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

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

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


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

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

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Walks from 2014

4

On Edge

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.5 mi

659m

Start the year as you mean to go on, wiith a long walk, starting 15 minuntes after sunrise and probably finishing just after sunset. 16.5 miles along some of the less walked edges south of Hathersage with quite a bit of up and down. It'll wear off the Christmas dinner!

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:

Return to Hathersage (£10.60) or Wayfarer if travelling in from Greater Manchester (£11 - buy in advance from manned stations or paypoint)

07:44: Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

08:45: Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return from Hathersage Station. x:32 aiming for 16:32

Waypoints: River Derwent, Froggat Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, White Edge, Burbage Brook, Stanage Trig, Hathersage

extra note:

Alan is intending to lead a shorter walk in the same area, and we will meet up with them in a pub afterwards for drinks.

Come prepared for cold weather and bring plenty of food with you.

Bring a torch!! This is quite an ambitious distance for so early in the year, so be prepared for some walking in the dark.

Map: OL 1 and 24

4-1-2014 07:30 4-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London On Edge Hathersage Station MAD Walkers

4

On the Well Trodden Path

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby and Torin Glazer.

6.5 mi

383m

After leaving the station we do a brief steep ascent to a small ridge. After this the walk is mostly flat around some amazing scenery.  We will then have our lunch stop at  Longshaw Lodge where a tea house will be available for the so inclined. Following the Sheffield Country Way bridle path around the area we will then head back to Hathersage.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:20: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Grindlefod £10.60 or Wayfarer £11.00 (covers travel in to and around the Greater Manchster area. Can only be purchased before travel at staffed stations / TFGM Travel Shop)

10:45: Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

11:50: Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return from Hathersage Station. 15:32,16:32, 17,32

Waypoints: Yancliff Wood, Granby Wood, Longshaw Lodge, Sheffield Country Walk, Fiddler's Elbow, Callow,Mitchell Field, Scraperlow

extra note:

We will be meeting up with the Sarah's group at The Plough Inn. We have an area reserved for our group. They serve hot meals and have a choice of cask ales. If you are eating at the pub please inform the Walk Leader at the start.

Come prepared for cold weather and bring plenty of food with you.

Although planned to finish before it goes dark, please bring a torch.

This is a linear walk; if you plan on driving I recommend leaving the car at Hathersage train station car park and getting the 11.40 train to Grindleford. Single Ticket is £2

4-1-2014 10:20 4-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London On the Well Trodden Path Grindleford Station MAD Walkers

5

A Sunday Stroll: The Hidden Valley

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

6.0 mi

153m

A short circular walk in Littleborough that goes through a beautiful hidden valley. We will visit Hollingworth lake, Cleggswood as well as some nice in-between forest sections. If we have enough time we will make a brief stop at the Moorcock Inn before heading back along the Rochdale Canal.

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.

10:55: 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 £4.10

11:14: Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

12:15: Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return from Littleborough train Station. 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Hollingworth lake, Clegg Wood, Owlett Hall, Lydgate, Moorcock Inn, Rochdale Canal.

Extra::

Unlike other Sunday Strolls this walk will go through a couple of muddy fields. Please bring boots and a pair of gaters if you have them.

We will take the Train to Rochdale but due to weekend works there is a replacement bus service from Rochdale to Littleborough and vice versa. The bus leaves Rochdale at 11.45 (subject to change).

5-1-2014 10:55 5-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sunday Stroll: The Hidden Valley Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

11

Weaving the Witton Way

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

5.5 mi

50m

Feeling like a leisurely day? Join us for a stroll along the Witton Weavers Way... Starting at a respectable hour, we begin with an easy amble to appreciate the views over the West Pennine Moors and to take in some photography opportunities around Wayoh. Good paths lead us round to the picturesque Turton & Entwistle Reservoir where, as the light begins to fade, we head to one of our much-loved real ale pubs; to settle in front of the log fires with our favourite beverage!

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 £6.40

11:00: Train departs for the walk start at Entwistle Station.

11:40: Walk starts at Entwistle Station.

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

Waypoints: Entwistle Station, Wayoh Reservoir, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle Car Park, Fox Hill Plantation, Strawbury Duck

11-1-2014 10:45 11-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Weaving the Witton Way Entwistle Station MAD Walkers

12

From Bury over Scout Moor

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.6 mi

370m

A walk over the tops from Bury back down to Ramsbottom Station, from which we get the steam train back to Bury.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

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 Tram Ticket Victoria to Bury £TBA, Single Rawtenstall to Bury £5.30

09:30: Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:00: Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return from Ramsbottom Station. 16:25

Waypoints: Bury, Burrs, Limefield, Gindles Farm, Buckhurst Farm, Turf Moor, Rossendale Way, Waugh's Well, Scout Moor Bottom, New Gate, M66 Footbridge, Ramsbottom Station

Extra:

Note change to destination - this means the distance is slightly longer, so whilst the pace will be moderate we will need to bear in mind that the last train back to Bury is at 1625.

Beers at the Trackside Bar, Bury. Think yourselves lucky I didn't call this walk 'Waugh's Well that Ends Well'...

12-1-2014 09:15 12-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London From Bury over Scout Moor Bury Interchange MAD Walkers

18

A hat trick of cave walks: Part 1

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

7.2 mi

354m

A shortish walk, with two main ascents/descents and a lot of level walking in between. There will be muddy sections so please bring your gaitors and money for the admission to Treak Cliff Cavern (there is also a shop at the cavern for those that fancy a wee mooch around).  We'll pass through the imposing Winnats Pass, site of the 18th century murder of two eloping lovers and I'll aim to get people to Hope for the 3.39pm train.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£10.60 return to Hope or Wayfarer ticket (£11) if travelling outside of Manchester

09:45: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Hope Rail Station. XX:39 until 19:39, then 2100

Waypoints: Hardenclough Farm, Greenlands, Hollins Cross, Woodseats, Treak Cliff Cavern, Winnats Pass, Goosehill Hall, Castleton, Hope, Hope station

Cave Detai:

Treak Cliff Cavern tours run twice an hour and last roughly 45 minutes.  Cost of admission is £8.75 per person, or £7.75 with a valid YHA card (prices taken from the Treak Cliff Cavern website November 2013). 

18-1-2014 09:30 18-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A hat trick of cave walks: Part 1 Edale Station MAD Walkers

19

Marple Circular

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.5 mi

198m

A circular walk starting from Marple station we go along a section of the Peak Forest Canal traversing the aquaduct where we then head off down through Kirk Wood arriving at the beautiful little chapel at Chadkirk followed by a stroll along a country lane before entering Kirk Wood again which leads us back to the canal where we retrace our tracks until we reach the aquaduct where we then head off under the aquaduct and viaduct through the local coutryside heading towards Etherow Country Park where we will do a circuit of the lake before heading back to the station through Brabyns Park.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:45. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Manchester to Marple return £3.90

Rail Ranger £5.00 (buy this ticket from the station/train on your way into Manchester and this ticket will cover your travel throughout the day)

Tram/Train ticket £7.50 (If your journey into Manchester starts on the Metrolink network buy this ticket from the tram stop and will cover all of your journey throughout the day)

11:45: Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

12:06: Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return from Marple Station. 16:07, 18:07

Waypoints: Peak Forest Canal, Chadkirk, Kirk Wood, Lower Watermeetings Farm, Redbrow Wood, Etherow Country Park, Brabyns Park

Extra::

Gaitors reccomended.

19-1-2014 11:30 19-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Marple Circular Marple Station MAD Walkers

25

Macclesfield to Mottram and back again

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

10.0 mi

150m

Walker leader will meet group at Macclesfield station (walk start)

Part of the Brunning and Price 'series of events' we will be walking from Macclesfield Train station along the Bollin Valley to Mottram St Andrew where we can sample the refreshments provided at the Bull's Head. We will then walk back to Macclesfield over beautiful rolling countryside. There is some walking on the pavements at the end (about 1.5 miles)

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 to Macclesfield. £8.60

09:48: Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return from Macclesfield Station. 16:20; 16:41; 17:12

Waypoints: Macclesfield station, Prestbury village, Mottram St. Andrew, Hare hill Gardens, Alderley Road & Macclesfield

25-1-2014 09:30 25-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Macclesfield to Mottram and back again Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers

26

Saddleworth by the canal, mills, viaduct, villages, churches and micro-brewery!

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

8.8 mi

535m

This walk is suitable for new members, but it is 'moderate' and there are two relatively prolonged uphill sections which we won't rush over. Please come prepared for these!

This walk captures nearly all the different aspects of Saddleworth, by walking along the Manchester-Huddersfield canal, over the top of Wharmton Hill to view the entire valley, down to the railway viaduct by the Brownhill Visitor Centre and teashop, then along the disused railway line to the picturesque village of Delph, used many times as a filming location. From there, we get to the second climb of the day up and over Lark Hill before dropping into Diggle. From here, it's up the other side of the valley to Saddleworth Church and the The Church Inn with its own (cheap!) beer. A stop there for a pint, before we descend down into Greenfield and to the traditional stop at the Railway Inn opposite the station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return is £4.20. Other tickets may be available to combine with your journey into Manchester.

09:43: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:15: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. xx:58 until 21:58

Waypoints: Greenfield Station, canal to Royal George Mills, Wharmton Hill, Brownhill Visitor Centre, Delph Donkey disused railway line, Delph, Lark Hill, Diggle, The Church Inn, Greenfield, The Railway Inn (opp.

Extra info:

No toilets at the walk start, use those at Victoria or on the train. There are some relatively steep up and downs that shouldn't be too muddy, so gaiters may be beneficial. There's a stop by a tea shop late morning (with toilets), a pub mid-afternoon and a pub at the end of the walk.

26-1-2014 09:30 26-1-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Saddleworth by the canal, mills, viaduct, villages, churches and micro-brewery! Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

1

Swineshaw Moor (aka If Bayda'a can do it.....)

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.5 mi

450m

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.

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

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £5.00 If you live in the Greater Manchester boundaries buy tis ticket at your railway station on your way into Manchester an this ticket will cover the whole of your railway travel for the day

Tram/Train: £7.90 If your journey starts on the tram network buy this ticket and ifrom the tram stop and it will cover all your tram/train travel for the day.

10:27: Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

10:50: Walk starts at Mossley Station.

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

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)

Social:

After the end of the walk I will be heading back into Manchester for food and to join the advertised social by Morgane Le Coadic  to watch England v France in the Six Nations. This will be at Tib Street Tavern in the Northern Quarter.

1-2-2014 10:10 1-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Swineshaw Moor (aka If Bayda'a can do it.....) Mossley Station MAD Walkers

2

A Sunday Stroll: Chorlton Water Park & a Sunday Lunch

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

6.0 mi

11m

+++WALK LEADER WILL MEET GROUP AT WALK START+++

From Chorlton we will head to Longford Park where if we are lucky the petting zoo will be open for us to take a breif visit. After this we will take a little short cut to Chorlton Nature Reserve and along to Jackson's Boat pub where we will be having a nice Sunday Lunch. After food we will head along the Mersey to Chorlton Water Park to do a circuit. Following this we will head back along the Mersey and through Chorlton Nature Reserve finishing at the Horse and Jockey Pub for those who wish to have a few drinks before heading 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.

10:50: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Chorlton can be reached by Bus or Tram with tickets being around £4 return from the City Centre. A Tram does go from Manchester Victoria Station

11:00: Train departs for the walk start at Chorlton tram stop.

11:30: Walk starts at Chorlton tram stop.

Return from Chorlton tram stop. every 15 minutes

Waypoints: Longford Park, Turn Moss Playing Fields, Chorlton Nature Reserve,River Mersey Jacksons Boat, Chorlton Water Park.

2-2-2014 10:50 2-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sunday Stroll: Chorlton Water Park & a Sunday Lunch Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers

8

War of the Roses 2: Joint walk with Leeds Take a Hike

Public Transport based walk with Dave Pannell. Sarah Beeby and Alan Beeby.

10.5 mi

500m

Please Check Tranport Section below for second Start point for Car drivers that has a shorter distance and ascent walk

For the people who wish to travel by Train we will pass through Greenfield and up to Dovestones Reservoir to meet up with the Car drivers and the Leeds group. Starting from the car park at Dovestones will we get all of the assent done in the first stretch up to Chew Reservoir, at which point  we will follow some unmarked paths on a ridge walk joining the Dovestones, Fox Stone and the amazing Dean Rocks. We will make our ascent and finish with a nice stroll of the the reservoir 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.

09:00: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return £4.20

09:27: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:51: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. 15:511, 16:51, 17:51

Waypoints: hey top, Dove Stones Car Park, Chew Place Plantation, Oldham Way, Chew Road, Chew Reservoir, Dish Stone Brow, Dish Stone moss, Bramley's Cot, Carn on Fox Stones, Great Dove Stone Rocks, Dean Rocks, As

2nd Stage:

The offical walk for both groups will start from Dove Stones Reservoir Car Park at 10.30am. We will wait for the Train Group to arrive before setting off.

The walk from the Car Park will be 7.5 Miles and 480 meters of ascent.
Post code for car park is OL3 7NE

Car Park costs £1.30 for the day.

++Some areas near Chew Reservoir can be quite boggy Gaiters are advisable++

8-2-2014 09:00 8-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London War of the Roses 2: Joint walk with Leeds Take a Hike Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

9

Mellowing out through Mellor

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.8 mi

425m

A walk with three evenly spaced climbs in the hinterland between the foothills of the Pennines and the Peak District, taking in Werneth Low and and a few other high points with nice views along the way. (87)

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 £5 (also includes journey into Manchester if travelling by train from within GMPTE/TFGM boundary). For Tram users, the Train & Tram System 1 Daysaver at £7.90 is most suitable.

10:18: Train departs for the walk start at Godley Station.

10:40: Walk starts at Godley Station.

Return from Marple Station. 16:04, 18:04

Waypoints: Godley Green, Hackingknife, Idle Hill, Botham's Hall, Cown Edge Way, Sandylane, Higher Chisworth, Brown Low, Smith Lane Farm, Mellor Church, Bottom's Hall, Marple Bridge

Extra:

Pub in Marple Bridge, Buses also available to Stockport for further transport options from Marple.

If travelling from Glossop the 10.09 will get you to Godley for 10.21. The GM Rail Ranger covers this option as well, though you will have to travel via Manchester to get home.
 

9-2-2014 10:00 9-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Mellowing out through Mellor Godley Station MAD Walkers

15

All aboard the Love Train (Calling at Disley)

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

7.5 mi

230m

A short circular walk to blow away any champagne and chocolate covered strawberry hangovers.  No lovers leaps for those who didn't get flowers.  Expect tracks, a hill ridge, short and steep and a canal path to finish.  Rain is forcast for Saturday and the ground is muddy underfoot so boots waterproofs/gaiters are highly recommended.  The hills around Disley are exposed so do wrap up.  While the walk should be finished in good time for sunset (which will be approx 17:20) a headtorch may be a wise addition to your backpack.  Drinks and food can be purchased at the refurbished Dandy Cock in Disley.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:40: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return £6.00

10:52: Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:25: Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return from Disley Station. 16:55, 17:54, 18:55

Waypoints: Gritsone Trail, Bollinhust Bridge, Cock Knoll, Black Hill, Kiln Knoll, Goytside farm.

15-2-2014 10:40 15-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London All aboard the Love Train (Calling at Disley) Disley Station MAD Walkers

16

Calderdale Circuit Part 1- Littleborough to Sowerby Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

11.0 mi

400m

The first of 3 walks taking us in a circuit around the Calderdale area.

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

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return to Sowerby Bridge £10.30

Duo ticket- 2 adults travel togther, 2nd adult half price

09:14: Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

09:35: Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

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

Waypoints: Littleborough train station, Roman Road, Warm Withens Hill, Ryburn Reservoir, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge

Extra:

Walk leader meeting at walk start

No toilets at station, use those on the train

Some parts of this walk are over exposed moorland, so be prepared with warm layers. Likely to be boggy and wet underfoot so gaiters and waterproof boots advised!

16-2-2014 09:00 16-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Calderdale Circuit Part 1- Littleborough to Sowerby Bridge Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

22

A Rivington Expedition

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

9.0 mi

270m

This walk starts from Adlington (Lancs) railway station and heads towards Rivington Reservoir where we then follow the West bank of the Lower Rivington Reservoir down to the folly called Liverpool Castle before heading into Rivington Country Park and towards the hall. As we get to the wall of the hall we head off into the terraced gardens of Rivington and the "Pigeon House" tower which overlooks the gardens before the final climb up to Rivington Pike, were on a clear day you can see The Lakes, Snowdonia and "The Big One" at Balckpool! From here we start our descent to Blackrod 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.

10:00: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Adlington (Lancs) £5.60

10:22: Train departs for the walk start at Adlington Station.

11:00: Walk starts at Adlington Station.

Return from Blackrod Station. 1512, **12

Waypoints: Rivington Reservoir, Liverpool Castle, Rivington Hall, Pigeon Tower, Rivington Pike, Horwich

Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use toilets on the train

22-2-2014 10:00 22-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A Rivington Expedition Adlington Station MAD Walkers

23

A walk to Pule Hill

Public Transport based walk with Jonathan Orriss.

11.0 mi

500m

After too long a gap this walk leader is back with a walk similar to his last which takes in some fine Yorkshire views on a linear traverse between Slaithwaite and Marsden.  The walk will travel over a wide selection of surfaces and wearing gaiters would be advisable when wet.  There are also a series of exposed locations so if the forecast is wintry then please come fully prepared - the wind will roar!

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:

A return to Slaithwaite can be bought for £10:20 though if you have a friend a duo ticket can be procured which saves both of you money.

09:43: Train departs for the walk start at Slaithwaite Train Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Slaithwaite Train Station.

Return from Marsden Station. xx.44 until 21:44

Waypoints: On the way we will pass Hollins Lane, Wessanden Reservoir, Blakely Clough, Pule Hill, Close Gate Bridge and then, hopefully, The Riverhead Brewery tap in Marsden.

23-2-2014 09:15 23-2-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A walk to Pule Hill Slaithwaite Train Station MAD Walkers

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16.1 mi

560m

A 16 mile walk involving quite a bit of ascent and descent over the course of the route; some of it quite steep. It involves a mix of valleys, open farmland, clear & unclear paths, rocky bridleways, wooded areas and part of the Monsal Trail disused railway line; including two of the tunnels that are on the trail.  PLEASE NOTE A few sections were very muddy and water logged during reccies so waterproofs and gaiters are essential and short sections of road walking will be required to avoid the worst of the sections.  Please make sure you have enough food and fluids to last the day and bring a torch just in case

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton (£9.90) or two people can use a duo return to Buxton for £14.80

08:52: Train departs for the walk start at Dove Holes.

09:55: Walk starts at Dove Holes.

Return from Buxton Train Station. xx:29 until 21:29 then 22:56

Waypoints: Dove Holes Quarry, Peak Forest, Hay Dale, Wheston, Limestone Way, Monsal Trail, Wye Dale, King Sterndale, Cowdale, Staden

Toilets:

No toilets are available at Dove Holes train station so use the toilets on the train.

1-3-2014 08:30 1-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Dove Holes to Buxton via Monsail Trail (elements of Bullock Smithy Challenge Walk) Dove Holes MAD Walkers

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An Edale Loop

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

9.5 mi

550m

From Edale we'll cut round the back to Barber Booth; a steady accent up Chapel Gate will bring us onto Rushup Edge. We then had along to Mam Tor to take in the impressive views before we head back down Winnats Pass to Castleton. From Castleton we head back over the steep path to Hollins Cross before dropping back down into Edale where a fine beverage establishment next to the station awaits...  

This is England, there will be mud! Boots essential and I would suggest gaiters if you have them. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak day Return to Edale £10.80 or Wayfarer £11.00. ( Please note Wayfarer tickets can only be purchased in advance at staffed station ticket offices / TFGM Travel Shops)  

09:43: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Edale Station.

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

Waypoints: Barber Booth, Chapel Gate Track, Rushup Edge, Winnats Pass, Castleton,Hollins Cross, The Ramblers Inn.

1-3-2014 09:30 1-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London An Edale Loop Edale Station MAD Walkers

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Hadfield Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins.

10.5 mi

630m

Shorter version of the walk on 5th April.

 Starting from Hadfield train station, making our way over to Tintlewistle moor and into open Moorland gradually climbing towards Lad's Leap giving great views over the Longdendale (Woodhead) reservoirs. Dropping down quickly near Crowdon we'll head back along the Torside, Rhodeswood, Valehouse and Bottoms Reservoirs....and of course into a pub!

Please note there may be a short boggy section so waterproofs/gaitors advised depending on the weather leading up to the day. Toilet facilities available at Crowdon (just over half way)

**Walk Leader to join the walk at Hadfield 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 Piccadilly for the train at 10:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Picadilly to Hadfield return £4.20, free parking available in Hadfield

10:18: Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00: Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return from Hadfield Station. 16:01, 16:31, 17:01

Waypoints: Arnfield Reservoir, Tintwistle Moor, Millstone Rocks, Lad's Leap, Crowdon, Torside Reservoir, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir, Bottoms Reservoir

2-3-2014 10:00 2-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Hadfield Circular Hadfield Station MAD Walkers

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Blackrod to Entwistle

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Mcrobert.

12.5 mi

500m

A walk from Blackrod over to Entwistle which will take in some steep climbs that will be rewarded with some great views, should the weather oblige. Terrain will be varied from occasional short stretches of road to some potentially boggy sections of moorland. There is always the excellent Strawbury Duck at the end to keep you motivated if you fancy some refreshment before the train back to Manchester.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

a GM Railranger £5.00 and a single from Entwistle to Bromley Cross £2.30. if you are travelling in from within manchester by rail the Railranger may cover this also.

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

09:52: Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

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

Waypoints: Rivington Pike, Winter Hill, Belmont, Longworth Moor, Turton Heights and Turton and Entwistle Reservoir

Extra:

This walk will take a different train line on the return so is not suitable for driving to the walk start unless you want 2 train journeys to return.  It will be exposed and boggy so warm clothing, boots, waterproofs and gaitors if you have them will may be needed.

8-3-2014 09:05 8-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Blackrod to Entwistle Blackrod Station MAD Walkers

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A Sunday Stroll in the Hidden City

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

4.0 mi

50m

A short afternoon stroll within the city centre, in search of hidden green spaces, streets with ancient names and past battlegrounds.

Boots not needed, stout shoes and casual clothes will suffice. (88)

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

12:45: Meet at the walk start (Manchester Victoria Station)

13:00 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Manchester Cathedral, Parsonage Gardens, The Hidden Gem, Spinningfields, Castlefield, Cheshire Ring Canal Walk, UMIST, Northern Quarter

Extra:

Please note that the Metrolink stop at Manchester Victoria is CLOSED - if taking the tram please alight at Shudehill, and Manchester Victoria is a short walk away down Balloon Street.

9-3-2014 12:45 9-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sunday Stroll in the Hidden City Manchester Victoria Station MAD Walkers

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10.4 mi

519m

This is the first of three walks incorporating elements of the Yorkshire 3 peaks; handy if you want to push yourself with an achievable distance but with a bit of the steep stuff thrown in.  The walk out of Horton in Ribblesdale has a gentle start but soon becomes steeper however this is the only prolonged ascent on the whole route.  There are short potentially muddy sections throughout the route but most of the walk uses bridleways (although they contain loose rocks in places so sturdy footwear is recommended).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:10 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Brackenbottom, Pennine way, trig SD 838 733, Pennine Way, Whitaber Hill, Jackdaw Hill, Old Ing, Middle PasturePennine Way

Extra Info:

No meet up point first so booking on is essential so I know how many people to expect.  Email me on adrw_frbs@hotmail.com  I'll try to arrange pickups for people that don't have their own transport but please give me a bit of warning.    Public toilets are available at the start/end point.  There will be a pub stop at the end of the walk for those people that fancy a 'wee 'rest' before heading home again.  

15-3-2014 10:00 15-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Pen-y-ghent circular (a joint walk with the Get Your Boots On group from Yorkshire) Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE MAD Walkers

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Thieveley Pike

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

19.0 mi

1021m

A fairly long walk over the remarkably deserted moorland lying between Todmorden and Whitworth, visiting two trigs and lots of ups and downs

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 08:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Todmorden, £8.20

08:22: Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

09:00: Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return from Littleborough train Station. X;25 and :45, aiming for 18:25

Waypoints: Dodley Castle; Cornholme; Black Scout; Thievely Pike; Trough Edge End; Hades; Brown Wardle Hill; Waterhouse Reservoir; Shore; Littleborough

Extra Note:

No easy bailouts on this walk, so please be sure you can do the full distance at a reasonable pace.

For the same reason please make sure you have plenty of food and drink on you and appropriate clothing for the weather. Unless it's still frozen (or in drought!) gaiters would be an advantage.

If you're intending to drive park at Littleborough and get on the 08:42 train (£3.60 ticket to Todmorden).

Leader will join either at Rochdale or Todmorden.

OS Map OL 21

22-3-2014 08:15 22-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Thieveley Pike Todmorden Station MAD Walkers

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Five years have passed

Public Transport based walk with Jonathan Orriss.

13.0 mi

650m

Five years and sixteen days since I lead this, my first walk for MAD walkers, suggest that it is time to do it again!  Starting and finishing in Hebden Bridge this takes it all in, moors, valleys, forests, old redundant mine railways and an excellent pub.  Gaiters are strongly advised, there are several sections of very steep walking (one almost immediately at the start), and yes, if it is wintry then parts are exposed some please come prepared.

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 09:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A return will cost you £9.30 though if you have a friend a duo ticket will save you money.

09:14: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:00: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return from Hebden Bridge Station. 16:45, 17:45, 18:49, 19:55, 20:47

Waypoints: This include such lovely locations as Sheep Stones Edge, High Brown Knott, Lumb Bridge, Walshaw, Green Hill and Jack Bridge (pub).

23-3-2014 08:45 23-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Five years have passed Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

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17.2 mi

682m

The first mile out of the station is through the pretty streets of Buxton before starting out over the open and skirting round woodland to the eerily quiet health & safety laboratory buildings around Turncliffe.  Then it's over the unpathed open moorland of Leap Edge before the first of several short road sections.  We'll stop for lunch at the pretty wee waterfalls at Three Shire Heads.  A steep bridleway takes us up to an A road that has a verge but no pavement and care must be taken here.  Clear bridleways and again short sections of road walking take us towards/eventually through Macclesfield Forest.  We'll stop for snacks and drinks at Tegg's Nose in Tegg's Nose Country Park before starting the ascent down into Macclesfield.  This will have the final part of the road walking and again short elements have no pavement so care must be taken.

 

It's going to be a long walk at a reasonably brisk pace so make sure you have waterproofs and enough food and fluids to get you through the day

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return journey is on a different line so use a Wayfarer ticket (£11) bought from a manned station before you get on the train

08:52: Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

10:00: Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return from Macclesfield Station. xx:12 / xx:20 or xx:41 minutes past the hour

Waypoints: Fern House, Diamond Hill, Leap Edge, Brand Top, Hill Top, 3 Shire heads, Cumberland Cottage, Macc Forest, Walker Barn, Tegg's Nose, Macclesfield T/station

29-3-2014 08:30 29-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Buxton to Macclesfield (contains elements of the Bullock Smithy challenge walk) Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers

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Frodsham Sandstone Trail Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Richard Holt.

5.7 mi

245m

Walk Leader will meet at Frodsham train station

A circular walk on the Sandstone trail taking in the Woodhouse Fort.  There is a steady ascent from the station leading to a short steeper section as we approach the War Memorial.  From here we'll head towards Woodhouse Fort, then pass through a wood before continuing along a few Cheshire lanes. We then make back towards Beacon Hill and the station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Anytime Return to Frodsham £11.60

09:50: Train departs for the walk start at Frodsham Railway Station.

10:50: Walk starts at Frodsham Railway Station.

Return from Frodsham Railway Station. 14:05, 15:05, 16:06, 17:05

Waypoints: War Memorial, Woodhouse Hill, Snidley Moor Wood, Riley Bank, Delamere Way, Beacon Hill, Frodsham Station

Extra:

Sections of the route can be muddy - gaiters are recommended.

29-3-2014 09:30 29-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Frodsham Sandstone Trail Circular Frodsham Railway Station MAD Walkers

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11.0 mi

942m

A challenging circular hike starting from Abergwyngregyn, North Snowdonia. Starting at near sea level we climb along rocky ledges and screes towards Aber Falls, then the hard work begins with a climb over unpathed territory to the submit of Llwytmor (849m) and Foel-fras (942m). From Foel-fras the route is easier as we descend northeasterly along the ridge towards Drum and Carnedd Y Ddelw where we pick up a track back to Abergwyngregyn. If the weather is clear there will be good views across the Menai Straits to Anglesey. This is a very exposed walk, if the weather is bad there is little shelter, so please come well prepared. Map OL17

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.

08:10: Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

08:15: Cars will leave for the walk start (Abergwyngregyn Forestry Commission Car Park).

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

Extra:

Directions:

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

Car Park Cost: £2.00

Toilets at walk start

Map: OL17

**REMEMBER: Clocks go forward on the 30th March**

30-3-2014 08:10 30-3-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London North Snowdonia (Aber Falls, Llwytwor and Foel-Fras) Abergwyngregyn Forestry Commission Car Park MAD Walkers

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Spring Time Stroll

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

15.0 mi

957m

Springtime walk starting from Hadfield train station, making our way over to Tintlewistle moor and into open Moorland gradually climbing towards Lad's Leap giving great views over the Longdendale (Woodhead) reservoirs. Dropping down quickly near Crowdon we'll then make our away across to the opposite side of the Woodhead reservoirs before joining the Pennine Way and climbing up Clough Edge and heading towards Bleaklow Head and the Hern Stones. From here we'll visit the 'overexposed' Super Fortress air crash site and then the Lower Shelf stones and then descending gradually ending in a pub in Glossop.

Please note walk may be boggy in areas so waterproofs/gaitors recommended. Toilet Facilties available at Crowdon

**Walk Leader to join the walk at Hadfield 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:

Return to Glossop (£4.10) please note to get off at Hadfield for start of walk

09:18: Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

10:00: Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return from Glossop Station. **08, **38

Waypoints: Arnfield Reservoir, Tintwistle Moor, Millstone Rocks, Lad's Leap, Crowdon, Torside Reservoir, Clough Edge, Bleaklow Head, Hern Stones, Superfortress (overexposed crash site), Higher/Lower Shelf Stones

5-4-2014 09:00 5-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Spring Time Stroll Hadfield Station MAD Walkers

Please note that due to high interest in the last joint walk in Yorkshire, I have to limit the numbers for MAD to 20 - 25 to keep combined numbers manageable. Booking on via adrw_frbs@hotmail.com is therefore essential. Please let me know if you intend to do one peak (and which one) or both.

 

Building on from the earlier jaunt over to Yorkshire 3 peak territory, this walk returns to Pen-y-ghent (peak 1) but also includes Ingleborough (peak 3). There is a bail out/join in point at 6 miles.

 

If the weather is on our side, we'll be treated to some truly cracking views while we get our breath back, particularly when heading up Ingleborough.

 

The Pen-y-ghent section is the shorter of the two at just under 6 miles.  It's a steeper ascent than Ingleborough but not as long.  Paths are clear with the potential for short muddy sections and a small amount of scrambling near the top.  PLEASE NOTE We'll need to be up and down again in 2 hours to give us time to have lunch and meet up in Horton in Ribblesdale with anyone joining us for the second section.  This means a steady pace (not crazy fast though) with short but regular breaks for snacks and fluids.

 

We start the Ingleborough section from the same point as section 1 (the Pen-y-ghent cafe) around 12.30pm.  Ingleborough, at just over 11 miles is the longer of the two.  The route up is the one that most people come down on and whilst the ascent is gentler it is longer.  Walking conditions are on clear paths but some sections will be muddy if recent rainfall.  Stony sections need care on the way down again.  

 

The full walk is likely to take around 7.5 - 8 hours and I'll aim to get back to Horton in Ribblesdale by 5.30 - 6pm to give people plenty of time to get home.  PLEASE NOTE If you intend to do only one of the peaks then you are responsible for arranging your own transport to the walk start or home again.  

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 (Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE).

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: Horton Bridge, Brackenbottom scar, trig SD 838733, Pennine Way, Tarn Bar, Horton Scar, Sulber, Sulber Pot, Fell Beck Head, trig SD 741745, Little Ingleborough, Gaping Gill, Trow Gill, Sulber Gate, Sul

Extra Info:

Public toilets are available at the walk start. 

 

Parking is available in the car park beside the Pen-y-ghent cafe.  Charge for the day is £4.  There is limited parking available at the side of the road in the village

6-4-2014 08:00 6-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Two out of three (peaks) aint bad (joint walk with the Get Your Boots On group from Yorkshire) Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE MAD Walkers

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Picturesque Parbold Revisited

Public Transport based walk with David Littlemore & Mark Roper.

9.0 mi

250m

Walk leaders will meet at walk start.

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:10: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:24. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Parbold £6.30, if using connecting bus/train/tram services a Wayfarer ticket (£11) may work out cheaper.  A Northern Rail Duo ticket is also available for £9.40 if two are travelling together.

10:24: Train departs for the walk start at Parbold railway station.

11:25: Walk starts at Parbold railway station.

Return from Parbold railway station. 16:23, 17:23, 18:23, 19:23, 20:23, 21:23, 22:23

Waypoints: Parbold station, Leeds & Liverpool canal, Fairy Glen, Boar's Den, High Moor, Harrock Hill, Bannister Lane, Hunter's Hill quarry, Rigbye Arms Pub, Parbold Hill, Windmill Pub

Extra Info:

The train also calls at Bolton (10:54) and Wigan Wallgate (11:11).

6-4-2014 10:10 6-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Picturesque Parbold Revisited Parbold railway station MAD Walkers

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Edale to Dove Holes via Donkey Village

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andrew Forbes.

10.2 mi

435m

This walk has two main ascents: from Edale up to Hollins Cross and when heading out of Castleton up to the Limestone way via Cave Dale. Some of this could be muddy so gaiters would be helpful but not essential.  Pace will be steady so the walk is still appropriate for new members.  

 

There are two short wooded sections and we will pass through Peak Forest but the majority of the walk is over open fields or through valleys.

 

There is the option to pay a visit to the Donkey Village towards the end of the walk where we can stop for tea and scones (if they have any left by that time). Although admission is free they do ask for donations to help fund their work with sick or abandoned donkeys.  The train from Dove Holes is every two hours so the amount of time we spend at the Donkey Village will be dictated by the time remaining to catch the 2.35pm train (or 4.35pm train if necessary).

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:

We will head back on a different train line so it's best to buy a Wayfarer ticket at £11 prior to getting on the train

09:45: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Dove Holes. 2.35pm / 4.35pm / 6.35pm

Waypoints: Hollins Cross, Hollowford Road, Cave Dale, Limestone Way, Peak Forest, Donkey Sanctuary, Dove Holes

Extra Info:

Toilets are available at walk start

12-4-2014 09:30 12-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale to Dove Holes via Donkey Village Edale Station MAD Walkers

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Whalley, Black Hill and the Nick of Pendle

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.7 mi

390m

Note earlier meet and start time

A circular walk deep in East Lancashire from the historic town of Whalley to Black Hill and the Nick of Pendle, and then back again. (89)

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 Oxford Road Station for the train at 09:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whalley (Lancs) £10.60

09:00: Train departs for the walk start at Whalley Station.

10:10: Walk starts at Whalley Station.

Return from Whalley Station. 16:46 then at xx:46

Waypoints: Whalley Viaduct, Whalley Banks, Cock Bridge, Read Park, New Hall, Black Hill, Sabden, Nick of Pendle, Wilkin Heys, Bramley Farm, Spring Wood

Extra:

No toilets at Whalley Station, use the ones on the train.

If driving to walk start, there are a few parking spaces at Whalley Station.

13-4-2014 08:45 13-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Whalley, Black Hill and the Nick of Pendle Whalley Station MAD Walkers

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Calderdale Circuit Part 2 - Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

11.0 mi

360m

* Walk leader meeting on train at Todmorden *

The second of 3 walks taking us in a circuit around the Calderdale area.

We leave from Sowerby Bridge along the canal. We then head up hill and over to Luddenden, a pretty village which includes the pub where Bramwell Bronte once drank. After wandering through the nature reserve at Luddenden Brook, we have the main climb of the day up onto Midgley Moor which may give us a panorma of West Yorkshire and the Pennines. 

We then take the Calderdale Way to Pecket Well, where the Tour De France will pass in July. The final stretch takes us down past waterfalls and onto the riverside path to 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.

09:05: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£10.30 off-peak return to Sowerby Bridge

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

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Sowerby Bridge.

10:08: Walk starts at Sowerby Bridge.

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

Waypoints: Sowerby Bridge, Rochdale Canal, Luddenden, Crow Hill, Calderdale Way, Pecket Well, New Bridge, Lee Mill Bridge, Hebden Bridge

Extra::

No toilets at walk start, use those on train

If driving, park at Hebden Bridge station and catch the 10:00 train to Sowerby Bridge.

 

18-4-2014 09:05 18-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Calderdale Circuit Part 2 - Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge Sowerby Bridge MAD Walkers

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A hat trick of cave walks: Part 2; Poole's Cavern

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andrew Forbes.

8.5 mi

307m

This is a pretty wee walk, with woodland sections, open fields, valleys, views of Coombs reservoir and the pretty little village of Coombs.  There are a couple of shortish climbs that will get your heart pumping but nothing too difficult.

 

There is a short section where we walk along the side of the A5004.  There is no pavement so care MUST be taken here

 

We'll do the guided tour of Poole's Cavern in Buxton.  The cost is £7 each for groups of 10 or more.  The tour will last approximately 45 - 50 minutes then it's on towards the train station.

 

I'll aim for the 3.29pm train from Buxton but there is plenty to do in the town if we miss this one.

 

No toilets are available at the start point so use the facilities on the train.  We will start at 10.45am to give any members from Meet up time to arrive

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton costs £9.90 or a Wayfarer ticket at £11 if travelling from outside of Manchester

09:52: Train departs for the walk start at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

10:45: Walk starts at Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station.

Return from Buxton Train Station. 15.29 / 16.29 / 17.29 / 18.29

Waypoints: Coombs, Haylee Farm, Hazlehurst Farm, A5004, Watford Wood, Cavendish Golf Club, Poole's Cavern

19-4-2014 09:30 19-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A hat trick of cave walks: Part 2; Poole's Cavern Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers

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Plumley to Northwich via Outer Space

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

10.0 mi

70m

A leisurely walk from Plumley, via a Radio Telescope, taking walking around Pick Mere, through the village of Great Budworth then into Northwich via various parks.

Ideal for working off those Easter Eggs!

(90)

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 Manchester to Northwich £10.50. Northern Duo ticket (for 2 people) available for £15.70. Also Wayfarer £11 if travelling from elsewhere in Manchester, also includes Bus and Tram travel.

10:17: Train departs for the walk start at Plumley Station.

11:10: Walk starts at Plumley Station.

Return from Northwich Railway Station. 16:35; 17:35

Waypoints: Smoker Hill Farm, Providence Farm, Fernhill Farm, Pick Mere, Great Budworth, Budworth Mere, Marbury Country Park, Haydn Pool, Carey Park, Northwich.

Extra:

No toilets at station, use the ones on the train.

21-4-2014 10:00 21-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Plumley to Northwich via Outer Space Plumley Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Middlewood & Norbury Hollow

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

3.9 mi

40m

It's time for the season of Evening Walks! A tranquil evening stoll around Middlewood and the Macclesfield Canal. Great for new and old memebers alike, this circular route snakes through the wooded bank of Norbury Hollow before crossing open pasture en route to the pub. Following a refreshing pint...or two.. it's time to fire up the head torch; meandering along the canal at dusk with the disinctive 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 (£2.10 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

Waypoints: Norbury Hollow, Rabbit Burro' Farm, Boars Head and Macclesfield Canal

Extra:

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR BRING A TORCH. 

24-4-2014 18:40 24-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Middlewood & Norbury Hollow Middlewood Station MAD Walkers

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Lleyn Peninsula Walk Day One: Abersoch to Hell's Mouth and Back

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

11.3 mi

390m

Day one of a weekend of walks I will be leading. Come for one or both walks. You just need to sort out your own accommodation. B&B's and camp sites are available in the area. I will be travelling down for the Friday evening and spending two nights there.

This walk starts off from the Abersoch Main Beach car park (parking cost £5 for all day) where we follow the Wales Coast path south around the beautiful and picturesque coast with spectacular views throughout the walk until we reach Hell's Mouth, this is where the full force of the Atlantic hits the Welsh Coast line and is a popular spot with the surfing community. We then leave the Wales Coast path and head back towards Abersoch along quiet countryside lanes passing through small communities.

This walk has ascent and descent throughout the walk with a few steep sections but it is well worth it with the surrounding scenery.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20: Meet at the walk start (Abersoch Main Beach Car Park)

10:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Porth Tocyn, Trwyn Yr Wylfa, Nant-Y-Big, Muriau, Pen-Y-Mynydd, Hell's Mouth, Llanengan

Extra :

Gaitors recommended for this walk.

26-4-2014 10:20 26-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Lleyn Peninsula Walk Day One: Abersoch to Hell's Mouth and Back Abersoch Main Beach Car Park MAD Walkers

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Five Trigs

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

26.0 mi

1591m

The first of our ten year/ten marathons set, this walk visits five trigs on the Bleaklow and Kinder moorland. Expect lots of ascent, some off path bits and probably a fair bit of bog.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

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 £4.20

07:48: Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

08:20: Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return from Glossop Station. X:09 and X;39 until 20:39, aiming for 19:39

Waypoints: Cock Hill; Birchen Hat; 590; 624; Harry Hut

Extra Note:

There are no easy bailout points so please be sure you can do the whole walk at a reasonable pace.

There isn't anywhere to pick up extra supplies either, so make sure you have plenty of food/water for the whole day, and appropriate clothing.

OS Map OL 1

26-4-2014 07:30 26-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Five Trigs Glossop Station MAD Walkers

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Jo's New Mills walk... with pubs - Celebratory Walk

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

8.0 mi

250m

It's a circular walk that we did a few years ago, but this time with extra stops at the great country pubs surrounding New Mills. Come see at least three of them on this walk which will celebrate the MAD Walkers' 10th anniversary of the first unofficial walk! Plus this will be the 100th walk that I've led for the groups.

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

Suggested ticket:

Day Return to New Mills Central £6.90.

10:45: Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Central Station.

11:15: Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return from New Mills Central Station. xx:01

Waypoints: Millennium Walkway, River Hoyt, Gowhole, Howcroft Farm, Brownhill Farm, Gibb Hey, Thornsett, Broadhurst Farm, Whitle, Shaw Marsh, Brook Bottom, Hague Bar, Goyt Way.

Extra:

Map Explorer OL1

26-4-2014 10:45 26-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Jo's New Mills walk... with pubs - Celebratory Walk New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers

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Lleyn Peninsula Walk Day Two: Nefyn Wales Coastal Path Circular

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.5 mi

230m

Second day of walking on the Lleyn Peninsula. This walk starts from the bay at Nefyn from where we head inland and through the rolling countryside of this part of Wales with the mountains visible. We pass through villages with there chapels and fields heading towards the West Coast of the Lleyn Peninsula where we join the Wales Coast path and head North up to Trwyn Porth Dinllaen, where you can usually see Kestrels hunting on the cliffs while Cormants are standing guard on the rocky islands just off shore and if the tide is out when we are there there is a chance of seeing seals basking on the rocks that become visible when the tide is out.

We then head around the headland pass the new lifeboat station and drop down onto the rocky path into the picturesque and secluded community of Porth Dinllaen with its few houses and pub with white washed walls and beautiful beach. None residents car parking is a good 20 minutes walk away so although on a weekend of good weather there is a lot of people there but not overcrowded. A lovely place to be on a nice sunny day.

From here we have a walk along the beach around the cove of Porth Dinllaen heading back towards Nefyn with one more headland to walk at Penrhyn Nefyn before we are back at our cars.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30: Meet at the walk start (Nefyn Bay Car Park)

10:40 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Edern, Bryn Gwydd, Trwyn Porth Dinllaen, Penrhyn Nefyn

27-4-2014 10:30 27-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Lleyn Peninsula Walk Day Two: Nefyn Wales Coastal Path Circular Nefyn Bay Car Park MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Squares & Gardens

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

2.5 mi

0m

A pleasant evening stroll linking some of Manchester's squares and gardens. Some of them you may know well, others are lesser known hidden gems. 

Trainers or sensible flat shoes and a waterproof jacket should suffice for this leisurely city centre walk.

There's the option to have a drink or two in the Deansgate/Castlefield area at the end.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:20: Meet at the walk start (Manchester Piccadilly Station)

18:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Piccadilly station, Chinatown, St Peter's Square, St Annes's Square, Cathedral Gardens, Parsonage Gardens and Castlefield

Extra:

Meet point will be outside the ticket the office near the departures board.

30-4-2014 18:20 30-4-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Squares & Gardens Manchester Piccadilly Station MAD Walkers

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Dark Peak Challenge: Marsden to Hope

Public Transport based walk with Pete Dolan.

26.0 mi

1636m

The second of our Ten Year / Ten Marathon set of walks - Marsden to Hope Dark Peak Challenge; 26 miles over the high, bleak moorland of Black Hill, Bleaklow Head an onto Lady Clough Moor.

Most of the walk is along good paths which includes sections of the Pennine Way, taking in a few hills, reservoirs and dams, moorland, bogs, streams and forrest. There is one steep section up Willd Boar Clough; this require a good level of fitness and occasional use of hands. It is worth the ascent as it offers stunning views back in to the 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.

07:20: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:36. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £11 plus single from Greenfield to Marsden £5.80.

Please also  see additional travel information below.

07:36: Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

08:15: Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return from Hope Rail Station. 18:39, 19:39, 21:00, 22:48 (last train)

Waypoints: Butterly Reservoir, Wessenden Reservoir, Wessenden Head, Black Hill, Tooleyshaw Moor, Westend Moss, Crowden, Wild Boar Clough, Bleaklow Head, Hern Clough, A57, Lady Clough Moor, Alport Bridge, Hope

Extra Info:

Please come well prepared.    Warm clothing, waterproofs, lots of food & water and torch.  

There is only one bailout point at Crowden (10 miles in to the walk). Please be sure you can do the whole walk at a reasonable pace. There is a small snack shop and toilet stop at Crowden.

Due to engineering works at Manchester Victoria, the train will be departing from Manchester Piccadilly and we will change trains at Stalybridge. The train then departs Stalybridge at 07:54.

3-5-2014 07:20 3-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Dark Peak Challenge: Marsden to Hope Marsden Station MAD Walkers

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Hadfield Circular

Public Transport based walk with Jo Harvey.

10.0 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:

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 & xx:31

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

3-5-2014 10:00 3-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Hadfield Circular Hadfield Station MAD Walkers

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A reservoir (twice), a stone circle and a strawberry duck

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

11.7 mi

541m

This circular walk starts and finishes at Entwistle train station, beside the Strawberry Duck pub, where we'll have drinks and food at the end for those that want it.  It is a mix of clear paths, bridleways, open field, woodland areas and open moors.  Some sections on the moors have poorly visible paths over uneven ground and were boggy when reccied so sturdy footwear is required. Gaiters or waterproofs would be a good idea.  The moorland section is open to the elements and even on a sunny day may be cold if there is wind so extra layers should be brought just in case.  

The walk has four distinct ascents, with the highest being up to the stone circle and trig point at Cheetham Close.  We'll finish with an easy, flat 2 mile walk around Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, bringing us back to the train station and the Strawberry Duck pub.  Sunday lunch is available until 8pm.  I'll have a menu with me and will phone in the order part way through the route. Go to www.thestrawberryduck.co.uk for an idea of what is typically available.

 

Due to lack of shelter for long periods; lunch/snack stops will be kept short, particularly if the day is cold/wet.

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 Oxford Road for the train at 10:05. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return from Oxford Road to Entwistle (£6.50).  

10:05: Train departs for the walk start at Entwistle Station.

10:40: Walk starts at Entwistle Station.

Return from Entwistle Station. 15:17, 16:17, 17:17, 18:17, 19:17

Waypoints: New House Farm, T & E Reservoir, Burton Hill, Fox Hill, Rabbit Warren, Moorside, Whitton Weavers Way, Dimple, Stone Circle, W/Weavers Way, T & E Reservoir, pub

Extra Info:

No toilets at walk start.  Use the toilets on the train.  

Parking is available on the road up to the Strawberry Duck and in the Strawberry Duck car park (permission has been given to use this however it does get busy so space will be limited)

4-5-2014 09:45 4-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A reservoir (twice), a stone circle and a strawberry duck Entwistle Station MAD Walkers

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Middlewood May Day Meander

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

6.7 mi

70m

Following on in our series of Sunday Strolls, a gentle walk out from Middlewood to Hazel Grove meandering around the canals, woods and a moat! (91)

 

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 11:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Middlewood £4.20

11:52: Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

12:20: Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return from Hazel Grove Station. 16:04, 16:30, 17:04, 17:33

Waypoints: High Lane, Windlehurst, Marpleridge, Hawk Green, Cown Edge Way, Broadoak Farm, Torkington Park, Hazel Grove

Extra :

Lunch stop soon after arriving at Middlewood, pub at the end in Hazel Grove.

5-5-2014 11:30 5-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Middlewood May Day Meander Middlewood Station MAD Walkers

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Candles, Castles and Sandstone

Direct Transport based walk with Richard Holt.

8.0 mi

200m

A wander around the hills of Cheshire with views of two castles (Beeston and Peckforton)

We will finish off at the candle factory where people can have a mooch around and/or a drink at The Pheasant a lovely little pub in Higher Burwardsley

There will be a dog on the walk who will be off his lead for the whole walk (well where possible!)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15: Meet at the walk start (Candle Workshop)

10:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Candle Workshop, Base of Peckforton Castle, Sandstone Trail, Bulkeley Hill, Tower Wood, Raw Head

10-5-2014 10:15 10-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Candles, Castles and Sandstone Candle Workshop MAD Walkers

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Greenfield to Hadfield, until I think of a better name.

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

10.7 mi

650m

A walk out of the village of Greenfield, onto the hills above and down via a trio of reservoirs to the village of Hadfield.  If the weather is with us the views from Laddow Rocks are stunning.  Time and weather dependent we could have a stop off at the Bulls Head in Tintwhistle.  Please be prepared for rain and gaiters for the top boggy section are reccommended if wet.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:50: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:11. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.00 from any Greater Manchester rail station.  Please note there will be a train change at Stalybridge

10:11: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

11:00: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Hadfield Station. 17:30, 18:00, 18:30. Last train 22:30

Waypoints: Chew Reservoir, Laddow Rocks, Torside Reservoir, Longendale Trail, Hadfield

10-5-2014 09:50 10-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Greenfield to Hadfield, until I think of a better name. Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with 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:

Evening Return £1.95

18:48: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

19:10: Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return from Broadbottom Station. 21:45, 22:45

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 near Broadbottom Station.

15-5-2014 18:30 15-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers

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Chorlton Green Circular

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

7.0 mi

50m

Get the tram to Chorlton or there are regular buses (e.g. 85 & 85 from Piccadilly Gardens) See http://www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Pages/default.aspx

Please allow plenty of time to reach the walk start. Walk leader will meet you there. 

A repeat of last year's morning spring walk taking in Chorlton and Sale water parks and the Bridgewater Canal.

This year it co-incides with the Chorlton Arts Festival http://www.chorltonartsfestival.com/ so there'll be chance to peruse all things arty or grab a bite to eat/drink at the end.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:45: Meet at the walk start (The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton)

10:00 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Chorlton Green, Stretford Ees, Dane Road, Sale Water Park, Chorlton Water Park, Chorlton Green.

17-5-2014 09:45 17-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton Green Circular The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton MAD Walkers

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Many many Lancasterian & Yorkshire reservoirs

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

26.0 mi

1550m

**WALK LEADER MEETING AT WALK START**

From Littleborough to Hebden Bridge, via Marsden, surfaces will range from reservoir roads to paths that seem to be boggy even in a dry summer. We go under the M62 and over it once and its a companion for much of the walk. A combination of the station to station walk from Littleborough to Marsden, then up marsden Moor to Rookstones, down the northern side of the valley almost to Ripponden before trecking north to our destination.

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 08:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester - Littleborough return ticket (£4.20) or if travelling into Manchester a Wayfarer may be better;  and a Hebden Bridge - Littleborough single (£4) though if we catch the xx56 this will need to be a Hebden Bridge-Rochdale single (£5.10) as that service doesn't stop at Littleborough

08:22: Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

08:50: Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for 19.08, but also at xx28 and xx56

Waypoints: Piethorne Reservoir, Standedge,Green Withens Reservoir, Boothwood Reservoir, Baiting Reservoir, Withens Clough Reservoir

17-5-2014 08:10 17-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Many many Lancasterian & Yorkshire reservoirs Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

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The Cheshire Cornetto Trilogy (part 4)

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckand / Kathy Macdermid.

8.0 mi

100m

**Walk Leaders joining the train at Altrincham**

The fourth of our original trilogy of ice cream walks. This time we will be doing a circular walk from Knutsford train station and stopping at the newly opened Seven Sisters Ice Cream Farm - www.sevensistersfarm.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.

11:05: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return £7.00

11:22: Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Train Station.

12:05: Walk starts at Knutsford Train Station.

Return from Knutsford Train Station. 15:47, 17:47

Waypoints: Knutsford Train Station, Springwood farm, Marthall Lane, Ollerton Hall, Seven Sisters Farm, Moss Wood, Knutsford Train Station

Extra:

Train also calls at Stockport 11:31 and Navigation Road 11:45

18-5-2014 11:05 18-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Cheshire Cornetto Trilogy (part 4) Knutsford Train Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: A 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: £5.00

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

Waypoints: Middlewood Way, Higher Danbark, Chadkirk, Peak forest Canal

Extra :

This is a linear walk. If you want to drive you will need to park at Romiley and meet up with the train to Rose Hill train there. The return Marple train calls at Romiley. Also use the toilet on the train. Also walking boots/shoes recommended as areas could be muddy and if wet or damp gaitors/waterproof trouser recommended as there is a path through a field where the grass is quiet long resulting in wet trouser bottoms.....uugh!! (speaking from experience!)

22-5-2014 18:20 22-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Ring....of Sorts Rose Hill MAD Walkers

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3 Scrambles

Public Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

13.5 mi

1200m

Sorry folks I'm back :). So I thought I'd start with my favourite Peak District scramble - Crowden Clough, followed by 2 others to add a little entertainment and some nice distance. As with all my walks this will be a fun and challenging day where you will need to be prepared for a full day on the hill.

The 3 Scrambles are Crowden Clough followed by Red Brook Clough and finally the main stream bed towerds the top of Grindsbrook, please note this is not the usual path top section. If the weather is good and time not too pressing I may also include Ringing Roger.

The day will be strenuous and possibly longish with no easy bail out points, and no shops part way through 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.

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 £10.70

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. until 19.47 then 21.08 and 22.56

Waypoints: Crowden Clough, Noe Stool, Edale Rocks, Kinder low end, Red Brook Clough, Kinder downfall, 636m AOD, Grindsbrook, Golden Clough

24-5-2014 08:30 24-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London 3 Scrambles Edale Station MAD Walkers

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Edale Circular: The 10th Anniversary

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.0 mi

600m

On the 23rd May 2004 a group of like minded people set out on the first official walk of a little a group we know as the MAD Walkers. Today (10 years and 1 day on) we follow in their footsteps to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group. 

From Edale station we head off up to Hollins Cross and Mam Tor before dropping down into Castleton through the stunning Winnats Pass with a stop in the picturesque village of Castleton for a refreshment stop. Then we head out of the village and up to Lose Hill followed by a ridge walk with exquisite (if you ignore the cement works!) views into both valleys before arriving back at Hollins Cross and our descent back into Edale hopefully in time for a refreshment stop before our train home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return from Manchester: £10.80

Wayfarer: £11 (this ticket will cover you for your travel into and out of Manchester to meet up with our group.)

09:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. 15:47,**:47

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

24-5-2014 09:30 24-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale Circular: The 10th Anniversary Edale Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Along a Happy Valley to Poynton

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

4.8 mi

45m

A nice, gentle evening walk from Bramhall to Poynton via the Happy Valley Nature Reserve and Poynton Park. (92)

Walk leader meeting at the walk start.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Evening Return Manchester to Poynton £2.95

18:46: Train departs for the walk start at Bramhall Station.

19:10: Walk starts at Bramhall Station.

Return from Poynton Station. 21:31, 22:59

Waypoints: Pownall Green, Happy Valley Nature Reserve, Millhill Bridge, Barlowfold, Poynton Lake, Phillips Bridge

Extra:

There will be a brief Pub Stop en routeat the Bulls Head in Poynton.

Bring a torch in case it gets dark!


 

28-5-2014 18:30 28-5-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Along a Happy Valley to Poynton Bramhall Station MAD Walkers

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Staveley High Street

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

18.8 mi

916m

A walk in the Lake District, starting off from Stavely station.  We will head north towards Kentmere Pike and follow the ridge up to the highest point on the walk, High Street at 828m to take in the views before heading south and back to Staveley.

Bring at least 2 litres of water and enough food for two lunches as well as snacks as this will be a long day.

We will need to walk at a reasonable pace so that we can return in plenty of time for the last train home at 20:03.  If we are making slow progress then I will cut the walk short to ensure we catch the 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.

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return for £22.80.  I will meet you at the walk start as I am driving there.

08:46: Train departs for the walk start at Staveley.

10:20: Walk starts at Staveley.

Return from Staveley. 20:03 arriving at Piccadilly for 21:56

1

Round the back again

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

9.0 mi

400m

This is the same walk I did back in Autumn but is just as good to catch the last of the spring colours. 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.

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.

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 Glossop £4.20

10:18: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:45: Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return from Glossop Station. 15.38, 16.08, 16.38......20.08, 20.38, 21.38

Waypoints: Warhill, Coach Lane, Hollingworth Hall, Arnfield, Tintwhistle, Little Padfield, Old Glossop

Extra:

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

1-6-2014 10:00 1-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Round the back again Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Hyde circular

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

5.0 mi

10m

**Walk Leader meeting at walk start**

A circular walk along the canal, passing ivy cottages, before climbing some steps in to the woods along the Tame Valley Way. There will be a stop at a freehouse along the way with the possibility of a stop at another freehouse at the end of the walk, if there is time before the train back to Manchester.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

17:55: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:05. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Cheap Day Return £3.90

18:05: Train departs for the walk start at Hyde Central Station.

18:25: Walk starts at Hyde Central Station.

Return from Hyde Central Station. 21:22

Waypoints: Cheshire Ring Canal Walk, Haughton Dale, Tame Valley Way, Jet Amber

Extra:

There is some parking at the train station although spaces are limited.

3-6-2014 17:55 3-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Hyde circular Hyde Central Station MAD Walkers

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Bullock Smithy, Part 1

Public Transport based walk with Colin Shaw.

26.0 mi

1500m

***Please be aware this walk may be shortened or re-routed due to the forecasted weather conditions. If attending this walk please ensure you are suitably equipped for mountain weather***

This walk is part of the "10 Years, 10 Marathons" series celebrating the anniversary of MAD Walkers. It follows the recommended route for the first stages of the Bullock Smithy Hike as far as Peak Forest, so this is a good opportunity to practice if you're thinking of taking that challenge. We will have to keep up a fairly fast pace in order to complete the route in time to catch the planned return train. However there are two opportunities to bail out early, one at Furness Vale station - roughly 9 miles in - and the second at Edale station after 18.5 miles; So if you've been thinking about doing one of the marathon-length walks, you can try this one without having to worry too much about not being able to keep up for the full distance. Bring plenty of food and water!

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 08:21. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Single to Hazel Grove (£3.80) and single from Dove Holes (£4.95). Alternatively, a Wayfarer (£11) will give you the most flexibility to cut the walk short if required. Walk leader will be joining the train at Heaton Chapel.

08:21: Train departs for the walk start at Hazel Grove Station.

08:50: Walk starts at Hazel Grove Station.

Return from Dove Holes. 20:35 (or from Chapel-en-le-Frith at 21:38)

Waypoints: Lyme Park, Bow Stones, Furness Vale, Chinley Churn, Edale Cross, Jacob's Ladder, Upper Booth, Edale, Hollins Cross, Castleton, Limestone Way, Peak Forest, Dove Holes.

Alt. times:

Returns from Furness Vale station at 12:49 and 13:47, or from Edale station at 15:47, 16:47 and 17:47.

7-6-2014 08:00 7-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Bullock Smithy, Part 1 Hazel Grove Station MAD Walkers

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A Sunday Saunter round Saddleworth

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

7.4 mi

290m

A late morning start for a nice afternoon saunter from Greenfield up to Diggle and back. There'll be a climb up to the monument where we'll have lunch and then we'll go along the rigde for a bit before descending to the Church Inn near Pobgreen, then the Diggle Hotel in Diggle and then back to Greenfield to round things off with some live music at the 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.

10:55: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:13. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £4.20
 

11:13: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

11:40: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. 16:36, 17:36, 18:36 and so on

Waypoints: Fur Lane, War Memorial, Kinder Stones, Shaw Rocks, Slades Rocks, St. Chad's Church (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.

In case of inclement weather, we will take a lower route. If we do get the promised storms on Saturday, could be a tad muddy in places.

The main climb on this walk is at the start, and we'll have lunch when we get to the top.

 

8-6-2014 10:55 8-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sunday Saunter round Saddleworth Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Wonderful Waterways

Direct Transport based walk with Jane Tedder.

3.0 mi

0m

A short city-based walk taking in some of Manchester's most famous waterways from the industrial old to the very new.

What better way to unwind and see your favourite city from a different perspective?

Trainers or sensible shoes and a waterproof jacket should suffice and there'll be chance for liquid refreshment at the end.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:20: Meet at the walk start (Manchester Piccadilly Station)

18:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Piccadilly Village, New Islington, Ancoats, Victoria, The Lowry Hotel, Castlefield & Deansgate

11-6-2014 18:20 11-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Wonderful Waterways Manchester Piccadilly Station MAD Walkers

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Kinder by Night..

Direct Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Alan Beeby.

8.5 mi

517m

Night Time Version of the Classic Edale Circular via Grindsbrook Clough, Woolpacks and Jacobs Ladder.

Starting around Sunset, we'll head towards Grinsbrook Clough with maybe just a little bit of light left before the quick ascent up (some very gentle scrambling may be required). Heading over towards to Woolpacks (avoiding the boggy areas) and back down towards Edale via Jacobs Ladder.

Meeting Location will be in the main car park in Edale where the village hall is located (post code S33 7ZA).

**There is a train that leaves Manchester Picadilly at 20:46 and arrives in Edale at 21:28 for the start of the walk but please note you WILL NOT be able to return by train. I will have space in my car and maybe others too so please email me steverawlins79@gmail.com if you need any help with return travel**

**Please dress appropriately and a good torch/head torch will be essential**

The walk is expected to last between 4-5 hours max, not too late for those going to the 10th Anniversary Event the next day!

Please keep an eye on this page leading up to the walk as the route/times may need to be changed if adverse weather is forecast.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

21:15: Meet at the walk start (Edale)

21:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowden Tower, Wool Packs, Jacobs Ladder, Edale

13-6-2014 21:15 13-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinder by Night.. Edale MAD Walkers

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Abbey, Castle and a Canal (Llangollen Circular)

Direct Transport based walk with Richard Holt.

8.0 mi

300m

A circular walk taking in Valee Crucis Abbey, Llangollen Castle, Shropshire Union Canalway and the River Dee.

Starting near the Abbey we take a short juant to the front door before joining the Clywdian Way and circling back around along a quiet road.

Then we will stop for lunch up at the castle with (weather permitting) lovely views followed by ice creams in Llangollen.

We finish up by following the canal back to the cars

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30: Meet at the walk start (Chain Bridge Hotel Car Park)

10:35 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Valle Crucis Abbey, Clwydian Way, Castel Dinas Bray, Llangollen and Shropshire Union Canal

Extra:

Car Parking available near hotel - click on walk start location to see map and location of car park. This car park is Pay and Display.

15-6-2014 10:30 15-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Abbey, Castle and a Canal (Llangollen Circular) Chain Bridge Hotel Car Park MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Dovestone Circular

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

4.0 mi

20m

Walk Leader meeting at walk start

A  pleasent evening circular walk around Dovestone Reservoir, Greenfield.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:10: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £4.20

18:23: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

18:50: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. 21:36

Waypoints: Greenfield Village, Bank Lane, Dovestone Reservoir, Greenfield station.

Extra :

This walk replaces the advertised walk, Milling around Greenfield.

17-6-2014 18:10 17-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Dovestone Circular Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

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The Long and the Short of it: Part 1

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

13.0 mi

904m

What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than by walking?! To make the most of the daylight I'm leading 3, yes 3, separate walks back to back on the same day, so there should be something for everybody. Want to properly stretch your legs? Do all 3 walks and you'll get nearly 30 miles walking in!! Fancy something more leisurely? There'll be a 10 mile afternoon route and a 6.5 mile evening route to allow you to lie in, plus a 13 mile morning route if you've got other plans during the day. Full details for each of the walks below.

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 Victoria for the train at 07:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £4.20

07:57: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

08:20: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. X:36 aiming for 13:36

Waypoints: Alphin Trig; Chew Reservoir; Dovestones Reservoir; Intake Lane

Extra Note:

This is part 1 of the 3 options for today. Because we need to make the train on time to meet the second group the pace needs to be quite brisk (5 hours to do the walk in). Please be prepared.

Also note that much of the walk is on very exposed moorland so you must have appropriate kit for the weather

If you intend to do walk 2 as well, get a return ticket to Marsden (£9.60). If you intend to do all 3 walks a return to Greenfield is all you need.

OS Map: OL1

21-6-2014 07:45 21-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Long and the Short of it: Part 1 Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

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Keswick Weekend BBW 2014: Hope To See You On The Pike

Car based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.0 mi

770m

A circular walk starts with a gradual climb through Coledale Valley along a dirt track before into a rocky path with a magnificant view of Force Crag and its waterfall, we continue along the path which takes us up to Coledale Hause. From here we head over the moorland to Hopegill Head and then onto Grisedale Pike. At these two high points (hopefully!!) we will have stunning views across The Lakes. On leaving Grisedale Pike it is a steep rocky descent before turning into open moorland and our final descent back to the car park.

For those people interested this walk takes in two Wainwrights: Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike. Wainwright descibed Grisedale Pike as " a graceful peak piercing the western sky".

I will be travelling up on the Friday and spending the weekend there to do the Sunday walk as well.

All you need to sort out is you own transport and accomodation, there are plenty of B&B's and hotels in Keswick. MAD have been able to organise pleasant bunkhouse located at Hawse End - between Cat Bells and Derwent Water - which is a short lakeside walk (or launch ride!!) from Keswick - see Weekends Page for more details.

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 Keswick Central Car Park for lift share organising.

10:30: Cars will leave for the walk start (Knott Head Car Park, Braithwaithe).

10:45: Walk starts at Knott Head Car Park, Braithwaithe.

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

Waypoints: Coledale Beck, Coledale Hause, Sand Hill, Hopegill Head, Grisedale Pike, Sleet How

Parking:

Please note that there is limited car parking at the walk start so please all meet at Keswick Central car park to car share to Knott Head.

21-6-2014 10:15 21-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Keswick Weekend BBW 2014: Hope To See You On The Pike Knott Head Car Park, Braithwaithe MAD Walkers

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The Long and the Short of it: Part 2

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

10.0 mi

461m

The second of our three part Mid-summer walks, this is a moderate length walk from Greenfield to Marsden, visiting the Broadstones trig and some reservoirs before dropping down to Marsden. The route follows quite rough moorland with one long steep climb at the start, and a little bit of off path walking.

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.

12:45: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 12:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Marsden £9.60.

12:57: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

13:30: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Marsden Station. X:58 aiming for 17:58

Waypoints: Broadstones Trig; Swellands Reservoir; Marsden

Extra Note:

Leader will meet at Greenfield: as this is part 2 of the day if the leader is late please hang on a bit before going home!!

The walk is over exposed moorland so please be properly prepared for weather conditions. If it's been wet, gaiters would be an advantage.

If you're coming on the first walk the combined total will be 23 miles and 1300ish metres of ascent. Buy a return to Marsden if you're sure you're doing both, or a single from Marsden if you're not sure at the start.

OS Map: OL1

 

21-6-2014 12:45 21-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Long and the Short of it: Part 2 Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

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The Long and the Short of it: Part 3

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

6.5 mi

305m

A pleasant evening stroll from Marsden to Greenfield: beginning with a climb out of Marsden to Brun Clough Reservoir, before dropping down to the canal for a few miles of canal side walking, making the most of the long evening.

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.

17:15: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 17:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Marsden £9.60

17:27: Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

18:00: Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. X:36 aiming for 21:36

Waypoints: Brun Clough Reservoir; Diggle; Huddersfield canal

Extra Note:

Leader meeting at walk start: this is part 3 of the day's walking so if the leader is late please wait!

If you're intending to do walks 2 and 3, you only need a return to Greenfield (£4.20), total mileage 16.5 miles, 700ish metes of ascent.

If you're intending to do all 3 walks again you only need a return to greenfield. 29.5 miles walking (but a nice gentle 6 miles to end!) and 1600 metres ascent approx.

OS Map: OL1

21-6-2014 17:15 21-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Long and the Short of it: Part 3 Marsden Station MAD Walkers

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Scafell pike by the less touristy route

Direct Transport based walk with Chris Wareing.

9.0 mi

1000m

We'll head out reasonably early at 9.30am from Keswick Bus Station to meet ready to walk at 10am at the phone box in Seathwaite at the end of Borrowdale http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=323525&Y=512183&A=Y&Z=120 (allow 2.5 hours from Manchester, public loo available near phone box). From there, it's up the more traditional down route to Sty Head Tarn, directly up Great End (note slightly scrambly in places) over Great End to pick up the tourist route onto the Pike itself, then down towards Lingmell and back via the Corridor Route to Sty Head Tarn and back down the ascent route to the cars. This will be a strenous hike, roughly 8-9 miles and with 1000m of ascent and 1000m of descent over rough and/or steep ground in places. It's likely to be warm, so you'll need plenty of water. We won't finish much before 5 or 6 pm, so depending on that, we may well have dinner at somewhere like the excellent Langstrath Inn in Rosthwaite before we leave.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:30: Meet at the walk start (Keswick Bus Station / Booths)

10:00 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Park at Seathwaite (free, but always busy), Stockley Bridge, Sty Head Tarn, Great End, Scafell Pike, Corridor Route, Sty Head Tarn, Stockley Bridge, Seathwaite

Travel det:

Fastest route is M60, M61, M6 to Jn 40, A66 to Keswick. Estimated journey time is 2hr without stops. Scenic route come off M6 at Jn 36 then the A591 through Ambleside to Keswick: 2hr 15. If coming from Manchester, best to meet at walk start at the telephone box at Seatoller at 10am (public loo available).

22-6-2014 09:30 22-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Scafell pike by the less touristy route Keswick Bus Station / Booths MAD Walkers

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Keswick: BBW 2014 - Castlerigg Stone Circle and Derwent Water

Car based walk with John Ireland & Andy Buckley.

8.0 mi

200m

Car travel details added!

A walk up along the old railway out of Keswick to Castlerigg Stone Circle, then back down to the lake and along the shore past Friar's Crag into Keswick. (93)

We will be travelling up on the Friday night to lead a walk on the Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to join us for either or both walks.

All you need to do is sort out your own transport, and MAD has arranged accomodation in a pleasant bunkhouse located at Hawse End - between Cat Bells and Derwent Water - which is a short lakeside walk (or launch ride!) from Keswick - See the Weekends Page for more details.

Alternatively, plenty of good hotels and B&Bs are available in Keswick.

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 (Keswick Bus Station / Booths).

11:00: Walk starts at Keswick Bus Station / Booths.

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: Fitz Park, Cockermouth Keswick & Penrith Railway (disused), River Greta, Naddle Bridge, Castlerigg Stone Circle, High Nest, Castlerigg Farm, Watson's Park, Strandshag Bay, Friar's Crag, Crow Park

Extra:

Suggested route is M61, M6 to Jn 36, A590 towards Windermere, then A591 through Ambleside to Keswick. Estimated journey time is 2hr 15min.
 

22-6-2014 08:00 22-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Keswick: BBW 2014 - Castlerigg Stone Circle and Derwent Water Keswick Bus Station / Booths MAD Walkers

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A Lap of the Coombes

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

5.5 mi

350m

A longer evening walk to make the most of the long summer evenings. Starting at Broadbottom station we drop down past the Lymefield Mill to cross the river and wind our way up through Charlesworth onto Coombes edge. Follow the edge round hopefully we'll have good view accross to Manchester in the distance and keep an eye out for evening wildlife (of the furry/feathered kind rather than the locals). We then drop down throught he centre of the Coombes valley to Holehouse before following the country lanes and paths back through to Broadbottom and maybe a drink in the Harewood Arms for those that would like one before  the train home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak return £3.90

18:18: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

18:40: Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return from Broadbottom Station. 21:45, 22:44

Waypoints: Broadbottom Station, Charlesworth Village, Coombes Edge, Holehouse.

Extra:

There are no toilets at Broadbottom Station so if required please use the ones on the Train or at Piccadilly.

26-6-2014 18:00 26-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A Lap of the Coombes Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers

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Tower to Tower

Public Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

13.7 mi

567m

A linear walk from Jubilee Tower to Peel Tower, featuring open moorland, woodland, farmland, and a couple of reservoirs thrown in too. There are two distinct climbs, one at the start of the day up to the first tower and one at the end of the day to the second tower. If the weather is warm, plenty of fluids are advised, and if we make it to Ramsbottom in time, there will be an opportunity for a pub stop before catching the train back to Bury.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:50: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £11 (Covers bus, train and tram apart from steam train from Ramsbottom to Bury)

09:03: Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

09:50: Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return from Ramsbottom Station. 16:25, 17:10

Waypoints: Jubilee Tower, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle reservoir, Wayoh reservoir, Turton Bottoms, Peel Tower, Ramsbottom

Additional:

Return travel from Ramsbottom to Bury is on the East Lancs Railway, there is an additional cost for this, I believe there is a concession for ramblers, so have your membership card with you! From Bury back to Manchester is on the tram which is covered by the wayfarer. There is the alternative option of a regular bus service from Ramsbottom to Bury, which is also covered on a wayfarer.

28-6-2014 08:50 28-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Tower to Tower Darwen Station MAD Walkers

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Coastal Views, Mounds and Hills around Prestatyn

Direct Transport based walk with Richard Holt.

7.0 mi

300m

A lovely walk with coastal views from the hills above Prestatyn, we take in a couple of ancient mounds as well.

The walk has 1 very steep but short ascent and 2 longer but not as steep ascents so be warned! However they aren't anything that I am sure most people can manage

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15: Meet at the walk start (Trelawnyd High Street Car Park)

10:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Gloddiau Wood, Henfryn Hall, Offa's Dyke Path, Prestatyn Hillside Nature Reserve, St Elmo's Summer House, Clwydian Way, Gop Hill

29-6-2014 10:15 29-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Coastal Views, Mounds and Hills around Prestatyn Trelawnyd High Street Car Park MAD Walkers

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Elidir Fawr

Car based walk with James Johnson.

8.5 mi

1035m

Elidir Fawr lies to the far Western side of the Glyders range of Mountains in North Snowdonia and is one of five of Wales summits in the range which is above 3000 metres so offers a challenging day out. We will also be taking in a second peak above 3000 metres, Y Garn but with this there will be a lot of height ganed at the start of the 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.

08:30: Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

08:30: Cars will leave for the walk start (Idwal Cottage car park).

10:30: Walk starts at Idwal Cottage car park.

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: Idwal Cottage, Clyn Clyd, Foel Goch, Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Devils Kitchen and Idwal Cottage

Parking:

If the car park at Idwal cottage is full then people can park along the roadside on the A5 just outside.

29-6-2014 08:30 29-6-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Elidir Fawr Idwal Cottage car park MAD Walkers

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A clockwise marathon

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

26.0 mi

1430m

Another one of the series of marathon length walks, this time an approximately circular route, from, Hebden Bridge towards Burnley before dropping into the Valley at Cornholme, heading over to Littleborough by tacking close to the county boundary and  then a final leg up to Blackstone Edge and over the relatively easy moorland route back to Hebden. Inevitably, we'll need to be going more than brisly, but there is a bailout point round the 18 mile walk when we pass close to Littleborough 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.

08:00: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

If travelling from central Manchester a Return ticket will cost £9.30. If travelling into Manchester then a wayfarer (with a return ticket from Rochdale to Hebden) may work out cheaper.

Walk Leader meeting at walk start

08:16: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

08:55: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 19.19, but also the 19.42, 20.12

Waypoints: Land Farm, Hoof Stones Height, Bearnshaw Tower, Clough Foot, Rough Hill, Stansfield Hill, Blackstone Edge, Stoodley Pike

5-7-2014 08:00 5-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A clockwise marathon Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

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Le Tour de France 2014 Walk

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.8 mi

460m

Due to Road Closures Car travel is not advised - if you are using a car please park at Todmorden and catch the train there.

Who actually needs to go to France to watch the Tour de France? Well you can watch it on the telly but in 2014 it starts from Leeds, so we'll be going up on the moors above Hebden Bridge to watch it go past!

It will be a gentle ascent up onto the moor via Lumb Hole Falls, a spot that inspired the poet Ted Hughes to write his poem 'Six Young Men', till we go up to the A6033 to have lunch and see the tour go past at around 13:30 to 13:45, before carrying on up over the moors and along the edges to descend into Hebden Bridge from the east.

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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 09:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£9.30 Off Peak Return to Hebden Bridge - please note that trains will be busy so arrive as early as possible to get a ticket. Tickets can also be bought in advance from staffed railway stations.

09:52: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:45: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return from Hebden Bridge Station. 16:42, 16:49, 17:42, 17:48 etc.

Waypoints: Lee Wood, Midgehole, Lumb Hole Falls, A6033, Naze End, Limers Gate, High Brown Knoll Edge, Deer Stones Edge, Keelam Edge, Snow Booth, Wood End

Extra:

Toilets available at Hebden Bridge Station, due to road closures in Hebden Bridge, Car Travel is not advised, please use the train.

The train will be stopping at Littleborough at 10:18, Todmorden at 10:28.
 

6-7-2014 09:15 6-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Le Tour de France 2014 Walk Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: The Stockport Sandwich

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.

18:35: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Single to Brinnington £1.65 then single to Manchester Piccadilly £1.65 for the return.  Alternatively you can get a GM rail ranger £5 which would include any onward travel in the GM area.

18:49: Train departs for the walk start at Brinnington.

19:00: Walk starts at Brinnington.

Return from Brinnington. 20.43, 50,52...then at regular intervals

Waypoints: Reddish Vale Visitor Centre, A626 (Tiviot Way), The Crown

10-7-2014 18:35 10-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: The Stockport Sandwich Brinnington MAD Walkers

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The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.0 mi

420m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £5.00

10:03: Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return from Glossop Station. 16:37, 17:07, **:37, **:07

Waypoints: Bottoms Hall, Mellor, Rowarth, Far Slack, Coombs Rocks, Whitley Nab,

Extra:

Use toilets on train. These two stations are on totally different lines and it is not suitable to drive to the walk start.

 

I am planning to visit The Globe pub in Glossop where I am planning to eat. All are welcome to join me.

12-7-2014 09:45 12-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks Marple Station MAD Walkers

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A walk in the Loweswater Fells

Car based walk with Chris Wareing.

6.8 mi

533m

If you intend to drive directly to the walk start, please let the walk leader or walks coordinator aware of this.

A pleasant walk in the North-Western Lakes, going over Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell above Loweswater. This walk over three quiet hills with high passes between will be around 7 miles with 500m of up and down. We'll leave Manchester at 9, aiming to start walking around 11:30 and be back in Manchester by around 6. For those that might be interested, all three are indeed Wainwrights (and the leaders 201st, 202nd and 203rd!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

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

09:00: Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

09:05: Cars will leave for the walk start (Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater).

11:45: Walk starts at Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater.

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: Maggie's Bridge, High Nook Farm, Whiteoak Beck, Whiteoak Moss, Gavel Fell, Blake Fell, Burnbank Fell, Holme Wood, Watergate Farm, Maggie's Bridge.

Facilities:

None at walk start. Nearest in Loweswater village, which we may visit post-walk. Use either Westmorland Farm Shop between junctions 38 and 39 on the M6 or Rheged shortly after joining the A66 at Junction 40.

13-7-2014 09:00 13-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A walk in the Loweswater Fells Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater MAD Walkers

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Clifton Country Park

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

5.0 mi

20m

A predominantly flat walk, taking in Clifton Woods, Clifton Marina, and the river Irwell , exting the park by a steep road to work up a thirst for a drink in the golden lion

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

19:00: Meet at the walk start (The Golden Lion Pub)

19:05 Walk starts.

Bus Times:

Meet outside the Pub at 19:05. The address is: Manchester Road, Clifton, M27 6PE near to J16 of the M60.

Number 8 Bus departs Manchester Shudehill every 10 minutes. Return ties 21:20 and 21:50

Number 22 Bu departs Sockport Bus and calls at Burnage, Chorlton, Stretford, Monton and Swindon. One arrives outsde meeting point at 18:55. Return service from pub at 21:40.

Full details bus times at www.tfgm.com

 

15-7-2014 19:00 15-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Clifton Country Park The Golden Lion Pub MAD Walkers

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Macclesfield to Middlewood (part of the Bullock Smithy challenge route)

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.2 mi

422m

There are a couple of sections that involve pavements and roads (from the train station to Tegg's Nose and when passing through Bollington) including one short section out of Macclesfield with no pavements so care will need to be taken there.  We'll stop for food and drink (and an appreciation of the view weather permitting) at Tegg's nose before continuing through open fields, valleys and ridges towards White Nancy, where we will stop again for food and drink before descending into Bollington.  We will have a short section of canal path walking on the other side of Bollington before joining the Middleway Way for an easy, level last 4 miles to Middlewood Train Station and the train home.  All of the ascent is in the first half of the walk; including some short steep sections and if there has been recent rainful these climbs can be slippy and tricky going.  Gaiters would be advisable. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket costing £11, available on the train on day of journey or at manned railway stations.  

09:48: Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:20: Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return from Middlewood Station. 15:58 / 17:58pm / 19:58pm (times will be checked nearer the time

Waypoints: Tegg's Nose, Gritstone Trail, Kerridge Hill, White Nancy, Bollington, Middlewood Way

19-7-2014 09:30 19-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Macclesfield to Middlewood (part of the Bullock Smithy challenge route) Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Prestwich Forest Park

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

4.5 mi

100m

An evening walk taking in the cloughs and other greenery of Prestwich. Followed by an optional visit to The Church Inn at the end of the walk.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30: Meet at Market Street Tram Station for the train at 18:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Prestwich. £3.80.

18:40: Train departs for the walk start at Prestwich metrolink.

19:00: Walk starts at Prestwich metrolink.

Return from Prestwich metrolink. Regular tram service

Waypoints: Philips Park, Mere Clough, Waterdale Meadow, Drinkwater Park, Prestich Clough, St Mary's Church, The Church Inn.

Tram notes:

We'll board the first Bury line tram to depart Market Street after 18:40.

23-7-2014 18:30 23-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Prestwich Forest Park Prestwich metrolink MAD Walkers

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12.2 mi

651m

The third and final cave walk takes us over to Yorkshire.  We start from the small village of Ingleton, going past a nice wee tea shop as we head north out of the village on a singletrack road.  We'll soon be heading over open fields towards the first of two stepping stone stream crossings and a short woodland section. We then have a road section of roughly 700m leading up to White Scar Cave.  There is a grass verge but no pavement so care must be taken.  

 

We'll join the tour of White Scar Cave.  It's 1 mile long and takes around 1 hour 20 minutes to complete.  The tour costs £9.50 or £8.50 for groups of 12 or more.

 

We have another road section on leaving White Scar Cave of around 1.4km before the second stepping stone stream crossing  and a few miles of open dales before the start of the gradual climb towards the base of Ingleborough. Ingleborough is the hardest and steepest section of the walk, but rewarding once at the top.  We leave the summit of Ingleborough and return to Ingleton via 'A Pennine Journey'.  The descent is along clear paths, returning us to Ingleton from the east.  

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.

08:10: Meet at Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG for lift share organising.

08:20: Cars will leave for the walk start (Ingleborough Community Centre Car Park).

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: Oddies Lane, Ford Stepping stones, White Scar Cave, Dale House, Chapel le Dale, Souther Scales, Ingleborough summit, Crina Bottom,Fell lane, Ingleton

Additional:

Car Parking costs £3.60for over 4 hours

Toilets are available at the walk start

27-7-2014 08:10 27-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A hat trick of cave walks: Part 3; White Scar Cave & Ingleborough Ingleborough Community Centre Car Park MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: Piethorne and some Pennine Foothills

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

4.5 mi

110m

Take the tram out to Newhey for an evening midsummer walk over some Pennine foothills towards Piethorne Reservoir and then back to Newhey along the 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.

18:10: Meet at Market Street Tram Station for the train at 18:20. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink Off-Peak Return to Newhey £4.60

18:20: Train departs for the walk start at Newhey Tram Station.

19:05: Walk starts at Newhey Tram Station.

Return from Newhey Tram Station. Every 10-15 minutes from Newhey

Waypoints: Bradley, Carr Farm, Spring Holes, Piethorne Reservoir, Spring Mill, Barnards

Extra:

Drinks at the 'Bird in Hand' afterwards, a Sam Smiths pub near the tram stop.

30-7-2014 18:10 30-7-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Piethorne and some Pennine Foothills Newhey Tram Station MAD Walkers

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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Car based walk with Steve Rawlins.

24.0 mi

1586m

**Part of our ten year/ten marathons set**

The classic and popular Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge starting and ending in Horton-In-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. The Three peaks (in route order) are Pen-Y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) & Ingleborough (723m).

The 'challenge' is to complete the route within 12 hours but this will be dependant on the group. Although a popular challenge due to the length and total ascent this does require a good level of fitness and a reasonable pace. There are a couple of bail out points and toilets/small cafe before the final ascent.

There are several B&B's and a campsite near the start/end should you wish to use these due to the early start...and possibly to make the most of the pub facilities after the walk (you'll need and deserve a pint...or 10!!) but this will also be a car based walk- further details to be added later although we'd be looking to leave Manchester no later than 5.30am. If you need any further info about travel or accommodation feel free to email me: steverawlins79@gmail.com.

Although in the middle of summer, please ensure you are prepared for cold and wet conditions...just incase!

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.

07:15: Meet at Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE for lift share organising.

00:00: Cars will leave for the walk start (Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE).

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE 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: Horton-In-Ribblesdate, Pen-y-ghent, Ribblehead Viaduct, Whernside, Ingleborough, Horton-In-Ribblesdale, PUB!

2-8-2014 07:15 2-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE MAD Walkers

3

The 'Bring Me Sunshine' Walk

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

11.0 mi

75m

A longer easy walk starting and finishing in Lancaster, going along the Lancashire Coastal Way to Morecambe for the delights of the Midland Hotel, the Prom and a meeting with Eric Morecambe himself - then a walk back along the canal into Lancaster crossing over River Lune via a marvel of the Canal Age.

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Lancaster £16.90

09:16: Train departs for the walk start at Lancaster Station.

10:20: Walk starts at Lancaster Station.

Return from Lancaster Station. 16:27, 17:27, 18:27

Waypoints: Carlisle Bridge, Lancashire Coastal Way, Midland Hotel, Stone Jetty, Eric Morecambe, Happy Mount Park, Rakes Head Bridge, Lancaster Canal, Lune Acqueduct, Riverside Park, Lune Valley Ramble

Extra:

Ice Creams at Brucciani's in Morecambe just after lunch. Obligatory photo stop by the statue of Eric Morecambe. Pub at the end TBA.

3-8-2014 08:45 3-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The 'Bring Me Sunshine' Walk Lancaster Station MAD Walkers

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Marple to Broadbottom Meander

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

5.5 mi

220m

A longer linear evening walk from Marple to Broadbottom. Initially following the Midshires way before crossing the River Etherow and climbing up and over to Higher Chisworth before dropping down again to Broadbottom and the Harewood arms for those that would like a post walk pint before going home. The walk covers a mixture of woodland and open fields with (weather permitting) wonderful views over Manchester and up to Coombes Edge. Due to the recent wobble in the weather there maybe be mud in places so please wear appropriate footwear.

Additionally please bring a torch as it may be getting dark before we reach Broadbottom if its overcast.

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 18:14. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day ranger £5.00 (Greater Manchester area)

18:14: Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

18:40: Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return from Broadbottom. 21:45, 22:44

Waypoints: Compstall, Ernocroft Wood, Higher Chisworth, Harewood Arms Broadbottom

Extra::

There are no toilets on Marple station so please use the ones on the train if required.

7-8-2014 18:00 7-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Marple to Broadbottom Meander Marple Station MAD Walkers

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Grindleford Rocks - A 350 Million Year Old Ramble

Public Transport based walk with Chris Barstow.

14.5 mi

700m

The Peak District is such a beautiful, varied landscape and it’s formation is a story worth telling. From Grindleford, we shall make our way along the River Derwent before a small climb to the historic village of Eyam. We will then take one of the many limestone valleys of the White Peak, which will bring us back to the River Derwent. There we will enjoy amazing panoramic views of Curbar and Froggatt Edges, which will be traversed before our return to the station. Along the way we will travel 350 million years back in time (using our imaginary DeLoreans revving up to 88mph) to the Carboniferous Period. A walk suitable for new geologists.

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 08:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Grindleford £10.90, Wayfarer (£11) if making a journey into Manchester on another mode of transport prior to meeting up at Piccadilly Station.

08:49: Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:00: Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return from Grindleford Station. 16:28, 17:28

Waypoints: Froggatt, Eyam, Dalton Quarry, Rough Side, Calvar, Curbar, Curbar Edge, Froggatt Edge

9-8-2014 08:30 9-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Grindleford Rocks - A 350 Million Year Old Ramble Grindleford Station MAD Walkers

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Stanage Edge from Hathersage

Public Transport based walk with Peter Turner and Simon Bradshaw.

10.0 mi

500m

A varied train based circular walk from Hathersage up to the long gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, offering stunning views of the Peak District and surrounding countryside. We will follow the Edge for close to 3 miles before stopping for ice creams. The route back takes in Higger Tor and the church that claims to be the final resting place of Little John. Following the walk there is a choice of tea shops and pubs in Hathersage.

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 return to Hathersage £10.90 or Wayfarer £11.00

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return from Hathersage Station. 16:33, 17:32, 18:34, 19:32

Waypoints: Baulk Lane, North Lees, Jacob's Ladder, High Neb, Stanage Edge, Upper Burbage Bridge, Higger Tor

Toilets:

Toilets on train and early on in walk.

10-8-2014 09:10 10-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Stanage Edge from Hathersage Hathersage Station MAD Walkers

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Marple Evening Walk

Public Transport based walk with Jennifer Egan.

4.0 mi

50m

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 18:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket: Evening return to Marple (after 18:30) £1.95

18:49: Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

19:10: Walk starts at Marple Station.

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

Waypoints: Marple Locks, Peak Forest Canal, Roman Lakes & Marple Bridge

13-8-2014 18:30 13-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Marple Evening Walk Marple Station MAD Walkers

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Ribble Valley Wander

Public Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

11.2 mi

227m

A pleasant stroll through the picturesque Ribble Valley, walking alongside the Ribble itself, and also two of its tributaries, the Hodder and the Calder. We start with a short climb up to Ramsgreave Hall, where there are good views of the valley below. We then drop into the valley, crossing the Ribble by the quaint suspension footbridge at Dinckley. We then cross over the Hodder, and back over the Ribble at Great Mitton, where there will be time for a pub stop. We then have a stroll by the Calder on our way to the finish at Whalley.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:50: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whalley @ £10.60 or a Northern Duo @ £15.90 (two people travellling together)

10:03: Train departs for the walk start at Ramsgreave and Wilpshire.

11:05: Walk starts at Ramsgreave and Wilpshire.

Return from Whalley Station. 16:50, 17:50, 18:10, 18:50

Waypoints: Ramsgreave Hall, Copster Green, Marles Wood, Trough House, Fox Fields, Lower Hodder Bridge, Great Mitton, Whalley

16-8-2014 09:50 16-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Ribble Valley Wander Ramsgreave and Wilpshire MAD Walkers

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Stalybridge Circular

Public Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

10.0 mi

300m

Walk Leader meeting at walk start

A circular walk starting and ending at 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.

11:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:10. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£3.30 Return.

11:10: Train departs for the walk start at Stalybridge Station.

11:24: Walk starts at Stalybridge Station.

Return from Stalybridge Station. 15:50,16:50,17:50

Waypoints: Stalybridge Train Station, Tame Valley Way, Pennine Way, Middlebank, Hall farm, Moorsick farm, Flaxfield, Stalybridge Train Station

17-8-2014 11:00 17-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Stalybridge Circular Stalybridge Station MAD Walkers

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Evening Walk: A Stroll by the River Goyt

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

4.0 mi

15m

Walk Leaders joining train at Romiley

 

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.

18:35: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to New Mills Central £3.45 (after 18:30)

18:49: 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

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

Extra:


***Please bing a torch - it may be needed***

21-8-2014 18:35 21-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Stroll by the River Goyt New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers

23

10 Years/10 Marathons Part 8: Bakewell circular including full Monsal Trail

Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

25.8 mi

1127m

The monsal trail is a disused Midland Railway line running from Bakewell to Blackwell through limestone dales and includes several lit tunnels that are a bit eerie and kinda cool.  The trail is tarmac or gravel and it's fairly level and easy walking, With that in mind the pace will be a reasonably quick 4 - 5 kph on the flats.  The first 7.5 miles of this walk are along the trail before we head off for the first climb of the day into surrounding fields & valleys.  We'll re-join the trail at the Blackwell end and work our way back, switching between sections of the trail and surrounding open countryside, woodland and through (at times) overgrown paths.

There are several small but steep climbs throughout the route.  There is a lot of walking on hard surfaces on this walk and although no easy bail out points, it will be possible to follow the trail back to the walk start and the cars for anyone that needs to leave the walk.

 

Please bring plenty of fluids for the day.  We'll have two lunch stops (one roughly 10 miles in and the other roughly 17 miles in.  There are three locations en route where toilets are available and three or four cafes or ice cream vans for snacks or extra fluids. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

07:50: Meet at the walk start (Coombs Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AQ)

08:00 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Monsal Trail, Priestcliffe Ditch, Blackwell, Bull Tor, High Dale, Brushfield Hough, Monsal Head, Little Longstone, Longstone Moor, Great Longstone, Monsal Trail

Additional:

No toilets available at walk start.  First toilet roughly 2.5 miles into the route

23-8-2014 07:50 23-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London 10 Years/10 Marathons Part 8: Bakewell circular including full Monsal Trail Coombs Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AQ MAD Walkers

23

Mirfield Icecream Circular

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

7.0 mi

200m

This is a joint walk with the Weekend Walkers

It's a walk that comes in 20 different flavours! We have a flat start followed by a muddy gradual ascent to overlook the Calder valley, and lots of nice cows. We contour around to the lunch stop and then on mainly good paths, to a fine pub.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:57: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Mirfield Day Return via Huddersfield £12.50

09:57: Train departs for the walk start at Mirfield station.

10:40: Walk starts at Mirfield station.

Return from Mirfield station. 14:21, 15:05, 15:31, 16:05, 16:21, 17:05.

Waypoints: Calder & Hebble Navigation, River Calder, Jordon Wood, Back Lane, Whitley Reservoir, Falhouse Green, The Temple, Liley Hall, Back Lane, Newhall Wood.

Extra:

Map EX288. No toilets at Walk Start - please use the train's. You can take a cheaper slower train from Victoria station at 09:26 which doesn't require any changes - you can even get a Duo ticket for 2 people travelling together.

23-8-2014 09:57 23-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Mirfield Icecream Circular Mirfield station MAD Walkers

25

Round the back

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.0 mi

994m

A pretty walk over some of the less walked moorland near Bamford.  Expect a little bit of off path, lots of rough moorland and several climbs and hopefully the heather will be out in full bloom by then!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Hathersage (£10.90) or if travelling in from the Greater Manchester area, a Wayfarer (£11).

08:49: Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

09:45: Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return from Hathersage Station. X:32 aiming for 18:32

Waypoints: Bamford Moor; Moscar House; Stanage Pole; Hathersage

Extra Note:

No bail out points so please be prepared to do the whole walk at a reasonable pace & bring enough food/fluid for the whole day. The walk is mostly very exposed so proper equipment for the weather is essential.

OS Ex 1 map.

25-8-2014 08:40 25-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Round the back Bamford Station MAD Walkers

30

The Wanderer Returns

Public Transport based walk with Adrian Radcliffe.

10.0 mi

500m

Circular walk upto Stoodley pike along tops to hebden bridge and returning via Canal to Todmorden with maybe a pub or 3...

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 10:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Todmorden or returns to littleborough with extra return to todmorden from littleborough if traveling from anywhere else in greater manchester by ttrain

10:26: Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

11:00: Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return from Todmorden Station. xx:49, xx:56, xx:14, xx:25 until 19:56 then xx:12 and xx:56 until 21:56

Waypoints: Top Brink, Stoodley Pike, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale Canal, Polished Knob

30-8-2014 10:10 30-8-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Wanderer Returns Todmorden Station MAD Walkers

6

Chorlton/Sale Water Park Classic

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

7.5 mi

23m

Walk leader will meet at Tram stop at the top of the stairs

To coincide with the Giving Nature a Home festival I am putting on one my favourite strolls around the area. 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 both the Sale and Chorlton 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.

12:45: 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 12 minutes

Waypoints: Longford Park, Turn Moss Playing Fields, Sale Water Park, Mersey, Chorlton Water Park, Chorlton Nature Reserve

shoes:

If the weather is good feel free to come in trainers and casualwear.

6-9-2014 12:45 6-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton/Sale Water Park Classic Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers

7

Where there's Hope, there's a walk to Edale

Public Transport based walk with Vicki Newton.

11.0 mi

600m

Starting from Hope station we will climb up to Win Hill before dropping down to Ladybower Reservoir. After enjoying a stroll along the water we will head back up the hill taking the high road (fear not, actually a path) over to Edale (unless the weather is poop, in which case we will take the low road).

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.

09:05: 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 return £10.90 to Hope. Wayfarer £11 if also getting an additional train/bus/tram to the walk meet-up/start.

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:15: Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:48, 17:47

Waypoints: Hope train station, Win Hill, Ladybower Reservoir, Hagglee Ford, Crookstone Hill, Rowland Cote Moor, Edale, Rambler's Inn.

7-9-2014 09:05 7-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Where there's Hope, there's a walk to Edale Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers

13

David's Challenge: 8 hours, 22 miles and 15 pubs

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

22.0 mi

1200m

A walk for those who like extremes and fun as always, lot's of ascent, mountain hares and a challenge, the challenge you'll have to figure out for yoursleves!

Needless to say this walk has no easy 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.

08:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop

08:17: 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, until 19:39, then at xx:39 only

Waypoints: Higher Shelf stones, Grains in the Water, Alport Castles, River Westend, River Derwent, Wain stones.

Extra info:

The walk could be very boggy in places and exposed if the wind is high.

13-9-2014 08:00 13-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London David's Challenge: 8 hours, 22 miles and 15 pubs Glossop Station MAD Walkers

13

Wood You Believe the Highs & Lows?

Public Transport based walk with Aimee Teare.

7.9 mi

400m

A circular walk from Broadbottom through beautiful woodland and alongside the River Etherow where there is a beachside stop for lunch.  There are a couple of small hills to climb up to Werneth Low Country park where you get lovely views of the surrounding countryside.  On a clear day you can even see Ikea in the distance!  We then make our way back down and through Great Wood before returning to the station 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.

10:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £3.90

10:46: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

11:07: Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return from Broadbottom Station. 15.15, 15.45, 16.15, 16.45.......

Waypoints: Lymefield Visitors Centre, Tom Wood, Woodseats Farm, Botham's Hall, Werneth Low Country Park, Idle Hill, Back Wood, Hodgefold

13-9-2014 10:30 13-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Wood You Believe the Highs & Lows? Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers

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Delamere Forest

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

8.5 mi

100m

Walk leader will join he train at Navigation Road
A walk from Delamere station up to the viewpoint and then round into the Forest. There is a pub 3/4 of the way round.

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 Return to Delamere (£10.80)

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Delamere Station.

10:30: Walk starts at Delamere Station.

Return from Delamere Station. 17:20

Waypoints: Pale Heights, Eddisbury Lodge, Kingswood Cottage, Hatchmere, Carriers Inn Pub, Harthill Bank, Delamere Station

14-9-2014 09:10 14-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Delamere Forest Delamere Station MAD Walkers

20

The Gritstone Trail in a Day

Public Transport based walk with Colin Shaw.

26.0 mi

1300m

Walk Leader joining train at Stockport

Another marathon-length walk, this is a variation on the famous Gritstone Trail along the higher ground bordering - and featuring great views over - the Cheshire plain. While the official route has been extended to include the Mow Cop Trail (making it a somewhat-less-feasible-in-a-day 35 miles in length) the "original" route rather conveniently comes to 26 miles between Congleton and Disley railway stations! We will also be walking from South to North, rather than in the traditional direction, as the transport options work out a little better that way.

This is a waymarked trail that is mostly on well-surfaced paths, but also includes some short road sections and some less than well-maintained paths. When reccied (after the wettest winter on record) there were some very muddy sections so gaiters could be advisable. We may detour around a particulary soggy part if there has been much recent rainfall. It is also tricky to top-up on water along the route, so be sure to take a couple of litres (or more if it's a hot day, chance would be a fine thing).

There is the opportunity to cut the route short near Macclesfield (approx. half way) and to walk a couple of miles along the road to take the train from there: the suggested return train ticket allows for that option at 10p more than a single! After that there are no easy 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.

07:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return from Manchester to Congleton (£8.90) and single from Disley (£5.70). Or Wayfarer (£11) plus single from Macclesfield to Congleton (£4.20) if onward travel required.

07:46: Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

08:30: Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return from Disley Station. 18:55, 19:54, 20:55

Waypoints: The Cloud, Barleigh Ford Bridge, Croker Hill, Tegg's Nose, White Nancy, Spond's Hill, The Bowstones

20-9-2014 07:30 20-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Gritstone Trail in a Day Congleton Station MAD Walkers

21

Towers, Twists and Turns

Direct Transport based walk with Katherine Hamlett & Stu Edwards.

8.8 mi

550m

Join us for an autumnal circular walk starting from Fairholmes Visitor Centre in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. From our base by the reservoir we climb steadily up to the stunning rock feature of Alport Castles, taking in some breathtaking scenery across Rowlee Pasture. We then follow the valley contour before ascending once more to capitalise on the fabulous views from Blackley Hey. Woodland and waterways vary the route as our final efforts for the day are rewarded with an eye-catching descent back towards Ladybower Reservoir and the comforts of the cafe...

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30: Meet at the walk start (Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derwent Valley)

10:45 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre, Rowlee Pasture, Alport Castles, Alport Farm, Blackley Hey, Haggwater Bridge, Hagg Farm

Extra:

Please note that Fairholmes Visitor Centre is Pay & Display £4.70 for the day. There are alternative free parking areas on the road to Fairholmes alongside the reservoir.

Toilets and refreshments are available at the visitor centre.

Please ensure you bring layers and hats and gloves as conditions can be windy in sections.

We anticipate our return to the visitor centre for approximately 15:30 - 16:00.

21-9-2014 10:30 21-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Towers, Twists and Turns Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derwent Valley MAD Walkers

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Permission to Walk

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

21.0 mi

952m

WALK LEADER JOINING TRAIN AT MOSTON

A long walk round the moorland east of Pennine Way, using permissive paths to link Great Mansfield Hill and the reservoirs

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:15: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Littleborough £4.20

08:26: Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

08:55: Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return from Littleborough train Station. aiming for 18:03

Waypoints: Castle Clough; Byron Edge; Withens Moor; Withens Clough Reservoir; Turley Holes Edge; Great Manshead; Baitings Reservoir; Cat Moss; Aiggin Stone; Littleborough

Extra Note:

OS Map OL 21

Bring plenty of fluids/food and make sure you have proper equipment for the weather as the walk is very exposed.
 

27-9-2014 08:15 27-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Permission to Walk Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

27

The Mottram Moor Mystery

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlett.

9.8 mi

320m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.00

10:18: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

10:40: Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return from Stalybridge Station. Multiple services - see Extra information below...

Waypoints: Carr House, Mottram Old Hall, Wild Bank Hill, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Stalybridge Country Park, Huddersfield Canal & Stalybridge

Extra:

                                                                                                                                                           

Return Train Times

15:08; 16:08; 17:12; 18:12: xx:46 to Manchester Victoria,                            

xx:15 to Manchester Piccadilly,                                                                       

xx:50 to Manchester Oxford Road.  

 

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

27-9-2014 10:00 27-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Mottram Moor Mystery Broadbottom MAD Walkers

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Have You Got A Map?

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.8 mi

405m

A circular walk tking in the beautiful village of Haworth and the surrounding moors where the Bornte Sisters spent some of their time. 

We will leave the village and head through the Penistone Country Park and then onto the moors out to the pituresque valley where Bronte Bridge stands followed by a rough path that leads us to Top Withens, which isreportedly linked to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Hieghts.

From here we head off along the Pennine Bridleway skirting the villages of Stanbury and Oldfield before we head back towards Haworth via a couple of picturesque bridges, where if you have time there is a chance to browse the shops or visit the local establishments for a beer or tea and cake!

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00: Meet at the walk start (Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth)

11:15 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Bronte Bridge (2.43m), Top Withens (4.08m), Cold Knoll (5.82m), Oldfield Lane (6.93m), Long Bridge (8.00m)

Extra:

Parking at Bronte Prsonage Museum costs £4 for all day.

Planning to be back at Haworth for between 15:30-16:00

Toilets are available at the car park at the start of the walk.

28-9-2014 11:00 28-9-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Have You Got A Map? Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth MAD Walkers

4

Castleton Scout

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

24.0 mi

925m

This is one of the ten year anniversery marathon length walks

We will set off early from Edale station and then head north west, up Kinder Scout; looping back and heading back down into Edale.  This will give a chance for those who want to, to drop out.

We will then carry on South-East to Castleton, on to Hope and then back to Edale to catch a train home after a pub stop.

Bring a head torch; we may be walking a bit in the dark 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.

07:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer for £11

07:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

08:32: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. 19:47, 21:09, 22:56

4

Liverpool City Centre Walk

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

4.0 mi

30m

A morning urban walk through Liverpool city centre through some of the older, leafier areas away from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping areas, seeing the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the waterfront and ending up by the Pier Head - all part of the MAD Liverpool Day Out! (95)

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 09:55. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return Manchester to Liverpool £12

09:55: Train departs for the walk start at Liverpool Lime Street.

11:00: Walk starts at Liverpool Lime Street.

Return from The Pier Head, Liverpool. From Liverpool Lime St.xx:22 and xx:52 till 20.52, 21:30, 21:37

Waypoints: Adelphi Hotel, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Hope Street, St. James's Gardens, Anglican Cathedral, St. Luke's Bombed Out Church, Chinese Arch, Wolstenholme Sq, Liverpool One, The Three Graces

Extra:

We will be meeting in Liverpool Lime Street Station by the statue of Ken Dodd.

If travelling from Newton-le-Willows, get the 10:17 to Liverpool, arriving 10:44.

On arriving at the Pier Head we will take a Mersey Ferries 'Explorer' Cruise at 1pm (Cost £8.50 per ticket) before visiting the Albert Dock for the afternoon and then going to a pub and eating in Liverpool - if you wish to head back to Manchester directly after the walk Lime Street Station is about 20 minutes walk away.

4-10-2014 09:40 4-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Liverpool City Centre Walk Liverpool Lime Street MAD Walkers

11

10 Years, 10 Marathons - West Pennine Moors

Public Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

24.7 mi

934m

The tenth in the series of marathon walks. Three nice hills to climb, we start with the Jubilee Tower on Darwen Hill, we then visit the Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill, then over to the wind farm on Scout Moor, before dropping down to the finish in Bury. Plenty of variety on this walk, moorland, farmland, woodland and passing a couple of reservoirs too. There is long grass on the moors, and it may be a bit boggy, so gaiters are advised. We should be finished before dusk but bring a head torch just in case. There is an opportunity to stock up on provisions in Ramsbottom at just over half distance, and there's a nice bar in Bury for a celabratory refreshment 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.

07:10: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 07:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer @ £11 covers train to Darwen and return tram service from Bury

07:26: Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

08:15: Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return from Bury Interchange. Regular tram service to Manchester

Waypoints: Jubilee Tower, Turton Bottoms, Peel Tower, Ramsbottom, Waugh's Well, Burrs, Bury

11-10-2014 07:10 11-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London 10 Years, 10 Marathons - West Pennine Moors Darwen Station MAD Walkers

11

Edale Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins.

8.5 mi

518m

Last Minute slighter warmer (hopefully) version of the Xmas Classic Walk, Minor scramble up Grindsbrook Clough but other than that not too taxing, perfect walk to get rid of that Saturday Morning Hangover!

Would be rude not to pop into the Ramblers Inn at the end and support the local economy :)

Walk starts at the railway station, there is plently of parking nearby should you wish to drive.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:25: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale

10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

11:35: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:47, 17:47...

Waypoints: Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Wool Packs, Jacobs Ladder, Edale

11-10-2014 10:25 11-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale Circular Edale Station MAD Walkers

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A nice walk from Littleborough to Marsden

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.5 mi

430m

A moorland walk from Littleborough to Marsden via Blackstone Edge and over the M62. (96)

Then we end up in Marsden where the Jazz Festival is taking place. Niiiice...

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 09:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger - also covers train travel into Manchester £5

Single from Marsden to Greenfield £5.80

09:52: Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:25: Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return from Marsden Station. 17:28, 18:28, 19:28, 20:28

Waypoints: Lydgate, Aiggin Stone, Blackstone Edge, Robin Hood's Bed, Sun End, Pennine Way Bridge near M62 Jn. 22, Axletree Edge, White Hill, Haigh Gutter, Willykay Clough, Tunnel End, Marsden

Extra:

No toilets at Station, use the ones on the train.

 

12-10-2014 09:30 12-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A nice walk from Littleborough to Marsden Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

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Dales and Moors

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

20.0 mi

1196m

Clocks change next week so a nice hard walk through some stunning limestone scenery to make the most of the daylight!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:40: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer (£11): buy in advance from paypoint/manned stations

07:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

08:35: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Buxton Train Station. X:24 aiming for 18:24

Waypoints: Hollins Cross; Cave Dale; Dam Dale; Peter Dale; Hay Dale; Monks Dale; Chee Dale; Chelmorton; Buxton

Extra Note:

This is a hard walk and needs to be done briskly. There are no bail out points. Some of the dales are very rough underfoot and slippery especially if it's been wet. you must have proper walking boots with you and be able to keep up.

The ascent comes in lots of short steep bursts, including some towards the end of the walk.

OS Maps OL 1 and 24

18-10-2014 07:40 18-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Dales and Moors Edale Station MAD Walkers

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Tower, Turrets and Reservoirs

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stephen Jones.

11.2 mi

295m

A relatively easy walk starting at a Sociable Sunday hour taking in the Jumbles Country Park, Turton Tower, part of the Bolton Rotary Way and Wayoh Reservoir.  Depending on time there may be a brief refreshment stop at the Black Bull in Edgworth.

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 11:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bromley Cross (£4.20) though a GM Rail Ranger may be cheaper if travelling into Manchester by train

11:03: Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

11:30: Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return from Bromley Cross Station. 17:28, 18:28

Waypoints: Waypoints: Bromley Cross Station, Jumbles Country Park, Turton Tower, Whittle Hill Farm , Entwistle Station, Black Bull Public House (Edgworth), Jumbles Country Park Information Centre, Bromley Cross

19-10-2014 10:45 19-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Tower, Turrets and Reservoirs Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers

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Welsh Wander

Direct Transport based walk with Richard Holt.

7.5 mi

350m

A walk to the top of Moel Famau in the Clywdian Range, awesome views over Wales on a good day.

2/3rd of the way stop at Loggerheads Cafe for a well earned cake and tea.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30: Meet at the walk start (Bwlch Penbarras, Mold CH7 5SH)

10:45 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Moel Famau, Ffrith, Loggerheads Cafe, Rhyd-yr-Eilun

25-10-2014 10:30 25-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Welsh Wander Bwlch Penbarras, Mold CH7 5SH MAD Walkers

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Spooky Pendle Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

9.5 mi

582m

As Halloween approaches, we visit the home of the Pendle Witches that lived here over 400 years ago. A circular walk, starting from the village of Barley, we climb up Pendle Hill, for some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. We then drop down to the Ogden reservoirs and on through Fell Wood (a spooky forest) to the hamlet of Newchurch in Pendle, which has its very own spooky shop...and some toilets. From here we head to Aitken Wood, which hosts the Pendle Sculpture Trail, with plaques and carvings that tell the tale of the Pendle Witches. We then pass the Black Moss reservoirs on the way back to Barley and the safety of the pub!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15: Meet at the walk start (Barley Parish Council Car Park)

10:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Beacon or Big End, Upper Ogden reservoir, Fell Wood, Newchurch in Pendle, Aitken Wood, Lower Black Moss Reservoir

Additional:

The car park charge is £1 for all day, payable in the honesty box. Toilets are available at the walk start. The car park shuts at 6pm but we should be finished well before then. If anyone wants to come on the walk and needs a lift, or can offer one, email me: a.helm@ntlworld.com

26-10-2014 10:15 26-10-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Spooky Pendle Walk Barley Parish Council Car Park MAD Walkers

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A sefton coast ramble

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Thomas Featherstone.

10.0 mi

150m

*** -- Walk leader will meet the group at Southport rail station -- ***

A variation of the popular 'Freshfield to Southport' walk, this linear coastal walk takes in the best parts of the Sefton Coastal path from Liverpool to Southport (in my opinion). Starting in Hightown, we will pass by the Altcar rifle range, and continue to Cabin hill nature reserve and the surrounding fields. We will then pass through the Formby red squirrel reserve and proceed through sand dunes to the beach. We will walk alongside the sea before turning inland and walk through the Ainsdale woodland reserve and finish with a walk up Shore Road to Ainsdale train station. From here, there is the option to get the train back to Southport (every 15 minutes), but for those wishing to stay on, we will get the train back to Freshfield for some drinks in The Freshfield (http://gkpubs.co.uk/pubs-in-liverpool/freshfield-pub/).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Hightown (£12)

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Hightown.

11:05: Walk starts at Hightown.

Return from Ainsdale. Every 15 minutes from Ainsdale/Freshfield (see description). From Southport: 16:20, 17:29, 18:12, 20:17, Last: 22:14

Waypoints: Altcar rifle range, Cabin Hill nature reserve, Formby red squirrel reserve, Freshfield beach, Fisherman's path, Ainsdale woodland reserve

Additional:

Alight at Southport station at 10:37, where the walk leader will meet the group, and then get the 10:43 Merseyrail service to Hightown.

Toilets: There are no toilets at Hightown station or on the Merseyrail service to Hightown from Southport, please use the toilets on the Northern rail service from Manchester or in Southport station.

Parking: No car parks at Hightown station, but there are various quiet roads nearby, or parking at Southport and getting the train from there might be an option.

Please make sure to be on time for the meeting in Piccadilly station, as the train departs for the walk start at platform 14 (unless otherwise stated on the day), and this is at the very back of the station. Therefore, please allow plenty of time to get to the platform.

Although this is a beach side walk, please bring full hill walking gear with waterproofs.

1-11-2014 09:00 1-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A sefton coast ramble Hightown MAD Walkers

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Seeing two Lads about a Pike

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.9 mi

350m

A walk up out of the Leafier suburbs of Bolton up to Two Lads and then Rivington Pike before descending back through Horwich to Blackrod. (97)

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 Oxford Road for the train at 09:24. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Blackrod £4.20

09:24: Train departs for the walk start at Lostock.

09:55: Walk starts at Lostock.

Return from Blackrod Station. 17:13, 18:13

Waypoints: Middlebrook, Markland Hill, Doffcocker Lodge, Delph Hill, Burnt Edge, Two Lads, PIke Cottage, Rivington Pike, Pidgeon Tower, Rivington Hall Barn, Lower Rivington Reservoir, Liverpool Castle, Jepson's

Extra:

Pub at the end (obviously) by Blackrod Station whilst waiting for the train!
 

2-11-2014 09:00 2-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Seeing two Lads about a Pike Lostock MAD Walkers

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Remember: The Plane Wrecks of Bleaklow

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

11.0 mi

700m

A relatively easy walk taking in some of the aircraft wrecks on Bleaklow and probably visiting the famous B29 wreck.

This is a high level moorland walk with some off path, so warm clothing, lunch and possibly a head torch will be required. The chances are Gaiters will be essential.

Please note: NO JEANS OR TRAINERS, anyone turning up in such will be asked not to partake in this walk.

For those like myself who love snow, I hope for some again this year on this walk :).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:50: 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.

09:55: Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return from Glossop Station. xx:08 and xx:38 until last train at 21:38

Waypoints: Cock hill, Sykes moor, the Hern stones, Higher shelf stones, James Thorn.

Informatio:

The walk leader will meet at the walk start.

9-11-2014 08:50 9-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Remember: The Plane Wrecks of Bleaklow Glossop Station MAD Walkers

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Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.0 mi

957m

A long walk from Macclesfield  taking in two of the highest peaks in Cheshire, along with a visit to Macclesfield Forest and some spectacular scenery en route (weather permitting!) The walk finishes at Whaley Bridge, allowing the extra keen to join Stu's walk in the dark to Eccles Pike straight after (or possibly with a short interval for liquid refreshment).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket £11 (buy in advance from paypoint/manned stations)

08:46: Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:20: Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return from Whaley Bridge Station. X:39 aiming for 16:39

Waypoints: Macclesfield; Langley; Macclesfield Forest; Shutlingsloe; Cumberland Brook; Shining Tor; Errwood Reservoir; River Goyt; Whaley Bridge

Extra Note:

OS Map Ex 24

This is a long walk with a lot of climbing late in the year: please be sure you can do this at a brisk pace, especially as we are aiming to finish in time to join up with Stu's second walk. Please also bring a torch just  in case we don't make it in the light.

If you are joining Stu's walk at the end, the Wayfarer ticket will get you home after that as well.

15-11-2014 08:30 15-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers

15

It's A Stones throw....

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

7.0 mi

270m

Part one of a two part walk.

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge (£7.70)

10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:20: Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return from Whaley Bridge Station. 15:39, 16:41, 17:39

Waypoints: The Cage, Lyme Park, Bowstonesgate, Whaley Moor, Toddbrook Reservior

Extra:

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

15-11-2014 10:30 15-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London It's A Stones throw.... Disley Station MAD Walkers

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The Pike by Night

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Andy Buckley.

3.0 mi

170m

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

 

 

**Please note that Sarah Peppiatt’s

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

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

15:35: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 15:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge £7.70

15:49: Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

16:45: Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return from Whaley Bridge Station. 18:41, 19:39, 20:41, 21:39, 23:08

Waypoints: Throstledale, Dingle Wood, Ollerenshaw Hall & Eccles Pike.

Extra:

A TORCH IS AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR THIS WALK. Please ensure you are appropriately equipped for the weather conditions. The route is along good paths and lanes but please ensure you have walking boots. Only one train ticket is need to do both this walk and 'Just a stones throw' walk. **Please note that Sarah Peppiatt’s walk will be joining us in time for this walk.**

15-11-2014 15:35 15-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London The Pike by Night Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers

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Calderdale Circuit Part 3 - Hebden Bridge to Littleborough

Public Transport based walk with Angela Robinson.

11.0 mi

460m

The third of three walks taking us in a circuit around the Calderdale area. Includes parts of the Pennine Way and the Pennine Bridleway.

After climbing out of Hebden Bridge, we head to Stoodley Pike monument. Crossing the moors we then reach Gaddings Dam, a favourite with local swimmers in summer. Descending back into the valley past Walsden, we then have the final climb of the day. After walking along the bridleway on the hilltop, over the Summit railway tunnel, we join the Rochdale canal which takes us back to Littleborough.

*Walk leader meeting 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.

08:35: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Hebden Bridge £8.20

Duo ticket (2 adults travelling together) £12.30

08:48: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:19: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return from Littleborough train Station. xx03, xx34, 1704, 1733, 1759, 1803, 1833, 1859

Waypoints: Crow Nest Wood, Pinnacle Lane, Stoodley Pike, Withens Gate, Warland Drain, Gaddings Dam, Rake End, Bottomley, Summit, Rochdale Canal

Extra:

Limited toilets at walk start, so please use those on train if possible

22-11-2014 08:35 22-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Calderdale Circuit Part 3 - Hebden Bridge to Littleborough Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

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A nice little stroll around the white peaks - Thor's Cave and Ecton Hill Circular

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Richard Holt.

6.5 mi

300m

A relatively simple wander around a beautiful part of the peaks plus a stop at the highlight of the area at Thor's Cave. The walk leader has done most of this walk before however there are a couple of changes to the normal route which will not be scouted so anticipate some minor detours.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30: Meet at the walk start (Wetton)

10:45 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Wetton, Thor's Cave, Manifold Trail, Wettonmill , Manifold Trail, Swainsley, Ecton, Ecton Hill, Top Of Ecton, Manor House, Wetton

23-11-2014 10:30 23-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A nice little stroll around the white peaks - Thor's Cave and Ecton Hill Circular Wetton MAD Walkers

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A walk down memory lane

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

8.0 mi

350m

A re-run of my first ever walk for Mad Walkers. 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.

 

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 10:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return £7.40. A duo ticket is available where two people can travel together for £10.90.

10:26: Train departs for the walk start at Walsden.

11:00: Walk starts at Walsden.

Return from Littleborough train Station. xx:34 & xx:03 until 21:03, then at 43 past from then

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.

Car Driver:

Please note there is no car park at walsden. You can park your car for free at Littleborough station and then catch the 10:53 train to Walsden.

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

29-11-2014 10:00 29-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A walk down memory lane Walsden MAD Walkers

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Staly Vegas or Bust

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.5 mi

320m

Please note later start time than previously advertised!

A classic route over the top from Hadfield to Stalybridge via reservoirs and moors.

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 £5

10:18: Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00: Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return from Stalybridge Station. 17:46 then xx:46 to Victoria, 17:50 then xx:50 to Piccadilly

Waypoints: Bottoms Reservoir, Tintwistle, Arnfield, Pennine Bridleway, Hollingworthall Moor, Wild Bank Hill, Mottram Rise, Bower Fold, Stalybridge

Extra:

Refreshments and other beverages at the infamous Stalybridge Buffet Bar at the end whilst waiting for the train!
 

30-11-2014 10:00 30-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Staly Vegas or Bust Hadfield Station MAD Walkers

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Santa Walk 2014

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

6.0 mi

320m

Please note that we will be taking the tram from Shudehill Tram Station

Ho-Ho-Ho!! It's the time of year to get the tinsel and fairy lights out and have a walk with a bit of a diference, where fancy dress is an option (that can be from as little as a Santa hat or a full blown costume!) followed by a pre-booked christmas meal.

This years walk is slightly different as it is a linear walk and involves many types of public transport. We will meet at Manchester Victoria/Shudehill (depending whether the new Manchester Victoria tram stop is open, I will keep you advised on the situation) to get the tram to Bury with a ten minute walk over to the East Lancs Railway were we join the Santa steam train to Rawtenstall for our linear walk to Ramsbottom.

The walk take us through urban sections of Rawtenstall followed by a riverside walk along the Irwell before heading up to Irwell Vale and then up through the woods passing under the disused viaduct to the foot of the moors and then heading along the level tracks towards Peel Tower but we cut off down into Ramsbottom before reaching the tower and back to the pub for our christmas meal. 

The return journey from Ramsbottom to Bury wil be via bus with a 20 minute journey time. These run all the way up to midnight and are every 15 minutes were we will pick up the tram back to Manchester. 

The cost of the Santa Walk this year is £29. This price includes the cost of the meal, the steam train journey to Rawtenstall and sundries. Any surplus left over will be donated to the local MRT.

This walk is a PRE-BOOKED WALK and is open to MEMBERS OF MAD WALKERS ONLY. We are limted to 40 PLACES on this walk, to book on this walk please e-mail Santa.walk@yahoo.co.uk with your MAD membership number from 8pm on the 1st November including your membership number

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 Shudehill Tram Station for the train at 09:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

If your entire journey for the day will involve only tram and bus:

Tram/Bus System One Daysaver  £6.70 (available from tram ticket machine)

If you require to travel on a train (from within the Greater Manchester area), tram and bus you require:

Bus/Tram/Train System One Daysaver £8.60 (available from ticket offices and should be available from the conductor on the train)

If you are travelling on the train from outside the Greater Manchester Rail Ticket Zone a Wayfarer will cover all your public transport journeys for £11.

09:50: Train departs for the walk start at Rawtenstall Station.

11:50: Walk starts at Rawtenstall Station.

Return from Ramsbottom Station. Bus service 474 : **59, **29. Bus Service 473: **15, Bus service 472: **44

Waypoints: Ewood Bridge, Irwell Vale, Sunny Bank, Cronkshaw Fold, Chatterton Close, Carr

Fancy Dres:

If you do decide to come on this walk in fancy dress please still bring ALL your bad weather gear too!!!

6-12-2014 09:40 6-12-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Santa Walk 2014 Rawtenstall Station MAD Walkers

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Hymn from a Village (Disley)

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

8.5 mi

430m

Short pre-Christmas party amble to Disley Village and Lyme Park where they Ring the Bells for the season that is in it. We'll be Waltzing Along well tracked paths and there will be a slight ascent out of Lyme Park and some road walking before returning to the park via woodland paths. We may even spot a deer or Seven, but dont worry if you feel they are Out To Get You, they're pretty Sound and are unlikely to Lose Control. 

There's no need to Say Something to attend, just show up at the meet point in Piccadilly. Walk will begin at Disley train station where there is ample Laid out car parking for any drivers, so no risk that you will Runaground.

At the walk's end there may be time for a drink in the popular Dandy Cock in Disley.  The landlady; She's a Star and welcomes even muddied walkers. Alternatively you may feel the internal shout of Come Home and Destiny Calling before the Xmas Party and wish to go and get cleaned up, trains are hourly back to Manchester Piccadilly.

So don't have a weekend Born Of Frustration, don't put off a bit of activity and socialising until Tomorrow, don't Sit Down, come and join us. Even though the paths are quite well defined it's a December walk so expect cool temperatures, mud and rain (maybe even snow) so dress accordingly.

Sometimes when you read back your walk narrative it dawns on you just what an influence music on reccie walks can be, so don't be shocked at the end if I ask "How Was It For You?"

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:40: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return £6.00

10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:25: Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return from Disley Station. 15:49; 16:50; 17:49 later trains hourly to 23:18

Waypoints: Green Lane, Bollinghurst Bridge, Higher Moor, Bowstonegate, Hase Bank Wood, Elmerhurst Cottage.

13-12-2014 10:40 13-12-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Hymn from a Village (Disley) Disley Station MAD Walkers

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Edale Christmas Classic

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins.

8.0 mi

508m

A great alternative to that last minute Christmas Shopping!!...

From Edale we'll make our way to Grindsbrook Clough and enjoy the very mild scramble to the top and then make our way to Crowdon Tower and the fascinating rocks along the Wool Packs before joining the Pennine Way, heading down Jacob's Ladder and back towards Edale.

And being Christmas it would be rude not to sample a few beverages in the Nag's Head or Ramblers in (or both!) before getting the train back to Picadilly.

This walk is suitable for new walkers but please take note there is a mild scramble involved and it has been known to be a little boggy on the top so gailtors or waterproofs recommended.

There is a big car park at Edale Village Hall should you wish to drive, it's less than a minute away from the station.

 

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale

09:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:40: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. 15:47 then hourly

Waypoints: Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Wool Packs, Pennine Way, Jacob's Ladder, Edale

20-12-2014 09:30 20-12-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale Christmas Classic Edale Station MAD Walkers

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'Twas the walk before Christmas

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.0 mi

240m

A final little walk round Chinley to see what Eccles Pike looks like in Daylight before Christmas, the day may be the shortest but the walk will be festive! (98)

 

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 Piccadilly for the train at 11:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Chinley £9.80

11:40: Train departs for the walk start at Chinley.

12:10: Walk starts at Chinley.

Return from Chinley. 17:56, 19:56

Waypoints: Stubbins, Hollin Wood, Brierley Green, Bugsworth (or Buxworth if you're posh!), Eccles Pike, Bridgeholm Green, Peak Forest Tramway (Route of)

Extra:

Drinks in Chinley at the end.

21-12-2014 11:20 21-12-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Twas the walk before Christmas Chinley MAD Walkers

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Boxing Day from Stretford to Didsbury

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

7.0 mi

20m

Something slightly different for Boxing Day to previous years - a linear walk along the waterways of South Manchester from Stretford to Didsbury making use of the Metrolink.... (99a)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45: Meet at the walk start (Stretford tramstop)

11:00 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve, Sale Water Park, Chorlton Ees and Ivy Green Nature Reserve, Jackson's Bridge, River Mersey, Chorlton Water Park, Trans-Pennine Trail, Simon's Bridge, East Didsbury

Travel Inf:

To get to Stretford Tram Station and then to travel onward after the end of the walk at East Didsbury, use the following tickets -

Metrolink Adult Day Travelcard £5

System One Bus/Tram Daysaver £6.70

Please note no National Rail services are running on Boxing Day, only a restricted bus and tram service are running. Allow plenty of time to get to Stretford. See http://www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Pages/christmas.aspx for full travel details.

Short refreshment stop at Jackson's Boat Pub, then drinks/food after the end of the walk at the Gateway (a Wetherspoon's) in East Didsbury.

ETA in Didsbury 3.30pm.

26-12-2014 10:45 26-12-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London Boxing Day from Stretford to Didsbury Stretford tramstop MAD Walkers

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