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 23rd: Bamford-Edale linear
Train-based walk 9.5 miles 850 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan
POSTPONED DUE TO RAIL STRIKE
Saturday 23rd: The Cheshire Matterhorn (Macclesfield circular)
Train-based walk 14 miles 850 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS DATE DUE TO RAIL STRIKE
Description: A challenging walk from Macclesfield taking in Wildboarclough, Shuttlingsloe and Macclesfield Forest. We follow the Macclesfield Canal before climbing to The Hollins and Birch Knoll and then skirt along the golf course to reach the village of Langley. From there, we head south along a section of the Gritstone trail before turning east toward Oakenclough and descend into the hamlet of Wildboarclough. It's then a steep climb with some very easy scrambling to reach the rocky summit of Shuttlingsloe, nicknamed the 'Cheshire Matterhorn' because of its distinctive shape. From there we descend into Macclesfield Forest toward Trentabank Reservoir, returning to Macclesfield via Langley, Sutton Lane Ends and the Macclesfield Canal.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:27.
Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Return to Macclesfield £10.10. (NB don't buy cheaper Virgin only ticket). Due to Northern rail strike, if you are planning to catch another train to connect with this one, or get home afterwards, please check it will be running.
Walk Start: Macclesfield station at 10:00.
Waypoints: Macclesfield Canal, The Hollins, Birch Knolls, Langley, Oakenclough, Wildboarclough, Shuttlingsloe, Macclesfield Forest, Trentabank Reservoir, Langley, Sutton Lane Ends, Sutton Hall, Macclesfield Canal.
Return Services: x:02, x:37 & x:41 until 21:37, with extra trains at 17:21 & 19:21, 22:05, 22:21, 23:02, 23:39.
Extra: This is a long walk with significant, sometimes steep ascent and therefore not suitable for novices. There are toilets at the station and the visitors' centre near Trentabank reservoir. Pub stop planned en 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 train times as people return home at different times.
Sunday 24th: Levenshulme-Romiley linear
Train-based walk 7.5 miles 250 metres ascent - Leader: Paul G, meeting at Walk Start
Description: Mainly short shallow inclines on mostly gravel paths.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 13:23.
Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Rail Ranger(£6.80) or a TfGM AnyBus ticket(£5.60) if you want to catch the bus instead (192 stop 50m from start, buses every 30 mins from finish).
Walk Start: Levenshulme station at 13:30.
Waypoints: Fallowfield Loop, Highfield Country Park, Houldsworth Mill and model village, St. Elizabeth's(Alfred Waterhouse), Reddish Vale Mill, Brinnington Beach, Jack and Jill tunnel, Bredbury Hall, Goyt Hall, Chadkirk Holy Spring.
Return Services: From Romiley: x:12 until 21:12, 23:14.
Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; toilets en route at Morrison'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 30th: Come Fly With Me (Mobberley circular)
Train-based walk 6.5 miles - Leader: Max
Description: A circular walk from Mobberley in the direction of the second runway at Manchester Airport. As part of the route we go through the tunnel (274 metres long) built over the River Bollin when the second runway was constructed. There is a pub stop in the latter part of the walk. Be prepared for some marshy terrain.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 11:41.
Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Return to Mobberley £6.70.
Walk Start: Mobberley station at 12:25.
Waypoints: Breach House Farm, Runway Boundary, River Bollin Tunnel, Oak Farm, Davenport Lane, Dairy Farm.
Return Services: x:49 until 18:49, 19:41, 20:48, 21:48, 22:48.
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 7th: Appley Bridge - Parbold linear
Train-based walk 9 miles 200 metres ascent - Leader: John L
Description: We climb out of the Douglas Valley up to the viewpoint at Ashurst's Beacon from where, on a clear day, we should be able to see as far as Liverpool and Blackpool. We continue through Dalton parish and a Christmas tree farm to historic Newburgh with its restored medieval cross on the village green. A short walk through the fields then takes us to Parbold for ice-cream and refreshments.
Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 10:37.
Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Return to Parbold £7.30.
Walk Start: Appley Bridge station at 11:25.
Waypoints: Halliwell Farm, Atherton's Farm, Ashurst's Beacon, Ashleigh Farm, Dalton Lees, Rookery Farm, Cobb's Brow Lane, Newburgh Cross, Parbold Windmill.
Return Services: 16:33, 17:37 then x:37 until 21:37.
Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use toilets on train. Map EX285. 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 8th: River Irwell & Salford Quays (Manchester circular)
Direct walk 8 miles - Leader: Mary S
Description: Another short-ish walk out of town on routes that are surprisingly green and traffic-free. Salford Quays is an exciting thriving place to visit and we may pop into one of its bars.
Walk Start: Victoria station at 11:00.
Waypoints: River Irwell, Peel Park, University Precinct, Salford Crescent station, Langworthy Park, Weaste Cemetery, Salford Quays, Ordsall Park, Ordsall Hall, Manchester Ship Canal, River Irwell.
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. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
Saturday 21st: Newhey Quarry and Reservoirs (Newhey circular)
Tram-based walk 6.5 miles 350 metres ascent - Leader: Mark H
Description: A short walk from the metro station 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!
Meet Point: No official meet in central Manchester, make your own way to Newhey for 11:30. Trams take 45 minutes from St Peter's Square in the city centre and run via Exchange Square and Victoria.
Suggested Ticket: Return to Newhey £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: No toilets at Walk Start; 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. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
Sunday 22nd: Stockport circular
Train-based walk 9 miles 150 metres ascent - Leader: Mary S, 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: Return to Stockport £4.50.
Walk Start: Stockport station at 11:00.
Waypoints: Edgeley, Transpennine Trail, Bowerfold Open Space, Lancashire Hill, River Tame, Harrisons Weir, Bredbury Hall, Goyt Hall, Midshires Way, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Hillgate.
Return Services: Trains to Manchester every few minutes.
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. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
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.
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.
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.
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, and the location will be communicated separately to attendees on booking.
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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