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FEBRUARY

 

Saturday 25th: Cobden Edge - Marple Circular

Train-based walk 8 miles 400 metres ascent - Leader: John L, meeting at Walk Start

Description: After crossing the River Goyt, we climb up to the trig point on Cobden Edge from where we should have a good view of Kinder and beyond. We then drop down through Brookbottom, recross the Goyt at Strines then climb over Marple Ridge. We return to Marple along the Macclesfield Canal.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:49.

Suggested Ticket: Marple Day Return 5.10. No more than 5.60 from any station in Greater Manchester.

Walk Start: Marple station at 11:10.

Waypoints: Low Lea Road, Linnet Clough, Cobden Edge Quarry, Castle Edge Road, Brookbottom, Strines station, Springfield Copse, Dove House Farm, Windlehurst Hall, Macclesfield Canal.

Return Services: x:09 & x:38 until 18:38 then 19:10, 20:09, 20:36, 21:36, 22:36, 23:36.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start not always open; use the train's. Map EX OL1.

 

MARCH

 

Saturday 11th: Ramsbottom Chocolate Box Circular

Tram & bus-based walk 9.5 miles 450 metres ascent - Leader: Cathryn

Description: This walk takes us along roads, tracks and paths and offers wide countryside and moorland views. We will head to Scout Moor via Shuttleworth and will walk through part of Scout Moor via the Rossendale Way. Our circular route back to Ramsbottom is via the Plunge Valley and Edenfield. There will be a pub stop at the Duckworth Arms relatively early into the walk. There are quite a few gradual ascents and descents and the route will be muddy in parts.

Meet Point: 11:15 outside the Chocolate Café in Ramsbottom. From Manchester take the tram from Victoria to Bury (takes 23 minutes). From Bury take either bus 472 or 474 to Ramsbottom. The 472 bus leaves from stop P at 10:35 or 10:50 and the 474 bus leave from stop R at 10:43. There is street parking around Ramsbottom (e.g. on Factory Street or on Paradise Street).

Suggested Ticket: Day Saver Bus and Tram 6.70.

Walk Start: 11:15 outside the Chocolate Café in Ramsbottom.

Waypoints: Sheep Hey Weir, Bury Old Road, Bamford Road, Turf Moor, Waughs Well, Scout Moor Bottom, Dearden Clough Ford, Edenfield, Chatterton.

Return Services: Ramsbottom Market Place to Bury 474 at x:20 x:35 x:50 x:05 then 18:19, 18:39, 18:59, 19:29, 19:59, 20:29, 21:19. 472 at x:27, x:42, x:57, x12 then 18:24, 18:39, 18:54, 19:14, 19:44, 20:14, 21:04. Tram services run every 12 minutes from Bury back to Victoria.

Extra: Toilets at Bury Interchange(20p) and at the Duckworth Arms. Map EX287.

 

Saturday 18th: Pre-AGM City Walk

Direct walk 3 miles - Leader: Mags Metcalf

Description: Before the Annual General Meeting, there will be a short walk meeting at the front door of Manchester Cathedral at 11:00. It will be a 3-mile walk via Angel Meadow, the Northern Quarter, along the Canal and through Manchester City Centre arriving at the Methodist Central Buildings for 13:00.

Walk Start: Outside Manchester Cathedral at 11:00

Waypoints: Angel Meadow, Northern Quarter, Ashton Canal.

 

Saturday 25th: "The Jewel in the Crown" of Peak Villages - Ashford figure of eight walk

Bus-based walk 8 miles 350 metres ascent - Leader: Martin, joining at Hazel Grove

Description: Ashford-in-the-Water is my personal favourite Peak District village, and I'd love to share it with you on this figure of eight walk that starts and ends in the village, as well as passing through it in the middle. Here the River Wye runs fast and clear, sweeping the rainbow trout under the ancient packhorse bridge and past some gorgeous honey stone cottages. The railway line in the area was closed in the 1960s, and we will be walking along part of the old line, so we will need to use road transport to get here. We initially make a fairly steep climb up to the old lead mine, Magpie Mine, descend through woodland and return to the village on the river path. Next, we have a gentler ascent up to the viewpoint at Monsal Head, where the viaduct has featured on many a postcard. We pass through the Headstone Tunnel and continue along the Monsal Trail former railway line for a while, before returning to Ashford via field paths.

Meet Point: Chorlton Street coach station for the TP bus at 09:15.

Suggested Ticket: Tango return for two people boarding together and returning via the same bus 19.05. Otherwise Wayfarer 12 - please note the Wayfarer is not sold on the TP bus or at Chorlton Street coach station, and you would need to buy it at a rail station or at a PayPoint outlet - find your nearest here. Otherwise Manchester to Ashford day return 12.70.

Walk Start: Ashford-in-the-Water village car park at 11:10. This is located behind the church and is signposted clearly from the main village road.

Waypoints: Magpie Mine, Great Shacklow Wood, River Wye, Ashford, Pennyunk Lane, Monsal Head, Headstone Tunnel, Monsal Trail, field paths.

Return Services: Direct bus at 17:04, arriving Manchester 18:50. Otherwise the TP departs for Buxton at x:04 and connects with a train at x:27 the following hour. Doing it this way would take approximately 2.5 hours to get back to Manchester.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start, and approximately halfway and three quarters of the way through the walk. None on the bus. The TP bus is a limited stop service, so if not boarding at Chorlton Street please ensure that your stop is one of the ones listed here: http://uploads.ainsley.findmybus.uk/highpeak/images/57ac9bfa766d8.pdf. Registered assistance dogs only please due to the quantity of livestock we might encounter. Map EX OL24.

 

APRIL

 

Saturday 1st: April Fool's Day Dune Walk - Freshfield to Southport linear

Train-based walk 9.5 miles - Leader: Paul S

Description: This is a sand dune walk on the beautiful Sefton Coast. This area is famous for its wading birds, and numerous wild flowers, some very rare. There should be 100's of Oyster Catchers, Bar-tailed Godwit and Knot at Birkdale Sands, especially at high tide. I will bring my spotting telescope with me. Plants that are just beginning to flower: Spring-beauty, Portland Spurge, English Scurvy-grass, which you might not see in Greater Manchester.

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

Suggested Ticket: Freshfield Off Peak Day Return 12.90. At Southport, change to the train at 11:13.

Walk Start: Freshfield station at 11:30.

Waypoints: Formby Hills, Ainsdale Dunes, Ainsdale-on-Sea, Birkdale Dunes & Sands.

Return Services: From Southport: 17:51, 18:57, 21:22 to Manchester Victoria, 17:32, 18:15, 19:20, 20:20, 20:28, 21:28, 22:18 to Manchester Piccadilly.

Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; please use those on the train. Toilets at Manchester Victoria and Southport stations. Pace quite slow as mainly walking on sand. Map EX285 Southport and Chorley.

 

Saturday 22nd: Kinder Mass Trespass Anniversary Walk - New Mills-Edale linear

Train-based walk 14 miles 550 metres ascent - Leader: Martin, meeting at Walk Start

Description: On 24th April 1932, a group of around 500 men and women set out for a walk on Kinder Scout. However, this was no ordinary walk as they intended to trespass on what was then privately owned land in order to campaign for greater access to the hills. Join me as we pay our tributes to those who were willing to risk jail in order to advance their cause. The group included Trespass leader Benny Rothman and folk singer Ewan MacColl. We follow some of the route of the Trespass here, and also visit other sites of interest regarding the event. The walk has a gentle start on the old New Mills-Hayfield railway line before we commence a long ascent to Kinder, past the Kinder Reservoir. When we reach Ashop Head, we then follow the Pennine Way all the way to Edale, passing the Kinder Downfall waterfall and descending down Jacob's Ladder. This is a long walk involving a long ascent, so it may not suit novice walkers.

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

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak day return to Edale 11.30.

Walk Start: New Mills Central station at 10:20.

Waypoints: The Torrs, Sett Valley Trail, Hayfield bus station, Bowden Bridge, Kinder Reservoir, William Clough, Ashop Head, Kinder Downfall, Swine's Back, Jacob's Ladder, Upper Booth.

Return Services: From Edale: 16:47, 17:47, 18:48, 19:47, 21:11, 22:56.

Extra: Toilet at Walk Start has only one cubicle, so use the one on the train or at Hayfield after 2.5 miles. Possibly more toilets at Upper Booth approx. 1.5 miles from end. No car park at New Mills Central so drivers please allow time to find a car park in town and walk to the station.

 

MAY

 

Saturday 6th: Knutsford Circular - Royal May Day

Train-based walk 5 miles - Leader: Martin, joining at Stockport

Description: A short, fairly simple walk taking in the best of the town and Tatton Park. We start along King Street, before crossing Knutsford Moor and entering Tatton Park. We continue alongside Tatton Mere before the chance to visit the shops near the Hall. We return to town via the Beech Walk. The walk ends at Knutsford Heath in time for the festivities of Cheshire's largest May Day festival. Hopefully the weather will be better than last time the group visited this event.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 11:17.

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak day return to Knutsford 7.30.

Walk Start: Knutsford station at 12:00.

Waypoints: King Street, Knutsford Moor, Moor Pool, Dog Wood, Tatton Mere, Tatton Hall, Beech Walk, Knutsford Heath.

Return Services: x:43 until 17:43, 18:48, 19:48, 20:48, 22:17, 23:31.

Extra: Toilets at Moor car park just after the start, and again at Tatton Hall. Map EX268. Those intending to drive, please see here nearer the time for updated info on any road closures. This is especially important for those intending to leave Knutsford by car before 16:00.

 

 

 

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