Walks

01/08/2021 Sunday, Monsal Dale, Cressbrook Dale and Foolow, 9.5 miles moderate, leader Angela Legge

Walk starts at 10am at Monsal Head viewpoint overlooking the viaduct and Wye Valley by Monsal Head Hotel. Satnav DE45 1NL Grid Reference SK18494 71505 OS map OL24.

The car park charge is £6 for the day but there is free roadside parking opposite the hotel on the road to Little Longstone. There are toilets at Monsal Head.

Directions to the start: Either head for Macclesfield and Harpur Hill taking A537, A5270, A6,then left onto B6465 to Ashford and Monsal Head.

OR make your way to Whaley Bridge, take A6 Chapel bypass, then left onto A623 and right onto B6465, signed Wardlow, Monsal Head & Ashford. Both routes take about an hour.

The route of the walk is Monsal Head-Monsal Trail-Cressbrook Dale-Wardlow Mines-Stanley House-Grindlow-Foolow-Housley-Longstone Moor- Little Longstone-Monsal Head.

After descending from Monsal Head to the Monsal Trail we go into Cressbrook Dale, the first part of which is a climb up through woodland, then down into the open wide grassy section of the upper part of the dale. After the pretty village of Foolow the route goes due south across fields and the open moorland of Longstone Moor, where there are (hopefully!) far-reaching views of Kinder behind us and the rolling hills of the White Peak ahead.

There may be muddy stretches and the limestone may be slippery if wet so poles are recommended.


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, OS map OL 24, 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

The walk starts from the carpark at Derbyshire Bridge at 10am. (There are toilets at the free car park). From there we walk up to and cross the A54, cross Axe Edge Moor and walk around Cheeks Hill with views down to Knotbury. We follow the Dane Valley Way to cross the River Dane at Danebower Quarry. (A pole might be useful here if it has been wet.) We then walk back to and cross the A54, thence to Cumberland Brook and climb gradually up to Whetstone Ridge. From there we walk along Danebower Hollow and back to the Cat and Fiddle.

Directions: Drive to the Cat and Fiddle pub on the A537. The turning to the Derbyshire Bridge car park is the first on the left just after the pub. After the walk, those of us who fancy it might stop for a drink at the newly reopened Cat and Fiddle. I'm afraid I am intending to drive straight to Derbyshire Bridge rather than doing a meet and greet at Lindow as my time is a bit constrained in the morning.

When we recc'ed this walk in late July the A537 was closed for resurfacing and we had to use the A54. If you approach via the A54, turn left onto the A537 and an alternative access road to the Derbyshire Bridge car park is the first turning on the right soon after you join the A537. The approximate post code for the car park is SK17 6TT but don't use this on your satnav as it will bring you to a different location, Better to use the Cat and Fiddle as your destination."

15/08/2021, Sunday, Rowarth and Lantern Pike, 8 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am at Rowarth car park. Nearest post code is SK22 1EB, but you need to look for signs to Rowarth village where the car park is obvious.

Directions to start: Go to A555 airport link road and head east, join A6 and after large traffic lights junction, keep over to the right lane and turn right at the next traffic lights on to A627 towards Marple etc. Keep on this road past Stockport Golf Club, turn right at next traffic lights and right again at next traffic lights on to A626 towards Marple. Shortly after the shops in Marple bear left keeping on A626 towards Marple Bridge. Keep on A626 bearing left out of Marple Bridge, going uphill keeping on the road as it turns sharply right. After about 1.5 miles out of Marple Bridge, look out for Lane Ends pub on the right and turn right into Ley Lane. Keep on this lane past a signpost to Hare and Hounds, as the road becomes Hollywood Road, go past Hare Hounds. The lane becomes Chatterton Lane and narrows and appears to be going into open countryside. At the end of Chatterton Lane, by Moorfield Arms (now a private house I think) turn left on to Shiloh Road and immediately right on to Hollinsmoor Road , signposted a dead end. After about ½ mile turn left at Rowarth only sign and go to parking area outside the village.

Distance 15 miles, time about 40 minutes.

Walk description: we head out of Rowarth and eventually climb up to Lantern Pike, then follow the paths northwards to Mares Back and return along Cown Edge. Some of the climb to Lantern Pike can avoided by taking the path below to where we will rejoin it.

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

NOTE LATER WALK START TIME

Surely one of the seven wonders of the Derwent Valley area, Alport Castles is an extraordinary rock formation formed by a huge landslip, beloved of climbers and walkers seeking a lunch spot with spectacular views.


Meet to start the walk at 10.30am 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 £5 (cash needed for the machine or pay at the Visitor Centre). Some parking may be available free in the laybys near the entrance.


Route: Initially, a gentle walk along the western side of Upper Derwent Reservoir and then the western extension of Howden Reservoir. From the western tip of Howden Reservoir, there is a steady climb southwest parallel to Ditch Clough. The climb should take about forty minutes, and the walker will be rewarded by the sudden appearance of the cliff edge at Alport Castles. There is a good path initially along the edge and then gradually descending over Rowlee Pasture (moorland), past Hagg Side (a forest!) and a cart track down to Ladybower Reservoir and then back along the reservoir back to the Visitor Centre, where tea and toilets are available.


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

NOTE EARLY START TIME


Walk start will be 9-30 due to parking availability

Directions to the start.

Roadside parking Old Chester Road Walton Warrington WA4 6TQ.

Note: Please be prepared to have to pay £3 parking should there be no parking left on Old Chester Road.


From Wilmslow 22 miles, 30 minutes travel time approx.

Take the A538 towards M56. Merge on to M56 signed Warrington/ Chester.

Exit junction 11 signed A56 Preston Brook / Daresbury take the fourth exit onto A56 Old Chester Road for approx three miles.

Turn right at traffic lights by Walton Arms public house, park on the roadside by the church.


From Bowdon Roundabout 12 miles, 20 minutes travel time approx.

Take the A56 towards Lymm At traffic lights by the Springbok pub go straight across to Stockton Heath. At traffic lights by police station take the second left (more or less straight across) At road junction turn left onto Chester Road A56 then left after the Crematorium into Old Chester Road, park by the church.


Note: Which ever direction you choose please be aware that the area is notorious for speed traps.


Please be ready to walk by 9-30am.


Walk Details

A very easy yet an extremely varied and interesting walk with good views. The hi light being The Dingle, an area of semi-natural woodland, along with Walton Gardens /Park this a great walk especially if it is a hot summer’s day due to the lovely woodland areas.



02/09/2021, Thursday, Dane Valley Way and Lud's Church, leader Simon Duffy details to follow

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09/09/2021 : Thursday Kinder from Bowden Bridge, returning via Kinder Low, 8.2 miles, moderate Leader Sue Lucas

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13/09/2021, Monday, Prestbury, Highlees Wood and Mottram St Andrew, 8.5 miles easy, Leader Carol McLaughlin

Walk will commence at 10am Springfields car park Prestbury SK10 4DW

Directions to the start from Wilmslow 5miles, 10 minutes.

Follow the A538 into Prestbury. At the roundabout turn left through village, turn left just after the bridge into signed free car park.

Walk Details: Leaving Prestbury we walk through Prestbury golf club to Kings School. A little road walking follows along Sandy Lane before we enter Highlees Wood.

Birtles Lane, Hocker Lane, Finlow Hill, Adders Moss, Daniel Hill, Mottram St Andrews and returning back to Prestbury.

A lovely walk in and around Prestbury suitable for everyone.

23/09/2021, Thursday, Eccles Pike, 7.5 miles moderate, Leader Lynn Davies

Details to follow

27/09/2021, Monday, Three Pubs and an Airfield, 8.2 miles easy, Leader Carol McLaughlin

Walk will commence 10am London Road Lay-by Adlington (by Legh Arms) SK10 4NA

Directions to the start from Wilmslow 5miles, 10 minutes

Passing the railway station turn left into Adlington Road A5120, at the first roundabout take the second exit A5120, at the second roundabout take second exit Lees Lane B5358, turn left onto Mill Lane to the traffic lights with the Legh Arms opposite.

Note: Please check website nearer the time for parking details. The lady who runs the snack bar in the lay-by gets very upset with walkers parking and jeopardising her livelihood.

Walking Details: First the bad news, sorry gents, we won’t be stopping at the pubs !

Leaving the Legh Arms we walk past Wych Woods through pastures to the Windmill Inn. Continuing on the Middlewood Way passing Barton’s Clough Wood, Jepson Clough Wood, farms, tracks and pastures we arrive at the Miners Arms. A woodland path alongside Poynton Industrial Estate leading onto Adlington Industrial Estate, on our right is Woodford Airfield and a V Bomber may be seen. Through Adlington golf club followed by lovely pastures by Gibson Wood before returning to our starting point, I’m pretty certain a few walkers will then savour the delights of the Legh Arms.