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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.


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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Historical walks

Walks in the old format organised by year: 200620072008200920102011

Historical walks in the newer format: 20112012201320142015201620172018

JULY 2006

Saturday 29th: Red Screes & Ambleside

Car-Based Walk 4 Boots 9 miles 930m climb - Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A walk taking in part of the well known walk 'The Fairfield Horseshoe' and visiting the Lakeland town of Ambleside.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:00.

Suggested Route: A57, M602, M60, M61, M6, A591, A593 (Junction details to follow)

Walk Start: Kirkstone Pass Carpark at 10:30. Car park is free.

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY400080

Waypoints: Kirkstone Pass Carpark, Red Screes, Scandale Tarn, High Pike, Low Pike, High Sweden Bridge, Low Sweden Bridge, Ambleside, Roundhill Farm, Low Grove, Middle Grove, High Grove, Pets Bridge, Kirkstone Inn

Extra: Very steep slope at beginning, potential for some scrambling, but this can be avoided if desired. Car park is free. Toilets at start. Pub half way round and one at the end. Possibility of staying overnight but this is yet to be confirmed


Sunday 30th: Is it a bird or is it a plane?

Direct walk 1 Boots 5 miles - Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A tramp through Davyhulme and Barton.

Walk Start: Davyhulme Circle - outside Nag's Head pub at 11:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ763957

Waypoints: Davyhulme Millennium Nature Reserve, Barton Aerodrome, Botany Bay Wood

Extra: Various ways of getting there by train and bus. Suggest that you get confirmation from GMPTE.

Train: Oxford Road to Urmston though it's only every hour, on the quarter hour, so not necessarily the best way.

Buses: 15, 22, 23, 23A, 245, 255, 256A

From Piccadilly Gardens

15 (10:15 to Nag's Head, arr. 10:50)

256 (10:20 to Nag's Head, arr. 10:55)

255 (10:10 to Urmston station, arr. 10:43) - walk up Crofts Bank Road to the Circle

From Stockport and Chorlton

22 (09:50 Stockport, 10:27 Chorlton to Nag's Head, arr. 10:49)

23A (10:05 Stockport, 10:30 Chorlton to Nag's Head, arr. 10:49)

From Bolton

22 (09:30 to Nag's Head, arr. 10:35; 10:00, arr. 11:05)

From Altrincham and Sale

255 (10:25 to Urmston Council Offices, arr. 10:52ish) - walk up Crofts Bank Road to the Circle

If people get a Day Saver ticket (£3.50), they will be able to pick up a 15 from Woodsend Circle (xx:58) if they wish. It will take them back through Urmston or Stretford.

Monday 28th: Diggle and Delph etc.

Train-Based Walk 3 Boots 11 miles 420m Ascent (but not all at once) - Leader: John Ireland

Description: A bank holiday meander round the northern corner of the peak district going via some small Pennine towns that begin with the letter 'D'.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Station from 9.00 for the 9.27 train to Greenfield.

Walk Start: Greenfield Railway Station at 10.00

Suggested Ticket: GM Rail Ranger £3

Waypoints: Greenfield Station, Lower Arthurs, Kinder Stones, Oven Stones, Sugar Loaf, Shaw Rocks, Slades Rocks, Running Hill Head, Fair Banks, Diggle,Hunters Hill, Harrop Edge Lane, Delph, Greenfield Station

Return Services: 16:53, 17:53, 18:25, 18:53 (Journey takes 27min)

Extra: Not pre-reccied, but John's good with a map!

Weekend Away in the Brecon Beacons - NOW FULL

- 25th-28th August 2006

MAD Walkers go to Brecon! Set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in mid-Wales, we will be staying in the Canal Barn Bunkhouse, situated near to the canal and a short walk from Brecon town centre and all its amenities, including the Boars Head where local ales can be sampled. The bunkhouse has excellent facilities, including a large garden with two barbeques, off-road parking, a drying room and large covered annex.

On Saturday we will be tackling the Brecon Beacon Challenge Walk, which takes in 4 peaks up to a maximum height of 886m on Pen-y-Fan. This will be a 3.5 Boot 15 mile walk. If someone volunteers to lead an easy alternative walk, the route along the canal is very pleasant.

On Sunday there will be a 2 Boot 9 mile walk north of Brecon, with the possibility of an alternative harder walk for those who wish for another challenge.

The cost will be £45, which will include the barbeque planned for the Sunday evening.

WEEKEND FULL - CONTACT for further information.

Saturday 2nd: Maize Maze by moonlight

Tram-Based Walk 1 Boot 7 miles - Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A walk over to Dunham Town and Redhouse Farm where the Maize Maze will be awaiting us, lit by the gentle moon.

Meet Point: Altrincham Metrolink/bus station Clock Tower at 18:00.

Walk Start: Altrincham Metrolink/bus station Clock Tower at 18:00.

Extra: I intend to take people via the Axe & Cleaver pub beforehand so that they can buy a meal and drink if they fancy. Sunset is 20:22 BST. The maze closes at 22:00 but we should have left it by then! There will be some walking after sunset so torches are necessary.

Sunday 3rd: The Heather of Hathersage

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles 400m climb - Leader: Kirstin Wolthers

Description: After leaving the train station, this circular train-based walk will initially follow the River Derwent. We will them climb through a thick forest of ferns to reach Offerton Moor and then slowly descend through Abney and Bretton Clough. Bretton will be the lunch and refreshment break. A visit to the plague village of Eyam follows lunch. We will then cross Eyam Moor on our return to Hathersage.

Meet Point: Piccadilly railway station for the 09:01 train.

Walk Start: Hathersage Train Station at 10:00.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK233810

Suggested ticket: Cheap Day Return to Hathersage £7.20

Return times: 17:00, 18:13, 19:02, 20:01

Saturday 16th: Scafell Pike from Borrowdale

Car Based Walk 4 Boots 9 miles 900m ascent - Leader: Phil Walters

Description: A walk up the highest mountain in England ,ascending from one of England's most beautiful valleys ,going up Grains Gill and coming back via the corridor route.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:00.

Suggested Route: A57, M602, M61, M6 to Junction 40, A66 to Keswick (16 Miles), B5289 to Seatoller, just before Seatoller village take minor road on the left to Seathwaite

Walk Start: Seathwaite at 10.30 am

Walk Start Grid Reference: NY236121

Waypoints: Stockley Bridge, Grains Gill, Esk Hause, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike, Corridor Route, Spout Head, Sty Head, Stockley Bridge, Seathwaite

Extra: Toilets at start. Carpark is free and there is room for parking on the verges of the road for many cars. If there is sufficient interest I intend to stay over and do a slightly easier walk on the Sunday. If you are interested please email A.S.A.P for further details.

Saturday 23rd: The Lancashire Coastal Way and the Lancaster Canal from Lancaster


Train Based Walk 3 boots 20 miles Leader: Richard Washington

Description: From Lancaster, we take the Lancashire Coastal Way along the Lune Estuary to Glasson, continue around the headland, calling at Cockersand Abbey, and then make our way to the Lancaster Canal, which we follow back to Lancaster.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for the 08:45 train to Lancaster.

Walk Start: Lancaster Railway Station at 09:50.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD472617

Waypoints: Aldcliffe Marsh, Glasson, Crook Farm, Cockersand Abbey, Hillam Farm, Norbreck Farm, Lancaster Canal (Glasson Branch), Lancaster Canal.

Return Times: 16:05, 16:16, 17:07, 17:14, 17:27 (change at Preston), 18:54, 19:10, 19:18 (change at Preston), 20:16, 20:27

Extra: A train-based walk for Car-Free Day! This is a long walk but mostly follows disused railways and canals, and is therefore very flat, so strong walkers should have no problem. Walkers can choose to cut the walk short (at their own risk) by taking the canal back from Glasson. This will reduce the walk to 14 miles. There are pubs on the way, one or two of which we may be able to visit, subject to available time. There are of course plenty of pubs in Lancaster for the end, too.


Saturday 24th: Ironworks and UFOs


Train Based Walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles Leader: Gavin Poulton

Description: A station-to-station walk in the countryside with great views down into the city just a few miles away. A Victorian park followed by the remains of early industrial activity in the area and then a gradual climb to the tower on the horizon. Heading south through another park and rounding off at the famous Victorian Stalybridge Buffet Bar.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria for train at 10:35.

Suggested Ticket: Rail Ranger £3

Walk Start: Oldham Mumps at 11:00.

Waypoints: Oldham Mumps, Alexandra Park, Snipe Clough, Park Bridge Ironworks, Rocher Vale, Oldham Golf Course, Lane Head Farm, Brook Bottom, Hartshead Pike, Knott Hill, Hopkins Farm, Tame Valley Way, Staly Vegas.

Return Times: Replacement bus service 16:08 & 18:08 plus additional hourly services to be confirmed.

Extra: A train-based walk for Car-Free Day! Stalybridge station buffet does a good variety of Real Ales, snacks and pub meals. According to the weather forecast, should be a tad drier than last time we were there too....


Saturday 7th: Hathersage and the Heritage Way

Train-based Walk 2 Boot 8 miles - Leader: Helen Powell

Description: Climb towards Millstone Edge, descent to Upper Padley, Grindleford cafe, Heritage Way to Hathersage

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for train at 09:45

Walk Start: Hathersage station at 11:00

Waypoints: Millstone Edge, Bole Hill, Padley Chapel & Gorge, Grindleford cafe, Heritage Way, Little John Inn(food & drink available)

Return Services: 17:32, 18:32, 19:32, 20:54

Saturday 14th: Marsden Jazz Festival

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boot 8 miles 250m climb - Leader: Brendan Keeley

Description: A repeat of last year’s walk from Marsden Railway Station along the Standedge Trail, the Pennine Way and the Kirklees Way returning in the afternoon to Marsden to enjoy the 15th annual Marsden Jazz Festival.

Meet Point: Manchester Victoria Railway Station for train at 10:27

Walk Start: Marsden Railway Station at 11:00

Waypoints: Marsden Railway Station, Tunnel End, Standedge Trail, Warcock Hill, Blackmoss Reservoir (lunch), Pennine Way, Blakely Clough, Grouse Butts, Kirklees Way, Colne Valley Circular Walk, Marsden.

Return Services: 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45, 20:45, 21:45, 22:45, 23:35

Extra: This is the 15th annual Marsden Jazz Festival that attracts musicians and jazz lovers from all over the globe performing in the public houses in Marsden, many for free! Nice………. Thankfully this year we have a half hour rail service for a car free day so the regular drivers can relax and have a pint. Great……….. For more details visit It may be worth bringing a change of footwear to change into before heading into the pub in case there’s some mud on the walk. Once back in Marsden we’ll decide what gigs to go to or you could head off yourself! Fab………

Webmaster's Extra bit: Shoop boop doo woo! Yeah........

Sunday 15th: Snowdon via the Watkin path and Allt Maendryn

Car-Based Walk 4 Boots 8 miles - Leader: Paul Lawton - meeting at Walk Start


Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 07:00

Suggested Route: Princess Road, M56, A5117, A550, A494, A5104, A5, A4086, A498.

Walk Start: Car park at Bethania on A498 NE of Beddgelert at 09:45

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH628508


Extra: If you don't want an early start, you may prefer to do the same as the walk leader and stay over in the area on Saturday night. There's plenty of cheap accommodation in the area, e.g. hostels, campsites etc.


Saturday 21st: Tintwistle loop

Direct walk 1.5 Boots 8 miles 430m climb - Leader: Jo Stephens

Description: Wild moorland and fantastic views (weather permitting)

Walk Start: Tintwistle A57 (Arnfield Reservoir) turning just past Arnfield Reservoir at 11:30(tbc)

Waypoints: Tintwistle Knarr, Robinson Moor (Moss?), Reservoirs


Sunday 22nd: Apple Walk

Direct walk 1.5 Boot 5.5 miles - Leader: Avril Corbett

Description: A visit to Winsor's fruit farm to stock up on English apples for the winter followed by an easy 5-6 mile walk through the Cheshire countryside.

Walk Start: Willington Fruit Farm, Chapel Lane, Willington, Cheshire, CW6 0PH at 13:30 or on the informal layby east of Rock Farm at 14:15

Walk Start Grid Reference: SJ534670

Extra: The farm [] sells apples by the kilo or 5kg box for storage; some varieties store through to March. Cash or cheque only.


Saturday 28th: Moel Siabod, Snowdonia

Car-Based Walk 3.5 Boot 5.5 hours walk ???m climb - Leader: Andrew Armstrong

Description: Often overlooked mountain but route offers fantastic climb through contrasting unspoilt countryside and mining ruins, with great views over the crowded Snowdon and Glyders ranges. Summit's at 872m with some scrambling and majority of the walking off-road. Finishes in the great Bryn Tych pub at foot of the mountain. What more could one want?

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 08:30

Suggested Route: Princess Road, M56, A5117, A494, A55 to jn 11, A5 to Capel Curig.

Walk Start: Pont Cyfyng car park, at 10:30

Walk Start Grid Reference: SH735572

Waypoints: Pont Cyfyng, Rhos farm, Moel Siabod summit (872m) via southern ridge, and descending the north - easterly ridge, re-joining path leading back to car park and pub!


Sunday 29th: Pendle Halloween Walk

Car-Based Walk 3 Boots 7.5 miles 450m ascent - Leader: Sarah Purdue

Description: A circular route, including an invigorating climb to Pendle

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00

Suggested Route: M602, M60, M66, A56, M65 (to J13), A6068 to Newchurch and Barley (map will be provided)

Walk Start: Barley Green car park (cafe and toilets) at 10:00

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD 823403

Waypoints: Pendle Way, Big End of Pendle, Boar Clough, Upper Ogden Reservoir, Fell Wood, Newchurch in Pendle

Extra: Likely to be wet, muddy and slippery in places - walking boots essential. Absolutely no jeans! Toilets near Walk Start. The clocks will have gone back so don't be turning up an hour early now.

Sunday 12th: Stanage Edge from Hathersage

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 9 miles - Leader: Becky Lea

Description: From Hathersage we will climb to Stanage Edge, returning via Burbage Edge and Carl Wark.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Railway Station for train at 09:30

Train from Piccadilly: 09:47 (sheffield train) arriving at Hathersage 9:35am. Walk start 10:40am approx.

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Hathersage

Walk Start: Hathersage Train Station at 10:40

Waypoints: Hathersage, Brookfield Manor, Jacob's ladder, Stanage Edge, Burbage Rocks, Carl Wark, Higger Tor, return to Hathersage

Return Services: 18:14 from Hathersage

Sunday 19th: Anticlockwise round Edale and Hope

Car-based Walk 3 Boots 10 miles 850m Climb - Leader: Kerry Atkinson

Description: Climbing Jaggers Clough to the eastern tip of Kinder Scout & crossing peat bogs to Grindslow Knoll and back into Hope

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: A6, A57, M67 toward Glossop (Sheffield), A6016 towards High Peak, A624, A6187 into Hope.

Walk Start: Hope Centre at 10.15

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK171834

Waypoints: Hope, Fulwood Stile Farm, Hope Cross, Jaggers Clough, Over Crookstone Outmoor, Druid's Stone, Nether Tor, Grinds Brook, Edale Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Lose Hill, Townhead, Townhead Bridge, Hope.

Extra: Car park at Hope is £5 for the day. People should bring torches just in case as it can get dark very suddenly. Wet weather clothing essential - ABSOLUTELY NO JEANS. Bring a change of dry clothes to leave in cars.




Saturday 25th: Rivington Pike

Train based Walk 2 Boots 6 miles - Leader: Paul Ryan, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A stroll around the reservoir on the edge of picturesque Rivington Village, followed by a gradual ascent at a leisurely pace upto Rivington Pike, taking in some fantastic views on route. Stopping for lunch at the Pike before descending back to Rivington Village and rounding the afternoon off with a pint at a local pub.

Directions: Exit M61 Junction 6, Turn Right onto A602, Horwich Parkway is signposted on left hand side next to Reebok Stadium, those travelling by car can collect train travellers from Station at 11.40.

Rejoin A6027 and then take A673 Horwich, after approx 3 miles Rivington is signposted. Take right onto Lever Park Ave (there is a large monument at entrance to this road with Rivington on it). The Great Barn/Visitor Info Centre is on the left hand side.

Meet Point: Piccadilly Station for train at 11:12, arriving Horwich Parkway at 11.38, return services every 20min.

Suggested Route: Train to Horwich Parkway or a 125/126 or 575 bus from Bolton Town Centre to the Crown Inn in Horwich, followed by a walk up to Rivington Barn.

Walk Start: The Great Barn carpark, Rivington at 12:00.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SK171834

Extra: It would be appreciated if anyone travelling by car meets at Horwich Parkway at 11.40 to collect anyone travelling by train to the walk


Sunday 26th: Over Wyredale (the North face of the Forest of Bowland)

Car-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles - Leader: Alastair, meeting at Walk Start

Description: (OS Explorer Map OL41). From Abbeystead, a gentle climb up Margery’s Hill, across Lee Fell and up to the Ward stones. Descent down Tarnsdyke Clough into Tarnbrook. If we’re lucky, path along southern loop of Wyre Way, otherwise northern loop back into Abbeystead. Parts of this walk are on the Wyre Way, near the source of river Wyre, in the heights of the Forest of Bowland. There will be views to the massif of the Forest of Bowland.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: North on M60, exit J33, left off roundabout, ~200m left again, follow signs for Dolphinholme / Abbeystead. Walk start is 6.5 miles from J33 M6.

Walk Start Time: 10:30

Walk Start Location: Road parking at red phone box opposite “Cawthorne’s Endowed School” in Abbeystead [LA2 9BQ, small old primary school, OS Grid Ref. SD561543]

NOTE: There may be boggy bits, so bring a change of footwear. Note also that there are no toilets at the start of the walk (Toilets available at Forton Motorway Services just before J33), nor are there any shops for sandwiches. Please check the message board for further information.



Sunday 3rd: Hardcastle Crags

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 11 miles - Leader: Mary Robinson

Description: We head northeast up a shaded glen out on to the moor and back via Heptonstall, the resting place of the author Sylvia Plath.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:09

Suggested ticket: Cheap Day Return to Hebden Bridge £7.60

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge station at 10:00

Waypoints: Hebden Bridge, Midge Hole, Lumb Hole, Hardcastle Crags, Hebble Hole, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge

Return Services: xx:54


Saturday 9th: Todmorden Circular via Stoodley Pike

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 10 miles 300m climb - Leader: Andy Proctor, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A walk of two halves: the first consists of a an easy stroll down the Rochdale Canal, the second part starts with a sharp climb up to Stoodley Pike for lunch, across Erringden Moor and a steep descent to the Rochdale Canal and back to Hebden Bridge.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 09:24 (arr. 10:02).

Suggested ticket: Cheap Day Return £7.60

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge station (there's also a carpark those who drive) at10:05

Extra: Mud guaranteed and some pathless walking across moors. Good ankle support essential and no jeans.

Return Services: xx:28 & xx:59


Sunday 10th: The Annual MAD Walkers Santa Walk

Train-based Walk 1.5 Boots 5.5 miles - Leaders: Michelle Crabbe & Gavin Poulton, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A short walk to work up an appetite for a traditional Christmas lunch in Caldervale, West Yorkshire. Be sure to wear something festive!

Meet Point: Victoria railway station (Further details will be sent to those who have booked).

Suggested Ticket: Cheap Day Return to Sowerby Bridge £7.70.

Return Services: xx:45

Extra: This 4-course pub lunch walk has a limited places so you can book at the New Members Night on Wednesday 1st November; please bring your membership card. The cost is £16 either in cash or in a cheque made payable to MAD Walkers. You will select your meal choices. Check your email accounts for the meal choices. After this time, bookings will be taken at forthcoming walks, or email for a postal method! If you book and then find yourself unable to attend, please allow us adequate time to replace you, otherwise payment won't be returned.


Saturday 16th: Blackstone Edge

Train-based Walk 2 Boots 8 miles - Leader: Andy Proctor

Description: A long climb up to Blackstone Edge for lunch and great views, then across M62 (by bridge)and back down to Hollingworth Lake.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train at 10:24 (arr. 10:46)

Suggested ticket: Cheap Day Return £2.75

Walk Start: Littleborough station at 11:00

Return Services: xx:16 & xx:46


Sunday 17th: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth and Whaley Bridge

Train-based Linear Walk 2 Boots 8 Miles - Leader: John Ireland

Description: 'Tis the season to be jolly on a festive walk through roads decked with boughs of Holly through villages, over peaks and along canals in the heart of the Peak District, ending up with some carol singing at the pub and a good curry afterwards!

Meet Point: 09:30 Piccadilly Station for train to Chapel-en-le-Frith at 09:46. If you wish to drive to Whaley and park the car at Whaley Bridge, the train to Chapel passes by at 10:31.

Suggested ticket: Cheap Day Return to Chapel-en-le-Frith £6.30

Walk Start: Chapel-en-le-Frith Station at 10:45

Waypoints: Chapel station, Combs, Cockyard, Bradshaw Hall Farm, Lidgate, Eccles Pike, Whitehough, Chinley, Brierley Green, Buxworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal, Whaley Bridge

Return Services: From Whaley Bridge at 40 past the hour, last train 22:40. If you've parked up at the walk start at Chapel en le Frith, trains back to there pass at 31 past the hour until 2231, with the last at 2329, but we won't be out that late.....

Extra: There were very limited places left on a post-walk curry, details of which are on the message board, but seems as this was in December 2006 you'll have to wait till the next time. That is unless you develop time travel. But then again if that was so then the whole causality thing and potential for paradoxes would just be silly.


Saturday 23rd: The Turton Trot

Train-based Linear Walk 1.5 Boot 9 miles - Leader: Andy Proctor

Description: A Trot around the reservoirs of Turton and Edgworth, visiting a pub serving the best Treacle Sponge Pudding on this and other planets.

Meet Point: Victoria station for train to Bromley Cross at 9:00

Suggested ticket: GM Rail Ranger £3

Walk Start: Bromley Cross Station at 10:00

Waypoints: provisionally Bromley Cross, Turton, Jumbles Country Park, Wayoh Reservoir with lunch at the Strawbury Duck pub.

Return Services: 16:18, 17:08, 17:54, 18:52, 19:19

Extra: 4hrs excl. lunch stop. Waterproofed boots essential as some localized flooding onpath around reservoirs, about 4 inches in places, though if reservoir levels drop there will be less flooding, making things easier.

Sunday 24th: Holcombe Moor

Train-based Walk 2.5 Boots 10 miles - Leader: Avril Corbett

Description: A gentle climb around Holcombe Moor with views over Manchester then picking up the Rossendale Way to return to start point via Peel Tower.

Meet Point: Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH at 09:00.

Suggested Route: Onto M66 via your preferred route, exit M66 junction 1, right at end of slip road, left at next lights into Ramsbottom. Follow this road straight through Ramsbottom and across next traffic lights up a narrow road, turn right onto Rawsons Rake, left at end past the Shoulder of Mutton then car park is just beyond Holcombe village on left hand side.

Walk Start: Car park just south of Holcombe village, on the B6214 at 09:45.

Walk Start Grid Reference: SD781162

Extra: 6hrs inc lunch stop. A muddy route, waterproof your boots and bring gaiters if you have them. Drinks afterwards in The Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe village. If you want a mince pie then let me know you're coming a few days in advance!


Wednesday 27th & Thurdsday 28th: Burn off your Christmas Pudding in Castleton

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