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AGM 11th November 2017

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

The Essentials

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

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

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


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED FOR WALKING!

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

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

Lead a walk

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

Historical walks

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Walks from 2015

 

3

The Hard Way

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.0 mi

784m

A nice hard(ish) and very varied walk to burn off those Christmas excesses, starting with an easy stretch down the River Derwent before visiting some limestone dales and finishing over open moorland.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Grindleford (£10.90) or Wayfarer (£11) if travelling in from Greater Manchester

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. X:32 aiming for 15:32 or considerably later if via pub

3-1-2015 07:45 3-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Hard Way Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford, River Derwent, Pilsey, Longstone Edge, Rough Side, Eyam, Hathersage
Extra Note:

Likely to be very muddy unless it stays frozen. Gaiters/waterproof trousers reccommended, especially if you want to be allowed in the pub later!

No easy bailouts so you need to be able to walk whole distance at a reasonable pace (it gets dark before 4pm remember!!).

Parts of the walk are very exposed so you must have proper waterproofs/boots etc.

OS Map Ex 1 & 24

 

 

3

The Easy Way

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

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. At Hathersage we will be stopping at the Plough Inn where Sarah's walk will meet us. The bar does a selection of drinks and food.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Grindlefod £10.90 or a Wayfarer (covers travel in to and around the Greater Manchster area. Can only be purchased before travel at staffed stations / TFGM Travel Shop)

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 15:28, 16:28, 17:29, 19:28

3-1-2015 10:20 3-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Easy Way Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yancliff Wood, Granby Wood, Longshaw Lodge, Sheffield Country Walk, Fiddler's Elbow, Callow,Mitchell Field, Scraperlow
Car Driver:

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

Wilmslow to Alderley Edge

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

10.0 mi

150m

A walk following the River Bollin before climbing up the Edge.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:55

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:06. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Alderley Edge (£7.20)
 

10:06

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

10:32

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. 16:21, 16:51, 17:21

4-1-2015 09:55 4-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow to Alderley Edge Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Bollin, Mottram Hall golf course, Mottram Cross, Alderley Edge

 

 

10

Two views of Dove Stones Reservoir

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

9.7 mi

264m

The first half involves a short walk through Greenfields Village then a series of paths, bridleways and very short sections of road that take us up to open moorland.  There are a couple of short steep sections so we'll stop for a breather once we reach the Obelisk and Pots & Pans.  Some of the paths were wet and uneven when reccied so good quality walking boots will be necessary.  There is little shelter from the elements up there as well so warm layers will be necessary if the day is windy and/or wet.  

We'll stop for lunch at the view point at Alderman's Hill that overlooks the Dove Stones, Yoeman and Greenfield reservoirs. The descent down from Alderman's hill is a little tricky so care is needed.  

Toilets are available as we head down to an easy level walk around the Yoeman and Dove Stone reservoirs before heading back into Greenfield. There is a bail out point when we reach the reservoir for anyone that wishes to leave early and another set of toilets are available in the car park at Dove Stones reservoir.  

We'll stop off at the Wellington Inn once we get back to Greenfield then onto 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.

09:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Greenfield £4.30

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 36 minutes past the hour

10-1-2015 09:45 10-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Two views of Dove Stones Reservoir Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Fur Lane, Pots & Pans, Shaw Rocks, Alderman's Hill, Oldham Way, Yeoman Hey & Dove Stone Reservoirs
Extra Info:

Toilets are available at Greenfield train station, roughly half way round and at Dove Stones car park

 

 

11

Glossop Circular

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

4.0 mi

100m

An afternoon walk around Glossop. From the station we will climb up to Old Glossop before stopping for lunch in Manor Park. From here we head out into the countryside before finishing with a well earning drink at The Globe 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.

11:35

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Glossop: £4.30

11:48

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

12:18

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 16:08, 16:38, 17:08, 17:38

11-1-2015 11:35 11-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Glossop Circular Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Old Glossop, Manor Park, Glossop & District Golf Club, Hurstnook Farm, The Globe pub

 

 

17

A precisely measured walk*

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

18.0 mi

900m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start.

This is a long walk for any time of year, let alone mid-January. So we’ll need to maintain a brisk pace throughout with only short breaks for food. We dip in and out of sharing paths with the Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway and Calderdale Way.  The central section is quite exposed, there’s some moorland walking which is bound to be boggy (or frozen) and a stream to be forded early on, so come equipped!
We start through the woods on the southern side of the Calder Valley before crossing the river/canal/road/railway and taking the most Jumbley route up Jumble Hole Clough, across to the village of Blackshaw Head thence fields and moorland to Lower Gorple, down Hardcastle Crags then one final climb to Lumb Hole waterfall and Gib Slack before a march back to Old Town and down the hill for the last time.
The last few miles are not best done in the dark, so if lack of daylight seems to be beating us there are a few options to abbreviate the walk.

Walk Leader meeting at start

* with caveats
 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

A Manchester/Hebden day return will cost £9.30.

08:16

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for 1707 return, but trains at xx19 xx42 xx07 until 20.00

17-1-2015 08:00 17-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A precisely measured walk* Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Callis Wood, Great Rock, Blackshaw Head, Land Farm, Gorple Lower, Gibson Mill, Lumb Hole Waterfall

 

 

17

Arnside in Winter

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.9 mi

210m

A wintry coastal walk, over Arnside Knott, and then back along the clifftops and down onto the beach round Park Point to Arnside.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Arnside £20.90, Train at Piccadilly is 1016 to Edinburgh, Change at Lancaster for 1128 to Arnside.

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Arnside Station.

12:00

Walk starts at Arnside Station.

Return

from Arnside Station. 17:58, 18:43, 19:58

17-1-2015 10:00 17-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Arnside in Winter Arnside Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dobshall Road, Arnside Knott, Hare Parrock, Far Arnside, Park Point, Arnside Point, Blackstone Point, New Barns, Arnside
Extra:

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

Car travel options - Take the M6 to Jn 35, then A601(M), A6 to Milthorpe, turning left onto B5282 at Milthorpe which will then take you to Arnside. Allow 2 hours for journey.

Arnside Station address is Station Road, ARNSIDE, Cumbria LA5 0HQ

 

 

24

Along the Edge (and maybe to Rusholme?)

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Anthony Helm.

7.6 mi

175m

A fairly easy linear walk from Alderley Edge to Wilmslow. From the station we head up to the viewpoint at "The Edge." We then head through some woodland and farmland, towards the golf course at Mottram Hall. We then follow the river Bollin back to Wilmslow. Nothing too strenuous but it may be muddy in parts, this is the Cheshire countryside in January! We will be sticking to defined footpaths wherever possible. When we arrive at Wilmslow, rather than the usual pub stop, we will take the train back to Manchester for some light refreshment time permitting, then a short bus ride to Rusholme for a meal in one of curry miles' Indian restaurants. The meal is of course optional and I will be taking a show of hands at the beginning of the walk, to forewarn the restaurant of numbers for a 6pm booking.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Alderley Edge @ £7.90

10:46

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

11:30

Walk starts at Alderley Edge Rail Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. 15:44, 15:53, 16:14

24-1-2015 10:30 24-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Along the Edge (and maybe to Rusholme?) Alderley Edge Rail Station MAD Walkers

 

 

25

Bromley Cross and Cheetham Close

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.3 mi

220m

A circular walk in the West Pennines to the north of Bolton, taking in many reservoirs, a quick drink at a duck-related pub then up onto Cheetham Close in search of a Stone Circle, before skirting round the edge of Egerton to go to the Flag pub before getting the train home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bromley Cross £4.30

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Bromley Cross Station. 16:28, 17:28 etc.

25-1-2015 09:45 25-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Bromley Cross and Cheetham Close Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rotary Way, Jumbles Country Park, Turton Bottoms, Chapeltown, Wayoh Reservoir, Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, Cheetham Close, Cox Green, Bromley Cross
Extra:

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

Pub stop at the Strawbury Duck. Lunch stop at Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.

 

 

31

White Nancy and Bollington

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

7.6 mi

260m

A walk up to Bollington via the Middlewood Way, up to the White Nancy Monument and along the Saddle of Kerridge before going back along the canal into Macclesfield, stopping at The Wharf on the way into town.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Manchester to Macclesfield £9.10 or Wayfarer £12 includes bus and tram travel into Manchester as well. Also £

10:46

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. 17:21 (Slow) 17:21 (Fast) 17:41 (Fast) 18:21 (Slow)

31-1-2015 10:30 31-1-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London White Nancy and Bollington Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Middlewood Way, Bollington, Kerridge, White Nancy, Saddle of Kerridge, Swanscoe Farm, Jenny's Farm, Macclesfield Canal, Macclesfield.
Extra:

Toilets at Walk Start. Train also calls at Stockport at 10:55, return Stockport to Macc is £6.70.
 

 

 

1

Warland

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

14.7 mi

493m

There is parking at Littleborough station and I think it is free.

After leaving Littleborough, we'll climb up Blackstone Edge and join the Pennine Way north.  Then we'll drop into Warland and have lunch next ot the Rochdale Canal.  After lunch we'll climb up Shore Moor, Crook Hill and Rough Hill before dropping down to Shore for a drink or two at King William IV.  It is then a 30 minute walk back to Littleborough station.

We'll be moving at a moderate pace.  Bring a packed lunch and some snacks.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Day return - £4.30

08:52

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 17:31, 18:31, 19:31, 20:31, 21:31, 21:47 and 23:06

1-2-2015 08:40 1-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Warland Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackstone Edge Fold, The White House Pub, Cheltburn Moor, Warland, Crook Hill and Rough Hill

 

 

7

Bottom to Bottom

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

9.0 mi

500m

After leaving the train station we do a stiff ascent through brook bottom and onto shaw farm. After a few muddy fields the walk tours some amazing valleys in the area before heading onto the Cown Edge Rocks and the incredible ridge line. We take a slight elongated way through more woods and riverways until we get to broadbottom.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: 5.20. You have to buy these from the ticket office

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

10:14

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 15:14,15:44,16:14,16:44 etc

7-2-2015 09:20 7-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Bottom to Bottom Strines MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Strines, Midshires Way, Shaw Farm, Castle Edge Farm, BriarGrove Farm, Ringstones Farm, Cown Edge Rocks, The Banks, Holehouse, Chew, Cown Edge way, Broadbottom
extra info:

a few muddy fields so gaiters advisable. Warning Several cow fields for those who are Taurophobic.

 

 

14

Roses Are Red...

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

12.5 mi

616m

A nice (but probably not very romantic) Valentines Day circular walk from the lovely West Yorkshire Village of Marsden.

We'll head straight out of the village and a short climb to join the popular Standege trail which cuts through some beautiful Moorland before joing the Pennine Way and passing the Redbrook, Black Moss & Swellands Reservoirs decending into the valley before taking one of several paths back into Marsden.

There are several pubs and cafes that can be visited after the walk and also the option of visiting some of the 'Ale Trail' pubs on the way home.

There may be a few wet areas so waterproofs/Gaitors may be required.

Free parking is available at the station for those wishing to drive.

 

**Please note that upon reccie-ing we could not pass a stream due to heavy rainfall so may have to adapt the walk accordinly**

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Marden £9.80

(if you purchase your tickets along with someone else you can get a 2-persons ticket for £14.70... feel free to meet up at the station if needed and I will find someone for you to buy a ticket with)

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 15:28, 16:28, 17:28, 17:58, 28 past the hour until final train 23:19

14-2-2015 09:30 14-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Roses Are Red... Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsden, Standedge Trail, Pennine Way, Redbrook, Black Moss & Swellands Reservoirs, Blakely Clough, Kirklees Way

 

 

15

The Delight of Hebden Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.0 mi

324m

This walk takes in We start the walk by a gentle stroll along the Rochdale canal before we start the climb up through the derilict cotton mills and woods up to the hamlet of Jack Bridge where there will be a chance to partake in a quick drink at The New Delight Inn before heading off over to the crags overlooking Hebden Bridge where we start our descent via Heaptonstall village. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hebden Bridge: £9.50

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 1542 and every hour

15-2-2015 10:00 15-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Delight of Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Delph, Blackshaw Head, Jack Bridge, Heaptonstall

 

 

21

Day 1 of the Gritstone Trail

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

12.0 mi

500m

Walk leader to meet group at Disley train station.

The Gritstone trail is a long distance path usually split into 3 day-long stages. Day 1 covers the wild but beautiful hills and valleys between Disley and Macclesfield. The walk ends in the village of Langley, where we will have a pub stop and then can get the bus back to Macclesfield. There is the option to have a pub stop in Macclesfield too.

The last bus from Langley to Macclesfield is 17:22. Alternatively taxis are usually a reasonable price if shared. Pubs available in Langley or Macclesfield after the walk depending on the time available.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer. This will cover the bus and train tickets for the day

08:50

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. 17:41, 18:12, 18:21, 18:41. 3 times per hour until 23:39

21-2-2015 08:35 21-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Day 1 of the Gritstone Trail Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Disley, Lyme Park, Sponds Hill, Kerridge Ridge, Teggs Nose, Langley. Buses from Langley to Macclesfield are 22 minutes past every hour.

 

 

28

East of Stanage

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

18.5 mi

930m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Either Wayfarer ticket (£12) if coming in across Greater Manchester or return to Grindleford (£11.10)

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. X:32 aiming for 17:32

28-2-2015 08:40 28-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London East of Stanage Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Padley Gorge; Longshaw Lodge, Totley Moor; Flask Edge Trig; Big Moor; Ramsley Reservoir; Smeekley Woods; Old Fanshaw Hall; Gill Woods; Totley Bents; Blacka Woods; Houndkirk Moor;
Extra Note:

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

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

Walk can be very exposed in places so please ensure you're properly equipped for the weather. Likely to be soggy underfoot so gaiters/waterproofs may be useful

OS Maps OL 1 and 24

 

 

28

The Road to Khandoker

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

7.5 mi

100m

Please note amended meet time.

Joining the Transpennine trail south of Redditch North train station we'll be following the river Tame passing through Stockport (possibly stopping for a drink a the Crown Inn) and then joining the river Mersey through to East Didsbury.

Some of us plan to go for a curry at Khandoker in East Didsbury, everyone is welcome to join us - if you would like to come, please email me at jwbuckland@hotmail.com.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

13:49

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

13:56

Walk starts at Reddish North Train Station.

Return

from east didsbury. Train / Tram / Bus from East Didsbury

28-2-2015 13:30 28-2-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Road to Khandoker Reddish North Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Reddish North Station, Reddish Vale, Transpennine trail, Portwood, Stockport, M60, Parrswood / East Didsbury

 

 

7

All Along the Great Dove Stone Rocks

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

10.5 mi

500m

Please see transport section

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 group. Starting from the car park at Dovestones will we get all of the ascent 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.

09:40

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

Suggested ticket:

return to Greenfield £4.30

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 15:36, 16:36 etc

7-3-2015 09:40 7-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London All Along the Great Dove Stone Rocks Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
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.
Transport:

The official walk for both groups will start from Dove Stones Reservoir Car Park at 10.50am. 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 metres of ascent.
Post code for car park is OL3 7NE. We should be there about 10.50am

Car Park costs £1.30 for the day.

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

 

 

8

Waugh's Well that Ends Well

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.6 mi

370m

A long steady climb out of Bury till we go over Scout Moor and then back down via Waugh's Well and Edenfield to Ramsbottom Station, from which we get 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.

09:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Manchester to Bury Metrolink Return £4.30

East Lancs Railway Single Ramsbottom to Bury £5.40

09:30

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:15

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Ramsbottom Station. 16:37, 17:27

8-3-2015 09:15 8-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Waugh's Well that Ends Well Bury Interchange MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bury, Burrs, Limefield, Gindles Farm, Buckhurst Farm, Turf Moor, Rossendale Way, Waugh's Well, Edenfield, Ramsbottom Station
Extra:

Beers at the Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom, and then at the Trackside Bar, Bury.

 

 

14

New Mills to Edale

Public Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

8.0 mi

500m

Setting off from New Mills Central, we will walk through Hayfield and ascend  reaching the Pennine Way and Jacob's Ladder before arriving in Edale.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:35

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. Walk leader will join train at Bredbury.

10:49

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

11:15

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:47, 17:47, 18:48

14-3-2015 10:35 14-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London New Mills to Edale New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Mills Central, Sef Valley Way, Hayfield, Pennine Bridleway, Pennine Way, Jacob's Ladder, Edale.

 

 

15

Whaley to Disley

Public Transport based walk with Jonathan Franklin.

10.0 mi

300m

A nice walk in a different direction to the usual out of Whaley Bridge and towards Disley, going via Windgather Rocks, the Bow Stones and Lyme 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge £7.80, or a Wayfarer £12 which includes bus/train/tram travel into Manchester

09:50

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 15:52, 16:54, 17:52

15-3-2015 09:30 15-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Whaley to Disley Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Taxal, Windgather Rocks, Kettleshulme, Bowstones, Lyme Park

 

 

21

A steep one (or two)

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.0 mi

1157m

A mid-length walk with a lot of ascent: ideal if you're wanting to push yourself a bit further than usual! Lots of moorland linked by a very pretty section through woodland. Expect 2 steep & long ascents, some off path, including one long downhill section, some very wet rough paths and a few streams to ford.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Wayfarer ticket £12:

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

09:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Edale Station. X:47 aiming for 17:47

21-3-2015 09:00 21-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A steep one (or two) Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yellowslacks; Hern Stones; Upper North Grain; Lady Clough; Seal Stones; Crookstone; Golden Clough; Edale
Extra Note:

The moorland parts of the walk are very exposed so you will need to be properly equipped for the weather. You must have waterproofs and warm layers even if the forecast is good..

No bailout points or pub stops etc so you'll need fluid/food for the whole day.

Parts of the route are rather soggy so gaiters, waterproofs, stilts may be useful. The streams were easily fordable on the recce but if it's been wet in the week before spare socks may be an idea.

OS Map Explorer 1.

 

 

22

Bleak By Name.....

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

11.2 mi

637m

Bit of a last minute thrown together walk but a good one 

We'll start at Hadfield, well known for being a local place for local people so we'll head out of the village pretty sharpish picking up the Longdendale Trail until we drop down to Bottoms Reservoir before passing both the Valehouse and Rhodeswood Reservoirs. 

Just before we get to Torside Reservoir we'll come off the shoreline path and join the Pennine Way (PW) and have a little/big climb up Clough Edge and keeping on the PW until reaching Bleaklow Head. Shortly after we'll come off the PW and head towards the Hern Stones (if you like big pretty rocks these may get you excited) and then we'll head off piste for a bit (bog divers paradise) until we reach the big Superfortress Air Crash site which is pretty cool if you haven't seen it before, a tad boring if you have...

More pretty rocks and a good view from the Higher Stones and then we'll pick up the route over the Lower Shelf Stones and down into Glossop and naturally into the pub.

Oh and look out for Mountain Hares, normally see a few..

Most of the walk is on decent path but there is a slightly boggy bit for a few hundred metres so gaitors/waterproofs advised.

Plenty of parking is available in both Hadfield and Glossop (although it's free in Hadfield) incase you are driving..the start and finish are just one stop away from each other on 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.

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 Glossop £4.30 (but getting off at Hadfield)

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 08 & 38 past the hour

22-3-2015 10:00 22-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Bleak By Name..... Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield, Longdendale Trail, Bottoms Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Pennine Way, Clough Edge, Bleaklow Head, Hern Stones, B29 Superfortress/Overexposed Crash Site, Higher Shelf

 

 

29

Burbage Edge and the Goyt Valley from Buxton

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

10.5 mi

400m

Please note revised meet time for the train at Piccadilly.

There is a rail replacement bus service between New Mills and Buxton which will increase the journey time from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Alternatively you could drive; there is some street parking available, for example on Palace Road or Marlborough Road. The walk leader will meet you at the train station.

A walk from Buxton town centre across stunning moorland to two resevoirs that serve Stockport and surrounding areas. The walk will cover some muddy and boggy bits so gaiters may be useful.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:55. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton £9.80.

08:55

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 16:45, 17:45

29-3-2015 08:45 29-3-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Burbage Edge and the Goyt Valley from Buxton Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Buxton train station, Cavendish golf course, Watford Farm, Burbage Edge, Wild Moor, Errwood reservoir, Goyt's Moss, Berry Clough, Burbage, Poole's Cavern, Buxton town centre.

 

 

4

Zigzags

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

20.5 mi

1210m

A very varied walk from Disley to Buxton that proceeds in a less than direct route! Expect a lot of ascent, a lot of awkward stiles, and some rough wet paths. Two bailout points so this is a good walk if you're wanting to push yourself a bit further: but you will need to walk at the pace of the group even if you intend to leave early.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Return to Buxton £10.10 or a Wayfarer (£12) may be cheaper if coming in across Greater Manchester.

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

08:15

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

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

4-4-2015 07:30 4-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Zigzags Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Cage; Lantern Woods; Todd Reservoir; Taxal Edge; Howlersknowl; Shining Tor; Pannier's Pool; Axe Edge; Buxton Country Park
Extra Note:

Bailout at the 6 mile mark (train station) and at the 13 mile mark (hourly buses to Macclesfield or Buxton where there are trains back. Wayfarer will cover travel on a bus too).

You will need fluid and food for the whole day & appropriate equipment. Gaiters etc may be useful depending on weather

OS Map Ex 24
 

 

 

4

A Cross from Strines

Public Transport based walk with Katherine Hamlett & Stu Edwards.

8.6 mi

320m

WALK LEADERS JOINING TRAIN AT ROMILEY.

One of our favourite routes home... Climbing out of Strines station we immediately make the most of the spectacular views across towards Whaley Moor. Good paths and gradual ascent take us to the vantage point of Mellor Cross with, weather permitting, a fantastic aspect of the surrounding countryside. We continue on the high ground to lunch with a view before working our way through the rural villages en route to the stunning aqueduct and the gentle canal path home. We'll round off the day with a drink in one of our local 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.

09:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Strines £4.20

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

10:15

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Romiley. 15:13; 15:28; 15:41; 15:58 (frequent to Piccadilly)

4-4-2015 09:35 4-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Cross from Strines Strines MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Strines station, The Banks, Primrose Lane, Moorend, Mellor Hall, Mill Brow, Cote Green, Redbrow Wood, Marple Aqueduct, Romiley
Extra:

Walking boots are required for this route. No toilets at station at start of walk - please use toilets on train. This is a linear walk with no parking available at Strines station.

 

 

11

Angle Tarn - A Wander Around Some Angles

Direct Transport based walk with Richard Holt.

6.0 mi

450m

A walk up from Hartsop Village up to Angle tarn - this walk is suitable for new members, however they MUST have boots and be aware that the ascent is not insignificant and a good level of fitness is expected.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Hartsop Village Car Park)

10:30

Walk starts.

11-4-2015 10:15 11-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Angle Tarn - A Wander Around Some Angles

A walk up from Hartsop Village up to Angle tarn - this walk is suitable for new members, however they MUST have boots and be aware that the ascent is not insignificant and a good level of fitness is expected.

Hartsop Village Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hayeswater Gill, Below the Knott, Satura Crag, Angle Tarn, Angletarn Pikes, Boredale House, Dubhow, back to Hartsop
Directions:

Recommended Motorway Junctions is M6 J40 - take the A66 towards Keswick then the A592 is 1st exit on the 1st roundabout you come to. Drive south along the A592, past Glenridding and Patterdale. Hartsop Village is on the left just before Brothers Water and the ascent up the Kirkstone Pass.

Go through the village to the end and there is a car park there. Minimal parking so please try and car share. We have 1 space available for pickup from Sale or Altrincham. If you are unable to park in the car park then you will have to find parking nearby and walk into Hartsop.

Car park grid ref is NY410130.

 

 

11

Kentmere Horseshoe

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!

Walk leader will meet 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.

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 £23.40.  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, changing at Oxenholme and Preston

11-4-2015 08:30 11-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Kentmere Horseshoe Staveley MAD Walkers

 

 

12

Godley to Broadbottom via a really roundabout route

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.0 mi

430m

A long roundabout way of walking between two stations that aren't actually that far from each other!

Going up Hackingknife, down to Botham Hall and then up again via Robin Hood's Picking Rods along Cown Edge till we head back to 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:

Return to Broadbottom £3.90 or Greater Manchester Rail Ranger £5.20 if travelling in from elsewhere

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Godley Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Godley Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 17:15, 17:45 and then xx:15 and xx:45 until 20:45, hourly thereafter

12-4-2015 10:00 12-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Godley to Broadbottom via a really roundabout route Godley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hackingknife, Botham Hall, Robin Hood's Picking Rods, Cown Edge, Coombes Edge, Charlesworth, Broadbottom.
Extra:

Post-walk refreshments at the Harewood Arms, Broadbottom.

If driving, please drive to Broadbottom station (SK14 6AX) and get the 10:45 to Godley (£1.60), arriving at 10:50. The walk will depart once this train has arrived.

No station car park or Toilets are available at Godley, use the toilet on the train.

 

 

18

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

12.0 mi

571m

A 12 mile walk starting in littleborough and ending in Newhey. Exploring the some local reserviours, hills and a big old Roman road. The walk finishes in a nice Samuel Smith pub.

For anyone who is afraid of heights please be advised we will be using the tall bridge that crosses the M62.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Daysaver TM £7.90 as we will be getting a tram back from Newhey.

10:26

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Newhey Tram Station. every 12 minutes (if your lucky)

18-4-2015 10:00 18-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London What have the Romans ever done for us? Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lanefoot, Eales Wood, Lydgate, Roman Road, Blackstone Edge, Pennie Way, Rock Stones Hill, White Hill, Haigh Gutter, Readycon dean Reservoir, Piethorne Reservoir, Ogden Reservoir, Newhey

 

 

19

Bamford is just a stepping stone away

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

19.6 mi

1045m

This is a long walk that rewards a bit of effort with some amazing views, beautiful ridges, peaceful open moorland,  a hidden cafe off the beaten track and walking in some areas that we rarely walk in.  Although I've including three drop out points (1 - 2 miles from each drop out point to a train station), this is a long walk for those doing the full route so we'll still need to move at a reasonable pace to make sure we catch the 7.38pm train.

From Hope we have a steep climb up to Lose Hill and the first views of the Hope Valley, before heading along the ridge to Mam Tor via the first drop out point at Hollins Cross (nearly 4 miles).  We'll stop for a bite to eat on the other side of Mam Tor and take in the views of Rushup Edge and over to Kinder.  There is a second drop out point (nearly 5 miles in) before we head onto the peaceful and rarely walked Rushop Edge.  There is a brief cafe stop shortly after leaving the edge, then it's onto Castleton along a combination of road, path and bridleway via the impressive Winnats Pass.  The third and final drop out point is in Castleton (nearly 13 miles in), where we'll also have lunch. Once past the iconic cement works, we pass through the lovely wee town of Bradwell before the final climb of the day.  It's a steep one and the legs will be tired by this point but the views as we head up towards Bradwell Edge and onto Abney Moor are worth the effort.  The moorland up there is stunning but it's open to the elements so please make sure you have enough layers, or at least a hat.  It's a steep climb down from Offerton Moor towards the River Derwent, where we have our final challenge of the day - the stepping stones to cross the river and then onto the train station.  If the stones are not passable, we have a plan B; along the river bank until we reach the main road.  The train back is every 2 hours and we will head back on the 7.38pm train

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bamford £11.10 or use a wayfarer (£12 if travelling in to Manchester first)

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:18

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 17:37, 19:38, 22:37

19-4-2015 09:00 19-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Bamford is just a stepping stone away Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Loose Hill, Mam Tor, Rushup Edge, Whitelee, Rowter Farm, Winnats Pass, Castleton, Cement works, Bradwell, Abney Moor, Offerton Moor, River Derwent
Toilets:

Toilets are not available at Hope station so use the toilets on the train.  

 

 

23

Evening Walk: Middlewood & Norbury Hollow

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

3.9 mi

40m

 WALK LEADERS JOINING THE TRAIN AT HAZEL GROVE.

It's time for the season of Evening Walks! A tranquil evening stroll around Middlewood and the Macclesfield Canal. Great for new and old members 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.

18:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Middlewood £4.30

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

19:15

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Middlewood Station. 21:58

23-4-2015 18:35 23-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Middlewood & Norbury Hollow Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Norbury Hollow, Rabbit Burro' Farm, Boars Head and Macclesfield Canal
Extra:

Please note no parking available at Middlewood station. PLEASE ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU BRING A TORCH. 

 

 

25

Rivers and Rocks

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

26.0 mi

1582m

A walk of contrasts as the streams and woods of the first part give way to the sharp gritsone ridges before the walk finishes over rolling open moorland. Expect lots of ascent, some very wet rough paths and some off path.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Wayfarer ticket £12 plus single from Macclesfield to Congleton £4.10.

07:46

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

08:25

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. X:28 or aiming for 19:28

25-4-2015 07:30 25-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Rivers and Rocks Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Cloud, Hanging Stone, (ice cream van????); The Roaches; Ramshaw Rocks; Axe Edge trig; Burbage Edge; Buxton Station
Extra Note:

Drivers are advised to park at Stockport and join the train there: both the outward and return services stop at Stockport.

This is a long walk with a lot of ascent and no bailouts (unless you can navigate yourself to an alternative finish) and you must be able to do the whole distance at a reasonable pace.

You will need fluid and food for the whole day. Much of the walk is very exposed so you will need appropriate gear. You shouuld have waterproofs on you whatever the forecast. Gaiters etc may be useful: walking boots essential.

OS Maps Ex 268 & 24.

 

 

 

25

A Marsden MAD Ramble

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Bhavesh Mistry.

8.0 mi

350m

A leisurely stroll from the lovely village of Marsden in West Yorkshire.

We'll start off walking through some of the village before heading onto Old Mount Road and on to the Standedge Way and onto the Moors.

We'll pass a number of reservoirs whilst on the moors before descending quickly onto the Kirklees Way and then back into Marsden.

The walk is mainly on good paths but can be wet in areas so gaitors and waterproofs may be useful.

For those wanting to drive there is ample free parking at the railway station Post Code: HD7 6AX.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Victoria for the train at 09:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Marsden (if travelling in pairs, you purchase a dual ticket).

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 28 minutes past the hour.

25-4-2015 09:40 25-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Marsden MAD Ramble Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsden Station, Old Mount Road, Standedge Trail, Redbrook Reservoir, Blackmoss Reservoir, Swellands Reservoir, Pennine Way, Kirklees Way, Butterley Reservoir, Marsden

 

 

26

A Springtime Walk in the City

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

4.7 mi

56m

A nice afternoon walk in, around and in the odd place even under Manchester City Centre, taking in the green spaces, canals and other nooks and crannies within the city, ending up at the Crown and Kettle pub on Great Ancoats St.

Full-on hiking kit will not be necessary!

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.

26-4-2015 12:45 26-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Springtime Walk in the City

A nice afternoon walk in, around and in the odd place even under Manchester City Centre, taking in the green spaces, canals and other nooks and crannies within the city, ending up at the Crown and Kettle pub on Great Ancoats St.

Full-on hiking kit will not be necessary!

Manchester Victoria Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Manchester Cathedral, Parsonage Gardens, The Hidden Gem, Spinningfields, Castlefield, Cheshire Ring Canal Walk, UMIST, Northern Quarter, Ashton Canal, New Islington, Ancoats
Extra:

Toilets at Walk Start.

Estimated finishing time is 4pm at the latest.

 

 

26

Chatsworth House from Grindleford

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

13.8 mi

396m

This walk starts with two short steep climbs, then it's several gentler ones that'll take us up to a path along a series of ridges.  Shortly after stopping at an ace wee catering van (great hot chocolate and gluten free goodies) we start the descent down to Chatsworth House and a wander around the parts of the grounds that are currently open to the public.  From there we'll head back to Grindleford along paths, small lanes, across open fields and through woodland.  Some of the sections will be muddy so appropriate footwear is needed.  Gaiters would be handy as well 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.

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return from Piccadilly to Grindleford £11.10.  Use a wayfarer ticket (£12) if you're travelling in to/out of Piccadilly

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 15:29 / 17:29 / 19:30

26-4-2015 09:00 26-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Chatsworth House from Grindleford Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tumbling Hill, Froggat Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, Yeldwood Farm, Nether End, Chatsworth House, Bubnell, Calver, Spooner Lane
Additional:

There are no toilets at Grindleford Station so use the toilets on the train.

There are no easy bail out points on this walk.  If you attend you will be expected to be able to complete the walk

 

 

29

Heaton Mess and Blackley Forest Gateau

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

4.0 mi

100m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Heaton Park. We'll meet on the tram platform for the first tram departing after 18:30.

18:30

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

18:50

Walk starts at Heaton Park tram stop.

Return

from Heaton Park tram stop. from Heaton Park tram stop. Frequent trams.

29-4-2015 18:20 29-4-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Heaton Mess and Blackley Forest Gateau Heaton Park tram stop MAD Walkers

 

 

2

A Handful of Reservoirs..

Public Transport based walk with steve rawlins.

16.5 mi

700m

A nice long walk that covers all 5 reservoirs along the Longdendale Trail/Woodhead Pass.

The total ascent is a little misleading as the walk is very steady will very little hills, this walk is ideal for those wishing to just push their distance a little bit further or perfect as a warm up for some of the longer challenge walks.

Starting from Hadfield station, we'll make our way down to Bottoms Reservoir and then in turn the Valehouse, Rhodeswood, Torside & Finally the Woodhead reservoirs. 

We'll stop for lunch at a pretty little stream near the old abandoned railway tunnel and then double back on ourselves crossing over to the opposite side and heading back to Hadfield.

There is a small snackshop at Crowdon for ice-cream/tea & coffee - roughly two-thirds into the walk and toilet facilities at the start, Torside Reservoir and Crowdon.

We'll be stopping at the Bull's Head in Tintwistle on the way back which is about a mile from Hadfield Station but it's very easy to navigate straight back to Hadfield should you not wish to endulge. 

The route is pretty much all on good steady paths but we will need to keep a reasonable steady pace due to the distance.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 29 & 59 past the hour until 19:29 and then hourly at 29 past the hour

2-5-2015 08:30 2-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Handful of Reservoirs.. Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield, Bottoms Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Torside Reservoir, Woodhead Reservoir, Crowndon, Tintwistle

 

 

2

Broadbottom to Glossop round the back

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Ken Banks.

9.0 mi

400m

Return of an old favourite to enjoy the beginning of spring. This is a low level walk with the accent spread throughout the walk. This walk takes in a mixture of back lanes, bridleways and footpaths, through woodland and around resevoirs. We follow Pingots Lane out of Broadbottom up to Warhill, hop the A57, skirt Hollingworth round to Arnfield, through Tintwistle, sweep round Bottoms and then up and over the hill to Old Glossop via Little Padfield. There maybe a beer stop in Tintwistle at the Bulls Head and there is the Star Inn back in Glossop for those that would like to hang around for some socialising afterwards.

Walk leader will meet at walk start

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day return to Glossop £4.30 

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 16:07, :37 ... till 19:37, 20:37, 21:37, 22:37

2-5-2015 10:00 2-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Broadbottom to Glossop round the back Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Warhill, Coach Lane, Hollingworth Hall, Arnfield, Tintwistle, Little Padfield, Old Glossop
Extra:

 

No toilet facilities at walk start so please use the ones on the train.

 

 

3

Tour De Yorkshire Walk

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.0 mi

450m

Please note amended date!

Hot on the trail of the Grand Depart of the last year's Tour De France is the 3 day Tour De Yorkshire, we will be going to watch the 3rd stage from Wakefield to Leeds go past up on Marsden Moor - then following a circular route via some reservoirs and then back along down to Marsden

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 11:11. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Change at Stalybridge for service to Marsden.

Manchester to Marsden Return (via Stalybridge) £9.80. Duo ticket available for £14.70 for two people travelling together.

Other ticket options are return via Huddersfield £12.40 - train departs at 10:11, arrives 11:27 at Marsden, changing at Huddersfield.

11:11

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 17:28, 18:28, 19:28

3-5-2015 10:40 3-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Tour De Yorkshire Walk Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Colne Valley Circular Walk, Kirklees Way, Cupwith Reservoir, A640 (where we will pause to watch the race), Deanhead Reservoir, Scammonden, Deanhead, M62, Scammonden Water, Redgate Lane, Coal Gate, Net
Extra:

No toilets at walk start - use the ones on train if possible.

The trains are likely to be busy, so please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to get a ticket.

The walk will start immediately when we arrive at Marsden - we need to be up on the A640 for before 2pm, when the race is scheduled to pass.

There will not be time to wait for any late arrivals at Marsden.

Drinks in Marsden afterwards and then also at the Stalybridge Buffet Bar on the way home.

 

 

4

A nice 10 miler - Moor or less

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

10.5 mi

459m

Walk leader to meet at walk start, please note amended date and return train times

Heading straight out of Broadbottom station, up on to Mottram Hill. We then pass an old quarry on the way up to the Cairn on Hobson Moor - if we're lucky, there are views out across Manchester and towards Wales. We then head round the moor to Brushes resevoir, before joining the canal into Stalybridge and heading round to the station - with its famous buffet bar.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Greater Manchester Rail Ranger £5.20

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

10:50

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 17:50, 18:17, 18:50, 19.15

4-5-2015 10:05 4-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A nice 10 miler - Moor or less Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mottram Church, Mottram Old Hall, Hobson Moor Quarries, Hobson Moor Cairn, Brushes Reservoirs, Huddersfield Canal
Notes:

No toilets at Broadbottom, use toilets on the train.

If you are driving and want to complete the loop, the 236/7 from Stalybridge will take you back to Mottram, a few miles from the station.

 

 

9

Middlewood Canal Meander

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.7 mi

70m

A gentle walk out from Middlewood to Hazel Grove meandering around the canals, across golf courses, through woods and around a moat!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Manchester Piccadilly to Middlewood £4.30

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

9-5-2015 11:30 9-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Middlewood Canal Meander Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
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.

 

 

10

The Waterways and Woods of Hebden

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

10.0 mi

400m

A chance to enjoy the spring colours with this circular route from Hebden Bridge We begin by folowing the Rochdale canal along to Charlestown before turning up through the lovely Hippins Clough with its bluebells and waterfalls. At Hippins we turn onto the Calderway over to Jack Bridge where we join the Pennine Way. The way takes us onto the open moorland of Green Hill before we drop backdown into the woods of Hebden Dale and follow the river back down into Hebden Bridge and pub.

Please note there are some steep sections and muddy bits so proper footwear is essential.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak Return to Hebden Bridge £9.50

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 16:42, 17:42, 18:42, 19:43, 20:42, 22:46

10-5-2015 10:00 10-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Waterways and Woods of Hebden Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Charlestown, Delph, Hippins, Jack Bridge, Green Hill, High Greenwood Farm, Hebden Dale
Extra's::

There are toilet facilities at Hebden Bridge Station but they are limited so please use the ones on the train if possible.

 

 

14

Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland

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

3.5 mi

110m

**Walk Leaders will meet at walk start**

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 18:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £4.00

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

19:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 21:44; 22:44

14-5-2015 18:30 14-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Visitor Centre, Tom Wood, Woodseats Farm, Cown Edge Way and Hodgefold
Extra:

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

 

 

16

Big Bad Buxton Part 1: Buxton to Whaley Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

8.2 mi

156m

The first part of a two part hike; enabling people to exit at Whaley Bridge or continue on for the second part and return to Buxton for the full route.  The only climb of the day is completed early on, as we walk through the golf course.  There is a boggy section afterwards so gaiters would be helpful then its onto the Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs via the Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It's an easy, level walk alongside the reservoirs, which continues as we follow the River Goyt through open fields and woodland paths; taking us into Whaley Bridge for a quick drink near the railway for those heading back to Manchester, whilst we wait for those joining us on the second part of the walk.  Although this isn't a challenging walk, we will need to make sure we get into Whaley Bridge in time for the second group arriving.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Buxton £10.10 or Wayfarer ticket (£12) if also travelling into/out of Piccadilly.  A duo ticket is available at £15.10 if two people travel out and back together.

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

09:50

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 13:44 / 14:46 / 15:44

16-5-2015 08:30 16-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Big Bad Buxton Part 1: Buxton to Whaley Bridge Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cavendish Golf Club, Watford Wood, Goyt's Lane, Errwood & Fernilee Reservoirs, Shallcross Wood, Whaley Bridge train station

 

 

16

Big Bad Buxton Part 2: Whaley Bridge back to Buxton via a shiny cat

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.5 mi

636m

Walk leader to meet at Whaley Bridge Station.  The walk may be a couple of minutes late in starting if the first walk arrives into Whaley Bridge slightly later than planned.  Please wait at the train station until I arrive.

This is the second part of the two part walk and takes in Windgather Rocks, Cats Tor, Shining Tor and a lesser used view of Errwood reservoir on the way back to Buxton.  We will have a combination of open fields, woodland, pretty riverside paths, moorland and ridge views.  The ascent is a mixture of short & steep sections and more gradual but longer climbs.  Paths were good throughout on the reccy but a large section of the walk will be open to the elements so please bring appopriate clothing in case the weather isn't too friendly.  We will have a few short stops for food/drink and there are plenty of nice pubs in Buxton for a well deserved drink afterwards.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

12:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton £10.10 or a Wayfarer ticket (£12) if travelling into Piccadilly first.  A duo ticket (second ticket is half price) is available on this line if two people travel out and back together

12:49

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

13:30

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 18:29 / 19:29 / 20:29 / 21:29 / 22:56

16-5-2015 12:30 16-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Big Bad Buxton Part 2: Whaley Bridge back to Buxton via a shiny cat Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Toddbrook Res, Taxal, Overton Hall Farm, Taxal Edge, Windgather Rocks, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Berry Clough, Burbage
Toilets:

No toilets are available at Whaley Bridge Station.  Please use the toilets on the train

 

 

17

Valley vs Moors

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

11.0 mi

410m

Starting at Hathersage the walk heads down to the River Dewent before heading along woodland paths along Bole Hill to the hamlet of Abney where paths  ascend up onto Abney Moor where easy tracks are followed around and down to the village of Bradwell. Paths lead up onto the hillside again an ddropping down to the Hope Valley to Offerton Hall where river paths are used to get 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.

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hathersage  £11.00

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 17 33, 18 34

17-5-2015 09:00 17-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Valley vs Moors Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hathersage, Leadmill Bridge, Bole Hill, Abney, Abney Moor, Robin Hookd's Cross, Rebellion Knoll, Bradwell, Brough, Shatton, Offerton Hall

 

 

21

Poynton to Cheadle Hulme

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

5.4 mi

25m

Walk leader joining train at Stockport.

A nice evening walk following the Ladybrook from Poynton to Cheadle Hulme, taking in Bramall Hall.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Manchester to Poynton Return £6.00

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Poynton Station.

19:15

Walk starts at Poynton Station.

Return

from Cheadle Hulme Train Station. 21:27, 21:37, 22:24, 23:04

21-5-2015 18:30 21-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Poynton to Cheadle Hulme Poynton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Poynton Lake, Happy Valley Nature Reserve, Bramall Hall, Seven Arches
Extra:

Beers and debriefing at the John Millington, Cheadle Hulme.

 

 

23

Ever Decreasing Circles Part 1: Dodging the Building Site

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

14.0 mi

750m

Please note revised train time and earlier walk start time at Littleborough

The first part of a three part walk, in which we will encounter a dinosaur, navigate our way through a windfarm construction site and try to avoid a bmx track.  

Starting from Littleborough we climb the hill staying to the western flank of Crookmoor and just on the shoulder of Rough Hill before picking up the Rossendale way and heading towards Clough Head and Todmorden Moor.

We'll go past the head of a former coal mine and drop down Tower Clough, cross the River Calder at Cornholme and then climb the hill again to find the Calderdale way before the drop back down to Tod town centre.
 

Although this walk is only 14 miles, we'll need to be walking quite brisk to make it to Todmorden in time for the start of the next walk and for people to *briefly* take the opportunity to top-up on refreshments in Tod. 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.

07:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 07:56. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

If just doing Part 1, a day return from Manchester to Todmorden, £8.40. If doing either parts 2 or 3 as well, a day return from Manchester to Hebden Bridge at £9.50.

07:56

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

08:25

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. Aiming for 13.25 though there are trains at xx50, xx15, xx 25

23-5-2015 07:45 23-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ever Decreasing Circles Part 1: Dodging the Building Site Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dobbin Hill, Rough Hill, Rossendale Way, Todmorden Moor, Harley Wood Slack, Todmorden (Outdoor Leisure Map 21)

 

 

23

Ever Decreasing Circles Part 2: The Bridestones

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

10.0 mi

650m

Walk Leader meeting at walk start

A slightly shorter walk in which we will find a dam with a hole in it, part of air traffic control and the attractively named Hell Hole rocks.

We head off through Todmorden park before a swift climb and even swifter descent back into the Valley. We cross the road and start climbing, and climbing and climbing until we reach the Bride Stones (after which is named a local brewery). This first third of the walk involves more than its fair share of steep hill walking.

The rest of the walk is relatively easy, dropping down into the upper reaches of the Colden Valley, first on the southern and then northern flank, before skirting Heptonstall and dropping into 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.

12:50

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

Suggested ticket:

A day return ticket from Manchester to Hebden Bridge for £9.50. 

12:56

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

13:35

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 18.07 but there are 3 trains an hour back to Manchester at xx07, xx18 xx42.

23-5-2015 12:50 23-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ever Decreasing Circles Part 2: The Bridestones Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Todmorden Edge, Stannally Stones, Pole Hill, Land Farm, Hell Hole Rocks (OL21)

 

 

23

Ever Decreasing Circles Part 3: From Cold to Hept

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

6.0 mi

430m

Walk Leader meeting at walk start.

The final walk of the day, and a light stroll up the Colden Valley, over the top via Popples Common and down to Hebden Hey (warning: Involves stepping stones), thence back down the valley to Hebden Bridge, the railway station and the end.

Though short, relatively flat, and (one slightly tricksy descent aside) easy, we'll need to keep up a good pace throughout to get back for the train we're aiming for.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

17:20

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 17:25. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A day return ticket to Hebden Bridge, £9.50

17:25

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

18:15

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 2012, though also a train at 2042 (and later).

23-5-2015 17:20 23-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ever Decreasing Circles Part 3: From Cold to Hept Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Colden Valley, Popples Common, Hebden Hey, Midgehole

 

 

24

Ben Nevis

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley and John Ireland.

9.5 mi

1311m

Please note amended date

This walk starts from the West side of the River Nevis, with a quick river crossing....via a bridge of course we then follow the river bank for a short distance before crossing a pasture and start our climb up the tourist path to the summit of the UK's highest mountain. The walk is a continuous climb throughout to the summit but a sensible pace will be kept throughout. On the return to the foot of the mountain we will be visiting the Ben Nevis Inn to reminisce and have a pint to the acheivement of the day.

Please note, to get to the walk start there are two options:

1. Drive your own car to the pay and display car park.

2. Taxi share from Fort William for the 1.5 mile trip to the walk start. Car drivers may also be interested in this option due to the pub at the end. If you are interested in this option please e-mail me at the e-mail address below to let me know so i have a rough idea on numbers for taxis and also for further information on this option. Please put "Ben Nevis" in the subject bar.

andy.buckley27@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN AT THIS TIME OF YEAR THERE COULD BE SNOW AT THE TOP OF BEN NEVIS SO PLEASE BRING FULL WINTER GEAR FOR THIS WALK.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

Meet at the walk start (Glen Nevis Car Park)

10:30

Walk starts.

24-5-2015 10:20 24-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ben Nevis

This walk starts from the West side of the River Nevis, with a quick river crossing....via a bridge of course we then follow the river bank for a short distance before crossing a pasture and start our climb up the tourist path to the summit of the UK's highest mountain. The walk is a continuous climb throughout to the summit but a sensible pace will be kept throughout. On the return to the foot of the mountain we will be visiting the Ben Nevis Inn to reminisce and have a pint to the acheivement of the day.

Please note, to get to the walk start there are two options:

1. Drive your own car to the pay and display car park.

2. Taxi share from Fort William for the 1.5 mile trip to the walk start. Car drivers may also be interested in this option due to the pub at the end. If you are interested in this option please e-mail me at the e-mail address below to let me know so i have a rough idea on numbers for taxis and also for further information on this option. Please put "Ben Nevis" in the subject bar.

andy.buckley27@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN AT THIS TIME OF YEAR THERE COULD BE SNOW AT THE TOP OF BEN NEVIS SO PLEASE BRING FULL WINTER GEAR FOR THIS WALK.

Glen Nevis Car Park MAD Walkers

 

 

25

Loch, Lochy and Locks - Fort William Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.2 mi

150m

Please note amended date

A more sedate walk for today taking in some of the sights of Fort William. We start the walk from outside Fort Wiliam railway station and head off along the Great Glen Way before we deviate off the way and along the bank of the River Lochy and the site of the Battles of Inverlochy in 1431 and 1645.

We then rejoin the Great Glen Way by the railway to cross the River Lochy and continue to follow The Way along the opposite bank of the River Lochy and Loch Linnhe, we then turn back on ourselves on the Great Clen Way along the tow path of the Caledonian Canal up to Neptune's Staircase (a set of 8 locks built by Thomas Telford) .

We now leave the canal and join a small lane for a little distance before walking along the foot pathof the main road to cross the River Lochy again at Victoria Bridge where we then join the path to take us to the ruins of The Old Inverlochy Castle, we then head of to a view point overlooking the mouth of the River Lochy before rejoining The Great Glen Way back to Fort William railway station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

Meet at the walk start (Fort William Railway Station)

10:30

Walk starts.

25-5-2015 10:20 25-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Loch, Lochy and Locks - Fort William Walk

A more sedate walk for today taking in some of the sights of Fort William. We start the walk from outside Fort Wiliam railway station and head off along the Great Glen Way before we deviate off the way and along the bank of the River Lochy and the site of the Battles of Inverlochy in 1431 and 1645.

We then rejoin the Great Glen Way by the railway to cross the River Lochy and continue to follow The Way along the opposite bank of the River Lochy and Loch Linnhe, we then turn back on ourselves on the Great Clen Way along the tow path of the Caledonian Canal up to Neptune's Staircase (a set of 8 locks built by Thomas Telford) .

We now leave the canal and join a small lane for a little distance before walking along the foot pathof the main road to cross the River Lochy again at Victoria Bridge where we then join the path to take us to the ruins of The Old Inverlochy Castle, we then head of to a view point overlooking the mouth of the River Lochy before rejoining The Great Glen Way back to Fort William railway station.

Fort William Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Battle of Inverlochy site, Corpach Locks, Caledonian Canal, Neptunes' Staircase, Camaghael, Inverlochy Castle, The Great Glen Way

 

 

25

Three Trigs

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.5 mi

737m

A cross country moorland walk linking Hadfield and Greenfield together.  Expect some very wet rough paths and a fair bit of off path too & with any luck some stunning views (weather permitting).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger ticket £5.20

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. X:36 aiming for 18:36

25-5-2015 09:30 25-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Three Trigs Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lad's Leap; Rake's Moss; Black Hill; Broadstones Trig.
Extra Note:

No bailouts so you will be expected to complete the whole walk. You will need water and food for the whole day.

Very exposed walk so make sure you have proper equipment for the day including waterproofs - whatever the forecast. LIkely to be awash so gaiters etc may come in handy. Or shorts if we're lucky!

OS Map Ex 1.

 

 

28

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 a pub at the end of the walk.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Prestwich. We'll meet on the tram platform and catch the first tram after 18:40

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.

28-5-2015 18:30 28-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Prestwich Forest Park Prestwich metrolink MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Philips Park, Mere Clough, Waterdale Meadow, Drinkwater Park, Prestich Clough, St Mary's Church, either the Church Inn or the Red Lion.

 

 

30

Hope to Hope with some lumpy bits

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

11.5 mi

400m

A varied walk along hillsides, through woodsand beside rivers.

From Hope station we wander to the edge of the delightful, if unfortunately named village of Shatton before a steep accent part way up to Shatton Moor. We then take the bridleway across to Offerton Hall with weather permitting splendid views across to Stanage Edge and Burbage Rocks. The route then drops back down to the River Derwent which we follow to Leadmill Bridge. The walk then undulates up through Dunge and Callow Woods and with luck their blue bells, followed by a gentle accent up onto Smelting Hill and Abney Moor. We then drop steeply down to Bradwell Village and go back along the valley to Hope. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Saver Return to Hope £11,10

Wayfarer £12

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 16:39, 17:39, 18:40, 19:39, 21:02

30-5-2015 09:30 30-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Hope to Hope with some lumpy bits Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brough, Shatton, Offeton Hall, Derwent River, Mount Pleasant, Highlow Hall, Abney Moor, Bradwell, Brough, Hope
Extra::

There are no toilet facilities at Hope so please use the toilets on the train.

 

 

31

Sunday Stroll: Parklife

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

4.7 mi

49m

After leaving the tram station we will have to walk for a short period through the town of Newton Heath, after a brief wander through Brookdale park we will eventually reach Clayton Vale. This cycle park will then lead us to the Velodrome where we will stop at the Cafe before following the canal back to the City Centre. Before we reach the Centre we will stop at New Islington park which is a favourite lunch time stop of mine. After this oasis I will take you too a hidden industrial art piece followed by a new peice of street art. Depening on numbers I will finish at pub in the Northern Quarter.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 13:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Single Tram ticket to Newton Heath Station £2.50

13:15

Train departs for the walk start at Newton Heath and Moston Station.

13:30

Walk starts at Newton Heath and Moston Station.

Return

from Piccadilly Gardens Oldham Street Bus Stop.

31-5-2015 13:00 31-5-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Sunday Stroll: Parklife Newton Heath and Moston Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brookdale park, Clayton Vale, Manchester Cycling Centre, Canal, New Islington Park, Norther Quarter, Mystery Art work???

 

 

4

A touch of Chorlton 'beard' spotting

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins & Kate Potter.

5.8 mi

34m

A nice gentle walk through the Waterparks of South Manchester

Starting the walk at the Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, we'll stroll through Chorlton Waterpark, along the River Mersey to Sale Ees & Sale Waterpark and then through Stretford Ees.

We'll then head into Stretford and finish at what was once a secret little bar above an estate agents but since opening a year ago has already been named CAMRA pub of the season and has won the Citylife best bar in Manchester award. A true little gem for ale and wine drinkers.

Stretford met stop is just 5 minutes walk from the pub and bus stops into town or Chorlton are just a minute away

 

Barlow Moor Raod tram stop is on the Manchester Airport line & Stretford Met is on the Altrincham line so please purchase the necessary tickets (such as a day ticket)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:45

Meet at the walk start (Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, Chorlton)

19:00

Walk starts.

4-6-2015 18:45 4-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A touch of Chorlton 'beard' spotting

A nice gentle walk through the Waterparks of South Manchester

Starting the walk at the Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, we'll stroll through Chorlton Waterpark, along the River Mersey to Sale Ees & Sale Waterpark and then through Stretford Ees.

We'll then head into Stretford and finish at what was once a secret little bar above an estate agents but since opening a year ago has already been named CAMRA pub of the season and has won the Citylife best bar in Manchester award. A true little gem for ale and wine drinkers.

Stretford met stop is just 5 minutes walk from the pub and bus stops into town or Chorlton are just a minute away

 

Barlow Moor Raod tram stop is on the Manchester Airport line & Stretford Met is on the Altrincham line so please purchase the necessary tickets (such as a day ticket)

Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, Chorlton MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, Chorlton Waterpark, Sale Ees, Sale Waterpark, Stretford Ees, Stretford

 

 

6

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Direct Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

24.0 mi

1586m

Rescheduled from Saturday May 30th.

Due to the distance and time this challenge may take, it will only be open to a restricted number of walkers, please email steverawlins79@gmail.com to be added to the list.

The Classic Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, a truely great walk.

Starting at the Cafe in Horton In Ribblesdale, we'll quickly start the ascent up Pen-y-ghent (694m) which includes a little mild scrambling and than have a bit of a long low level walk until we reach the Ribblesdale Viaduct and start to climb Whernside (736m). The ascent is long and gradual but offers great views (sometimes!) and the descent is quite steep and quick. After a quick toilet break at the makeshift cafe we'll head towards the final Peak of Ingleborough (723m). The climb is steep and tough but once we're at the top that's the end of the climbing for the day. Once we leave the summit it's all downhill as we head back towards Horton In Ribblesdale.

Accomodation (at 2 pubs) and camping is available at Horton if required but it's advisable to book early.

Although it's a meet at the start walk please email me if you need possible transport or if you can kindly offer transport and I'll do my best to help.

This is a tough challenge so reasonable fitness is required and full waterproofs are vital (regardless of the forecast). 

There is a drop out point in Ribblesdale where you can get the train back to Horton.

There are several pay and display car parks near the walk start - Penyghent Cafe.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

07:15

Meet at the walk start (Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE)

07:30

Walk starts.

6-6-2015 07:15 6-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Yorkshire 3 Peaks

The Classic Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, a truely great walk.

Starting at the Cafe in Horton In Ribblesdale, we'll quickly start the ascent up Pen-y-ghent (694m) which includes a little mild scrambling and than have a bit of a long low level walk until we reach the Ribblesdale Viaduct and start to climb Whernside (736m). The ascent is long and gradual but offers great views (sometimes!) and the descent is quite steep and quick. After a quick toilet break at the makeshift cafe we'll head towards the final Peak of Ingleborough (723m). The climb is steep and tough but once we're at the top that's the end of the climbing for the day. Once we leave the summit it's all downhill as we head back towards Horton In Ribblesdale.

Accomodation (at 2 pubs) and camping is available at Horton if required but it's advisable to book early.

Although it's a meet at the start walk please email me if you need possible transport or if you can kindly offer transport and I'll do my best to help.

This is a tough challenge so reasonable fitness is required and full waterproofs are vital (regardless of the forecast). 

There is a drop out point in Ribblesdale where you can get the train back to Horton.

There are several pay and display car parks near the walk start - Penyghent Cafe.

Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Horton In Ribblesdale, Pen y Ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough, pub

 

 

6

The Aircraft Wrecks Marathon

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

26.0 mi

1700m

Well folks, this walk has a little of everything for everyone, it's not too long only 26 miles, roughly 1600m of Ascent, it takes in the natural beauty, widllife and cultural Heritage of the Peakland, you get great views over most of the Dark Peak and get to visit not quite 27 Aircraft Wrecks! :). 

As to the route, most of this is on what a hill walker would call good paths, there is only one section of very steep downhill, which involves clambering down a couple of 1m high rock outcrops, and there will probably be a little bog, well why not.

 

Oh and as always a well deserved drink at the end of 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.

08:00

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.

08:48

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:08 and xx:38 until last train at 21:38

6-6-2015 08:00 6-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Aircraft Wrecks Marathon Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Aircraft wreck one, two, three, four, five six, seven, eight and nine.
Important:

This is a long walk, with no easy bail out options, so please ensure you bring adequate food and drink.

 

 

7

Great Estates of Cheshire

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jonny Franklin.

11.0 mi

100m

Starting at Knutsford staion the walk strats along straight forward lanes and paths through Tatton Park before heading through the fields andcountry lanes into the estate village of Rostherne and across to a busy main road (cross with extreme care) into the scatterred hamlet of Millington. The walk continues through the fields and lanes to Little Bollington (a pub stop) to enter Dunham Massey, before a small ascent uphill to the parish church of Bowdon with a downhill stretch to Hale where two pubs and the station can be found

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Knutsford £6.10

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Station.

10:05

Walk starts at Knutsford Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. 15:59, 17:59

7-6-2015 09:00 7-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Great Estates of Cheshire Knutsford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Knutsford, Tatton Park, Rostherne, Millington, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey, Bowdon, Hale
Extra:

Walk leader joining train en route.
 

 

 

11

Evening Walk: Milling around Greenfield...

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

3.3 mi

200m

***Walk Leaders meeting at walk start***

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Greenfield £4.30

18:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

19:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 21:36, 22:36

11-6-2015 18:45 11-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Milling around Greenfield... Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Greenfield Station, Wharmton, Colt Hill Lane, Uppermill Viaduct, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Greenfield Station

 

 

13

How to win a Lady

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

12.0 mi

680m

From Hope station we will tread through a few fields before ascending up Win Hill. After this dazzling view we will then submerge to forest near Ladybower Reservoir. A brief forest trail will then give way to the second climb up to Open Hagg. More fantastic views follow and then the invetiable droop to the reservoir. We will then follow the large body of water round to a foot path which will lead us to Bamford. I will be finishing the walk at the Anglers Rest a pub that also doubles as the local post office.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:20

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

Suggested ticket:

£11.10 off peak day return to Bamford

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 16:34, 17:34, 18:34...

13-6-2015 09:20 13-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London How to win a Lady Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope Station, Aston, Top Croft, Thornhill Carns, Win Hill, New Barn, Ladybower Reservoir, Hagg Lee Ford, Hagg Lee Farm, Open Hagg, Bridge End Pasture, Crook Hill Farm, Toadhole Cote, Ladybower House,
Car Driver:

Car drivers you can park at Hope and then buy a single ticket from Bamford to Hope for £2

 

 

20

Day 2 of the Gritstone Trail

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

14.0 mi

900m

This walk starts in the village of Langey. Please get the 9:27am train from Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield. The walk leader will meet you at Macclesfield station at 9:50. We will then get the 10:05 bus to Langley from Macclesfield bus station. The bus will go from stand 8 and a single ticket is £2.80. The walk finishes at Congleton train station, from which you can get the train back to Manchester.

Following on from Day 1 which we did earlier in the year, this is Day 2 of the Long Distance path, the Gritstone Trail. Starting at the village of Langley this is a walk along a number of ridges and through beautiful countryside to reach Congleton. There are two main hills to climb; Croker Hill and Bosley Cloud from which, if the weather is clear, there are fantastic views.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Congleton. Please note the train out is to Maccesfield and we will be returning from Congleton

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:50

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Congleton Station. 17:13, 18:13

20-6-2015 09:15 20-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Day 2 of the Gritstone Trail Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Langley, Bottoms reservoir, Croker Hill, Bosley Minn, Bosley Cloud, Timbersbrook, Congleton

 

 

20

4 Pubs and a little bit of walking

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

8.0 mi

250m

A gentle walk between some of Tameside's finest drinking establishments..

We'll meet at the Palatine pub which is opposite Hadfield station from 12:00 onwards and start the walk at 13:00.  Walk Leader to meet at pub/start of walk

If you would like to join us for a lunchtime drink in the Palatine please either get the 11:18 or 11:46 from Piccadilly to Hadfield or if you'd just like to join us when the walk starts please get the 12:18 from Piccadilly.

We'll then head out of Hadield and make our way past Bottoms Reservoir and into Tintwistle where we'll visit pub number 2 which is the popular Bull's Head

As soon as we're satisfactorily refreshed, we'll then head towards Swallows Wood/Hollingworth Nature Reserve passing through some lovely moorland/woodland and farm fields before heading towards the Waggon & Horses - pub number 3. 

Finally we'll then head through/around Stalybridge before finishing at pub number 4 - the Buffet Bar at Stalybridge Station.

The walk is very gentle but you may wish to wear gaiters as one or two of the farming fields can be a little muddy at times.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

12:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Please note the above times are for joining at the Walk Start; if you would like to join us at the pub first, please get the 11:18 or 11:46

Railranger £5.20 (valid on trains only)

Daysaver Train and Bus £6.60

Daysaver Train and Tram £7.90

 

12:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

13:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. Trains are quite frequent and you can go back into Piccadilly, Victoria or Oxford Road from Stalybridge

20-6-2015 12:00 20-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London 4 Pubs and a little bit of walking Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Palatine Pub, Hadfield, Bull's Head Tintwistle, Anfield Reservoir, Swallows Wood, Pennine Way, Hobson Moor Road, Waggon & Horses, Stalybridge Buffet Bar

 

 

21

A Brief Encounter south of Silverdale

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.2 mi

250m

Please note rescheduled date...

A walk north from Carnforth around the southern part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in Jenny Brown's Point where we stop for lunch and then heading over to Warton Crags before descending to Carnforth for a quick drink at a bar on the Station, which was the location of David Lean's and Noel Coward's film 'Brief Encounter'.

An easy walk over a medium distance with a few little hills, a bit along the coast and lots of low lying limestone landscape.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Silverdale £20.90 - Cheaper tickets may be available as advance tickets

Change at Preston for service to Silverdale at 10.10 - connecting services from Liverpool to Preston also available from Liverpool Lime St at 0847, calling Wigan NW at 0929.

09:03

Train departs for the walk start at Silverdale.

10:50

Walk starts at Silverdale.

Return

from Carnforth. 15:09, 17:09, 19:09 Changing at Preston

21-6-2015 08:45 21-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Brief Encounter south of Silverdale Silverdale MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Silverdale Green, Scout Wood, Gibraltar Farm, Jenny Brown's Point (Lunch), Brown's Houses, Quaker's Stang, Crag Foot, Stoney Wood, Piggeries, Strickland Wood, Warton Crag, Warton, Carnforth
Extra:

Drinks at the end on Carnforth Station. If driving, your are advised to park at Carnforth and join the train that will be calling at 10:34

 

 

24

Timperley to Altrincham

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

6.8 mi

10m

Walk leader to meet at the walk start

The walk follows the Bridgewater Canal before returning to Altrincham via the Deer Park at Dunham Massey, followed by a pint at Ye Olde Market Tavern.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Please meet at Timperley Metrolink Stop to start the walk at 18:30. There are trams every 6 minutes (Altrincham line) from the city centre and the journey time is 25 minutes from either Piccadilly or Victoria stations.

18:05

Train departs for the walk start at Timperley Tram Station.

18:30

Walk starts at Timperley Tram Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. Every 12 minutes (after 19:30) to the City Centre

24-6-2015 18:00 24-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Timperley to Altrincham Timperley Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey Hall and Deer Park, Dunham New Park

 

 

27

A Walk for one of our Walkers, BBBB-The Return. Day One

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.0 mi

614m

Our regular June visit to Ambleside in The Lake District

Really I am the wrong person to be leading this walk, for those in the know look at the way points, but here goes and all wil be explained on the day.....

This walk starts from the village of Grasmere and heads up to Helm Crag before following the ridge over Gibson Knott and Calf Crag before turning back on ourselves and heading over towards Steel Fell with spectacular views over Thirlmere. We then start a steep descent back into the valley before joining country lanes for the final section of our walk back into Grasmere where there is a choice of pubs and tea shops.

For those interested there are four Wainrights on this walk Helm Crag, Knott Gibson, Calf Crag and Steel Fell.

Maps for this walk OL5 and OL7

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

Meet at the walk start (Grasmere car park)

10:30

Walk starts.

27-6-2015 10:20 27-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Walk for one of our Walkers, BBBB-The Return. Day One

Really I am the wrong person to be leading this walk, for those in the know look at the way points, but here goes and all wil be explained on the day.....

This walk starts from the village of Grasmere and heads up to Helm Crag before following the ridge over Gibson Knott and Calf Crag before turning back on ourselves and heading over towards Steel Fell with spectacular views over Thirlmere. We then start a steep descent back into the valley before joining country lanes for the final section of our walk back into Grasmere where there is a choice of pubs and tea shops.

For those interested there are four Wainrights on this walk Helm Crag, Knott Gibson, Calf Crag and Steel Fell.

Maps for this walk OL5 and OL7

Grasmere car park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lancrigg, Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, Steel Fell, Helmside, Underlhelm, Goody Bridge
Gaitors:

Are recommended as if it has been wet it can be a bit boggy on the ridge.

 

 

27

Ups and Downs

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

14.5 mi

972m

Walk Leader meeting group at Walk Start (Hebden Bridge)

Taking full advantage of the long June days this is part 1 of a 2 part walk that explores the valleys and moors east of Hebden. Get up early for part 1 and enjoy the rest of the day in the pub; give yourself a lie in and join the second half or take the challenge and do both parts (27.5 miles and 1800 metres of ascent!)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Victoria for the train at 07:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Mythrolmroyd £10 or if doing both parts return to Hebden Bridge (£9.50).

07:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

08:25

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Mytholmroyd Station. frequent aiming for 14:14

27-6-2015 07:30 27-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ups and Downs Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sheepstones; Rocking Stones; Ogden Reservoir; Bearsley Wood; Mytholmroyd
Extra Note:

Lots of short sharp ascents and descents with the exception of the first ascent which is quite long. Expect a brisk pace as we need to finish in time for part 2.  Likely to be soggy in places.

OS Map: Ex  21

Please also note that there are a lot of stinging nettles on the route so shorts not advised.

 

 

27

Ups and Downs: Part 2

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

13.0 mi

840m

Please note later train time

The second part starting east of Hebden bridge before coming up to the Pennine  Way and down to Todmorden. Less ascent than the first part and a gentler pace.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 13:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Mytholmroyd £10. (or you can save a whole 50p by doing both parts and getting a return to Hebden Bridge for £9.50!)

13:26

Train departs for the walk start at Mytholmroyd Station.

14:15

Walk starts at Mytholmroyd Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. Frequent aiming for 19:15

27-6-2015 13:15 27-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ups and Downs: Part 2 Mytholmroyd Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Luddenden; Cragg Vale; Spring Wood; Stoodley Pike; Gaddings Dam; Todmorden
Extra Note:

Walk leader meeting at start: part 2 of the walk so if the leader isn't there hang on a bit before you go home!

Although easier than part 1 there's stil a lot of ascent, mostly in short, sharp bursts.

Os Map Ex 21

Please also note that there are a lot of stinging nettles on the route so shorts not advised.

 

 

28

The Lakeside Ramble, BBBB-The Return. Day Two

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley .

8.7 mi

246m

Our regular June visit to Ambleside in The Lakes District.

We start from Ambleside Centre car park before heading out of town and pass through the beautiful grounds of Rydal Hall before heading up to The Coffin Route with views looking over Rydal and Grasmere Waters. Once we arrive in Grasmere there will be time for a stop at the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop before heading back out of Grasmere to follow the road around to the south shores of and follow the banks of Grasmere and Rydal Water before arriving back into Ambleside hopefully for tea and cake or a cheeky pint.

Map for this walk OL7

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

Meet at the walk start (Ambleside)

10:30

Walk starts.

28-6-2015 10:20 28-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Lakeside Ramble, BBBB-The Return. Day Two

We start from Ambleside Centre car park before heading out of town and pass through the beautiful grounds of Rydal Hall before heading up to The Coffin Route with views looking over Rydal and Grasmere Waters. Once we arrive in Grasmere there will be time for a stop at the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop before heading back out of Grasmere to follow the road around to the south shores of and follow the banks of Grasmere and Rydal Water before arriving back into Ambleside hopefully for tea and cake or a cheeky pint.

Map for this walk OL7

Ambleside MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rydal Hall, The Coffin Route, Grasmere Village, Grasmere Water, Rydal Water

 

 

28

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 the surrounding countyside. 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 which clams to be the last 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 £11.10 or Wayfarer £12.00

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

00:00

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 16.33, 17.33, 18.34, 19.34

28-6-2015 09:10 28-6-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Stanage Edge from Hathersage Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Baulk Lane, North Lees, Jacob's Ladder, High Neb, Stanage Edge, Upper Burbage Bridge, Higger Tor

 

 

2

Styal Country Park

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

7.0 mi

50m

A linear evening walk taking in the picturesque country park (though you could hardly say peaceful with an airport a kilometre away!). This route is undulating and may be muddy. This is a longer walk than the standard evening walk and within a steep-sided and darker valley, a faster pace will be required to beat the light. Opportunity for pubs in Wilmslow. As this is a linear walk if you drive to the Walk Start, you'll need to get the train back to Handforth.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:38

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:38. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wilmslow Off-Peak Return £5.60.

18:38

Train departs for the walk start at Handforth Rail Station.

19:00

Walk starts at Handforth Rail Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. 20:56, 21:20*, 21:38, 21:47, 21:55, 22:15*, 22:29, 22:56, 23:23, 23:39*. *These services go via Handforth.

2-7-2015 18:38 2-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Styal Country Park Handforth Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Deandale Farm, Styal station, Styal Country Park, Giant's Castle, Hotel, Rylands Farm, Bank House Farm, Quarry Bank Mill, North Cheshire Way, The Carrs, Wilmslow.
Extra:

Map EX268. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's.

 

 

4

Snowdon

Direct Transport based walk with Ryan Curran.

8.0 mi

938m

An ascent of Snowdon Starting at the Llyn Cwellyn Car Park, taking the Snowden Ranger Trail up and the Rhyd Ddu path down. The walk should finish at approximately 5.30 - 6pm with a 30 minute lunch stop at the cafe at the top.

Please contact the walk leader on ryancurran123@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested in coming along.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Llyn Cwellyn Car Park)

10:30

Walk starts.

4-7-2015 10:15 4-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Snowdon

An ascent of Snowdon Starting at the Llyn Cwellyn Car Park, taking the Snowden Ranger Trail up and the Rhyd Ddu path down. The walk should finish at approximately 5.30 - 6pm with a 30 minute lunch stop at the cafe at the top.

Please contact the walk leader on ryancurran123@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested in coming along.

Llyn Cwellyn Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Llyn Cwellyn, Snowdon Ranger Path, Snowdon Summit, Rhyd Ddu Path, Rhyd Ddu
Extra:

Drinks and Meal in Llanberis afterwards.

 

 

4

Chinley to Edale via South Head

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlett.

9.0 mi

590m

***Walk Leaders joining train at Romiley***

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:35

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 £10.90 or Wayfarer ticket £12.00 (purchase in advance at a staffed station or TfGM Travelshop.)

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley.

10:30

Walk starts at Chinley.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:47, 17:47, 18:48, 19:47

4-7-2015 09:35 4-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Chinley to Edale via South Head Chinley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cracken Edge, Peep-o-Day, South Head, Brown Knoll, Jacobs Ladder, Upper Booth and Edale.
Extra:

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

 

 

5

Combs Moss Circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Stephen Jones and James Brett.

9.0 mi

475m

Heading away from the station we quickly climb the main ascent of the day to the North West corner of Castle Naze, a promontory hill fort dating from the Iron Age.  We then circumnavigate Combs Moss across largely flat terrain hopefully taking in views across the Combs Valley and up to Kinder Scout, Rushop and Hucklow Edges, before returning back to Chapel-en-le Frith Station.

The walk is mainly across exposed moorland so please come prepared for all weathers

**** Please note that Dogs are NOT permitted on this walk due to Access Land Restrictions on the Moss ****

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Chapel-en-le-Frith - £9.70

A Wayfarer may work out cheaper if you are travelling by bus / tram into Manchester first.

09:50

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

10:40

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

Return

from Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station. 15:36 / 16:38

5-7-2015 09:35 5-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Combs Moss Circular Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Castle Naze, Parkfield House, Black Edge Trig Point, Castle Naze

 

 

9

Sale Water Park

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

5.3 mi

20m

Walk leader will meet at the start

A circular walk following the Bridgewater Canal then returning to Sale through the Water Park for a drink at the Steamhouse pub.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Sale

18:30

Train departs for the walk start at Sale Tram Station.

19:00

Walk starts at Sale Tram Station.

Return

from Sale Tram Station. Trams every 12 minutes up to 23:30

9-7-2015 18:20 9-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Sale Water Park Sale Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Chorlton Ees, Jackson's Bridge, Sale Ees
Extra:

There are currently no trams running through Manchester city centre. On the Altrincham line trams are currently only operating from Deansgate-Castlefield/Cornbrook stop. Anyone wishing to travel from Piccadilly should take the X1 Rail Replacement bus and change at Cornbrook onto Metrolink (Altrincham line) to get to the walk start.

 

 

11

Nothing but a long and bumpy stroll to the pub

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Steve Jones.

28.0 mi

1605m

Walk leaders meeting group at walk start!

Bit of a summer challenge taking in some of the best hills the Peak District has to offer.

Starting from Hope, we'll make our way towards Win Hill and Wooler Knoll that should offer supberb views of the Ladybower Reservoir, famous as a test area for the Dambuster's Bouncing Bombs.

We'll then head towards Edale and join the Pennine way through Barbers Booth and up Jacobs Ladder until reaching the campsite in Hayfield.

Bit of a long trek follows along the ridge of Lord's Seat until reaching Mam Tor. The glorious great ridge then awaits and we'll visit Hollins Cross, Back Tor and Lose Hill. By then we will be fed up with hills so we head for the pub!

Most of this walk is on decent paths however may still be muddy depending on the weather.

There are drop out points at Edale (railway station) and Hayfield (bus service).

In terms of difficulty, this walk is quite comparable to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks so please ensure you are capable of this length/ascent as the pace will be quite brisk due to the length.

Plenty of parking available in Hope

If you have any questions please feel free to email steverawlins79@gmail.com

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

08:45

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 39 past the hour

11-7-2015 07:30 11-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Nothing but a long and bumpy stroll to the pub Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope, Win Hill, Wooler Knoll, Ladybower Reservoir, Edale, Jacobs Ladder, Hayfield, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Pub, another pub

 

 

11

Nothing but a slightly shorter and less bumpy stroll to the pub!

Public Transport based walk with Bhavesh Mistry.

11.8 mi

834m

We'll be doing the Classic Edale Circular up Grindsbrook Clough onto Kinder and back into Edale via Jacobs Ladder.

We'll then head up onto the Great Ridge taking in a couple of hills before heading down into Hope where we'll meet up with those that are doing the 28 mile challenge in the pub!

 

***walk leader to meet at start of walk***

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope (but get off in Edale for the start of the walk which is the stop before Hope)

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. Hourly 39 mins past

11-7-2015 09:30 11-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Nothing but a slightly shorter and less bumpy stroll to the pub! Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Jacobs Ladder, Pennine Way, Hollins Cross, Lose Hill, Hope

 

 

12

On the Edge of Cheshire

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

9.0 mi

110m

Please note revised train time and fare details.

Starting at Congleton the route follows the Macclesfield Canal out of Congleton, leaving the cnal to walk through the fields to Astbury and back onto the cnal to Acker's Crossing to ascend the hillside to Mow Cop and along Congleton Edge and descend down to the Gritstone Trail to reach the canal for the last time to reach Congleton again

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:10

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Stoke on Trent £15.30

Change at Stoke on Trent for 10:24 to Congleton.

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Congleton Station. 16:15

12-7-2015 09:10 12-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London On the Edge of Cheshire Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Congleton, Macclesfield Canal, Astbury, Acker's Crossing, Mow Cop, Congleton Edge, Gritstone Trail, Congleton

 

 

18

The Complete Dovestones

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

13.0 mi

900m

A longer version of the walk I did in March. This walk has one tough ascent, two sharp descents as well as a scramble up a waterfall. Please make sure you are confident in being able to handle these. 

The walk has plenty of incredible views and will take in the amazing ridge lines at dovestones. Weather permitting we can scramble up the waterfall but if its raining this will be too dangerous.

due to the scrambling element please do not bring dogs 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

day return to Greenfield £4.30

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 16:36, 17:36, etc

18-7-2015 09:30 18-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Complete Dovestones Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lower Arthur, Fur Lane, Pots and Pans Stone, Obelisk, Kinder Stones, Sugar Hill, Board Hill, Aldermans Hill, Aldersmans brow, Yeoman Hay reservoir, Greenhill Reservoir, Greenhill Brook, Raven Stones,

 

 

19

An afternoon stroll followed by a carvery

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

7.5 mi

0m

The walk leader will meet you at Navigation Road metrolink stop.

The walk follows the Bridgewater canal,merging onto the Trans Pennine Trail.We then follow the Bollin Valley Way trail (3) to our pub stop at the Vine Inn.We then embark towards Dunham Massey Hall and Deer Park using the Bollin Valley Way Trail.We cut through Dunham Forrest Golf club heading towards Altrincham.For those who would like to join us for the Cavery there is a short stroll from Navigation Road metrolink stop to the Hare and Hounds Pub for a Carvery.£6.99 (medium plate).If you are interested in attending please e-mail me on xyzal@rocketmail.com by Friday 17th July.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

00:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:20. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£4.60 (off peak return ). Please meet at Navigation Road metrolink stop to start walk at 14:00.There are trams every 12 minutes(Altrincham line) from the city centre and the journey time is 25 minutes from Piccadily.The Walk leader meets at Navigation Road.

13:20

Train departs for the walk start at Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station.

14:00

Walk starts at Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station.

Return

from Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station. From Navigation Road Metrolink Station/Altrincham every 15 minutes (after 17.30) to the city.

19-7-2015 00:00 19-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London An afternoon stroll followed by a carvery Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Trans Pennine Trail, Vine Inn, Dunham Massey Hall and Deer Park, Dunham Forrest

 

 

23

A Lap of the Coombes

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

5.5 mi

350m

Please note change to ticket price

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:

Anytime Return to Broadbottom £6.40

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

23-7-2015 18:00 23-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Lap of the Coombes Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadbottom Station, Charlesworth Village, Coombes Edge, Holehouse.
Extra::

There are no Toilets at Broadbottom Station so please use the ones on the Train.

Midge repelent might be an idea if there isn't a breeze.

 

 

25

The Obstacle Course

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

21.0 mi

1175m

2.5 miles of almost continuous off-path, miles of rough wet paths, several steep ascents and descents & some awkward stiles/bridges - your legs will certainly know about it  by the end! The views and the variety of the landscape will make up for it though (weather permitting!).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Hebden Bridge: £9.50

08:26

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:10

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. frequent, aiming for 19:19

25-7-2015 08:15 25-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Obstacle Course Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Middle Dean; High Brown Knoll; Top of the Stairs; Walsden Dean Reservoirs; Widdop Reservoir; Blake Dean; Hebden Dale; Lumb Bank; Hebden Bridge
Extra Note:

This is a hard walk over rough and exposed terrain with no easy bailout points. Please be sure you're capable of completing the whole walk at a reasonable pace before coming on it.

You will need water and food for the whole day and appropriate equipment: including proper walking boots & waterproofs (even if the weather is supposed to be good).

Very soggy in places: gaiters etc will be useful. Dry socks may not go amiss either depending how soggy the conditions are.

OS Map Ex 21

Walk leader will join train at Moston.

 

 

25

Macclesfield to Bollington

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

6.0 mi

400m

Walk leader will meet you at Macclesfield station

We will walk from Macclesfield station to Bollington via Macclesfield Canal and Kerridge Ridge, taking in another hill, Nabs Head along the way.

The walk leader will then be holding a social at the Bollington Beer festival, which starts at 6pm. This is a ticketed event so please let Becky know if you would like one at beckysarahlea@hotmail.com. Alternatively if you don't fancy the beer festival you could get the bus back to Macclesfield or walk it along the canal or Middlewood Way (approx 4 miles).

Buses are every half an hour before 6pm at 28 and 58 past the hour. After 6pm they are at 32 minutes past the hour.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 13:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Macclesfield or Wayfarer if you plan to get the bus back to Macclesfield as this is included.

13:46

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

14:30

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. 18:12, 18:21, 18:41, 19:12. 19:21, 19:41. Last train to Manchester is 23:39

25-7-2015 13:30 25-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Macclesfield to Bollington Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hurdsfield, Macclesfield Canal, Kerridge Ridge, White Nancy, Nabs Head, Bollington

 

 

29

A Didsbury Dither and a Saunter into Stockport

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

5.0 mi

39m

An evening linear walk starting in East Didsbury, going round Fletcher Moss Park and then along the River Mersey to end up in Stockport at the Crown Inn.

The Walk Leader will meet the group 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 18:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.20

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at east didsbury.

19:05

Walk starts at east didsbury.

Return

from Stockport Station. Frequent Services back to Manchester Piccadilly

29-7-2015 18:30 29-7-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Didsbury Dither and a Saunter into Stockport east didsbury MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Didsbury Park, Fletcher Moss, River Mersey, Cheadle Bridge, Trans Pennine Trail
Extra:

To get back from Stockport to East Didsbury, use the 23, 23A or 42 bus services. The Crown Inn is 10 minutes walk from both Stockport Bus Station and Stockport Train Station.

As well as by train, East Didsbury is reachable via Metrolink, and Buses from Chorlton, Didsbury and Manchester. East Didsbury Metrolink Station is under 10 minutes walk from the train station.

 

 

1

Trails, Rails and Ales

Public Transport based walk with Lee Hesselden and Stephen Jones.

11.5 mi

450m

Departing the station and heading away from the Navigation Tavern we cross the River Calder before weaving our way between the houses to begin the longest ascent of the day through Whitley Wood. It’s then onto Whitley Reservoir where we reach our first pub of the day, The Woolpack Inn (though this will likely be closed).

Continuing our way towards Dewsbury we literally pass through Briestfield’s Horstead Farm riding school and the wonderfully named Timmins Shrogg. With the National Coal Mining Museum in the periphery we sadly bypass the Shoulder of Mutton pub and continue our ramble to Emroyd Common. Leaving the rural part of the day behind us, we head through the outer suburbs of Dewsbury onto the Kirklees Way, with the Saville Arms in the background we make a brief stop to admire the ruins of the Hall in Thornhill Rectory Park.

Crossing the Calder and Hebble Navigation we continue along the Kirklees Way before picking up the Ossett to Dewsbury Greenway through a disused railway tunnel into the centre of Dewsbury for a well earned drink at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms.

If you feel cheated by us missing the plethora of pubs during the day join us for a journey along our version of the rail ale trail 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.

09:10

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Dewsbury (£15.10).

For anyone driving and planning to park in Dewsbury the recommended train from Dewsbury to Mirfield prior to the walk would be the 0942 (£1.90 single).

09:26

Train departs for the walk start at Mirfield station.

10:10

Walk starts at Mirfield station.

Return

from Dewsbury Station. 1647, 1720, 1748, 1820, 1846

1-8-2015 09:10 1-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Trails, Rails and Ales Mirfield station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whitley Wood, Whitley Reservoir, Briestfield, Timmins Shrogg, Overton, Emroyd Common, Thornhill Edge, Thornhill Rectory Park, Calder and Hebble Navigation, Mitchell Laithes Farm, West Ridging Refreshm

 

 

2

A Little Walk About Litton

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Vicki Newton.

12.0 mi

500m

Starting from Litton we will head down the valley to Cressbrook Dale taking in Peter and his stone. A little stroll along the Monsal Trail keeps us parted from the river for only a short time before spinning off back to its shores. A short and sharp climb takes us out of the valley to Brushfield and over the top to prestclife before heading down to meet the Monsal Trail once more. A sweet brief encounter with the river will mark our last goodbye to the valley before heading back up to Litton.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

Meet at the walk start (SK17 8qs)

10:30

Walk starts.

2-8-2015 10:20 2-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Little Walk About Litton

Starting from Litton we will head down the valley to Cressbrook Dale taking in Peter and his stone. A little stroll along the Monsal Trail keeps us parted from the river for only a short time before spinning off back to its shores. A short and sharp climb takes us out of the valley to Brushfield and over the top to prestclife before heading down to meet the Monsal Trail once more. A sweet brief encounter with the river will mark our last goodbye to the valley before heading back up to Litton.

SK17 8qs MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Litton green, Peter's Stone, Monsal trail, Monsal dale, Brushfield, Priestclife, Monsal trail, Tideswell dale, Red lion Pub in Litton

 

 

8

Crosses and Peel

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

22.5 mi

893m

For those who want a longer walk this weekend - this walk will take in Turton moor and Peel tower.  There are good paths and if the weather is good, great views.

Bring plenty of water.  There is a pub stop half way around which should be able to provide us with a top up.  There is also Entwistle railway station here too so it is possible to drop out if need be.

Bring enough food for two lunches as it will be a long day.

Walk leader will meet at the start 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.

08:05

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Day Return - £4.30

This service involves changing at Salford Crescent, and getting a bus replacement service to Bromley Cross.

I won't be able to meet you at Piccadilly as I'll be heading to Bromley Cross directly.

08:22

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Bromley Cross Station. 18:58, 19:58, 20:58, 22:10, 23:10, 23:43

8-8-2015 08:05 8-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Crosses and Peel Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Turton Tower, Entwistle, Peel Tower
Drop out:

There is a drop out after 19KM (12 miles) at Entwistle station.

 

 

8

Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

12.0 mi

500m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Sowerby Bridge: £10.50 (Duo £15.75)

09:26

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. 1609, 1633, 1647, **09, **33, **47

8-8-2015 09:10 8-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lumbutts, Stoodley Pike, Crag Vale, Sowerby Bridge
Extra:

Use toilets on the train, no toilets at walk start also if wet you may need your gaitors.

 

 

9

The Burnley Way

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

9.0 mi

200m

Making use of the recently introduced direct train service from Manchester to Burnley, this walk will follow various parts of the Burnley Way long distance route including woodland and moorland areas. Most of the walk is along good paths or tracks, including some canal walking. We'll visit two parks, including Towneley Park with it's grand Hall. We have a couple of pubstop options and icecream opportunites!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return to Burnley Manchester Road £9.80

Duo ticket available for 2 adults travelling together.

10:40

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

11:32

Walk starts at Burnley Manchester Road Station.

Return

from Burnley Manchester Road Station. xx37 (direct) xx12(change at Hebden Bridge)

9-8-2015 10:20 9-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Burnley Way Burnley Manchester Road Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Leeds & Liverpool canal, Thompson Park, River Brun, Worsthorne, Hurstwood, Towneley Park, Rose Hill
Extra::

No toilets at walk start

Walk leader meeting at walk start/on train

 

 

13

The Poynton Collier

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

4.7 mi

37m

Walk Leader joining train at Stockport

An evening walk around that unexpected centre of the Cheshire Coal Industry - Poynton!

Starting off by walking down the Middlewood way, we follow the track of an old colliery railway and then go round Poynton Lake and follow one of the newest footpaths in the area, before heading back to Hazel Grove for a pint at the Rising Sun.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Return to Middlewood £4.30

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

19:20

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Hazel Grove Station. 21:03, 22:03

13-8-2015 18:30 13-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Poynton Collier Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Middlewood Way, Prince's Wood, Towers Yard Farm, Poynton Lake, Towers Farm, Norbury Brook, Sausage Factory (Site of), Rising Sun (Pub)
Extra:

Despite the 37m of ascent, the end of the walk is lower than the start!

As well as the train, other travel options back from Hazel Grove include the 192 bus.

If you are going to the pub we will be getting the 22:03 train back to Manchester.

Finally, if you wish to drive to meet us, it is recommended to park the car at Hazel Grove station and get the train one stop to Middlewood as there is NO parking at Middlewood station.

 

 

15

Dukes and Crooks

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

26.5 mi

1685m

A long and very scenic walk over the eastern part of the Peak District, with lots of climbing but generally good paths.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Either return to Bamford (£11.10) or a Wayfarer ticket £12.

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

08:45

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. X:39 aiming for 19:39 then 21:02

15-8-2015 07:40 15-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Dukes and Crooks Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:High Neb; Dale Reservoir; Dukes Road; Fairholmes; Crook Hill; Parkin Clough; Hope
Extra Note:

Possible to bail out at Fairholmes (19 miles) and get bus back to Bamford, then walk through village to station (£2 ticket or covered by Wayfarer). Buses at 15:10 and 16:10, last bus 17:00 which takes you to the train station.

Drivers park at Hope and join train at 08:39

This is a long walk with a lot of ascent over exposed terrain for much of the day: you must be properly equipped with waterproofs etc and enough food/fluid for the whole day. You must be able to complete the whole walk at a reasonable pace.

OS Map Ex 1

 

 

15

A Gem of a Coastal Walk

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

13.9 mi

100m

Please note train connection on outward journey

Although fairly long, this is an easy coastal walk with very little ascent. There is a good mix of the iconic iron men, beautiful beaches, woodland wanderings, flowery fields and leafy lanes. We may even see some red squirrels as we pass near part of the red squirrel trail.

There are two bail out points on route: after 4.5 miles at Hightown and 10 miles at Freshfield.

The walk finishes at Ainsdale where we will get the train back to Liverpool. There is the option of stopping off at Freshfield on the way back and joining us for a drink and/or a nice pub meal. If you are interested in staying for dinner, please email Gemma at gemmakatiewilson@hotmail.com by Thursday 6 August.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:07. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Ainsdale: £12.60 Changing at Liverpool South Parkway for Merseyrail Undergroup train at 10.54 (platform 6) on outward journey.

10:07

Train departs for the walk start at Waterloo Station, Liverpool.

11:25

Walk starts at Waterloo Station, Liverpool.

Return

from Ainsdale. Every 15 mins from Ainsdale/Freshfield to Liverpool Central, then at 22 and 52 past the hour from liverpool lime street to Piccadilly until 20:52, then at 21:30, 21:37, 22:30 and 23:19

15-8-2015 09:45 15-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Gem of a Coastal Walk Waterloo Station, Liverpool MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Waterloo Marina, Sefton Coastal Footpath, Anthony Gormley Iron Men, Hightown village, Cabin Hill Nature Reserve, Shorrock's Hill, Fisherman's Path, S/C Footpath, Big Ball's Hill, Ainsdale village.
Extra:

If driving to Waterloo, the start point for the walk, whilst there is no parking at the station there is parking available on Church Road and Albert Road nearby. Station postcode is L22 0LY.

 

 

16

From Hull, Hell and Halifax...

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.0 mi

445m

A rerun of one of my favourites, and rest assured it isn't a Hull to Halifax linear - instead it's nice walk out to the west of Halifax with lots of little hills, then beyond Lightcliffe and back via Shibden Park, with a missing trig point, a hollow way and half a viaduct just to add to the fun.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Halifax £11.30 - Duo available (for 2 people) for £16.90

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Halifax Train Station.

11:10

Walk starts at Halifax Train Station.

Return

from Halifax Train Station. 17:26, 18:26

16-8-2015 09:45 16-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London From Hull, Hell and Halifax... Halifax Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Eureka!, Beacon Hill, Brighouse Boundary Walk, Lightcliffe, Baliff Bridge, Rookes Bridge, Norwood Green, Coley Hall Lane, Brian Scholes, Shibden Park, Halifax Minster.
Extra:

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

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

Weather pemitting, refreshments at the White Beare in Norwood Green, a stop for Ice Cream at Shibden Park and then quality ales and refreshments at the Ring O'Bells in Halifax.

 

 

22

Where big M leads ............

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.8 mi

473m

Walk leader to meet at walk start - Gemma Wilson will be at Manchester Victoria to meet those going on the train

This is the first part of a two part figure of 8 route.  It starts with an easy walk along the Tame Valley Way before tackling the first climb of the day.  Soon we'll be wandering along country lanes, through woodland and valleys, crossing streams, passing reservoirs and making our way over open moorland.  There are only two climbs of note on this route and we finish with an easy, level walk along the canal.  If there is time we'll stop for a drink at one of the pubs near the station before saying goodbye to those leaving us, and hello to those joining us for part two. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Mossley costs £4.  Train & Metrolink Day Saver costs £7.90

Limited parking is available at Mossley train station.  Mill Street car park (one minute walk away from the train station) costs £1 for all day parking.

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

10:18

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Mossley Station. 14:41 / 15:41 / 16:41

22-8-2015 09:40 22-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Where big M leads ............ Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tame Valley Way, Oldham Way, Intake Lane, Chew Road, Ormes Moor, Ogden Clough, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Copper Farm, Millbrook, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, pub
Equipment :

Gaiters are reccommended for the open moorland section

A headtorch or handtorch will be required for an extended tunnel on the canal section heading back to the train station

There are no toilets at Mossley train station.  Please use the toilets on the train

 

 

22

............... little m follows

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

4.0 mi

185m

WALK LEADER WILL MEET AT THE WALK START

The second part of the Mossley two part walk.  This starts with a steep climb away from the station and continues up to Hartshead Pike and it's lovely views over the valleys on either side.  After a quick snack, we head down to a small nature reserve then swing round to head back.  The route covers a variety of trails and paths types; some of which are clear and easy to walk on but some are overgrown and trousers with sturdy boots are recommended due to some uneven ground and several sections with nettles/brambles.  There are a couple of small sections involving road walking so care will be needed and a small section of golf course is crossed so care will be needed there too.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

15:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 15:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Mossley costs £4.  Train & Metrolink Day Saver costs £7.90

Limited parking is available at Mossley train station.  Mill Street car park (one minute walk away from the train station) costs £1 for all day parking.

15:57

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

16:16

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Mossley Station. 18:42 / 19:41 / 20:41

22-8-2015 15:40 22-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London ............... little m follows Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broad Carr, Hartshead Pike, Hartshead Green, Knott Hill Nature Reserve, Mossley Cross, Mossley Brow
Additional:

No toilets at Mossley train station - please use the toilets on the train

Please note walking boots only - if you turn up with trainers or sandals you will not be allowed on the walk

 

 

23

Conwy Estuary/Llandudno and Great Orme Head

Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with Owain Roberts.

7.6 mi

100m

Meet at Deansgate Locks outside the Revolution Bar

A walk of two parts starting from Llandudno Junction station and following the Conwy Estuary up to Llandudno and it's Victorian pier. We then take the Cable Car (or Tramway in case of bad weather) up the Great Orme to continue the walk on the headland. If there is good weather there are spectacular views of Snowdonia and beyond, towards Anglesey. We then take the train back to Llandudno Junction.

£6-8 is needed for the cable car/tramway journey and £2.80 for the train ticket.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

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

09:00

Meet at Deansgate Locks for lift share organising.

09:10

Cars will leave for the walk start (Llandudno Junction Railway Station).

10:45

Walk starts at Llandudno Junction Railway Station.

23-8-2015 09:00 23-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Conwy Estuary/Llandudno and Great Orme Head

A walk of two parts starting from Llandudno Junction station and following the Conwy Estuary up to Llandudno and it's Victorian pier. We then take the Cable Car (or Tramway in case of bad weather) up the Great Orme to continue the walk on the headland. If there is good weather there are spectacular views of Snowdonia and beyond, towards Anglesey. We then take the train back to Llandudno Junction.

£6-8 is needed for the cable car/tramway journey and £2.80 for the train ticket.

Llandudno Junction Railway Station MAD Walkers

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

Waypoints:Deganwy Quay Marina, Traeth Melyn, North Wales Golf Club, Llandudno Pier, Happy Valley, Great Orme Country Park

 

 

29

While there's beer there's Hope

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

9.0 mi

580m

The walk takes in the great valleys of Edale, taking in the sites of Mam Tor, Hollins Cross and Lose Hill. 

The walk will finish at the Old Hall pub where The Hope Valley Beer Festival is taking place.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

off peak day return to Hope £11.10

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 16:36, 17:39, 18:40

29-8-2015 09:30 29-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London While there's beer there's Hope Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale Station, Barber Booth, Manor House Farm, Chapel Gate, Lords Seat, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Lose Hill, Townhead, Hope

 

 

30

North Cheshire Way

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jonny Franklin.

10.0 mi

60m

Starting from Prestbury the route will head along the River Bollin and through the rolling fields to Legh Hall and onto Mottram Cross onto the North Cheshire Way to Hare Hill where we head through the grounds. Once through some country road walking is required to get to Highlees Woods. More rolling fields are crossed to reach Nether Alderley and its old mill before heading into Alderley where the route ends

I would bring over trousers as fields in Cheshire are normally muddy

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:08. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £12 Change at Macclesfield on outward journey for 10:46 to Prestbury

10:08

Train departs for the walk start at Prestbury Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Prestbury Station.

Return

from Alderley Edge Rail Station. 16:21, 16:51

30-8-2015 09:40 30-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London North Cheshire Way Prestbury Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Prestbury, River Bollin, Mottram Cross, Hare Hill, Highlees Wood, Nether Alderley, Alderley Edge

 

 

31

Sowerby to Halifax Afternoon Walk

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

5.0 mi

150m

This is a joint walk with the Weekend Walkers.

An unusual short walk which starts off along the flat canal path but might not be a beginner's walk as this is followed by a steep ascent of 150 metres. And when you get there you can climb another 77 metres; what can that mean?! There is a pub stop midway and the chance to paddle your feet? Later we drop down to the river and follow it into the centre of Halifax.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

12:26

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 12:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day Return to Halifax £11.30 or Duo £16.90

12:26

Train departs for the walk start at Sowerby Bridge.

13:20

Walk starts at Sowerby Bridge.

Return

from Halifax Train Station. x:26 & x:53

31-8-2015 12:26 31-8-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Sowerby to Halifax Afternoon Walk Sowerby Bridge MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Calder & Hebble Navigation, Wakefield Road, Long Wood, Scarr Wood, Big Six, Savile Park, Manor Heath Park Gardens, Hebble Brook
Extra:

No toilets at Walk Start; please use the train's. Nearest free car parking at Sowerby Bridge is Luddenden Foot on Station Road (HX2 6AD). Free car parking at Halifax: SE097249; you will need to catch the train to Sowerby Bridge at 12:26 (£1.60). Map EX OL21.

 

 

5

Edging the Purple

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

10.0 mi

450m

Starting from Grindleford Station theres a  steady accent up through the woods beside Burbage Brook onto Burbage Rocks. From here we follow the edge round onto Stanage edge with, (weather permitting) lovely views across the Hope valley and with a bit of luck lots of purple heather. We drop down from Crow chin and walk through the heather onto Bamford Edge before dropping down into the lovely village of Bamford and its pub the Anglers Rest. Then when your ready back the Bamford Station.

There will be a certain amount of wading through the heather so gaiters or waterproof trousers are recommended in case its been 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to Grindleford £11.10

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 16:36, 17:36, 18:35, 19:36, 20:58 and 23:09

5-9-2015 09:30 5-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Edging the Purple Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Burbage Rocks, Stanage Edge, Crow Chin, Bamford Edge, Bamford
Extra::

There is a cafe with toilets at Grindleforfd but to use them there is a fee or you need to buy something. So please use the toilets on the train if you need to.

 

 

5

The great figure of 8

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

7.5 mi

23m

Walk leader will meet group at walk start

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.

11:45

Meet at Piccadilly Gardens Bus/Tram Station for the train at 11:55. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

You can get a bus or Metrolink tram to Chorlton. The Metrolink goes from Deansgate-Castlefield or Piccadilly Gardens and buses go from numerous places including Piccadilly Gardens and Oxford Road.

The walk leader will meet people at the Chorlton tram stop.

11:55

Train departs for the walk start at Chorlton tram stop.

12:30

Walk starts at Chorlton tram stop.

Return

from Chorlton tram stop. every 12 minutes

5-9-2015 11:45 5-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The great figure of 8 Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers
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.

 

 

12

Robin Hood was 'ere

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

9.0 mi

450m

Apparantly a man in green tights and a bow and arrow used to hide out around here?!

A nice little loop around the Hathersage area, heading out of the village and up onto the beautiful Stanage Edge, walking along the tops until we stop for lunch around the Trig point of High Neb. We'll then double back on oursleves for a short while before taking a different route back towards Hathersage, passing 'Robin Hood's Cave' on the way and stopping in the Scotsman pub shortly before Hathersage itself. A quick stop to see 'Little john's Grave' and then we'll make our way over to the station with the option of the lovely Plough Inn for those in no rush to head back.

The walk is on good clean paths with no really muddy spots but it can be a tad windy and uneven on the tops.

If you're thinking of coming to the Plough Inn (recommend the food) you may wish to bring a torch for the walk back to the station as there are no street lights.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Hathersage

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 32 mins past the hour

12-9-2015 09:30 12-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Robin Hood was 'ere Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hathersage, Stanage Edge, High Neb, Robin Hoods Cave, The Scotsman pub, Little John's Grave, The Plough Inn

 

 

13

Ullswater et Al

Direct Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

12.5 mi

665m

A re-run of one of my favourite MAD walks since joining the group. Not originally lead by me, clue is in the title. Memorable for some lovely and varied Lake District scenery. The walk starts with an ascent up the side of Place Fell, for some great views of the surrounding hills. We then drop gradually down through a valley following Boredale Beck until we reach the lakeside near where the Ullswater Steamers dock. We then follow an undullating path back along the lakeside to Side Farm, which has a cafe for a well deserved ice cream! If there is enough interest on the day, we may stop for a bite to eat at a pub on the way home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45

Meet at the walk start (Glenridding main car park)

11:00

Walk starts.

13-9-2015 10:45 13-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Ullswater et Al

A re-run of one of my favourite MAD walks since joining the group. Not originally lead by me, clue is in the title. Memorable for some lovely and varied Lake District scenery. The walk starts with an ascent up the side of Place Fell, for some great views of the surrounding hills. We then drop gradually down through a valley following Boredale Beck until we reach the lakeside near where the Ullswater Steamers dock. We then follow an undullating path back along the lakeside to Side Farm, which has a cafe for a well deserved ice cream! If there is enough interest on the day, we may stop for a bite to eat at a pub on the way home.

Glenridding main car park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Side Farm, Boredale Hause, Hause Farm, Waternook, Kailpot Crag, (near) Silver Crag, Side Farm
Info:

Meet at Ullswater Information Centre, in Beckside Car Park, Glenridding, postcode for sat nav is CA11 0PD. There is a charge of £8 per day per car in the car park, which can be paid by debit / credit card or coins. There are toilets at the walk start and at Side Farm towards the end of the walk. Allow 2 hours travelling time from Manchester.

 

 

19

A Sandy Saunter to Southport Airshow

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

7.8 mi

35m

A flat walk north through the dunes and along the coast from Freshfield along the coast to the sea front at Southport to see the Southport Air Show

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Off Peak Day Return to Freshfield £12.60. Train at Manchester Piccadilly is to Southport, change at Southport for Merseyrail service to Freshfield.

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Freshfield Railway Station.

11:05

Walk starts at Freshfield Railway Station.

Return

from Southport Station. xx:23 direct to Manchester, Frequent services via Merseyrail to Liverpool where connections to Manchester are available.

19-9-2015 09:00 19-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Sandy Saunter to Southport Airshow Freshfield Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Fisherman's Path, Ainsdale Sand Dunes, Big Ball's Hill, Sefton Coastal Path, Trans Pennine Trail, Pleasureland, Ocean Plaza, Southport Seafront.
Extra:

This walk will be ending at the sea front in Southport where the Southport Air Show will be happening, aiming to arrive for 2pm in time to see one of the last displays (Weather Permitting of Course) of the Vulcan at approx 2.35pm, as well as some of the following displays by other aircraft.

Should you wish to go back to Southport Station, it is a 10-15 minute walk from the seafront to the station and directions will be given.

Train also calls at Oxford Road at 0924, Deansgate at 0928, Salford Crescent at 0933 and Wigan Wallgate at 1002. No toilets at Freshfield Station or on Merseyrail Train, please use those on train to Southport or at Southport Station.

 

 

 

 

20

Lyme Park circular

Public Transport based walk with Peter Turner.

9.0 mi

250m


An interesting walk of varied terrain through the Lyme Park estate that traces its high moorland boundary giving extensive panoramas across contrasting landscapes. Refreshments to be had towards the end of the walk at the Lyme Park tea shop and also at the Ram's Head at the walk's conclusion.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:51. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:


10:51

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:25

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 16:53, 17:52, 18:53, 19.52

20-9-2015 10:40 20-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Lyme Park circular Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cage, Lantern Wood, Bow Stones, Dale Top, West Parkgate
Notes:

Walk leader will join train at Stockport.

Parking available at Ram's Head car park

 

 

26

Holm is where the heart is

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Thomas Featherstone.

7.9 mi

476m

A nice short circular walk beginning in the West Yorkshire village of Holmfirth, the village famous for being the setting for 'Last of the Summer Wine'. We will start in the village and make our way through the surrounding hills, forests, and Holmfirth country park, with a lunch stop at Brownhill reservoir. We will then descend back towards the village following the canal along the way, where we will finish at the Holmfirth food and drink festival. NOTE: As this walk finishes at a food and drink festival, make sure not to bring a 3 course lunch.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return to Huddersfield - £12.70

Off peak first day saver - £3.90

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Holmfirth Bus Station.

11:30

Walk starts at Holmfirth Bus Station.

Return

from Holmfirth Bus Station. Buses (310, 314, 316) depart every 30 minutes from the Holmfirth bus station until 21:33. Then it is a train back to Manchester Piccadilly from Huddersfield.

26-9-2015 09:40 26-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Holm is where the heart is Holmfirth Bus Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Holmfirth village, Cartworth Moor Road, Kirklees Way, Brownhill Reservoir, Digley Reservoir, Hinchliffe Mill
Transport:

Please note that we will get the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield, and then we will get the bus from Huddersfield town centre to the walk start in Holmfirth.

 

 

26

Across the Calder Valley

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

8.0 mi

350m

Walk will finish in Todmorden where the annual beer festival is taking place at the cricket club for those interested

A nice walk around Calderdale, with two main climbs taking us up either side of the valley. We'll take in various parts of the Calderdale Way and Todmorden Centenary Way. Paths can get a bit boggy in places.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return to Todmorden £8.30

Duo ticket available for 2 adults travelling together

10:48

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

11:12

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx15, xx24, xx49, xx56

26-9-2015 10:30 26-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Across the Calder Valley Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Delph, Calderdale Way, Great Rock, Eastwood, London Road, Mankinholes, Rochdale canal
Extra::

No toilets at walk start

Walk leader meeting at walk start

 

 

27

'Summit' of a challenge - walk for the Bollington Walking Festival

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

12.5 mi

500m

This walk is part of the Bollington Walking festival which will be taking place from Saturday 26th September to Sunday 4th October. This is a linear walk starting from Macclesfield train station and conquering 3 hills - White Nancy, Sponds Hill and Nab's Head. We will finish the walk in Bollington for a leisurely pub stop. There are regular buses back to Macclesfield, from where you can catch the train back to Manchester should you so wish.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer - price of ticket includes bus

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

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

27-9-2015 09:15 27-9-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Summit' of a challenge - walk for the Bollington Walking Festival Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers

 

 

3

Snowdon

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.8 mi

845m

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LINEAR WALK

This is a linear walk where we will meet at Llanberis for 0945 before joining the 1005 S2 Sherpa Bus to Pen-y-Pass and starting the walk at 1020 we will follow the Pyg Track up to the summit of Snowdon where there are toilets and a cafe, then we will follow the tourist path back down to Llanberis. 

Please bring warm clothes with you as the temperatures can alter on the way up to the summit.

I believe the Snowdonia Sherpa is £1.50

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:45

Meet at the walk start (Llanberis Electric Mountain/ Visitors Centre Car Park)

10:20

Walk starts.

3-10-2015 09:45 3-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Snowdon

This is a linear walk where we will meet at Llanberis for 0945 before joining the 1005 S2 Sherpa Bus to Pen-y-Pass and starting the walk at 1020 we will follow the Pyg Track up to the summit of Snowdon where there are toilets and a cafe, then we will follow the tourist path back down to Llanberis. 

Please bring warm clothes with you as the temperatures can alter on the way up to the summit.

I believe the Snowdonia Sherpa is £1.50

Llanberis Electric Mountain/ Visitors Centre Car Park MAD Walkers

 

 

3

What is actually in Crowden?

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan & Steve Rawlins.

17.8 mi

880m

A circular walk out of Hadfield up to Black Hill and back.  The walk will go up from the series of reservoirs around Hadfield and cover some boggy, exposed unpathed land on top before the descent back to Crowden.  Passing through Tintwhistle there should be the opportunity to stop at The Bullshead.

Please bear in mind that this walk will be completed at a fast pace due to the time of year and expected conditions.  Therefore it is not suitable for those seeking an afternoon bimble.  Gaiters and waterproofs strongly recommended.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return £4.20

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. Services return at 29 and 59 past the hour until 18:59 where they switch to hourly at 29 past the hour.

3-10-2015 09:05 3-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London What is actually in Crowden? Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Millstone Rocks, Rakes Rocks, Black Hill, Crowden, Torside Reservoir, T'Intwhistle

 

 

4

Lytham and Cake

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

8.5 mi

30m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start

A flat walk along the beach from Squires Gate in Blackpool to Lytham for tea and cake at Lytham Hall tea room. Followed by a wander around leafy Lytham and a few drinks in a pub. There are also two excellent fish and chip restaurants in Lytham if a few people fancy that later on!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Day Return to Squires Gate £16.70. Train from Manchester is for Blackpool North. Change in Preston for (10:32 Blackpool South) train to Squires Gate

09:03

Train departs for the walk start at Squires Gate.

11:05

Walk starts at Squires Gate.

Return

from Lytham. 15:38, 16:41, 17:38, 18:41 via Preston

4-10-2015 08:45 4-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Lytham and Cake Squires Gate MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Squires Gate, St Annes Pier, Pleasure Island, Fairhaven Lake, Witches(Watch) Wood, Lytham Hall and grounds, Green Drive, Lytham Windmill
Extra:

If you wish to drive there is parking on some of the side roads opposite Squires Gate station (its about a 1hour drive from Manchester). You can then catch the Blackpool South train back from Lytham after the walk. There are some 20p toilets near the walk start, at St Annes Pier and at Fairhaven Lake.

 

 

10

A trip 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 10:20. 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.

10:20

Train departs for the walk start at Walsden.

11:00

Walk starts at Walsden.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 16:04, 17:04 etc

10-10-2015 10:00 10-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A trip down memory lane Walsden MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dean Royds Farm, Cat Stones, Warland Reservoir, Light Hazzles Reservoir, Blackstone Edge Reservoir, The White House Pub, Cloise, Qwlet Hall, Lane Foot and Rochdale Canal.
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.

 

 

11

Tegg's Nose and Gawsworth

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

13.0 mi

273m

A walk out of Macclesfield to Tegg's Nose, past the smallest library in Cheshire towards Gawsworth Hall, a slightly macabre interlude at the grave of Maggoty Johnson and then back through Danes Moss and along the Canal back into Macclesfield.

Walk leader joining the train at Stockport

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Macclesfield £9.10, train also calls at Stockport at 09:35 - Stockport to Macc Return is £6.70

09:27

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

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

11-10-2015 09:00 11-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Tegg's Nose and Gawsworth Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tegg's Nose, Langley, Sutton Lane Ends, Sutton Reservoir, Mount Farm, Gawsworth Hall, Danes Moss, Macclesfield Canal.
Extra:

Toilets at Walk Start, on Macclesfield Station, as is ample car parking should you wish to drive. Dogs not recommended due to having to traverse many fields containing livestock.

 

 

17

From H(ebden) 2 O(xenhope) via lots of water

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

18.5 mi

950m

As the clocks contemplate changing, a short(ish) way of getting to Oxenhope and back (Howarth is a shade far for this time of year) from Hebden.

We climb out of the Calder Valley as quickly (and therefore vertically) as possible but once we reach the moorland have a relatively flat if soggy tour of reservoirs and quarries until we drop into Oxenhope.

We depart Oxenhope via a heathery and then steep route, before finding a boggy way to the hilltop, and drop off it again via a series of grouse butts. On the return we encounter Lumb Falls and the Pecket Well war memorial (looks like a mini Stoodley Pike) before the final wooded descent back into the valley.

There is the option of catching the hourly bus back at Oxenhope - or the bus (or steam train) onwards to Howarth for those who wish to play at Tourist for the remainder of the afternoon, though the walk will need to proceed at pace to complete before it begins to get dark.

NB 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.

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester to Hebden day return is £9.50 and unless wishing to research exotic alternatives is probably the best option.

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for 18.07 but departures at xx18 and xx42

17-10-2015 08:40 17-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London From H(ebden) 2 O(xenhope) via lots of water Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:High Brown Knoll, Warley Moor reservoir, Hambleton Top, Leeming reservoir, Oxenhope,Oxenhope Stoop Hill, Lumb Falls, Pecket Well War Memorial

 

 

18

Combs Edge and the Beehive Inn

Public Transport based walk with Catherine Mellor and Jim Machin.

9.5 mi

500m

A circular walk, incorporating an iron age fort, a Roman road, an ancient green lane, some fabulous views, and a fantastic pub! Walking boots are recommended, as it could be muddy in parts! Unfortunately no dogs can join us for this walk, as a substantial part of the walk is on access land, where dogs are not allowed. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:37

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

Suggested ticket:

TBA

09:50

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

10:37

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

Return

from Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station. 16:33, 17:31

18-10-2015 09:37 18-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Combs Edge and the Beehive Inn Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bankhall Farm, Combs Edge, White Hall Centre, Wainstones, Haylee Farm, Thorny Lee, Meveril Farm, Combs Reservoir, Combs Village, Old Brook House, Chapel-en-le-Frith station

 

 

24

Where did that bridge go?

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Niall Maclennan.

16.0 mi

1001m

A linnear walk from Glossop to Edale.

Out of glossop we'll pick up the old Doctor's Gate path until we pick up the Pennine Way at the Snake Pass before heading down towards Kinder Scout, passing Kinder Reservoir and the glorious Kinder Downfall, a quick stop at the Summit point of Kinder Scout before heading through the Woolpacks, onto Crowdon Tower and following the ridge paths of Upper Tor and Nether Tor and zig zagging down the Nab into Edale.

Please note that due to time of year this walk will need to be completed at a reasonable pace and depending on the weather some sections can be quite exposed. Waterproofs/Gaitors may be required and please bring a head torch just incase.

There is a small stream crossing (used to be a bridge) before Doctor's gate passable with the help of a bit of rope and rocks.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

single to Glossop

Ticket coming back to be purchased on the train from Edale

08:17

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 47 mins past the hour

24-10-2015 08:00 24-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Where did that bridge go? Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop, Doctors Gate, Snake Pass, Pennine Way, Glead Hill, Mill Hill, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low, Edale rocks, Edale Head, Wool Packs, Crowdon Tower, Upper Tor, Nether Tor, The Nab, The Ramblers Inn

 

 

24

How to Peel a Strawberry

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

10.9 mi

641m

A varied linear walk of farmland, moorland, valley views, the iconic Peel Monument, reservoirs and woodland; finished off with a drink and a meal (for those that want to) at the fantastic Strawberry Duck Pub.

 

There are two prolonged climbs on this route, with several smaller climbs (a couple of which are steep) and a much easier second half.  One of the climbs takes us up to the iconic Peel Monument and it's stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape, such as Scout Moor to the east and Rivington Pike/Winter Hill over to the west.  

 

Please note that some of the route is going to be open to the elements so layers/hat/gloves are recommended.  A shortish section also includes rough ground with wet sections and no noticeable path so gaiters are recommended if you have them.

 

The walk should take around 5.5 hours to complete 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Victoria for the train at 10:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return from Victoria to Entwistle costs £6.60.  

Parking is available at Bromley Cross train station and on Chapeltown Road (the main road that runs alongside the train station).  

If you prefer to park at the end point, a single ticket from Entwistle to Bromley Cross costs £2.40.  Get the train at Entwistle at 10.22am; ariving at Bromley Cross at 10.28.  Please note, Entwistle is a request stop so you must clearly indicate to the driver that you want him/her to stop.

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 16:21 / 17:23 / 18:21 / 19:21 / 20:22

24-10-2015 09:40 24-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London How to Peel a Strawberry Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Affetside, Croichley Fold, Redisher Wood Nature Reserve, Peel Tower, Pilgrims Stone, Beetle Hill, Crowthorn, Pleasant View, Wayoh Reservoir
Additional:

No toilets at Bromley Cross so please use the toilets on the train.

 

 

 

 

25

Away with the Fairies around Appley Bridge

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.2 mi

310m

Please note change to meet point in Manchester

A circular walk in West Lancashire around Appley Bridge taking in a Fairy Glen, a Boar's Den, a ruined Windmill and some little hills.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:39. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Appley Bridge £4.20

10:39

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

11:30

Walk starts at Appley Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Appley Bridge Train Station. 16:31, 17:31

25-10-2015 10:15 25-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Away with the Fairies around Appley Bridge Appley Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Worthington's Farm, Fairy Glen, Boar's Den Farm, High Moor Lane, Wright's Coverts, Harrock Hill, Butteries Wood, High Moor, Parbold Hill, Wood Lane, Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Extra:

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

Drinks at the Station Bar at the end of the walk.

Also, dogs are not recommended due to livestock in some of the fields through which we will be passing.

 

 

31

Day 3 of the Gritstone Trail

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

9.0 mi

300m

Following on from Days 1 and 2 earlier in the year, we conclude the walking of the Gritstone Trail with a lovely walk from Congleton to Kidsgrove.

Please note that the walk leader will meet you at Congleton 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.

09:35

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak day return to Kidsgrove £12.70

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Kidsgrove Station. 17:06, 18:06

31-10-2015 09:35 31-10-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Day 3 of the Gritstone Trail Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Congleton Train station, canal, Nicki’th’Hill, Old Man of Mow, Mow Cop, Trent and Mersey Canal, The Red Bull at Church Lawton, Kidsgrove

 

 

1

Wilmslow Circular

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

9.3 mi

80m

Walk leader will meet at the walk start

A circular walk out to the boundary of Manchester Airport returning to Wilmslow via the Saltersley Moss Nature Reserve

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 11:07. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Wilmslow: £6

11:07

Train departs for the walk start at Wilmslow Station.

11:35

Walk starts at Wilmslow Station.

Return

from Wilmslow Station. 15:47, 16:29, 16:47

1-11-2015 11:00 1-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Wilmslow Circular Wilmslow Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Carrs, Bollin House Farm, Blakely Farm, Coppock House Farm, Saltersley Moss Nature Reserve, Lindow Common, Pownall Park

 

 

7

Lees Hill before the AGM

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Arthur Embleton.

8.4 mi

389m

We will take the train to Stalybridge, head up Lees Hill, and then back down to Stalybridge.  We will then get the train back to Piccadilly and walk to the Deaf Institute for the AGM.

Bring water and a couple of snacks.  We will go at a leisurely pace to enjoy the views.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:55

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Day Return - £3.40

09:11

Train departs for the walk start at Stalybridge Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Stalybridge Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 13:50

7-11-2015 08:55 7-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Lees Hill before the AGM Stalybridge Station MAD Walkers

 

 

14

Sunrise to Sunset

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

18.5 mi

768m

Walk leader joining train at Warrington

Well not quite. But an early start, a long walk through the pretty Cheshire woodlands ending on Helsby Hill at sunset, where weather permitting, we should get some fabulous photos of the sun setting over our walk, and then a short walk off the hill to the station. Bring a torch in case this goes wrong!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 07:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Helsby (£15.60). Those coming further distances may be able to find exotic ways to split the ticket to drop the cost....

07:50

Train departs for the walk start at Frodsham Railway Station.

08:40

Walk starts at Frodsham Railway Station.

Return

from Helsby. X:00 aiming for 17:00

14-11-2015 07:40 14-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Sunrise to Sunset Frodsham Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sandstone Trail, Manley Common, Ark Wood, Delamere Forest, Woodhouse Hill, Helsby Hill, Helsby.
Extra Note:

Drivers park at Frodsham (more parking) and get single ticket £3.20 back from Helsby with the group.

Despite being a Cheshire walk the route is pretty rough in places and slippery so you need proper walking boots. Expect mud. Lots of mud.

Bail out at Delamere Station (approx half way in).

OS Map ex 267

 

 

15

The view from the M61 or Winter Hill, Two Lads and Rivington Pike

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.5 mi

546m

Please note amended train time at Victoria of 9.20

After a long absence we return to one of my past stomping grounds - the West Pennine Moors and do the three hills you can see from the M61!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:20. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Blackrod £4.30

09:20

Train departs for the walk start at Lostock.

09:50

Walk starts at Lostock.

Return

from Blackrod Station. 17:13, 18:13

15-11-2015 09:00 15-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The view from the M61 or Winter Hill, Two Lads and Rivington Pike Lostock MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Old Hall, Montserrat, Walker Fold Road, Hole Hill Farm, Two Lads, Rotary Way, Winter Hill, Belmont Road, Noon Hill Slack, Catter Nab, Pidgeon Tower, Rivington Pike, Brown Hill, Jepson's Bridge, Andert
Extra:

No toilets at walk start. Pub at end. Gaiters recommended if wet.

 

 

19

Evening Walk: A walk from B to C by night

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

3.1 mi

12m

*** Walk Leaders joining train at Cheadle Hulme***

No, you’re definitely not seeing things – this is an evening walk in November! As the nights continue to draw in, we laugh in winter’s face and continue to head on out. Gym kit and cross trainers boring the pants off you? Then grab your head torch and boots and hit the trail with us.  We’ll be weaving through dimly lit lanes, woodland that shrouds you in mystery and intrigue as well as the potential to witness some paranormal activities at a very old hall. It’s all rounded off with a visit to a 17h century Grade II listed mill-turned-pub for your favourite tipple 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.

18:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bramhall £4.30 (Off Peak)

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Bramhall Station.

19:05

Walk starts at Bramhall Station.

Return

from Cheadle Hulme Train Station. 20:38, 21:27, 21:37, 22:24, 23:05

19-11-2015 18:35 19-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A walk from B to C by night Bramhall Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bramhall station, Carr-wood, Bramhall Hall, Seven Arches, Cheadle Hulme station.
Extra:

No toilets at Bramhall station – please use the one on the train.  Gaiters are recommended as sections can be muddy.

***A torch is a mandatory requirement for this walk***

 Parking is available at Cheadle Hulme station.

 No toilets at Bramhall station – please use the one on the train.***A torch is a mandatory requirement for this walk*** ggggggffddfffffffff

 

 

21

Roundabout Romiley

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

8.0 mi

325m

Walk Leaders meeting at walk start.

A leisurely autumnal circular only a stone's throw from Manchester; this 8 miler packs in woodland, waterways and even Werneth! With a gentle start through the golf course and along the lovely river Etherow, we pass through the country park and gradually climb through trees and farmland. Our ascent is rewarded with far-reaching views of both the Peak District and the Manchester skyline. Following lunch at the top, we work our way down through easy lanes and footpaths back to your choice of Platform One -  for the train or 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.

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Romiley £4.00

10:14

Train departs for the walk start at Romiley.

10:35

Walk starts at Romiley.

Return

from Romiley. 15:13, 15:28, 15:41, 15:58 frequent service

21-11-2015 10:00 21-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Roundabout Romiley Romiley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Romiley golf club, Redbrow Wood, Etherow Country Park, Werneth Low, Heald Wood

 

 

28

November Rain

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

10.0 mi

620m

Please note amended date

A slightly longer version of my February Walk Bottom to Bottom.

After leaving the train station, we do a stiff ascent through Brook Bottom and onto Shaw Farm. After a few muddy fields, the walk tours some amazing valleys in the area before heading onto the Cown Edge Rocks and the incredible ridge line. We take a slight elongated way through more woods and riverways until we get to Broadbottom.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger £5.20. You have to buy these from the ticket office

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

10:14

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 15:14, 15:44, 16:14, 16:44 etc.

28-11-2015 09:20 28-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London November Rain Strines MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Strines, Midshires Way, High Cliff Farm, The Banks, Black Lane, BriarGrove Farm, Ringstones Farm, Cown Edge Rocks, The Banks, Holehouse, Chew, Cown Edge way, Broadbottom

 

 

29

A Look at Lancashire's Corporation Pop

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Anthony Helm.

9.1 mi

214m

Walk leader will join the train at Blackrod. Please note the train from Manchester now departs from Victoria at 09:20 due to engineering works

A linear walk from Chorley to Blackrod, via Anglezarke and the Upper and Lower Rivington reservoirs. Taking in some picturesque woodland trails, a tea room and a pretend ruined castle. Gaiters are recommended as the paths are muddy in places, as is something to sit on for the lunch stop, as there isn't much seating.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:20. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Chorley @ £8.90

For those wishing to drive, there is free parking at Blackrod station and the train to Chorley departs from Blackrod at 09:53 and costs £3.60 for a single.

09:20

Train departs for the walk start at Chorley Railway Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Chorley Railway Station.

Return

from Blackrod Station. 15:10, 16:10, 17:10

29-11-2015 09:05 29-11-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London A Look at Lancashire's Corporation Pop Chorley Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grey Heights, High Bullough Reservoir, Yarrow Reservoir, The Castle, Anderton Old Hall

 

 

5

Santa Walk 2015

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley and John Ireland.

5.0 mi

250m

Bookings for this walk are now closed

The annual Santa Walk will take place this year around the Greenfield area.
 
We start our walk from Greenfield station and head towards the village before joining the Tame Valley Way along the disused railway to Ryefields before we start a short ascent up to The Church Inn for a refreshment before continuing on towards Rye Top and then on to the next pub stop for our meal and drinks.

The cost for this event will be £20 which includes a 3 course meal at The Clarence Hotel in Greenfield with a minimum of £2 per person going towards the local MRT.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £5.20 (this will cover your entire days travel if you start your journey witihin the Greater Manchester area)

11:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

12:25

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. xx:36 every hour

5-12-2015 11:40 5-12-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Santa Walk 2015 Greenfield Station MAD Walkers

 

 

12

All Along the Great Dove Stone Rocks

Public Transport based walk with Alan Beeby.

10.5 mi

500m

Please see transport section

 

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 group. Starting from the car park at Dovestones will we get all of the ascent 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.

09:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return of Greenfield £4.20

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 15:36, 16:36 etc

12-12-2015 09:40 12-12-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London All Along the Great Dove Stone Rocks Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
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.
Transport:

The official walk for both groups will start from Dove Stones Reservoir Car Park at 10.50am. 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 metres of ascent.
Post code for car park is OL3 7NE. We should be there about 10.50am

Car Park costs £1.30 for the day.

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

 

 

19

Edale to Edale (and somewhere in-between)

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

8.0 mi

555m

This walk will be anywhere between 8 and 10 miles, we'll choose the exact route on the day depending on the weather or we'll just have a vote

Plan A - If the weather is kind is the classic edale to Kinder circular which I've done on tthis weekend for the past few years. This is 8 miles (555m) from Edale, up Grindsbrook Clough and onto Crowdon Tower and the Woolpacks before coming down Jacob's Ladder and down into the Nag's Head pub in Edale. From there we'll go to the Rambler's Inn and then probably back to the Nag's Head and then again to the Ramblers etc etc - It's Christmas!

Plan B - If the weather is a little pants is from Edale upto Hollins Cross and then directly down into Castleton where we'll have our first festive drink. We'll then head over to Hope for the next drink before a little climb to Lose Hill and then the quickest route back into Edale for the Nag's Head and Ramblers Inn (or if the weather is really really bad we can get the train back from Hope). This will be 9-10 miles (540m) depending on which route we take)

Gaitors/Waterproofs recommended as it is always a little boggy around Kinder.

Postcode should you wish to drive is S33 7ZA. Lots of parking at the village hall (pay and display).

Festive Hip flasks & flasks of Mulled Wine optional :)

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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.

10:35

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 47 mins past the hour

19-12-2015 09:30 19-12-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Edale to Edale (and somewhere in-between) Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:lots of pubs

 

 

20

The Hadfield Helicopter Hunt

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

5.6 mi

230m

A short afternoon walk from Hadfield to Glossop for one of the shortest days of the year, taking in Tintwistle, Padfield and going near a field that last time we went near there had helicopters parked up in it... hence the name.

We will end up in Glossop by the station where we can go to the Star Inn for ales.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

12:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield £4.30 or GM Rail Ranger £5

12:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

13:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 17:08, 17:38, 18:08, 18:38

20-12-2015 12:00 20-12-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London The Hadfield Helicopter Hunt Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Longdendale Train, Tintwistle Reservoir, Tintwistle, Valehouse Farm, Little Padfield Farm, Swineshaw Reservoir, Broom Hill, Manor Park, Glossop
Extra:

Drinkies in the Star Inn in Glossop at the end. No toilets at Hadfield Station, use the ones on the train.

 

 

26

Boxing day on Heaton Park

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

5.0 mi

50m

It's a  bit of a Manchester Ramblers tradition to meet up on Boxing Day. If you're wondering how to get to the walk please follow this link: Boxing Day Public Transport - basically some buses and all the trams, but no trains, are running.

We'll be having an easy exploration of the many paths and trails in Heaton Park, hopefully taking in the excellent views of the hills and the city. Although not a long day out it would still be nice if you bring a sandwich, snack or flask of hot drink as we will take a short break at some point.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Day Return to Heaton Park £3.80, or Day Travelcard £5.

11:30

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

12:00

Walk starts at Heaton Park tram stop.

Return

from Heaton Park tram stop. Trams are on a Sunday timetable, with services every 12 minutes.

26-12-2015 11:15 26-12-2015 20:00:00 Europe/London Boxing day on Heaton Park Heaton Park tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:To be decided on the day, depending on the weather.

 


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