Walks

03/03/2024 Sunday Over Peover and Lower Peover 8 miles easy Leader Marjorie McLoughlin


The walk starts at 10am Clay Lane Over Peover SJ784735 Post code WA16 8UE


Directions to start.

From Wilmslow take the A34 by pass heading towards Monks Heath. As the by pass ends continue south and at the second set of lights turn right signposted Preston, Chester and Holmes Chapel. After a short distance turn right onto A537 towards Chelford. Drive for approx 2miles, passing through Chelford and at the crossroads turn left onto Pepper Street. Continue straight on at the next cross roads onto Chelford Lane and straight on at the primary school onto Clay Lane. Park at the far end of Clay Lane.

Details of walk

This is an easy walk with no ascents along fields,lanes and tracks. We walk past Peover Hall and Church heading out to the Whipping Stocks. From there we head towards St Oswald’s Church at Lower Peover and The Bells of Peover. Our route then takes us to the A50, from where we return to Peover Hall through Spinney Wood.

The fields were wet and muddy on the recce so be prepared.


06/03/2024 Wednesday Lyme Park, Bowstones and Disley 91/2 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am at Nelson Pit Carpark,

Cost of car park is £3. There is road side parking by turning right just before minor road to the car par.

Directions to the start: car park post code is SK12 1TH. Go to Poyton, at cross roads go along road going alongside Waitrose, at Y junction bear left, then turn right on to Anson Road, past recycling centre and at cross road keep ahead and almost immediately turn left into car park. There are toilets in car park.

The walk goes along canal for a short distance then into Lyme Park, to the Bowsones, descending towards Whalley Bridge , turning left past the School Building then by the Park entrance to Disley and across fields to the car park.

11/03/2024 Monday New Mills Millenium Bridge & Sett Valley Trail 7 miles easy/moderate Leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am from parking bays on  Hyde Bank Road in New Mills. Nearest postcode is SK22 4BP, which is New Mills Leisure Centre further along Hyde Bank Road.


Directions:  From Wilmslow take the A555 to the A6 and turn right, or go through Woodford to Poynton and turn left onto the A523 towards Hazel Grove, then right onto the A6 by the Rising Sun pub. From the Rising Sun you follow the A6 Buxton Road for 4.9 miles. Turn left onto Albion Road A6015 towards New Mills. After 0.6 miles go straight on at the lights, immediately crossing a bridge over the River Goyt, and take the first left onto Hyde Bank Road opposite the Co-op. Park on the left in marked bays.


Walk description:  A generally easy walk on trails,  bridleways and quiet roads,  but there are a few short ascents and several fields to cross, which may be muddy. Poles may be useful.  We join the Sett Valley Trail near New Mills Leisure Centre and follow it to Birch Vale. We then cross  open country to the south, hopefully enjoying some scenic views, before returning along the River Goyt to the spectacular Torrs Gorge and Millennium Bridge. Finally we climb steps back up to Hyde Bank Road.

I led this walk 4 years ago. 

17/03/2024 Sunday Ladybrook and Lyme Park 8 miles moderate Leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts at 10am Nelson Pit car park Higher Poynton SJ945833 Post code SK12 1TH. The car park is pay and display £3.20 for the day. Roadside parking is available on Green Lane at the cross roads by the Boars Head pub.

Directions to start

From central Poynton, take Park Lane. At signs for Anson Engine Museum turn left onto Middlewood Road and right onto Anson Road. At the cross roads by the Boars Head pub, carry straight on and the car park is on the left.

Walk details

After a short distance along the canal we walk by Ladybrook through woods and meadows linking Macclesfield canal to Lyme Park estate. We ascend to the Cage tower, go through the wood on the Gritstone trail and take the undulating track across Park Moor. After passing Keepers Cottage we head for Birchencliff Farm, across tracks and fields to the canal bridge. A short stretch along the canal takes us back to the car park. 

19/03/2024, Tuesday, Mam Tor, Lose Hill and Winnats Pass, moderate, 6 miles, 276m ascent, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A figure-of-eight circuit that includes Mam Tor, Lose Hill and the top of Winnats Pass. This route is unusual as it never descends into the valley floor, it stays at a high level throughout. So it avoids the wet and muddy fields of the Hope Valley. It passes above the famous landslide and beneath the cliff on the south side of Mam Tor. While this is not a long walk it is very dramatic and on a clear day there are extensive views in every direction.

Difficulty: Most of this walk is on good paths.

Start: 10:30hrs at Mam Nick (/Tor) National Trust Car Park, S33 8WA. Lat/Long 53.345823,-1.815675 OS map OL1. Grid Reference SK 12367 83300.

Parking: Mam Nick (/Tor) National Trust Car Park. Free for NT members or PayByPhone mobile app. There is also roadside lay-by parking just East of the car park.

Route: Mam Nick Car Park, Mam Tor524m, Hollins Cross, Barker Bank 425m, Back Tor 437m, Lose Hill 481m, Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff, Winnats Pass, Winnats Head Farm, Mam Nick Car Park.

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25/03/2024 Monday Bollington to Rainbow 7.5 miles easy/mod Leader Donald Henderson

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02/04/2024 Tuesday Gradbach to Flash and Three Shires Head 8.2m moderate Leader Clare Pinder


Start of walk: the walk starts at 10am from Gradbach free carpark, ref SJ998662, postcode SK17 OSU (approx location only).

Directions to start: From Silk Road in Macclesfield, turn left onto Byrons Lane (which becomes Hollins Lane), go through Sutton, then left onto A54 and then sharp right at Rose & Crown pub; follow road for 2 miles and then very sharp right (I had to do a slight reverse  in order to get round bend) at Gradbach itself and the carpark is 0.3 miles on the right. It took me about 35 minutes from Wilmslow. I can give 3 people lifts.

Walk Description: from the carpark we take the Dane Valley Way, past Wicken Walls, to the outskirts of Flash, we then walk round Wolf Edge and Knotbury to Three Shires Head, then skirt Cut-Thorn Hill, go around Robins Clough to Parks and then back into Gradbach. The paths and tracks are good but can be waterlogged and boggy so poles and gaiters would be helpful. We ascend 333 meters. There are excellents views.

 07/04/2024 Sunday Werneth Low & Gee Cross, 8 miles, moderate. Leader Angela Legge 

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11/04/2024 Thursday Dane Bridge and Ludds Church 7 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10 .00 from Danebridge Wincle, SK11 0QE with road side parking just beyond the Ship Inn, towards Danebridge.

Directions to start: go to Macclesfield and head south on past Arighi Bianchi, turn left on to Byrons Lane, bearing right on to Hall Lane and Hollin Lane, past Ryles Arms, joining A54 and almost immediately right to Winlce and downhill to Dane Bridge.

The walk follows the River Dane, then crossing the river and then along paths up towards the Roaches , to Ludds Church, downhill back to the River Dane  then follows the river back to Dane Bridge.

Note that the path through Ludds Church is damp most of the time and can be slippery.


15/04/2024 Monday, Shutlingsloe 8 miles moderate Leaders Lynn Davies and Carol McLaughlin

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21/04/2024 Sunday Peak Forest to Mam Torr 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am from Peak Forest village.

Parking is roadside in Peak Forest village. On entering the village turn left near the traffic lights on to a minor road and park near the small church. Approximate Post code SK17 8EJ (this the post code of the Devonshire Arms pub).


Directions to startJoin A555 airport relief road and then on to A6 past Chapel en the Frith after about 1 mile leave the roundabout at the first exit A623 to Sparrow Pit and then Peak Forest.  

 

Walk:  The walk crosses fields from Peak Forest village towards the car park below Mam Torr. We then climb up on to Rushup Edge, walk westwards until the track meets the road, then cross fields to Sparrow Pit and return to the start. The walk is about 9 miles with the two ascents one up Eldon Hill and the other up on to Rushup Edge.

 

NOTE:  nearer the time I will suggest a meet and greet from the Heald Green Park and Ride.

25/04/2024 Thursday Fernilee to Taxal Windgather Rocks and Cats Torr 9 miles moderate Leader Kate Stross

The walk starts at 10am from the main car park on The Street beside the twin reservoirs Errwood and Fernilee, opposite the sailing club.  Post code SK17 6GJ.  There are alternative ways to get there, depending on where you start from and how much you dislike driving on single track roads.

NB the post code covers a wide area and can be misleading. Please use the directions below.

Either:  Take the A523 and turn towards Adlington on Brookledge Lane.  After 1.6 miles go right onto Shrigley Road.  After 0.8 miles go left onto Bakestonedale Road.  After 2.2 miles go left on the B5470 to Kettleshulme.  On the outskirts of Kettleshulme take a sharp right onto Side End Lane.  After 2 miles go left on Embridge Causeway which becomes The Street.  You come to the reservoirs after 1.3 miles and the parking is on the right immediately after having turned right. 

Alternatively (probably longer, but easier roads) take the A6 to the turning for Whaley Bridge.  At the Whaley Bridge roundabout take the A5004 towards Buxton.  After 6 miles take a sharp right onto Goyt's Lane.  The reservoirs are after 1.6 miles.  Cross the causeway between the reservoirs and turn left and then immediately right into the carpark.

The carpark is free but there are no facilities.  Please note, there are two car parks on this side of Fernilee Reservoir. The one we are meeting at is nearest the junction with The Street and the causeway between the 2 reservoirs.

We walk along the west bank of Fernilee Reservoir, then beside the River Goyt to Taxal. (There are loos in the churchyard at Taxal.) From Taxal we climb fairly steeply up to Taxal Edge and on to Windgather Rocks and Cats Tor.  From Cat's Tor we drop steeply down on a rocky path towards the ruins of Errwood Hall and hence back to the car park. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The path back down to Errwood Reservoir is steep and stony, so you may find a pole(s) useful. 


30/04/2024, Tuesday, The Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

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05/05/2024 Sunday Leader Carol McLaughlin

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14/05/2024, Tuesday, Tunstead Quarry and Chee Dale, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop that gives two quite different perspectives of Derbyshire,  of the mining industry and of an exquisite ravine. There are superb views from a height over the enormous Tunstead Quarry as well as travelling through the quarry on a well marked footpath.  The quarry is not a pretty place, but it is magnificent in scale and highly unusual to to have a public right of way footpath. Two sections of stepping stones in the River Wye provide access through a stunningly beautiful hidden valley floor.

Difficulty: This route involves some ascent and descent over over rough terrain on footpaths and stretches of stepping stones in the River Wye.

Walk start: 10:30hrs, Wye dale Car Park, Topley Pike, A6, Buxton SK17 9TE. Lat/Long 53.249226,-1.846590. OS map OL24, Grid Reference SK 10333 72474.

Parking: Wye Dale Car Park - pay and display / card only (chip and pin & contactless), sadly no free car parking nearby.

Route: Wye Dale Car Park, Blackwell Mill, Cowlow, Hardybarn Lane, Green Fairfield Farm, Tunstead Works (Limestone), stone railway footbridge, Tips (dis), Hassop Farm, Wormhill Springs, Chee Dale, Blackwell Mill, Wye Dale Car Park. This route involves walking on remote traffic free roads for about 1.5miles.

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19/05/2024 Sunday Leader needed

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05/06/2024 Wednesday Leader Bob Swinburne

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11/06/0224, Tuesday, Knowl Hill and Scout Moor Wind Farm, 7.5 miles, 309m ascent, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A walk past Greenbooth and Middle Naden reservoirs to Knowl Hill 419m and through the middle of the Scout Moor Wind Farm - the second largest onshore wind farm in England. This is comprised of 26 large wind turbines on windy and exposed moorland with magnificent views to the North and to the South over Manchester.

Difficulty: A moderately long stroll over an exposed moorland with mostly good tracks all the way. 

Start: 10:30hrs at Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park, Forsyth Lane, Rochdale OL12 7TB. Lat/Long 53.641787,-2.213069, OS Explorer Map 1:25,000 OL21 - South Pennines. OS Grid Ref. SD 85991 16174. This location is just north of Rochdale so it is further away from Wilmslow than the average WGWG walk. 

Transport Route Issue: The Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park is very hard to find. The postcode for Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park displayed on Google Maps as OL12 7TL and is incorrect, as this postcode is for a large area to the West of Greenbooth Reservoir about 2 miles away from the actual car park. If you accidentally use OL12 7TL you will most likely find yourself driving up Greenbooth Road or Over Town Lane and you will be in completely the wrong place and a long way from your intended destination. The nearest building to the Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park is Brown Hill Farm, Woodhouse Lane, Rochdale, OL12 7TB, which is 264 metres south from the car park. The best way to navigate to the Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park is to go to Brown Hill Farm near the north end of Woodhouse Lane and then keep driving up the hill. Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park is 80 metres west (to the left) from the northern tip (the top) of Woodhouse Lane on Forsyth Lane. The start of Woodhouse Lane is itself hard to find, it links to Edenfield Road next to a miniscule triangular park with a stone cross and flagpole opposite the Easy St. Personal Training, 605 Edenfield Road, Norden, Rochdale OL11 5X. Woodhouse Lane is a 1.25 mile long steep road with large patches of enormous cobblestones worthy of a 1973 Hovis advert.

Route: Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park, The Rochdale Way, Naden Middle reservoir, Dixon's Brow, Knowl Hill 419m, Top of Cheesden Pasture, Hail Storm Hill, Cowpe Moss, Mary Towneley Loop, Rossendale Way commemorative stone, Reddyshore Top, Greenbooth Reservoir Car Park.

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Poor Weather Alternative: Scout Moor Wind Farm is great in high wind but is not a fun place to be wandering around in bad weather. If it is raining and cloudy an alternative route has been planned which involves visiting just one wind turbine, Knowl Hill 419m and a  full circuit of Naden Lower Reservoir, Naden Higher Reservoir and Greenbooth Reservoir.  it starts from the same place and at the same time as the normal walk. Poor weather alternative: Outdooractive  details and route map

24/06/2024 Monday From Tideswell 7.5 miles easy/moderate leaders Lynn Davies and Carol McLaughlin

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30/06/2024 Sunday Llangollen Leader Bob Swinburne

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