Walks

12/12/2022, Monday, Christmas lunch walk 6 miles easy Leader Carol McLaughlin

Christmas Lunch at the Bulls Head Wilmslow Road Mottram St Andrews SK10 4QH

Directions from Wilmslow: Passing the railway station turn right at the roundabout, turn left at the next roundabout onto the A538 towards Prestbury.

The Bulls Head is on the right hand side of the road after roughly three miles.

Please park on the lower car park. The pub will be open from 10am, on arrival please go into the pub and order your meal.

Walk will commence at 10-15am

We will then do an easy six walk from the pub with a stop for traditional morning coffee.

The route will be; Priest Lane, Daniel Woods, Goose Green, Oak Road, Withinlee Road then returning to Mottram via fields and tracks.

We should arrive back at the Bulls Head for 1pm approx.

NOTE: Can all members please email Carol McLaughlin asap and let her know if you will be attending the Christmas lunch. The pub needs this for seating numbers.


19/12/2022, Monday, Alderley Edge, 7 miles, easy/moderate, Leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am at the National Trust Car Park on Alderley Edge, Pay and Display £5, free for NT members if you scan your membership card. Postcode SK10 4UB ( this is the postcode for the, now closed, Wizard Inn)

Directions to the start: From Wilmslow head for Alderley Edge village. Turn left onto Macclesfield Road B5087 and go uphill towards Alderley Edge. Just as the road levels you pass the Wizard Inn and tea room on your left. Immediately past the inn turn left into the car park.

Walk details: The walk takes in Stormy Point viewpoint, Daniel Hill, Adders Moss, Finlow Hill, Alderley Park Wood, Radnor Lake, Nether Alderley Mill & Bradford Lane. It is an undulating, varied, scenic winter walk mainly on reasonable paths and lanes, with a few muddy sections where poles might be useful.

I led this walk in February 2020 and may do it the other way round this time.

29/12/2022, Thursday Mince Pie Walk 6 miles easy Leader Tress and Peter Attwell

The walk starts at Broadway Meadows Car Park, Wilmslow at 10am. There will be mince pies and drinks at 31 Adlington Road Wilmslow SK9 2BJ at around 12.30 towards the end of the walk. No lunch stop. Donation of £2.50 requested towards cost of refreshments.

Parking cost: allow 4 hours (after last year's rush back)

Details of walk: We head out from the centre of Wilmslow towards Woodford and return to Adlington Road via the area besides Bollin Park. The walk finishes along the Bollin River to the car park.

03/01/2023 Monday Bollington, Bakestonedale, Macclesfield Canal. 7.5 miles, Moderate Leader Donald Henderson

A not too gentle walk to burn off Christmas and New Year excesses!!

The walk starts at the Recreation Ground car park in Bollington (SK10 5JT). Go through Bollington and turn left at the Dog & Partridge. If you go under the aqueduct, you’ve gone too far! The car park is a couple of hundred yards on the left. There are toilets there but i’m not sure of opening times.

The first half of the walk is mainly uphill, all on reasonable surfaces, before descending to the Macclesfield canal at the Adlington Basin. We return to Bollington via the towpath, footpaths and quiet lanes.

The Vale Inn might tempt some members for post walk refreshment!

08/01/2023 Sunday,Taddington & Pomeroy, 8 miles, moderate, Leader Clare Pinder


12/01/2023, Thursday, Reddish Vale Country Park, 7 miles, Moderate, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A walk along both sides of the River Tame between Reddish Vale Counry Park and the East side of Haughton Green in a green belt enclosed on all sides by suburbia. This unusual route passes twice underneath the Reddish Vale Viaduct that dominates the River Tame, over and under the M60 motorway, through three nature reserves and along a section of the Peak Forest Canal. It has areas of noisy asphalt that contrast with areas of quiet pretty woodland. The route has no mountains or majestic views, enjoy it as a slice through post industrial Manchester.

Difficulty: A moderately long stroll with some muddy paths.

Start: 10:30hrs at Reddish Vale Country Park Car Park, Reddish Vale Rd, Stockport SK5 7HE. Lat./Long. 53.437615, -2.144923, OS Grid Ref: SJ 90438 93411. This location is often best approached from the South via Junction 27 on the M60, commonly referred to as the Portwood roundabout.

Route: Reddish Vale Country Park Car Park, Viaduct, M60 motorway footbridge, Far Cromwell Road, Arden Hall, A6017, Turner Lane, Arden footbridge, Lambeth Grove, Riverside Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Peak Forest Canal, Haughton Dale Nature Reserve, Trans-Pennine Trail, Arden footbridge, Hulmes Wood Nature Reserve, under the M60 motorway, Holt Wood, Reddish Vale Country Park Car Park.

Outdooractive details and route map: https://out.ac/IO3Trx

16/01/2023 Monday. Circular walk from Woodbank Park via Chadkirk, 7.5 miles, easy. Leader Angela Legge

Details to follow

22/01/2023 Sunday Mersey River Valley 9 miles easy Leader Peter Attwell


25/01/2023 Wednesday Marple, 8.5 miles Easy, Leader Bob Swinburne

The walk starts at 10am from the top of Hawk Green Road, Marple. Parking on roadside. Distance from Wilmslow is approximately12 miles.

Directions to the start: Find your way to the Ring O’Bells pub in Marple (Postcode SK6 7AY). Continue south down Church Lane passing All Saints Church on your left (Postcode SK6 7LD). Church Lane becomes Ridge Road. Look out for Hawk Green Road about 0.5 mile on the right.

Walk details: This is an easy walk with few ascents, none of which are of note. We start our walk with a mesmeric view of the Goyt valley before descending to the towpath of the Peak Forest canal, where we might glimpse a wedge of Canada Geese, a badling of ducks with their fledglings or, if we are lucky a siege of herons


05/02/2023 Sunday Lymm Trans Pennine Trail and Bridgewater canal 8.5 miles Easy Leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am at Lymm Dam car park WA13 0AS

Directions to the start: get on to M56 and exit at junction 7, follow signs to Lymm crossing back over motorway to large junction, take first left A56 to Lymm. Follow road to outskirts of Lymm and 1.7m after Lymm sign, turn left into Crouchley Road, sign P Lymm Dam, immediately bear right into free car park.

The walk is flat, going round the lake to the dam, then joining the Transpennine Trail to the boundary with Trafford, crossing fields and minor roads returning on the Bridgewater Canal.

The walk for a large part is on hard surfaces but there are a few muddy parts. Poles are not really needed. Very few stiles.


08/02/2023 Wednesday Gawsworth 6.5 miles easy, Leader Bob Swinburne

The walk starts at 10am on the road between Gawsworth church and the Harrington Arms pub. (Postcode SK11 9RJ)

Directions to the start. From Wilmslow proceed along the Alderley Edge bypass. At the end of the bypass bear right, signposted A34 Congleton/Macclesfield. At the Bengal Tiger Lily restaurant traffic lights, turn left, signposted Gawsworth Hall. Proceed ahead for approximately three miles to the next roundabout and take the third exit, signposted Gawsworth Hall. At the next T junction, turn left and go straight over the main road at the cross roads onto Church Lane. Pass the entrance to Gawsworth Hall and Gawsworth church and park on the road between the church and the Harrington Arms pub.

Details of walk. This is a pleasant stroll through the bucolic Cheshire countryside, with a scarcity of ascents and descents. Throughout most of the walk we are overlooked by the iconic mast of Croker Hill and occasionally we may glimpse dazzling sunlight reflected from Jodrell Bank’s bravura dish.

Our journey takes us through lush pastureland, winding country lanes and along the towpath of the Macclesfield canal, including five of the twelve locks making up the Bosley Flight.

19/02/2023 Sunday, Raven Stones and Dove Stone Rocks, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Overview: A slowly rising path leads up past three reservoirs to The Trinnacle rock outcrop on Raven Stones and Dove Stone Rocks. The route provides magnificent views from a remote location over the reservoirs below.

Difficulty: Moderate, a long stroll with some steep ascent and descent. The terrain is likely to be rough and muddy.

Start: 10:30hrs at Dove Stone Reservoir Car Park, Bank Ln, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7NE. Lat/Long 53.527684,-1.981214, OS Map OL1, Grid Ref. SE 01342 03447

Route: Dove Stone Reservoir Car Park, Dove Stone Reservoir dam, Yeoman Hey Reservoir, Greenfield Reservoir, Weir, The Trinnacle, Raven Stones, Memorial Cross, Dean Rocks, Great Dove Stone Rocks on Dovestones Edge, Bramley's Cot, Dish Stone Brow, Oldham Way, Dove Stone Sailing Club, Dove Stone Reservoir Car Park.

Outdooractive details and route map: https://out.ac/IFRXGH

27/02/2023 Monday Train to Stockport, walk back 9 miles easy Leader Peter Attwell


08/03/2023 Wednesday Baslow Edge and Chatsworth Estate - 7.5 miles Moderate. Leaders Maire Casey and Kate Stross

20/10/2022, Thursday, Baslow Edge, Chatsworth Estate, Robin Hood and Gardom's Edge, 8 miles moderate, Leaders Kate and Maire

The walk starts at 10.30am from the Curbar Gap National Trust car park, S32 3YR. Parking there costs (I think) £5 all day or you can leave your National Trust card on the dashboard. To get to the carpark, take the A623 through Stoney Middleton and into Calver. Go straight at the traffic lights where the A625 crosses the A623 then drive through Calver and take the next left turn crossing the River Derwent. From this road turn left up Curbar Lane, this goes through Curbar village and up the hill, it becomes Bar Road and then Clodhall Lane. The car park is on the left about 1.2 miles from where you turn onto Curbar Lane and there is a bit of free parking along the road before the carpark. No loos at the car park I am afraid.

The walk: We walk along Baslow Edge then down a path and into Baslow. There are loos in the car park in Baslow which serves visitors to the Chatsworth Estate. We enter the estate and, if they are still there, may look at the Burning Man sculptures which have been erected in the park. Then cross the park, climbing to a path at the top of the slope. From there we walk along Dobbs Edge, down to Robin Hood and then a gentle climb up to Gardom's Edge following the edge back towards where we started. We may meet some of the gorgeous highland cattle which graze in the area. We pass the Wellington monument and then turn back towards the Curbar Gap car park. Most of the climbs are gentle, but this is a lovely varied walk. with great views if the weather is good.

NOTE 1 late start as the starting point is the other side of the Peak District


28/03/2023, Tuesday, Lathkill Dale, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: An exploration of the beautiful LathKill Dale, followed by a traverse through farmland to the River Bradford and the picturesque village of Youlgrave. From Youlgrave we walk past the famous fishing weirs in the Lathkill Dale valley back to our stating point in Over Haddon.

Difficulty: A moderate stroll with some slippery rock and muddy paths.

Start: 10:30hrs at Over Haddon Car Park, 8 Monyash Rd, Over Haddon, Bakewell DE45 1HZ. Lat/Long 53.194759, -1.696959. OS Map OL 24, OS Grid Ref SK 20288 66427

Route: Over Haddon Car Park, Lathkill Dale, Palmerston Wood, Weir and Footbridge, Limestone Way, Calling Low, Lomberdale Hall, Weir, River bradford, Youlgrave Village, Aniscroft Farm, Conksbury Bridge, Weirs, Over Haddon Car Park.

Refreshments: The Peak Feast bakery in Youlgrave may be open for tea and cakes.

Naming convention: The Highways Agency usees ‘Youlgrave’ on a number of different local signposts throughout the area. Most locals also use ‘Youlgrave’, although the official name on Ordnance Survey maps is ‘Youlgreave’.

Outdooractive details and route map: https://out.ac/ICnKkt

02/04/2023 Sunday Leader Clare Pinder