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.

Can you lead a walk for our group too? Take a look at our Walk Leader Guidance Notes.

 

NOVEMBER

 

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, Manchester city centre.

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 25th: Hunter's Hill: Parbold Circular

Train-based walk 6 miles 250 metres ascent - Leader: John L

Description: A short but energetic walk through the hills to the north of Parbold. We climb out of the village on to Hunter's Hill for views across West Lancashire to the Fylde Coast, then continue past the ruined windmill on Harrock Hill before returning to Parbold through the Harrock Estate.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 11:22.

Suggested Ticket: Parbold Day Return £6.80, or a Duo at £10.20 for two people travelling and returning together on the same train.

Walk Start: Parbold station at 12:15.

Waypoints: Parbold Douglas Academy, Stony Lane, Holly House Farm, Hunter's Hill, Bannister Lane, Lower Barn, Harrock Hill, High Moor, Parbold Hill, Chapel Lane, Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Return Services: 16:37, 17:47 then x:36 until 20:36, 22:37 to Piccadilly. Also at 16:15, 17:16, 18:13, 19:13, 21:41 to Victoria.

Extra: Map EX285. 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.

 

DECEMBER

 

Saturday 2nd: Broadbottom Circular

Train-based walk 7 miles 450 metres ascent- Leader: Paul G, meeting at walk start

Description: This area near the Peak District sees fewer walkers. This short walk twist and turns to use old paths and lanes that past communities needed to attend work and markets. It starts in the historical past, passes lonely farms and outbuildings now redeveloped, climbs over moors to reach the high ridge with its views, before returning through ancient woodlands.

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

Suggested Ticket: Return to Broadbottom £5.40 (no more than £5.90 from any rail station in Greater Manchester.

Walk Start: Broadbottom station at 11:10.

Waypoints: Hodge Fold, Botham Hall, Cown Edge Way, Chisworth, Robin Hood's Picking Rods, Coombes Edge, Charlesworth, Woodseat.

Return Services: x:14 and x:44 till 19:44, then 20:44, 21:44, 22:44.

Extra: Map EX OL1. No toilets at the 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 9th: Santa Walk 2017

Train-based walk 5 miles 100 metres ascent - Leader: Gavin

You must be booked on to the meal to attend this walk

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.
When you book on santawalk@mwwalkers.org.uk, please include your name, Ramblers' membership numbers and food choices from below.
The cost is £18 or £21 for 2 or 3 courses respectively. I will send an email requesting payment by a bank transfer.
Starters=>
Creamed winter vegetable soup with sage croutons and crusty bread(v)
Traditional prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, lemon and granary bread.
Drunken duck liver pâté, Plum Pudding chutney and toasted onion bread.
Honeydew melon & pink grapefruit cocktail with Prosecco sorbet(v)

Mains=> All served with a selection of winter vegetables and roast & creamed potatoes(unless otherwise stated)
Roast British turkey breast, sage & onion stuffing, chipolata sausage, cranberry sauce, seasonal vegetables with goose fat roasties and roast gravy.
Slow braised shin of British beef, horseradish mash,seasonal vegetables, button onion & mushroom gravy.
Pan fried fillet of seabass, lemon & parsley butter, creamed spinach and sautéed potatoes.
Creamed leek, blue cheese & chestnut crumble with warm mop up bread(v)

Desserts=>
Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and a nip of our famous Vintage Harvest Ale. (Harvest Ale is a beautiful, limited edition ale brewed once a year at our Greengate Brewery)
Baked profiteroles filled with Baileys cream and topped with warm chocolate sauce.
Sticky cinnamon meringue, mulled red berries and brandy butter ice cream.
A selection of award winning, regional British cheeses with oat cakes, apple, celery and Manchester Star Ale chutney.

Meet Point: Victoria station at ??:??.

Suggested Ticket: Castleton Day Return £5.40.

Walk Start: Castleton station at ??:??.

Extra: Map EX277.

 

Saturday 16th: Hebden Bridge Christmas Lights

Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: Phil M

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: Victoria 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.

 

Tuesday 26th: Ashton Canal & Ancoats

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

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: TBC.

Suggested Ticket: TBC.

Walk Start: TBC at 11:00.

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC.

Extra: No trains are running on this day, so use trams/buses. 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 £8.70 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: Trentham Gardens - Stoke-on-Trent Circular

Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: Martin, joining train at Stockport

Description: TBC.

Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at TBC.

Suggested Ticket: TBC.

Walk Start: Stoke-on-Trent station at TBC.

Waypoints: TBC.

Return Services: TBC.

Extra: Toilets at Walk Start and at Trentham Gardens. 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 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.

 

FEBRUARY

 

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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