25/09/2023, Monday, Hayfield and around Kinder resevoir, 7 miles moderate Leaders Lynn Davies and Carol Mclaughlin

 Around Kinder Reservoir 7 miles Moderate

 Walk will commence at 10am from Bowdon Bridge car park SK 22 2LH nearest postcode.

Directions to the start: Along airport relief road to A6. Turning right follow A6 to Newtown turning left at traffic lights towards New Mills. Continue on to Hayfield follow signs for campsite, turn right onto Bank Street which merges onto Kinder Road.

 Car park is at the end of the road (there is a charge) there is also road side parking normally available.

 Walk Description: Leaving the carpark we walk gently uphill to Kinder Reservoir, we follow the path along the edge and are rewarded with stunning views of Kinder.

We cross over to William Clough and walk through the beautiful heather moorlands. Underneath Kinder on good paths eventually returning from the opposite direction to Bowdon Bridge.

 Note: Lynn and Carol both happy to give lifts from Park and Ride Hazel Grove. Please confirm to Lynn and Carol if you are going to the Park and Ride.

01/10/2023 Sunday Bollington and Nab End 8 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am at Adlington Road cark park, Bollington SK10 5JT

Directions to start:  go to Silk Road and head towards Macclesfield, turn left at first roundabout towards Bollington. Drive most of the way through Bollington, at the Vale Inn, turn left at Adlington Road and left into car park 100 yards down that road. There are toilets but opening is uncertain.

The target of the walk is the top of Nab End with its trig point.

The walk heads south along Middlewood Way then on to the canal, across fields to the path up to Kerridge Ridge, left to White Nancy. The walk goes downhill to the outskirts of Bollington and then to Nab End, with great views in all directions. The walk returns the same way and then back on to the canal and the Middlewood Way. There is an ascent up to the Kerridge Ridge and descent from White Nancy and the steady climb up to Nab End.

When I led this walk in the summer, only Kate came and it poured with rain. We decided to miss out the climb up to Nab End. I al leading it again hoping for better weather.

09/10/2023 Monday Cown Edge from Broadbottom 7.5m moderate leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am from Mill Brow Car Park, Broadbottom. Postcode SK14 6AU

Directions to the start: Make your way to the A6 in Hazel Grove and turn right ( if coming from Wilmslow and the A555) onto Torkington Road A627 by the Bull's Head pub. There are traffic lights and a filter lane. Continue to the T junction with the A626 and turn right towards Marple. At traffic lights in Marple turn left onto Station Road ( signed Glossop). Continue through Marple Bridge to Charlesworth. By the George and Dragon pub turn left onto Long Lane towards Broadbottom. Follow the road down to a narrow bridge over the River Etherow (traffic lights) and continue across the bridge to Market Street. Shortly after passing under the railway viaduct bridge turn left onto Mill Brow and park in the small free car park on the right. It is one mile from the Long Lane turn off the A626.

Walk description: A varied and scenic walk, which includes a substantial section of the Cown Edge Way. The paths and tracks are generally good. There are inclines and a steepish pull up across fields to Coombes Edge. Total ascent is 326 metres/1075 feet. From Broadbottom we head to Gamesley, then follow the Cown Edge Way round Coombes Edge, joining the Pennine Bridleway to Robin Hood's Picking Rods. We continue to Higher Chisworth and return to Broadbottom via the old Hodge Print Works at the pretty hamlet of Hodgefold. The Harewood Arms pub is just up MIll Brow and left along Market Street for anyone wanting refreshments after the walk.

Last time I led this walk we had thick mist and no views, so fingers crossed for better weather this time!

15/10/2023 Sunday Hartington and the Dales 8 miles moderate, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts at 10am in the centre of Hartington. Grid Ref SK128604 Post code SK17 0AL

There is a pay and display car park a few metres down the Holme End Warslow Road B5054 costing £6 for the day but there should be plenty of free parking in the centre or by the duck pond.

Directions to start of walk

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. Pass through Harper Hill and at the High Peak Book shop turn right onto A515. Continue on A515 for approx 7miles to turn right onto B5054 signposted Hartington. After 2 miles you will enter the centre.

There are toilets on the B5054 Warslow Road and we will meet to start the walk on the square in front of the toilets.

The walk.

Initially we walk across undulating fields then down the Limestone Dales of Narrowdale, Wolfscote Dale and Biggin Dale returning to Hartington along Highfield Lane.

18/10/2023 Wednesday Youlgreave/Monyash, 8.8 miles, moderate, leader Bob Swinburne

The walk starts at 10am from Moor Lane car park. Approximate time to start from Wilmslow 55 minutes.


Directions to start of walk:

Head for the Cat and Fiddle on the A537. At the bottom of the descent turn right and then left onto Grin Low Road. Pass through Harpur Hill and at the High Peak Bookshop turn right onto the A515. After 5.6 miles turn left onto The Rake and then right onto Long Rake which leads to Moor Lane car park on the right after 3.1 miles.The car park is free. There are no toilet facilities at the car park.


The walk:

Many of us will have done all or part of this walk before, but it is always worth revisiting. We head off from the car park towards and over the River Lathkill. We follow the river towards Monyash. There are public toilets shortly before the village. Leaving Monyash, we head towards Cales Dale with maybe the chance to purchase an ice cream on the way from the local farm! With our sugar and energy levels suitably replenished, we tackle some lung-bursting steps towards fields and the finish.

NOTE:  this is a repeat of the walk Bob tried to lead in September. Road works and bad weather meant Bob shortened the walk. This time it will be walked in full.

29/10/2023 Sunday Whaley Bridge and the Bowstones 9 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.

When I did this walk in the summer, only Brian walked with me, so I am leading it again.

06/11/2023 Monday Hayfield 7.5 mls easy Leader Carol McLaughlin

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12/11/2023 Sunday Kinder from Bowden Bridge 8.5 miles moderate leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am from Bowden Bridge car park post code SK22 2LJ grid ref SK 049 870. Cost of car park is £4.75 for the day. However there is parking just outside the car park on the other side of the road. There are toilets near the car park.

Directions to the start: go to A6 and drive to left turn towards Hayfield 0n A6014 (by the carpet shop with Indian figure on the other side of the road). Follow that road to Hayfield, turn right and then immediately left into Hayfield village and bear left and shortly turn right at sign for campsite, by a shop with blue front. The road goes slightly uphill and after 100 yards turn right at junction up Bank Street. Follow minor road for about 1 mile to car park.

The walk is simple. It climbs up on the Kinder, goes round the edge via the Downfall drops down to the car park. The path starts climbing along the edge of Kinder reservoir and uphill William Clough river valley,  to Ashop Head bears right and steeply on the Kinder plateau. The path goes round the edge via the Downfall and Kinder Low, to Edale Rocks and down to the path rising out of Edale. The path returns across fields to the car park.

The climb lasts about 1 1/4 hours, the whole walk about 41/2 to 5 hours. On the climb it may be helpful to use hands. Poles will also be useful.

NOTE:   if the weather is bad I will not risk going up to Kinder and lead a lower level walk.

15/11/2023 Wednesday Annual General Meeting at the Guild at 19.00

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26/11/2023 Sunday Leader Carol McLaughlin

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04/12/2023 Monday Walk with Christmas lunch leader Angela Legge

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Details of the walk preceding the lunch to follow.