You don't have to book a place to go on any of our walks - just turn up at the designated meeting place!

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. Before coming on a walk, please read the Before Walking page and our disclaimer. Also check the weather.

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Additional Sunday public transport walks are organised by Manchester Coach Rambles.

 

APRIL

 

Saturday 21st: Edale Circular

Train-based walk 8.5 miles 500 metres ascent - Leader: June

Description: From the station, we head into Edale to pick up a footpath in the direction of Barber Booth. From Barber Booth, we'll start the first of our long ascents along the Chapel Gate Track. We'll follow Rushup Edge, with likely views of Hang gliders. We'll then take the footpath from Winatt's Head Farm down into Castleton. From Castleton, we start our second long ascent to Hollins Cross before descending back into Edale.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:49.

Suggested Ticket: Edale return £11.80, or Wayfarer £13 if making other journeys to connect with the train to/from Edale.

Walk Start: Edale station at 10:35.

Waypoints: Shaw Wood Farm, Barber Booth, Chapel Gate Track, Rushup Edge, Winatts Head Farm, Winatts Pass, Castleton, Dunscar Farm, Hollins Cross, Peter Bard.

Return Services: x:47 or x:48 until 19:47, 21:11, 22:56.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start. Very boggy and exposed in parts - gaiters advised in wet weather. Two long steep ascents and some steep descents which need careful going in wet weather. Map OL1. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

 

Sunday 22nd: Canal and river city walk

Direct walk 5 miles - Leader: Mary

Description: A short morning walk looping around the edges of the city centre using its canals, rivers and quiet lanes. Lots of Manchester history and culture to see! Boots not essential but wear suitable footwear for cobbles.

Walk Start: Piccadilly station at 10:30.

Waypoints: Dale Street Basin, St. George's Island, Prince's Bridge, Spinningfields, Cathedral, Angel Meadows, Ancoats, Rochdale Canal.

Extra: Meet at the place that we usually gather before heading off to catch a train, i.e. the concourse near to the entrance to the low numbered platforms. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along.

 

Saturday 28th: Todmorden - Sowerby Bridge linear

Train-based walk 12 miles 650 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS DATE

Description: A fairly long walk from Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge following the Calderdale Way. After an easy stroll along the Rochdale Canal, we climb steeply through Longfield Wood to reach the Calderdale Way. We pass through the Lumbutts and Mankinoles conservation area then climb up to Withens Gate and the Te Deum stone, marking an old coffin trail before descending along the packhorse trail to Withens Clough Reservoir for our lunch stop. After a further descent into Cragg Vale we climb sharply again and strike out across farmland before descending into Sowerby Bridge. This is a fairly long walk with two ascents and descents and once started there are limited opportunities to bail out. It may be possible to leave at Cragg Vale but it is still a 2-mile walk along the road down to Mytholmroyd and trains back to Manchester.

Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 09:56

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak day return to Sowerby Bridge £10.20

Walk Start: Todmorden station at 10:35

Waypoints: Longfield Wood, Lumbutts, Withens Gate, Red Dykes, Withens Clough Reservoir, Cragg Vale, Round Hill, Hole Head, Mill Bank.

Return Services: From Sowerby Bridge: 16:33, 16:47*, 17:09, 17:33, 17:47*, 18:09, 18:33, 18:47, 19:09, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:17, 22:17; 23:17. (* = Change at Hebden Bridge)

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

 

MAY

 

Saturday 5th: Greenfield - Hadfield linear

Train-based walk 12 miles 450 metres ascent - Leader: Phil M

Description: A fairly long walk from Greenfield to Hadfield going up to Chew Reservoir and on to a well-walked path before joining the Pennine Way. It's a steep climb up Oaken Clough then a fairly steady descent down to Crowden fo the safest crossing point of the A628 - Woodhead Road. We then follow the northern edge of Torside Reservoir before crossing the dam and hitting the Trans Pennine Trail in to Hadfield. This walk is challenging in places so not advisible for beginners.

Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 09:57 (walk also accessible by catching the 09:41 from Piccadilly and changing at Stalybridge)

Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Rail Ranger £6.80.

Walk Start: Greenfield station at 10:25/

Waypoints: Dovestones, Chew Reservoir, Oaken Clough, Pennine Way, Crowden, Torside Reservoir, Trans Pennine Trail.

Return Services: From Hadfield: x:29 & x:59 until 18:59, then x:29 until 22:29. Note that the outward train goes from Victoria and the return trains arrive at Piccadilly. Driving to this walk is not recommended as the start and end points are on different lines.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Toilets at Stalybridge for those making the outward journey via Piccadilly. Toilets en route at Dovestones and Crowden. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

 

Saturday 12th: Marsden and Reservoirs, the Poetry Seat and Pule Hill (Circular)

Train-based walk 8.5 miles 250 metres ascent - Leader: Imelda & Ian

Description: Leaving Marsden station we follow a lane to find the Kirklees way, passing by old, disused mills as we go. To reach Butterly Reservoir and its views we need to climb 210 steps and then breathe ... before continuing to Blakeley Reservoir, then alongside the banks of Wessenden Brook. After crossing the brook via a small footbridge, there is a very steep, possibly muddy and slippery, uphill climb to Black Moss Moor. Traversing this moor is made easier by a path of millstones along our route. The moor top reservoirs of Black Moss and Swellands lie close together and we pass between them by the chilly shore of Redbrook Reservoir where the Pennine Way meets the Standedge Trail. Following this trail we skirt the bottom of Pule Hill until we reach a steep, but grassy, incline which leads us up to reach a Poetry Seat and view Simon Armitage's Snow stanza etched in the rock of the old quarry. Continuing by walking above the tunnels of Huddersfield Narrow Canal, we descend to Tunnel End via Intake Head Farm and across the A62 to return to the station along the Huddersfield Canal.

Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 09:57 (walk also accessible by catching the 09:41 from Piccadilly and changing at Stalybridge)

Suggested Ticket: Off peak day return to Marsden £10.50 (a Duo for two people travelling and returning together is £15.75). If travelling from another station in Greater Manchester, check if it is cheaper to buy a return to Greenfield coupled with a return from Greenfield to Marsden.

Walk Start: Marsden station (HD7 6AX) at 10:30

Waypoints: Kirklees Way, Butterly Reservoir, Blakeley Reservoir, Pennine Way, Black Moss Moor, Standedge Trail, Pule Hill, Intake Head Farm, Tunnel End, Huddersfield Canal

Return Services: x:28 or x:29 until 22:28, 23:19. Plus an extra train at 17:58.

Extra: Maps - OS Explorer OL21, OL1. No toilets at Walk Start or en route. Toilets at Stalybridge for those making the outward journey via Piccadilly. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

 

Saturday 19th: The Picture Postcard Villages of Cheshire (Prestbury-Congleton linear, via Gawsworth)

Train-based walk 15 miles 50 metres ascent - Leader: Martin, joining at Stockport

Description: We start by walking through the lovely Cheshire Set village of Prestbury, before walking along the River Bolllin. On arriving in Macclesfield, we pick up the Macclesfield Canal, before leaving it and heading across fields to Gawsworth. Gawsworth really is an archetypal 'Olde Englande' village, with its manor houses, fish ponds and lime avenue, not to mention the curious sight of a grave in a woodland! We return to the canal across fields and head for the end of the walk at Congleton. This is a long walk and it is not recommended for novice walkers. There is a bailout opportunity at Gawsworth, but only to catch an infrequent local bus.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:46.

Suggested Ticket: Congleton return £10.20 (a Duo for two people travelling together and returning on the same train £15.30)

Walk Start: Prestbury station at 10:15.

Waypoints: New Road, Shirley's Drive, River Bollin/Riverside Park, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal, Danes Moss, Maggotty Wood, A536, Gawsworth Hall, Oakgrove, Macclesfield Canal.

Return Services: From Congleton: x:13 until 21:13 then 22:32.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Only toilets are in Macclesfield after approx 1 hour, and at the possible pub stop in Gawsworth. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

 

Saturday 26th: The Return of the Giant Hogweed (Prestwich - Crumpsall linear)

Tram-based walk 6 miles 50 metres ascent - Leader: Paul S

Description: This is a return to the River Irwell, to marvel at the magnificent Giant Hogweed. This time it will nearly be in flower. We start the walk at Prestwich Tram Station, to Prestwich Clough, and Prestwich Forest Park, to enjoy the mid spring greenery. We have a break at Clifton Aqueduct, to admire the mighty River Irwell and the 13 Arches Viaduct. We then follow the River Irwell to Drink Water Park and the highest point at Kersall Moor. Finally, we stroll through Broughton Park and to Crumpsall Tram Station. What to see and hear: Giant Hogweed, Red Campion, Wood Forget-me-not, and hear Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. Walkers are warned not to touch the Hogweed, especially if it is sunny, since blisters can form on the skin in some people.

Meet Point: No official meet in Manchester, make your way to Prestwich for 12:00. Trams take approximately 15 minutes from Victoria.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Prestwich £4.00. Metrolink Day Ticket £5.40 or Metrolink Weekend Ticket £6.20 if making other journeys that day/weekend.

Walk Start: Prestwich tram stop at 12:00.

Waypoints: Prestwich Clough, Prestwich Forest Park, Clifton Aqueduct, 13 Arches Viaduct, River Irwell, Drinkwater Park, Kersal Moor, Broughton Park.

Return Services: Every 6 minutes to Manchester.

Extra: No toilets on the tram, at Walk Start or on the route. Toilets at Piccadiilly and Victoria stations if travelling from the city centre. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

 

JUNE

 

Saturday 2nd: Buxton

Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: Jude

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at TBC.

Suggested Ticket: TBC.

Walk Start: TBC.

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC.

Extra: TBC.

 

Saturday 9th: TBC

Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: Alison

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: TBC.

Suggested Ticket: TBC.

Walk Start: TBC.

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC.

Extra: TBC.

 

Saturday 23rd: Darwen

Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: Ryan

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: TBC

Suggested Ticket: TBC.

Walk Start: TBC.

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC.

Extra: TBC.

 

 

 

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