick lunch stop at Brownhil reservoir (don't fill up too much) and we return to Holmfirth for the food and drink festival.

http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/holmfirthFoodFestival/index.aspx

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 09:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Of peak day return to Huddersfield £12:10

Off peak first day saver £3.80

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Holmfirth Bus Station.

11:30

Walk starts at Holmfirth Bus Station.

Return

from Holmfirth Bus Station. Buses depart every 30 mins until 21:33

28-9-2013 09:40 28-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Last of the Summer Wino; Holmfirth festival 2013 Holmfirth Bus Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Upper Bridge, Home Valley Country Park, Kirklees Way, Brownhill Reservoir, Digley Reservoir, Hinchcliffe Mill.
Transport:

Please note that we get the train out to Huddersfield then it is a bus from Huddersfield to the walk start at Holmfirth.

 

 

29

The Lakes (East Shore of Ullswater around Place Fell)

Car based walk with Al.

11.0 mi

500m

updated with full waypoints details

Walk start:: at 11am
Ullswater Information Centre
Beckside Car Park, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0PD

OS grid reference NY 386 169
Map: Explorer OL5

Coffee and toilets available at walk start.

This is a pleasant lower (ish) level walk, we don't ascend any of the major peaks. rather we largely walk along the valleys and beside the lake.


This is a reccy walk. so there maybe the possibility of entertaining detours into pubs/cafes and wrong footpaths.

Walk leader will be meeting at the 'meet location': Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG at 9am.

Waypoints:

We head down to Patterdale and cross the valley. We rise up to Boredale House. We walk around Place Fell (657m, although we don't ascend it). We then head along to Boredale and Boredale Beck.

We head around Hallin Fell, before heading to Howtown Wyke Ferry Terminal.

We then turn South between the lovely Ullswater and Place Fell before returning to Glenridding.

There is an option to head across Martindale Common, along Howe Grain before rejoining the main path at the base of Hallin Fell (this'll be an extra 150m ascent and a mile or two).

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.

08:55

Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

09:00

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

11:00

Walk starts at Glenridding main car park.

29-9-2013 08:55 29-9-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Lakes (East Shore of Ullswater around Place Fell)

Walk start:: at 11am
Ullswater Information Centre
Beckside Car Park, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0PD

OS grid reference NY 386 169
Map: Explorer OL5

Coffee and toilets available at walk start.

This is a pleasant lower (ish) level walk, we don't ascend any of the major peaks. rather we largely walk along the valleys and beside the lake.


This is a reccy walk. so there maybe the possibility of entertaining detours into pubs/cafes and wrong footpaths.

Walk leader will be meeting at the 'meet location': Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG at 9am.

Waypoints:

We head down to Patterdale and cross the valley. We rise up to Boredale House. We walk around Place Fell (657m, although we don't ascend it). We then head along to Boredale and Boredale Beck.

We head around Hallin Fell, before heading to Howtown Wyke Ferry Terminal.

We then turn South between the lovely Ullswater and Place Fell before returning to Glenridding.

There is an option to head across Martindale Common, along Howe Grain before rejoining the main path at the base of Hallin Fell (this'll be an extra 150m ascent and a mile or two).

Glenridding main car park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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:We head down to Patterdale and cross the valley. We rise up to Boredale House. We walk around Place Fell (657m, although we don't ascend it). We then head along to Boredale and Boredale Beck. We he

 

 

5

Todmorden circular

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

6.5 mi

320m

We head out on the flat along the Rochdale Canal before starting our ascent through some woodland. We then go up the Centenary Way, to Stoodley Pike monument where fingers crossed we'll have some good views of Calderdale. Then it will be a gradual descent back into the valley, possibly via a pub, and back into Todmorden 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.

10:05

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Todmorden £8.00

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

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx04, xx15, xx36 until 2004. Then xx36

5-10-2013 10:05 5-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden circular Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Shaw Wood, Stoodley Pike Monument, Lumbutts, Kilnhirst, Todmorden train station
Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use those on train

Walk leader meeting at walk start

 

 

 

6

A Sunday Stroll: Bromley Cross to Entwistle via Turton Tower

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

6.2 mi

160m

A nice little saunter around the reservoirs and villages to the north of Bolton, passing by a tea shop in a tower and ending up at a favourite 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.

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 £6.30 - Duo ticket option for two of you available for £9.40
 

11:00

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

11:35

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. xx:17 from 15:17 onwards

6-10-2013 10:45 6-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sunday Stroll: Bromley Cross to Entwistle via Turton Tower Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jumbles Reservoir, Turton Tower, Chapeltown, Wayoh Reservoir, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir
Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use the ones on the train!

The pub at the end is the Strawbury Duck. No prizes for guessing that...

 

 

12

The Radcliffe Way

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

13.0 mi

582m

This walk starts alongside the Rochdale Canal. Once we leave the canal we start our ascent up to Warland and Light Hazzles reservoirs, before heading along to Blackstone Edge reservoir and passing the White House pub. After this we head around Blackstone Edge Moor and along the Pennie Way over the M62. From here the route follows parallel to the motorway through windy hills before going along Rochdale Way and other Brindleways to Hollingworth Lake. A quick tour in Cleggswood leads us back to the train station

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return £7.30. A duo ticket is available where two people can travel together for £10.90.

10:21

Train departs for the walk start at Walsden.

10:48

Walk starts at Walsden.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. xx:23 & xx:45 until 19:45, then 20:45, 21:45 22:45 & 23:45

12-10-2013 10:00 12-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London The Radcliffe Way Walsden MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dean Royds Farm, Cat Stones, Warland Reservoir, Light Hazzles Reservoir, Blackstone Edge Reservoir, The White House Pub, Blackstone Edge Moor, Lads Grave, Windy Hill, Ben Heys, Castle Hill, Rakewood,
Drivers:

Please note there is no car park at Walsden. You can park your car for free at Littleborough station and then catch the 10:42 train to Walsden.

A single train ticket from Littleborough to Walsden costs £3.00.

 

 

13

Wilmslow to Alderley Edge

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

6.9 mi

110m

Walk leader will meet at the start (Wilmslow Station)

A linear walk following the River Bollin, returning to Alderley Edge village via the Edge itself.

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:

£7.60 day return to Alderley Edge

10:30

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

10:47

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

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

13-10-2013 10:15 13-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow to Alderley Edge Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Bollin, Mottram Hall Golf Course, Mottram Cross, Alderley Edge

 

 

19

A last long one

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

21.0 mi

1167m

With the clocks changing next week it's nearly too late for the long walks. So one last long one, with an early start and a brisk pace to make sure we finish before dark!

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.

08:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield (£4.10)

08:27

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. x:50 (aiming for 18:50)

19-10-2013 08:15 19-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A last long one Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Huddersfield Canal; Alphin Trig; Chew Reservoir; Black Hill; Featherbed Moss; Broadstones Syke; Obelisk; Dovestones Reservoir; Intake Lane; Greenfield Station
Extra Note:

This is a long walk with no easy bailouts. It'll need to be done fast to finish in the light so please be sure you're capable of the distance before coming out.

Gaiters would be an advantage because the ground is very soggy in places and some of the walk is off path (note  if the weather is really wet we'll do an alternative of similar distance from same start).

Bring a torch just in case we miss the target time.

OS Map OL 1

 

 

20

A Sunday Stroll: Dunham Massey

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Alan Beeby.

7.5 mi

70m

***WALK LEADER TO MEET AT WALK START***

A nice afternoon stroll starting from Timperley Tram station. From here we will head along the Bridgewater Canal to Little Bollington. People will have the choice of going to a lovely Tea house or to the fantastic Swan with Two Necks pub for a brief respite. After this we will make a circuit at the Dunham Park, infamous for being a place where you can get up close to Deer’s. After the park we head through the golf course and Dunham New Park till we get back to Altrincham.

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:

Return Metrolink ticket to Altrincham: £4.40.

12:30

Train departs for the walk start at Timperley Tram Station.

13:00

Walk starts at Timperley Tram Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. every 5 minutes

20-10-2013 12:15 20-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sunday Stroll: Dunham Massey Timperley Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey Hall and Park, Dunham Forest Golf & Country Club, Dunham New Park, Altrincham
Informatio:

Please note apart from a few amendements and the addition of a mid-way Pub/Tea House stop this is the same walk as the Timperley to Altrincham walk lead by Owain in June.

You will need a return ticket to Altrincham although the walk starts at Timperley.

 

 

26

Darwen Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Owain Roberts.

8.1 mi

370m

A circular walk from Darwen up to the Jubilee Tower and returning via the Tockholes Plantations and Roddlesworth Reservoir. Pub stop en route and at the finish.

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

Suggested ticket:

Day Return to Darwen: £7.50. a Duo ticket is available giving 25% off a fare for 2 people.

10:30

Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

11:09

Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return

from Darwen Station. 17:10, 17:41, 18:41, 19:10

26-10-2013 10:15 26-10-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Darwen Circular Darwen Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jubilee Tower, Tockholes Plantations, Roddlesworth Reservoir, Tockholes Village, Sunnyhurst Wood

 

 

2

Hyde & Seek

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes & John Ireland.

12.0 mi

430m

An easy going walk for those wanting to try something a little longer incorporating mostly flats, a wee bit of climbing, a trig thrown in for good measure and the option of a pub stop part way through for the more alcohol dependent amongst the group.

 

The canal path can be muddy in places so please bring gaiters.

 

Please bring a torch for one long tunnel section.

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 ticket (£4.80) + single from New Mills Newtown to Middlewood (£2.50)

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Hyde Central Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Hyde Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Newtown Station. 16:47, 17:45, 18:47

2-11-2013 09:45 2-11-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Hyde & Seek Hyde Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak forest canal, Marple aqueduct, Marple Locks, Strawberry Hill, Windybottom Farm, The Banks, Trig (SJ986872), Hague Bar, Mousley Bottom Wood, New Mills Central, Millenium Walkway, Goytside Farm
Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use the toilet on the train.

 

 

3

Secret Valley - Forest of Bowland (part 2)

Car based walk with Al.

11.0 mi

450m

Please note; Lay-bys don't reliably receive post! The nearest postcode is for St Huberts RC church in Dunsop, BB7 3BG.  But then travel on towards the Trough of Bowland for about 1.5 miles (past the mountain rescue centre). The layby is on the LHS.

Excellent 11 mile walk / 450m ascent. There is an initial steep ascent up to Totridge. We then travel along the onto moors on top. We then find the secret valley and descend with Bleasdale Water towards Langden Brook. We then cross the brook and follow its passage back to the start at Skyes Nab.

Please note: We have to cross Langden Brook, this is 2 miles from the end. Whilst this will probably be just 6 inches deep; we must cross it. There is no 'plan b', there will not be time in daylight to go back. So, even if its a bit deeper, we will still have to cross it!

Toilets are in Dunsop Bridge village car park (prior to walk start).

The nice pub at end is likely to be the Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, BB7 3DY

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, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

09:00

Cars will leave for the walk start (Walk starts at Lay-by at Sykes Nab).

10:45

Walk starts at Walk starts at Lay-by at Sykes Nab.

3-11-2013 08:45 3-11-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Secret Valley - Forest of Bowland (part 2)

Excellent 11 mile walk / 450m ascent. There is an initial steep ascent up to Totridge. We then travel along the onto moors on top. We then find the secret valley and descend with Bleasdale Water towards Langden Brook. We then cross the brook and follow its passage back to the start at Skyes Nab.

Please note: We have to cross Langden Brook, this is 2 miles from the end. Whilst this will probably be just 6 inches deep; we must cross it. There is no 'plan b', there will not be time in daylight to go back. So, even if its a bit deeper, we will still have to cross it!

Toilets are in Dunsop Bridge village car park (prior to walk start).

The nice pub at end is likely to be the Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, BB7 3DY

Walk starts at Lay-by at Sykes Nab MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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.

 

 

9

A Walk of Memories - The Plane wrecks of Bleaklow

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

11.0 mi

500m

A farewell MAD hill walk to the B29 and possibly beyond. This is a short easy walk! For those who know me you'll be shocked, but as my last walk for the group before heading to Whisky country I thought I'd best make it accessable.

Esssentially we visit the B29 and the Lancaster bomber memorials.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

return to Glossop

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

09:48

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

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

9-11-2013 09:00 9-11-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Walk of Memories - The Plane wrecks of Bleaklow Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Old Glossop, Yellowslacks, Hern Stones, B29, Higher Shelf stones, Lancaster bomber, Old Glossop.
Info:

Gaiters highly recommended and money for pub at walk end.

 

 

16

A shrine to the Goyt

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

7.0 mi

200m

**PART ONE OF A TWO PART WALK**

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 town's 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.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.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.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.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.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.

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 Buxton: £9.60 or Northern Duo available for £14.40

10:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

11:55

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 15:24, 16:24 XX24

16-11-2013 10:30 16-11-2013 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.

 

 

16

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

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

3.5 mi

120m

**PART TWO OF A TWO PART WALK. WALK LEADERS MEETING AT WALK START**

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.

15:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton: £9.60 or Northern Duo available for £14.40

15:52

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

16:55

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 19:24, 20:24, 21:24, 22:51

16-11-2013 15:30 16-11-2013 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 leaders 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.

 

 

23

Last of the Autumn/First of the Winter

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

9.0 mi

400m

This is the same walk I did back in April; hopefully we'll catch the end of the Autumn Colours or if it rains a lot this week the first of the Winter ones. A low level walk with the ascent spread throughout the walk. This walk takes in a mixture of back lanes, bridleways and footpaths. We follow Pingots Lane out of Broadbottom up to Wathill, hop the A57, skirt Hollingworth round to Arnfield, through Tintwhistle, sweep round the top of Bottoms Resevoir then up over the hill to Glossop. All being well there will be a pub stop at the Bulls head in Tintwhistle and for those that don't have to rush off there will be the opportunity for a bit of socialising and a few drinks in Glossop at the Star Inn.

As I say it's mostly bridleway and track so not too boggy, that being said this is England and it is raining at lot at the moment so bring your waterproofs.

Walk Leader will meet at Walk Start in Broadbottom

 

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:

Off Peak Return to Glossop £4.10.

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. ..08, ..38 till 19.38 when its ..38

23-11-2013 09:30 23-11-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Last of the Autumn/First of the Winter Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Warhill, Coach Lane, Hollingworth Hall, Arnfield, Tintwhistle, Little Padfield, Old Glossop
Extra:

Please use the toilet on the train as there are none at Broadbottom station

 

 

30

Arnside In Winter

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.9 mi

210m

Note - we will be changing trains at Lancaster rather than Preston on the outward journey.

A wintry coastal walk, over Arnside Knott, and then back round the beach past Park Point to Arnside.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Arnside £19.80, Change at Lancaster

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Arnside Station.

12:00

Walk starts at Arnside Station.

Return

from Arnside Station. 17:00 Changing at Preston, 17:59, 18:43 Changing at Lancaster

30-11-2013 10:00 30-11-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Arnside In Winter Arnside Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dobshall Road, Arnside Knott, Hare Parrock, Far Arnside, Park Point, Arnside Point, Blackstone Point, New Barns, Arnside
Extra:

Lunch on Arnside Knott, if the weather's good we'll walk back to Arnside along the beach. If the weather is inclement then we'll take an alternate route that goes slightly more inland and is more sheltered.

 

 

1

Winter views for a winter's day

Car based walk with Andrew Forbes.

10.8 mi

430m

A circular walk from Smithills Hall, past our Fred's Chimney, dropping in on twa lads, before heading up to Rivington Pike, over to Winter Hill to look at a scotsman's stump.  Once you've recovered from that we'll head back to Smithills via a llama or two

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, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

09:45

Cars will leave for the walk start (Smithills Hall).

10:30

Walk starts at Smithills Hall.

1-12-2013 09:30 1-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Winter views for a winter's day

A circular walk from Smithills Hall, past our Fred's Chimney, dropping in on twa lads, before heading up to Rivington Pike, over to Winter Hill to look at a scotsman's stump.  Once you've recovered from that we'll head back to Smithills via a llama or two

Smithills Hall MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG 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:Barrow Bridge, Walker Fold Farm, Burnt Edge, Two Lads, Pike Cottage, Rivington Pike, Winter Hill, Smithills Moor, Smithills Dean Road
Extra:

Waterproofs and Gaiters Essential - Boggy up top.

On-road parking also available on Smithills Dean Road.

 

 

7

Santa Walk 2013: Todmorden, Turkey and All The Trimmings

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland & Andy Buckley.

5.0 mi

288m

***BOOKING ESSENTIAL - OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY*** 

Well, it is that time of the year for the annual Santa Walk. This year we are visiting the Calder Valley town of Todmorden. Where we will do a 5 mile circular which involves woods, country lanes and after a climb a small section of the Calder Valley Way with some (hopefully) decent views before heading back to Todmorden and The Queen Hotel for our 3 course christmas meal. Where we are booked in from 4pm.

We have 50 places available on this walk and the cost for the Santa Walk this year is £16, with a minimum of £3 per person being donated to two MRT's. The Calder Valley and the Ogwen (Snowdonia) MRT.

Bookings will open at the AGM on Wednesday 6th November and is open to MAD Walkers only (please bring your membership card along with you).

As usual if you fancy coming along on this walk in a Santa hat or even full christmas costume please feel free to do so. If the past Santa Walks are anything to go by this will be another great day.

***Santa Walk is now fully booked, reserve list is now in operation. If you wish to go on the reserve list please e-mail socials@madwalkers.org.uk- members only***

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

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket £8.00. Due to this being the christmas period Duo tickets are not available. The train we are using calls at all stations to Littleborough.

12:00

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

12:35

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. **04,**15,**36 until 2036 and then every hour

7-12-2013 11:45 7-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Santa Walk 2013: Todmorden, Turkey and All The Trimmings Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Ridge, Ewood Hall, Stannally Farm, Whirlaw Common, Hole Bottom, Priestwell, Rochdale Canal
Reminder:

Although you may come in fancy dress on this walk please ensure you still have your full walking gear with you. Also a change of shoes may be advisable for the pub at the end of the walk.

 

 

14

Pre-Christmas Party Walk: Newhey to Hollingworth Circular

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.6 mi

290m

A circular walk folowing decent paths from Newhey over to the shores of Hollingworth Lake via the M62 viaduct, where with time permitting coffee and ice cream could be purchased before heading off along the Pennine Bridleway to skirt around the edge of Tower Hill and the south shores of Ogden Reservoir and then back to Newhey tram stop for our journeys home to get ready for the Christmas 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.

10:45

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

Suggested ticket:

£4.40 return. Bought from the tram plaftorm.

Please note, if you are travelling from any other Metrolink station and will then be going home to get ready for the Christmas Party and then returning to the city by the Metrolink it will be cheaper for you to get the Day Ticket (£4.90) which will cover you for your entire days journey.

11:00

Train departs for the walk start at Newhey Tram Station.

11:30

Walk starts at Newhey Tram Station.

Return

from Shaw & Crompton Tram Station. 15:00ish and every 12 minutes

14-12-2013 10:45 14-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Pre-Christmas Party Walk: Newhey to Hollingworth Circular Newhey Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Newfield Head, Tunshill Lane, Castle Hill, Hollingworth Lake, Rakewood, Pennine Bridleway, Town Hill, Ogden Reservoir, Barnards
Rtn Trip:

Please note that this is now a circular walk and will return from Newhey. Although this has been programmed into the database for some reason on the website it is still showing the return to be from Shaw & Crompton.

 

 

21

Winter Solstice Sunrise

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

7.5 mi

295m

A very early morning Saturday start, but weather permitting we will be rewarded with a sunrise on the shortest day of the year.

The plan is to meet at Edale station and walk to the sumit of Hollins Cross.  The sunrise is due at 8:04.  We will then walk to Chapel-en-le-Firth station in time for John Ireland's walk.  For those of you feeling up to it, you can then continue on his walk.

Bring snacks, warm clothing and a head torch.

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.

06:20

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 06:35. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer for £11.

06:35

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

07:20

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station. 10:40, 11:38

21-12-2013 06:20 21-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Winter Solstice Sunrise Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hollins Cross

 

 

21

A Whaley Wassail

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.5 mi

180m

A wintry wander (weather permitting!) from Chapel en le Frith to Whaley Bridge, taking in Combs Reservoir and Eccles Pike amongst other 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.

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 Chapel en le Frith £9.60

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.

21-12-2013 09:30 21-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London A Whaley Wassail 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 and The Goyt in Whaley.

 

 

22

Christmas Kinder Classic

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

8.0 mi

533m

Nothing too strenuous for the last walk before Christmas ensuring there is plenty of time for a few festive drinks at the end! Also perfect for walking off any hangovers from the night before!

Starting at the railway bridge near the station, we'll make our way through Edale and following Grindsbrook Brook until we reach the steep but quick climb up Grindsbrook Clough. Once up the top we'll head over to Crowdon Tower, the Wool Packs and join the Pennine way decending Jacob's ladder, through Upper Booth and back to Edale in plenty of time for plenty of festive drinks!

Some spots may be a little wet and/or boggy so gaitors/waterproofs recommended! 

Toilet facilties are available at the car park near the station at the beginning and end of the walk - there is plenty of park here should anyone wish to drive and meet at the start: Post Code S33 7ZP

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 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale (£10.50) or Wayfarer £11.00 (Covers travel around Greater Manchester too)

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47, 17:47, 19:47, 22:50

22-12-2013 09:00 22-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Christmas Kinder Classic Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Wool Packs, Pennine Way, Jacobs Ladder, Upper Booth, Edale...Pub!

 

 

26

Boxing Day Amble

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

5.9 mi

50m

Wear that Christmas pud off with a nice walk around Didsbury and along a bit of the Mersey.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30

Meet at the walk start (East Didsbury Metrolink Station)

10:45

Walk starts.

26-12-2013 10:30 26-12-2013 20:00:00 Europe/London Boxing Day Amble

Wear that Christmas pud off with a nice walk around Didsbury and along a bit of the Mersey.

East Didsbury Metrolink Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Parrs Wood, Cheadle Bridge, River Mersey, Simon's Bridge, Northenden, Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury Park
Extra:

Pub Stops in Northenden and at the 'Gateway' (Wetherspoons Pub) at Parrs Wood.

Limited Bus and Tram services are running on Boxing Day - check the Transport for Greater Manchester website for details

 


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