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.
Saturday 21st: Newhey Quarry and Reservoirs (Newhey circular)
Direct walk 6.5 miles 350 metres ascent - Leader: Mark H
Description: A short walk from the tram stop for a mild scramble to access Newhey's York stone quarry. From there, we will see the main product of the quarry - Ogdens Reservoirs. Then a climb up to the Rams Head where we'll have a break before heading back down to the reservoirs. Hopefully no blizzards! To get to Newhey, expect to take 45 minutes by tram from St. Peter's Square, which run via Exchange Square and Victoria; the ticket costs £4.50.
Walk Start: Newhey tram stop at 11:30.
Waypoints: Newhey Quarry, Woodside Lane, Bottom Ogden Reservoir, Rams Head, Rochdale Way, Ogden Reservoir.
Return Services: Trams to Manchester every 12 minutes.
Extra: To get to the Walk Start allow 45 minutes to get the tram from St. Peter's Square which run via Exchange Square and Victoria. A Newhey tram return is £4.50. Northern Rail strike on this day, so if intending to use trains to connect with the tram, check your service will be running. No toilets at Walk Start or on the tram; toilets en route at pub stop. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along.
Sunday 22nd: Stockport circular
Train-based walk 9 miles 150 metres ascent - Leader: Mary, meeting at Walk Start
Description: Circular walk around Stockport's (kind of like a city) centre taking in the beautiful Green Belt that surrounds it.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:43.
Suggested Ticket: Stockport Day Return £4.50.
Walk Start: Stockport station at 11:00.
Waypoints: Edgeley, Transpennine Trail, Bowerfold Open Space, Lancashire Hill, River Tame, Harrison's Weir, Bredbury Hall, Goyt Hall, Midshires Way, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Hillgate, Stockport station.
Return Services: Several services per hour.
Extra: Toilets at Walk Start. Map EX277. 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: Greenfield circular
Train-based walk 10 miles 550 metres ascent - Leader: Bob & Jo S-L, meeting at Walk Start
Description: A lovely circular walk taking in the reservoirs and moorland around Dove Stones before ascending up to the rock formations known as Pots and Pans and a visit to the Greenfield war memorial before making our way back down into Greenfield. Parts of the walk could be muddy so packing gaiters is advisable.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:17.
Suggested Ticket: Return to Greenfield £6.30.
Walk Start: Greenfield station at 10:40.
Waypoints: Pennine Bridleway, Oldham Way, Kinder Intake, Chew Piece Plantation, Dove Stone, Yeoman Hey and Greenfield Reservoirs, Bill 'o' Jacks Plantation, Shaw Rocks, Kinder Stones, Greenfield War Memorial.
Return Services: 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45, 20:47, 21:45, 22:44, 23:27.
Extra: Toilets at Tesco near Walk Start. Note trains to Greenfield now run to/from Piccadilly, and are operated by TransPennine. 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 29th: Stockport - East Didsbury linear
Train/Tram-based walk 3 miles- Leader: Paul G, meeting at Walk Start
Description: A gentle Sunday stroll along the River Mersey – a great walk for novices as it is mainly flat walking on good pathways and tracks.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 13:19.
Suggested Ticket: Piccadilly-Stockport single £2.80 plus East Didsbury-Piccadilly single £3.90 (If you've other train journeys over the weekend then a Greater Manchester Rail Ranger is £6.90).
Walk Start: Stockport station (front entrance) at 13:35.
Return Services: From East Didsbury: Trams to Manchester every 12 minutes, plus trains at x:13 & x:33 until 21:33.
Extra: 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.
Saturday 4th: Shining Tor (Whaley Bridge circular)
Train-based walk 13 miles 900 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan
Description: A challenging walk from Whaley Bridge to Shining Tor, Cheshire's highest point. From Whaley Bridge station, we head toward Toddbrook Reservoir and gain height as we climb toward Taxal Edge. Following the edge, we pass Windgather Rocks, Oldgate Nick, the Pym Chair and Cats Tor before reaching Shining Tor, Cheshire's highest point. After stopping to enjoy the views, we descend through the grounds of Errwood Hall and return to Whaley Bridge along the edges of Errwood Reservoir, Fernilee Reservoir and the River Goyt.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:48.
Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Whaley Bridge £8.40.
Walk Start: Whaley Bridge station at 10:35.
Waypoints: Toddbrook Reservoir, Taxal, Taxal Edge, Windgather Rocks, Oldgate Nick, Pym Chair, Cats Tor, Shining Tor, Errwood Hall, Errwood Reservoir, Fernilee Reservoir, River Goyt.
Return Services: 17:17, 17:51, 18:17, 19:16, 20:36, 21:37, 22:16, 23:13.
Extra: This is a challenging walk with significant ascent and may not be suitable for novices. There are toilets at the 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.
Sunday 5th: Water Soldier Walk (Prestwich-Bury linear)
Tram-based walk 7.5 miles 100 metres ascent - Leader: Paul S
Description: Starting at Prestwich tram stop, we head to Prestwich Clough and Irwell Sculpture Trail. After 13 Arches Viaduct, we walk alongside the disused sewage works, where there will be many acres of Indian Balsam in full flower. We go in a northerly direction through more woodland across Outwood Viaduct to Radcliffe. We then head to Bury via the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal. In the canal is a very large colony of Water Soldier plant specimens which might still be in flower. It's a weird plant which I'll talk about on the day! In Bury, we might visit a pub where there's a decent choice of real ale.
Meet Point/Walk Start: No official meet in central Manchester, make your own way to Prestwich metrolink station for 12:00. Trams take 20 minutes from Victoria in the city centre.
Suggested Ticket: Return Manchester to Bury £4.60. Metrolink Day Ticket £5.40 or Metrolink Weekend Ticket £6.20 if making other journeys that day/weekend.
Waypoints: Prestwich Clough, 13 Arches Viaduct, Outwood, Radcliffe, Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal, Hinds Lane.
Return Services: From Bury: Trams to Manchester every 12 minutes.
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.
Saturday 11th: Kinder Scout & Seal Edge the less crowded way (Edale-Hayfield linear)
Train/Bus-based walk 10 miles 450 metres ascent - Leader: Matthew, joining at Reddish North
Description: We start in the beautiful Vale of Edale and walk past the most touristy bit by the Visitor Centre and the Old Nags Head, but we soon lose many of the crowds as we cross Grinds Brook and head out upwards towards The Nab. The initial climb is steep and prolonged, but the positive result is that nearly all of the climbing is out of the way fairly early on in the walk, and the views make it worth while. The first of the two moorland crossings is relatively easy and should take no more than 10 minutes. After it, we are on the northern edge of Kinder where relatively few people wander. Our route takes us neatly to the second moorland crossing, across peat gullies which can be boggy in wet weather. At Kinder Downfall it will (briefly) be crowded again before we take the less well-known path down from the plateau towards Kinderlow End. From there we have a smooth descent into Hayfield village. This is a long-ish walk and some of the terrain can be tricky, especially in wet conditions, so it is not recommended for novice walkers. The walk is tougher than the distance and ascent figures suggest as many of the paths are covered in broken stones, and this is quite wearying. There are also no easy bailout points on this route.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 08:49.
Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Wayfarer for £13, covers train and also all buses. A return train ticket to Edale, on the other hand, will cost £11.80 and, although it will get you back from New Mills Central, it will not cover the cost of the bus from Hayfield to New Mills, and so would cost more.
Walk Start: Edale station at 09:35.
Waypoints: The Nab, Ringing Roger, Nether Tor, Blackden Edge, Seal Edge, Fairbrook Head, Kinder Gates, River Kinder, Kinder Downfall, Redbrook Head, The Three Knolls, Kinderlow End, Tunstead Clough Farm, Bowden Bridge.
Return Services: : Bus service 358 (to Stockport): 16:45, 17:53, 19:05, then x:10 until 23:10. Bus service 61 (to New Mills Newtown): 17:14. Bus service 61 (to Glossop): 16:41, 18:01. These buses connect with trains as follows: From Stockport: to Manchester every few minutes. From Glossop: x:18 & x:48 until 22:48. From New Mills Central: x:03 & x:26 or x:27 until 20:27, 20:59, 21:27, 22:01, 22:26, 23:12, 23:36. From New Mills Newtown: x:23 or x:24 & x:58 or x:59 until 19:23, 20:43, 21:44, 22:23, 23:20.
Extra: Toilets at Walk Start but none en route thereafter. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along.
Saturday 18th: Musbury mills and hills (Helmshore circular)
Bus-based walk 7.5 miles 450 metres ascent - Leader: Kate L, joining at Walk Start
Description: The walk starts from the quiet village of Helmshore skirting Holden Wood and Ogden Reservoirs then over hilltops, through valleys and over moorland before reaching one of the Rossendale Valley's tallest hills to enjoy fantastic views.
Meet Point: Chorlton Street bus station (stand EZ) for the bus at 09:40.
Suggested Ticket: (X41 Red Express) Day Saver £6.70. The bus also calls at Prestwich's Premier Inn at 10:06.
Walk Start: Helmshore village Post Office(Broadway/Helmshore Road junction) at 10:45.
Waypoints: Gregory Fold, Disused Railway, Quarry, Holden Wood Reservoir, Rossendale Way, Ogden Reservoir, Chimney, Rushy Leach, Causeway End, Rossendale Way, Tor Hill, Carr Lane, Station Road (Bowl Alley).
Return Services: 17:12, then x:22 until 22:22.
Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Expect hard tracks, fields, grass hillsides, stiles and mud. It could be boggy on areas of the moor top. 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 bus times as people return home at different times.
Local Information: Helmshore is a village in the Rossendale Valley, south of Haslingden. The village sits beside and includes the old township of Musbury, part of Haslingden and part of Tottington Higher End. The name 'Helmshore' is said to mean 'shelter on the steep slope' and the spectacular, flat-topped Musbury Tor dominates the area. At 338 metres, it is one of the tallest hills in the Rossendale Valley and was once at the centre of a deer park, created in the 1300s by the Earl of Lincoln. Industry expanded as time went on and larger mills were built in Helmshore, closer to the railway, roads and the housing where the workers lived, making these mills much more practical than the outlying smaller ones. By the latter half of the 19th century, the small mills had disappeared and a focus on farming returned to the valley, while Helmshore became a mill workers settlement, with woollen and reservoirs were built in the 19th century, Haslingden Grane had a population of around 1,300 and the remains of some buildings can still be seen. This area was thinly populated until the Industrial Revolution, which transformed the whole of East Lancashire into a hub for textiles. Small mills were built on the river valleys, with a number appearing in Alden Valley in particular. At the end of the 18th century, Midge Hole Mill and Sunnybank Mill were built and by the 1830s, there was also a small bleach works – Alden Old Mill – at the head of the valley, as well as the additions of Clough, Higher and Lower Alden Mills. Higher Alden was the cotton mills and workers housing along the River Ogden. On the north west side of Musbury Valley is Musbury Heights, which was once a quarry but is now disused. The ruins of several structures remain here, including a chimney, spoil heaps and old workings.
Saturday 25th: Marple - New Mills Central linear
TBC-based walk 11 miles 500 metres ascent - Leader: John L, meeting at Walk Start
Description: We climb out of Marple Bridge through Mellor and Mill Brow then cross Ludworth Moor towards Cown Edge. We then turn south and descend towards Rowarth, eventually joining the Pennine Bridleway which takes us over Lantern Pike and down into Birch Vale for an easy walk into New Mills along the Sett Valley Trail.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:19
Suggested Ticket: Off-peak return to New Mills Central £7.70 or Duo for 2 travelling together £11.50. Avoid the slightly cheaper tickets to New Mills Newtown, these aren't valid via Marple.
Walk Start: Marple station at 10:45
Waypoints: Bottoms Hall, Townscliffe Farm, Hollywood End, Cloughend, Robin Hood's Picking Rods, Cown Edge Rocks, Harthill, Bullshaw Farm, Lantern Pike, Birch Vale, Sett Valley Trail.
Return Services: From New Mills Central: 17.03, 17.27 then x: 03 and x:26 until 20:26, 20:59, 21:27, 22:01, 22:26, 23:12, 23:36.
Extra: : No toilets at walk start. Map EX 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 bus times as people return home at different times.
Saturday 1st: The Plague Is Coming! (Hathersage circular)
Train-based walk 12 miles 400 metres ascent - Leader: Martin, joining train at New Mills Central
Description: A challenging but rewarding walk taking in country lanes, moorland tracks, river paths, the historic village of Eyam and the adjoining village of Foolow. There are lots of ascents and descents, some very steep, so this walk may not be suitable for novice walkers. The walk date is close to the anniversary of the Great Plague's arrival in Eyam in 1665 and, under the direction of the local vicar, the village's residents kept themselves within the village to prevent the plague spreading through the area. We visit several sites connected with the plague here. To mark the occasion, the wells will be decorated in Eyam and Foolow, and Eyam Carnival also takes place on this day.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 08:49.
Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Hathersage £11.90.
Walk Start: Hathersage station at 09:50.
Waypoints: Eyam Moor, Mompesson's Well, Eyam, Linen Dale, Foolow, Bretton Brook, Abney Moor, Offerton Moor, River Derwent.
Return Services: x:32 until 20:32, 21:31, 22:42.
Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; toilets on outskirts of Eyam after 4.25 miles. Possible pub stop at Foolow after 6 miles. Dogs only from responsible dog owners known to the group please, as there are fields of sheep and cows. Map EX OL24. 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 8th: Marple circular
Train-based walk 8 miles 300 metres ascent - Leader: John M & Ev
Description: : This walk will be familiar to some MWWs. It is a circular walk past Roman Lakes and along the Cown Edge Way up to Mellor Church where there is an archaeological site. Later leaving Cown Edge Way to cross Glossop Road and descend through Ernocroft Woods to Etherow Country Park. A path through Brabyns Park leads back to the start point.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:49.
Suggested Ticket: Marple Off Peak day return £5.60.
Walk Start: Marple station at 11:15. Car parking is available at the station and there is an overspill car park across the road next to the Purple Pakora.
Waypoints: Cown Edge Way, Linnet Clough, Mellor Vicarage, Stirrup Benches, Etherow CP, Brabyns Park.
Return Services: 16:08, 16:38, 17:08, 17:32, 18:08, 18:32, 19:08, 19:33, 20:08, 20:32, 21:04, 21:32, 22:06, 22:32, 23:17
Extra: Paths likely to be muddy and overgrown. No toilets at the walk start; please use the toilets on the train. There are also toilets en route, but only near the end of the route. 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 bus times as people return home at different times.
Saturday 15th: Bamford-Edale linear
Train-based walk 9.5 miles 850 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan
Description: A linear walk from Bamford to Edale taking in the less-visited eastern edges of the Kinder plateau. From Bamford, we begin gently on the Derwent Valley Heritage Way before climbing steeply up Parkin Clough to reach the summit of Win Hill and enjoy the 360-degree views including the Hope Valley, Castleton Ridge, the Vale of Edale, Kinder Scout, Ladybower Reservoir and Stanage Edge. From there, we descend and follow the old Roman road to Hope Cross then strike out westward and gain height as we climb Crookstone Moor at the eastern end of the Kinder plateau. From there, we walk along the Kinder edges to reach the highest point of the walk at the Druid Stones and continue to Ringing Roger before descending via The Nab to Edale.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:49
Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Return to Bamford £11.90.
Walk Start: Bamford station at 10:50.
Waypoints: Parkin Clough, Win Hill, Hope Brink, Roman Road, Hope Cross, Crookstone Moor, Ringing Roger, The Nab.
Return Services: From Edale: x:36 until 19:36, 21:34, 22:46.
Extra: This is a challenging walk including two ascents, the first of which is very steep, and not suitable for novices. No toilets at Walk Start or en route. Drivers are advised to park at Edale and join us on the train at 10:32.
Sunday 7th: Llangollen & Chirk Coach Walk (Joint Walk with Manchester Coach Rambles)
Coach-based walk mileage & ascent - see individual walk descriptions - Leaders: 4 marvellous MW Walkers
Description: We're doing another joint walk with the Coach Rambles on one of their regular twice-monthly walks, again all the walk leaders are going to be Weekend Walkers.
Suggested Ticket: Booking is to follow.
Extra: The coach also picks up at: Stretford - opposite the Gorse Hill public house, Sale - The Vine public house, Altrincham - opposite The Orange Tree.
Saturday 13th: The Long Mynd (Church Stretton circular)
Train-based walk 11 miles 750 metres ascent - Leader: Martin
Description: A challenging upland walk taking in Pole Bank, the highest point on the Long Mynd plateau to the west of the town.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 08:30.
Suggested Ticket: Church Stretton return £36.60 (valid whether you are returning the same day, or the following day).
Walk Start: Church Stretton railway station at 10:15 (this is approx. 20 mins after the arrival of the train, to allow the walk leader to visit his accommodation and leave overnight luggage.)
Waypoints: Ragleth Hill, Oakwood Farm, A49, Minton Hill, Pole Bank, Shropshire Way, Jack Mytton Way, Carding Mill Valley.
Return Services: 16:39(direct), 17:08(change at Shrewsbury), 18:39(direct), 19:05(change at Shrewsbury), 20:37(direct), 22:03(direct).
Extra: This walk is part of the Church Stretton weekend - see also the Weekends page. This walk is primarily designed for those attending the weekend as a whole, so the start time is a little earlier than usual. No toilets at Walk Start or on the route, except at Carding Mill Valley near the end. Map EX217.
Saturday 8th: Santa Walk 2018
Train-based walk 5 miles 250 metres ascent - Leader: Gavin
You must be booked on to the meal to attend this walk.
Description: Our annual fun walk followed by a Christmas meal requires a bit more working for your supper than some years as, after the mid-walk pub stop, we've got a hill to surmount, but the views are unsurpassed.
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