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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APRIL

 

Saturday 29th: Congleton, Mow Cop and Astbury Mere circular

Train-based walk 12 miles 300 metres ascent - Leader: John Moran and Ev Jamieson

Description: A varied route full of interest. The urban bustle of Congleton is quickly left behind as the route leads along a leafy valley, crosses a golf course and then starts the slow ascent to a low point in the ridge of Congleton Edge. It then follows the ridge top along the Cheshire-Staffordshire border for several miles with fine views on both sides, climbing gradually to the folly of Mow Cop. The route then drops, via woodland and the canal, to the village of Astbury and along the shores of Astbury Mere before returning to Congleton.

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

Suggested Ticket: Congleton Off-Peak Day Return £9.50. Advance tickets can be bought for specific trains for £3 each way but will have no flexibility - you will need to specify the train on which you will return.

Walk Start: Congleton station at 10:30.

Waypoints: The Homestead, Castle Farm, Gritstone Trail, Mow Cop Castle, South Cheshire Way, Macclesfield Canal, Mill House Farm, Astbury village, Astbury Mere.

Return Services: x:13 until 21:13.

Extra: No toilet at Walk Start. Map EX268.

 

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.

 

Saturday 13th: Whaley Bridge

Train-based walk TBC miles - Leader: Debbie & Andy

Description: TBC

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at TBC

Suggested Ticket: TBC

Walk Start: TBC

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC

Extra: TBC

 

Saturday 20th: Godley Circular, via Etherow and Werneth Low

Train-based walk 9.5 miles 300 metres ascent - Leader: Bob & Jo S-L, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A nice easy paced walk taking us up to Werneth Low and hopefully giving us clear views across Greater Manchester and beyond, then making our way to Etherow Country Park and Compstall nature reserve, a former industrial area and one of England's first county parks. After lunch we make our way back to Godley through Erncroft Wood, Keg Pool, crossing Werneth Low Country Park then Idle Hill, Botham's Hall and Greenside. Pub at end of walk.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 11:18.

Suggested Ticket: Godley Off-Peak Day Return £5.10.

Walk Start: Godley station at 11:40.

Waypoints: Backbowe, Werneth war memorial, Werneth Low, Uplands Farm, Hydes Farm, John Street, Etherow, Keg Pool, Idle Hill, Botham's Hall, Greenside.

Return Services: x:19 & x:49, until 19:49, 20:49, 21:49, 22:49.

Extra: Street car parking available at Godley station. Toilets available at Etherow and pub at walk finish. Map EX277 and EX OL1.

 

Saturday 27th: Pendle Hill - Brierfield to Barley linear

Bus-based walk 8 miles 550 metres ascent - Leader: Cathryn

Description: This is a linear walk starting at Brierfield and ending at Barley. This walk takes us through meadows, moorland and around two reservoirs. We will stop for lunch at Newchurch and then follow the Pendle Way to the top of Pendle Hill via Ogden Clough. Our descent of the hill will be along a steeply set stepped path which leads us to Barley and a drink at the Pendle Inn. There are a number of steep ascents and descents.

Meet Point: Chorlton Street Coach Station for the X43 bus at 10:15, changing at Burnley(Stand 2) for the M43 bus at 11:42.

Suggested Ticket: Transdev Daytripper ticket £9.50 or £20 for a group of up to 5 people(covers buses X43, M1 and M3). Purchase on the bus. Also, to enable you to use bus 7 for return journey, also buy Pilkingtons Bus single £1.95. Purchase on the bus.

Walk Start: Brierfield bus stop at 11:55.

Waypoints: Old Laund Clough, Spen End, Newchurch in Pendle, Fell Wood, Upper Ogden Reservoir, Ogden Clough, Big End(Pendle Hill Summit), Pendle House, Ings End and Barley.

Return Services: From Barley - Journey option 1: Barley, bus 7 @ 16:42, arr. Nelson @ 17:05, then Nelson, bus M1 @ stand 4 @ 17:16, arr. Burnley 17:38, then Burnley, bus X43 @ stand 7 @ 17:45, arr. Manchester @ 18:55. Journey option 2: Barley, bus 7 @ 17:52/18:57, arr. Nelson @ 18:15/19:20, then Nelson, bus X43 @ stand 2 @ 18:25/19:55, arr. Manchester @ 19:52/21:22.

Extra: Toilets at Chorlton Street St. and at Newchurch which is approx 1.5 hours into the walk. None on the buses. Map EX OL21.

 

JUNE

 

Saturday 17th: Whaley Bridge Circular via Eccles Pike

Train-based walk 10 miles 400 metres ascent - Leader: Bob & Jo S-L, meeting at Walk Start

Description: A circular walk taking in Buxworth Basin, through Crist and then ascending Eccles Pike. After taking in the views, we head down towards Bradshaw Hall Farm, Cockyard, Owlgreave farm, Combs. We stop here for lunch close to the Beehive pub and then after reaching Combs Reservoir, we begin climbing up to Woodside Farm, crossing Eccles Road towards Buxworth, and returning to Whaley Bridge.

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

Suggested Ticket: Whaley Bridge Off-Peak Day Return £7.90.

Walk Start: Whaley Bridge station at 11:30.

Waypoints: Buxworth Basin, Crist, Eccles Pike, Bradshaw Hall Farm, Cockyard, Owlgreave Farm, Combs, Beehive pub, Combs Reservoir, Woodside Farm, Eccles Road, Buxworth.

Return Services: 16:46, 17:43, 18:46, 19:44, 20:46, 21:44.

Extra: Toilet stops available at Whaley Bridge and the The Beehive pub where we will have our lunch stop. Car parking available at train station and on road around Whaley Bridge. Map EX OL24 and EX OL1.

 

JULY

 

Saturday 1st: 1928 Staley Brushes Walk (Stalybridge to Broadbottom)

Train-based walk 11 miles ? metres ascent - Leader: Debbie

Description: TBC

Meet Point: TBC

Suggested Ticket: TBC

Walk Start: TBC

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC

Extra: TBC

 

Saturday 15th: Great Budworth & Anderton Boat Lift

Train-based walk TBC miles - Leader: Mags & Volker

Description: TBC

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at TBC

Suggested Ticket: TBC

Walk Start: TBC

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC

Extra: TBC

 

 

 

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