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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 2016

 

2

Three Walks / One Day Part 1

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

11.5 mi

589m

First Saturday of the year and 3 options to choose from.Choose an early start and a brisk walk to blow the cobwebs away, sleep off the hangover and join us in the afternoon or start the year as you mean to go on with a proper long walk! Part 1 starts along the canal at Disley and proceeds at a brisk pace over the pretty countryside 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.

07:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £12 is the simplest option, and will do for both parts of the walk if you're intending to do the whole lot

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

08:15

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. X:14 & X:44 aiming for 13:14

2-1-2016 07:40 2-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Three Walks / One Day Part 1 Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sett Valley Trail, Matley Moor, Coombe Rocks, Broadbottom
Extra note:

Part 1 of a two part walk: consquently the walk will be fast paced and will only have a couple of short breaks. You must be able to walk at the set pace or the whole schedule falls apart & there's not a lot of daylight to play with.

If you're looking for an amble to wear the Christmas excesses off or are new to the group and aren't sure about pace, come on the afternoon walk instead.

Expect wet, rough paths in places and come equppied for the weather. Strongly suggest food you can eat quickly or on the move!

Ex Map 1

 

 

2

Three Walks / One Day Part 2

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

7.5 mi

416m

A far less strenuous walk than this morning, on a varied walk from Broadbottom to Stalybridge where those so inclined can sample the nightlife... Expect some wet paths in places & a long ascent The pace will be slower than the morning  though!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 12:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail ranger £5.20 or if coming in from further afield Wayfarer £12

12:46

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

13:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. Frequent until late, aiming for 16:15

2-1-2016 12:30 2-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Three Walks / One Day Part 2 Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Coach Road, Hollingworth Moor, Stalybridge
Extra note:

Walk leader meeting at walk start. As this is part 2 of a 2 part walk please hang on a bit if the leader isn't there bang on time

Suggest eat lunch on the train: there will be breaks but not a lunch stop.

Neither walk is car suitable without some difficulty retrieving the car. If must drive park in Manchester and join the group at Piccadilly for either walk.

Expect wet conditions: although a moderate walk it goes up to 400m so you must be properly equipped for winter walking including walking boots and waterproof clothing. Gaiters may be useful

Final part is down a road so we should be OK for daylight but torch would be useful - just in case!

Ex Map 1.  Total distance for the two walks: 19 miles and over 1000m ascent(!)

 

 

9

Warland

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

13.1 mi

704m

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 back down into Littleborough for a drink or two.

We'll be moving at a moderate pace.  Bring a packed lunch and some snacks.  I'm aiming for the walk to finish by 16:30, which would allow you to catch a train arriving into Manchester for 17:04.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return - £4.30

09:26

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 16:34, then approximatelly every 30 mins until 23:43

9-1-2016 09:15 9-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Warland Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

 

 

16

Return of the shining cat

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.6 mi

876m

Walk leader to join the train at Stockport

This walk is one of my favourites and with nearly 900 metres ascent is just right for burning off festive excesses and boosting that already dwindling 'healthier you' new year promise.  

The route has a couple of short steep climbs and a longer but gentler climb to get up onto the highest points but the views of the surrounding landscape once up there, hopefully with the addition of some snow, are certainly worth it. There is a lovely vista of Errwood reservoir as we head down from the tops towards a pretty woodland section before the last gentle (but prolonged) moorland climb to bring us up over Burbage and down into Buxton

It's going to be cold and we'll be exposed to the elements on the high section of the route, so layers, hat, gloves and sturdy footwear are essential.

The first part of the walk is likely to have some wet & muddy sections so please bring gaitors or waterproofs if you have them.  

This walk has NO bailout points.  

Please bring a torch in case we don't get back in the daylight.

We'll stop off at one of the pubs in Buxton whilst waiting for the train home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

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 costs £10.10.  A duo return ticket (for two people travelling on the same ticket) costs £15.10.

 

There is a small amount of parking available at Whaley Bridge station for those people wishing to drive.  A single to Whaley Bridge costs £5.30 or £8.10 for two people on a duo ticket 

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. hourly at 29 minutes past the hour up until 9.29pm

16-1-2016 08:30 16-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Return of the shining cat Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Toddbrook reservoir, Taxal, Overton hall farm, Taxal Edge, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Errwood reservoir, Berry Clough, Burbage, Buxton
Additional:

It's best to use the toilets on the train as there are no toilets available at Whaley Bridge station

 

 

 

17

The Copy Pit Conundrum

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.7 mi

638m

Please note changed back to original date!

A linear walk over high moorland from Burnley to Todmorden, taking in a the Singing Ringing Tree, Thieveley Pike and Todmorden Moor, making use of the Copy Pit railway line between Todmorden and Burnley.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Victoria for the train at 09:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Burnley Manchester Road (via Todmorden) £9.90
 

09:40

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

10:35

Walk starts at Burnley Manchester Road Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. 16:56, 17:50, 17:56

17-1-2016 09:20 17-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Copy Pit Conundrum Burnley Manchester Road Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Copy Farm, Copy Clough Plantation, Singing Ringing Tree, Deerplay Moor, Thieveley Pike, Todmorden Moor, Flower Scar Road, Todmorden Edge
Extra:

Contrary to previous advertising we will not be passing a scenically placed toilet.

Post-walk drinks in the Polished Knob, Todmorden.
 

 

 

23

Bleaklow stones in winter

Public Transport based walk with David Bratley.

15.0 mi

800m

Hopefully a snowy walk, the location gives stunning wild views and normally lots of mountain hares can be seen on route. It will be a great walk regardless of conditions. The walk will be on the tops for most of the day so warm clothing and drink are advisable, also if the weather contiunes in a similar vane, spare socks may be required for the fording of Shelf brook (this was great fun on the recce on the 2nd of Jan).

Assuming the Ice and snow hasn't finally arrived, the terrain will generally be vary wet and boggy, but this at least makes for soft landings.

Warm pub at the walk end.

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.

08:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop

08:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

08:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

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

23-1-2016 08:00 23-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Bleaklow stones in winter Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Shelf brook, Devils Dyke, Grains in the water, Bleaklow stones, Bleaklow head, Hern stones, Dowstones brook.

 

 

23

The Day Bit

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlett.

9.5 mi

595m

**Part 1 of a 2 part walk**

Please note the revised earlier start time for this walk.

Two walks for the price of one? Great pub grub and drinks built in at the end of an epic day / night combo? Yes, it's the return of the two-parters so grab your head torch and join us for a new for 2016 January special.

Our first outing of the day takes us on a steady climb out of the valley in order to make the most of the expansive views from the high ground surrounding Broadbottom. The hard work of the morning is rewarded with the opportunity to have a cheeky beverage of your choice during the lunch stop! After lunch we regain the vantage point as we head towards Coombes with an easy descent back to the pub. We have kept the route to good paths and occasional lanes following the recent wet weather however some parts remain boggy and gaiters are 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:

Return to Broadbottom £3.90. Please note only one ticket is needed to do both walks.

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

09:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 15:46, 16:18, 16:46

23-1-2016 09:05 23-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Day Bit Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadbottom, Cown Edge Way, Brook Bottom, Rowarth, Cown Edge, Coombes Rocks, Woodseats, Broadbottom
Extra:

GAITERS ARE RECOMMENDED. If you intend to do the 2nd part of the walk, please BRING A TORCH.

 

 

23

The Night Bit

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

4.5 mi

250m

 **PART 2 OF A 2 PART WALK** Walk leaders meeting at walk start. 

Two walks for the price of one? Great pub grub and drinks built in at the end of an epic day / night combo? Yes, it's the return of the two-parters so grab your head torch and join us for a new for 2016 January special.

The second walk of the day might be shorter but it doesn’t shy away from the high points! Owing to the wintry conditions and post beverage timing of this walk, the route will be on good paths and lanes throughout with hopefully the chance to view the lights of Manchester and its surroundings from the top. A torch is essential for this walk. We will be rounding off the action with drinks and for those who wish to join us, food at the pub in Broadbottom.

If you are planning to stay with us for food then please email 2partwalk@gmail.com by Friday 22nd January so that we can advise the pub on numbers. The pub has requested that we use cash to make payment easier.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

16:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 16:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £3.90. Please note only one ticket is needed to do both walks.

16:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

16:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 19:14; 19:44; 20:44; 21:44; 22:44

23-1-2016 16:00 23-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Night Bit Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadbottom, Botham Hall, Apple Street, Idle Hill, Broadbottom
Extra:

A TORCH IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS WALK

 

 

24

New Walk Leaders Recce Walk

Public Transport based walk with Anthony Helm and Becky Lea.

9.0 mi

250m

This walk is aimed at those thinking of leading a walk, and wanting the experience of a recce of an unknown route. We will plan a circular walk of 8-10 miles, whilst on the train journey to Edale, and navigate the route using map and compass. Anyone who comes can have a go at leading a section of the walk, and hopefully we'll have some fun along the way. We'll also have a pub stop at the end to reflect on how well we did! There will be a limited number of places on the walk, and it is aimed at MAD members that haven't yet led a walk or perhaps have only led one walk, and are looking for some help planning or navigating a walk. If you wish to attend, please register by emailing walks@madwalkers.org.uk including your Ramblers membership number in the email

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Edale @ £11.10

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:48, 17:48

24-1-2016 09:05 24-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London New Walk Leaders Recce Walk Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Walk to be planned on the day
Maps:

The required O/S map is OL1, if you wish to bring a copy, although copies will be provided to everyone on the day

 

 

30

Ten Towers - in reverse order

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

17.0 mi

1005m

**Please note  - this walk is now being done from Hebden to Tod, the reverse order to that originally advertised. The most walker friendly pubs in Hebden are still out of action following the Boxing Day Floods, so Tod is a better place to conclude our stroll **

Or perhaps a few more than ten.  And 'tower' covers everything from church towers to telecoms towers via, of course, a 'Castle' tower and the odd mill chimney and structure that there's because of a war.

We START in Hebden, climbing quickly out of Calder valley heading north before turning about face and heading back down to Midgehole and the Hebden Valley. Then back up to Heptonstall and its two church towers, down to the Colden valley and then the climb to Stoodley Pike. 

The stretch over the top to Tod is the most exposed part of the route, though also offers the longest period without having to do any climbing. The final stretch of the walk is down to Walsden, up a few metres onto the western side of the valley before dropping down to Todmorden.

Given the distance and the time of year, the usual disclaimers discouraging dawdling and encouraging the bringing of snorkels and other appropriate clothing and equipment apply.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Manchester to Hebden Bridge day return is a mere £9.50.

A single to Hebden, if bought in advance, would set you back a mere £3  - and similarly back from Tod.

As ever be exciting ways of splitting tickets if coming from further afield than central Manchester may yield savings.

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. Aiming for the 16.50 though there are 4 trains an hour until about 20.00

30-1-2016 08:40 30-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Ten Towers - in reverse order Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Old Town, Midge Hole, Heptonstall, Mytholm, Stoodley Pike, Walden, Todmorden

 

 

31

Darwen Tower and Tockholes Plantation

Public Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

8.8 mi

360m

Please note change to start time, there is now a rail replacement bus service from Victoria to Darwen, due to engineering works. Walk leader will meet at walk start

From Darwen station, we make our way up through Bold Venture Park to the Jubilee Tower on Darwen Moor. From here, on a clear day, there's views of Blackpool Tower, Pendle Hill, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Peaks. We then head down to the Tockholes Plantations, for a picturesque woodland walk by the river Roddlesworth. We'll then head back towards Darwen through Sunnyhurst Wood and of course the customary pub stop.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Darwen @ £7.90. Please note that this is a rail replacement bus service, to and from Darwen

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return

from Darwen Station. 15:45, 16:45 (replacement bus service)

31-1-2016 09:05 31-1-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Darwen Tower and Tockholes Plantation Darwen Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jubilee Tower, Hollinshead Hall, Earnsdale Reservoir, Sunnyhurst Wood
Extra:

There is a rail replacement bus service running from Manchester Victoria to Darwen and back, due to engineering works. If anyone wishes to drive to the walk start, there is free parking at Darwen station

 

 

6

Chapel en le Frith to Buxton via Grinlow Tower

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

10.3 mi

693m

Walk leader to join the train at Stockport.  Gaiters are recommended

This walk involves a mix of valleys, open farmland and woodland.  The route has three or four climbs that are steep but they're well spaced apart so plenty of time to get your breath back.

Paths are likely to be good for most of the way but gaiters are recommended for two or three muddy & boggy sections.  

There is going to be a small section of road walking without a pavement so care will need to be taken. 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Single return to Buxton costs £10.20.  A duo ticket (two people travelling out & back together) costs £15.30.

 

There is pay & display parking available at Chapel en le Frith station for those wishing to drive to the walk start.  A single from Buxton back to Chapel en le Frith costs £3.50 (a duo ticket costs £5.40)

09:49

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

10:35

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

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 3.29pm / 4.29pm / 5.29pm / 6.29pm

6-2-2016 09:30 6-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Chapel en le Frith to Buxton via Grinlow Tower Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Combs, Haylee Farm, Hazlehurst Farm, Longhill Farm, Bishop's Lane, Buxton Country Park, Grinlow Tower, St Anne's Well
Additional:

No toilets at Chapel en le Frith so please use the toilets on the train.

 

 

7

Timperley to Altrincham

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

6.5 mi

10m


Walk leader will meet at the walk start - please ensure you are at Timperley Tram Stop at 12:00 to begin the walk.

An afternoon linear walk from Timperley Tram Stop out into the countryside and returning via Dunham Massey Country House and Deer Park to finish with a pint in Ye Olde Market Tavern in Altrincham.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return Metrolink Ticket to Altrincham £4.60. There is a 12 minute frequency on the Altrincham line and journey times take about 30 minutes from the City Centre to Timperley.

11:15

Train departs for the walk start at Timperley Tram Station.

12:00

Walk starts at Timperley Tram Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. Every 12 minutes or trains to Stockport/Manchester Piccadilly

7-2-2016 11:15 7-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Timperley to Altrincham Timperley Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bridgewater Canal, Little Bollington, Swan with Two Nicks Pub, Dunham Massey House, Dunham Deer Park, Dunham New Park

 

 

13

Whitbarrow Scar

Direct Transport based walk with Richard Holt.

7.0 mi

300m

A lovely mid level ( height) walk in the most southerly part of the lakes within easy driving distance. Good views out to sea and the surrounding hills. Gaiters are recomended as it can be muddy in the lower sections. Also a good chance we may see woolly cows...

The walk should be finished by approximately 3pm

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45

Meet at the walk start (Lay by near Mill Side village)

11:00

Walk starts.

13-2-2016 10:45 13-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Whitbarrow Scar

A lovely mid level ( height) walk in the most southerly part of the lakes within easy driving distance. Good views out to sea and the surrounding hills. Gaiters are recomended as it can be muddy in the lower sections. Also a good chance we may see woolly cows...

The walk should be finished by approximately 3pm

Lay by near Mill Side village MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Beck Head, Low Crag Wood, Flodder Allotment, Slape Scars, Pether Pots, Rawsons, Ravens Crag, Ravens Lodge, Sidybank Wood

 

 

14

Hope to Edale

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

6.5 mi

350m

A linear walk from Hope station up Lose Hill and along to Mam Tor befor descending to Edale for a drink at the Rambler Inn

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Edale - £11.20

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

10:14

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:48

14-2-2016 09:05 14-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hope to Edale Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lose Hill, Hollins Cross, Mam Tor

 

 

20

Continuing the Tower Theme

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Jones and James Brett.

11.5 mi

500m

A relatively easy walk from Bromley Cross to Entwistle via Peel Tower.  The walk could be a bit muddy in places so please wear appropriate footwear.  For anyone driving, parking is available at Bromley Cross 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.

09:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:29. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Entwistle (£6.60) / Duo - £10

09:29

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 1723, 1823

20-2-2016 09:10 20-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Continuing the Tower Theme Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bromley Cross Station, Affetside, Redisher Wood Nature Reserve, Peel Tower, Edgworth, Wayoh Reservoir, Strawberry Duck

 

 

21

Standing Stones and Palm Houses

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

11.6 mi

160m

A longer than usual urban walk into Liverpool, taking in Calderstones Park, the site of some standing stones, then via Sefton Park and it's Palm House, going down to Otterspool and then walking along the Mersey up to the Pier Head for a drink before getting the train home from Lime Street.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:01. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Liverpool Lime Street £12.40

10:01

Train departs for the walk start at Broad Green Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Broad Green Station.

Return

from Liverpool Lime Street. 16:52, 17:15, 17:22, 17:52, 18:22, 18:52

21-2-2016 09:45 21-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Standing Stones and Palm Houses Broad Green Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Trans Pennine Trail, Childwall Woods, Calderstones Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool, Festival Park, Trans Pennine Trail, Albert Dock
Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use those on train.

If travelling from Liverpool Lime Street to Broad Green, use the 10:47 from Lime Street, fare is £2.80 single.

 

 

27

Possibly the End of the World

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.0 mi

990m

A spectacular and very varied circular walk in the Welsh Borders, including some of the Offa's Dike route. Walk can be done by train if you don't mind an early start from Manchester. NB: ground conditions mean walk likely to be harder than the distance/ascent indicates unless it all freezes in the next fortnight!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

08:45

Meet at the walk start (Ruabon Station)

08:45

Walk starts.

27-2-2016 08:45 27-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Possibly the End of the World

A spectacular and very varied circular walk in the Welsh Borders, including some of the Offa's Dike route. Walk can be done by train if you don't mind an early start from Manchester. NB: ground conditions mean walk likely to be harder than the distance/ascent indicates unless it all freezes in the next fortnight!

Ruabon Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Top Reservoir; Ruabon Mountain; Offa's Dyke, Trevor, Ruabon station
Extra note:

To get here by train catch the 6:50 from Manchester Piccadilly (leader joining at Warrington Bank Quay) and change at Chester for the 8:19 to Cardiff. £18.10. Hourly trains back: aiming for 17:52.

Expect wet rough paths with a lot of mud and come properly prepared. There are multiple opportunities to test your outdoor gymnastics on decrepit stiles and a little bit of exposure on a section of the Offa's Dyke path. Nothing drastic - scree slope drops away  on the right, and narrow path above it.

There are no bail out points on the walk and much of the walk lacks shelter so you must be properly equipped with waterproofs, warm clothing, adequate food supplies and so on. Change of clothes for journey back might not be a bad idea either.

 

 

 

28

Just Milling Around

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Mike Dent.

7.6 mi

277m

Parts of the route are quite muddy - please dress suitably.

Skirting around the top of Broadbottom, we drop down into some woods - which look pretty but tend to be muddy, so you may want to bring the gaiters. We then head past Botham's hall and the ruins of a woollen mill then a cotton mill before passing a still-in-use cotton mill. From there we head along the river to (can you see where I'm going with this?) an old water mill before returning via a disused railway to The Green Mill (Harewood) for a pint - or 568.26 mils.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom @ £4.10

10:48

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

11:20

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 15:45, 16:15, 16:45

28-2-2016 10:35 28-2-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Just Milling Around Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hurst Clough, Great Wood, Lymefield, Trans Pennine Trail
Also:
  • Walk leader to meet at Walk Start
  • No toilets in Broadbottom

 

 

5

Can't think of a word that rhymes with Glossop

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

10.5 mi

576m

A bit of a classic Glossop route.

We'll quickly head into open Moorland heading along the Doctor's Gate path before joining the Pennine Way. Once we've got to the Hern Stones we'll visit the 'Overexposed' crash site and the Higher Shelf Stones before heading back towards Glossop.

There may be the odd spot of mud so gaitors or waterproofs may be useful.

For those wishing to drive there is plenty of off-street parking near Glossop Station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

return to glossop £4.40

10:46

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 07 & 37 past the hour

5-3-2016 10:30 5-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Can't think of a word that rhymes with Glossop Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop, Shelf Brook, Doctors Gate Path, Urchin Clough, Pennine Way, Hern Stones, Over Exposed Crash Site, Higher Shelf Stones, Glossop

 

 

6

Tower to Tower

Public Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

14.0 mi

567m

A linear walk from Jubilee Tower on Darwen Moor, to Peel Tower on Holcombe Moor, featuring open moorland, woodland, farmland, and a couple of reservoirs thrown in too. There are two distinct climbs, one at the start of the day up to the first tower and one at the end of the day up to the second tower. The Peel tower is open to the public on the day and usually remains open until 4pm, so if we go at a reasonable pace, we should make it in time to have a look inside. At the end of the walk, there is the option of a ride on the East Lancs preserved railway from Ramsbottom back to Bury, or for those that aren't enthusiasts, there's a regular bus service from Ramsbottom to Bury. Either way, the tram runs from Bury to Manchester for the journey home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:45

Meet at Manchester Oxford Road for the train at 08:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer @ £12. This covers the train journey in the morning, and the tram back from Bury to Manchester. I intend to get the train back from Ramsbottom to Bury, using the East Lancs railway, this is an additional cost of £5.40. If anyone does not wish to use the train, then there is a regular bus service from Ramsbottom to Bury, which is covered by the Wayfarer ticket

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Darwen Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Darwen Station.

Return

from Ramsbottom Station. 15:38, 16:30

6-3-2016 08:45 6-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Tower to Tower Darwen Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jubilee Tower, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle reservoir, Wayoh reservoir, Turton Bottoms, Peel Tower, Ramsbottom

 

 

12

A trip to a Parish with a very long name

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

20.5 mi

900m

Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood seemed an entertainingly named parish to briefly visit and involved going further west than most Hebden starting/finishing walks go.

We'll start going up the Buttress, the very steep cobbled track out of Hebden, skirt Heptonstall above the cliffs then head for the Moors and the reservoirs - first the Gorples and then Hurstwood. The journey back involves an attractive hidden valley, some peeks of some turbines and some sheep surprised to see human-kind invading their solitude before a return via the more touristy and populated Craggs (though if we're short of time/wet/tired, there are quicker routes back which we will take).

Disclaimers: There is about a mile of up-hill off-path which is hard work and likely to be soggy unless it doesn't rain a drop for the preceding month. We'll go slowly (yes, really). There is a similar distance of on-path where you sometimes need to play spot-the-path. Other than these little, minor features, and perhaps the climbing at the start to get onto the hills, it's easy enough as a walk. Bail out points don't, however, really exist and means of staying dry should be brought.

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:

£9.60 is the cost of a Manchester to Hebden Day Return. Perhaps, a wayfarer (£12) and a Rochdale to Hebden return (£6) will be cheaper if you're travelling from further afield. Or other exciting combinations.

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. Aimingfor the 18.07 but also trains at xx19 and xx42

12-3-2016 08:40 12-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A trip to a Parish with a very long name Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Stony Turgate Hill, Heptonstall Moor, Gorple Upper, Hurstwood Reservoir, Shedden Clough, Hoof Stones Height, Popples Common, Hebden Hey

 

 

12

Irwell Valley

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

9.0 mi

200m

A short walk out of Prestwich takes us into a scentic mixture of woodland, grassland and heathland. Sections of this walk are on once coal-mining and industrial sites now redevoloped into nature-rich parkland. We'll be passing a couple of pieces from the Irwell Scultpure Trail on the way. A pub stop at the end of the walk for those wanting to stay for a drink.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Prestwich

11:10

Train departs for the walk start at Prestwich metrolink.

11:30

Walk starts at Prestwich metrolink.

Return

from Prestwich metrolink. Regular tram service

12-3-2016 11:00 12-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Irwell Valley Prestwich metrolink MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Prestwich Forest Park, Giants Seat Wood, Clifton County Park, LIVIA Silverdale, Forest Bank Park, Drinkwater Park, Prestwich Clough.
Note:

The walk leader will be meeting at the walk start rather than the meet point.

 

 

13

Wander around the Water Parks

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

6.0 mi

0m

This is a joint walk with the Weekend Walkers

We visit Manchester's popular water parks in a linear route finishing near Jackson's Boat and Chorlton.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Northern Moor £4.

13:30

Train departs for the walk start at Northern Moor tram stop.

14:00

Walk starts at Northern Moor tram stop.

Return

from Sale Water Park tram stop. Regular services

13-3-2016 13:30 13-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Wander around the Water Parks Northern Moor tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:El Sub Sta, Chorlton Water Park, Mersey, Chorlton Ees, Sale Water Park
Extra:

No toilets at Walk Start. Map EX277.

 

 

19

A crackin' walk

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

16.0 mi

1366m

A lovely varied walk from Chinley covering a large selection of the nearby hills, including the edge of Kinder and Cracken 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.

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Either return to Chinley  or Wayfarer £12.

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley Railway Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Chinley Railway Station.

Return

from Chinley Railway Station. X:55 aiming for 17:55

19-3-2016 08:40 19-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A crackin' walk Chinley Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cracken Edge; Mill Hill; South Head
Extra note:

Quite a long walk for the time of year and a lot of ascent. Bail out point about 5 miles in. Likely to be soggy in places. You will need proper boots & waterproofs etc as it's an exposed walk.

OS Map Ex 1
 

 

 

20

A Cunning Way Out of Buxton

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.0 mi

440m

Just over 10 miles of walking around the many Dales around the eastern side of Buxton, starting with one that gives the walk its name!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Buxton £10.20, Wayfarer for £12 if travelling from further afield. Duo ticket options also available.
 

09:50

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 17:27, 18:27

20-3-2016 09:30 20-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A Cunning Way Out of Buxton Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cunning Dale, Pictor Hall, King Sterndale, Deep Dale, Wye Dale, Cowlow, Woo Dale, Red Gap Farm, Fairfield Low
Extra:

Toilets at Walk Start

 

 

26

Over the Cheshire Plains

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

13.6 mi

100m

Walk starts off going along roads and through a country park to Anderton Boat Lifr and on through fields and along lanes to Great Budworth and on more field paths to Arley Hall and back down through fields to Bate Heath. Its mainly roads from here to Pickmere with a quick detour to the mere and back onto roads to Wincham with a track leading onto the main road in Northwich leading back to the station.

Muddy so please bring gaiters/ over trousers and boots and waterproofs

Can park your car at station

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return from Northwich 9,60

09:17

Train departs for the walk start at Northwich Railway Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Northwich Railway Station.

Return

from Northwich Railway Station. 17:30 18:35

26-3-2016 09:00 26-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Over the Cheshire Plains Northwich Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Northwich, Anderton Boat Lift, Great Budworth, Arley Hall, Bate Heath, Pickmere, Wincham

 

 

27

Middlewood to Bollington via the hilly route

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.0 mi

420m

You can go from Middlewood to Bollington via the Middlewood way.... and that would be nice but this is a different route taking in the Bow Stones and some of the Gritstone trail to get there in time for a pub quiz.

If you're not staying for the quiz, there is a bus back into Macclesfield, or you can walk along the Middlewood Way to get there for 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.

11:20

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £12
 

11:40

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

12:10

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. TBA

27-3-2016 11:20 27-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Middlewood to Bollington via the hilly route Strines MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal, Bentside, Cockhead, Bollinhurst Bridge, Cock Knoll, Handleybarn, Bow Stones, Sponds Hill, Gritstone Trail, Further Harrop Farm, Bower Clugh, Hedge Row, Bollington
Extra:

This walk will be arriving at the Poacher's Inn to join with the Pub Quiz social taking place there from 6.30pm.

Also the clocks go forward an hour that morning so make sure you've set your watches right otherwise you'll be an hour late!

 

 

28

Clocks changed!

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

24.0 mi

1671m

Clocks changed yesterday so must be time for a proper long walk and this is an epic moorland route that climbs early in the day and stays up in the hills most of the day (including a strenuous off path section) until we drop down through the Pennine foothills to the tram stop at Shaw and Crompton. NB: Manchester Victoria is closed to trains for the bank holiday so we are leaving from Piccadilly & you will need to check your transport arrangements beforehand.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 08:41. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Train and tram ticket £8 or if travelling further in Wayfarer £12

08:41

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Shaw & Crompton Tram Station. Frequent aiming for 20:00

28-3-2016 08:30 28-3-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Clocks changed! Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Alphin Trig; Chew Reservoir; Black Hill; Black Moss Reservoir; Rooden Reservoir; Shaw and Crompton
Extra note:

Change at Stalybridge to meet the Greenfield train. Possible to join us at Stalybridge if that helps: Greenfield train departs 09:12

NB: walk leader will join train at Warrington, so already on train when it comes into Piccadilly.

There are no bail outs on this walk. However there are multiple points we can adapt the walk if the weather/ground conditions are against us. This does mean this is not a car based walk as we may finish at any of about 4 stations... If we finish at Marsden you will need an extra single ticket back to Greenfield (approx £7)

This is a hard walk, involving a lot of rough ground and a significant off path section including some semi scrambling up stream banks and a bit of wading possibly too. You must be prepared to walk the full distance. Bring appropriate gear for the weather and sufficient food/water for the whole day.

Bring a torch just in case this goes wrong.

OS Map Ex 1 and 21
 

 

 

2

A moorland view from an edge or two

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

16.6 mi

952m

Walk leader to meet at walk start (Newhey Tram stop)

Where steps began the journey but views slowed the pace.  Where nature trumped progress with an unspoiled grace.  Where panaromas stole my breath; not the sting of the cold, a boundary awaits where history was told. Where dinner's Stone was a throne upon which I fed; it offered a place with space to clear my head.  Where his last orders remain last and their memory is maintained; my memory of this walk shall remain engrained.

 

I really enjoyed this route, with it's great expanse of colour, line and shape, mix of ridges, reservoirs and woodland sections but there is a lot of open moorland where you'll be exposed to the elements so please bring hat/gloves etc.  Paths are good but there are plenty of muddy sections so gaitors or waterproofs are recommended.  

 

At nearly 1000 metres of ascent there is a lot of up and down with two climbs of note in the second part of the route.  This walk has NO bailout points. 

 

Start time may be a couple of minutes either side of 10.15 as it depends on the trams running to time.   The walk should take 7 - 7.5 hours to complete.  Travel time back to Victoria is around 35 minutes.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:25

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket from Victoria to Newhey costs £4.60.  There is some free on road parking available on Railway Street (adjacent to Newhey Tram Station).  

09:40

Train departs for the walk start at Newhey Tram Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Newhey Tram Station.

Return

from Newhey Tram Station.

2-4-2016 09:25 2-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A moorland view from an edge or two Newhey Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ogden Reservoir, Binns Pasture, Windy Hills, Penine Way, White Hill, Penine Way, Dinner Stone, Castleshaw, Moor Lane, Dowry Road, Rochdale Way, Bethany Farm
Toilets:

There are no toilets at Newhey so please use facilities before you leave Victoria Station.  There is only one toilet on the route (approximately 20 minutes from the end, at Ogden Reservoir). 

 

 

9

All in the name of Research

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Kate Potter.

13.8 mi

755m

A very mixed bag of a walk - farmland, woodland, country lanes, moorland, hills and ridges...oh and the odd eerie research facility.

The route is mainly on good paths but there are a few spots that may be a little bit muddy so gaitors might be useful if the ground is wet.

The walk does feature Chrome Hill which is a ridge but a pretty tame ridge, you can just walk around it if you don't fancy it though.

If you wish to drive, I would recommend parking on the sidestreets near the Tesco Express on the A515 (SK17 9HH) and then wait for the group on the main road outside the Tesco Express, we should be along around 10.15 - this will cut just over a mile and a half off the walk.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton costs £10.10.  A duo return ticket (for two people travelling on the same ticket) costs £15.10

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 29mins past the hour

9-4-2016 08:30 9-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London All in the name of Research Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:research laboratories, Thirkelow, Brand End, Tor Rock, Chrome Hill, Hollinsclough, Tenterhill, Brand Top, Leap Edge, Turncliff, Diamond Hill, Pub

 

 

10

A mere excuse for Rydalness

Direct Transport based walk with Martin Roberts.

12.8 mi

700m

Giving a true flavour of the Lake District and all it has to offer, this walk takes in Loughrigg Fell with wonderful views of the surrounding hills, provides a chance to explore some caves, offers a wander through the grounds of Rydal Hall and a walk along the Coffin Trail to Grasmere village, taking in delightful views across Rydal Water and Grasmere. 

After a gentle skirmish with the shoreline of Grasmere the walk heads up to Loughrigg Terrace and on to Loughrigg Tarn before heading back into Ambleside.

Aim to park at Rydal Road Car Park (the main car park just to the north - LA22 9AN) but this will obviously depend on the availability of parking spaces. The walk will start from this car park.

The price for parking is £7 for 12 hours, also there's a 20p charge for the public toilets.

Gaiters are recommended as recent rain has made the ground saturated in places.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Ambleside)

10:30

Walk starts.

10-4-2016 10:15 10-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A mere excuse for Rydalness

Giving a true flavour of the Lake District and all it has to offer, this walk takes in Loughrigg Fell with wonderful views of the surrounding hills, provides a chance to explore some caves, offers a wander through the grounds of Rydal Hall and a walk along the Coffin Trail to Grasmere village, taking in delightful views across Rydal Water and Grasmere. 

After a gentle skirmish with the shoreline of Grasmere the walk heads up to Loughrigg Terrace and on to Loughrigg Tarn before heading back into Ambleside.

Aim to park at Rydal Road Car Park (the main car park just to the north - LA22 9AN) but this will obviously depend on the availability of parking spaces. The walk will start from this car park.

The price for parking is £7 for 12 hours, also there's a 20p charge for the public toilets.

Gaiters are recommended as recent rain has made the ground saturated in places.

Ambleside MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rothay Park, Loughrigg Fell, Rydal Caves, Rydal Water, Rydal Hall, Coffin Trail, Grasmere village, Grasmere, Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg Tarn, Ambleside

 

 

10

Knutsford to Altrincham

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

8.8 mi

60m

Walk Leader will join the train at Navigation Road

A walk from Knutsford through Tatton Park returning to Altrincham via Hale for a drink 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.

11:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Knutsford (if returning from Altrincham by train) - £7.20

Single to Knutsford (if returning from Altrincham by tram) - £6.20

11:22

Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Station.

12:05

Walk starts at Knutsford Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. 16:04, 18:04 or trams every 12 minutes

10-4-2016 11:05 10-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Knutsford to Altrincham Knutsford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tatton Mere, Tatton Hall, Marsh Farm, M56 Motorway Bridge, Rosehill

 

 

16

And then there were none

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

26.5 mi

1480m

A very long walk mostly down the Hope Valley line, with no less than five bailouts (hence the title as it's possible everyone will bail out, not that there won't be any survivors!). Ideal if you want to push the boat out a bit without risking being left for dead in the hills or if you want a shorter walk. Average pace going to be around 2.5 miles an hour including breaks. Bailouts at Chinley (5 miles in) Edale, (13 miles), Hope (18 miles) Bamford (21.5) and Hathersage (24.5)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket £12.

07:49

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

08:20

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

Return

from Grindleford Station. X:28 aiming for 19:28

16-4-2016 07:35 16-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London And then there were none Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Eccles Pike, South Head; Brown Hill; Great Ridge; Lose Hill, Win Hill, River Derwent
Extra note:

Expect mud in the valleys and bog on the tops and come equipped accordingly. Lots of bailouts but not many places to pick up food/fluid so you'll need enough to see you through.

OS Maps OL 1 and 24

 

 

16

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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

5.0 mi

100m

Walk Leader to meet at walk start

A short circular walk around Styal and the beautiful Cheshire Countryside.  Enjoy a meander through Styal woods criss crossing the River Bollin, passing by Quarry Bank Mill and finishing back at Styal Village.  Here there are 2 refreshment options before heading back home, a small community cafe or the beautiful Ship Inn Pub.

Gaiters are recommended if it has been raining as Styal Woods can get very 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.

12:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 12:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Styal £5.40

12:46

Train departs for the walk start at Styal Rail Station.

13:20

Walk starts at Styal Rail Station.

Return

from Styal Rail Station. 15:59, 17:59 - Direct, 17:17, 18:17 - Changing at Wilmslow

16-4-2016 12:30 16-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Bridge Over Troubled Waters Styal Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Norcliffe Chapel, Giant's Castle Bridge, Airport Inn, Morley, Quarry Bank Mill, Ship Inn

 

 

23

Snowdon: The First of the Three

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.8 mi

845m

In 2016 I am doing the three highest peaks in th UK (Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis), you are all welcome to join me. Please see the walks page for the future walks.

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 following 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 clothing as it can be cold up on the summit.

The car park is a pay and display car park in Llanberis and the Sherpa bus I believe is about £1.50

Please be aware these are only small buses and there will be other people using them. Please try and car share and drop your passengers off at Pen-y-Pass where a cafe is available and your passengers can wait for the drivers arrival from Llanberis.

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.

23-4-2016 09:45 23-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Snowdon: The First of the Three

In 2016 I am doing the three highest peaks in th UK (Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis), you are all welcome to join me. Please see the walks page for the future walks.

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 following 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 clothing as it can be cold up on the summit.

The car park is a pay and display car park in Llanberis and the Sherpa bus I believe is about £1.50

Please be aware these are only small buses and there will be other people using them. Please try and car share and drop your passengers off at Pen-y-Pass where a cafe is available and your passengers can wait for the drivers arrival from Llanberis.

Llanberis Electric Mountain/ Visitors Centre Car Park MAD Walkers

 

 

23

Kinder Trespass Trail Anniversary Walk

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

15.5 mi

489m

 

"In 1932 around 500 walkers, mostly from Manchester, trespassed en masse and walked from Hayfield to Kinder Scout to secure access right to open country for all to enjoy forever. So walk in the footsteps of the trespassers and enjoy what others fought so hard for."

This walk coincides with the anniversay of the Kinder Tresspass and we'll mainly be following the original route but depending on the weather I may decide to chuck in an extra little hill or something.

The walk is mostly on good paths, tracks and trails with some lovely scenery and great views should we slightly detour and climb up Lantern Pike.

Once we get to Kinder Reservoir we'll then head back towards New Mills via Hayfield - a lovely little picturesque village. Here will be a number of events (food/drink/music) to commemorate the original Kinder Tresspass. More details can be found here:  

Once we're done in Hayfield we'll then pick up the Sett Valley trail back into the Hayfield. Depending on time we may go back via the Millennium 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.

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 New mills 

08:49

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

09:20

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. hourly

23-4-2016 08:30 23-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinder Trespass Trail Anniversary Walk New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Mills, Goyt Way, Castle Edge Road, Hollinsmoor Road, Latern Pike (maybe), Little Hayfield, Middle Moor, Kinder Reservoir, Bowden Bridge, Hayfield, Sett Valley Trail, Millennium Walkway, Hayfield

 

 

24

Hathersage Circular

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

10.5 mi

560m

A circular walk taking in views of the Hope Valley before returning to Hathersage via the River Derwent stepping stones

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:10

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 - £11.20 or GM Wayfarer £12 (also includes travel on bus and tram)

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 15:33, 16:33, 17:33

24-4-2016 09:10 24-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hathersage Circular Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Eyam Moor, Sir William Hill Road, Bretton, Abney Grange, Abney Moor, Shatton Lane, Offerton Hall, Stepping Stones

 

 

28

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:

Off-Peak return to Middlewood £4.40

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

19:15

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Middlewood Station. 21:58

28-4-2016 18:35 28-4-2016 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.Train calls at Stockport (19:01) and Hazel Grove (19:10). PLEASE ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU BRING A TORCH.

 

 

30

On the Edge of Cheshire

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

11.5 mi

335m

Starting from Congleton the walk gains the Macclesfield Canal out of Congleton and down a track and through fields to Astbury and through more fields to a lane and back onto the canal at Watery Lane Aqueduct and onto Acker's Crossing. The walk climbs the only major ascent of the day up to Mow Cop with great views. Congleton edge is walked along back to the edge of Congleton and onto a cycle path to the canal heading left back to 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.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Congleton £.9.20

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Congleton Station. 16:15 17:15

30-4-2016 09:30 30-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London On the Edge of Cheshire Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Congleton, Astbury, Macclesfield Canal, Acker's Crossing, Hanging Wood, Mow Cop, Congleton Edge, Dane in Shaw

 

 

30

Going To See A Man About A Dog

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

7.0 mi

250m

By way of contrast with the longer walks on offer this weekend, here's a linear walk heading into the hills north of Bolton. This does mean an overall climb but I don't think you'll feel it. Immerse yourself in a bit of countryside not often visited by the group. There's even a pub at the end which will make you glad you sought out a dog. A lunch stop is not planned so please eat 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.

12:03

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 12:03. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

We take a train to Bromley Cross and then on our return, a bus from Belmont into Bolton(normally £2.50) and a train into Manchester. Hence for travelling from Manchester, buy a System One Bus & Train £6.70, which also covers you for coming into town by bus or train.
Have a TwoTogether card? Get a Manchester-Bromley Cross at £5.80 + Belmont-Bolton bus at £2.50 each, which equals £10.80 or £5.40 each.

12:03

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

12:30

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Belmont bus stop. 15:58, 17:46

30-4-2016 12:03 30-4-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Going To See A Man About A Dog Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jumbles Reservoir, B6391, Cheetham Close, Dimple Hall, Delph Reservoir, Longworth Fold, Ornamental Reservoir, Egerton Road, Belmont.
Extra:

No toilet at Walk Start; use the train's. Note the slightly unusual transport arrangements.

 

 

1

Dabbling with Darcy's Disley

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.6 mi

583m

Walk leader to meet the group at Disley train station

A varied walk involving a stuck superhero, all four iconic buildings of the Lyme Park estate, a truly miniature mine, lovely lunchtime views over beautiful valleys, grassland, woodland, moorland and a canal.  Oh, and two ice cream stops.

 

There are three reasonably short but steep climbs across the route but the rest is fairly flat with smaller, easier undulations on good paths.  A toilet stop is available in Lyme Park with a wee (no pun intended) deviation from the route..  There is one short section of road walking with no pavement so care needs to be taken there.  There were several small but wet & muddy sections on the route when reccied so bring your gaiters.  Or flippers.  Or a devil may care attitude to trench foot.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Disley costs £5.90.  Return to Disley for 2 adults on a duo ticket costs £9.30.  A small amount of free parking spaces are available at Disley train station.  Pay and display parking is avialable at a nearby pub.  Cost is around £5 - 6 for the day.

10:51

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:25

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 52 or 53 minutes past the hour

1-5-2016 10:35 1-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Dabbling with Darcy's Disley Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Gritstone Trail, Bollinghurst Bridge, The Lantern, Knights Low, Bow Stones, Sponds Hill, Brink Farm, Andrew's Knob, West Parkgate, M/Canal Towing Path, Middlecale Farm, Ryles Wood
Toilets:

There are no toilets at Disley train station so please use toilets on the train

 

 

2

Water Water every where

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.5 mi

133m

Although hopefully not coming out the sky as on the recce... A very pleasant and untaxing walk for a Bank Holiday, following the River Dee out of Chester and then returning up the canal with a few fields and woods to visit en route. Hopefully the spirng flowers will be out and maybe a few ducklings to aah at....

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 08:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Chester £12.70

08:50

Train departs for the walk start at Chester Train Station.

09:55

Walk starts at Chester Train Station.

Return

from Chester Train Station. frequent aiming for 17:22

2-5-2016 08:45 2-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Water Water every where Chester Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Dee; Tarvin; Shropshire Canal
Extra note:

If it's been soggy in recent days the ground is likely to be muddy in places, so come equipped.

Lots of car parking in Chester if you want to drive: meet up at the station.

 

 

5

Didsbury Circular

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

4.0 mi

12m

A popular MAD evening walk. A stroll along the banks of the Mersey and through Fletcher Moss park and of course a pub stop to finish off. The paths can be a bit muddy so the usual walking gear is recommended and also a head torch as darkness may be falling towards the end of the walk

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:35

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

18:45

Walk starts.

5-5-2016 18:35 5-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Didsbury Circular

A popular MAD evening walk. A stroll along the banks of the Mersey and through Fletcher Moss park and of course a pub stop to finish off. The paths can be a bit muddy so the usual walking gear is recommended and also a head torch as darkness may be falling towards the end of the walk

The Didsbury Pub, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Simon's Bridge, Withington Golf Club, Fletcher Moss Park
Extra:

We will meet outside the front of the Didsbury pub on Wilmslow Rd. If travelling by tram, the nearest stop is East Didsbury, the pub is 10 minutes walk from there. The number 42 bus travels up Wilmslow Rd from Manchester or if driving, there is a pay and display car park behind the pub, the payment can be redeemed in the bar. There is also some free on street parking on Stenner Lane but it is sometimes difficult to find a space.

 

 

7

West Pennine Moors

Public Transport based walk with Ravi.

10.0 mi

330m

Walk leader to meet at Adlington Station

A circular walk in the West Pennines Moors, with contrasting landscapes, including the wild upland moors, the wooded remains of Lord Leverhulmes estate and the reservoirs.

Starting at Adlington train station, we head north east, initially on pavement then path over to the village of Rivington, passing between upper and lower Rivington reservoirs along the way. The route then starts a gradual ascent to Rivington Hall Barn and onto the first steep section of the walk up to Pigeon Tower. After a bit of walking on the flat to catch our breath there is the short ascent up to Rivington Pike, one of the areas best known landmarks, rising 1,187 feet (362m) above the West Lancashire Plain. Depending on what the weather is doing we may have our lunch there while we stop to admire the views.

From there we drop down the hill, across farmland, continuing our descent to Lower Rivingon Reservoir and the folly of Liverpool Castle. Then it's a walk along the reservoir, back to the village and on to the upper reservoir, taking in views of Winter Hill and to the north, Anglezarke and Great Hill. When we're back at Rivington for the second time we trace our steps to Adlington station. For those who want to stay for a drink before they set off home The White Bear, 5-10 minutes before we reach the station, is a good option.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:05

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

Suggested ticket:

10:23

Train departs for the walk start at Adlington Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Adlington Station.

Return

from Adlington Station. 1609 / 1709 / 1739 / 1836 / 1911

7-5-2016 10:05 7-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London West Pennine Moors Adlington Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rivington Village, Rivington Hall Barn, Pigeon Tower, Rivington Pike, Liverpool Castle, Upper and Lower Rivington Reservoirs.

 

 

12

A lap of the Coombes

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

5.5 mi

350m

A longer evening walk now the evenings are drawing out. Starting at Broadbottom station we drop down the river and past the Lymefield Mill. We then wind our way up through Charlesworth and onto Coombes Edge. We follow the edge round with hopefully good view accross to Manchester in the distance and keep an eye out for the local wildlife. We then drop down through the centre of the Coombes valley to Holehouse before folowing the country lanes back to Broadbottom and a drink in the harewood Arms before trains home.

Please bring a head torch if you've got one in case it gets dark before the end of the walk.

Please note if you are bringing a dog, it it still lambing time on the Coombes so lots of new borns and heavily pregnant ewes about, so dogs will need to be on a lead at all times while on the fell, thanks.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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. 20:45, 21:45, 22:45

12-5-2016 18:00 12-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A lap of the Coombes Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadbottom Station, Charlesworth, Coombes Edge, Holehouse, Harewood Arms
Extra:

There are no toilets at Broadbottom station so please use the ones on the train.

 

 

14

A little bit of everything

Public Transport based walk with Graham Parker.

12.9 mi

920m

A circular walk with a bit of everything (bar a lake). Some path walking, some bridleway walking, some valley walking, some steep walking, some farm walking, the Lord's Seat, some alpacas, some disused mines, some paragliders (probably), and a pub at the end.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off peak day return to Edale (£11.10)

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 16:47, 17:47, 18:48, 19:47 and 21:11

14-5-2016 09:30 14-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A little bit of everything Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale staion, Hardenclough Farm, Rushup Edge, Lord's Seat, Rushop Hall, Perryfoot, Eldon Lane End Farm, Slitherstone Mine (dis), Limestone Way, Cow Low, Speedwell Cavern, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, The R
Rating:

This walk is classed as a Moderate. The majority of the walk is fairly straightforward, however there are two ascents which are quite steep and strenuous.

 

 

15

Hope to Hope with some lumpy bits

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

11.5 mi

400m

This is one of my favourite Bluebell hunting walks, a varied walk along hillsides, through woods and beside the Derwent River.

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 accross to Stanage Edge and Burbage Rocks. The route then drops down beside the hall, to the Derwent River, which we follow to Leadmill Bridge. The walk then undulates up through Dunge and Callow woods with their bluebells, before the gentle accent up onto Smelting Hill and Abney Moor. A steep decent then follows down to Bradwell Village with a possible pub stop. It's then a pretty flat walk back through the meadows  to Hope, for the final pub stop. Hope Village is about 10 to 15 mins walk from the station.    

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Hope £11.20

10:40

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

11:33

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 18:41, 19:41, 22:40

15-5-2016 10:20 15-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hope to Hope with some lumpy bits Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brough, Shatton, Offerton Hall, Derwent River, Mount Pleasant, Highlow Hall, Abney Moor, Brough, Hope.

 

 

21

No Tigers, No Lions Part1: Lit & Sad

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

10.5 mi

520m

Part 1 of a 29 mile, 3 part stroll* this is not quite the standard route from Littlebrough to Marsden (marked as the station to station walk on some maps) but it mostly is. Ground conditions on the uphill stretch are, for the most part, pebbles and slightly crushed stone and it's only on the downhill stretch through Willmer/Willykay Cloughs that conditions are at all tricky.


We cross the M62 near Hollingworth Lake, head off to Piethorne, cross the A640 and the Pennine Way on the county boundary and then canter down to our first destination in Marsden.

A couple of house-keeping points:
1. The timing should allow us to get to Marsden station just in time for the train's departure back to Manchester at 12.28, but if planning on just doing part 1, you'd be advised to play safe and assume on catching the 13.28 back into Manchester.

2. I'm planning on starting part 2 of the walk shortly before 13.00, to allow time for a refreshment top-up in the Marsden shops and a lunch break a tad longer than the 3 minutes customarily allocated.

3. If you're only doing Part 1, this is not a walk to be got to by car - if planning on going onto Phases 2 and perhaps 3, then it's more practical and all 3 stations (Littleborough, Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge) have parking facilities


*the word stroll should not be mistaken for saunter, meander, drift or other epithets for slower walking - we'll have to maintain a brisk pace throughout to reach Marsden in time for the next phase.

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.

07:50

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

Suggested ticket:

If only doing phase 1, a rail ranger ticket (£5.40), and a Marsden to Greenfield single (£6) may be your best bet.

If doing the phases 1&2 or even, foolishly, all 3 phases, then a Manchester-Sowerby Bridge return (£10.60) or Manchester-Hebden Bridge return (£9.60) respectively are probably best value.

07:56

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

08:25

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. Trains departing at 12.28 or 13.28

21-5-2016 07:50 21-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London No Tigers, No Lions Part1: Lit & Sad Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Higher Booth, Cold Greave, Readycon Dean Reservoir, Willykay Clough, Marsden

 

 

21

The Waterways and Woods of Hebden

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

7.5 mi

400m

A Circular walk from Hebden Bridge to enjoy the best of the Spring Colours and Bluebells. We begin by following the Rochdale Canal along towards Charlestown, before findng our way through a warren of little pathways, to the lovely Hippins Clough with its Bluebells and waterfalls. At Hippins we turn onto the Calder Way to Jack Bridge and the oddly named New Delight Inn. Then the path takes us up onto the open Moorland of Green Hill before we drop down again  to Hebden Vale and follow the river back down into Hebden and the pub.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

test ticket

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:48

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. none

21-5-2016 10:00 21-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Waterways and Woods of Hebden Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Charlestown, Delph, Hippins, Jack Bridge, Green Hill, Hebden Dale, Pub
Extra::

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

 

 

21

No Tigers, No Lions Part2: Dam & Blast

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

10.5 mi

505m


Part 2 of 3 of this complicated walk, and the title hopefully won't be your view of your decision to come on this walk but simply reflect the several Dam's and a quarry mined via some blasts that we go past.

I've done remarkably few walks down the Ryburn Valley, but there are a host of nice routes, both in the bottom of the valley and, as with this, on one of the ridges either side. There's the odd short sharp climb through the latter two thirds of the walk, but most of the climbing is done straight out of of Marsden up to Cupwith reservoir.

We then drop down to Scammonden reservoir and see what's left of the villages before they were drowned by the reservoir, traverse the M62 and then begin the ramble down the Ryburn valley which a couple of hours later will see us, and the river, reach our conclusion in Sowerby Bridge

NB. Walk Leader meeting at walk start. If the incoming walk is a bit late, then please wait! Please note 20 minute delay between train arriving and walk starting, to allow the incoming group some refreshment. Pace will need to be brisk, though not frantic, to meet the schedule for the third walk of the day. .

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:50

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

If just doing Part 2 of the trilogy, then a rail rover (£5.40), Greenfield to Marsden single (an exhorbitant £6) and a Sowerby Bridge to Littleborough (£6.60) seems your best bet.

11:57

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

12:50

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. Aiming for the 17.33 but trains at xx47, xx09, xx33

21-5-2016 11:50 21-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London No Tigers, No Lions Part2: Dam & Blast Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Deanhead, Ringstone Edge reservoir, Ripponden Bank Top, Norland Moor

 

 

21

No Tigers, No Lions Part3: Relax or Collapse

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

8.0 mi

540m

The shortest walk but also the hilliest, mile for mile.

We start in the most leisurely fashion possible with a walk along the canal, but then jump over the shoulder of the hill into the lower Luddenden Dean, and then, perfectly timed for those who have done all 3 stages and will be at the 26 mile mark by now, embark upon a long and steep climb up to the peak on Wadsworth Moor.

From there, it's downhill all the way, dropping down past the Golf course and quarry before the steep walk down to the rail station. 

NB. Walk Leader meeting at walk start. If the incoming group is late, please hang on - we'll be there soon. There are no toilet facilities on the station.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

16:20

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 16:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester to Sowerby Bridge return will set you back £10.60. If you're travelling from outside central Manchester then it may be worth exploring if a Rail Ranger or Wayfarer with Rochdale to Sowerby Bridge return (£7.60) represents  a better price

16:26

Train departs for the walk start at Sowerby Bridge.

17:30

Walk starts at Sowerby Bridge.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 20.42 but may slip to 21.26

21-5-2016 16:20 21-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London No Tigers, No Lions Part3: Relax or Collapse Sowerby Bridge MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Luddenden Foot, Crow Hill, Mount Skip, Hebden Bridge

 

 

22

Sefton Coast - Freshfield to Waterloo

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

11.8 mi

150m

A linear walk from Freshfield passing through pine forest and sand dunes before following the coastline south. There will be an opportunity to view the Anthony Gormley 'Another Place' sculptures on the beach as Crosby before finishing for a drink at the Old Bank Pub in Waterloo.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:35. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Freshfield via all routes - £12.70

09:35

Train departs for the walk start at Freshfield Railway Station.

11:11

Walk starts at Freshfield Railway Station.

Return

from Waterloo Station, Liverpool. 15:25, 15:55, 16:25, 16:55, 17:25

22-5-2016 09:25 22-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Sefton Coast - Freshfield to Waterloo Freshfield Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Formby Hills, Sefton Coast Footpath, Formby, Cabin Hill Nature Reserve, Hightown, West Lancs Golf Club, Crosby, Marine Lake

 

 

26

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.

18:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak return to Broadbottom £4.10

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

19:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 21:45, 22:44

26-5-2016 18:35 26-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Weir, A Way, A Woodland Broadbottom 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.

 

 

28

Valleys of Manchester

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

11.5 mi

240m

Starting in Romiley the walk heads to Chadkirk Chapel and along the Peak Forest Canal over the Marple Aqueduct to Marple Locks. It then heads through Brabyn's Park to Compstall and through Etherow Country Park.  The route heads uphill along paths and tracks to Werneth Low with a descent down to Broadbottom. There is an extra climb up and over and along the River Etherow to Melandra Roman Fort and into Hadfield

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:20

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:34. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger @ £5.40

09:34

Train departs for the walk start at Romiley.

10:00

Walk starts at Romiley.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 16:29 16:59 17:29

28-5-2016 09:20 28-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Valleys of Manchester Romiley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Romiley, Chadkirk Chapel, Marple Aqueduct, Marple Locks, Compstall, River Etherow, Hackingknife, Botham's Hall, Broadbottom, Melandra Roman Fort, Hadfield

 

 

28

Mytholmroyd to Sowerby Bridge linear

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

9.0 mi

300m

First it's a steep ascent up out of Mytholmroyd to the moor level. A quick 360 from Crow Hill and then an encounter with a Hollywood celebrity? We drop quickly down to the river Ryburn and a pub stop. Then it's a steady but probably muddy route along a former railway into bustling Sowerby 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.

10:16

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

Suggested ticket:

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10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Mytholmroyd Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Mytholmroyd Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge.

28-5-2016 10:16 28-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Mytholmroyd to Sowerby Bridge linear Mytholmroyd Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hall Bank, Stake Hall, Miry Lane, Moor Side, Crow Hill, Turn Lee Moor, Mill Bank, Clapgate Lane, Ripponden Wood, Ripponden, Dismantled Railway, Hullen Edge, Sowerby Bridge.
Extra:

There are no toilets at the Walk Start; please use the train's.

 

 

30

Up and down from Congleton to Macclesfield

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

14.0 mi

800m

Walk leader will get on the train at Macclesfield (the last stop before Congleton)

We will be walking from Congleton to Macclesfield, mainly along the Gritstone Trail. We plan to stop in a pub in Sutton (which is close to Macclesfield). There is the option to have a bite to eat in Macclesfield at the end. This route is quite 'up and down'.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Off- Peak Return to Greenfield £4.90.

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. 14:36, 15:36, 16:36.....

30-5-2016 09:30 30-5-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Up and down from Congleton to Macclesfield Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Congleton, Timbersbrook, Bosley Cloud, Croker Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield

 

 

4

Jumbles, Entwistle & Wayoh

Public Transport based walk with Ravi.

9.0 mi

320m

Walk leader to meet at walk start

A circular walk which takes a tour of the reservoirs within the Bradshaw Valley, just north of Bolton.
 
We set off from Bromley Cross station, heading north towards Jumbles Country Park and along the western edge of reservoir, after which we start a short ascent, initially through woodland and then a hay meadow onto Turton Tower. Beyond the tower we head north west along the Witton Weavers Way for a sustained but gradual ascent, followed by a short descent leading to the second reservoir Turton & Entwistle, where we stop for lunch.
 
After lunch we continue beyond Entwistle, through woodland and onto the northern tip of Wayoh Reservoir, following the path, with good views, all along it's eastern banks. Leaving the reservoir it's then onto Turton Bottoms, the cobbled streets and a pleasant walk along Bradshaw Brook and back to the point where we left Jumbles Country Park. This time we walk along the eastern edge of the reservoir, through Ousel Nest Meadows and back to the station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:29. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester  - Hebden return costs £9.60. Alternatively, a duo ticket

10:29

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Bromley Cross Station. Aiming for the 17.08 but trains at xx08 xx18 xx42

4-6-2016 10:15 4-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Jumbles, Entwistle & Wayoh Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jumbles Country Park, Turton Tower, Witton Weavers Way, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, Wayoh Reservoir, Turton Bottoms
Extra:
There are no toilets at the station so please use the ones on the train  
Car parking is available at Bromley Cross station.

 

 

5

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 possibly 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:

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09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station.

5-6-2016 09:10 5-6-2016 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

 

 

9

Evening Walk: Newbie from Newhey!

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

3.9 mi

190m

A brand new route for 2016, this walk takes us towards the North East of Manchester and explores some of the fantastic paths and trails along the lower levels of the Pennines. Take in the stunning views over Ogden reservoir with time to quench your thirst in the traditional village pub before catching the tram 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.

18:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 18:50. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

18:50

Train departs for the walk start at Newhey Tram Station.

19:30

Walk starts at Newhey Tram Station.

Return

from Newhey Tram Station.

9-6-2016 18:40 9-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Newbie from Newhey! Newhey Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bradley, Newfield Head, Carr Lane, Tunshill Lane, Kitcliffe, Spring Mill, Barnards and Newhey.
Extra:

Please note this a tram based walk. The departure time will be the first tram after 18:50 to leave Manchester Victoria. The walk start time is approximate based upon the time the tram leaves Manchester.  Car parking is available near walk start on side roads.

 

 

11

Hadfield to Greenfield

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.5 mi

500m

A walk from Hadfield through Crowden onto a tough ascent up a section of the Pennine Way to Black Chew Head. We then head over Saddleworth Moor to Chew Reservoir, then a descend to Dovestone Reservoir along to Greenfield village via Chew Brook to the end of the walk at Greenfield Station.

*Gaiters and waterproofs recommended*

*A walking pole/stick for the descents/ascents could be beneficial* 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Rail Ranger £5.40.

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. x:36 to Manchester Victoria.

11-6-2016 08:30 11-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hadfield to Greenfield Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield Station, Pennine Way, Laddow Rocks, Black Chew Head, Chew Reservoir, Dovestone Reservoir, Chew Brook, Greenfield Station.

 

 

12

Hellifield to Settle via Malham

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

14.6 mi

710m

On for the Limestone Lovers amongst you - an early start for a long walk taking advantage of the Dalesrail service to start at Hellifield, going to Malham, up Malham Cove and taking the high route over to Settle, passing through Attermire Crags near the end.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:58. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Dalesrail Return to Settle £TBA, changing at Clitheroe.

07:58

Train departs for the walk start at Hellifield Train Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Hellifield Train Station.

Return

from Settle Train Station. 19:37, Change at Clitheroe.

12-6-2016 07:30 12-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hellifield to Settle via Malham Hellifield Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hellifield Haw, Wenningber Plantation, Otterburn, Warber Hill, Kirby Malham, Aire Head, Malham Cove, Watlowes, Langscar Gate, Nappa Cross, Caves & Dales High Way, Crutching Close, Attermire Scar, Barr
Extra:

Shop and Toilets at Hellifield Station.

Lunch in Malham just after 1300, walk arriving in Settle between 17.30 and 18.00.

If driving, park at Hellifield at Hellifield and then get the train back to Hellifield from Settle (Fare £4.10). If you are driving you must aim to be there to meet the walkers arriving by train.

Evening meal options in Settle to be advised nearer the time.

 

 

16

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.

17:55

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

Suggested ticket:

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18:00

Train departs for the walk start at Timperley Tram Station.

18:30

Walk starts at Timperley Tram Station.

Return

from Timperley Tram Station. none

16-6-2016 17:55 16-6-2016 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

 

 

18

Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen

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

8.5 mi

420m

Starting in Saltaire the walk heads out along Shipley Glen before crossing farmland from where there may be distant views of Leeds. Returning over Baildon Moor there may be time to see the David Hockney paintings in Salt's Mill and a pint in Fanny's Ale House before returning 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.

09:35

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

test

09:47

Train departs for the walk start at Saltaire Train Station.

11:11

Walk starts at Saltaire Train Station.

Return

from Saltaire Train Station. none

18-6-2016 09:35 18-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen Saltaire Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Trench Wood, Shipley Glen, The Acorn Inn, Lane Head, Faweather Grange, Potter Brow Bridge, Baildon Moor, Mitton Spring, Glen Railway

 

 

25

The Lakes Day 1: Scafell Pike

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.9 mi

1130m


It is time for the annual weekend visit to The Lake District, were you can just turn up for one days walk or for the whole weekend, all you need to do is sort out your own transportation and accommodation. This year we will be based around Keswick and the Saturday walk will be a drive to Seathwaite to go up Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England). This is part of a 3 peak challenge to complete the 3 peaks of the UK in a more leisurely time scale of a calendar year. More details to follow on this walk and the other 2 peaks.

The walk starts from the village of Seathwaite and follows the valley alongside Grain Gill to Stockley Bridge before heading West and in between Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell to Sty Head and then we follow the corridor route for the remaining climb to Scafell Pike with the final section being the steepest.

Our descent will be via Allan Crags and Glaramara before rejoing the path we started out on.

For those keeping count, this will contain three Wainwrights.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Bridgend Centre, Bollington)

10:30

Walk starts.

25-6-2016 10:15 25-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Lakes Day 1: Scafell Pike

It is time for the annual weekend visit to The Lake District, were you can just turn up for one days walk or for the whole weekend, all you need to do is sort out your own transportation and accommodation. This year we will be based around Keswick and the Saturday walk will be a drive to Seathwaite to go up Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England). This is part of a 3 peak challenge to complete the 3 peaks of the UK in a more leisurely time scale of a calendar year. More details to follow on this walk and the other 2 peaks.

The walk starts from the village of Seathwaite and follows the valley alongside Grain Gill to Stockley Bridge before heading West and in between Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell to Sty Head and then we follow the corridor route for the remaining climb to Scafell Pike with the final section being the steepest.

Our descent will be via Allan Crags and Glaramara before rejoing the path we started out on.

For those keeping count, this will contain three Wainwrights.

Bridgend Centre, Bollington MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Stockley Bridge, Styhead Tarn, Spout Head, Scafell Pike, Esk Hause, Allen Crags, Lincomb Tarn, Glaramara, Hind Gill

 

 

26

The Lakes Day 2: Castlerigg Stone Circle and Derwent Water

Direct Transport based walk with John Ireland and Andy Buckley.

8.0 mi

200m

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

We will be travelling up on the Friay night to Do Scafell Pike on the Saturday. Please feel free to join us for either or both waks.

All you need to do is to sort out your own transport and accommodation if you plan to stay for the weekend.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45

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

11:00

Walk starts.

26-6-2016 10:45 26-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Lakes Day 2: Castlerigg Stone Circle and Derwent Water

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

We will be travelling up on the Friay night to Do Scafell Pike on the Saturday. Please feel free to join us for either or both waks.

All you need to do is to sort out your own transport and accommodation if you plan to stay for the weekend.

Keswick Bus Station / Booths MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Fitz Park, Cockermouth Keswick & Penrith Railway (disused), River Greta, Naddle Bridge, Castlerigg Stone Circle, High Nest, Castlerigg Farm, Watson's Park, Strandshag Bay, Friar's Crag, Crow Park.

 

 

26

Tandle Hill

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

5.0 mi

100m

A simple linear walk north of the city. The short train journey takes us straight into the countryside, where a monument and trigpoint await. We get a great view over to Oldham on one side to Rochdale on the other. The middle view stretches to the horizon over Manchester to the Welsh hills. From there, it's a short trip into Castleton, as we gradually return to the urban scene.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

12:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 12:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

12:40

Train departs for the walk start at Mills Hills Station.

12:55

Walk starts at Mills Hills Station.

Return

from Castleton Station.

26-6-2016 12:40 26-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Tandle Hill Mills Hills Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Chadderton Fold, Healds Green, Cinder Hill Farm, Tandle Hill, Thornham Fold, Thornfields, Trows Farm, Castleton
Extra:

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

 

 

29

Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

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

5.0 mi

20m

Please note change of date due to Euro 2016 QF on the 30th

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

19:00

Meet at the walk start (Sale Tram Station)

19:00

Walk starts.

29-6-2016 19:00 29-6-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

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

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

Please note that there are no trams running through St. Peter's Square at the moment. Trams from Deansgate-Castlefield to Sale are every 6 minutes and take 13 minutes

 

 

2

Whats the Poynt on Going through Lyme

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

11.5 mi

410m

Starting at Poynton the route passes Poynton lake over the Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal into Lyme Park. From here the route leads to Bowstones across to Sponds Hill and down to Pott Shrigley; from here fields take over to get to Adlington.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Off peak return to Strines £4.90

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Poynton Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Poynton Station.

Return

from Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station. 16:14, 17:14, 18:14, 19:15

2-7-2016 09:30 2-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Whats the Poynt on Going through Lyme Poynton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Poynton Lake, Macclesfield Canal, Lyme Park, Bowstones, Sponds Hill, Pott Shrigley, Adlington

 

 

3

Cotton on to the Mills

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

6.8 mi

417m

For those people on the social the night before this is a reasonably late start to blow the cobwebs away with one of my favourite walks starting from Hebden Bridge we proceed along the canal for a while before we start a climb up into Jumble Hole Clough which leads onto the Calderdale Way to Blackshaw Head and Jack Bridge where hopefully there will be time to visit The New Delight Inn for refreshments. From here we carry on towards Heaptonstall via the crags at Eaves Wood and then head off down to Hebden Bridge for further refreshments.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rtn ticket: £9.60

11:15

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

12:00

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 16:42 and then every hour at **:42

3-7-2016 11:00 3-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Cotton on to the Mills Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Staups Mill, Calderdale Way, Jacks Bridge, Heaptonstrall

 

 

9

A DIY weekend: Plan B

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

24.0 mi

1468m

Due to a variety of factors, including the weather failing to co-operate with recce days the epic walk has died a death. This is the Plan B that I was going to use in case of poor weather. It's a fascinating walk down the valleys south of Conwy and swinging back up over the foothills of the Carnedds on the return. See Snowdonia like you've never seen it before!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

08:00

Meet at the walk start (Manchester Central Library)

08:00

Walk starts.

9-7-2016 08:00 9-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A DIY weekend: Plan B

Due to a variety of factors, including the weather failing to co-operate with recce days the epic walk has died a death. This is the Plan B that I was going to use in case of poor weather. It's a fascinating walk down the valleys south of Conwy and swinging back up over the foothills of the Carnedds on the return. See Snowdonia like you've never seen it before!

Manchester Central Library MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Parc Mawr, Llyn Coedty, Maen Esgob, Conwy YHA
Extra note:

NB, please do not park in the YHA car park unless you're staying there. Plenty of parking in town and then walk up to the hostel.

If you're driving up be aware we will start promptly at 8.30am. My mobile is 07816592377 if you need to contact me.

Long walk and no bailouts so you'll need suffiicent food, water etc for the day. Shorts may turn out to be hazardous early on in the walk.... The local flora has really liked the wet weather we've been having....

Expect mud, several mega ladder stiles and some rough walking in places. 

OS Map 17
 

 

 

9

A DIY Weekend: Conwy Mountain

Direct Transport based walk with Anthony Helm & Katy Nolan.

10.7 mi

607m

Please note change of walk leaders - the walk will be the same!

A linear walk from Conwy to Llanfairfechan, taking in Conwy mountain and the north wales coast, with splendid views out over the Great Orme, Conwy bay, Puffin Island and the north east coast of Anglesey. At the end of the walk we'll have a pub stop in Llanfairfechan, then take the train or bus back to Conwy and meet up with Sarah's group for drinks and (weather permitting) perhaps a fish and chip supper on the quayside (chip shop and ice cream options have been recce'd!) It'll be a full day trip if coming from Manchester but better still - why not book a B&B to make a weekend of it?!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45

Meet at the walk start (Hale)

11:00

Walk starts.

9-7-2016 10:45 9-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A DIY Weekend: Conwy Mountain

A linear walk from Conwy to Llanfairfechan, taking in Conwy mountain and the north wales coast, with splendid views out over the Great Orme, Conwy bay, Puffin Island and the north east coast of Anglesey. At the end of the walk we'll have a pub stop in Llanfairfechan, then take the train or bus back to Conwy and meet up with Sarah's group for drinks and (weather permitting) perhaps a fish and chip supper on the quayside (chip shop and ice cream options have been recce'd!) It'll be a full day trip if coming from Manchester but better still - why not book a B&B to make a weekend of it?!

Hale MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Conwy Mountain, Echo Rock, Maen Esgob, Waen Gyrach, Bryn Derwydd, Blaen llwyn, Llanfairfechan
Travel:

If travelling by car from Manchester in the morning, allow 1 hour 30 mins. The car park in Conwy is pay & display and its £3.50 for up to 10 hours. There are toilets at the walk start.

Return transport from Llanfairfechan to Conwy at the end of the walk is either train which takes 10 minutes or bus which takes 20 minutes:

Train times from Llanfairfechan 16:09, 18:16 @ £4.80 for a single

Bus times 16.10, 16.33, 16.55, 17:10, 17:33, 17:55 @ £3.70 for a single

 

 

9

St. Werbergh's Road to Didsbury linear

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

6.5 mi

0m

A loopy walk coming out from near Chorlton - something for those that aren't over in Wales - and mending its way into the heart of Didsbury, and its refreshment opportunities. En route is a quick peek at a celebrity or two in Southern Cemetery, and see the birdlife hanging out near the river. The route is mainly hard paths but there might be a little mud.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Piccadilly Gardens Bus/Tram Station for the train at 13:00. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

13:00

Train departs for the walk start at Bolton Abbey Main Cark Park.

13:45

Walk starts at Bolton Abbey Main Cark Park.

Return

from Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

9-7-2016 13:00 9-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London St. Werbergh's Road to Didsbury linear Bolton Abbey Main Cark Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Southern Cemetery, River Mersey, Withington Golf Club, Fletcher Moss, Cheadle Bridge, East Didsbury, Didsbury Village.
Extra:

Walk leader meeting at Walk Start. Please note that there are no trams running through St. Peter's Square at the moment. Map EX277

 

 

10

A DIY weekend: the easy bit

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

10.0 mi

676m

An 11 mile walk starting late morning from Betws-y-coed and looping through the woods and reservoirs to drop down Swallow Falls. You should expect a fair bit of ascent (this is Snowdonia after all!) but the pace won't be too hard. .

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:50

Meet at the walk start (Poulton-le-Fylde Station)

11:00

Walk starts.

10-7-2016 10:50 10-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A DIY weekend: the easy bit

An 11 mile walk starting late morning from Betws-y-coed and looping through the woods and reservoirs to drop down Swallow Falls. You should expect a fair bit of ascent (this is Snowdonia after all!) but the pace won't be too hard. .

Poulton-le-Fylde Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Llyn Parc, Llyn Glangors, Afon Llugwy
Extra note:

Expect mud and some rough paths and come with appropriate footwear.

Walk will start promptly at 11am and end to finish in time for the 17:57 train back towards Manchester. If you are running late and you want to make contact my mobile is 07816592377.

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10

5 Rise Locks, Airedale Hill Tops and 2 Smoking Towns (Take 2)

Public Transport based walk with Jane Tedder.

11.5 mi

500m

* Walk leader to meet at walk start *

* Please allow extra time to reach Victoria, due to road closures for Manchester Skyride cycling event *

A pleasantly surprising, varied and improved walk around where I  grew up. We'll take in green hills and farmland, pretty riverside and canalside trails and industrial heritage in the mill towns of Bingley and Saltaire. If you missed Owain's recent walk in the area, here's another chance to explore it.

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

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

There are plenty of food and drink options in Saltaire. Salts Mill and car park closes at 6pm. If you want to explore the village further, what about arriving a bit earlier? 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:36. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

09:36

Train departs for the walk start at Saltaire Train Station.

11:25

Walk starts at Saltaire Train Station.

Return

from Saltaire Train Station.

10-7-2016 09:15 10-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London 5 Rise Locks, Airedale Hill Tops and 2 Smoking Towns (Take 2) Saltaire Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Waypoints: Salts Mill, Shipley Glen Tramway, Baildon Hill, Eldwick, Five Rise Locks, Myrtle Park, Dowley Gap, Salts Mill
Trains:

Change at Leeds for the Skipton bound train to Saltaire.

 

 

14

Evening Walk: A Stroll by the River Goyt

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

4.0 mi

15m

***Walk Leader joining train at Romiley***

A short trip on the train brings us to New Mills in the Peak District. Here, we meet the River Goyt and wander the beckoning paths and tracks along the valley floor. This gentle, circular route takes us past weirs and along the Mid Shires Way before returning back to New Mills...and a visit to a country pub. Perhaps the highlight of the walk is the spectacular section over the Millennium Walk Way - the 175 yards, cantilevered, elevated steel walkway over the rushing Goyt! OR is it the 28 minutes until the first pub stop?!!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak return to New Mills Central £6.40

18:49

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

19:15

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 21:30, 22:30

14-7-2016 18:35 14-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Stroll by the River Goyt New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Millennium Bridge, Gowhole, Furness Vale and Newtown.

 

 

16

Mill Hill/Doctors Gate Circular

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.0 mi

420m

*Please note change of date*

The walk starts at Glossop Station were we head south towards Chunal and onto Worm Stones. We ascend the moor to the trig point at Harry Hut. (441m) From Harry Hut its a walk along a section of the Trans Pennine Trail towards the Snake Pass via the B-24 crash site and Mill Hill (544m). We cross the Snake Pass then turn for the descent down Doctor's Gate and back into Glossop.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station.

16-7-2016 08:30 16-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Mill Hill/Doctors Gate Circular Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop Station, Wormstones, Harry Hut, B24 Crash Site, Mill Hill, Moss Castle, Snake Pass, Doctor's Gate, Mossy Lea Farm, Glossop Station.

 

 

17

Chadkirk Chapel Circular

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

6.4 mi

265m

A nice gentle late start stroll through the countryside around Marple and Chadkirk. We will leave Marple train station and follow the canal for a while crossing the aquaduct with impressive views of the railway viaduct that runs alongside, Before heading off through Kirk Woods and onto Chadkirk Chapel and Chadkirk.

We then head back through Kirk woods via a different path and rejoin the canal and retrace our steps back along the canal unti we reach the aquaduct where we then dive under both the aquaduct and the viaduct with spectacular views of both.

We then prceed through the countryside to Etherow Country Park and then back towards Marple station via Brabyns Park.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

11:40

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

12:05

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Marple Station.

17-7-2016 11:25 17-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Chadkirk Chapel Circular Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal, Chadkirk, Kirk Wood, Lower Watermeetings Farm, Etherow Country Park

 

 

21

Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows

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

4.0 mi

10m

Just one stop after the Greater Manchester Border puts us in Ashley, a quaint village in rural Cheshire. A gentle, circular stroll takes us on quiet paths and bridleways over the Cheshire Plain finishing at the lovely Greyhound Pub. The ideal evening escape after the 9 to 5 routine...with easy connections via Metrolink.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:10

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak return to Ashley £6.00

18:17

Train departs for the walk start at Ashley Train Station.

18:55

Walk starts at Ashley Train Station.

Return

from Ashley Train Station. 22:24

21-7-2016 18:10 21-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Ashley Meadows Ashley Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ashley Hall, Coppice Farm, Ryecroft Farm and Birkin Farm
Extra:

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

 

 

23

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Direct Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Neil Bhattacharyya.

24.0 mi

1586m

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.
Accommodation (at 2 pubs) and camping is available at Horton if required but it's advisable to book early. There are already a number of us booked for the Fri/Sat nights at Holme Farm campsite 01729 860281.
Although it's a meet at the walk start, please email me if you need possible transport or if you can kindly offer transport and I'll do my best to help - steverawlins79@gmail.com
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.
This is a tough challenge and, due to the distance, we'll need to walk at a brisk pace so reasonable fitness is required and full waterproofs are vital (regardless of the forecast).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

07:10

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

07:20

Walk starts.

23-7-2016 07:10 23-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

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.
Accommodation (at 2 pubs) and camping is available at Horton if required but it's advisable to book early. There are already a number of us booked for the Fri/Sat nights at Holme Farm campsite 01729 860281.
Although it's a meet at the walk start, please email me if you need possible transport or if you can kindly offer transport and I'll do my best to help - steverawlins79@gmail.com
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.
This is a tough challenge and, due to the distance, we'll need to walk at a brisk pace so reasonable fitness is required and full waterproofs are vital (regardless of the forecast).

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

 

 

24

Pen-Y-Ghent (Three Peaks of Yorkshire Pt. 1)

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.2 mi

600m

Fancy doing the three Peaks of Yorkshire in a more relaxed manner that all in one day?

We start with the lowest of three, Pen-Y-Ghent, on a walk up from Horton in Ribblesdale, continuing along the ridge to Plover Hill and then descending back to Horton.

An early start is required to catch the Dalesrail service to Horton, or you can also take the option to drive there.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:58. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

07:58

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

10:50

Walk starts at Horton In Ribblesdale station.

Return

from Horton In Ribblesdale station.

24-7-2016 07:45 24-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Pen-Y-Ghent (Three Peaks of Yorkshire Pt. 1) Horton In Ribblesdale station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Horton in Ribblesdale Village, Horton Bridge, Dub Cote, Dub Cote Scar Pasture, Churn Mill Hole, Pen-Y-Ghent, Plover Hill, Foxup Moor, Swarth Hill Gate, Horton Moor, Horton Scar, Horton in Ribblesdale
Extra:

If driving, postocde for meet point at Horton in Ribblesdale Station Car Park is BD24 0HH.

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

We will also being going past the Cafe in Horton in Ribblesdale soon after the walk start where there are also toilets.
 

 

 

26

The Etherow Valley

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

4.2 mi

151m

Walk leader to meet on the train

A picturesque wander along the Etherow valley, taking in woods, fields and (strangely enough) the river Etherow. Depending on time and weather there may even be a nice sunset over Manchester to finish the evening. 

Please be aware that some areas are a litle overgrown and/or muddy, so dress suitably.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

19:27

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station.

26-7-2016 18:30 26-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Etherow Valley Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Etherow Manor Park, Wooley Copse, Pingot Lane

 

 

30

Two Rivers of Stockport

Public Transport based walk with Gavin.

10.0 mi

150m

A largely riverside route following 2 of Stockport's rivers. We quickly drop down to the River Tame and follow the Tameside Trail into Reddish Vale. We get up to the former railway and a sharp turn takes us to the River Goyt. A bit of a rest in Vernon Park and on to Woodbank Park. There's a bit of historical interest at Goyt Hall and Bredbury Hall before climbing up into suburbia.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:34. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

10:34

Train departs for the walk start at Ashton Under Lyne.

10:55

Walk starts at Ashton Under Lyne.

Return

from Lostock Gralam.

30-7-2016 10:25 30-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Two Rivers of Stockport Ashton Under Lyne MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Woodley, Peak Forest Canal, Tameside Trail, Reddish Vale, Reddish Vale Golf Club, B6104, Vernon Park, Woodbank Park, Jim Fearnley Bridge, Goyt Hall, Bredbury Hall, Bredbury.
Extra:

Map EX277. No toilets at Walk Start but there are some 2 miles in. Walk leader meeting at Walk Start. If you want to drive, you're probably best parking near Woodley station, and then at the end you can either walk the 1 mile between the stations or get the frequent bus.

 

 

31

A Well Baked Tart Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.2 mi

437m

Okay, the title of the walk has nothing whatsoever to do with the walk itself, I just wanted to get the word tart in the title somewhere due to the fact the walk is in Bakewell.

The meeting point is at the town centre car park, from here we will head up to the Monsal Trail and proceed along the old railway track bed for quite a while, this section of the walk is easy going and we pass through Headstone Tunnel and then up to the view point at Monsal Head.

From here we had back down to the Monsal Trail and across the Headstne viaduct before cutting down ito the valley and headin along the river bank through Monsal Dale and then up to Great Shacklow Wood where we follow the ridge line into the pituresque village of Ashford in the Water before heading back into Bakewell.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

Meet at the walk start (Mardale Car Park)

11:15

Walk starts.

31-7-2016 11:00 31-7-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A Well Baked Tart Walk

Okay, the title of the walk has nothing whatsoever to do with the walk itself, I just wanted to get the word tart in the title somewhere due to the fact the walk is in Bakewell.

The meeting point is at the town centre car park, from here we will head up to the Monsal Trail and proceed along the old railway track bed for quite a while, this section of the walk is easy going and we pass through Headstone Tunnel and then up to the view point at Monsal Head.

From here we had back down to the Monsal Trail and across the Headstne viaduct before cutting down ito the valley and headin along the river bank through Monsal Dale and then up to Great Shacklow Wood where we follow the ridge line into the pituresque village of Ashford in the Water before heading back into Bakewell.

Mardale Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hassop Station, Monsal Head, Monsal Dale, Great Shacklow Wood, Ashford in the Water
Additional:

Gaitors are recommended if wet, or has bee wet in the last few days prior to the walk. There is one section that could be a little stream if wet.

Parking is a Pay and Display car pr and costs £4 for the day.

 

 

4

Happy Valley and Seven Arches

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

4.1 mi

51m

Walk leader joining train at Stockport.

A walk from Hazel Grove to Cheadle Hulme following the Happy Valley along the Lady Brook via Bramall Hall and under the Seven Arches viaduct.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30

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

Suggested ticket:

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hazel Grove Station.

19:15

Walk starts at Hazel Grove Station.

Return

from Cheadle Hulme Train Station.

4-8-2016 18:30 4-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Happy Valley and Seven Arches Hazel Grove Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Norbury House Farm, Happy Valley Nature Reserve, Bramhall Green, Bramall Hall, Ladybrook Valley, Seven Arches, Cheadle Hulme
Extra:

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

Post-walk drinks at the John Millington, Cheadle Hulme.

If driving, park in Stockport - train arrives at Stockport Station at 19:01.

 

 

6

Greenfield to Broadstone Hill Circular

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

9.5 mi

300m

The walk starts from Greenfield Station through the village to Dovestone Reservoir. We then head up through the woods onto a section of the Oldham Way and up to the Obelisk above Greenfield. We then head South towards Aldermans Hill then we swing North towards Dick Hill and Sugar Loaf. The walk then proceeds over Saddleworth Moor to Sykes Pillar at Broadstone Hill. From there its a descent towards Uppermill where we join the Pennine Bridleway and Tame Valley way for the walk back to Greenfield and the inevitable pub stop.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station.

6-8-2016 08:40 6-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Greenfield to Broadstone Hill Circular Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dovestone Reservoir, Aldermans Brow, Brockley Moor, Obelisk, Aldermans Hill, Dick Hill, Sugar Loaf, Sykes Pillar/Broadstone Hill, Uppermill, Pennine Bridleway, Tame Valley Way, Pub.

 

 

6

We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of .......... Alderley Edge?

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

13.5 mi

395m

Walk leader to join the train at Stockport

A 13.5 mile walk through woodland, farmland, country lanes and a couple of pretty little villages.  We'll see if we can find the wizard's face in amongst rocks and will stop off for an early lunch at either a lovely viewpoint if the weather is favourable, or a great wee tea room if it's not.  

 

There are a couple of short sections of county lane walking that have no pavement so care will need to be taken on those sections.  There were also a couple of short muddy stretches and several points where the path was partially overgrown with brambles/nettles on a recent reccy so expect the same on the day.   Gaiters would be useful if you have them.  

 

There is a small amount of ascent over the course of the route with most of it done within the first hour so this is suitable for people that want to try a longer walk than they're used to.   There is one bail out point (Adlington train station) roughly 8.5 miles into the route with trains back to Manchester at 28 minutes past the hour.   Your wayfarer ticket can be used on this as well if you decide to leave the walk early.  

 

The walk should take around 5.5 hours but there are a couple of pubs that we go past that could extend this time a little.

 

There is a toilet near to the lunch stop but no toilets at either the start or end stations.  

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:45

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

Suggested ticket:

11:04

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

11:35

Walk starts at Alderley Edge Rail Station.

Return

from Poynton Station.

6-8-2016 10:45 6-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of .......... Alderley Edge? Alderley Edge Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edge House Farm, Dickens Wood, Dean Farm, Mottram Bridge, Top Of th' Hill, Adlington, Middlewood Way, Wardsend, Poynton

 

 

7

Ingleborough (Three Peaks of Yorkshire Pt. II)

Direct Transport based walk with John Ireland.

10.8 mi

627m

Walk Leader arriving by Train.

A circular walk from Horton in Ribblesdale up to Ingleborough - the middle one of the three Peaks of Yorkshire, taking in Gaping Gill on the way back down.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:50

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

11:00

Walk starts.

7-8-2016 10:50 7-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Ingleborough (Three Peaks of Yorkshire Pt. II)

A circular walk from Horton in Ribblesdale up to Ingleborough - the middle one of the three Peaks of Yorkshire, taking in Gaping Gill on the way back down.

Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkhire, BD24 0HE MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sulber Nick, The Allotment, Dales High Way, Ingleborough, Little Ingleborough, Gaping Gill, Clapham Bottoms, Long Scar, Thieves Moss, Sulber Nick
Travel Det:

BY TRAIN - 0803 from Manchester Victoria to Blackburn, change at Blackburn for 0927 to Horton in Ribblesdale (train destination is Appleby) - Ticket is Settle and Carlisle Ranger at £15

BY CAR - Suggested route is M60 to J18 for M66, M66 then A56 to M65, then M65 to J13 for A682 to Kendal/Nelson, A682 through Gisburn then left onto A65 near Long Preston, then B6479 to Horton in Ribblesdale.

Walk start postocde is BD24 0HE.

Public Toilets at Horton in Ribblesdale Car Park.

 

 

11

The 'Rising Sun' Mossley circular

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Siobhán Burke with Bronte the dog.

4.3 mi

100m

Walk leader to meet at walk start

As the name suggests, the basis of this walk is to take in the delights of Mossley, which mainly consists of the wonderful views out to the pennines. And there's no better place to experience these views than the Rising Sun pub in Top Mossley. So, we'll out from the station and cross Scout Bridge and end out along the Huddersfield canal, before joining the bridle path. We come out at the Royal George pub at the boundary with Greenfield before crossing the valley and heading uphill to the Rising Sun. If we're quick, you might be in time to order one of their delicious home-made pizzas.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

18:57

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

19:20

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Mossley Station.

11-8-2016 18:45 11-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The 'Rising Sun' Mossley circular Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Scout Bridge, Well-i-hole Road, Rising Sun pub
Alternativ:

Swap at Stalybridge to get a train to Piccadilly instead of Victoria. Trains leave from Stalybridge at 50 minutes past the hour.

 

 

13

The Hills Which Nancy Around Tegg's Nose

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

12.5 mi

420m

*Please note change of date*

Starting at Adlington; fields are crossed to the Macclesfield Canal which is followed into Bolling and up to Kerridge Hill along to Rainow and across to Lamaload Reservoir and onto Walker Barn with an ascent up to Tegg's Nose and down to Langley Valley before going across a golf course to the canal again and into Macclesfield Town Centre

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Rover (any train within the Greater Manchester Area): £5.40

Tram/Train all day rover: £8.00

09:46

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

10:10

Walk starts at Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. **59, **29 until 1929 then hourly until last train at 22:29

13-8-2016 09:30 13-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Hills Which Nancy Around Tegg's Nose Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Adlington, Macclesfield Canal, Bollington, Kerridge Hill, Rainow, Lamaload Reservoir, Walker Barn, Tegg's Nose, langley, Macclesfield

 

 

14

Whernside (Three Peaks of Yorkshire Pt. III)

Direct Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.4 mi

507m

Walk Leader arriving on train at 10:52

To complete the set of three peaks we do the highest - Whernside, starting from Ribblehead.

We will pass the famous Ribblehead Viaduct before heading along the valley to climb Whernside itself, before heading along the ridge and returning back up the valley to Ribblehead.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

Meet at the walk start (Monsal Head Hotel)

11:10

Walk starts.

14-8-2016 11:00 14-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Whernside (Three Peaks of Yorkshire Pt. III)

To complete the set of three peaks we do the highest - Whernside, starting from Ribblehead.

We will pass the famous Ribblehead Viaduct before heading along the valley to climb Whernside itself, before heading along the ridge and returning back up the valley to Ribblehead.

Monsal Head Hotel MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blea Moor Sidings, Blue Clay Ridge, Grain Ings, Whernside, Skelside, Combe Scar, West Fell End, Rigg End, Kirkby Gate, Ellerbeck, Bruntscar, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ribblehead Viaduct
Travel:

BY TRAIN - 0803 from Manchester Victoria to Blackburn, change at Blackburn for 0927 to Ribblehead (train destination is Appleby) - Ticket is Settle and Carlisle Ranger at £15. Return train is at 1922.

Train also calls at Saltord Crescent on outbound (08.07) and return journeys (arriving 21.51), also at Bolton (outbound 08.19, return arriving 21.37)

BY CAR - Suggested route is M60 to J18 for M66, M66 then A56 to M65, then M65 to J13 for A682 to Kendal/Nelson, A682 through Gisburn then left onto A65 near Long Preston, B6479 past Horton in Ribblesdale and then left onto B6255 to Ribblehead Station.

Walk start postocde is LA6 3AS.

Walk estimated to end by 1730. Drinks at the Station Inn after the walk.

 

 

14

Crossing Morecambe Bay

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts. More details to follow.

An 8 mile walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay culminating in the crossing of the River Kent at the end.

The guided walk we will be taking part in is part of a larger charity event and we have obtained the places through the Ribchester Roman Museum which is based in Preston and houses a number of interesting artefacts from the period and is one of the few museums of this type in the North West. As such a minimum £10 donation per person will be required to take part in the walk. We will collect this through our own Mad Walkers bank account before transferring it over to the museum. Everyone who takes part must have paid their donation the Thursday before the walk (Thursday 11th August). For more details on the arrangements for the walk and to book your place please emailowain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk
 
I will only be providing detailed times etc when people have paid the donation.

 

 

17

Newtown to Disley via Black Hill

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

3.6 mi

230m

Walk Leader joining at Stockport.

A brisk linear walk from Newtown to Disley via Black Hill and back along the Gritstone Trail, with a bit of climbing involved to hopefully get a panoramic view of the sunset over Manchester with views of both Kinder Scout and Lyme Park along the way.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30

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

Suggested ticket:

18:49

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

19:20

Walk starts at New Mills Newtown Station.

Return

from Disley Station.

17-8-2016 18:30 17-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Newtown to Disley via Black Hill New Mills Newtown Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Moorwood Farm, Redmoor Farm, Longside Cottage, Black Hill, Bolder Hall, Gritstone Trail, Disley
Extra:

Drinks at the Dandy Cock, Disley after the walk.

Train stops at Stockport at 19:01

If driving, leave car at Disley Station - train calls at 19:19

Torch advisable for last parts of walk, also some fields will have livestock and horses in them.

 

 

20

Smithy Bridge to Littleborough

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

10.5 mi

300m

Linear walk from Smithy Bridge Station to Littleborough Station. Upon leaving the station we head east towards Hollingworth Lake, we skirt around part of the lake and then onto to Pennine Bridleway and up to Dick Hill. The route then heads east over Windy Hill and across the M62 at Rook Stones Hill. We then walk to Blackstone Edge and Aiggin Stone then follow the old Roman road back down into civilisation in Littleborough via a section of the Rochdale Canal.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:53. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

08:53

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

09:25

Walk starts at Smithy Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station.

20-8-2016 08:45 20-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Smithy Bridge to Littleborough Smithy Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Smithy Bridge Station, Hollingworth Lake, Pennine Bridleway, Dick Hill, Windy Hill, Rook Stones Hill, M62, Blackstone Edge, Aiggin Stone, Rochdale Canal, Littleborough Station.

 

 

20

Dial M for Mersey

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

8.5 mi

80m

An afternoon stroll from Didsbury. We'll start by heading westwards along the River Mersey as far as Chorlton Water Park; and return via Kenworthy Wood, Northenden, Millgate fields and Stenner Woods.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:20

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

Suggested ticket:

13:30

Train departs for the walk start at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

14:00

Walk starts at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Return

from Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

20-8-2016 13:20 20-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Dial M for Mersey Yorkshire Sculpture Park MAD Walkers
Social:

Later that evening there's a social in Didsbury to see some outdoor theatre. See the Socials page for details.

 

 

21

Appley Bridge circular via Parbold and Harrock Hill

Public Transport based walk with Kate Atty.

10.2 mi

320m


A varied walk in West Lancashire. From Appley Bridge, we'll walk along the Leeds & Liverpool canal for a couple of miles before passing through the lovely village of Parbold where we'll see the first of two windmills of the day. We'll then head up Harrock Hill where there are fine views of Winter Hill and the surrounding countryside. Just after our ascent, we'll make a slight detour to take in our second windmill of the day then descend down into the woodland and waterfalls of Fairy Glen before returning back to Appley Bridge train station. There should be ample time to enjoy a drink at The Boathouse overlooking the canal before heading home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:15

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:31. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

10:31

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

11:25

Walk starts at Appley Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Appley Bridge Train Station.

21-8-2016 10:15 21-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Appley Bridge circular via Parbold and Harrock Hill Appley Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Parbold, Harrock Hill, Harrock Old Windmill, Fairy Glen, The Boathouse
Extra info:

A couple of the paths are quite overgrown so long trousers are recommended to avoid nettle stings. No toilets at walk start. Use those on the train.

 

 

27

Hilbre Island

Public Transport based walk with Katy Nolan & Anthony Helm.

10.5 mi

120m

An opportunity to walk across the Dee estuary sands at low tide to some small islands off the coast of the Wirral peninsula. We will have lunch on Hilbre Island (and hopefully spot some seals) before returning to the small town of West Kirby and taking in views from the war memorial, beacon and Caldy Hill. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:25

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:37. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

09:37

Train departs for the walk start at Barlow Moor Road.

11:30

Walk starts at Barlow Moor Road.

Return

from West Kirby Station.

27-8-2016 09:25 27-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hilbre Island Barlow Moor Road MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Royal Liverpool golf course, West Kirby, Hilbre Island, West Kirby, Ashton Park, Grange Hill, Caldy Woods, Cubbins Green, Marine Lake
Extra:

If you wish to drive to the walk start, there is a large park and ride carpark behind Hoylake station. A single ticket from West Kirby back to Hoylake is £1.80.

Toilets available at Hoylake station.

 

 

29

Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

10.0 mi

605m

A Bank Holiday Monday linear walk from Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge. Leaving Todmorden we'll climb up to Stoodley Pike where there are great views over the Calder Valley and surrounding countryside before walking down into the deep Cragg Vale. The walk then crosses varied countryside before finishing with drinks at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms on Sowerby Bridge 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 Victoria for the train at 09:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

09:48

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

10:12

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge.

29-8-2016 09:35 29-8-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Croft Farm, High Stones, Stoodley Pike, Sunderland Pasture, Cragg Vale, Aaron Hill, Boulder Clough.

 

 

3

A big day out in the Lakes.

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & Niall MacLennan.

15.5 mi

994m

A 15 mile trek offering some fab views of England's biggest lake - Windermere.

*There is also a 9 mile option - see below.

We'll get those leg muscles working as soon as we leave the station and head straight up Orrest Head which should give a great view of the lake. From here head towards Allen Knott (the path goes around it but we'll go up it, because - why not?!) 

Lunch will probably be at a lovely little village called Troutback which is where Beatrix Potter used to live and breed sheep. There's also a lovely little chuch.

Next is the main climb of the day, up The Hundreds and to Wansfell Pike (another great view of the Lake) before heading down towards Ambleside but not before a little detour to the impressive Stockghyll Force waterfall.

Depending on how we're doing for time the plan is to head straight to the Ambleside Waterhead Pier and because we're great we've already reccied the fish & chip shop and the bar here, both of which get a big thumbs up and you can enjoy both sitting on by the shore of the lake. If the weather isn't too great we'll spend some time in Ambleside instead (or maybe do both).

*We'll be approx 9 miles into the walk at the Pier so if wish, you could just jump on the ferry here which will take you straight back to Windermere. If we don't visit the Pier there is also a frequent bus service from Ambleside to Windermere.

Once we're done with Ambleside we'll then pick up a variety of tracks, paths and farm fields and make our way towards Windermere but before we get to the town we'll have another slight detail, a small hill to climb and then perhaps a little paddle in the Lake (well Niall did anyway - sort of). Windermere will then be about half and hour away.

If you wish to drive, you should find plenty of places to do so in Windermere.

Although we'll be leaving from Picadilly at 08:46, the train does stop at Oxford Road at 08:48 and Deasgate at 08:51 should these be more convenient.

Our aim is a nice long day out in the Lakes but to fit it all in we may need to pick up a good pace along the way.

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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Blackpool North.

10:30

Walk starts at Blackpool North.

Return

from Blackpool North.

3-9-2016 08:30 3-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A big day out in the Lakes. Blackpool North MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Windermere, Orrest Head, Far Orrest, Allen Knott, Longmire, Troutbeck, Nanny Lane, The Hundreds, Wansfell Pike, Stockghyll Force, Ambleside, Waterhead Pier, Chip Shop, Skelghyll Wood, Robin Lane, Howe

 

 

4

Hayfield to Kinder Low circular

Direct Transport based walk with Simon Bradshaw.

10.0 mi

500m

An enjoyable walk from the pretty Derbyshire village of Hayfield.  We head out of the village making a steady ascent into the Kinder estate and on to Kinder Low, before heading back to Hayfield via Wiliam Clough

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Greyhound Inn)

10:30

Walk starts.

4-9-2016 10:15 4-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hayfield to Kinder Low circular

An enjoyable walk from the pretty Derbyshire village of Hayfield.  We head out of the village making a steady ascent into the Kinder estate and on to Kinder Low, before heading back to Hayfield via Wiliam Clough

Greyhound Inn MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Coldwell Clough, Kinder Low, Pennine Way, Kinder Downfall, William Clough, Kinder Reservoir
Additional:

Plenty of free on street parking in Hayfield.  Meet outside The Pack Horse Inn.  Please lift share where possible. OS Explorer Map OL1

 

 

10

How many ways

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

19.5 mi

960m

The latest in my attempt to find every walk imaginable between Littleborough and Hebden Bridge, short of doing something easy like using the canal. This one starts by going in the wrong direction, overshoots at the other end, includes some lovely greenery at both ends and an exposed route over the moors.

Once we've escaped the clutches of the town, heading North West, we use the Pennine Bridleway and then Rochdale Way to head in a more North Easterly direction off to Warland before pegging back to Summit. This route, although technically all on footpaths, includes a range of amusing climbs, stiles and invisible junctions and comprises virtually all of the tricky underfoot walking of this venture.

We then embark on the main hard climb up Chelburn Moor. From the top of that climb we wrap our way round White Holme Moss and Withens Moor before dropping down beyond Withens Clough reservoir.

From there, it's a shortish sharpish climb up to Bellhouse Moor, back down to Mytholmroyd and then up again for a wander along the shoulder of the hill to get back to Hebden via the odd legal incursion through the odd garden.

The first 6 or so miles comprise most of the serious work of the walk; assuming the clouds holds off and we don't spend a day in fine mist, the walk promises a variety of fine views.

It's an early start for a medium length walk, aiming for an early-ish finish to facilitate evening plans

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.

08:20

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

08:26

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

08:55

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station.

10-9-2016 08:20 10-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London How many ways Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Warland, White Holme reservoir, Withens Gate, Bellhouse Moor, Burlees Wood

 

 

17

Ben Nevis: The Final One!!

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.0 mi

1430m


The third of the 3 highest peaks in the UK. If you have done the other two you might as well as do this one as well.

I'll be spending a long weekend in Fort William and would like to invite you to join me for the two walks I will be doing. Todays walk is going to be a walk to the highest point in the whole of the UK and the summit of Ben Nevis.

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. It costs about £7 each way. Also car drivers may be interested in this option due to pub at the end of the walk.

The plan is once we are back down from Ben Nevis to go to the pub at the foot of the mountain for a few drinks and food, however this is a popular pub called The Ben Nevis Inn that it would be wise for me to reserve tables for us, if you are interested in the food option or want any other information please e-mail me at the e-mail address below, if you want food please let me know by Friday 2nd September.

 andy.buckley27@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE PLEASE BRING YOUR WINTER GEAR WITH YOU AS IT COULD BE COLD AT THE SUMMIT

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:15

Meet at the walk start (Glen Nevis Car Park)

09:30

Walk starts.

17-9-2016 09:15 17-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Ben Nevis: The Final One!!

The third of the 3 highest peaks in the UK. If you have done the other two you might as well as do this one as well.

I'll be spending a long weekend in Fort William and would like to invite you to join me for the two walks I will be doing. Todays walk is going to be a walk to the highest point in the whole of the UK and the summit of Ben Nevis.

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. It costs about £7 each way. Also car drivers may be interested in this option due to pub at the end of the walk.

The plan is once we are back down from Ben Nevis to go to the pub at the foot of the mountain for a few drinks and food, however this is a popular pub called The Ben Nevis Inn that it would be wise for me to reserve tables for us, if you are interested in the food option or want any other information please e-mail me at the e-mail address below, if you want food please let me know by Friday 2nd September.

 andy.buckley27@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE PLEASE BRING YOUR WINTER GEAR WITH YOU AS IT COULD BE COLD AT THE SUMMIT

 

Glen Nevis Car Park MAD Walkers

 

 

17

A bridge, a ridge, and a smidge under 13 miles

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.9 mi

800m

Walk leader to join the train at Bredbury

A lovely circular walk of woodlands, bridges, a historic site, rivers, ridges, open moorland, rolling fields and valley views.  

Paths are good for most of the route with a couple of short scrambles as well for good measure.  There are two stepping stone river crossings that will be tricky if there's been recent heavy rain and may result in detours if not safe to cross.  A few short sections were muddy/boggy on teh recce and care needs to be taken on a 1.5km section of road walking with no pavement after the bail out option in Hathersage.  Care also needs to be taken going down a couple of short sections, which were partially obscured and could be slippy if there has been a lot of recent rain. 

Ascent is fairly well spread out across the route however there is a longish but steady and a short but steep climb in the last few miles.  

There are public toilets just over 8 miles into the walk and there is the option to leave the walk early at around 9.5 miles to catch the train back from Hathersage station (less than a km from the bail out point and the train back to Manchester is at 32 minutes past the hour up until 7.32pm then less frequent after that ).  The rest of the group will continue on to Grindleford.

 

I'll aim to get us back to Grindleford for the 5.28pm train but it may end up being the 6.29pm dpending on the pace of the group.

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station.

17-9-2016 10:35 17-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A bridge, a ridge, and a smidge under 13 miles Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yarncliffe Wood, Burbage bridge, Higger Tor, Cowper Stone, Stanedge Edge, North Lees, Cow Close, Mitchell Field, Over Owler Tor, Bolehill
Additional:
  • No toilets at Griendleford station.  Please use the toilets on the train.
  • Free parking is available on the road leading down to Grindleford station.

 

 

18

Fort William Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.0 mi

150m

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 path of 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.

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Fort William Railway Station)

10:30

Walk starts.

18-9-2016 10:15 18-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London 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 path of 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

 

 

24

'Summit' of a challenge

Public Transport based walk with Becky Lea.

15.0 mi

750m

Walk leader will meet at the walk start

This walk is part of the Bollington Walking Festival. Starting at Macclesfield station, we will walk to the lovely viewpoint of Teggs Nose, then moving on to Shining Tor before walking to Bollington, where the walk ends. You can walk back to Macclesfield, get the bus or a taxi.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 08:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer - this ticket will include the bus from Bollington to Macclesfield.

08:47

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station.

24-9-2016 08:35 24-9-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Summit' of a challenge Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Hollins, Teggs Nose, Macclesfield Forest, Shining Tor, Lamaload, Ginclough, Rainowlow, Bollington

 

 

25

A Cross from Strines

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards.

8.6 mi

320m

Walk leader joining train at Romiley

Climbing out of Strines station we immediately make the most of the spectacular views across to Whaley Moor. Good paths and gradual ascents 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 until lunch with a view before working our way through rural villages enroute to a stunning aqueduct. From here it's a short section along the canal back to your choice of Platform One... 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.

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Strines £4.90

10:40

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

11:10

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Romiley. 16:14, 17:14, 18:14, 19:15

25-9-2016 10:30 25-9-2016 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 will be requied for this walk. No toilets at Strines station so please use the one on the train.  This is a linear walk - if you intend to drive parking is available at Romiley station; train calls at 10.58.

 

 

1

Standedge

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.5 mi

300m

A walk starting in Greenfield Station then through the village to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through Uppermill and onto Diggle. From Diggle we walk the Standedge Tunnels and up to Standedge (451m). We then join the Oldham Way for the descent into Delph back through Uppermill to the walk end in Greenfield.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off- Peak Return to Greenfield £4.90.

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 14:36, 15:36, 16:36.....

1-10-2016 08:40 1-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Standedge Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Uppermill, Diggle, Standedge Tunnels, Standedge, Oldham Way, Delph, Delph Donkey Line.

 

 

2

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:

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Godley Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Godley Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station.

2-10-2016 10:00 2-10-2016 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 (£1.80), 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.

 

 

8

Being kinder up on Kinder

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

14.9 mi

1041m

A hilly walk with a few tough climbs but the views are worth it. Given the time of year/available daylight we'll need a reasonably steady pace (without it being silly fast though) with a few short lunch stops and snacks stops along the way.

It's a little bit of road walking then fields and farmland as we head out of Glossop, which is soon replaced with moorland and open valley views as we continue to climb up to the first of a couple of trig points.  We pass the site of a plane crash on our way up to Kinder estate; working our way over to Kinder Downfall via some of the weird and wonderful rock formations up there before eventually heading back down to farmland via some of the penine way and kinder low.  

There are some short sections of road walking, rocky bridleways and a few muddy sections so please bring gaiters/waterproofs and sturdy footwear.  

The route should take around 7 - 7.5 hours to complete so we'll get either the 6.03pm or 7.03pm train back.  Anyone on a tight schedule who does not want to wait for the next train at Newmills Central can get the 5.45pm or 6.47pm into Piccadilly (it's on a different line than Central though so double check if you plan to get off before Piccadilly)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

There are a few options. a) a wayfarer (£12) to cover travel for the walk as well as getting into and out of Manchester, b) a Manchester Day Saver train, bus and metro ticket (£8.70) + a single from New Mills Central to Strines (£2.50) or c) a single from Manchester to Glossop (£4.80) & a single from New Mills Central back to Manchester (£6.20)

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 18.03, 19.03

8-10-2016 09:30 8-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Being kinder up on Kinder Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whitfield Barn Farm, Shaw Moor, Worm Stones, Harry Hut, Sandy Heyes, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Lowe, Edale Cross, Coldwell Clough, Hills Farm, Laneside Road, Beardhall Farm
Additional:

I can't remember if Glossop has public toilets so it's best to use the toilets on the train

 

 

8

Dunham Massey and Altrincham Environs

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

8.5 mi

50m

Walk Leader to meet at Hale or Altrincham Station

Can get tram from Altrincham Station if you miss train

Starting from Ashley villlage; the way walks through the grounds of the hall and down the track to the road to Coppice Farm on through Ashley Heath into Bowdon village and through the golf course into Dunham Massey and onto Little Bollington onto the Bridgewater Canal and into Dunham Town before retracing footsteps through the golf course and on through the parks of Altrincham to end in the town centre

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:05

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:17. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

-

10:17

Train departs for the walk start at Ashley Train Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Ashley Train Station.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station.

8-10-2016 10:05 8-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Dunham Massey and Altrincham Environs Ashley Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ashley, Coppice Farm, Ashley Heath, Bowdon, Dunham Forest, Dunham Massey, Little Bollington, Bridgewater Canal, Dunham Town, Devisdale, Altrincham

 

 

15

Autumnal Haweswater Wainwright Wonder

Direct Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

10.0 mi

978m


A walk around the south and west of Haweswater taking in some of the Wainwrights.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:00

Meet at the walk start (Mardale Car Park)

10:15

Walk starts.

15-10-2016 10:00 15-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Autumnal Haweswater Wainwright Wonder

A walk around the south and west of Haweswater taking in some of the Wainwrights.

Mardale Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mardale Head, Harter Fell, Brantree, Selside, Haweswater, Mardale Head

 

 

15

Blackrod to Entwistle via Winter Hill.

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.0 mi

350m

A linear walk from Blackrod via Two Lads and Winter Hill to Entwistle. We head east over Winter Hill through Belmont and over Turton Heights passing Delph Reservoir and onto Turton and Entwistle Reservoir and onto Entwistle and a refreshment or two in the Strawbury Duck. #inthepubby2

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 09:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.40 & a single from Entwistle to Bromley Cross £2.30.

09:23

Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 14:24, 15:23, 17:23....

15-10-2016 09:15 15-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Blackrod to Entwistle via Winter Hill. Blackrod Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackrod Station, Horwich, Wilderswood, Two Lads (389m), Winter Hill (456m), Belmont, Delph Reservoir, Turton Heights, Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, Entwhistle Station.

 

 

22

A Teddy Bear is optional

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

15.0 mi

1050m

When I recce'd this walk, I encountered a teddy bear's picnic, swimmers swimming atop a hill, and bracken that reached my head. Alas, the changing of the seasons means that a repeat of any of these is unlikely, though feel free to bring swiming kit or a teddy bear if you wish to recreate the first two.

This stroll seems to involve a lot of climbing. 5 hills that your legs, heart and lungs will notice, and the odd other trivial one as well. 2 small hills to get to Walsden, a third gets us up to to the edge of the moor which Stoodley Pike is on and  - sticking to the edge of the moor with the valley always in sight - a short hop later we'll be able to climb the monument (this is optional and not counted within the precisely calculated ascent)

Then a drop off the hill, climb up Jumble Hole Clough to Blackshaw Head and then a walk down to see the mill ponds and chimney's that litter the base of the Colden Valley. Then the final climb up to the village of Heptonstall and back down again to Hebden.

 

NB1. Walk leader meeting at walk start

NB2. We don't pass any toilet facilities, including at Todmorden station, so please use those on the train

NB3. There is a bail out point a shade before the 4th mile when we pass Walsden station; and at the 10 mile mark when we cross the canal and are an easy couple of miles walk back to Hebden station (or a mile to the nearest pub). If you take this option you'll do about 12 miles and about 300m less 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.

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  - Hebden return costs £9.60. Alternatively, a duo (£14.40 for two of you); or a wayfarer (£12) and a Rochdale/Hebden Bridge return (£5.30) may be worth exploring.

If driving, there are car parks at both Tod and Hebden

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

09:15

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 17.08 but trains at xx08 xx18 xx42

22-10-2016 08:40 22-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London A Teddy Bear is optional Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Walsden, Gaddings Dam, Stoodley Pike, Jumble Hole Clough, Colden Valley, Heptonstall

 

 

22

Fylde Coast and Blackpool Illuminations

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

9.6 mi

110m

A walk following the River Wyre before cutting across the Fleetwood peninsula and down the beach to Cleveleys. Return to Blackpool by tram to view the famous illuminations wich are lit from 6:30pm.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to Blackpool North - £17. Advance tickets are available for around £10 but if you want to view the illuminations probably best to book return for around or after 7:30pm. Single tram fare is £1.60

10:46

Train departs for the walk start at Poulton-le-Fylde Station.

11:54

Walk starts at Poulton-le-Fylde Station.

Return

from Blackpool North. 3 trains an hour until 19:40. Then 2 trains an hour

22-10-2016 10:35 22-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Fylde Coast and Blackpool Illuminations Poulton-le-Fylde Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Little Poulton, Bridge House, Wyre Estuary Country Park, Fleetwood Farm, Wyre Way, Fylde Coast

 

 

29

In the shadow of a Kiwi - In reverse

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

12.5 mi

572m

An Autumnal walk over Saddleworth Moor that I've previously recced with one of our current globetrotters.  Perfect for blowing away the cobwebs from the Didsbury beer festival social on the Friday before.  Aiming for a brisk pace we'll leave Newhey via reservoirs, up on to the exposed moor before descending into Littleborough.  Recovery pints at the end are recommended.  As it's a Linear walk driving to the walk start is not 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.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day Saver Train and Tram Off Peak £8.00

09:40

Train departs for the walk start at Newhey Tram Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Newhey Tram Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 17:59, 18:03, 18:35, 18:59

29-10-2016 09:30 29-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London In the shadow of a Kiwi - In reverse Newhey Tram Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Carr Lane, Rochdale Way, Piethorne Reservoir, Readycon Dean Reservoir, White Hill, Rook Stones Hill, Blackstone Edge, Shore Lane Farm, Littleborough

 

 

30

Spooky Pendle Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Anthony Helm.

9.5 mi

582m

As Halloween approaches, we visit the home of the Pendle Witches that lived here over 400 years ago. A circular walk, starting from the village of Barley, we climb up Pendle Hill, for some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. We then drop down to the Ogden reservoirs and on through Fell Wood (a spooky forest) to the hamlet of Newchurch in Pendle, which has its very own spooky shop...and some toilets. From here we head to Aitken Wood, which hosts the Pendle Sculpture Trail, with plaques and carvings that tell the tale of the Pendle Witches. We then pass the Black Moss reservoirs on the way back to Barley and the safety of the pub!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Barley Parish Council Car Park)

10:30

Walk starts.

30-10-2016 10:15 30-10-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Spooky Pendle Walk

As Halloween approaches, we visit the home of the Pendle Witches that lived here over 400 years ago. A circular walk, starting from the village of Barley, we climb up Pendle Hill, for some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. We then drop down to the Ogden reservoirs and on through Fell Wood (a spooky forest) to the hamlet of Newchurch in Pendle, which has its very own spooky shop...and some toilets. From here we head to Aitken Wood, which hosts the Pendle Sculpture Trail, with plaques and carvings that tell the tale of the Pendle Witches. We then pass the Black Moss reservoirs on the way back to Barley and the safety of the pub!

Barley Parish Council Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Beacon or Big End, Upper Ogden reservoir, Fell Wood, Newchurch in Pendle, Aitken Wood, Lower Black Moss Reservoir
Additional:

The car park charge is £1 for all day, payable in the honesty box. Toilets are available at the walk start. The car park shuts at 6pm but we should be finished well before then. 

 

 

5

Hope to Edale via Jaggers Clough

Public Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead.

10.3 mi

684m

Hope to Edale the interesting way!

Descending from Win Hill we ascend to Crookstone Out Moor via Jaggesr Clough - a mostly path-free ascent that is hard work but fun. We then continue West toward the South edge of the Kinder plateau before dropping back down to Edale, ending with a drink at either of the two pubs (or the cafe if so desired) before catching the train back from Edale. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope £11.20

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47 or 16:47

5-11-2016 08:35 5-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Hope to Edale via Jaggers Clough Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope, Thornhill Carrs, Win Hill, Roman Road, Edale End, Jaggers Clough, Crookstone Out Moor, The Nab, Edale

 

 

12

Pre AGM Walk

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

5.4 mi

277m

This is the walk before the AGM.  Starting at Newtown we will climb Black Hill, head over to Lyme Park and then drop down to Disley station.  This is a relatively short walk so that we can be sure to be back in Manchester in time for the AGM.

Bring some snacks and wrap up warm. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Rail Ranger - £5.40

09:49

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

10:21

Walk starts at New Mills Newtown Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 12:50

12-11-2016 09:30 12-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Pre AGM Walk New Mills Newtown Station MAD Walkers

 

 

19

It's A Stones Throw.....

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

7.0 mi

270m

Part one of a two part walk.

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge (£7.90)

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 1440 and then every hour

19-11-2016 10:30 19-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London It's A Stones Throw..... Disley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Cage, Lyme Park, Bowstonegate, Whaley Moor, Toddbrook Reservoir
Important :

This is the first part of a two part walk, the second part is a circular walk from Whaley Bridge. If you attend to take part in the second walk please bring a torch with you.

 

 

19

The Pike by Night

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley & Stu Edwards.

3.0 mi

170m

 Part two of a two part walk. Walk leaders meeting at beginning of walk.For those who are just attending the evening walk one of the walk leaders will meet yout train at Whaley Bridge and escort you to the pub where the people who had done the day walk will be waiting.

Following from the day walk "Its a Stones Throw" we have time for a cheeky drink to warm ourselves before setting out at dusk for a short stroll up to Eccles Pike by the streets of Whaley Bridge and the dark country paths and lanes with our torches the only light to light our route.

When we reach Eccles Pike there is a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding High Peak towns, villages and surrounding hills and hopefully a good night time view of the surrounding areas.

On leaving Eccles Pike we make our way back down to Whaley Bridge and finish off with a good curry in the local curry house.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

15:35

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 15:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Whaley Bridge £7.90

15:49

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

16:30

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 1841, 1941, 2041, 2142, 2309

19-11-2016 15:35 19-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London The Pike by Night Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Throtlesdale, Dingle Wood, Ollerenshaw Hall, Eccles Pike
Important :

A TORCH IS ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR THIS WALK. Please ensure you are appropiatley equipped for the weather conditions. The route is along good paths and lanes but please ensure you are in your walking boots. Only one train ticket is required to do both of todays walks.

 

 

20

Buxton and the dales

Public Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead.

11.2 mi

434m

The walk leader will join the walk at Buxton train station.

We walk at least part of nearly all of the dales to the east of Buxton, namely Cunning Dale, Brierlow Dale, Back Dale, Deep Dale, Wye Dale and Woo Dale. Mostly straighforward walking with some boggy patches and steep-ish but brief ascents.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 08:56. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Buxton £10.20

08:56

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Buxton Train Station. 15:22 (unlikely), 16:22 or 17:22

20-11-2016 08:45 20-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Buxton and the dales Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Cunning Dale, Pictor Hall, King Sterndale, Brierlow Dale, Back Dale, Deep Dale, Wye Dale, Woo Dale, Fairfield

 

 

26

Greenfield to Newhey

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

10.0 mi

250m

A linear walk form Greenfield Station to Newhey Tram Stop. The walk heads along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through Uppermill and onto Diggle village where we leave the canal and walk over Hunters Hill to the Castleshaw Reservoirs. From there it's over Ox Hey Top to New Years Bridge Reservoir and through the village of Denshaw to the Rooden and Piethorne Reservoirs. The walk goes onto the village of Newhey and the walk end at Newhey tram stop.

P.S. Suitable footwear please as it is very wet and muddy in sections.

P.P.S. No dogs please as there are somewhat aggressive farm dogs en route.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:45

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:57. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Greater Manchester train and tram £8.

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Newhey Tram Station. Every 12mins

26-11-2016 08:45 26-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Greenfield to Newhey Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Uppermill, Diggle, Hunters Hill, Castleshaw Reservoirs, Ox Hey Top, New Years Bridge Reservoir, Denshaw, Rooden Reservoir, Piethorne Reservoir, Ogden Reservoir.

 

 

26

Arnside in Winter

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.9 mi

210m

By popular demand - a walk up over Arnside Knott, over to the coast, along the cliff tops and back along the beach into 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 £21.10 - cheaper advance ticket options are also available. Change at Lancaster, train also calls at Wigan and Preston.

10:16

Train departs for the walk start at Arnside Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Arnside Station.

Return

from Arnside Station. 17:59, 18:43, 1958 all Changing at Lancaster

26-11-2016 10:00 26-11-2016 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 isn't good we'll take an alternate route that goes slightly more inland and is more sheltered.

Fish and Chips at the chippy in Arnside before going home...

 

 

27

Whaley Bridge, Kettleshulme and a pub or two

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

6.0 mi

400m

Walk leader will meet the group at the walk start (Whaley Bridge train station)

A moderate walk starting from Whaley Bridge station up into the hills around Ketteshulme. We will stop for lunch on Taxal edge and also for a drink in Kettleshulme, returnin through the lovely Toddbrook Valley and past the reservoir

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day return

10:51

Train departs for the walk start at Whaley Bridge Station.

11:30

Walk starts at Whaley Bridge Station.

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 16:49; 17:49; 18:49

27-11-2016 10:35 27-11-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Whaley Bridge, Kettleshulme and a pub or two Whaley Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Whaley Bridge station, Horwich End, Taxal, Kettleshulme, Toddbrook reservoir.

 

 

3

Longendale Valley Santa Walk 2016

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.4 mi

264m

You have to book on this walk to attend as there is a cost of £18 as there is a christmas meal at the end. Only people who have booked on and paid will be able to attend the walk.

'Tis the time of year to be merry and jolly..... which must mean it is time for the annual Santa Walk and this year we head over towards the peak district but keeping low as we are visiting the Longendale Valley and its four reservoirs with some beautiful scenery.

We start from Hadfield railway station and head along the Longenddale trail to the dam between Rhodeswood and Torside reserviors where we cross and head back towards Hadfield via the path avoiding the Woodhead Road as much as possible before arriving at the village of Tintwistle and an appetiser of a drink at The Bulls Head before carrying on around the dam of Bottoms Reservior and its banks before heading up into Padfield and our visit to The Peels Arms where a christmas meal will be served.

If you are interested in joining us for this walk and meal bookings open on the 13th October at 7pm. Please e-mail andy.buckley27@gmail.com at that time for booking and menu information. Cost of event is £18 with £2 of that going to the local Mountain Rescue Team.

There are 40 places 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.

09:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Rover (any train within the Greater Manchester Area): £5.40

Tram/Train all day rover: £8.00

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. **59, **29 until 1929 then hourly until last train at 22:29

3-12-2016 09:30 3-12-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Longendale Valley Santa Walk 2016 Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Attire:

Fancy dress is optional.....but it does add to the occasion, a santa hat will do as well. But please still bring your usual walking gear with you as well.

 

 

10

Chinley to Edale (no pun intended)

Public Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead.

10.7 mi

688m

An invigorating moorland walk with excellent views. Starting at Chinley station we ascend to the moors around Cracken edge. We head towards (possibly) more familiar territory near Kinder via Brown Knoll. We head north on the Pennine Way for an extremely short section before detouring to the 'summit' of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District. We head back to the southern edge of the Kinder Plateau before descending into Edale via Grindsbrook Clough.

Gaiters advisable. This walk will almost certainly be boggy, muddy, peaty and wet. A hot flask is also 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.

08:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale £11.10

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley Railway Station.

09:35

Walk starts at Chinley Railway Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47 or 16:47

10-12-2016 08:35 10-12-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Chinley to Edale (no pun intended) Chinley Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chinley, Cracken Edge, Peep O Day, South Head, Brown Knoll, Pennine Way, Kinder Low, Kinder Scout Summit, Crowden Tower, Grindsbrook Clough, Edale

 

 

17

Christmas Classic

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

7.7 mi

484m

Walker Leader to Join at Start of Walk

This Christmas Walk is now in it's 4 year, a great classic Edale walk up to Kinder, much better than last minute Christmas shopping?!

From Edale we'll make our way to Grindsbrook Clough and enjoy the very mild scramble to the top and then make our way to Crowdon Tower and the fascinating rocks along the Wool Packs before joining the Pennine Way, heading down Jacob's Ladder and back towards Edale.

And being Christmas it would be rude not to sample a few beverages in the Nag's Head or Ramblers in (or both!) before getting the train back to Picadilly.

This walk is suitable for new walkers but please take note there is a mild scramble involved and it has been known to be a little boggy on the top so gailtors or waterproofs recommended.

There is a big car park at Edale Village Hall should you wish to drive, it's less than a minute away from the station.

Hip-flasks, flasks of mulled wine etc are more than welcome!

We should be back in Edale for around 15.30 which gives plenty of time for those that are attending the MAD Walkers Christmas Party later in the evening.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

11:35

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 15:47, 16:47, 17:47, 18:48, 19:47, 21:11, 22:56

17-12-2016 10:30 17-12-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London Christmas Classic Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints: Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Crowdon Tower, Wool Packs, Pennine Way, Jacob's Ladder, Edale Pubs

 

 

18

An advent Amble

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

5.0 mi

180m

Walk leader joining train at Stockport.

'Twas the last Sunday before Christmas and the MAD Walkers went on a walk twixt Chapel en Le Frith and Whaley Bridge...

The days aren't long at this time of year, and it is the night after the Christmas Party so it isn't too taxing.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 11:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Offpeak Return to Chapel en le Frith £9.80 or Wayfarer £12

11:49

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

12:45

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

Return

from Whaley Bridge Station. 16:38, 17:36, 18:38, 19:36

18-12-2016 11:30 18-12-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London An advent Amble Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsh Hall, Cockyard, Bradshaw Hall Farm, Eccles Pike, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge
Extra:

No toilets at walk start, use the ones on the train. Due to the timing of the train we shall also have lunch on the train.

Drinks at the Navigation Inn, Buxworth, before proceeding back to Whaley Bridge.

As it's the shortest day, bring a torch for the last bit from Buxworth into Whaley.

 

 

26

City to City Waterways

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Barclay.

6.0 mi

10m

**Joint walk, hosted by Manchester Weekend Walkers**

This is intended to be an easy short Boxing Day walk. The route will be flexible depending on the weather and the mood of the party but the plan is to see a little of the developments that have been going on around the Manchester-Salford border and to get some fresh air down at the Quays. When travelling to the start please note that there are no trains running on Boxing Day but the trams and some buses will be running (you will need to check your own travel details). The walk will start and finish in the City Centre and if there is a pub open we will then pop in to it.

No public toilets on the route but some may be available in the outlet mall at Salford Quays half way round. Route will be on footpaths, riverside paths and canal towpaths so there may be the odd puddle but it is not expected to be very muddy. Dress appropriately for cold or wet weather as necessary. You may want to bring a snack/drink/flask but if it's cold we won't be having a formal lunch stop.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:15

Meet at the walk start (Manchester Central Library)

11:30

Walk starts.

26-12-2016 11:15 26-12-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London City to City Waterways

**Joint walk, hosted by Manchester Weekend Walkers**

This is intended to be an easy short Boxing Day walk. The route will be flexible depending on the weather and the mood of the party but the plan is to see a little of the developments that have been going on around the Manchester-Salford border and to get some fresh air down at the Quays. When travelling to the start please note that there are no trains running on Boxing Day but the trams and some buses will be running (you will need to check your own travel details). The walk will start and finish in the City Centre and if there is a pub open we will then pop in to it.

No public toilets on the route but some may be available in the outlet mall at Salford Quays half way round. Route will be on footpaths, riverside paths and canal towpaths so there may be the odd puddle but it is not expected to be very muddy. Dress appropriately for cold or wet weather as necessary. You may want to bring a snack/drink/flask but if it's cold we won't be having a formal lunch stop.

Manchester Central Library MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Bailey, Trinity Way, Irwell River Park, Salford Quays, Throstles Nest, Castlefield.

 

 

30

New Year's Eve Eve Post-Christmas Jaunt

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.5 mi

200m

A little end of year walk from Glossop Station to Stalybridge Station. The walk heads west through Brookfield and Hollingworth, onto Swallows Wood and Arnfield Reservoir where we join the Tameside Trail and walk up to the Swineshaw Reservoirs. We then descend towards Stalybridge through Millbrook via the Yellow Brick Road and the Rochdale Canal to Stalybridge Station and the Buffer Bar therein. 

P.S. The walk passes through a number of farms so dogs on leads please.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

GM Rail Ranger £5.40.

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 15:08, 15:15, 15:46, 15:50, 16:08...

30-12-2016 09:30 30-12-2016 20:00:00 Europe/London New Year's Eve Eve Post-Christmas Jaunt Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Dinting, Brookfield, Hollingworth, Swallows Wood, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Harridge, Sun Green, Millbrook, Yellow Brick Road, Rochdale Canal.

 


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