Introduction to scrambling: Wilderness Gully and Dovestones

Public Transport based scramble with Chris Wareing (& Tim Harrison).

8.5 mi


Given the forecast, this walk will still take place, but will scramble up Charnel Clough (a pleasant Grade 1 route) rather than Wilderness Gully

Please email the walks coordinator if you have any questions about this scramble.

Wilderness Gully is a classic Grade 1 scramble near Dovestones reservoir. At ~200m from valley bottom to the mooredge, it is often called the peak's best scramble. 

We'll catch the train to Greenfield, walk up to and round the reservoir before heading up Chew Valley to the bottom of the scramble. On the way there, there are opportunities to test yourself on some easy rocky boulders at lunch and even a convenient man-made scrambling practice venue on the way up to the scramble. The scrambling is straightforward, and whilst there are easy options at all time, it is not avoidable. We'll take it on at a suitable pace for the whole group - a perfect introduction if you fancy trying scrambling! Then we'll walk along the moor edge to the gritsone outcrop of Indian's Head with fine views over manchester and merseyside if it's clear. On the way down, Wimberry boulders will provide a little more optional scrambling activity, or you can just have a break and watch the climbers, before on down to The Clarence and The Railway pubs for a little light refreshment!

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 09:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return: £3.90. Duo tickets available.

09:27: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.

09:51: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.

Return from Greenfield Station. xx:51

Waypoints: Greenfield station, Dovestones Reservoir, Chew Brook, Indian's Head, Ram's Clough and Wimberry Boulders, Hey Top, Waterside, The Clarence, The Railway, Greenfield Station.


Some gaiters might be useful as the approach to the scramble along the river can be boggy if it has been raining. If the rocks are particularly green and slippy, we might go up the pleasant and easy Grade 1 scramble up Charnel Clough.

9-6-2012 09:15 9-6-2012 20:00:00 Europe/London Introduction to scrambling: Wilderness Gully and Dovestones Greenfield Station MAD Walkers
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