Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.
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.
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
Waypoints: The Cloud; Rudyard Reservoir; Horton village; Timberbrook; Congleton
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.
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