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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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19

The Edge of Toads Mouth

Direct Transport based walk with Henry Hirst.

11.0 mi

700m

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11.0 mi

700m

The Edge of Toads Mouth

Direct Transport based walk with Henry Hirst.

This is now a car based walk due to the rail strike. Please post on the Facebook page if you are able to offer lifts. There should be plenty of parking at Hathersage Station.

 

I've brought the walk start time forward to 9:30am.

Starting in Hathersage we'll climb up to and along the top of Stanage Edge to Crow Chin. We'll then double back underneath and briefly re-join the path before heading towards Upper Burbage Bridge. From there we'll head down Burbage Brook to Toads mouth. Finally we go across the moors, through some fields and woods on the way back to Hathersage where we can go for a drink. Fingers crossed we get some snow.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

09:15: Meet at the walk start (Hathersage Station)

09:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: High Neb, Crow Chin, Cowper Stone, Toad's Mouth, Mitchell Field

20

(Looking) Over The Edge

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Mike Dent.

7.0 mi

355m

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7.0 mi

355m

(Looking) Over The Edge

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Mike Dent.

I will be meeting the group at Broadbottom.

A nice relaxed one to start off the new year. We start by heading along the Trans Pennine Trail, then head up on to Cown Edge where great views can be taken in across Derbyshire on one side and Manchester on the other. After a pretty woodland section (and maybe a play in the park!) there should be plently of time to sample the famous Greenmill refreshments.

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 10:29. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £5.70

10:29: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

10:50: Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return from Broadbottom. 15:26, 15:56, xx:26, xx:56

Waypoints: Gamesley Siding, Simmondly, Cown Edge, Charlesworth, Tom's Wood

Notes:

No toilets at the station. There is a large car park at the station if you want to drive.

26

Up and down the Dykes

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

18.5 mi

773m

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18.5 mi

773m

Up and down the Dykes

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.

This one will certainly burn off any remaining Christmas excesses..... We start from Chirk, dropping down to cross the Ceiriog Valley before meeting Offa's dyke for a lung busting climb out of the valleys. The walk then follows the Dyke steadily south over rolling country, bar an interesting diversion to Selattyn Hill involving another lung busting climb out of the valleys and possibly some conifer bashing. We finally leave Offa's Dyke at the southern end of the Racecourse woods & head East to meet Wat's Dyke which we follow back through Gobowen and a final easy few miles down the canal and over the famous aquaduct. Challenging walk for the time of year but the views are stunning (weather permitting!)

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

08:50: Meet at the walk start (Chirk station)

08:50 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Ceiriog Valley; Offa's Dyke; Selattyn Hill; Racecourse; Brogyntyn Park; Gobowen; Chirk

Extra Note:

Fairly ambitious walk given daylight hours so you should expect a brisk pace and short breaks. Ground conditions likely to be muddy so come appropriately equipped. You'll need sufficient food/fluid for the whole day and obviously warm layers.

It is possible to do this walk by public transport given an early start and ability to get into Manchester. 6.50 train from Picc, change at Chester for 8:20 train to Chirk. Walk leader joining train at Warrington Bank Quay. Aiming for 16.50 train home.

Bailout at Gobowen at 14 miles but you must be able to walk at the group pace if you're intending to use this.

Bring a head torch in case we run out of daylight

OS Map: 240

26

Helsby to Frodsham

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

10.9 mi

520m

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10.9 mi

520m

Helsby to Frodsham

Public Transport based walk with Owain Roberts.

A walk following the sandstone ridge with great views of the River Mersey and Liverpool in the distance, if the weather is good. The walk begins with a short but steep climb up to the first viewpoint at Helsby Hill. After crossing farmland we climb up to the second part of the ridge before following to the second viewpoint overlooking Frodsham. Quick pub stop at the Travellers Rest pub before following the River Weaver back to Frodsham.

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 Piccadilly for the train at 08:52. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Anytime return to Helsby - £16.80.

25% discount if booked 7 days in advance (£12.60) - email me to arrange (owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk)

The train also calls at Oxford Road at 08:55

08:52: Train departs for the walk start at Helsby.

09:42: Walk starts at Helsby.

Return from Frodsham Railway Station. 15:07, 16:03, 17:06, 18:05

Waypoints: Helsby Hill, Bowlingalley Farm, Woodhouse Hill, Sandstone Trail, Beacon Hill, Travellers Rest Pub, Hatley Farm, River Weaver and Weaver Navigation, Eddisbury Way

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Hobson's Choice

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

13.0 mi

590m

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13.0 mi

590m

Hobson's Choice

Public Transport based walk with Mike Dent.

Leader to meet at walk start

We head out of Broadbottom towards Hadfield, then it's up towards Hobson Moor overlooking Brushes and Swineshaw reservoir. From there we drop down into Mottram before heading back to Broadbottom.

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.

09:20: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:29. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Broadbottom £5.70

09:29: Train departs for the walk start at Broadbottom.

09:57: Walk starts at Broadbottom.

Return from Broadbottom. 16:56, 17:26, 17:56, 18:26, 18:56

Waypoints: Etherow Lodge Park, Hobson Moor, Harrop Edge, Mottram Church

Extra:

There is ample parking at Broadbottom, but no toilets.

2

Fade Away And Radiate

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with James Straughan.

10.3 mi

100m

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10.3 mi

100m

Fade Away And Radiate

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with James Straughan.

A look at some abandoned industrial infrastructure in 3 out of 10 of Greater Manchester's local authorities (Bury, Bolton, Salford).

From Radcliffe we'll walk alongside the disused Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal along to the Meccano bridge at Nob End locks. From here the canal continues to Ringley Village. We skirt around the village and pass through woodland to Clifton Country Park, where we'll stop for lunch. We'll then pass by an abandoned colliery, before joining the River Irwell. We'll follow this under the M60, before crossing it, taking a footbridge over the M60 and following the abandoned railway line, now known as the Outwood Trail, until we return to Radcliffe.

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.

10:00: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:15. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Metrolink return to Radcliffe: £4.60

10:15: Train departs for the walk start at Radcliffe tram stop.

10:50: Walk starts at Radcliffe tram stop.

Return from Radcliffe tram stop. Regular trams all evening

Waypoints: Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal, Grade II listed steam crane, Meccano Bridge at Nob End Locks, Ringley Village, Clifton Country Park, Wet Earth Colliery, River Irwell, Outwood Trail

Additional:

No toilet facilities at walk start. 

Toliets available at intended lunch stop in Clifton Country Park. Sections of the route will be very muddy so you may wish to consider gaiters. Please consider bringing additional footwear should you wish to come to the pub afterwards, as they have a "no mud" policy

9

Rollercoaster

Direct Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

12.0 mi

1000m

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12.0 mi

1000m

Rollercoaster

Direct Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

All the thrills* of the rollercoaster without the exhorbitant fees and queues. Down as direct transport but if the vanishingly unlikely happens and we get a Saturday rail service back by then, I will adjust the times to fit in with trains (remember them?)

A mere 12 miles, but in that distance a km of ascent, at least 4 bailouts, a figure of 8 executed via a footpath only bridge over another footpath, a little bit of fording, lots of woodland, 4 serious climbs (the drops aren't anywhere near as steep, as this is meant to be fun and good exercise, not something requiring a safety assessment) and a few minor ones thrown in. 

We should be back mid-afternoon, but the bailouts are there for those with evening plans and we won't need to rush through the more strenuous sections for those not related to mountain goats

*well, some of them. 

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

09:30: Meet at the walk start (Hebden Bridge Train Station)

09:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Erringden Moor, Mytholm, Slack, The Blue Pig, Heptonstall, Mytholm (again)

17

Stalybridge Circular

Public Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

8.0 mi

400m

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8.0 mi

400m

Stalybridge Circular

Public Transport based walk with Jon Buckland.

A pleasant circular walk on the edge of the peak district with an end of walk trip to the one and only stalybridge station buffet bar.

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 10:47. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Stalybridge return.

10:47: Train departs for the walk start at Stalybridge Station.

11:05: Walk starts at Stalybridge Station.

Return from Stalybridge Station. Every 30 mins

2

Chasing St David

Direct Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

18.0 mi

900m

2

18.0 mi

900m

Chasing St David

Direct Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.

Maybe we will have experienced the month of Sundays, the multiple blue moons and the other improbable events that are more likely than Northern getting its act together. To avoid tempting fate with misplaced optimism, I've arranged this walk without train times. I'll tweak closer to the time if there's a way in which it can work with public transport. 

In this walk we dip in and out of sharing paths with the Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway and Calderdale Way.  The central section is quite exposed, there’s some moorland walking which is bound to be boggy (or frozen) and the last hour or so is high up too, but mostly it's relatively sheltered. 

We start through the woods on the southern side of the Calder Valley before crossing the river/canal/road/railway and taking the most Jumbley route up Jumble Hole Clough, across to the village of Blackshaw Head thence fields and moorland to Lower Gorple, down Hardcastle Crags then one final climb to Lumb Hole waterfall and Gib Slack before a march back to Old Town and down the hill for the last time.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

09:30: Meet at the walk start (Hebden Bridge Train Station)

09:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Callis Wood, Great Rock, Blackshaw Head, Land Farm, Gorple Lower, Gibson Mill, Lumb Hole Waterfall

2

Mersey Wonder

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

6.9 mi

57m

2

6.9 mi

57m

Mersey Wonder

Direct Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Buckland.

This is a linear walk that will end at Didsbury Village tram stop

A pleasant, linear walk following the Trans Pennine trail and the River Mersey from Dane Road through to Didsbury.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

14:00: Meet at the walk start (Dane Road Tram Station)

14:00 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Dane Road Tram Stop, Bridgewater Canal, TransPennine route, River Mersey, Didsbury village.

23

Magical mystery tour

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

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Magical mystery tour

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

I shall definitely lead a walk this weekend but no idea where/what until I see what trains are up to! Almost certainly will be a nice long/strenuous one though!!

30

Day out in Cheshire Part 1: A Walk

Public Transport based walk with Jon Flitney.

10.2 mi

240m

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10.2 mi

240m

Day out in Cheshire Part 1: A Walk

Public Transport based walk with Jon Flitney.

An afternoon walk exploring the leafy suburbs and countryside of Poynton, Lyme Park and Higher Poynton. We leave Poynton by skirting past the edge of the old Woodford airfield, along and then crossing Poynton Brook, across the Macclesfield Canal and into the familiar ground of Lyme Park. We then return via Higher Poynton.

Between part 1 and 2 we'll probably have a drink at the Cask Tavern and food at another pub (Farmers Arms or Wetherspoons depending on group size).

If the Northern train strikes are still ongoing, this will be a direct walk (meeting at the walk start).

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.

11:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 11:44. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak return, £7.10.

11:44: Train departs for the walk start at Poynton Station.

12:15: Walk starts at Poynton Station.

Return from Poynton Station. 17:29, 18:29 etc

Waypoints: Woodford airfield, Poynton Brook, Booth Green, West Parkgate, Lyme Park, Platt Wood Farm, Middlecale Farm and Towers Yard Farm.

6

Great Budworth and Anderton Boat Lift

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Volker Funke and Mags Fenton.

9.0 mi

50m

6

9.0 mi

50m

Great Budworth and Anderton Boat Lift

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Volker Funke and Mags Fenton.

Walk leaders will get on the train at Altrincham

This walk is a great opportunity to combine walking through the beautiful Cheshire countryside with visiting a unique monument of the Industrial Revolution. We are first heading to the picturesque village of Great Budworth for our lunch break, where you can have a drink in the listed George and Dragon pub, explore the medieval church or have an ice-cream at the nearby ice-cream farm. The walk then continues across green fields with fine views over Budworth Mere to Anderton Boat Lift. We will have time to see the lift in operation, visit the cafe and view the exhibition about the boat lift. The final part of the walk leads us back along the Trent & Mersey Canal to Northwich, where you can join us for a drink or go straight back to the train station.

We are planning to go for a curry afterwards at http://www.theindiannorthwich.co.uk. Since the restaurant is very popular, we need to book a table in advance. If you would like to join us, please email volker.funke@gmx.de by Thursday, 4th April.

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 10:41. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-peak day return to Northwich £11.80

10:41: Train departs for the walk start at Northwich Railway Station.

11:45: Walk starts at Northwich Railway Station.

Return from Northwich Railway Station. 18:33, 19:24, 20:32, 21:32, 22:32, 23:20

Waypoints: Neumann's Flashes, Marston, Higher Marston, Great Budworth, Anderton, Trent & Mersey Canal

Additional:

Stockport (10:52), Altrincham (11:15)

20

Another magical mystery tour

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

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Another magical mystery tour

Public Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

And again: it'll be nice long, strenuous walk to kick the Easter bank holiday weekend off properly but precise details going to remain vague for a while longer...

17

Sights and Sounds of Altrincham

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Flitney.

5.9 mi

70m

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5.9 mi

70m

Sights and Sounds of Altrincham

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Jon Flitney.

The walk goes along Navigation Road to join the Bridgewater canal, which we follow as the scenery changes from an urban and industrial setting to Cheshire countryside. The canal is left behind at Woodhouse Lane to walk through Dunham Park and then after dodging a few balls on the golf course into the centre of Altrincham.

Please see the socials page for drinks afterwards.

Walk leader meeting at walk start.

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.

18:10: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 18:19. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Departure time is latest tram from Piccadilly, trams also run every 6 minutes to Navigation Road from St. Peters Square and there are connections from other lines at Trafford Bar and Cornbrook. Day (all zones, £4.80) or weekend (£6.60) ticket available.

Train from Stockport: 1818 departure arrives at 1833, anytime return £6.60.

18:19: Train departs for the walk start at Navigation Road Rail and metrolink station.

Return from Altrincham Rail and Metrolink Station. Trams every 12 minutes, last to Piccadilly 0034. Trains: 2201, 2300 and 2349 to Stockport (and Piccadilly).

Waypoints: Navigation Road, Bridgewater Canal, Woodhouse Lane, Brickkiln Lane, Dunham Park, Dunham golf club, Dunham Road and Altrincham.

26

Snowdon Snowman with scrambles

Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes and Gemma Wilson.

15.1 mi

2275m

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15.1 mi

2275m

Snowdon Snowman with scrambles

Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes and Gemma Wilson.

Fancy going up and down Snowdon twice via four different routes and a couple of scrambling sections thrown in for good measure?  Then this is the walk for you.  Date of the walk selected to coincide with bank holiday weekend so you can recover on the Monday.

The route starts at the foot of the Ranger path; the prettiest (in my opinion) route up Snowdon and certainly one of the quetiest.  Upon reaching the summit we'll stop for drinks, food and the toilets before continuing down the first part of the Watkin path; branching off this path to follow the latter part of the snowdon Horseshoe and scramble up to the West and East Peaks of Y Lliwedd.  This has a tricky (ish) descent down to Llyn Llydaw reservoir, which marks the start of the second ascent of Snowdon as we head back up via the Miner's path.  Another stop at the summit to allow people to buy additional food / fluids and use the loo again then its back down again.  This time it's via the South Ridge (with more light scrambling), which eventually joins onto the bottom of the Rhyd Ddu path.  From the Rhyd Ddu car park it's a couple of miles along gently undulating country roads back to the walk start.  Care needs to be taken on this section as a couple of sections have no pavement on which to walk. 

Please note there is no option to bail out on this walk.  The walk is likely to take 8 - 9 hours to complete.

From memory there are no toilets at the walk start but there are toilets at Snowdon summit and at Rhyd Ddu car park. 

There is a pay and display car park across the road from the walk start.  Please bring plenty of change for car parking.  Please do not park in bays reserved for users of the hostel.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

09:20: Meet at the walk start (Car park opposite Snowdon Ranger Station)

09:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Snowdon Ranger Path, Bwlch Glas, Snowdon Summit, Y Lliwedd, Miners Track, Snowdon Summit, Bwlch Main, Clogwyn Du, Bwlch Cwm Llan, Pen ar Lon, Rhyd Ddu,

15

Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge

Direct Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead.

24.5 mi

1586m

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24.5 mi

1586m

Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge

Direct Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead.

The Classic Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, a truely great walk.

Starting at the cafe in Horton In Ribblesdale, we'll quickly start the ascent up Pen-y-ghent(694m) which includes a little mild scrambling and than have a bit of a long low level walk until we reach the Ribblesdale Viaduct and start to climb Whernside(736m). The ascent is long and gradual but offers great views (sometimes!) and the descent is quite steep and quick. After a quick toilet break at the makeshift cafe, we'll head towards the final peak of Ingleborough(723m). The climb is steep and tough but once we're at the top that's the end of the climbing for the day. Once we leave the summit, it's all downhill as we head back towards Horton In Ribblesdale.

Accommodation (at 2 pubs) and camping is available at Horton if required but it's advisable to book early. There will be a number of us booking the Fri/Sat nights at Holme Farm campsite 01729 860281.

Although it's a meet at the walk start, please email me if you can possibly offer lifts to others - walks@madwalkers.org.uk. There are several pay and display car parks near the walk start - Penyghent Cafe.

Due to the distance, we'll need to walk at a brisk pace so reasonable fitness is required and full waterproofs are vital (regardless of the forecast). There is a drop out point in Ribblesdale where you can get the train back to Horton.

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.

07:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Horton In Ribblesdale, Pen y Ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough

15

DIY Weekend: Isle of Man Snaefell Day 1

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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DIY Weekend: Isle of Man Snaefell Day 1

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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DIY Weekend: Isle of Man Day 2

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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DIY Weekend: Isle of Man Day 2

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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DIY weekend 2019

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

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DIY weekend 2019

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

For this year's DIY I thought we'd head over to the East coast and the North York Moors. Same plan as previous years: an epic walk on the Saturday and an easier one on the Sunday. You sort your own transport, accommodation etc and I'll meet you at the start point to lead. We'll be based in Whitby for the weekend: large variety of accommodation available but it is a popular holiday location so stuff may book up quite fast. More details to follow.

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DIY weekend 2019 part 2

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

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DIY weekend 2019 part 2

Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt. More details to follow.

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The second of the two walks on offer on this DIY weekend and it'll be a much more relaxed option than the Saturday. More details to follow.

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Santa Walk 2019

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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Santa Walk 2019

Public Transport based walk with Andy Buckley. More details to follow.

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