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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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Saturday 23rd: Prestbury Circular
Train-based walk 6 miles 200 metres ascent - Leader: Max
Description: The previous walk around Prestbury (the one where we met an angry land owner!) explored the area to the west of the village. This walk takes us through a network of paths, roads and woodlands due east of the village. The route is generally flat (expect some mud) with some minor ascents. There is a pub stop en-route and the option of a pub visit at the end.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 11:46.
Suggested Ticket: Prestbury Day Return £8.70.
Walk Start: Prestbury station at 12:10.
Waypoints: Butley Town, Bollington Cross, Tytherington Golf Club, Tytherington Wood, River Bollin.
Return Services: x:25 until 21:25 then 22:53.
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. Map EX277.
Sunday 24th: Tandle Hill - circular from Mills Hill
Train-based walk 7 miles 200 metres ascent- Leader: Phil M, meeting at walk start
Description: This is a moderate walk, where we climb one hill using proper but muddy paths. We return to the start via the canal towpath. Suitable for novice walkers provided you are well-equipped, e.g. walking boots.
Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 11:40
Suggested Ticket: Mills Hill return £5 from Victoria, no more than £5.90 from any rail station in Greater Manchester
Walk Start: Mills Hill station at 12:00
Waypoints: Riverside, Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton Heights, Thorpe, Ouzewood, Tandle Hill (toilets), Thornham Lane, Canalside
Return Services: x:21 until 21:21, 22:31
Extra: No toilets at walk start. Large car park at walk start. Some paths are very muddy. Registered assistance dogs only due to bull in field. 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. Map EX277.
Saturday 30th: Rushup Edge and Crowden Tower from Edale
Train-based walk 10 miles 700 metres ascent - Leader: John M and Ev
Description: This circular walk uses the high ground at the head of Edale to enjoy superb 360 degree views and moorland. Leaving Edale, we climb steadily reaching Rushup Edge and from where we follow a clear path soon reaching the highest point of Lord's Seat. We leave the path to continue across open moorland to Brown Knoll which will be our lunch stop. After lunch, we continue on undulating paths to Grindslow Knoll before descending to Grindsbook Booth and then back to Edale. There are a number of strenuous ascents and a steep descent near the end of the walk so it is not recommended for inexperienced walkers.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:49.
Suggested Ticket: An Edale Day Return £11.30 or a Wayfarer ticket £13.
Walk Start: Edale station at 10:35.
Waypoints: Mam Nick, Lord's Seat, Brown Knoll, Edale Rocks, Crowden Tower, Grindslow Knoll.
Return Services: x:47.
Extra: Map EX OL1. There are toilets at the Walk Start but none en route.
Saturday 7th: Then and Now Series - historic walks revisited. The Moss Again - Eccles to Astley linear
Train-based walk 9 miles 100 metres ascent - Leader: John Lupton
Description: Today we will try to replicate 'Walk Number Twenty-nine, The Moss Again' from our collection of old guidebooks. From Eccles, we'll walk to Barton-upon-Irwell to view the unique Swing Aqueduct that carries the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. We'll then continue alongside the Ship Canal through an area that has seen considerable change since the book was published. We cross the link road being built between the A57 and the Trafford Centre near the new lift bridge that will take it over the canal, then pass under the Barton High-Level bridge(opened 1960) to reach the A.J. Bell Stadium(opened 2012). Here we turn north, pass the Barley Farm pub(opened 2015) and cross the A57 Liverpool Road to reach Barton Aerodrome. This was the UK's first purpose-built municipal airport and was Manchester's main airport in the 1930s. Now called City Airport Manchester, it's still busy with light aircraft & helicopters. After walking around the airfield perimeter, we come to Barton Moss Road. Beyond here the M62 has cut through our route so we have to take a short diversion to get across to Twelve Yards Road. This takes us out onto Chat Moss along the line of a tramway built to carry Manchester's nightsoil to farms on the Moss. After a mile, we turn north and walk through an area ravaged by peat extraction before crossing the Liverpool & Manchester Railway at the remote Chat Moss foot crossing. Rindle Road('Brindle Road' in the book) and Great Moss Road take us to Moss Side then a walk through the fields brings us to the Bridgewater Canal. We now have to take a different route from that in the book to cross the East Lancs Road at one of the few places where a gap has been left in the crash barriers. The walk ends at the Cart & Horses, Astley, once the home of the wealthy Farnworth family before conversion to a pub in 1920. Buses back to Manchester stop just across the road.
Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 12:02.
Suggested Ticket: GM Train & Bus Daysaver £6.90.
Walk Start: Eccles station at 12:10.
Waypoints: Eccles Interchange, Barton-upon-Irwell, Salford City Stadium, City Airport Manchester, Tunnel Farm, Twelve Yards Road, Chat Moss level crossing, Rindle Road, Messuages Farm, Hill's Farm, Lingards Lane.
Return Services: From Astley: Stagecoach 34 at x:12 & x:42 to 16:42 then 17:11 & 18:11(to Piccadilly). Diamond 26 at 19:25, 20:25, 21:25, 22:25(to Piccadilly).
Extra: Anyone who prefers to make their own way to Eccles Interchange by bus or tram should wait by the entrance to Morrison's. We'll collect you from there shortly after the train arrives.
Saturday 28th: The Remote Corners of Lyme - Poynton Circular
Train-based walk 12 miles 500 metres ascent - Leader: Martin, meeting at Walk Start.
Description: The visitor attractions in Lyme Park can get very busy, but walk just yards from the car park and the crowds often magically disappear. This walk takes in some of the remoter corners of the park, and should allow us to see autumn in all its glory. The walk includes an ascent to the top of the park at Bow Stones, a walk to the lesser used West Parkgate entrance, and sections of canal, woodland and two different types of former railway.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:46.
Suggested Ticket: Return to Poynton £6.40 (a Duo return for two people travelling together and returning on the same train is £9.60).
Walk Start: Poynton station at 10:05.
Waypoints: Princes' Incline, Macclesfield Canal, Higher Poynton Marina, Haresteads Farm, Lyme Park Four Winds entrance, Lyme Hall, Lantern Wood, Bow Stones, Knightslow Wood, Lyme Park main car park, Hase Bank Wood, West Parkgate, Green Farm, Macclesfield Canal, Middlewood Way, Poynton Coppice, Poynton Brook.
Return Services: x:31 until 21:31, then 22:59.
Extra: Map EX OL1. No toilets at Walk Start. Toilets and non-alcoholic refreshments available at Poynton Marina after approx two miles, and again in Lyme Park. 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 4th: Autumn Crows and Grouse - Dore to Grindleford linear
Train-based walk 7.5 miles 450 metres ascent- Leader: Paul S
Description: From Dore & Totley station, we stroll through a conservation area, Ecclesall Woods, which should be inhabited with crows, and then walk through Limb Valley to Ringinglow. We then head in a SW direction on to Houndkirk Road for about 1.5 miles, and then head west to Burbage Rocks. We might see a Mountain Hare, but are more likely to see and hear some Red Grouse claiming their territories. Next is Burbage Bridge and Yarncliffe Wood as we proceed to Grindleford Station. There's a pub in Nether Padley. We should see lots of crows and some Red Grouse. A Mountain Hare will be the "cherry on the cake"! Gaiters and waterproof clothing recommended. This walk is not suitable for beginners due to the terrain.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:49
Suggested Ticket: Wayfarer £13, plus single from Grindleford to Dore & Totley £2.50. Note that Grindleford is the end of the Wayfarer zone, and that a return from Manchester to Dore costs as much as £19.40.
Walk Start: Dore & Totley station at 11:10
Waypoints: Ecclesall Wood, Whirlow Bridge, Limb Valley, Ringinglow, Houndkirk Road, Burbage Rocks & Bridge, Yarncliffe Wood.
Return Services: From Grindleford: x:28 or x:29 until 19:28, 20:51, 22:38.
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.
Saturday 18th: Pre-AGM Walk - Fairfield-Manchester linear
Train-based walk 5.5 miles - Leader: Martin
Description: An easy amble through the eye-catching Fairfield Moravian Settlement, then past the new developments and the Etihad Stadium on the Ashton Canal as we head back to Manchester.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:34
Suggested Ticket: If not making any more train journeys on the day, a single to Fairfield is £2.60. Otherwise a return to Fairfield is no more than £5.90 from any rail station in Greater Manchester.
Walk Start: Fairfield station at 10:45.
Waypoints: Moravian Settlement, Ashton Canal, Rochdale Canal.
Return Services: N/A, walk ends in Manchester
Extra: Walk will be followed by the group's AGM at the Briton's Protection pub on Great Bridgewater Street in central Manchester at 14:00. Due to the expected early finish, there will be no lunch stop on this walk. No toilets at Walk Start or on the route. Walk Start is also close to Droylsden tram stop. Due to the undemanding nature of the terrain, it is unlikely that you will need your usual walking footwear on this walk.
Saturday 9th: Santa Walk 2017
Train-based walk 5 miles 100 metres ascent - Leader: Gavin
Description: It's the Santa walk, our annual fun short walk followed by a Christmas meal. Christmas hats or fancy dress recommended. Places are strictly limited to 30 and you will need to be booked on to the meal in order to attend.
Meet Point: Victoria station at ??:??.
Suggested Ticket: Castleton Day Return £5.40.
Walk Start: Castleton station at ??:??.
Extra: Map EX277.
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