Public Transport based walk with Colin Shaw.
Another marathon-length walk, this is a variation on the famous Gritstone Trail along the higher ground bordering - and featuring great views over - the Cheshire plain. While the official route has been extended to include the Mow Cop Trail (making it a somewhat-less-feasible-in-a-day 35 miles in length) the "original" route rather conveniently comes to 26 miles between Congleton and Disley railway stations! We will also be walking from South to North, rather than in the traditional direction, as the transport options work out a little better that way.
This is a waymarked trail that is mostly on well-surfaced paths, but also includes some short road sections and some less than well-maintained paths. When reccied (after the wettest winter on record) there were some very muddy sections so gaiters could be advisable. We may detour around a particulary soggy part if there has been much recent rainfall. It is also tricky to top-up on water along the route, so be sure to take a couple of litres (or more if it's a hot day, chance would be a fine thing).
There is the opportunity to cut the route short near Macclesfield (approx. half way) and to walk a couple of miles along the road to take the train from there: the suggested return train ticket allows for that option at 10p more than a single! After that there are no easy bail-out points.
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 from Manchester to Congleton (£8.90) and single from Disley (£5.70). Or Wayfarer (£11) plus single from Macclesfield to Congleton (£4.20) if onward travel required.
07:46: Train departs for the walk start at Congleton Station.
08:30: Walk starts at Congleton Station.
Return from Disley Station. 18:55, 19:54, 20:55
Waypoints: The Cloud, Barleigh Ford Bridge, Croker Hill, Tegg's Nose, White Nancy, Spond's Hill, The Bowstones