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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DECEMBER

 

Saturday 16th: Hebden Bridge Christmas Lights

Train-based walk 9 miles 600 metres ascent - Leader: Phil M, joining at Moston

Description: We are going to Hebden Bridge to see the Christmas Lights.

Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 10:25.

Suggested Ticket: Hebden Bridge return £9.80.

Walk Start: Hebden Bridge station at 11:15.

Waypoints: Lee Wood, Hebden Wood, Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Craggs, Shackleton Bridleway, Midgehole.

Return Services: x:08, x:18 & x:42 until 19:42, 20:12, 20:42, 21:26, 22:26, 23:26.

Extra: 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 23rd: Dane Road - Deansgate linear

Train-based walk 7.5 miles 50 metres ascent - Leader: Patra

Description: This is an easy walk along the Bridgewater Canal with a loop of Sale Water Park before getting back on to the canal for a nice easy stroll back into Manchester.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station(Altrincham tram departures platform) for the tram at 10:34.

Suggested Ticket: Single to Dane Road £3.60. If making other journeys within Greater Manchester that day/weekend then Metrolink Day Ticket £5, or Metrolink Weekend Ticket £5.80, or DaySaver bus & tram £6.90, or DaySaver train & tram £8.20.

Walk Start: Dane Road tram station at 11:10.

Waypoints: Bridgewater Canal, Sale Water Park, Old Trafford, Deansgate Locks.

Return Services: N/A, walk ends in central Manchester.

Extra: The towpath is either tarmac or cobbles. Please ensure your footwear is suitable for a 7.5 mile walk and check the weather forecast. It may be necessary to bring waterproof clothing depending on the forecast but warm layers will be needed. There won't be a lunch stop but you may wish to bring sandwiches/snacks due to the timing of the walk. At the end, we will try to find a pub that is open and everybody is welcome to join us for a festive drink. There are toilets at Sale Water Park. Map EX277.

 

Tuesday 26th: Boxing Day Walk - Portland Basin-Manchester linear

Tram-based walk 7 miles 50 metres ascent - Leader: John M & Debbie

Description: This is an easy urban walk along the Ashton canal which forms part of the Cheshire Canal Ring and the Medlock Valley way back into the city centre. Along the way, you'll pass old industrial heritage and modern sporting facilities.

Meet Point: Manchester Piccadilly(Ashton metrolink departures platform) for the tram at 10:57.

Suggested Ticket: Single to Ashton-under-Lyne £3.60. If making other journeys within Greater Manchester that day, try the Metrolink Day Ticket £5, or DaySaver bus & tram £6.90.

Walk Start: Ashton-under-Lyne metrolink station at 11:30 - Grid reference: SJ 936 99

Waypoints: Portland Basin, Audenshaw, Fairfield, Droylsden, Openshaw, Clayton, Manchester City Football Stadium, Manchester Velodrome, Philips Park, Ancoats.

Return Services: N/A, walk ends in central Manchester.

Extra: Map EX277. The tram stop is Ashton under Lyne, the stop after Ashton West. No trains are running on this day, so use trams/buses if you need to make an additional journey to connect with the Ashton tram. The initial part of the walk is a 10 minute walk through the streets of Ashton-under-Lyne until we reach the Portland Basin. From here the towpath is either tarmac or cobbles. Please ensure your footwear is suitable for a 7 mile walk and check the weather forecast. It may be necessary to bring waterproof clothing depending on the forecast but warm layers will be needed. There won't be a lunch-stop but you may wish to bring sandwiches/snacks due to the timing of the walk. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along.

 

JANUARY 2018

 

Saturday 6th: Stoodley Pike Again Again: Todmorden Circular

Train-based walk 8 miles 300 metres ascent - Leader: Andy B

Description: Our classic train-based walk with a warming pub visit afterwards, a great way to start the New Year and the 5th anniversary of our first ever walk! We will be catching the train from Victoria and beginning the walk from Todmorden station, heading up towards Stoodley Pike where, if the weather is good, we'll have lunch. Then we make our way down back to Todmorden for some much needed ale before returning to Manchester. There's plenty of eating and drinking opportunities in the town should anyone want to stay into the evening.

Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 10:16.

Suggested Ticket: Todmorden Day Return £9.20 or a Duo at £13.80 for 2 people travelling together.

Walk Start: Todmorden station at 10:45.

Waypoints: Knowl Wood, Rake End, Gaddings Dam, Jeremy Hill, Bald Scout Hill, Hill Stones, Dry Brinks, Stoodley Pike Monument and back down to Todmorden along the Rochdale Canal.

Return Services: approx. x:15, x:25, x:50, x:56.

Extra: Map EX OL21. No toilets at Walk Start; use the train's. 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 13th: Prestbury Circular - NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR THIS DAY

Train-based walk 6 miles - Leader: Martin, joining train at Stockport

Description: A short, relatively straightforward walk. We start by following the River Bollin almost as far as Macclesfield town centre, before doubling back along the Middlewood Way. We then head through a beautiful wooded glade in Tytherington - a hidden gem in the middle of a residential area, before returning to Riverside Park. We then conclude by walking through the lovely Cheshire Set village of Prestbury.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:46.

Suggested Ticket: Prestbury Day Return £9.20 or a Duo at £13.80 for 2 people travelling together.

Walk Start: Prestbury station at 11:15.

Waypoints: New Road, Bridge Green, Bollin Valley Way/Riverside Park, Middlewood Way, Tytherington Wood, Bollin Valley Way/Riverside Park, Shirley's Drive, The Village.

Return Services: x:24 or x:25 until 21:24, 22:53.

Extra: Map EX268. No toilets at Walk Start. Toilets within the first hour of the walk at Riverside Park Visitor Centre. Likely to be very muddy in places. We will visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. Here we will have an open forum discussing two topics - publicising the group and encouraging more walk leaders. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.

Saturday 20th: Quarry Bank Mill

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: 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 27th: Edale Circular

Train-based walk 8.5 miles 500 metres ascent - Leader: Pauline (from Manchester Coach Rambles)

Description: A climb out of Edale to Hollins Cross and along the ridge to Mam Tor. Then it’s down to Blue John Cavern and onwards to Treak Cliff Cavern before heading into Castleton for lunch. After lunch we head up again to Back Tor and Hollins Cross again for the descent back in to Edale.

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

Suggested Ticket: Edale return £11.80

Walk Start: Edale station at 10:35

Waypoints: Hollins Cross, Mam Tor, Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton, Back Tor, Hollins Cross

Return Services: x:47, until 19:47, 21.11

Extra: Map OL1. Toilets near walk start. The ascent of Mam Tor will not take place in case of poor weather. 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.

 

FEBRUARY

 

Saturday 3rd: 4 Reservoirs Walk - Hadfield Circular

Train-based walk 9.5 miles 50 metres ascent - Leader: Paul S

Description: Starting from Hadfield station, we join the Longdendale Trail in a NE direction for 4.5 miles to the weir just before Woodhead Reservoir. We then return to Hadfield via Crowden, the Hollins, and then along the side of Torside, Rhodeswood, Valehouse and Bottoms Reservoirs. We stroll along the southern edge of the last 3 reservoirs. From Bottoms Res., we walk uphill to Padfield main road and re-join the Longdendale Trail to Hadfield.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:18.

Suggested Ticket: Return to Hadfield £6.30.

Walk Start: Hadfield station at 11:10.

Waypoints: Longdendale Trail, Woodhead Reservoir, Crowden, The Hollins, Torside, Rhodeswood, Valehouse Reservoir, Bottoms Reservoir, Padfield.

Return Services: x:59 and x:29 until 19:29 and then x:29 till 22:29.

Extra: There is a toilet at Hadfield but it may not be open, so use the train's. 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 train times as people return home at different times.

 

Saturday 17th: Lyme Park

Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: John M & Ev

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at TBC.

Suggested Ticket: TBC.

Walk Start: TBC.

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC.

Extra: 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.

 

 

 

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