Walks

03/07/2022 Sunday, Abney Moor from Hucklow. 9 miles moderate. Leader Clare Pinder

Start of the walk: at 10am: parking on the side of the road between Great Hucklow and Bretton, ref OS24:190781: there is parking space for 3 cars on the RH side, opposite the footpath fingerpost on the LH side which is where the walk starts. There are other parking spaces further down this road.

Directions to the start: take A623 and turn L onto B6049 for about 1.1 miles, then slight R. for 0.4 miles into Great Hucklow, passing Queen Ann pub (this could be your sat nav search term) on your RH: continue on this road through the village for about another mile, ascending through a wooded area until you reach the start. I can give 3 or 4 lifts.

The walk: the walk descends into Bretton Clough, rises to Grange Farm and then crosses gritstone Abney Moor: we take the track skirting Shatton Edge, passing Offerton Hall; through Callow Wood; passing Hoghall; then walking mainly in woodland along Abney Clough to Stoke Ford where we take the ascending path through Bretton Clough, walking into Bretton and back to the start of the walk. Ascent 376 meters. The paths and tracks are good but stretches are quite stony and poles may assist.

NOTE: there will be a meet and greet arrangement for this walk at the Bus Park and Ride at Hazel Grove, Macclesfield Road SK7 6BF. Please be at the Park and Ride by 08.50.

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

07/07/2022, Thursday, Black Hill and Laddow Rocks from Crowden 9 miles moderate, ascent 1496 ft. Guy/Sue Lucas

The walk starts at 10.00am from Crowden Car Park SK13 1HZ Grid Ref SK 07245 99262. If coming via the M67, take the A57 from the roundabout at the end of the M67. After 1.4 miles on the A57 there are traffic lights. Go straight on the A628 (rather than the A57 which bears right). After 5.3 miles on A628 bear left signed Crowden (and P and WC). The parking is free and there is allegedly a toilet.

Walk route from the Car Park: A gradual climb up to a disused quarry, and then along to Hey Moss, leading to another climb to White Low, over Tooleyshaw Moor to the Black Hill. Bear left at the Soldiers Lump Trig Point along the Pennine Way. Follow this path and you reach a gradual ascent up to Laddow Rocks. Along the cliff edge and back down gradually towards Crowden.

This is a brilliant although fairly demanding walk. It is usually quiet, with much to interest the ornithologist and ecologist. There are lovely views at the beginning looking back down towards Torside Reservoir, and towards the end from Laddow Rocks looking over towards Bareholme Moss and down towards Crowden. The central part (around Black Hill) can be boggy if it has rained recently and waterproof footwear and gaiters are advised. The traverse of Laddow Rocks has to be done with care and the descent from there is uneven. We found poles reassuring.


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, Rushton Spencer and Danebridge (again) Leader Donald Henderson

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21/07/2022 Thursday Shutlingsloe from Macc forest 8 miles Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am in Macclesfield Forest at the parking spaces by Ridgegate Reservoir just past the Leather Smithy pub grid reference SJ953 715. Post code SK11 0NE.

Please make sure you park in the marked bays to avoid any risk of a fine. If all the spaces are filled (as they were when I was there recently), please wait outside the bays and we will drive together to alternative parking.

Directions to the start: go to Macclesfield, southwards past Arighi Bianchi on the Leek road. After about a mile, at the traffic lights, bear left towards Langley and Sutton, under canal bridge, keep bearing left through Langley along Clarke Lane to the Leather Smithy.

The walk climbs towards Shutlingsloe, down to Ferriser, turning back over the moors to climb over Shutlingsloe and then follow the path back to the start. The target of the is climbing Shutlingsloe, with most of the ascent during the first half of the walk.

25/07/2022, Monday, Rowarth 7.5 miles moderate Leader Carol McLaughlin.

Meet on the car park ready to walk for 10-00am Postcode to free car park SK22 1EB approx

Walk Description

Rowarth is a picturesque hamlet which sits below the plateau of Cown Edge and is on the Kinder Trespass Trail.

It is about 2 . 5 miles north of New Mills. Our route will take us out of the hamlet gently climbing up on to the Pennine Bridle Way. Excellent views over Cown Edge and on good tracks and paths. We leave the Pennine Bridle Way and make our way through pleasant farmland before dropping down to Hey Woods. A woodland walk follows through Little Hayfield before we arrive at Hayfield. A flat and easy stretch along the Sett Valley Trail follows before we have a quick accent and walk towards Aspenshaw, finally arriving back in Rowarth.

Directions to start

From Wilmslow 16 miles 35 minutes driving time approx

Note: Rowarth isn’t the easiest place to find, I haven’t given step by step directions secure in the knowledge everyone has a sat nav.

You can enter via New Mills (my preferred route) or from Marple Bridge via Mellor.

Your sat nav may try to take you from Marple Bridge down a narrow single track road with very few passing places, I strongly suggest you avoid this route and keep on the road through Mellor.

On approaching the hamlet note left hand turn and sign Rowarth only, this will take you to the car park. On the right side is a high green fence advertising a farm, if you continue down the road will take you to the Little Mill pub and you will need to turn around.

31/07/2022, 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.

04/08/2022, Thursday Win Hill and Ladybower Reservoir, 8.6 miles, ascent 886feet, moderate/easy Leaders Sue/Guy Lucas

The walk starts at 10.00am from Heatherdene Car Park, S33 0AQ, Grid Ref SK 20244 85915, What3Words booms.connector.solder. (The postcode is not helpful!) The Car Park is on Ladybower Reservoir. Coming from Manchester on the A57, you will pass the turn-off for the Fairholmes Visitor Centre on your left (signed Derwent Valley) and then cross a bridge over the reservoir. 400-500yds later, you take a right turn (A6013) at traffic lights, in the direction of Bamford. The A6013 takes you immediately over another bridge, and then 200yds later the Car Park is on your left. Parking is £3 for the day, payable by coins or contactless card. Toilets at the Car Park.

Walk route from the Car Park: All the effort is before lunch! Across the reservoir dam, and a gradual climb up through trees on a reasonable path (steep in parts). The trees thin out, and you arrive at Win Hill. The views are spectacular. Assuming good visibility Derwent Edge can be seen in one direction and Hope Cement Works on the other. From Win Hill, there is a gentle walk along the ridge to the north-west, picking up the Roman road. Good views over to Mam Tor and even Kinder Plateau. Eventually the good quality path bears right steeply down through the pine forested Woodlands Valley, reaching a good path running parallel to the southern edge of Ladybower reservoir, with an easy walk back to the finish.


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

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14/08/2022, Sunday, Old Roads of Buxton 8 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

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18/08/2022, Thursday, Monsal Dale, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

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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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