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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.

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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.

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Walks from 2017

 

2

The Great Ridge (Peak District)

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Tom Whitehead.

8.0 mi

411m

A classic stroll along the best ridge in The Peak District. From Hope station we ascend Lose Hill, continue along the ridge to Hollins Cross and Mam Tor before heading for Lords Seat, the summit of Rushup Edge.

We then meander our way back down to Edale and wait for the train in the pub.

An excellent chance to recover from the celebrations of New Year's Eve. Straighforward path walking for the entire walk (for a change) but of course it is likely to be boggy in places.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope - £11.40

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

11:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Edale Station. 14:49 (very unlkikely), 16:47, 17:48

2-1-2017 10:35 2-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Great Ridge (Peak District) Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope station, Lose Hill, Hollins Cross, Mam Tor, Lord's Seat, Edale station

 

 

7

A Winter Wonderland II?

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

15.0 mi

740m

2 years ago I led a walk, upon which this one is based, where it snowed throughout. By the end we were dodging sledges and 7 hours of snow had transformed the landscape. I'm hoping for a repeat, or failing that, a nice winter walk with a mere three sharp hills to stretch the legs in the limited hours of daylight on offer this time of year.

We start walking along the canal but not for long before a steep climb takes us into Callis Woods, through which we wander before dropping back down to the Canal (Lock 12) and climbing the hill on the other side to Hippins. A few ups and downs later, we're on Heptonstall Moor and heading to the top of Hardcastle Crags, down which we will wander, to Gibson Mill and Midgehole. 

At this point, if we're on schedule we will start on the final hill of the day, going up Crimsworth Dene and then up beyond Pecket Well and finally back down the hill via Old Town to Hebden. This is the point, though, where there are seeral options to finish the walk so that we are not wandering the hills in the dark. 

NB1: Walk leader meeting at walk start

NB2: There is at least one small but usually energetic stream to ford, so come prepared either for leaping long distances, gymnastics or with water resilient footwear.

NB3: This isn't a good walk for bail-outs. There is one at the 2 mile walk and it's possible to miss out on the final climb, but other than that, opting out is only for those with maps or a good sense of direction.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester Victoria to Hebden Bridge return is £9.60

A Manchester Wayfarer (£12) and Rochdale to Hebden Bridge return (£5.60) may be better value if travelling from outside the city centre

A duo return ticket (for two) is £14.40

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 16.08 but there are trains at xx08, xx17, xx42

7-1-2017 08:30 7-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A Winter Wonderland II? Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Callis Woods, Hippins, Land Farm, Blake/Black Dean, Gibson Mill, Pecket Well

 

 

7

Todmorden to Hebden Bridge

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

10.5 mi

300m

A nice walk along canal and river paths, and over moorland, visiting Stoodley Pike monument. We'll have a pub stop on route if time allows.

Route likely to be boggy in places.

Walk leader meeting at walk start.

No toilets at walk start- use those on train.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Hebden Bridge £9.80

Duo ticket available for 2 people travelling together £14.40

09:16

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 1542, 1608, 1617, 1642, 1708, 1718 etc

7-1-2017 09:00 7-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Todmorden to Hebden Bridge Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale canal, Lumbutts Clough, Calderdale Way, Pennine Way, Cragg Road, Cragg Brook, Rochdale canal

 

 

8

Knutsford to Hale

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

8.8 mi

85m

A pleasant January walk in north Cheshire. Walk leader will meet the walk at Knutsford.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Knutsford

11:22

Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Station.

12:05

Walk starts at Knutsford Station.

Return

from Hale. 16:00; 18:00

8-1-2017 11:05 8-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Knutsford to Hale Knutsford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Knutsford, Mobberley station, Ashley, Hale

 

 

14

Long Distance Trails 1: The staffordshire way

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.5 mi

884m

Did you know there are over 20 long distance trails (meaning routes that would take at least a weekend to walk the whole route) in touching distance of Manchester? Some of these are well known monsters like the Pennine Way while others are much smaller local trails. I thought it'd be fun to walk a bunch of them (or at least sections of them, depending on length!). The first of these follows the Staffordshire Way. We head east out of Congleton, by canal and fields, to meet the Staffordshire Way just north of Timberbrook. From there we follow the Way over the Cloud, along the River Dane and then down to Rudyard Reservoir where we leave it behind. We then head north and west over rolling country back to Timberbrook where we pick up the Way again, following it back to the canal where we reverse the first kilometre of the walk back to the station. A fascinating route in an area we don't walk much!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Congleton £9.30. If coming in long distance, a Wayfarer £12 plus return from Macclesfield to Congleton (£4.80) may be cheaper

07:46

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

08:25

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Congleton Station. X:13 aiming for 16:13

14-1-2017 07:30 14-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Long Distance Trails 1: The staffordshire way Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Cloud; Rudyard Reservoir; Horton village; Timberbrook; Congleton
Extra:

Come prepared for mud. Lots of mud and quite a lot of surface water (unless it freezes soild which will be a whole different ball game). There is also an exciting array of dilapidated stiles (and badly designed ones) in the second half of the walk,  should you be getting bored by then.

NB: This is an ambitious walk for so early in the year. Ground conditions and obstacles mean average pace won't be too high (about 2.5mph on recce), but equally ground conditions and obstacles make this a harder walk than the stats suggest.

Please be sure you can do the whole route in a reasonable time (i.e. before dark!). There are no bailouts & you will need enough food/fluid/appropriate clothing for the whole day. A change of socks may not go amiss either. Bring a headtorch in case we're running late.

OS Map Explorer 268

 

 

14

Take Two..

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

10.5 mi

484m

A re-attempt of a bit of a classic Glossop route, this was abandoned last March due to extremely heavy snow.

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/snow 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.

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop £4.80

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 07 & 37 past the hour, hourly from 19:37

14-1-2017 10:00 14-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Take Two.. 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

 

 

15

It's a long way to Tipperary

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

7.8 mi

427m

A gently hilly walk from Hadfield over to Stalybridge, where we can end up in the infamous Stalybridge buffet bar.

Why is the walk called 'It's a long way to Tipperary' ? You'll have to come on the walk to find out...

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.90

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. TBC

15-1-2017 10:00 15-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London It's a long way to Tipperary Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Longdendale Trail, Bottoms Reservoir, Tintwistle, Arnfield, Pennine Bridleway, Lees Hill, Hollingworthhall Moor, Wild Bank Hill, Ashtonhill Cross, Bower Fold, Stalybridge
Extra:

Remember to bring warm, waterproof and windproof clothing as it will be cold up on the moor.

Toilet and Cat at Hadfield Station, though use the toilets on train if possible. Cat can be grumpy.

Walk ends at Stalybridge Buffet Bar on Stalybridge Station - trains to both Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria available. Also buses to Glossop for Ken.

 

 

21

Mossley to Hadfield

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.5 mi

310m

This linear walk starts at Mossley Station, from there we head east and join the Huddersfield Narrow Canal for a short section through Micklehurst to the Tameside Trail. The trail takes us through Carrbrook and onto Slatepit Moor where we ascend up to the Swineshaw Reservoirs. The walk then joins the Pennine Bridleway and onto Arnfield. We then head east onto Tintwistle Low Moor and Tintwistle Knarr and onto the woods at Didsbury Intake. The walk then descends through the woods towards Valehouse Reservoir and onto Tintwistle where there is an option for a pint stop at the Bulls Head pub. We then walk the last section of the route onto the end at Hadfield Station.

P.S. Robust walking footwear and gaiters are a must as this walk is very muddy and tricky underfoot at times.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:45

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.90.

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 15:29, 15:59, 16:29, 16:59.......

21-1-2017 08:45 21-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Mossley to Hadfield Mossley Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Carrbrook, Slatepit Moor, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Arnfield Farm, Tintwistle Low Moor, Tintwistle Knarr, Didsbury Intake, Valehouse Reservoir, Tintwistle.

 

 

21

The Sandbach Stunner

Public Transport based walk with Aimee Teare & Rosie Westwood.

9.5 mi

50m

A circular walk around the Cheshire countryside. Starting at Sandbach station we take a leisurely stroll along the Cheshire Ring canal before criss crossing the M6 motorway (under & over bridges in case you're worried).  Walking through a valley and along country lanes passing by a stately home with interesting tall chimneys and then a charming mill, we make our way along an old woodland rail trail.  We are then back at the station where if you fancy you can pop in for a cheeky drink at the Fox 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.

09:50

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:04. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Sandbach £12.60

10:04

Train departs for the walk start at Sandbach Railway Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Sandbach Railway Station.

Return

from Sandbach Railway Station. 15:57, 16:41, 16:57, 17:40,

21-1-2017 09:50 21-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Sandbach Stunner Sandbach Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sandbach Station, Cheshire Ring Canal, M6 motorway, Tall Chimneys, Houndings Lane Farm, Wheelock Rail Trail

 

 

22

A Marsden MAD Ramble

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

8.0 mi

350m

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

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

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

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

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:50

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

Suggested ticket:

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

10:13

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 28 minutes past the hour.

22-1-2017 09:50 22-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A Marsden MAD Ramble Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsden Station, Old Mount Road, Standedge Trail, Redbrook Reservoir, Blackmoss Reservoir, Swellands Reservoir, Pennine Way, Kirklees Way, Butterley Reservoir, Marsden.

 

 

28

The Hills around Hollywood (...End)

Public Transport based walk with Ravi.

8.5 mi

380m

A linear walk on the edges of Peak District, crossing the rivers and valleys of the Goyt and the Etherow, taking in woodlands and high moorlands, with views (weather permitting), back across Cheshire and into the Dark Peak areas along the way.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Strines (£5.40)

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Strines. 1606, 1806, 1906, 2033

28-1-2017 09:30 28-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Hills around Hollywood (...End) Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marple, Peak Forest Canal, River Goyt, Etherow Country Park, Ernocroft Wood, Hollywood End, St Thomas Church, Brook Bottoms, Strines
Notes::
  • There are no toilets at the statin so please use the ones at Piccadilly or on the train
  • For drivers parking is available at Marple station which is on the same line as Strines
  • Walk leader to meet at the start (Marple station)

 

 

28

From pub, from pub, from pub, to pub

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

7.5 mi

205m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will get dark around 5pm-ish so please bring a headtorch just in case

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

12:00

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

Suggested ticket:

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

Railranger £5.40 (valid on trains only)

Daysaver Train and Bus £6.70

Daysaver Train and Tram £8

12:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

13:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 15 & 50 past the hour to Piccadilly, 12 & 46 past the hour to Victoria

28-1-2017 12:00 28-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London From pub, from pub, from pub, to pub Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Palatine Pub, Hadfield, Bull's Head Tintwistle, Anfield Reservoir, Swallows Wood, Pennine Way, Hobson Moor Road, Waggon & Horses, Stalybridge Buffet Bar

 

 

29

Over Scout Moor to Ramsbottom

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

11.6 mi

450m

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

Bring your Ramblers Membership Card for a discount on the train fare!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Manchester to Bury Metrolink Return £4.30 (TBC)

East Lancs Railway Single Ramsbottom to Bury £5.50 (full) £4.90 (Concession with Ramblers card)

09:15

Train departs for the walk start at Bury Interchange.

10:00

Walk starts at Bury Interchange.

Return

from Ramsbottom Station. 15:41 (Steam) 16:30 (Diesel)

29-1-2017 09:00 29-1-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Over Scout Moor to Ramsbottom Bury Interchange MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bury, Burrs, Limefield, Gindles Farm, Buckhurst Farm, Turf Moor, Rossendale Way, Waugh's Well, Edenfield, Ramsbottom Station
Extra:

Post-walk refreshments at the Trackside Bar, Bury.

Gaiters recommended if it is wet.

 

 

4

The Moors around Marsden

Public Transport based walk with Luke Burley.

11.0 mi

500m

We leave Marsden and head uphill towards Binn Moor and the Deer Hill Conduit, looking down on Butterley and Blakeley Reservoirs for some lovely views if the weather is clear. We then pass around Wessenden Lodge before joining the Wessenden Way very briefly, before descending down then up again onto the Pennine Way, crossing Swellands and Black Moss reservoirs, passing the Standedge Tunnels and Close Moss. From here we take the Old Packhorse Road and descend back into Marsden, crossing Easter Gate Bridge before joining the canal briefly and back to Marsden Station. The route follows a number of good paths but may also be boggy in places.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Marsden return £9:60

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Marsden Station.

09:35

Walk starts at Marsden Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 15:28 and then hourly at 28 past thereafter

4-2-2017 08:40 4-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Moors around Marsden Marsden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Marsden, Binn Moor, Deer Hill Conduit, Pennine Way, Swellands Reservoir, Blackmore Reservoir, Millstone Edge, Packhorse Road

 

 

5

Snakes Pass Sunday Stroll

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath & Steve Rawlins.

11.0 mi

400m

Sunday morning dander up Doctors Gate to Mill Hill and onwards to the Star Inn.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Glossop £5.40

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:08, xx:38....

5-2-2017 10:00 5-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Snakes Pass Sunday Stroll Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Doctors Gate, Snakes Pass, Moss Castle, Mill Hill, Harry Hut, Worm Stones.

 

 

11

Long Distance Trails 2: Sandstone Way

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

14.5 mi

463m

A very pretty walk that follows the Sandstone Trail as far as Delamere Forest before swinging round to return to Frodsham, picking up bonus long distance trail points as we follow first the Delamere Way and then the North Cheshire Way 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.

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Frodsham £12.10. If travelling in from outside Manchester possibly cheaper to get Wayfarer as far as Warrington and then return from Warrington to Frodsham.

08:50

Train departs for the walk start at Frodsham Railway Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Frodsham Railway Station.

Return

from Frodsham Railway Station. hourly, aiming for 17:06

11-2-2017 08:40 11-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Long Distance Trails 2: Sandstone Way Frodsham Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Monument, Delamere Forest, Eddisbury Way, North Cheshire Way
Extra note:

Walk leader joining at Warrington Bank Quay.

Not the most strenuous walk I've ever led, but no bailouts so come prepared with enough food/water etc for the whole day.

Likely to be very muddy in places. Despite being a Cheshire walk the opening stages along the Sandstone trail are actually pretty rough and you will need proper walking boots.

OS Map: Explorer 267
 

 

 

12

The Delights of Hebden Bridge

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.0 mi

324m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hebden Bridge: £9:80

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. 15:42 and then every hour.

12-2-2017 10:00 12-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Delights of Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Delph, Blackshaw Head, Jack Bridge, Heaptonstall  
Toilets::

Please use the toilets on the train, there is toilets on the station but these are limited.

 

 

18

Dovestones Rocks - Where Little Legs have Happy Days!

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan & Aidan McGrath.

11.0 mi

596m

Coming out of Mossley Station we take the Tame Valley Way up to Alphin Pike and complete the ascent for the day. Up top its a ridge walk via Chew Reservoir to the aforementioned Dovestones. We desend to Greenfield via the Dovestones Reservoir forest trail. Please note there is no car parks or suitable parking at either train station.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Off Peak Rail Ranger £5.90

09:57

Train departs for the walk start at Mossley Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Mossley Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 17:36, 18:37, 19:36

18-2-2017 09:45 18-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Dovestones Rocks - Where Little Legs have Happy Days! Mossley Station MAD Walkers

 

 

18

Mottram, Melandra and Mouselow

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

5.6 mi

310m

A nice winter afternoon walk from Broadbottom to Glossop, going up into Mottram Village, past an old Roman Fort and an ancient fortress on Mouselow Hill before descending into Glossop for a beer at the Star 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.

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 Glossop TBC

12:46

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

13:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 17:37, 18:07, 18:37

18-2-2017 12:30 18-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Mottram, Melandra and Mouselow Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hillend, Warhill, The Hague, Melandra Castle, Dinting Vale, Mouselow Castle, Hilltop, Howard Park, Glossop
Extra:

No toilets at Walk Start, use the ones on the train.

Car drivers can park up at Broadbottom and then get a direct train back there from Glossop at the end of the walk.

 

 

19

Littleborough to Todmorden via the reservoirs

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

7.5 mi

305m

A walk along the canal from Littleborough station before climbing up onto the moors and alongside a succession of reservoirs before descending to Todmorden.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Off peak return to Todmorden: £8.70

11:15

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

11:34

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx:50, xx:56

19-2-2017 11:05 19-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Littleborough to Todmorden via the reservoirs Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackstone Edge Reservoir, Little Hazzles Reservoir, Warland Reservoir, Basin Stone, Rake End

 

 

25

Fox to the Star

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.0 mi

400m

Linear walk from Strines Station to Glossop Station. The walk leaves the station and goes over the Mid Shires Way towards New Mills, through the village and down onto the Sett Valley Trail. We leave the trail at Birch Vale and join the Pennine Bridleway for the climb up to Lantern Pike. The walk then heads through Rowarth and onto Cown Edge and Whiteley Nab. We then descend into Glossop for refreshments at a suitable hostelry.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

GM Rail Ranger £5.90

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

09:20

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:07, xx:37.

25-2-2017 08:35 25-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Fox to the Star Strines MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Mills Golf Club, New Mills, Sett Valley Trail, Birch Vale, Lantern Pike, Rowarth, Cown Edge, Whiteley Nab, Charlestown.

 

 

26

Winter Woodland

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

6.0 mi

150m

This is a circular walk starting from Styal railway staion and soon we are entering the grounds of Quarry Bank Mill passing the mill itself before heading off into the woodlans of Styal Country park following the meandering paths through the woods and following the banks of the river Bollin, through the woodland the paths have short steep sections in places and with it following the path of the river it could be muddy in places. On leaving the beautiful woodland of Styal Country park we head up a path that will give you a vista of a place where holiday dreams begin (something we could all do with thinking about in the usual dark month of February!) and we follow the gravel track where it eventually lead to the road to take us to the village of Styal with its lovely pub called The Ship.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Rtn from Manchester £5.50

10:43

Train departs for the walk start at Styal Rail Station.

11:15

Walk starts at Styal Rail Station.

Return

from Styal Rail Station. 14:58, 15:10, 16:58, 17:11, 18:58, 19:11

26-2-2017 10:30 26-2-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Winter Woodland Styal Rail Station MAD Walkers
Trains Hom:

Please note, the trains at **:58 are direct trains to Manchester and go from platform 2. The other trains go from platform 1 you have to change at Wilmslow. The same ticket can be used on any of the train times listed.

 

 

4

Long Distance Trails 3: The Dane Valley Way

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

18.0 mi

980m

The Dane Valley Way is a very pretty route that starts at Buxton and climbs over Axe Edge moor before following the River Dane west to Congleton. We follow the route as far as Gradbach before heading north over Shutlingsloe to Macclesfield

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Wayfarer ticket £12

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Buxton Train Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Buxton Train Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. Frequent, aiming for 18:01

4-3-2017 08:30 4-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Long Distance Trails 3: The Dane Valley Way Buxton Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Axe Edge, Gradbach, Shutlingsloe, Langley
Extra Note:

Bog on top: mud in the valleys and one exciting stream crossing so you'll need waterproof footwear and/or a change of socks.

This is a long and fairly strenuous walk with no bailouts, so please be sure you're capable of doing the whole route at a reasonable pace.

Bring sufficient food/water for the day. The walk is very exposed in places so you must have waterproofs and warm layers with you.

OS Map 24

 

 

 

4

Wearing your hart on your head

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

10.0 mi

407m

Leader to meet at walk start

Heading out of Ashton along a disused railway line, we pass through Daisy Nook Country Park on our way to Park Bridge - of Eiffel Tower fame. From there, its on to Hartshead Pike before we finish the day with a meander down the canal into Greenfield.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:15

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

Suggested ticket:

GM ranger - £5.90

10:29

Train departs for the walk start at Ashton Under Lyne.

10:40

Walk starts at Ashton Under Lyne.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 16:36, 17.36, xx.36

4-3-2017 10:15 4-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Wearing your hart on your head Ashton Under Lyne MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Daisy Nook, Park Bridge, Hartshead Pike, Mossley
Extra:

There are no toilets at Ashton Station - due to the journey time, you may like to use the ones at Victoria.

The walk start is easily accessible by car, bus or tram if you prefer. A single from Greenfield is £3.60

The recce was pretty muddy and in places boggy. Gaiters/Waterproofs wouldn't go amiss.

 

 

5

Across the Calder Valley

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

8.0 mi

350m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:25

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Todmorden £8.70

Duo ticket for two people travelling together £13.00

10:40

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx50, xx56

5-3-2017 10:25 5-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Across the Calder Valley Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Delph, Calderdale Way, Great Rock, Eastwood, London Road, Mankinholes, Rochdale canal
Extra:

*Walk leader meeting at walk start*

No toilets at walk start- use those on train

 

 

11

Tunnels & Viaducts of the Monsal Trail

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

8.5 mi

630m

 

 

A walk around the beautiful Monsal Head area. We'll follow a river trail initially, cross near a wier and heading towards the Monsal Trail, a disused railway featuring some stunning unused tunnels to walk through. We'll visit the Millar's Dale Viaduct along the way and finish the walk by walking over the top of the Monsal Head Viaduct and into the pub or cafe at the end

This is a car based walk starting at a pay and display car park behind the Monsal Head Hotel - DE45 1NL.

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)

11:15

Walk starts.

11-3-2017 11:00 11-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Tunnels & Viaducts of the Monsal Trail

A walk around the beautiful Monsal Head area. We'll follow a river trail initially, cross near a wier and heading towards the Monsal Trail, a disused railway featuring some stunning unused tunnels to walk through. We'll visit the Millar's Dale Viaduct along the way and finish the walk by walking over the top of the Monsal Head Viaduct and into the pub or cafe at the end

This is a car based walk starting at a pay and display car park behind the Monsal Head Hotel - DE45 1NL.

Monsal Head Hotel MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Monsal Head, Monsal Wier, Monsal Dale, High Dale, Millar's Dale, Monsal Trail, Monsal Head Viaduct

 

 

11

Tune In, Turn Up, Drop Out

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

19.5 mi

1385m

This walk features a start, a finish and no fewer than three drop out points. It is, variously, an 8, 12, 18 or 19 and a bit mile walk.

We climb out of Hebden Bridge and towards Luddenden Dene, a small valley marked by its beauty and over reliance on the letter 'd'. The drop down through that valley brings us, after 325m of ascent and 6 miles of walking to the first opportunity to drop out, with a light stroll of just over 2 miles bringing even the most navigationally challenged walker to Sowerby Bridge the very nice licensed Jubilee refreshment rooms on the station and two trains an hour back to Manchester.

Then we climb towards Crow Hill, drop sharply down into Cragg Vale, climb up to Bell House Moor on the opposite hill and then drop down the hill again walking straight past Hebden Bridge station which for those choosing to leave offers 3 trains an hour to Manchester. At this point, we'll have done about 13 miles of walking and 800m of ascent. 

Then up Heptonstall Buttress, a fun walk up a steep cobbled road and skirt Hell Hole rocks before dropping down to Lumb Bank. Up again, through the woods, to the Rawtonstall area overlooking the Calder Valley, a wander along the hill edge, and a drop down again (a final drop out at this point with a stroll along the canal for those who can't face any more climbing will save 250m of climbing and a mile or so of walking), a brief rendezvouz with the Pennine Bridleway as we climb the opposing valley side and look up to Erringden Moor before the final drop down to Hebden brings us to the final drop out point: the end.

NB1: Walk leader joining at walk start

NB2: Much of this walk is easy underfoot. But the remainder of it, when our footpath shares itself with a stream, or we’re scrambling through woods without regular sight of the path, means that slippers, shiny shoes or anything but boots would be a foolhardy 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.

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Ticket options are as complicated as you want to make them, but a Manchester - Hebden Bridge day return is £09.80 and a decision to drop out at Sowerby Bridge will add an epic 10p to your outlay.

If travelling from further afield, a wayfarer (£12) with a Rochdale-Hebden return (£5.60) may be cheaper. Both the stations have car parks should that be your preferred transport

 

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 18.08, but trains at xx08, xx18 and xx42

11-3-2017 08:40 11-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Tune In, Turn Up, Drop Out Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Waymarks: Luddenden Dene, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, Lumb Bank, Charlestown

 

 

12

Great Budworth & Northwich

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

8.8 mi

100m

This is a repeat of a walk i led a few years ago taking in the Trent & Mersey canal, historic Great Budworth and Anderton Park.

Plus we will be stopping at the magnificent Great Budworth Ice Cream farm. Slightly out of season but it also does great cakes and a mean bacon butty.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 11:18. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return £11.

11:18

Train departs for the walk start at Lostock Gralam.

12:15

Walk starts at Lostock Gralam.

Return

from Northwich Railway Station. 17:36

12-3-2017 11:05 12-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Great Budworth & Northwich Lostock Gralam MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lostock Gralam, A559, Wincham, Higher Marston, Great Budworth, MArbury country park, Anderton Nature Park, Northwich station.
Note:

Walk leader will join the train at Navigation Road.

 

 

18

Through the Park to the Pike

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

8.2 mi

300m

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:10

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Blackrod £5.30

10:23

Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

10:55

Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

Return

from Blackrod Station. 16:13, 17:13, 17:44, 17:54, 18:40

18-3-2017 10:10 18-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Through the Park to the Pike Blackrod Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Blackrod Station, Anderton Old Hall Farm, Rivington Lodge, Great House Information Centre, Rivington Pike, Jepson's Bridge, Blackrod Station
Extra:

Toilets are located at the lunch stop.

Some of the return train services call at Manchester Piccadilly, not Victoria.

 

 

19

It's Tom's wark, not Carl's!

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Tom Whitehead.

12.1 mi

548m

This walk explores the area around Grindleford on the Eastern edge of the Peak District. We wander through the woods to the beautiful Padley Gorge. We then investigate the Iron Age hill fort at Carl Wark before heading to the 'dominant landmark' of Higger Tor.

Continuing Northwards, we enjoy the stunning views of Burbage Rocks. Meandering over Houndkirk Moor we then decend to the oft deserted woods at Blacka Dike. After ascending the wonderfully named Wimble Holme Hill on Totley Moss we bear West to White Edge Moor. Diverting to the Maynard Arms, we run out of verbs before catching the train home.

An enjoyable but straightforward walk at a steady pace.. Note that the trains are not exactly frequent on Sundays and thus it is unlikely we will be in time to catch an earlier train.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Grindleford - £11.40

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 17:29, 19:30 (if you take a long time to drink a pint)

19-3-2017 09:05 19-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London It's Tom's wark, not Carl's! Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Padley Gorge, Burbage Bridge, Carl Wark, Higger Tor, Upper Burbage Bridge, Burbage Rocks, Houndkirk Moor, Blacka Dike, Wimble Holme Hill, Totley Moss, White Edge Moor, Grindleford

 

 

25

Pennine Way Weekend No. 1 Part 1 - Edale to Hadfield

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

17.5 mi

840m

This is the first in a series of walks aiming to cover the whole Pennine Way from Edale all the way up to the Scottish Border, going from the start of the Pennine Way in Edale up over Kinder Scout to Torside and then going along the Longdendale Trail to Hadfield.

As we are near to Manchester we can do these walks in a day using the train, however as we get further north some of the walks will involve overnight stays using Hostels or Bunkhouses 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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Wayfarer £12

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 18:29, 18:59, 19:29, 20:29

25-3-2017 08:30 25-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Pennine Way Weekend No. 1 Part 1 - Edale to Hadfield Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Basically the Pennine Way - Edale Village, Upper Booth, Jacob's Ladder, Kinder Downfall, Snake Pass, Bleaklow Head then Longdendale Trail to Hadfield
Extra:

This walk will be at a moderate pace as set by the walk leader, aiming to arrive in Hadfield for 6pm.

Bring food for lunch and snacks and plenty to drink, and ensure you have clothing suitable for Winter Weather as  Wintry Conditions are still possible at the end of March.

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

 

 

25

On the Edge of Cheshire

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

10.0 mi

300m

Starting from the station at Congleton the canal is used to start with before using a track and field paths to reach Astbury from there we head back to the canal which is used to reach Acker's Crossing where the only ascent of the day is up to Mow Cop where the lunchtime is. The route follows the edge back to Congleton with short session on paths and canal to reach the station and pub

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return £9.20

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.

10:25

Walk starts at Congleton Station.

Return

from Congleton Station. 13 mins past the hour

25-3-2017 09:30 25-3-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London On the Edge of Cheshire Congleton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield Canal, Astbury, Acker's Crossing, Mow Cop, Congleton Edge, Dane in Shaw

 

 

1

No fools at the Duck

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

15.0 mi

560m

A familiar start and a popular end point, just a less often used route to reach. A 15 mile walk with no majorly strenuous climbs over open and exposed moor and bogland after leaving the relative shelter of Rivington Country Park.

Upon leaving Blackrod we will make our way to Great Hill via Redmonds Edge, on to Darwen Moor before descending into the Strawberry Duck via parts of the Witton Weavers Way.

For at least 3 quarters of this walk the ground underneath will be muddy and boggy and there are hidden deep holes, waterproof and supportive boots are an absolute must. Gaiters are strongly recommended. Due to it being lambing season, there are farmers and newborn lambs in the fields so no dogs are permitted to be brought along. 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.

09:05

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Please allow enough time for you to purchase the relevant ticket, station kiosks can be busy and trains will not be held.

GM Rail Ranger £5.90 will cover the journey to Blackrod and back from Bromley Cross. Please purchase these at any GM rail station with a manned kiosk.  This train also calls at Salford Central, Crescent and Bolton.

A single ticket to Bromley Cross from Entwhistle will cost £2.30 and can be purchased on the train.

09:23

Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 16:23, 17:23, 18:23

1-4-2017 09:05 1-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London No fools at the Duck Blackrod Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rivington Country Park, Redmonds Edge, Great Hill, Hollinshead Hall Ruins, Brown Lowe, El Ducko

 

 

1

Scramble No 1: Crowden Clough, Kinder Scout

Public Transport based scramble with Tom Whitehead.

11.1 mi

548m

This walk involves a scramble up Crowden Clough at the beginning of the walk and thus is not suitable for new or very inexperienced hikers.

Th scramble up Crowden Clough to Kinder is an excellent introduction to scrambling. Tremendous fun, it involves frequent use of hands, mainly for balance but in one key place for scrambling over rocks a couple of metres high. Good quality gloves are thus essential.

The scramble being next to (an occasionally in) a shallow stream is not exposed and there are alternative hiking routes if neccessary. It also does not involve any significant heights.

The scramble should be within the limits of any reasonably experiened hiker, but please discuss with the walk leader via trw_whitehead@hotmail.co.uk if you are unsure. In particular no experience of climbing is needed and no ropes are used.

For the rest of the walk, we follow the edge of the Kinder Plateau westwards before heading over to Rushup Edge. We follow the Great Ridge, including the ancient hill fortof Mam Tor before descending to Edale.

There are exclennet views all 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.

09:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale - £11.30

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

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

1-4-2017 09:40 1-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Scramble No 1: Crowden Clough, Kinder Scout Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pennine Way, Crowden Clough, Crowden Tower, Noe Stool, Jacobs Ladder top, Brown Knoll, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross

 

 

2

Delamere Forest

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

8.3 mi

265m

Walk leader joining the train at Navigation Road

A walk up to the viewpoint and then round into the forest. There is a pub stop 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.

09:10

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to Delamere £11.30

The train also calls at Stockport (09:32), Navigation Road (09:46) and Altrincham (09:48)

09:23

Train departs for the walk start at Delamere Station.

10:31

Walk starts at Delamere Station.

Return

from Delamere Station. 15:21, 17:21

2-4-2017 09:10 2-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Delamere Forest Delamere Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pale Heights, Eddisbury Lodge, Kingswood Cottage, Pinewood Farm, Hatch Mere, Harthill Bank

 

 

8

Take a Seat Next to Simon

Direct Transport based walk with Katherine Hamlett.

10.4 mi

480m

*Switched from the 15th April Due to Rail Strike*

Believed to be named after the druid Simon Magus, Simon's Seat is a fabulous vantage point from which to take in the expansive views north of Bolton Abbey. 

This varied route offers waterways, woodland and waterfalls, together with open moorland, the wonderful abbey ruins (which you'll have time to explore) and the fantastically named Valley of Desolation. The ascent is gradual with generally good terrain underfoot on riverside and open access footpaths.

We will aim to have lunch at the top of the climb and will be heading to The Swan in Addingham after the walk (thoroughly recommended!) The pub is a 7 minute drive from the main car park and easily accessible on the drive back to Manchester. Car parking at the pub is available.

We will also be staying for food at the pub and you are more than welcome to join us. For further info on the pub, check out their website below:

www.swan-addingham.co.uk

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:15

Meet at the walk start (Bolton Abbey Main Cark Park)

10:30

Walk starts.

8-4-2017 10:15 8-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Take a Seat Next to Simon

Believed to be named after the druid Simon Magus, Simon's Seat is a fabulous vantage point from which to take in the expansive views north of Bolton Abbey. 

This varied route offers waterways, woodland and waterfalls, together with open moorland, the wonderful abbey ruins (which you'll have time to explore) and the fantastically named Valley of Desolation. The ascent is gradual with generally good terrain underfoot on riverside and open access footpaths.

We will aim to have lunch at the top of the climb and will be heading to The Swan in Addingham after the walk (thoroughly recommended!) The pub is a 7 minute drive from the main car park and easily accessible on the drive back to Manchester. Car parking at the pub is available.

We will also be staying for food at the pub and you are more than welcome to join us. For further info on the pub, check out their website below:

www.swan-addingham.co.uk

Bolton Abbey Main Cark Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bolton Abbey, Wooden Bridge, Valley of Desolation, Simon's Seat, Howgill, Dales Way
Extra:

Please note that entry into the Estate Car Park is £10 per car so car sharing is recommended.

There are toilets available at the walk start.

Postcode for Sat Nav: BD23 6EX - please bear in mind this is for the general area and there are multiple car parks, you need the main 'Bolton Abbey Car Park'

Please note: We are unable to allow dogs on this walk due to restrictions on the open moorland section.

 

 

8

Chorlton to Altrincham Market via Dunham Massey (maybe)

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

10.5 mi

56m

*This is a reccie walk for the walk on 8th July, added last minute due to other walks being impacted by the rail strikes*

A very gentle walk from Chorlton, along the canals to Altrincham for food and drinks in the Market Hall. We'll take a slight detour along the way through Dunham Massey where we'll also have a cheeky pint  the Swan with Two Nicks
Mostly good solid ground but possibly the odd muddy patch through Dunham Massey

We'll set off at 11am outside the Co-Op over the road from the Metrolink Stop. Please allow 30mins travel time if traveling from the City Centre

 

Walk will finish in Altrincham Centre just a few mins from the Metrolink Station, Suggested ticket:Metrolink off-peak Travel Card £5

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:50

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

11:00

Walk starts.

8-4-2017 10:50 8-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton to Altrincham Market via Dunham Massey (maybe)

A very gentle walk from Chorlton, along the canals to Altrincham for food and drinks in the Market Hall. We'll take a slight detour along the way through Dunham Massey where we'll also have a cheeky pint  the Swan with Two Nicks
Mostly good solid ground but possibly the odd muddy patch through Dunham Massey

We'll set off at 11am outside the Co-Op over the road from the Metrolink Stop. Please allow 30mins travel time if traveling from the City Centre

 

Walk will finish in Altrincham Centre just a few mins from the Metrolink Station, Suggested ticket:Metrolink off-peak Travel Card £5

Barlow Moor Road Met Stop, Chorlton MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jackson's Bridge, Sale Waterpark, Bridgewater Canal, Swan with Two Nicks, Dunham Massey, Altrincham

 

 

9

A little bit of everything with water this time

Public Transport based walk with Graham Parker.

12.6 mi

660m

A circular walk from Hope station. Taking in wide paths, narrow paths, leisurely paths, steep paths, tree-lined paths, hilltop paths, hopefully an ice cream van path (if it's there!) and a path to the pub.

The walk is mainly straightforward but there are sections of ascent which could be strenuous.

It's supposed to be a warm day so bring lots of liquids.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 10:40. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope

Return is £11.40

10:40

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

11:35

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 16:40, 17:40, 18:41, 19:41

9-4-2017 10:15 9-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A little bit of everything with water this time Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope station, Twitchill Farm, Wooler Knoll, Hope Cross, Haggwater Bridge, Open Hagg, Crook Hill, Ladybower Reservoir, Win Hill, Hope station.

 

 

14

Cuckoo for Littleborough

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

8.0 mi

235m

Circular walk leaving from Littleborough Station taking in hills and moors in the lower Roch Valley

N.B. Appropriate walking footwear a must.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:40

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:56. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return to Littleborough £5.40 or a GM Rail Ranger £5.90.

10:56

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

11:25

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. :03 & :34 past the hour.

14-4-2017 10:40 14-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Cuckoo for Littleborough Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Reddyshore Scout, Ferny Hill, Cuckoo Hill, Turn Slack Dam, Shore.

 

 

15

Moors around Hayfield

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

12.5 mi

360m

There is a climb up chinley Churn to begin with a descent down to Peep O Day and into Hayfield; there is another climb up Middle Moor and down to Little Hayfield with another ascent up Lantern Pike; where the lunch stop is. The walk continues through fields and farms to Rowarth and down into the Sett Valley at Thornsett with a rise up onto the moors before leading down Shedyard Clough onto a lane into Furness Vale. Could be muddy please bring appropriate gear. There will be plenty of rest stops too. Pub stop at 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:

Wayfarer £12

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley Railway Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Chinley Railway Station.

Return

from Furness Vale Station. 16:49 17:46

15-4-2017 09:30 15-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Moors around Hayfield Chinley Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chinley Churn, Peep O Day, Hayfield, Middle Moor, Little Hayfield, Lantern Pike, Rowarth, Aspernshaw Hall, Thornsett, Shedyard Clough, Furness Vale

 

 

15

Windybottom Wander

Public Transport based walk with Aimee Teare.

10.5 mi

400m

Walk leader to meet at walk start

*Switched from the 8th April Due to Rail Strike*

A circular walk from Marple passing through Etherow Country park. This walk takes in the Countryside around Compstall and Mellor before heading back via Windybottom farm along the canal back into Marple.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Day Return to Marple £5.10

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:31

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Marple Station. 16:09, 16:38, 17:09, 17:38, 18:09

15-4-2017 09:45 15-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Windybottom Wander Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Compstall, Etherow Country Park, Mill Brow, Brook Bottom, Windybottom Farm

 

 

17

The Ridge of the Shivering Mountain

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.8 mi

580m

Work off your Easter Eggs with an 8 mile walk up from Hope Station, up Lose Hill, then over Mam Tor to Rushup Edge and then down to Edale.

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:30

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Wayfarer £12

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

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

17-4-2017 10:30 17-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Ridge of the Shivering Mountain Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope, Lose Hill, Hollins Cross, Mam Tor, Rushup Edge, Barber Booth, Edale
Extra:

No toilets at station (as far as I know) - use the ones on the train. Lunch at appox 1pm at top of Lose Hill. Drinks after walk at the Rambler, Edale.

If driving, park car at Edale Station, train arrives at 11:39

 

 

22

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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

7.0 mi

50m

A gentle stroll around the fabulous Yorkshire Sculture Park, arguable the best place in the UK for outdoor art.j

We'll have no set route but will wander around the huge park and the surrounding area and aim to walk around 7 miles throughout the day.

The plan is to visit the British Oak Inn, just 5 mins drive away for some food before heading back to Manchester - please let me knoe if you want to be added to the table booking.

Most of the walk is on good paths, although full walking gear may not be needed, we may walk on slightly muddy or wet grass etc so please wear sensible footwear.

If you are happy to offer lifts please let me know and i'll pass on to anyone that asks - walks@madwalkers.org.uk

Sat Nav postcode WF4 4LG, there are 2 car parks, it's the main car park where the visitor centre is. Entry is free but you will need to pay for parking.

Meeting place will be outside the visitors centre (near pay machines)

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

Meet at the walk start (Yorkshire Sculpture Park)

11:15

Walk starts.

22-4-2017 11:00 22-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A gentle stroll around the fabulous Yorkshire Sculture Park, arguable the best place in the UK for outdoor art.j

We'll have no set route but will wander around the huge park and the surrounding area and aim to walk around 7 miles throughout the day.

The plan is to visit the British Oak Inn, just 5 mins drive away for some food before heading back to Manchester - please let me knoe if you want to be added to the table booking.

Most of the walk is on good paths, although full walking gear may not be needed, we may walk on slightly muddy or wet grass etc so please wear sensible footwear.

If you are happy to offer lifts please let me know and i'll pass on to anyone that asks - walks@madwalkers.org.uk

Sat Nav postcode WF4 4LG, there are 2 car parks, it's the main car park where the visitor centre is. Entry is free but you will need to pay for parking.

Meeting place will be outside the visitors centre (near pay machines)

 

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Surrounding area.

 

 

22

Long Distance Trails: some Welsh ones.

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

20.5 mi

1547m

A stunning long circuit from Chirk station, starting with an easy section up the canal to Trevor, before climbing out the valley on the Offa's Dyke path. We leave Offa's Dyke for a bit to follow the high ground, rejoining Offa's Dyke a few miles later. We then turn south along the Clywdian Way through pretty woodlands and drop down into Llangollen. A stiff climb brings us  up on to the Llwybr Ceiriog way which we follow to Chirk Castle and then back to the station. Early start and late finish so it'll be a long day, but well worth it.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

08:50

Meet at the walk start (Chirk station)

09:00

Walk starts.

22-4-2017 08:50 22-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Long Distance Trails: some Welsh ones.

A stunning long circuit from Chirk station, starting with an easy section up the canal to Trevor, before climbing out the valley on the Offa's Dyke path. We leave Offa's Dyke for a bit to follow the high ground, rejoining Offa's Dyke a few miles later. We then turn south along the Clywdian Way through pretty woodlands and drop down into Llangollen. A stiff climb brings us  up on to the Llwybr Ceiriog way which we follow to Chirk Castle and then back to the station. Early start and late finish so it'll be a long day, but well worth it.

Chirk station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Shropshire canal; Trevor; Offa's Dyke; Clywdian Way; Llangollen; Llwyr Creiriog; Chirk Castle
Extra Note:

Transport arrangements. This is a direct transport walk: i.e. sort your own transport out. Can be done by train with an early start: 6.50 train from Manchester Picc to Chester and then 8:19 train from Chester to Chirk - £24.50. Other possibilities exist for getting there by public transport including trains from Stockport/Altrincham to Chester. If you are driving please be there in good time so the group is not waiting for you. Walk leader will be joining train at Warrington Bank Quay at 7.23 am.

 

Long walk with a lot of ascent: possibility of bailout at Llangollen (about half way) if you don't mind playing games with local buses/train connections. You will need sufficient food/fluid for the whole day. Parts of the walk are exposed so you will need appropriate gear for the weather. Proper walking boots are a must as some of the route is very rough.

Aiming to finish in time for the 18:48 train back to Chester (hourly trains until late). 

OS Map: Ex 255

 

 

23

Moors and Dragons

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

12.0 mi

547m

Leader to meet at walk start

A circular variation of my first walk, this time circling back through Hadfield to the delights of the Green Mill Brewry in Broadbottom.

A steady acent out of the village brings us to Mottram Church (which if you've walked in the area you will have seen perched on the hill), then its up on to Hobson Moor overlooking Brushes and Swineshaw reservoir - which may or may not be home to a dragon for you to feed sheep and children. We then drop down in to Hadfield and loop round back to Broadbottom.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £5.10

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

10:40

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 16:45, 17:15, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45

23-4-2017 10:00 23-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Moors and Dragons Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mottram Church, Coach Road, Hobson Moor, Etherow Lodge Park
Extra:

There is ample parking at Broadbottom, but no toilets.

 

 

27

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, 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 £5.40

 

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

19:15

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Middlewood Station. 21:58

27-4-2017 18:35 27-4-2017 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:

Train calls at Stockport (19:01) and Hazel Grove (19:10). 

PLEASE ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU BRING A TORCH.

Car Drivers: No car parking at Middlewood station. Please use Hazel Grove and catch the train for one stop.

 

 

29

Glossop...There and Back Again

Public Transport based walk with Luke Burley.

12.0 mi

871m

For this walk we leave Glossop by making our way through Farmland and sneaking by the odd Horse, before reaching open Moorland. We then join the Pennine Way very briefly, before making our way down William Clough and past Kinder Reservoir.

After Lunch we make our way over Middle Moor and past Tom Heys Farm, before climbing up Burnt Hill and Harry Hut.

From there it's back downhill past the Worm Stones, meandering past Farms and over streams back to Glossop.

This walk was very muddy in places when reccie'd so you may want to bring Gaiters etc just incase.

Please keep dogs on leads as Livestock are present during parts of the walk.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger Off-peak return - £5:40

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

09:50

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. 15:37, 16:07, **37 and **07 thereafter

29-4-2017 09:05 29-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Glossop...There and Back Again Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop, Whitfield Barn Farm, Mill Hill, Pennine Way, William Clough, Kinder Reservoir, Burnt Hill, Harry Hut, Worm Stones

 

 

29

The Road to Wigan's Pies

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

8.5 mi

220m

Previously known as 'Why not put your pie in a barm?', this is a linear walk into Wigan from Appley Bridge taking in climbing up to Ashurst's Beacon and then heading for the Canal to take in Wigan Pier before ending up outside a pie shop in Wigan 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.

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Appley Bridge £5.40

09:22

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

10:15

Walk starts at Appley Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Wigan Wallgate. TBC

29-4-2017 09:00 29-4-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Road to Wigan's Pies Appley Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Douglas Bank Farm, Ashurst's Beacon, Walthew Green, Gathurst, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan Pier
Extra:

No toilets at Appley Bridge Station, use the ones on the train.

Lunch on Ashurst's beacon, then pub stop at the nearby Prince William.

Optional Pies at various shops in Wigan, before retiring to the Wigan Central Real Ale and Cider Bar for further refreshments.

Some muddy bits in the woods just before Gathurst, so gaiters advisable if it has been raining.

 

 

6

Witton Weavers Way

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

33.0 mi

1150m

Train departs from Piccadilly at 07:52

This is a circular walk taking in many of the small villages in Lancashire that were occupied by weavers. It also takes in Turton and Darwen Towers. We will be moving at a good pace to ensure that we complete during daylight hours.  Bring two lunches and plenty of snacks.

We start off with a gentle walk around the Wayoh Reservoir before ascending Whittle Hill. We will then pass Turton Moor, and carry on north, crossing the M65 and walk close to Blackburn. We will then head south, past Darwen, summit our highest point, Darwen Hill, and then continue onto the moors. It is then a descent back to Entwistle and the Strawbury Duck for a pint or two.

Dropouts. This is a very long walk and I don't expect you to have already walked 33 miles before attempting it. If you've comfortably walked at least 20 miles with the group in the past then this is worth giving a go as there is a drop out at 22 miles.

The walk leader reserves the right to shorten this walk.  This might be necessary if we aren't moving fast enough and there is a risk of running out of daylight.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Entwistle - £6.80.

Walk leader will be getting on the train at Bolton.

07:52

Train departs for the walk start at Entwistle Station.

08:35

Walk starts at Entwistle Station.

Return

from Entwistle Station. 21:22, 22:22, 23:26

6-5-2017 07:40 6-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Witton Weavers Way Entwistle Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Turton Tower, Turton Moor, Blackburn, Darwen Tower

 

 

6

Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 - Moorlands of Longdendale

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

10.5 mi

630m

This walk is being held as part of the 2017 Greater Manchester Walking Festival and therefore is being advertised to and is open to the general public

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

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield £4.90

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Hadfield Station. 29 & 59 past the hour

6-5-2017 10:00 6-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 - Moorlands of Longdendale Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints: Arnfield Reservoir, Tintwistle Moor, Millstone Rocks, Lad's Leap, Crowdon, Torside Reservoir, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir, Bottoms Reservoir

 

 

7

The Edge of Toads Mouth

Public Transport based walk with Henry Hirst.

11.0 mi

800m

Starting in Hathersage we'll climb up to and along the top of Stanage Edge to Crow Chin. We'll then double back underneath and briefly re-join the path before heading towards Upper Burbage Bridge. From there we will head down Burbage Brook to Toads mouth. Finally we go across the moors, through some fields and woods on the way back to Hathersage where we can go for a drink at The Plough Inn if people fancy it.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

£11.30 return to Hathersage

09:22

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:30

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 33 mins past the hour

7-5-2017 09:00 7-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Edge of Toads Mouth Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:High Neb, Crow Chin, Cowper Stone, Toad's Mouth, Mitchell Field

 

 

11

Evening Walk: Platform 1 to Platform One

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

4.5 mi

110m

Walk Leaders meeting at walk start.

No, this is not the title of a Harry Potter chapter, but a wonderfully easy link out of Piccadilly for an evening stretch of the legs that definitely beats the gym. We'll be taking well trodden footpaths through Tangshutt Meadows and then heading through woodland and along the river, taking in lovely parkland and views as we finally return via the canal. All this with the added bonus of a favourite pub stop right next 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.

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 Romiley £5.40

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Romiley.

19:10

Walk starts at Romiley.

Return

from Romiley. 21:16, 21:40, 22:40

11-5-2017 18:35 11-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Platform 1 to Platform One Romiley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tangshutt Meadows, Redbrow Wood, Brabyns Park, Marple Locks, Aqueduct, Hyde Bank & Romiley Station.
Extra:

Free car parking available at Romiley station after 6pm.

 

 

13

Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 - Strines to the Star (Inn).

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.0 mi

400m

This walk is being held as part of the 2017 Greater Manchester Walking Festival and therefore is being advertised to and is open to the general public

Linear walk from Strines Station to Glossop Station. The walk leaves the station and goes over the Mid Shires Way towards New Mills, through the village and down onto the Sett Valley Trail. We leave the trail at Birch Vale and join the Pennine Bridleway for the climb up to Lantern Pike. The walk then heads through Rowarth and onto Cown Edge and Whiteley Nab. We then descend into Glossop for refreshments at the Star 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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £5.40.

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Strines.

09:30

Walk starts at Strines.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:07, xx:37.

13-5-2017 08:30 13-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 - Strines to the Star (Inn). Strines MAD Walkers
Waypoints:New Mills Golf Club, New Mills, Sett Valley Trail, Birch Vale, Lantern Pike, Rowarth, Cown Edge, Whiteley Nab, Charlestown.

 

 

13

Scramble No 2: Wildboar Clough, Bleaklow

Public Transport based scramble with Tom Whitehead.

12.2 mi

496m

This walk involves a scramble up Wildboar Clough at the beginning of the walk and thus is not suitable for new or inexperienced hikers. Scrambling experience, whilst not essential, is advisable. The walk leader reserves the right to change the route should the weather consist of anything more than drizzle.

The scramble up Wildboar Clough to Bleaklow is an excellent scramble. It is vital that you are either an reasonably experienced hiker or have scrambled before (such as on my walk of 1 April). Challenging but fun, it involves frequent use of hands for scrambling up or around a series of small waterfalls. Good quality waterproof gloves are thus essential.

The scramble also involves bolder-hopping in a shallow stream and so good quality hiking boots are vital. The scramble is not exposed but does involve some moderate heights. At all points there are reasonably straightforward ways of avoiding the hardest scrambles.

The scramble should be within the limits of any reasonably experiened hiker, but please discuss with the walk leader via trw_whitehead@hotmail.co.uk if you are unsure. In particular no experience of climbing is needed and no ropes are used.

Prior to the scramble we enjoy a stroll along the Londendale Trail. After the scramble we wander to Bleaklow Head before visiting the famous Bomber crash site. We decend to Glossop via the Doctor's Gate path.

I wish I could say there are excellent views, but Bleaklow's appeal is widely accepted to not include its views. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield - £5.40

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:07, xx:37 until 19:37 aiming for 17:37

13-5-2017 08:35 13-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Scramble No 2: Wildboar Clough, Bleaklow Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield Station, Longdendale Trail, Torside Bridge, Wildboar Clough, Bleaklow Head, Higher Shelf Stones, Bomber crash site, Shelf Moor, Doctor's Gate path, Glossop Station

 

 

13

Pennine Foothills and Dales

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

12.1 mi

440m

There is a climb to start with up Chinley Churn and down to Peep O Day before gaining the Pennine Bridleway which is followed as it undulates over Mount Famine, South Head, The Roych; where the lunch stop is and further on leads down to a minor road. There is now a road walk down past Rushop Hall and on into Perry Dale. Fields take over to lead to Sparrowpit (pub stop). The last part leads through rolling fields down to cross the A6 (take a lot of care). It is a short way through fields and along paths and tracks to reach Chapel Station. Bring waterproofs and boots could be muddy

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer £12

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Chinley Railway Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Chinley Railway Station.

Return

from Chapel-en-le-Frith Railway Station. 16:40 17:37

13-5-2017 09:30 13-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Pennine Foothills and Dales Chinley Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chinley Churn, Peep O Day, Mount Famine, The Roych, Rushop Hall, Perry Dale, Sparrowpit, Bagshaw, Eaves Hall, Chapel Station

 

 

14

Bromley Cross to Cheetham Close and Back

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.5 mi

400m

This walk is being held as part of the 2017 Greater Manchester Walking Festival and therefore is being advertised to and is open to the general public

Starting at Bromley Cross, we'll go past the Jumbles Reservoir, through Chapeltown, past the Wayoh and Turton & Enwsitle Reservoirs where we’ll have lunch. We’ll
then head over Cheetham Close, through Egerton and back to Bromley Cross.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bromley Cross £5.40

10:00

Train departs for the walk start at Bromley Cross Station.

10:45

Walk starts at Bromley Cross Station.

Return

from Bromley Cross Station. 1630, 1728, 1828

14-5-2017 09:45 14-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Bromley Cross to Cheetham Close and Back Bromley Cross Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jumbles Reservoir, Chapeltown, Wayoh Reservoir, Turton & Entwistle Reservoirs, Cheetham Close, Egerton
Extra:

Post-walk drinks at the Flag, Egerton.

 

 

20

3*3*10

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith. More details to follow.

My third year of playing roulette with the train timetables & reliability and our walking speed; and trying to do three walks end-on-end in a day, totalling 30 miles or so, but letting people join in and drop out through the day .

This time starting from Burnley, heading to Tod and then onto Hebden.

  • The first walk will take us from Burnley to Todmorden, covering about 12 miles, 750m of ascent in about 4 1/2 hours, including a visit to the singing ringing tree, a wind farm and a coal mine
  • The second walk will take us from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge, covering about 10 miles and 650m of ascent in about 4 hours, heading along the Calder Valley before trying to visit as many of its side valleys as time and distance allows
  • The third and final walk will take us high up on the moors of Hebden Bridge, heading towards Haworth, before dropping down into Crimsworth Dene and Lumb falls and making our way back to Hebden station - 8 miles and about 500m of ascent in somewhere round about 3 1/2 hours.

12 hours of walking over the course of the day for those foolish enough to do the full thing, but shorter options as well. More details to follow
 

 

 

20

River Ribble Ramble

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Dana Koper.

6.8 mi

50m

A leisurely stroll, little further afield full of loveliness.

The route, shy of seven miles starts from the picturesque village of Downham which lies in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at the foot of Pendle Hill. It then takes us to the next village which offers ruins of Sawley Abbey and refreshments in the local pub. Heading back we walk alongside the River Ribble and in no time we arrive in Downham where more refreshments are available (pub with a beer garden overlooking Pendle Hill / Ice Cream shop – if still open).

This might not be a dog friendly route due to fields with little lambs.

Poor phone signal in the village.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45

Meet at the walk start (Downham village car park)

11:00

Walk starts.

20-5-2017 10:45 20-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London River Ribble Ramble

A leisurely stroll, little further afield full of loveliness.

The route, shy of seven miles starts from the picturesque village of Downham which lies in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at the foot of Pendle Hill. It then takes us to the next village which offers ruins of Sawley Abbey and refreshments in the local pub. Heading back we walk alongside the River Ribble and in no time we arrive in Downham where more refreshments are available (pub with a beer garden overlooking Pendle Hill / Ice Cream shop – if still open).

This might not be a dog friendly route due to fields with little lambs.

Poor phone signal in the village.

Downham village car park MAD Walkers

 

 

20

3*3*10 Part 1: Intro

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

12.0 mi

720m

The first of a three part series of walks today. An early start and a finish by the early afternoon. Can be done on its own, or linked to Parts two or three - an opportunity for anyone who wants to see how far they can walk, with several mix and match options for the day.

This is a walk from Burnley to Todmorden, bouncing from one side of the valley to the other, then back again. We visit the singing ringing tree and skirt past a wind farm.

We'll need to be walking briskly to make it to Tod in time for the start of the next walk and for people to *briefly* take the opportunity to top-up on refreshments in Tod. There are options for cutting this walk short, which we might need to do if we’re in danger of missing our next walk.

Walk Leader meeting at walk start

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:45

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

Suggested ticket:

If you're only planning on this walk, then a day return to Burnley (£10.10) will suffice. If you're doing the whole thing, then a Burnley day return and a single from Hebden to Tod (£1.90) is your cheapest option

07:56

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

08:50

Walk starts at Burnley Manchester Road Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. Aiming for 13.50 but there are four trains an hour from Tod to Manchester.

20-5-2017 07:45 20-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 3*3*10 Part 1: Intro Burnley Manchester Road Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Burnley Way, Dixon Hill, Holme Chapel, Cornholme, Bearnshaw Tower, Todmorden

 

 

20

Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 - Let's Re-run the fun

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

12.5 mi

572m

Linking in with the TFGM Walking festival a medium distance walk within the Greater Manchester Train and Metrolink network.  12.5 miles over Saddleworth Moor into the village of Newhey via Piethorn Reservoir. Opportunity for refreshments at Top or Bottom Bird at walk end. 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.

09:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Greater Manchester Tram and Train £8.20

09:26

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Newhey Tram Station. Tram services from Newhey via Metrolink

20-5-2017 09:15 20-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 - Let's Re-run the fun Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers

 

 

20

3*3*10 Part 2: 100 different ways

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

10.0 mi

600m

Part two of the walk, nothing that tricky but of course subject to the exigies of getting to Hebden in time for the third walk of the day so we won't be drifting along slowly.

There are at least hundred different ways of doing this particular town to town but hopefully we’ll stick to just this one for today. Our start will be as relaxing as a walk along the canal, before we climb up to the shoulder of the southern edge of the calder valley, enjoy a perilous walk atop some woods, before using one of the myriad of exciting ways to get into Jumble Hole Clough.

A brief period of following the Pennine Way will follow before we shear off to go across Popples Common and down into Hardcastle Craggs and wander back to our walk end.

A mere 10 miles, but it will need to be brisk to ensure that we hit the timings 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.

13:10

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 13:16. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Whether you're doing Part 2 or Parts 2 and 3, a Manchester-Hebden return (£9.80) is your best option.

If you're driving, both Hebden and Tod stations have car parks

13:16

Train departs for the walk start at Todmorden Station.

13:45

Walk starts at Todmorden Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for 18:08 but there are three trains an hour

20-5-2017 13:10 20-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 3*3*10 Part 2: 100 different ways Todmorden Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lumbutts, Eastwood, Colden Valley’s Clapper Bridge, Midgehole

 

 

20

3*3*10 Part 3: Why do it?

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

8.0 mi

500m

The baby of the walk, weighing in at a mere 8 miles but still, anyone who's done the first two stages might enquire 'why do it' when it comes to this final one of the trilogy.

This walk has but one climb and but one descent. Obviously that means that we spend more than an hour going up a hill (it’s better than it sounds) until we can see for miles around and prepare ourselves for a walk down to Crimsworth Dean, past Lumb Falls,  then down the Dean itself and back to the station.

This is a great walk with stunning views if the weather is clear and you can benefit properly from the height. If we have weather that falls short of dreich there is an alternative option that proffers a little more shelter.

NB - walk leader meeting at walk start. The previous walk should have finished in time but if it hasn't please hang on - we'll be there, and don't get too drunk at the station bar.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

17:00

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 17:08. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester to Hebden day return sets you back a mere £9.80

17:08

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

17:50

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. The last walk of the day – we could go on forever – but unless something goes awry we’ll hit the 20.42. Trains after that are 21:26 and 22:26

20-5-2017 17:00 20-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 3*3*10 Part 3: Why do it? Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:The Brown Knolls, Haworth Old Road, Crimsworth Dean

 

 

21

Hope to Hope with Lumpy Bits

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

11.5 mi

400m

Walk Leader will join the train at New Mills

This is one of my favourite walks, if we're lucky there maybe a few Bluebells still about.

Its 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, 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 £11.40

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

21-5-2017 10:20 21-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Hope to Hope with Lumpy Bits Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brough, Shatton, Offerton Hall, Derwent River, Mount Pleasant, Highlow Hall, Abney Moor, Brough, Hope.
Toilets::

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

 

 

23

Evening Walk: Milling around Greenfield...

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

3.3 mi

200m

Please note departure station has now been changed to Manchester Piccadilly

(walker leaders to meet at walk start)

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:41. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Greenfield £5.40

18:41

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

19:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 21:36, 22:36

23-5-2017 18:30 23-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Milling around Greenfield... Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Greenfield Station, Wharmton, Colt Hill Lane, Uppermill Viaduct, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Greenfield Station
Extra:

Free car parking is available on-street near to Greenfield station.

 

 

27

Recycling Disley Way

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

8.6 mi

480m

Leisurely Saturday jaunt in and around parts of Lyme Park. 8.5 miles in total with 480 metres of total ascent. Nothing too taxing and a pint can be got in Disley Village after.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Off peak day return £6.20

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Disley Station.

11:20

Walk starts at Disley Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 15:54, 16:55

27-5-2017 10:35 27-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Recycling Disley Way Disley Station MAD Walkers

 

 

28

Pots and Pans to Dovestones top with a little scramble in between

Public Transport based walk with Siobhán Burke.

10.0 mi

882m

Please note due to Victoria being closed we will now meet at Piccadilly at 10.00 getting the 10.11 train to Stalybridge and then the 10:28 train from Stalybridge to Greenfield

**Walk leader will join the group at Mossley train station**

This circular walk takes in the heights around Greenfield with spectacular views and scenary, weather permitting. A walk of two halves, the first takes us quickly and sharply up to the War memorial at Pots and Pans before heading to the views over Dovestones reservoir at Alderman's Hill. We head down into the reservoir via Binn Green before a long flat-ish stroll to the base of a waterfall. We'll scramble up the waterfall before heading along the ridge and the view of the Trinnacle over Dovestones. We'll eventually descend back down into the reservoir before heading back into Greenfield.

Due to the scramble, this walk is not suitable for new/inexperienced walkers and walking boots are essential. The rocks will be wet and slippery and there is also a small stream to cross. You will also need to use your hands to climb over large boulders so may wish to bring gloves. Weather can also be cold and windy on the tops no matter what the weather forecasts, so bring appropriate clothing.

 

*We will be getting the 10:11 train from Piccadilly to Stalybridge where you will need to get off and then catch the 10:28 train to Greenfield*

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return £5.90

Please note you need to change at Stalybridge!

 

10:11

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. 16:36, 17:36, 18:36

28-5-2017 10:00 28-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Pots and Pans to Dovestones top with a little scramble in between Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Pots and pan/War memorial/Obelisk, Alderman's Hill, Binn Green, The Trinnacle, Dovestones reservoir.
Parking:

If you wish to drive, there will probably be some limited parking on Shaw Hall Bank Road on the way up to the station.

 

 

29

Bank Holiday Gander

Public Transport based walk with Luke Burley.

9.5 mi

640m

A bit of a well trodden classic route to round off the bank holiday weekend.

We start with the main climb of the day heading up Grindsbrook Clough before making our way north-westerly across the Kinder plateau towards Kinder Downfall.

from there we head south along Kinder Edge before making our way down Jacobs Ladder and into Edale.

There is a short slightly off-piste section across the moorland in the middle which chances are will be quite boggy if it rains over the weekend, but with the current heatwave we may be ok! But just incase, bring your best waterproof boots! 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Manchester Piccadilly to Edale Return £11:20

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale.

11:35

Walk starts at Edale.

Return

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

29-5-2017 10:35 29-5-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Bank Holiday Gander Edale MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindsbrook Clough, Edale Moor, Kinder Gates, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low, Jacobs Ladder, Pennine Way,Upper Booth, Grindsbrook Booth

 

 

3

Kinder (egg)stravaganza

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

26.7 mi

1677m

Walk leader to meet at the walk start.  Please note that this is a tough walk and any participants should be familiar with walks of 20+ miles.  Please see the note at the bottom of the description regarding driving to the walk start.

 

A walk of two halfs, with the first part up to and including Glossop (a little over 11 miles) through mainly fields, woodland, valleys, and along part of Coombes Edge and Coombes Rocks.  Please note there is a steep and prolonged climb out of Charlesworth up to Coombes Edge. 

 

We'll stop briefly near Glossop train station for lunch and to collect anyone joining us from the 12.47pm train for the second part.  This should be manageable with the distance and ascent but I may need to increase the pace if it looks like we may not get there in time.

 

We'll soon head up into the hills and moors above Glossop via a couple of steep climbs, pausing for snacks and photos at worm stones then up and into more moorland (some of which can be boggy so consider bringing gaiters) and eventually onto Kinder via another short but steep climb. The views of the valley and reservoir are wonderful and the rock formations weird and interesting.  We'll have the second lunch stop of the day up on Kinder and a short pause at Kinder downfall for the obligatory photos before eventually leaving the rugged surroundings of Kinder to return to greener & plusher fields & valleys en route to New Mills and a well deserved pint in one of the various pubs around the station.  

 

There are five tough ascents spread out on this second stage.  There will be the opportunity to buy more food and fluids at the supermarket beside Glossop train station to ensure people have enough to last until the end of the walk.

 

The full route should take around 11 hours to complete. There are a couple of possible detours that can be taken if cows and young calves in fields are going to cause a problem.  No dogs are allowed on the walk.

 

There is an option to leave the walk after 19 miles at Jacobs Ladder as long as you can make your own way into Edale however this is not on the same line as Woodley but does stop at Bredbury (one of the options below).  

 

If anyone intends to drive to the walk start at Woodley please note that the train back does not stop at Woodley. You should either:

  • Park at Woodley but get the connecting train at Romiley (7.28pm or 9.17pm).
  • Park at Woodley, get off at Bredbury after the walk and walk the 1 mile to Woodley.
  • Park at Bredbury train station (roughly 20 minute walk away) no later than 8am and walk with the walk leader from the front of Bredbury Station to Woodley 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.

07:45

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:04. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket (£12) will cover travel on the day.

08:04

Train departs for the walk start at woodley.

08:25

Walk starts at woodley.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 6.03pm / 7.03pm / 8.03pm / 8.30pm / 9.32pm

3-6-2017 07:45 3-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinder (egg)stravaganza woodley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Werneth Low, Broadbottom, Charlesworth, Coombes edge, Whitely Nab, Glossop, Worm Stones, Harry Hut, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low, Noe Stool, Edale Cross, Coldwell Clough, Hills Farm, Laneside Road
Toilets:

There are no toilets at Woodley station.  I'm sure there are no toilets at Glossop station either.  Please use toilets on the train

 

 

3

Great (Hill) Expirations

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

13.5 mi

300m

*The Walk Leader will join the train at Salford Crescent*

Upon departing the station the walk will go through Adlington (Lancs) to the Rivington Reservoirs and onto Rivington Country Park. From there the walk heads Northeast to Spitlers and Redmonds Edges. Then its onto Great Hill and a rest stop. From Great Hill its onto White Coppice and Anglezarke Reservoir. The final miles of the walk takes in the shores of Anglezarke Reservoir then moves onwards to the walk end at Adlington (Lancs) 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.

09:15

Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return to Adlington (Lancs) £6.

Wayfarer also available £13

09:23

Train departs for the walk start at Adlington Station.

10:05

Walk starts at Adlington Station.

Return

from Adlington Station. 16:09, 17:09, 18:36, 19:11, 20:09.

3-6-2017 09:15 3-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Great (Hill) Expirations Adlington Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rivington Reservoirs, Rivington Country Park, Spitlers Edge, Redmonds Edge, Great Hill (381m), White Coppice, Anglezarke Reservoir.

 

 

3

Kinder (mini egg) stravaganza

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

15.4 mi

1026m

Walk leader to meet the group at the walk start.  Walk leader may be a few minutes late if the first part of the walk is slower than expected. Please wait at the station.  

This walk varies between fields to woodland to open moorland to lovely valley views and back again.  There are five climbs of note, all of which are steep and a couple are long but the views on the way up and again at the top are certainly worth it.  

 

We will go through a few areas that are likely to have sheep, cows or horses so no dogs please.  There are a couple of alternative routes if cows and/or calves are going to be a problem. 

 

There is one area of open moorland that is particularly prone to being boggy so gaiters are a good idea.  The paths on Kinder are good but rocky/uneven with one prolonged section like this from Edale Cross so sturdy walking boots are essential.

 

There will be a few short stops for food and liquids and a lunch stop on top of Kinder (sheltered if the weather is against us).  Please bring enough food and fluids to last you through to the end of the walk however more can be bought before we leave Glossop if anyone needs to do so.  

 

There is a bail out point roughly 8 miles in at the top of Jacob's Ladder however you must be able to make your own way to the train station at Edale if you take this option.

 

I will aim for the 8.03pm train back to Manchester but there are a couple of pubs near the station if we miss that one.

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

11:55

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

Suggested ticket:

Wayfarer ticket (£12)

12:18

Train departs for the walk start at Glossop Station.

12:48

Walk starts at Glossop Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 6.03pm / 7.03pm / 8.03pm / 8.30pm

3-6-2017 11:55 3-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinder (mini egg) stravaganza Glossop Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Glossop, Worm Stones, Harry Hut, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low, Noe Stool, Edale Cross, Coldwell Clough, Hills Farm, Laneside Road
Parking:

Please DO NOT park at Glossop as this is on a separate line from the one we return to Manchester on and it will be a lengthy trip to get back to your car.

 

I can't remember if there are toilets at Glossop so best to use the toilets on the train.

 

 

4

Beautiful Burnley...My Precious

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

11.5 mi

368m

An area we do not get to often, but this walk shows the many faces of Burnley from the industrial side through to the countryside and moors over the town.

With stately halls, woods, canals and a moorland that looks like it is out of one of the blockbuster films over the recent decades you will get to see the delights and urban side of Burnley.

 

There are no toilets at the start station so please use the ones 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.

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 from Manchester £10.10

 

09:40

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

10:35

Walk starts at Burnley Manchester Road Station.

Return

from Burnley Manchester Road Station. 15:39 and then every hour.

4-6-2017 09:25 4-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Beautiful Burnley...My Precious Burnley Manchester Road Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Towneley Hall, Mereclough, Hurstwood Reservoir, Worsthorne, Houghton Hag, River Brun, Leeds & Liveprool Canal
Drivers:

On street parking is available in the area of the station.

 

 

8

Evening Walk: Bramhall Hall & Ladybrook Valley

Public Transport based walk with Stu Edwards & Katherine Hamlett.

3.1 mi

12m

A leisurely evening walk leaving the leafy suburb of Bramhall, through Carr Wood to the 14th Century manor house, Bramall Hall. Here, we'll take a tour of the extensive grounds before strolling along the banks of the Ladybrook back towards Cheadle Hulme...and the pub. This year we'll be heading to the Chiverton Tap which is likely to be a firm favourite for the connoisseurs amongst you!  

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

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 Bramhall £5.40

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Bramhall Station.

19:05

Walk starts at Bramhall Station.

Return

from Cheadle Hulme Train Station. 21:27, 21:37, 22:24, 23:05

8-6-2017 18:35 8-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Bramhall Hall & Ladybrook Valley Bramhall Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Carr Wood, Bramall Hall, Lady Brook Valley and Seven Arches
Extra:

THIS IS A LINEAR WALK - if you wish to drive it's best to park at Cheadle Hulme Station car park and pick up the train at 18:59. For a sneak preview of the hall and grounds check out the webpage here.

 

 

 

10

Stoodley Stoodley Doo Where are you?

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

16.9 mi

744m

Circular walk to Stoodley Pike from Littleborough.  Mostly pathed but will be some off piste after Stoodley Pike.  Gaiters recommended. Pace will be quick.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

GM Rail Ranger £5.90

08:53

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

09:25

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 17:04, 17:35, 17:59

10-6-2017 08:45 10-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Stoodley Stoodley Doo Where are you? Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Summit Tunnel, Warland Reservoir, Stoodley Pike, Two Lads, Wgite Holme Moss, Cow Head, Lydgate

 

 

10

Scramble No 3: Wilderness Gully West, Chew Valley

Public Transport based scramble with Tom Whitehead.

13.1 mi

578m

This walk involves a scramble up Wilderness Gully West midway through the walk and thus is not suitable for new or very inexperienced hikers.
 
 
 

The scramble up Wilderness Gully West to Chew Hurdles is one of the best Peak District scrambles. Enormously fun, it involves frequent use of hands to go over a series of rocks close to (or in) a stream. Good quality gloves are thus essential. 

The scramble being next to (an in!) a shallow stream is not exposed and there is an alternative hiking route if necessary. Note that there is also a stream crossing.

The scramble should be within the limits of any reasonably experienced hiker, but please discuss with the walk leader via trw_whitehead@hotmail.co.uk if you are unsure. In particular no experience of climbing is needed and no ropes are used. It does involve however, moderate heights.

The walk starts with a jaunt along the charming Chew Valley prior to the scramble. After the scramble (and lunch) we follow an unnamed edge with brilliant views. We descend (somewhat steeply) to Dove Stone Reservior before the final ascent of the day - the obelisk on Board Hill. We pass by Dick Hill before descending to Saddleworth and returning to Greenfield via the Tame Valley way

I'd rate the views as panoramic.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Return to Greenfield - £5.40

08:57

Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return

from Greenfield Station. xx:36 aiming for 16:36 or 17:36

10-6-2017 08:45 10-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Scramble No 3: Wilderness Gully West, Chew Valley Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Greenfield Station, Waterside, Wimberry Stones Brow, Chew Valley, Wilderness Gully West, Chew Reservoir, unnamed Edge, Ashway Gap, Dove Stone Reservoir, Board Hill, Saddleworth, Greenfield Station

 

 

11

Wolfen Hall and the Fells above Chipping

Car based walk with John Ireland.

11.2 mi

550m

Please note amended date - also see parking details.

A trip to one of the less well known walking areas of the Lancashire Pennines, skirting the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland.

First a climb up Parlick and then along the ridge to Fairsnape Fell and Paddy's Pole, then along above Wolf Fell and descending down Saddle Fell before a winding wander back to Chipping.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing

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

09:00

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

09:15

Cars will leave for the walk start (Chipping Village Car Park).

10:30

Walk starts at Chipping Village Car Park.

11-6-2017 09:00 11-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Wolfen Hall and the Fells above Chipping

A trip to one of the less well known walking areas of the Lancashire Pennines, skirting the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland.

First a climb up Parlick and then along the ridge to Fairsnape Fell and Paddy's Pole, then along above Wolf Fell and descending down Saddle Fell before a winding wander back to Chipping.

Chipping Village Car Park MAD Walkers

If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Ferguson House, Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7AG meet point as some people may depend on a lift to get to the walk start. For further information, email walks@madwalkers.org.uk, especially if you intend to drive there directly.

Waypoints:Wolfen Hall, Parlick, Nick's Chair, Fairsnape Fell, Saddle Fell, Saddle End Farm, Burnslack, Stanley, Lickhurst Farm, Knot Hill, Chipping
Extra:

Drinks in Chipping at the end of the walk at the Sun Inn.

Chipping Village Car Park £2.10 for 8 hours. Use post code PR3 2QH for car park.

More parking details on https://www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/info/200297/parking_travel_and_roads/1213/car_parks_and_parking/4

Gaiters advised - whilst we are sticking mostly to paths some sections may be muddy.

 

 

15

Evening Walk: A Stroll Around Hollingworth Lake

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

3.9 mi

80m

A linear evening walk starting from Smithy Bridge to Littleborough via canals, fields, Hollingworth Lake, woodland and if we are lucky trampolening goats!!!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 18:56. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return: £5.40

18:56

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

19:25

Walk starts at Smithy Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 2003, 2028, 2103, 2144, 2219

15-6-2017 18:45 15-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: A Stroll Around Hollingworth Lake Smithy Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Clegg Hall, Peanock Farm, Hollingworth Lake, Clegg's Wood
Drivers:

If driving park up at Smithy Bridge and either purchase a train ticket from Littleborough to Smithy Bridge or walk back along the canal which takes you back to the car park.

 

 

17

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge / unofficial weekend

Direct Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins & John Ireland.

24.0 mi

1586m

**This challenge walk will be done in 2 separate groups from the Start. Steve will be leading the first group and the walk will be done at a pretty reasonable pace and John will lead the second group which may be done at a slower pace**

 

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 will be a number of us booking 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.

17-6-2017 07:10 17-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge / unofficial weekend

**This challenge walk will be done in 2 separate groups from the Start. Steve will be leading the first group and the walk will be done at a pretty reasonable pace and John will lead the second group which may be done at a slower pace**

 

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 will be a number of us booking 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

 

 

17

Halls of Cheshire

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

13.0 mi

120m

Walk Leader to joi train at Altrincham

Starting from Knutsford the first part is along lanes to leave Knutsford where field paths take over to pass Bexton and Toft Hall. Then moving on through Smithy's Green and Lower Peover before having to walk a short way along the A50. heading through Peover Hall; Colshaw Hall is the next stop before more field walking to reach the quiet village of Ollerton with another hall. After crossing the A537. Its plain sailing along straight paths to Booths Mere with a short urban walk to reach Knutsford Park and back to the town centre for a pub stop.

Please bring waterproofs in case it's muddy (probably will be)

Also you can park at Knutsford train station

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return from Knutsford £7.30

09:17

Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Station.

10:05

Walk starts at Knutsford Station.

Return

from Knutsford Station. 17:43 18:48

17-6-2017 09:05 17-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Halls of Cheshire Knutsford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bexton Hall, Toft Hall, Smithy's Green, Lower Peover, Peover Hall, Ollerton, Booths Mere, Knutsford

 

 

18

Over the Border Walk

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

11.0 mi

400m

Walk leader meeting at walk start

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:00

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return to Sowerby Bridge £9.90

Duo ticket- £14.80 (for 2 adults travelling together)

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Littleborough train Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Littleborough train Station.

Return

from Sowerby Bridge. xx33, (until 19:34)

18-6-2017 10:00 18-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Over the Border Walk Littleborough train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Littleborough train station, Roman Road, Warm Withens Hill, Ryburn Reservoir, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge
Other::

No toilets at station, use those on the train

Ensure you have clothing appropriate for the weather - this walk is exposed in places and can be muddy 

 

 

22

Evening Walk: Nightlife of Newhey

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

3.9 mi

190m

**Tram based walk**

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 the Ogden Valley reservoirs 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:

Return to Newhey

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. Every 12-15 minutes

22-6-2017 18:40 22-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Nightlife of 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.

 

 

24

Ambleside Summer Weekend Day 1: Old Man of Coniston

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.0 mi

1133m

Basing ourselves in Ambleside we will be doing two walks over two days around this area of the Lake District.

Todays walk sees us visiting the beautiful village of Coniston sat in the majestic shadow of the Old Man. We start our walk from the village and follow the valley for a short distance before we start the climb up to the fells with the first one that we visit being Wetherlam. By the time we arrive here the largest section of the ascent will have been complete with the remaining of the walk being mainly ridge walking with the odd section of ascent across to the other hill tops of Swirl How, Brim Fell and the highest part of the walk at the top of Old Man. From here it is a continuous and resaonably quick descent back to Coniston and the pub.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:20

Meet at the walk start (Coniston Village Car Park)

09:30

Walk starts.

24-6-2017 09:20 24-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Ambleside Summer Weekend Day 1: Old Man of Coniston

Basing ourselves in Ambleside we will be doing two walks over two days around this area of the Lake District.

Todays walk sees us visiting the beautiful village of Coniston sat in the majestic shadow of the Old Man. We start our walk from the village and follow the valley for a short distance before we start the climb up to the fells with the first one that we visit being Wetherlam. By the time we arrive here the largest section of the ascent will have been complete with the remaining of the walk being mainly ridge walking with the odd section of ascent across to the other hill tops of Swirl How, Brim Fell and the highest part of the walk at the top of Old Man. From here it is a continuous and resaonably quick descent back to Coniston and the pub.

Coniston Village Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Red Gill Head Moss, Wetherlam, Brim Fell, Old Man, Crowberry Haws
Parking:

The drive from Ambleside to Coniston is approximatley 20 minutes. If you can try and car share as there is only 90 car parking spaces at the car park and could get busy. Also the parking is £8 for the day.

 

 

24

Derwent Valley Way Part 1

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

11.0 mi

511m

The first of a two part walk today exploring the moors and valleys round Bamford. Stretch yourself by doing all 22 miles, get up early and do the first part before getting on with life, or have a nice lie in and join us in the afternoon: it's up to you!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:40

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

Suggested ticket:

If just doing the first walk return to Hathersage is £11.40, if doing both a return to Grindleford costs exactly the same. Or Wayfarer £13 may work best if coming into Manchester first.

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

08:45

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. hourly aiming for 13:32

24-6-2017 07:40 24-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Derwent Valley Way Part 1 Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hurst Clough; Bamford Moor; Ladybower Reservoir, River Derwent
Extra note:

The first part has been given a strenuous label partly because of a very rough and partially off path section over Bamford Moor and partly because a brisk pace needs to be maintained in order to get to Hathersage in time. If you're wishing for more of a meander the second walk would be better.

NB on the recce stingers were beginning to take over some of the stiles so shorts are worn at your own risk.

If doing both parts there you should bring enough food/drink for the whole 22 miles. We may have time for a top up in Hathersage but don't rely on it.

Full route (parts 1 and 2) is 22 miles and 890 m of ascent.,

OS Map Ex 1

 

 

24

Derwent Valley Way Part 2

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

11.0 mi

380m

An easier walk than the morning heading south along the River  Derwent as far as Bubell before returning over Curbar and Froggatt Edge. If the weather's kind the views back over the Peak District should be superb...

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Piccadilly for the train at 12:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Grindleford £11.40 or Wayfarer £13 if travelling in.

12:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

13:46

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

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

24-6-2017 12:40 24-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Derwent Valley Way Part 2 Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Derwent, Bubell, Curbar Edge, Froggatt Edge
Extra note:

While this is an easier walk than the morning and the pace will be more relaxed, it is also a late start. Consquently we do need to move at a reasonable pace if we're to catch trains. If you're new to the group or unsure of fitness you may do better to start with a walk that doesn't involve chasing trains....

You'll need enough food/fluid for the afternoon especially if it's hot. See warning above on previous walk about stingers/stiles and advisability of shorts.

OS Map Ex 1 and 24

 

 

25

Ambleside Summer Weekend Day 2: Skirting around Loughrigg

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

9.0 mi

500m

Day 2 of our walks in the Lake District is a less strenuous than day 1.

We start from the main car park in Ambleside and head off towards Loughrigg Fell and the lovely little village of Elterwater, where a refreshment stop will be had (hopefully) before heading off towards Grasmere and the North side of Loughrigg Fell and back to Ambleside.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:45

Meet at the walk start (Rydal Road Car Park, Ambleside)

11:00

Walk starts.

25-6-2017 10:45 25-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Ambleside Summer Weekend Day 2: Skirting around Loughrigg

Day 2 of our walks in the Lake District is a less strenuous than day 1.

We start from the main car park in Ambleside and head off towards Loughrigg Fell and the lovely little village of Elterwater, where a refreshment stop will be had (hopefully) before heading off towards Grasmere and the North side of Loughrigg Fell and back to Ambleside.

Rydal Road Car Park, Ambleside MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Miller Brow, Ivy Crag, Little Loughrigg, Cumbria Way, Elterwater, HUntingstile Crag, Loughrigg Terrace, Pelter Bridge, Fox How

 

 

25

Hebden Bridge to Todmorden via Heptonstall

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

7.1 mi

461m

A linear walk climbing up to the picturesque village of Heptonstall before crossing moorland and desdending into Todmorden

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to Hebden Bridge: £9.80

10:15

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

10:49

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Todmorden Station. xx:50, xx:56

25-6-2017 10:05 25-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Hebden Bridge to Todmorden via Heptonstall Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Heptonstall Village, Jack Bridge, Lower Blackshaw Farm, Law Hill, Hole Bottom

 

 

27

A little figuring out.

Public Transport based walk with Sam Kennion.

7.0 mi

55m

A walk to the north of Manchester for a change. Following the Irwell valley between Radcliffe and the mouth of the river Croal. Taking in a few local landmarks with curious names (not mentioned below!).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:15

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

Suggested ticket:

Adult Off Peak Return to Radcliffe, £4.30

You can also join the tram at Victoria station etc.

18:30

Train departs for the walk start at Radcliffe tram stop.

19:00

Walk starts at Radcliffe tram stop.

Return

from Radcliffe tram stop. Return trams every 12 minutes up-to last tram at 23:30

27-6-2017 18:15 27-6-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A little figuring out. Radcliffe tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:MB&B Canal, Mount Sion, River Irwell, Shore Top Farm, Prestolee, Prestolee locks, 1936 breach, Steam crane, River Irwell, Handyside cast iron bridge.
Extra::

Please note this a tram based walk. The departure time will be the first tram after 18:30 to leave Manchester Picadilly. The walk start time is approximate based upon the time the tram leaves Manchester.  Car parking is available in station car park at walk start.

Please check on your return tram time if travelling beyond the centre of Manchester

*** Torches may be needed at the end of the walk.

 

 

1

The totally MAD 'lots of Peaks' Challenge

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

28.0 mi

1643m

Walk leader to join at the walk start. Many of us will be camping at the campsite near Hope railway station.

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

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

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

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

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

There are drop out points at Edale (railway station) and Hayfield (bus service) but a small amount of self-navigation would be required.

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

Plenty of parking available in Hope

If you have any questions please feel free to email walks@madwalkers.org.uk

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hope

07:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

08:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 39 mins past the hour

1-7-2017 07:35 1-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The totally MAD 'lots of Peaks' Challenge Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hope, Win Hill, Wooler Knoll, Ladybower Reservoir, Edale, Jacobs Ladder, Hayfield, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill

 

 

1

A Great Edale Shorter

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

12.5 mi

450m

Walk Leader will meet at walk start, many of us will be camping over the weekend in Hope.

A shorter alternative walk in the Hope Valley. The walk takes in Edale and the fabulous hills to the South of the village i.e. the Great Ridge, from the Great Ridge its across the valley to Win Hill and from there its to the pub in Hope. Hopefully at some stage we will meet our fellow MADs embarked on the 28 miles walk to offer them moral support.

If you have any questions please feel free to email walks@madwalkers.org.uk

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return to Hope (Derbyshire) £11.40.

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

10:40

Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return

from Hope Rail Station. 15:40, 16:39, 17:39, 18:40, 19:39, 21:03 ... Last Train 22:49.

1-7-2017 09:35 1-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A Great Edale Shorter Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Edale, Barber Booth, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Wooler Knoll, Win Hill, Hope.

 

 

2

Have You Got A Map?

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.8 mi

405m

A circular walk taking in the beautiful village of Haworth and the surrounding moors where the Bornte Sisters spent some of their time. 


We will leave the village and head through the Penistone Country Park and then onto the moors out to the pituresque valley where Bronte Bridge stands followed by a rough path that leads us to Top Withens, which isreportedly linked to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.


From here we head off along the Pennine Bridleway skirting the villages of Stanbury and Oldfield before we head back towards Haworth via a couple of picturesque bridges, where if you have time there is a chance to browse the shops or visit the local establishments for a beer or tea and cake!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:00

Meet at the walk start (Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth)

11:15

Walk starts.

2-7-2017 11:00 2-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Have You Got A Map?

A circular walk taking in the beautiful village of Haworth and the surrounding moors where the Bornte Sisters spent some of their time. 


We will leave the village and head through the Penistone Country Park and then onto the moors out to the pituresque valley where Bronte Bridge stands followed by a rough path that leads us to Top Withens, which isreportedly linked to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.


From here we head off along the Pennine Bridleway skirting the villages of Stanbury and Oldfield before we head back towards Haworth via a couple of picturesque bridges, where if you have time there is a chance to browse the shops or visit the local establishments for a beer or tea and cake!

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bronte Bridge (2.43m), Top Withens (4.08m), Cold Knoll (5.82m), Oldfield Lane (6.93m), Long Bridge (8.00m)
Extra:

Parking at Bronte Prsonage Museum costs £4 for all day.

Planning to be back at Haworth for between 15:30-16:00

Toilets are available at the car park at the start of the walk.
 
 
 

 

 

2

Broadbottom to Stalybridge

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

9.0 mi

415m

A linear walk from Broadbottom station through Hollingworth and then up onto the moors before finishing at the station buffet bar in Stalybridge

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:05

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger: £6.40

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom Station.

10:39

Walk starts at Broadbottom Station.

Return

from Stalybridge Station. 15:15, 15:46, 15:50, 16:15, 16:46, 16:50

2-7-2017 10:05 2-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Broadbottom to Stalybridge Broadbottom Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hollingworth Village, Middle Bank, Pennine Way, Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, Brushes Reservoir, Millbrook

 

 

6

Evening Walk: Woodley Wander

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

3.6 mi

107m

Walk Leaders meeting at walk start

A lesser used starting point for MAD Walkers but worth a trip out to wander the tucked away green spaces and waterways on the fringes of Stockport. This is a tranquil route along both the Peak Forest canal and the meadows of the River Tame and provides a glimpse of the industrial heritage that has since been reclaimed by nature. We finish at the Railway Inn - a stone's throw 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.

18:25

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak return to Woodley £5.10

18:35

Train departs for the walk start at woodley.

19:00

Walk starts at woodley.

Return

from woodley. 21:19

6-7-2017 18:25 6-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: Woodley Wander woodley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Peak Forest Canal, River Tame, Haughton Dale, Mill Dam, Peak Forest Canal, Woodley station.
Extra:

Car parking is available at Woodley Station.

Please note the return train service at 21:19 is the last train to Manchester from this station. Should you wish to stay longer in the pub however, further services are available from Bredbury station which is less than a mile and a 20 minute walk away.

 

 

8

4 Peak District scrambles

Direct Transport based scramble with David Bratley.

13.0 mi

750m

A Fantastic chance to do 4 of the best scrambles in the Peak District in one day. These are Crowden, The upper section of Red brook, Grindsbook and Ringing Roger.

Walk leader might be meeting at hte walk start.

As always with KInder Gaiters, water proofs, lunch and enoguh water for the day are required.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:50

Meet at the walk start (Edale Station)

10:00

Walk starts.

8-7-2017 09:50 8-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 4 Peak District scrambles

A Fantastic chance to do 4 of the best scrambles in the Peak District in one day. These are Crowden, The upper section of Red brook, Grindsbook and Ringing Roger.

Walk leader might be meeting at hte walk start.

As always with KInder Gaiters, water proofs, lunch and enoguh water for the day are required.

Edale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Crowden clough, Red brook clough, Grindesbrook and Grindesbook. Ringing Roger.

 

 

8

Buttermere

Direct Transport based walk with Rachel Smith.

11.0 mi

700m

This is a bit of ridge walk following the hills around a lake taking in Haystacks and fleetwith pike. The descend follows a gorge/waterfall to the lake which the trail follows back to the start. 

This walk is part of a camping trip I'm doing in July

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:45

Meet at the walk start (Syke Farm campsite Buttermere)

10:00

Walk starts.

8-7-2017 09:45 8-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Buttermere

This is a bit of ridge walk following the hills around a lake taking in Haystacks and fleetwith pike. The descend follows a gorge/waterfall to the lake which the trail follows back to the start. 

This walk is part of a camping trip I'm doing in July

 

Syke Farm campsite Buttermere MAD Walkers

 

 

8

Chorlton to Altrincham Market via Dunham Massey

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

10.7 mi

56m

A very gentle walk from Chorlton, along the canals to Altrincham for food and drinks in the Market Hall. We'll take a slight detour along the way through Dunham Massey where we'll have a cheeky pint in the Swan with Two Nicks.

If the weather is pleasant there is also an option for a further beer garden stop before we reach Dunham.

The terrain is good throughout, if the weather is dry this walk can be done in trainers.

Walk leader to meet at the start of the walk outside the Co-Op which is just over the road from the metrolink stop.

Please note there is more than one Co-Op and more than one metrolink stop in Chorlton.

To get to the Barlow Moor road Met Stop by tram you will need to get the Manchester Airport line. If travelling through the city centre first, change at Deansgate or Cornbrook. Please allow 30 mins from the City Centre. We'll start the walk as soon as the next tram after 11.30 arrives.

 

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink off-peak Travel Card £5

10:55

Train departs for the walk start at Barlow Moor Road.

11:30

Walk starts at Barlow Moor Road.

Return

from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. Every 6 mins

8-7-2017 10:45 8-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Chorlton to Altrincham Market via Dunham Massey Barlow Moor Road MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Jackson's Bridge, Sale Waterpark, Bridgewater Canal, Swan with Two Nicks, Dunham Massey, Altrincham

 

 

13

Evening Walk: Sale and Ashton-on-Mersey

Direct Transport based walk with Volker Funke.

5.0 mi

20m

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.

13-7-2017 19:00 13-7-2017 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

 

 

15

Silk Town Circular

Public Transport based walk with Dean Beaden.

17.0 mi

1069m

Leaving Macclesfield station, we make our way up to Teggs Nose country park, on the edge of the Peak District.
From here we make our way down the valley and into Macclesfield Forest. Once we have made it through, we will then begin our ascent of Shutlingsloe.
After admiring the views and having a well earned break, we will make our way down into Wildboarclough, as we continue to follow the Shutlingsloe path.
We then link up with the Gritstone trail, which we follow until we arrive for a brief pub stop, at the Leather Smithy, which is set in the heart of Macclesfield Forest, next to Ridgegate reservoir.
After sampling a beverage here, we will continue down through Langley and onto the beautiful and apparently very haunted, Sutton Hall.
Once we have had our fill of food and drink here, we will casually finish the final mile or so, along the canal, back towards 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.

08:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Walk leader to meet at Macclesfield station. 

Cheapest option is the northern rail, off peak return - £9.40 This is sometimes £4:00 if booked in advance.

08:47

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station. Aiming for 17:21 There after: 18:05, 18:21, 19:05, 19:21, 20:05, 20,20 etc

15-7-2017 08:30 15-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Silk Town Circular Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers

 

 

16

Lake District Walk

Direct Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

12.6 mi

760m

Please note this is a joint walk with the Glasgow Young Walkers

A summer walk in the Lake District taking in a number of Wainwrights - Longland Fell, Great Sca Fell, Knott and High Pike

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:10

Meet at the walk start (Caldbeck)

10:15

Walk starts.

16-7-2017 10:10 16-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Lake District Walk

A summer walk in the Lake District taking in a number of Wainwrights - Longland Fell, Great Sca Fell, Knott and High Pike

Caldbeck MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Caldbeck car park, Fell Side, Branthwaite, Longland Fell, Lowthwaite Fell, Little Sca Fell, Great Scva Fell, Knott, Coomb Height, Cumbria Way, High Pike, Nether Row, Caldbeck
Travel to :

There is no formal meet point in Manchester. I will set up a thread on the Walk Meet Up site for organising lifts to Caldbeck. If you are struggling to get a lift , email chair@madwalkers.org.uk.

Some of us are staying overnight in Ambleside before the walk, you are welcome to join us. Email chair@madwalkers.org.uk.

Please allow 2 hours 15 mins  to get to the walk start.

 

 

 

21

That Friday Feeling

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

15.1 mi

682m

Walk Leader Meeting at start

A nice Friday walk for those with the Friday Feeling and lucky enough not to be in work.

Starting at Bamford Station, the first part of the walk will be following the banks of Ladybower Reservoir, through the woodlands and up to Derwent Reservoir. From here we'll start climbing up towards Lost Lad and Back Tor, following the Derwent Edge ridge to White Tor. We'll finish the walk along Stanage End and Moscar Moor back into Bamford.

 *this will be quite a fast paced walk due to evening commitments*

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Bamford

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 36 past the hour

21-7-2017 08:35 21-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London That Friday Feeling Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Ladybower Reservoir, Derwent Reservoir, Lost Lad, Back Tor, Dovestone Tor, Derwent Edge, White Tor, Moscar Moor

 

 

22

Scramble No 4: Torside Gully and Dowstone Clough. Bleaklow

Public Transport based scramble with Tom Whitehead.

10.6 mi

623m

It is essential that you have completed a scramble before (such as my Wildboar Clough scramble in May) due to the technical nature of the first scramble. 

A grade 2 scramble and a grade 1 scramble in the same walk! Combined with a lot of off-piste walking across Bleaklow. And a somewhat unorthadox (i.e very steep) descent.

Please note the following:

1 - the approach to the first scramble is very overgrown and thus shorts are not reccomended

2 - as with any scramble, gloves are reccomended

3 - the terrain is very hard-going in places. Despite it's shortness, this is a tough walk

4 - please contact me via trw_whitehead@hotmail.co.uk if you have any queries.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 08:46. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return to Hadfield - £5.90

08:46

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

09:30

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Glossop Station. xx:07, xx:37 aiming for 17:37

22-7-2017 08:35 22-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Scramble No 4: Torside Gully and Dowstone Clough. Bleaklow Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hadfield train station, Longdenden Trail, Torside Clough, Torside Gully, Clough Edge, Unspecified peat bog, Dog Rock, Dowstone Clough, Ferny Hole, Shelf Benches, Old Glossop, Glossop train station

 

 

22

miles 13 under smidge a and ridge a bridge a

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.

12.9 mi

801m

Walk leader to meet everyone at Grindleford station

This is the reverse route of my 'a bridge, a ridge and a smidge under 13 miles' walk from last year.  We'll start and finish in woodland, with a nice mix of small river crossings, fields, the site of little John's grave, bridges, ridges, the site of an ancient fort and open moorland in between.  There is a small amount of scrambling in the second half of the walk and we'll avoid one of the river crossings if there has been a lot of rain prior to the walk.

 

There are a few short steep sections on the route; some of which can be a little slippy if there's been recent rain so care will need to be taken.  There is also one stretch of road with no pavement for approximately a mile, so again care will need to be taken at that point.

 

There are NO bail out points on this route and it should take us around 6 - 6.5 hours to complete it.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return ticket to Grindleford (£11.40) or wayfarer ticket (£13) if travelling into/out of Manchester

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 16:28 / 17:28 / 18:29

22-7-2017 09:30 22-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London miles 13 under smidge a and ridge a bridge a Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bolehill Wood / Dale Bottom / Hathersage / Cow Close / Northlees / Greens House / Stanege Edge / Cowper Stone / Higger Tor / Burbage Bridge / Yarncliffe Wood
Access to :

No toilet at the station so please use the toilets on the train. There is a toilet in the cafe near the station and a public toilet part way round.

 

 

26

A first Chorlton walk..with new walk leaders

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Adele Reynolds and Neil Bhattacharyya.

6.0 mi

14m

Meet at Chorlton tram stop at 18:50 for the walk start at 19:00 (prompt)

A great way to have a weekday evening walk close to south Manchester and the Centre. We move on from the  tram stop in Chorlton to a meander along the river Mersey via Chorlton Green following the trans Pennine Way to Sale Water Park, which we circuit before a stop for red wine (other drinks available!) at Jackson's Boat and then make our way back to Chorlton.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

18:50

Meet at the walk start (Chorlton tram stop)

19:00

Walk starts.

26-7-2017 18:50 26-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London A first Chorlton walk..with new walk leaders

A great way to have a weekday evening walk close to south Manchester and the Centre. We move on from the  tram stop in Chorlton to a meander along the river Mersey via Chorlton Green following the trans Pennine Way to Sale Water Park, which we circuit before a stop for red wine (other drinks available!) at Jackson's Boat and then make our way back to Chorlton.

Chorlton tram stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Chorlton tram stop, Chorlton Green, River Mersey. Sale Water Park, Jacckson's Boat, Chorltonville

 

 

29

Kentmere Horseshoe

Public Transport based walk with Alex Laver.

18.8 mi

916m

This is a hike that Arthur Embleton led in April 2015, and because I liked it so much, I thought I would put it back on the calendar.

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

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return - £24.00

 

07:44

Train departs for the walk start at Staveley.

09:30

Walk starts at Staveley.

Return

from Staveley. 18:08, 20:03

29-7-2017 07:30 29-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kentmere Horseshoe Staveley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yoke, 706m – Ill Bell, 757 – Thornthwaite Crag, 784 – High Street, 828m – Mardale Ill Bell, 761m – Harter Fell, 778m – Kentmere Pike, 730m – Shipman Knotts, 587m

 

 

29

Marple to Broadbottom

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

9.0 mi

230m

Nice Saturday morning stroll from Marple to Broadbottom.

N.B. 1: Sensible footwear please, some of the sections are very muddy.

N.B. 2: No dogs please as there is livestock in the fields, I was accosted by a herd of inquisitive Jersey cows on the recce.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:35

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £6.40

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

from Broadbottom Station. 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45.... Last Train 21:45.

29-7-2017 09:35 29-7-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Marple to Broadbottom Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brabyns Park, Etherow Country Park, Hyde Cenotaph, Idle Hill, Back Wood, Tom Wood, Church of the Immaculate Conception.

 

 

3

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 £5.10

18:46

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

19:10

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 21:45, 22:44

3-8-2017 18:35 3-8-2017 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.

 

 

5

Poynton to Adlington

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

11.6 mi

410m

Starting at Poynton to avoid roads the first part links round to Poynton lake and up into the fields behind and up to Higher Poynto to join the Macclesfield Canal for a short way and along a track into Lyme Park for a climb up to Bowstone Gate and Sponds Hill (highest point) and lunch stop possiblly. Descending down to a road and onto the Gritstone Trail to Berristall Hall and Pott Shrigley. The route leads down a road and down through woods passing Styperson Pool and through a farm and fields to reach Adlington with a pub stop. Please bring waterproofs. Can park at Poynton as Adlington is on the same trainline.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 from Adlington £7.70

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Poynton Station.

10:10

Walk starts at Poynton Station.

Return

from Adlington (Cheshire) Rail Station. 17:28 18:28

5-8-2017 09:30 5-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Poynton to Adlington Poynton Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Poynton Lake, Macclesfield Canal, Lyme Park, Bowstones, Sponds Hill, Ellis Bank, Pott Shrigley, Styperson Pool, Harrop Green Farm, Adlington

 

 

8

New Mills 'Two Beards' Circular

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

3.8 mi

180m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start

A walk round the top end of New Mills exploring the view from my back window!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

18:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to New Mills Central £6.40

18:49

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

19:20

Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return

from New Mills Central Station. 21:30, 22:30, 23:30 (bus replacement)

8-8-2017 18:30 8-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London New Mills 'Two Beards' Circular New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Torr Top, Sett Valley Trail, Ollersett Farm, Ballbeard Farm, Beardhall Farm, Peak Forest Canal
Extra:

Drinks in the Beehive Pub, Newtown, and possibly the Beer Shed too.

 

 

12

Star Walks; A New Hope

Public Transport based walk with Niall MacLennan.

12.5 mi

690m

Walking the lesser explored (by me anyway) western side of Hope.  Walk will take up over Brough and Shatton CP, through the village of Bradwell and past an operational mine.  Plan is to come over the top of Winnats Pass and stop of in the picturesque village of Castleton before completing the short walk back to Hope.  The walk can be best described as moderate with a few strenuous bits (that can be bypassed if required).

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Return to Hope £11.40

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.

09:40

Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.

Return

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

12-8-2017 08:40 12-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Star Walks; A New Hope Hope Rail Station MAD Walkers

 

 

13

Knutsford Ice Cream walk

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

6.9 mi

100m

A nice walk around knutsford and a visit to Seven Sisters Ice Cream farm.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

13:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Knutsford.

13:18

Train departs for the walk start at Knutsford Station.

14:02

Walk starts at Knutsford Station.

Return

from Knutsford Station. 17:48

13-8-2017 13:05 13-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Knutsford Ice Cream walk Knutsford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Yewtree farm, Smithy Green, Sandy Lane, A50, Windmill Wood, Knutsford railway station.
Train info:

Please note the train passes through several south Manchester stations including Stockport, Navigation Road and Altrincham.

 

 

17

Evening Walk: The banks of the River Goyt

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

4.0 mi

40m

Walk Leaders joining train at Romiley

A short trip on the train brings us to New Mills in the High Peak. Here, we meet the River Goyt and wander the beckoning paths and tracks along the valley floor. This varied, circular route takes us past weirs, towpaths, pastures and along the Mid Shires Way before returning back to New Mills. 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 just the 28 minutes until the 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 £5.40

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

17-8-2017 18:35 17-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: The banks of the River Goyt New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Millennium Bridge, Gowhole, Furness Vale and Newtown.

 

 

19

Timperley to Altrincham via Dunham Massey

Direct Transport based walk with Rosie Westwood.

7.0 mi

30m

A leisurely afternoon walk starting from Navigation Road tram and train station (please note we will meet at walk start with walk starting off 13:10). We walk along the Bridgewater canal to the pretty hamlet of Little Bollington where there may be time for a drink in a local pub or teashop. We continue through Dunham Massey deer park and spend a bit of time there walking around the perimeter before returning to Altrincham mainly through suburban parkland. In Altrincham there is opportunity for more food and drink at the artisan market or one of the local Belgian beer bars or cafes.

The walk start can be accessed by trams every six minutes on the Altrincham line or the Manchester/Chester train which stops at Stockport.

 

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

13:00

Meet at the walk start (Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station)

13:10

Walk starts.

19-8-2017 13:00 19-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Timperley to Altrincham via Dunham Massey

A leisurely afternoon walk starting from Navigation Road tram and train station (please note we will meet at walk start with walk starting off 13:10). We walk along the Bridgewater canal to the pretty hamlet of Little Bollington where there may be time for a drink in a local pub or teashop. We continue through Dunham Massey deer park and spend a bit of time there walking around the perimeter before returning to Altrincham mainly through suburban parkland. In Altrincham there is opportunity for more food and drink at the artisan market or one of the local Belgian beer bars or cafes.

The walk start can be accessed by trams every six minutes on the Altrincham line or the Manchester/Chester train which stops at Stockport.

 

 

 

Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Broadheath, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey Deer Park, Dunham Massey Golf Club, Devisdale, Bowdon, Altrincham Market

 

 

19

Living On The Edge

Public Transport based walk with Luke Burley.

14.0 mi

819m

This walk takes in 2 cracking edges within the Peak District, Stanage and Bamford.

We set off from Hathersage past wood and farmland before reaching the rocky ground of Fiddlers Elbow, shortly before climbing Cowper Stone and onto Stanage Edge.

After High Neb and further rocky ground we skirt past the Sheffield border and behind Moscar Lodge.

We then start to climb back uphill crossing through woodland and following the meandering dry stone walls towards Bamford Edge, with some wonderful views looking over Ladybower Reservoir and across to to Win Hill.

After admiring the views and rock formations on the edge we make our way into Bamford, through the village and to the Station/Pub.

If the weather has been kind we should have a dry day underfoot, but there will be plenty of water and mud if not so bring appropriate footwear/gaiters as required.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

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 Hathersage £11:40

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage.

09:50

Walk starts at Hathersage.

Return

from Bamford Station. 16:36 and hourly **36 thereafter

19-8-2017 08:35 19-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Living On The Edge Hathersage MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Hathersage, Mitchell Field, Cowper Stone, Stanage Edge, High Neb, Moscar Lodge, Cuthroat Bridge, Bamford Edge, Bamford

 

 

20

Return to Piccadilly

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

10.5 mi

10m

A flat walk from Brinnington back into the city. Passing through a country park, beside a reservoir and through Fairfield Moravian settlement built almost 250 years ago. The last stretch is canal walking passing through Sport City back to Piccadilly.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:20

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

Suggested ticket:

Single to Brinnington £3.70

10:40

Train departs for the walk start at Brinnington.

10:50

Walk starts at Brinnington.

Return

from Manchester Piccadilly.

20-8-2017 10:20 20-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Return to Piccadilly Brinnington MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Brinnington station, Reddish Vale, Nelstrop Road, Gorton Lower Reservoir, Ashton Canal, Sport City, Medlock Valley Way, Piccadilly Station
Other:

 No toilets at walk start

 

 

22

Blackleach evening walk

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Arthur Embleton.

4.2 mi

52m

Starting from Moorside station we head towards Clfiton Moss and then join the Rotary Way to Blackleach Country Park.  Then it is off to the Bull's Head in Walkden for a drink or two and then return trains from Walkden 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.

18:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Walkden - Off peak day return for £5.40

18:45

Train departs for the walk start at Moorside.

19:05

Walk starts at Moorside.

Return

from Walkden Station. 20:52, 21:52, 22:52

22-8-2017 18:30 22-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Blackleach evening walk Moorside MAD Walkers

 

 

26

The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

10.0 mi

420m

A linear walk from Marple to Glossop with a variety of terrain including canals, tracks, fields and rough paths over undulating ground with fantasic views from Mellor church and Coombes rocks. Pub stop approximately half way through the walk in the beautiful and secluded village of Rowarth at the idyllic Little Mill Inn (with its own water wheel and railway carriage) from here we carry on with the climb up to Coombes Rocks and then we start the descent into Glossop and the end of the walk. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:45

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

Suggested ticket:

Rail Ranger: £5.90

Tram/Train Ticket: £8.20

10:03

Train departs for the walk start at Marple Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Marple Station.

Return

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

26-8-2017 09:45 26-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London The Ups and Downs of Coombes Rocks Marple Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bottoms Hall, Mellor, Rowarth, Far Slack, Coombes Rocks, Whitley Nab.
Extra::

Use Toilets on the train.

This is a linear walk with the stations being on differnet lines and it is not suitable to drive to the walk start.

 

 

26

Silly in Disley

Public Transport based walk with Ravi.

9.5 mi

400m

A linear walk starting at Furness Vale and ending in Disley, for the Garden Party at The Ram's Head Inn.  


From Furness Vale we take the scenic Peak Forest Canal to Whaley Bridge, heading then to Toddbrook Reservoir before beginning our first ascent of the day, up and over Whaley Moor. On a clear day we should be rewarded with extensive views of the Peak District. After a stretch of easy walking we head uphill again to the Bowstones, from there descending across moorland and then woods into Lyme Park. After that it's a loop through woodland and the park grounds, taking in the distinctive 'Cage' Tower before reaching Disley. 


The post walk pub is the excellent Rams Head Inn, for their Summer Garden Party. The theme is Tiki (Hawaiian). Expect drinks offers and live music until late. 

Given the late morning start, lunch may be a bit later also depending on pace (between 1.30 - 2pm), though we'll have a rest / snack stop beforehand.

There are no toilets at Furness Vale so please use the ones on the train.  

Car drivers: Furness Vale and Disley are on the same train line. Parking is available at Disley station and so I would recommend joining the train there at 11:18. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

Off peak return to Furness Vale (£7.50)

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Furness Vale Station.

11:25

Walk starts at Furness Vale Station.

Return

from Disley Station. 1655 / 1753 / 1855 / 1954 / 2055 / 2154 / 2323 

26-8-2017 10:30 26-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Silly in Disley Furness Vale Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Furness Vale, Peak Forest Canal, Whaley Bridge, Toddbrook Reservoir, Slaters Bank Wood, Whaley Moor, Bowstones, Knights Low Wood, Lyme Park, Hase Bank Wood, The Cage Tower, Disley

 

 

28

Pennine Way Part 2

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

14.0 mi

835m

Part Two of the Pennine Way at last - Hadfield to Marsden!

Starting at Hadfield we go along the Longdendale Trail to Crowden, then up along the valley onto the Moor and then Black Hill, then heading across via some unexpected dips to Wessenden Head Moor and then down into Marsden, going onto the Kirklees Way for the last stretch.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:00

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Rail Ranger £6.40

Single Marsden to Greenfield £5.90

09:18

Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return

from Marsden Station. 17:28, 18:29, 19:28, change at Stalybridge for Trains to Piccadilly

28-8-2017 09:00 28-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Pennine Way Part 2 Hadfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Longdendale Trail, The Hollins, Crowden, Pennine Way, Laddow Rocks, Black Hill, Wessenden Head/A682, Wessenden Lodge, Kirklees Way, Marsden
Extra:

This is a linear walk - car usage not advised due to distance between start and end locations, best car parking option is at Manchester Piccadilly.

Drinks in Marsden at the end.

 

 

31

Evening Walk: The Garden & The Chapel

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

3.5 mi

108m

Walk leaders meeting at walk start.

Tucked away in the heart of the country park and taking its name from the 7th Century missionary St Chad, sits the historic Chadkirk chapel with its beautiful walled garden. Easy paths take us through open fields and woodland before returning via the peaceful canal for a Thursday evening tipple - where this service terminates!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Romiley £5.10

18:49

Train departs for the walk start at Romiley.

19:10

Walk starts at Romiley.

Return

from Romiley. 21:16, 21:40, 22:40

31-8-2017 18:35 31-8-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Evening Walk: The Garden & The Chapel Romiley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Tangshutt Fields, Hyde Bank, Mid Shires Way, Chadkirk, Peak Forest Canal.
Extra:

Car Drivers

Free car parking available at Romiley station after 6pm.

 

 

2

Return to Edging the Purple

Public Transport based walk with Ken Banks.

10.0 mi

450m

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

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return to Grindleford £11:40

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 16:36, 17:36, 18:37, 19:30, 20:59

2-9-2017 09:30 2-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Return to Edging the Purple Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Grindleford Station, Burbage Rocks, Stanage Edge, Crow Chin, Bamford Edge, Bamford
Extra:

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

 

 

9

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

Still on the long distance trails theme.... from Cardiff to Conwy is an epic unoffiical long distance route called the Cambrian Way. I've been working my way through it over the last eighteen months or so and thought it'd be fun to try some of the route through the Black Mountains. We'll be based out of Abergavenny on the edge of the Black Mountains: a decent sized town with a variety of accommodation options. Expect a longish walk on the Saturday and then a more moderate walk on the Sunday before we make our way back to Manchester (and just possibly an easier walk Saturday too if another leader would be kind enough to volunteer).

 

 

9

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

25.0 mi

1756m

Right on the eastern edge of Wales is some fantastic walking country that has a very remote feel. The first walk of the weekend is a cracking long route over the eastern ridges north of Abergavenny as far as the Blacksmith's Anvil and returning back through pretty woodland and a last big climb over Sugar Loaf. This is a DIY weekend so the idea is you sort your own transport, accommodation etc out & I'll meet you there and lead the walk!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

08:00

Meet at the walk start (Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre)

08:00

Walk starts.

9-9-2017 08:00 9-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London DIY weekend: the Black Mountains

Right on the eastern edge of Wales is some fantastic walking country that has a very remote feel. The first walk of the weekend is a cracking long route over the eastern ridges north of Abergavenny as far as the Blacksmith's Anvil and returning back through pretty woodland and a last big climb over Sugar Loaf. This is a DIY weekend so the idea is you sort your own transport, accommodation etc out & I'll meet you there and lead the walk!

Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Deri, Garn Wen, Blacksmith's Anvil; Partrishow, Sugar Loaf
Extra note:

Long walk with a lot of ascent so make sure you're up to the whole route as there's no bailouts. You'll need sufficient food/water for a long day too & full walking gear including waterproofs and warm layers as it's exposed on the tops.

Lots of accommodation options in Abergavenny including camping, a bunkhouse near the station and B & Bs.

It'd be helpful to get an idea who's coming so we know to wait at the meetpoint: email sarahfpeppiatt@gmail.com or drop me a text on 07495411267

 

 

10

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains Day 2

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

Still on the long distance trails theme.... from Cardiff to Conwy is an epic unoffiical long distance route called the Cambrian Way. I've been working my way through it over the last eighteen months or so and thought it'd be fun to try some of the route through the Black Mountains. We'll be based out of Abergavenny on the edge of the Black Mountains: a decent sized town with a variety of accommodation options. Expect a longish walk on the Saturday and then a more moderate walk on the Sunday before we make our way back to Manchester (and just possibly an easier walk Saturday too if another leader would be kind enough to volunteer). More information to follow

 

 

10

DIY weekend: the Black Mountains day 2

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

15.0 mi

472m

A much easier route for day 2: the route broadly follows the River Usk by field and woodland to Crickhowell before returning along the canal back to Abergavenny in good time for people to make their way back home.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

09:30

Meet at the walk start (Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre)

09:30

Walk starts.

10-9-2017 09:30 10-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London DIY weekend: the Black Mountains day 2

A much easier route for day 2: the route broadly follows the River Usk by field and woodland to Crickhowell before returning along the canal back to Abergavenny in good time for people to make their way back home.

Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Graig Woods, Crickhowell, Monmouthshire Canal
Extra note:

Definitely aiming to finish before 17.30 as I have train booked back for then!

See day 1 for notes on accommodation and contact details for letting me know if you're coming.

 

 

10

Which way's North?

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

7.0 mi

355m

I will be meeting the group at Broadbottom.

A bit of an experimental walk format (and test of who actually reads this stuff). I won't be leading this walk, YOU will. The idea is you can come down and have a go at navigating a mini-walk (around a mile) which will then combine into a route around the lovely Broadbottom and Cown Edge. If you like it, maybe you can have a go at leading something longer. If not, you can hand over to the next person knowing you have tried something a bit different. We can then reminisce about the whole ordeal over some local ale at the Harewood.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:05

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £5.40

10:18

Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

10:45

Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return

from Broadbottom. 15:15, 15:45, xx:15, xx:45

10-9-2017 10:05 10-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Which way's North? Broadbottom MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Gamesley Siding, Simmondly, Cown Edge, Charlesworth, Tom's Wood
Notes:

The observant among you will have noticed there won't be time to get around everyone unless we stop every few minutes. If you really want a go, please drop me an email to webmaster@madwalkers.org.uk. No toilets at the station or on the walk.

 

 

16

'Dale to the Birds

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

10.5 mi

190m

A 10 mile walk starting at Rochdale Station ending in the 'charming' village of Newhey via Hollingworth Lake.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Combined Tram and Train Travelcard £8.20 (Available from all Metrolink machines).

09:47

Train departs for the walk start at Rochdale.

10:05

Walk starts at Rochdale.

Return

from Newhey Metrolink. Every 12mins

16-9-2017 09:30 16-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Dale to the Birds Rochdale MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Rochdale Canal, Smithy Bridge, Hollingworth Lake, Piethorne Reservoir, Newhey.

 

 

16

Eyam going for a walk

Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes & Gemma Wilson.

11.6 mi

609m

Walk leaders to meet the group at Grindleford

A pretty walk over to the famous plague village of Eyam, where it's inhabitants' self-emposed quarentine in 1665 helped to prevent the spread of the black death; said to have reached the village from infected cloth from London, from reaching neighbouring villages and beyond.  En route to Eyam we'll pass one of the boundary stones used to mark, you guessed it, the edge of the quarantine section.  Villagers left vinegar soaked coins at these stones in payment for food and medicine provided by neighbouring villages and the nearby Earl of Devonshire in Chatsworth House.    

 

Thankfully Eyam is now better known for it's pretty tearooms, cafes and bistros however there are still plenty of monuments and information plaques on many of the houses that tell the story of the people that lived and died there during the plaque. We'll stop for lunch in Eyam before heading up through woodland into the heather adorned moorland above Eyam before passing through more woodland, fields and waterside sections to return to Grindleford and the train home.  

 

This walk should take roughly 5 hours to complete.  Paths are good for the majority of the route however please note that a couple of sections were muddy/slippy or a little overgrown with brambles etc when reccied.  There are only a couple of steep but short climbs.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Grindleford from Piccadilly costs £11.40.  

10:49

Train departs for the walk start at Grindleford Station.

11:50

Walk starts at Grindleford Station.

Return

from Grindleford Station. 16:28 / 17:28 / 18:29

16-9-2017 10:30 16-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Eyam going for a walk Grindleford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:D V H Way, The Bank, The Cliff, Town End, Ladywash Mine, Sir William Hill, Stoke Ford, Hazleford, Leadmill, Coppice Wood
Toilets:

Toilet available in cafe at Grindleford station.  Public toilet available in Eyam

 

 

23

Kinlochleven to Fort William

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland and Andy Buckley.

15.0 mi

662m

Walk Leaders meeting at Walk Start

Join us for the last stage of the West Highland Way, going from Kinlochleven over to Fort William, taking in Glen Nevis.

If you want to join us, stay over in Fort William for the Friday and Saturday nights as buses to Kinlochleven are available and we'll be setting off once the bus has arrived.

The bus departs at 0847 from a bus stop outside Nevisport in the centre of Fort William, arriving in Kinlochleven at approximately 09:40.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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 Fort William Bus Stop (Outside Nevisport) for the train at 08:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

TBC - Bus ticket from Fort William to Kinlochleven is approx. £4.

08:47

Train departs for the walk start at Kinlochleven/Kearan Road End Bus Stop.

09:45

Walk starts at Kinlochleven/Kearan Road End Bus Stop.

Return

from Fort William High Street. -

23-9-2017 08:35 23-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kinlochleven to Fort William Kinlochleven/Kearan Road End Bus Stop MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Mam Mor, Old Military Road, Tigh-na-sieubhaich, Lairigmor (ruins),Blar a'Chaorainn (ruin), Nevis Forest, Fort William
Extra:

This is a linear walk ending in Fort William, if you wish to drive to Kinlochleven you must make your own arrangements to collect your car at the end of the day.

Meal to be arranged in Fort William after the walk!

 

 

23

Leftovers (Part 1) & Extras (Part 2)

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

21.0 mi

1150m

This is a walk with a drop out point at the 14 mile/700m  ascent mark, just by Hebden station, so an opportunity for those more used to the shorter or flatter walks to give themselves an option of a longer route, but without needing to commit to it at the start. 

The first part of the walk is loosely based on a couple of walk routes which weather or tiredness meant we never quite reached earlier in the year - heading high up onto the moors between Haworth and Hebden, then dropping down to Lumb Falls, down Crimsworth and then up through Hardcastle Crags to Gibson Mill and then sharp back on ourselves climbing through the woods until we can head to the Colden Valley and admire the remains of the mills and the trees growing through them.

The second part of the day heads a little bit up the hill to the south of Hebden, turns towards Mytholmroyd and then drops into the Calder Valley, back up to Erringden Moor and then a drop down through Erringden Woods underneath Horsehold back to the town.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:35

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

Suggested ticket:

A Hebden day return on a Saturday is a princely £9.80

Walk Leader will be meeting at walk start

08:48

Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.

Return

from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 18:08 but there are trains at xx08, xx18, and xx42

23-9-2017 08:35 23-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Leftovers (Part 1) & Extras (Part 2) Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Deer Stones Edge, Midgehole, Gibson Mill, Popples Common, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Horsehold Wood, Hebden Bridge

 

 

23

Around Brereton

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

10.4 mi

109m

Starting from Sandbach the route heads down the main road for a short way before crossing fields to pass over two railway lines and through fields to reach quiet lanes to the small hamlet of Bradwall. The way crosses the M6 and through more fields to Brereton Green where the Hall and church are. There is a short curve round into Brereton Heath onto the Dane Valley Way into Swettenham and then along tracks and a shirt road walk to Holmes Chapel Station 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Sandbach Return £11.30

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Sandbach Railway Station.

10:35

Walk starts at Sandbach Railway Station.

Return

from Holmes Chapel Railway Station. 16:45, 17:02, 17:44

23-9-2017 09:30 23-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Around Brereton Sandbach Railway Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Sandbach Station, Bridge Farm, Bradwall (M6), Brereton Green, Brereton Hall, Brereton Heath, River Dane, Swettenham, Holmes Chapel

 

 

24

Over the Tops

Public Transport based walk with Josh Dawson.

8.0 mi

400m

A bracing walk with stunning vistas from the high points of Blackstone Edge. This walk takes in a short part of the Rochdale Canal and skirts Hollingworth Lake before climbing up to Littleborough's 'breathing space' of the surrounding hills. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles.

Please bring warm clothes and waterproofs as the weather can suddenly change and there may be some low cloud. Would recommend 2 litres of drinking water as it is quite thirsty work! Packed lunch also essential!

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

The 09:40 train from Victoria from Platform 4, arriving at Smithy Bridge at 10:05

The walk concludes at a pub in Littleborough where return trains to Victoria can be caught.

09:40

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

10:10

Walk starts at Smithy Bridge Train Station.

Return

from Littleborough train Station. 15:05, 15:58, 16:05, 16:57

24-9-2017 09:30 24-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Over the Tops Smithy Bridge Train Station MAD Walkers
Note:

*** Walk leader to meet at Smithy Bridge Railway Station. ***

 

 

30

Kentmere Horseshoe

Public Transport based walk with Arthur Embleton.

20.2 mi

1299m

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

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

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

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

07:30

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:51. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off Peak Day Return for £24.  I will meet you at the walk start as I am driving there.

07:51

Train departs for the walk start at Staveley.

09:25

Walk starts at Staveley.

Return

from Staveley. 20:03

30-9-2017 07:30 30-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Kentmere Horseshoe Staveley MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, High Street, Yoke, Kentmere
GPX:

http://blerg.net/gpx/kentmere-horseshoe.gpx

 

 

30

Bollington Walking Festival

Public Transport based walk with Steve Rawlins.

11.7 mi

650m

Walking Leader joining at walk start

This walk is part of the Bollington Walking Festival. We'll head towards the top of Tegg's nose for the lovely view before dropping down to Ward's Knob and past a couple of the reservoirs on the edge of Macclesfield Forest and then through the Forest itself. After walking round Lamaload Reservoir we'll start heading towards Bollington via White Nancy where the walk ends. We can then either walk back towards Macclesfield via a shorter route (just 3 miles), or after a pint or two jump in a taxi or bus. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public 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:

09:46

Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

10:15

Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return

from Macclesfield Station.

30-9-2017 09:30 30-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Bollington Walking Festival Macclesfield Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield, Tegg's Nose, Ward's Knob, Teggnose Reservoir, Bottoms Reservoir, Ridgegate Reservoir, Macclesfield Forest, Whitehills, Lamaload Reservoir, Yearns Low, High Cliff, Gritstone Trail, White

 

 

30

Seeing Red(ish)

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

12.2 mi

501m

Following the interest in my Ashton walk, I'm trying another sub-urban walk start, this time the delightful Reddish.

Leaving the station, we drop into Reddish vale country park, before heading along a river, a canal then over Wernerth Low and into Hadfield.

Who says you need to go a long way from town to go for a nice walk? 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Manchester Rail Ranger £6.40

09:49

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

10:00

Walk starts at Reddish North Train Station.

Return

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

30-9-2017 09:35 30-9-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Seeing Red(ish) Reddish North Train Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Reddish Vale, River Tame, Peak Forest Canal, Werneth Low, Back Wood, Great Wood, Hauge Road, Wooley Bridge
Extra:

No toilets at walk start - due to journey time you may want to use the ones in Manchester. Some bits tend to be quite muddy so waterproofs may be useful.

 

 

7

3 hills before lunch (and another one for luck)

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

17.5 mi

1072m

A very varied walk across moor and woodland to the south of Bamford and Edale. We start the day with 3 significant climbs and descents as we cross over Offerton Moor and over Bretton Clough.  A long loop through the rolling Derbyshire dales forms the middle section before a final long climb brings us over the Great Ridge & down to Edale for a well-earned 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.

08:30

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 Bamford £11.20 or a Wayfarer £13.

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

09:45

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Edale Station. X:48 aiming for 18:48

7-10-2017 08:30 7-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 3 hills before lunch (and another one for luck) Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Offerton Moor, Sir William Hill, Abney Moor, Great Hucklow; Windy Knoll; Edale
Extra note:

As the title suggests there is a lot of ascent on this route & it's fairly long for the time of year. There are no bailouts so please be sure you can do the whole route at a reasonable pace so we don't finish in the dark. Full waterproofs, warm layers etc and enough food/fluid for the whole day will be needed.

Based on the recce in August you can expect a lot of mud, possibly a lot of overgrown vegetation and an exciting set of stiles in various states of collapse. Come equipped accordingly.

If you want to drive suggest you park at Edale and join the train at 09:34. Single to Bamford will cost you £3.80.

OS Map: Explorer 24 & 1

 

 

7

Stanage Edge and Higger Tor

Public Transport based walk with Bernardo.

13.5 mi

700m

A circular walk which takes in "Stanage Edge" the gritstone escarpment which is popular with Rock Climbers. After passing the famous "Stanage Pole" the walk crosses open moorland to ascend Higger Tor before meandering back to the pub(s) of 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.

08:30

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

Suggested ticket:

GM Wayfarer Ticket (£13 - purchased from the service counter, not the self-service machines.)

08:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:00

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 17:32, 18:33, 19:32, 20:55

7-10-2017 08:30 7-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Stanage Edge and Higger Tor Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Stanage Edge, Stanage Pole, Hathersage Moor, Ox Stones, Burbage Moor, Higger Tor

 

 

7

'Wood to the Grove

Public Transport based walk with Aidan McGrath.

11.5 mi

210m

Linear walk taking in Lyme Park an various parts of Cheshire.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:35

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

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak Return to Middlewood £5.90.

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Middlewood Station.

10:20

Walk starts at Middlewood Station.

Return

from Hazel Grove Station. 14:36, 15:03, 15:36, 16:03, 16:36...

7-10-2017 09:35 7-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Wood to the Grove Middlewood Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Macclesfield Canal, Green Farm, Knights Low, Higher Moor, Lantern Wood, The Cage, Middlewood, Hazel Grove Golf Club.

 

 

8

Win Hill the savage way and fun on the plateau

Public Transport based walk with Tom Scarborough.

17.7 mi

1067m

A challenging route involving several steep ascents (one of which is in/immediately next to a stream), with parts of the walk being directly across open access land rather than paths including a small grade 1 scramble of about 30m in length. 

Based on the recce parts of the walk will be very muddy and there will be sections of peat bog to cross and bracken to battle.

We will be stopping at the Old Nags Head, Edale and the Old Hall Hotel, Hope to obtain beverages.

The intended pace will be quite brisk and the total route should take around 9 and a half hours. It is expected we will pass through Edale around 2pm, Hope around 6pm and finish in Bamford at about 7pm. So there is an option to bailout at either Edale or Hope, as these are on the same train line as Manchester Piccadilly/ Bamford.

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.

08:00

Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:23. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Bamford - £11.40

08:23

Train departs for the walk start at Bamford Station.

09:20

Walk starts at Bamford Station.

Return

from Bamford Station. 18:38, 19:38, 22:37

8-10-2017 08:00 8-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Win Hill the savage way and fun on the plateau Bamford Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Bamford Station, Win Hill, Jaggers Clough, Edale, Mam Tor, Winnats Pass, Castleton, Hope, Bamford Station

 

 

14

Manage an Autumn Walk on Stanage

Public Transport based walk with Jonny Franklin.

11.1 mi

492m

Starting at Hathersage; the walk starts off heading down the River Derwent before heading off through Coppice Wood and along tracks to Grindleford Station. The next part leads up Padley Gorge to Burbage Bridge where the acsent starts to Carl Wark Iron Age Hillfort and onto Higger Tor. The route then contours along to Stanage Edge before dropping down to Sheepwash Bank and North Lees Hall (connection to the Bronte's). The last part follows field paths and lanes to Hathersage Church and into Hathersage 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.

09:30

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

Suggested ticket:

Hathersage Return £11.40

09:49

Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

10:50

Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return

from Hathersage Station. 17:32, 18:33

14-10-2017 09:30 14-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London Manage an Autumn Walk on Stanage Hathersage Station MAD Walkers
Waypoints:River Derwent, Grindleford Station, Padley Gorge, Carl Wark, Higger Tor, Stanage Edge, North Lees Hall, Hathersage Church, Hathersage

 

 

15

'Tis The Witchin Hour

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

8.0 mi

400m

This was originally to be a car based walk but has been switched to a Direct based walk due to the Manchester Half Marathon being held on this day which will make driving into Manchester an issue.

Seeing we are in the month of October I thought a visit to Barley was in order to see if we can see any witches can be spotted. We start from the village of Barley with a stroll through the countryside before heading up Pendle Hill and back to the village of Barley.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:20

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

10:30

Walk starts.

15-10-2017 10:20 15-10-2017 20:00:00 Europe/London 'Tis The Witchin Hour

Seeing we are in the month of October I thought a visit to Barley was in order to see if we can see any witches can be spotted. We start from the village of Barley with a stroll through the countryside before heading up Pendle Hill and back to the village of Barley.

Barley Parish Council Car Park MAD Walkers
Waypoints:Lower Black Moss Res, Brown House, Pendle Hill, Ogden Clough, Lower Ogden Res, Newchurch in Pendle, Lower Croft House Farm.

 


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