Walks

17/05/2021, Monday, Errwood to Burbage, 8 miles moderate, leader Angela Legge

Walk starts at 10am from Errwood Hall car park in the Goyt Valley.

Directions to the start:

From Wilmslow head for Macclesfield and take the B5470 Rainow road past the Robin Hood Inn, turn right onto Smith Lane, then right onto Erwin Lane, slight left onto Hooleyhey Lane and continue down The Street to Errwood Reservoir. Pass The Street car park on the right and bear right alongside the reservoir to Errwood Hall car park. The postcode SK17 6GJ takes you past The Street car park but goes over the dam between the reservoirs,, which you do not do.

If coming from the Stockport direction DO NOT use this postcode. From Whaley Bridge take the A5004 "Long Hill" road . Continue to a sharp right turn signed Goyt Valley. Proceed downhill to the dam, turn left at The Street and continue to Errwood Hall car park on your right.

Walk details:

This 8 mile circular walk sets out along Errwood Reservoir to Goytsclough Quarry. We then head across Goyts Moss taking moorland paths towards Buxton. After walking into Burbage on the western edge of Buxton we follow more pleasant moorland paths and cross the disused High Peak railway track, which connected canals at Cromford and Whaley Bridge. Scenic paths take us along the other side of Errwood Reservoir back to the start. The walk should take about 4 hours and, apart from the possibility of mud after rain, the paths are fairly easy. There are no very steep ascents but the walk is undulating.


23/05/2021, Sunday, Packhouse and Chrome Hills from Hollinsclough, 6 miles, hard/moderate,leader Clare Pinder,

Walk starts from 10am from layby parking in the centre of Hollinsclough near the public telephone, ref SK065664.

Directions to the start: The quickest route is the left hand turn off the Buxton to Leek road (A53) road to Hollinsclough, but that 3 mile stretch of road into Hollinsclough is narrow and winding. Alternatively you can take the road via Harpur Hill, the 68, turn right at the High Peak Bookshop (still the 68) and then turn right about half a mile past Glutton Bridge. Its around 21 miles there and should take around 45 minutes.

Walk details: this just under 6 mile circular walk starts by walking up and over Parkhouse Hill (I would rate this as 'hard' terrain and there is the option of walking round its base instead if preferred (please bring a phone for contact purposes if you want to do this option)); then walking up and over Chrome Hill (again I would rate this as 'hard' terrain but not as onerous as Parkhouse Hill); we then walk round Tor Rock to Booth Farm,then taking the stony downhill path to the old bridge over the River Dove; and then along the valley path along Hollinsclough Rake back to Hollinsclough. There are some muddy stretches. This relatively short walk takes account of the exertions over the 2 hills! Poles would be of assistance in my view. Total ascent 1,533 ft.

26/05/2021, Wednesday Haslington 7.5 miles Moderate Leader: Bob Swinburne

This is a typical “Cheshire walk”, incorporating, fields, tracks and quiet lanes with a touch of suburbia. There are no noticeable ascents or descents. The walk starts at the village of Haslington and proceeds past the timber-framed Haslington Hall to Oakhanger village. We skirt Crewe golf course, past Slaughter Hill and return to Haslington.


The walk starts at 10am from the Waterloo Road car park in Haslington.


Directions to start

Get on the M6 southbound and leave the motorway at junction 17. Turn right at the end of the slip road and go over the motorway onto the A534 signposted Crewe/Nantwich. After approximately 2.5 miles at a roundabout, turn left onto Crewe Road, signposted Crewe Golf Club. As you enter Haslington village, watch out for the Broughton Arms pub on your right. Turn left here onto Waterloo Road. The car park, which is free, is approximately 75 yards down Waterloo Road on the left by Bargain Booze. If this car park is full, there is roadside parking about 200 yards further on in front of bungalows. Nearest Sat Nav Postcode CW1 5TF. There are no public toilets in the car park.


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01/06/2021, Tuesday, Derwent Edge via Lost Lad from Fairholmes 8 miles moderate, leader Sue Lucas

A classic Peak District ridge walk. Meet to start the walk at 10am in front of Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Upper Derwent Valley S33 0AT, Grid Reference SK17315 89330. Directions: take the A57 Snake Road from Glossop. After about 14 miles from the centre of Glossop, there is a smallish turning on the left for Derwent Valley just before the bridge over Ladybower Reservoir. Take this and the Visitor Centre is at the end of this road in 2.5 miles. (Do not use SatNav for this as it will take you to the other side of the reservoir!) All day parking at the Visitor Centre is £5 (cash needed for the machine). Some parking may be available free in the laybys near the entrance.

There is a steady ascent for the first three miles up to Lost Lad; poles may be useful, and gaiters if it has rained recently. After that we will walk to Back Tor and along the top of Derwent Edge with magnificent views of distant reservoirs and weird rock formations for two and a half miles. For the last third, we gradually descend back down to Ladybower Reservoir and the Visitor Centre, where tea and toilets are available.


06/06/2021, Sunday, Newtown, 7.5 miles moderate Lynn Davies and Carol McLaughlin,

Directions to the start:

The walk will start at 10am Woodbourne Road Newton High Peak SK22 3JX

Roadside parking at the top end of the road.

From Wilmslow take the Airport relieve road to the end, turn right onto the A6.

Newtown is signposted in exactly five miles. At the traffic lights showing left turn to New Mills, with a carpet shop on the right, turn right into Woodbourne Road (cul-de-sac).

Walk details: Gently climbing uphill we quickly arrive in open country with stunning views. On good tracks we make our way along a scenic ridge towards the former Moorfields Hotel. A short distance on the Gritstone Trail is followed by another ridge walk contouring round Whaley Moor. Slightly off the footpath we will see the Dipping Stones before returning to the path and downhill into Furnace Vale. Heading slightly uphill on good tracks we are rewarded with scenic views looking across to Chinley before returning back to the start.

09/06/2021, Wednesday, Lindow Common and the Carrs, 6.5 miles, easy, leaders Tress and Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am from Lindow Common car park SK9 5LW, Racecourse Road.

The walk goes to the Carrs, around the rugby club, Lindow peat bog and returns to the Common.

There is one minor ascent out the the Carrs, but otherwise the walk is flat and easy.

Everybody is welcome included friends of members who would like to try this easy walk.


14/06/2021, Monday, Marple and Mellor, 6.8 miles, moderate, leaders Tress and Peter Attwell

Monday 14 June 2021 Marple and Mellor 6.8 miles moderate

Walk starts at 10am from roadside parking on Arkwright Road B6102 east of Marple alongside aa recreation ground SK6 7BT. Directions to the start:

take A555 Airport Link Road eastwards to A6, turn left on to A6 and then right at Torkington Road A627 which turns into Offerton Road, turn right after Stockport Golf Club on to A626, continue into Marple, keep straight at large junction, when you will see the recreation ground, drive along one side and park on Arkwright Road, B6102.

The walk goes down to the Roman Lakes, follows the Goyt for a while, up Black Lane, to Mellow and returns to the Goyt. There are a couple of moderate ascents. We can visit the Mellor cross if walkers have not seen it before.

20/06/2021, Sunday, Goyt Valley and Buxton, 9 miles moderate, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am from the large car park on the Street by the reservoir wall in the Goyt Valley opposite the yacht club. Post code SK17 6SX.

Directions to start: go to Macclesfield, turn left by Tesco store on to Hurdsfield Road. Follow road through Rainow to Kettleshume. At entrance to village look for sign for right turn to Goyt Valley, follow road past Windgather Rocks, turn left at Pyms Chair, follow road downhill and car park is on the right at the bottom of the hill.

Walk goes uphill on other side of the valley, along the disused railway track, over the top to the outskirts of Buxton, up the old road to Derbyshire Bridge and the Cat and Fiddle, and then dropping down to the road alongside the reservoir and returning to the car park.


23/06/2021, Wednesday, Kerridge Ridge, White Nancy, & the Nab, 7.6 miles moderate Leader Angela Legge

Walk starts at 10am from Middlewood Way Car Park on Adlington Road, Bollington. Postcode SK10 5JT Grid Ref SJ931780

Directions: Turn off A523 Macclesfield to Stockport Road onto B5090, signed Bollington. Continue through the town and shortly after passing under a viaduct turn left into Adlington Road at the brown sign for Middlewood Way and Canal to a free car park on your left.

Walk details: This hilly and scenic walk loops above and around Bollington. The route follows a short section of the Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal towpath before heading up to Kerridge Hill. After a circuit of the hill we follow the Saddle of Kerridge to the imposing obelisk, White Nancy, built in 1820 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. We descend from White Nancy and continue on to Cockshead Hey Farm before ascending Nab Head, 285 metres high and 5 metres higher than White Nancy. There is an ancient tumulus on The Nab. From here we follow pleasant paths back into Bollington, passing Long Lane and Sugar Lane farms. The total ascent on the walk is 400 metres, 1,312 feet. Poles might be useful.

The walk follows the route of the annual Bollington fell race and the winner completes it in 45 minutes. I anticipate that we will take nearer 4 hours!


30/06/2021, Wednesday, Leader Bob Swinburne

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04/07/2021, Sunday, B29 crash site and Higher Shelf stones from Old Glossop, 7.9 miles, moderate, ascent 1090ft, leader Guy Lucas

A steady climb up to the memorable crash site amid bleak moorland and spectacular views.

The walk starts at 10.00am at Shepley Street, Old Glossop, SK13 7SA, Ordnance Survey Map OL1 - SK 04440 94793. Directions: from the centre of Glossop, head east on A57. About 0.4 miles from the junction with B6105, turn left in front of the Commercial Inn onto Manor Park Road. After 0.3 miles on Manor Park Road, bear right in front of the Queen’s Arms onto Shepley Street. Park on the roadside on Shepley Street alongside the factory, and meet at the old bus turnaround. No toilets at start.

The first part of the walk is a gradual ascent. You go along Doctor’s Gate, a "Roman road" which becomes a path and is muddy in places (poles and gaiters recommended.) Just before Doctor’s Gate meets the Pennine Way, turn left along Crooked Clough until the path takes you over moorland up to Higher Shelf Stones. The B29 crash site is close to this. The return descent takes you over James’s Thorn and back down to your car.


07/07/2021 Provisional, Walk and pub lunch, leader Peter Riley

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14/07/2021, Wednesday, Cressbrook Dale & Tinsley Dale, 7 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A circuit from Monsal Head to Cressbrook, Litton, Tinsley Dale and Cressbrook Dale.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves to the walk start. Simon Duffy to join everyone at the start of the walk.

Start: 10:30hrs at Monsal Head car park, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, DE45 1NL. Lat./Long. 53.240205, -1.724106, Grid Reference SK 18494 71505, OS map OL24.

Route: Monsal Head car park, Headstone viaduct, Monsal Trail, Water-Cum-Jolly Dale, Cressbrook weir, Middle Row, Litton Post Office, Tinsley Dale, Cressbrook Dale, Ravensdale Cottages, Cressbrook Mill, Brushfield Lane, Netherdale Farm, footbridge, Monsal Trail, Headstone viaduct, Monsal Head car park.

Outdooractive details & map: https://out.ac/IOfIxn

21/07/2021, Wednesday, Higher Poynton to Furness Vale 10.5 miles moderate, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts at 10am at Nelson Pit car park Higher Poynton. SJ945832

Post code SK12 1TH

This is a pay and display car park costing £3. There may be roadside parking near the car park.

Directions- From the centre of Poynton,follow Park Lane for almost a mile, keep left at the first major fork then fork right up Anson Road. Go over the cross roads by the Boar’s Head and turn left into the car park.

The walk takes us from Higher Poynton into Lyme Park.We climb from the woods to Bowstones farm and on to Lantern Wood. From there we walk along field tracks to the Dipping Stone and on to Furness Vale. Our return route,along pleasant paths, passes two reservoirs, crosses the main drive into Lyme Park and on to Macclesfield canal returning to the car park.

28/07/2021, Wednesday, Bollington,White Nancy and Kerridge Ridge 10.5 miles moderate,leader Marjorie McLoughlin.

Walk starts at 10am from Middlewood Way car park Adlington Road Bollington.

Grid Ref SJ931780. Post code SK10 5JT

The walk takes us out of Bollington climbing steeply to White Nancy. We continue southwards along Kerridge ridge towards Rainow. From there we ascend to the Buxton New Road A537. We follow the Gritstone trail to Teggs Nose and descend to Teggs Nose Reservoir. Our route takes us to Walker Barn and on to Lamaload Waterworks. From there we return to Rainow and finally back to Bollington.

There is over 2000 feet of ascent on this walk and one steep descent where poles would be useful. The paths are good and on a clear day we should take in some excellent views.

04/08/2021, Wednesday, Deep Dale and Magpie Mine, 7 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A circuit that includes Deep Dale, Sheldon and Magpie Mine.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves to the walk start. Simon Duffy to join everyone at the start of the walk.

Start: 10:30hrs at White Lodge Car Park - Peak District NP, A6 road, Buxton DE45 1NL. Long./Lat. 53.232515, -1.746933, Grid ref SK 17033 70594.

Route: White Lodge Car Park, Taddington Wood, Dimin Dale, Dimin (Demons ) Dale Rock Shelter, Deep Dale, Deep Dale Nature Reserve, Settlement, Sheldon, Magpie Mine, Sheldon, Cock and Pullet pub, St Michaels Church, Great Shacklow Wood, Dimin Dale, White Lodge Car Park.

Outdooractive details & map: https://out.ac/IOjOWt

09/08/2021, Monday, Axe Head Moor and Danebower Quarry. 7 miles Easy/Moderate, leader Kate Stross

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19/08/2021, Thursday, Alport Castles from Fairholme 9.5 miles moderate leader Guy Lucas


23/08/2021, Monday Walton Gardens and the Dell 8 miles easy, leader Carol McLaughlin

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