Walks

22/05/2022, Sunday Eccleston to Chester 9 miles easy/flat Leader Peter Riley

Start Point : Eccleston Ferry Car Park Grid ref: SJ414622 Nearest Postcode: CH4 9HP

Walk Start Time : 10.00am Travel time from Wilmslow 45 minutes

Directions to Start Take your preferred route onto the M 56 westbound and come off at Jn 15 onto M53 following direction ‘ Wrexham’ . Continue straight ahead for approx 8 miles (merging into A 55) and come off at Jn 38 onto the A483 direction Wrexham. After 0.3 mile turn left onto A.5445 then immediately left onto Rake Lane direction Eccleston. Travel 1.5 mile into Eccleston village and, at off-set crossroads, turn right into Paddock Road. After 100 yds turn left into un-named road leading down to car-park next to river.

Details of Walk Walk starts on the riverside next to the Duke of Westminster’s estate at Eaton Hall and follows the River Dee into Chester. We’ll cross the footbridge into the city centre, walk around the city along the route of the old city walls pausing at a few of the city’s many historical sites and points of interest. We’ll return via the former Old Duke’s carriageway and the pretty estate village of Eccleston.

The walk is flat but there may be some mud along the riverside if there’s been recent rain.

Walk leader – Peter Riley . Any queries, contact via e-mail yah5251@yahoo.co.uk .

NOTE: there will be a meet and greet at Lindow Common Car Park for this walk, in view of the slightly increased distance. Please be at the Car Park ready for leaving at 9am.

The walk will start when the meet/greet people arrive but not earlier than 10am.

25/05/2022, Wednesday, Corbar Cross to Errwood and The Goyt, 9miles Moderate. Leader Kate Stross

Corbar Cross to Errwood and the Goyt - 9 miles Moderate - Leader Kate Stross

Outline: The walk starts from Corbar Road in Buxton, goes through Corbar Woods and up to Corbar Cross, along the escarpment and then descends to Errwood Reservoir, along the reservoir before climbing back up to Buxton.

Transport: There should be plenty of roadside parking on Corbar Road on the outskirts of Buxton. If you park near Nr 26 Corbar Road we will be close to the entrance to Corbar Woods. I understand the A5004 from Whaley Bridge is closed due to a landslip. So I suggest you take the A6 all the way to Buxton.

5.5 miles from the roundabout where the A623 turns off the A6, on the outskirts of Buxton, take a very sharp right onto Lightwood Road (almost a U turn - there are no traffic lights at the junction). Travel 0.6 miles along Lightwood Road and then turn left onto Corbar Road. (This brings you to the other end of Corbar Road from the end at the junction with the A5004.)

Start: 10:30hrs at roadside parking near 26 Corbar Road, Buxton SK17 6FB.

Route: From Corbar Road in Buxton, the route climbs through Corbar Woods to Corbar Cross then runs along the escarpment with fine views down to Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. It drops down to follow the old Roman road between Buxton and Whaley Bridge, then descends to Errwood reservoir. Lovely views again as the route runs along and above Errwood then climbs steadily back up towards Buxton, across the golf course, across and briefly along the A5004 and into Corbar Woods to return to the starting point.



30/05/2022 Monday, Beresford and Wolfscote Dales 8 miles moderate leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts at 10am in the centre of Hartington. Grid Ref SK 128604 Post Code SK17 0AL.

There is a small free car park or parking at the side of the road.

Directions to start : From Macclesfield take the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road towards Buxton. On reaching the T junction , turn right onto Leek Road A53 and then first left onto Grin Low Road, continue onto Barlow Road and Heath View( most of you will know this route as Harper Hill) Turn left onto B5053 and then almost immediately right by the book shop onto A515. Continue on A515 for approximately 7miles and turn right onto B5054 to Hartington. After two miles you will reach the centre of the village.

Walk description: This is a scenic walk along good paths and tracks. We walk along the banks of the river Dove through Beresford Dale. From there we walk into Narrow Dale and on to Alstonefield village. We drop back down to the river Dove and follow it on the path through Wolfscote Dale for 2.25 miles. Climbing on a path out of the Dale we follow tracks and field paths to return along a lane into Hartington.


05/06/2022 Sunday Chrome & Parkhouse Hills from Hollinsclough. 6.5 miles moderate Clare Pinder


08/06/2022 Wednesday, Bradshaw Valley 8.5 miles moderate leader Bob Swinburne

The walk starts at 10am from the lower car park at Turton & Entwistle Reservoir.

Travel details

From Wilmslow, take the M56 eastbound and get onto the M60 heading towards the Trafford Centre. Exit the M60 at junction 15 and join the M61 heading for Bolton. At junction 2 exit the motorway and travel on the A666 to Greens Arms Road on the B6391 in Blackburn and Darwen. Watch out for the sign to Turton Reservoir and turn left off the B6391 onto Batridge Road to the car park at Turton Reservoir. We park in the lower car park which is free. The nearest postcode is BL7 0NQ but please note that this is approximate. Grid reference SD722172.

Distance to start is approximately 32 miles and should take about one hour.

Walk Description

The walk starts at 10am. I have graded this walk as moderate due to its length. Most of the walk is flat and the few ascents are gradual.

This walk consists of a loop – called the Warpers Trail – around three reservoirs, Turton & Entwistle, Wayoh and Jumbles, and a large part of the walk is a promenade along the edges of two of these reservoirs. We also walk past Turton Tower and take in (but not enter!) the renowned Strawberry Duck pub.

14/06/2022 Tuesday, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

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19/06/2022 Sunday . Hathersage, Offerton Moor & Derwent Heritage Way. 9.5 miles. Moderate Leader Angela Legge

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22/06/2022, Wednesday, Rainow to Lamaload 8 miles moderate Leader Kate Stross

Walk - Meet at the Robin Hood pub at 10am to walk.

Parking: We have permission to park in the carpark of the Robin Hood pub. Unfortunately on a Wednesday the pub does not open until 4pm so we may well arrive back too early to have a drink there - but we will if it is open.

Directions: From the Tesco Roundabout on the Silk Road in Macclesfield, take the B5470 through Hurdsfield to Rainow. The Robin Hood pub is 2.8 miles from the roundabout on the left hand side.

Walk details: The walk starts from the Robin Hood pub in Rainow, and heads across a number of moorland tracks with lovely views to reach the isolated ruins of Thursbitch Farm before returning via Lamaload Reservoir, the reservoir access road and then across the fields to Rainow. The total climb is about 1100 feet. If it has been raining there is one very muddy stretch down to a farm and around some farm buildings - so boots would be a good idea on a wet day! If people are feeling very energetic there is a 9.5 mile version of this walk with a height gain of 1400 feet, but on the day that Maire and I did the recce we were content to take the 8 mile route.

27/06/2022 Monday, Tissington Mapleton & Dovedale. 9 miles Moderate, Leader Angela Legge

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03/07/2022 Sunday 3 July. Abney Moor from Hucklow. 8.5 miles moderate. Leader Clare Pinder


07/07/2022, Thursday, Black Hill and Laddow Rocks from Crowden 9 miles moderate, Guy/Sue Lucas

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12/07/2022, Tuesday, Tunstead Quarry and Chee Dale, 8 miles, 266m ascent, 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.

Outdooractive details and map: https://out.ac/unWvc

17/07/2022, Sunday, Whalley Bridge, Bowstones and Furness Vale, 8.5 miles moderate, Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am in the middle of Whaley Bridge near the railway station. Park in the free car park sign posted on the other side of the road from the station. Coming from A6 roundabout, just past the canal basin opposite the station, turn left back on yourself and follow the road round right to the car park.

Directions to start: Join A555 airport road and then the A6. Continue through Disley and at first roundabout follow the signs into Whaley Bridge, past Tesco until you see the Station sign, post code of the station is SK23 7AA. Then find the car park as above.

This walk approaches the Bowstones from the Whaley Bridge side. It climbs gently on hard surfaces to cross Higher Lane and then steeply for a short time up Sweet Hill and right to the Bowstones. We go into Lyme park for a short distance, then Dissop Head, follow the balcony path and descend to Furness Vale, returning along the canal. Most of the ascent is up to the Bowstones.

25/07/2022, Monday, Rowarth 8 miles moderate Leader Carol McLaughlin.

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31/07/2022, Sunday, Rushton Spencer and Danebridge (again) Leader Donald Henderson

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09/08/2022, Tuesday, Etherow-Lymefield circular , 8.5 miles moderate. Leader Angela Legge.

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14/08/2022, Sunday, Chinley Churn, 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

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22/08/2022, Monday, Mam Nick, Hope Quarry and Castleton, 8 miles moderate, Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am at Mam Nick NT car park just beyond where road to Edale turns off left from road to Winnats Pass and Castleton. Alternatively park on roads near car park.

PLEASE BRING YOUR NT CARD TO SAVE CAR PARK FEE

Map reference SK123 833 Post code S33 8WA

Route to start: Join A555 airport road and then A6, through Disley and on to dual carriageway, past roundabouts to Whaley Bridge and Chapel, turn left at signpost for Castleton and follow road to the car park.

This walk aims to get a close up look at the Hope limestone quarry and cement works. We keep at a high level circling around Castleton, walk along side the quarry and into a field behind the cement works. We then drop down towards Hope and walk alongside the river to Castleton, to the visitors centre if needed and return to the car park via the path contouring up the hill above the mines.

Note that the walk involves stepping across a fallen wire fence. I will check that this has not changed just before the walk date.


04/09/2022, Sunday, Bushes Valley, Leader Lynn Davies

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