Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.
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.
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
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
There are no toilets at Woodley station. I'm sure there are no toilets at Glossop station either. Please use toilets on the train