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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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15

Cotton on to the Delights of Hebden Bridge

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

7.0 mi

324m

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7.0 mi

324m

Cotton on to the Delights of Hebden Bridge

Direct Transport based walk with Andy Buckley.

Please note, that due to the rail strikes, this is a direct transport walk. 

We start this walk by a gentle stroll along the Rochdal Canal before we start our climb up through the derilict cotton mills and their ruins, through the woods which have once again taken over the old sites up to the hamlet of Jack Bridge to sample the New Delights of the hamlet. Then we head off to the craggy outcrops which overlook Hebden Bridge before visitng Heptonstall and the church grounds which has two churches and an American writers last resting place before heading down back to Hebden Bridge

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

10:30: Meet at the walk start (Hebden Bridge Train Station)

10:30 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Delph, Blackshaw Head, Jack Bridge, Heptonstall

15

Fleece Navidad!

Public Transport based walk with Dean Beaden.

12.0 mi

700m

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12.0 mi

700m

Fleece Navidad!

Public Transport based walk with Dean Beaden.

As the name suggests, this is going to be a festive walk, with the main theme of day being Christmas Jumpers! Dig out your best or worst one and get into the festive spirit! 

The Walk - Starting from Macclesfield station we will head towards Teggs Nose country park and up through Macclesfield Forest, before moving over to Shutlingsloe. Here we will hopefully be rewarded with some great views over the Peaks and Cheshire Plains.  

We will then link up with the Gritstone trail, heading towards White Nancy and down into Bollington for some festive food/drinks. 

From here it will be a short bus journey back to Macclesfield train 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.

08:15: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:35. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Macclesfield

08:35: Train departs for the walk start at Macclesfield Station.

09:15: Walk starts at Macclesfield Station.

Return from Macclesfield Station.

Waypoints: Teggs nose, Macclesfield Forest, Shutlingsloe, Gritstone trail, White Nancy, Bollington.

22

A Christmas Classic 6th Edition

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins.

8.0 mi

484m

22

8.0 mi

484m

A Christmas Classic 6th Edition

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Steve Rawlins.

**Please note, as it stands the upcoming train strike will impact this walk. If this is still the case a similar type of walk will be submitted in its place**

This Christmas Walk is now in it's 6th year, a great classic Edale walk up to Kinder, much better than last minute Christmas shopping?!

From Edale we'll make our way to Grindsbrook Clough and enjoy the very mild scramble to the top and then make our way to Crowdon Tower and the fascinating rocks along the Wool Packs before joining the Pennine Way, heading down Jacob's Ladder and back towards Edale.

And being Christmas it would be rude not to sample a few beverages in the Nag's Head or Ramblers in (or both!) before getting the train back to Picadilly.

This walk is suitable for new walkers but please take note there is a mild scramble involved and it has been known to be a little boggy on the top so gailtors or waterproofs recommended.

There is a big car park at Edale Village Hall should you wish to drive, it's less than a minute away from the station.

Hip-flasks, flasks of mulled wine, bottles of Prosecco & Buck's Fizz, Mince Pies & wine etc are quite common on this walk so the more the merrier!

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 10:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Edale

10:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

11:35: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. 47 past the hour until 19:47, then 21:45 & 22:46

23

Llamas and Lanterns

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

9.4 mi

390m

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9.4 mi

390m

Llamas and Lanterns

Public Transport based walk with John Ireland.

Walk Leader Meeting at Walk Start.

Avoid the last minute Christmas Shopping mayhem with a walk out of New Mills starting in the Torrs and heading up, over and around Lantern pike, passing by a nice pub or three on the way back.

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 Piccadilly for the train at 09:31. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to New Mills Central £7.70

09:31: Train departs for the walk start at New Mills Central Station.

10:00: Walk starts at New Mills Central Station.

Return from New Mills Central Station. 17:02 then at xx:02 past the hour, hourly

Waypoints: Torrs, Goytside Farm, Gowhole, Shedyard Clough, Birch Vale, Lantern Pike, Wethercotes, Thornsett (Printers Arms), Sett Valley Trail, New Mills (Mason's Arms, Beer Shed)

Extra:

Pub Stops at Printer's Arms in Thornsett and Mason's Arms and Beer Shed in New Mills.

No toilets at walk start, use the ones on the train.

Sadly, Torrs Millenium Walkway is closed but there is another way!

Another cunning plan to avoid the rail strike, this time by getting a Cross Country service to Stoke and then a West Midlands train back to Kidsgrove. There we'll pick up the Gritstone Trail and head to Macclesfield, from where there are relatively frequent non-Northern services back to Manchester. This is a very long walk for the time of year, so we'll need to keep up a fast pace - with minimal breaks - and you should bring a headtorch in case we need to walk the last section (along the canal) in the dark. It is also possible to drop out at Congleton (either before or after The Cloud) and take the hourly 38 bus to Macclesfield.

** The walk leader will be getting on the train at Stockport **

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.

07:15: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 07:27. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Off-Peak return to Kidsgrove is £13.70

07:27: Train departs for the walk start at Kidsgrove Station.

08:30: Walk starts at Kidsgrove Station.

Return from Macclesfield Station. Non-Northern services at xx:37, xx:41, xx:02

Waypoints: Kidsgrove, Mow Cop, The Cloud, Croker Hill, Macclesfield.

5

Arnside in Winter

Direct Transport based walk with John Ireland.

6.9 mi

210m

5

6.9 mi

210m

Arnside in Winter

Direct Transport based walk with John Ireland.

Back by popular demand - the walk with the best sunsets* and the most beach!

Up and over Arnside Knott, then via Arnside Tower to the clifftops and then on to the beach and round back to Arnside in time for a nice beer at The Albion.

*Weather permitting

Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct

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

11:30: Meet at the walk start (Arnside Station)

11:50 Walk starts.

Waypoints: Dobshall Road, Arnside Knott, Hare Parrock, Far Arnside, Park Point, Arnside Point, Blackstone Point, New Barns, Arnside

Extra:

Currently listed as Car-based due to ongoing Industrial Action with Northern Rail.

Lunch on Arnside Knott, if the weather's good we'll walk back to Arnside along the beach. If the weather isn't good we'll take an alternate route that goes slightly more inland and is more sheltered.

If driving, use postcode LA5 0HQ - car parking available in Arnside along sea front and on road alongside station. Arrive by 1130 to allow time to find parking and meet train arriving at station

12

Different side of Edale

Public Transport based walk with Rachel Smith.

15.0 mi

569m

12

15.0 mi

569m

Different side of Edale

Public Transport based walk with Rachel Smith.

Walk starts up to Hollins' Cross then along the path to Mam Tor, stay on the ridge over to Brown Knoll then heading west to Mount Famine before coming down the ridge and back into Edale by Jacob's ladder and the Penine Way.

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 08:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to EDALE - £12.10

08:49: Train departs for the walk start at Edale Station.

09:35: Walk starts at Edale Station.

Return from Edale Station. Edale: xx:47

13

Trains to Blackrod!!??

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Buckley.

8.5 mi

310m

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8.5 mi

310m

Trains to Blackrod!!??

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Buckley.

Okay, yes you read the title right, trains should be running along the Bolton corridor at weekends....that's if they are not affected by strike action still, last minute engineering work or anything else that could scupper them. Anyhow if anything like this does happen this walk can be a car based walk instead.

This walk starts from Blackrod railway station and heads through the streets of Blackrod to the folly called Liverpool Castle before heading into Rivington Country Park along the bank of the Rivington Reservior and towards the Hall. As we get to the wall of the Hall we head off into the terraced gardens of Rivington and the "Pigeon House" tower which overlooks the gardens before the final climb up to Rivington Pike, where on a clear day you can see The Lakes, Snowdonia and "The Big One" at Balckpool! From here we start our descent to Blackrod for the train home.

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.

10:15: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 10:31. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Return to Blackrod from any railway station within the Greater Manchester area is £6.50
Tram/Train ticket: £8.60

10:31: Train departs for the walk start at Blackrod Station.

11:00: Walk starts at Blackrod Station.

Return from Blackrod Station. 15:15 and every hour

Waypoints: Liverpool Castle, Rivington Hall, Rivington Pike, Brown Hill, Higher Knoll.

Toilets:

Use toilets on the train, no toilets at Blackrod station.

19

The Edge of Toads Mouth

Public Transport based walk with Henry Hirst.

11.0 mi

700m

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11.0 mi

700m

The Edge of Toads Mouth

Public Transport based walk with Henry Hirst.

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 - 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.

08:30: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 08:49. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

£11.90 return to Hathersage

08:49: Train departs for the walk start at Hathersage Station.

09:50: Walk starts at Hathersage Station.

Return from Hathersage Station. 16:32, 17:32

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

26

A walk: somewhere

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

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0.0 mi

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A walk: somewhere

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

There will be a walk this Saturday somewhere and in the region of the 17 to 18 mile mark..... Precise details depend on whether Northern will condescend to run a Saturday service in January or not. If they do the Peak District Boundary Trail will reappear. If not, back to the Welsh Borders

2

Fade Away And Radiate

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

10.3 mi

100m

2

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

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 £11.50

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)

15

Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge

Direct Transport based walk with Tom Whitehead.

24.5 mi

1586m

15

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

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