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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 2018

6

Sowerby Bridge

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

6.5 mi

200m

We'll use canal and river paths to head out of Sowerby Bridge town centre. The gradual climb out of Copley leads us through woodland and past some picturesque streams, onto Norland Moor. We'll get panoramic views of the area if the weather is good. After visiting the trig point, we meander back down into the valley via footpaths and some short sections on quiet roads. Before getting the train back to Victoria there are some nice options for drinks, including the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms on the train station platform.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:10: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return to Sowerby Bridge £10.20

Or duo ticket £15.30 for 2 people travelling together

09:26: Train departs for the walk start at Sowerby Bridge.

10:20: Walk starts at Sowerby Bridge.

Return from Sowerby Bridge. xx08 & xx33 until 1633. Then xx47, xx09 & xx33 until 1933.

Waypoints: Canal Wharf, North Dean Woods, Norland Moor, Clough Head, Sowerby Bridge Train Station

Extra :

No toilets at walk start.

Sections in the woodland and on the moor can be boggy.

If driving you can park on Station Road (before you get to the station car park).

6-1-2018 09:10 6-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Sowerby Bridge Sowerby Bridge MAD Walkers

7

Tintwistle Moor

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

7.5 mi

420m

Walk Leader joining at Walk Start

A short New Year stretch of legs around the Tintwistle area.

Starting from Hadfield, we'll head past the Bottoms and Valehouse Reservoir's before crossing over the Woodhead Pass and a short climb up towards Tintwistle Moor. After some (hopefully) nice views from the top we'll then head towards the village itself and then onto Hadfield for the return train.

*Please note that although most of the paths will be good, it can be very muddy and boggy at the top. Please ensure you have suitable waterproof footwear and clothing.

 

 

 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

Suggested ticket:

Return to Hadfield £6.30

10:48: Train departs for the walk start at Hadfield Station.

11:30: Walk starts at Hadfield Station.

Return from Hadfield Station. 00 and 30 past the hour

Waypoints: Bottoms Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir, Tintwistle Low Moor, Tintwistle, Hadfield

7-1-2018 10:30 7-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Tintwistle Moor Hadfield Station MAD Walkers

13

Three Thirds: Woodland, Water (nearly), Wiggles

Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

14.5 mi

730m

A walk of three thirds, with more woodland than we normally walk through and a fair sprinkling of climbs and drops - though the two most fun are in the first couple of miles when still close to town.

We start with the walk up Heptonstall Buttress and after we've reached the village drop down to Hardcastle Crags. The next few miles are spent walking up the valley - including on a newly repaired (ie not falling down the hill and requiring advanced gymnastics to walk along) path - before a large loop round at the top near the reservoirs and we start our return journey well above the treeline.

A hop down to the valley base and Gibson Mill and then back up again the other side towards the Colden Valley and a visit to one of the areas other valleys before we reach town again. Whilst we have a few miles on good solid path, the bulk of the walk isn't, so boots that offer good support and can cope with water underfoot are important. We'll need to take time over the tricky sections and thus have a good pace along the easy bits to get us back before its dark.

NB. Walk Leader meeting at walk start. Plentiful car parking at Hebden Bridge Station. No easy drop out points, but we're never far from a quiet road which would be almost impossible to get lost on on the way back to Hebden

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

08:40: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

A Manchester to Hebden Bridge return is a mere £9.80. If travelling from further afield and planning clever ticket splitting, be aware that the recommended outward train and some of the possible return trains don't stop at all intermediate stations

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 16:17 but there are three trains an hour at xx08, xx17 and xx42

Waypoints: Heptonstall, Midge Hole, Blake Dean, Gibson Mill, Colden Valley

13-1-2018 08:40 13-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Three Thirds: Woodland, Water (nearly), Wiggles Hebden Bridge Station MAD Walkers

13

Langfield Common, Stoodley Pike and Cragg Vale

Public Transport based walk with Ravi Menghani.

10.0 mi

380m

A linear walk in the South Pennines, taking in the areas most prominent viewpoint at Stoodley Pike and descending into the picturesque Cragg Vale, with the final stretch following Cragg Brook to Mytholmroyd.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

09:10: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:26. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Mytholmroyd (£10.20) 

09:26: Train departs for the walk start at Walsden.

10:05: Walk starts at Walsden.

Return from Mytholmroyd Station. 1539, 1614, 1639, 1715, 1739, 1839,

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Rake End, Pennine Way, Langfield Common, Stoodley Pike, Cragg Road, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd

13-1-2018 09:10 13-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Langfield Common, Stoodley Pike and Cragg Vale Walsden MAD Walkers

14

Lantern Pike Hike

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

8.1 mi

418m

Walk Leader meeting at Walk Start

A walk out of New Mills up to Hayfield following the Sett Valley Trail up to Lantern Pike, then down back along the valley through Thornsett and the nooks and crannies of New Mills via the odd interesting pub or two.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

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

10:20: 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 New Mills Central £7.70

10:40: Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Central Station.

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

Return from New Mills Central Station. 16:03, 17:03, 18:03

Waypoints: Sett Valley Trail, Hayfield, Little Hayfield, Blackshaw Farm, Lantern Pike, Birch Vale, Thornsett, New Mills.

Extra:

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

Car parking available at Torr Top car park (New Mills SK22 4BS) where parking is free on Sunday, should you wish to drive there. If driving, you should aim to be there by 11:00 to allow time to park and meet the train.

Post-walk refreshments at the Mason's Arms and then the Beer Shed (if we can all fit in!)

14-1-2018 10:20 14-1-2018 20:00:00 Europe/London Lantern Pike Hike New Mills Central Station MAD Walkers

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