27/03/2023, Monday, From Poynton Pool 8 miles easy/moderate, Leader Lynn Davies

Start 10.00 from car park South Park Drive Poynton. Approx postcodeSK12 1BS. Map 268SJ922840

Directions to start. Take airport relief road towards Buxton, then turn right towards Macclesfied Pass Brookside Garden Centre then turn left into South Park Drive opposite pub on the right Car Park is on the left shortly after turn.

The walk takes us through Norbury Hollow and Ladybrook Valley, along canal for a short way and then up towards Lyme Park,coming back through nature reserve.

It is likely to be very muddy in places SORRY! 

02/04/2023 Sunday, Earl Sterndale & Dowel Dale 8 miles moderate,  Leader Clare Pinder

The walk starts at 10am from the free layby as you come into Earl Sterndale, OS ref:089679. SK17 0BU is the postcode of the pub The Quiet Women (unfortunately now closed) approx 50 yards further up, on the right. If there is insufficient parking on the layby, there is plenty of free parking around the village green, opposite the aforementioned pub.

Directions to the start: taking Grin Low Road for 3.2 miles, at the High Peak Bookshop turn right onto Buxton Rd, B5053, for 1.6 miles, then turn left into the village of Earl Sterndale, and the layby is on the left where the first houses begin.

Details of the walk: the walk goes around the hills Chrome and Parkhouse but not over them.We walk down Dowel Dale, along the boundary of Hillhead Quarry, over High Edge, past Booth Farm, over the old rovers bridge, along Hollinsclough Rake to Hollinsclough, we skirt the foot of Parkhouse Hill, up Hitter Hill back to Earl Sterndale. There are some boggy patches. We take some minor roads/tracks and the paths are otherwise relatively good.Hopefully the honesty shop at Hollinsclough will be open.

I can give 3 people lifts (text me).

11/04/2023 Tuesday Eccleston to Chester 9 miles moderate but flat Leader Peter Riley 

Meet , Greet and Car Share: 9.00am Lindow Common Car Park, Wilmslow

Walk 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 from where we heads off towards 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, the River Dee 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 . 

16/04/2023 Sunday Sponds Hill from Bollington, 8.5 miles, moderate, leader Angela Legge

This is the walk listed for Monday 13 March, which was postponed by the group of walkers due to the weather conditions.

The walk starts at 10am from the Adlington Road Bollington car park. Postcode SK10 5JT

Directions to the start: Turn off the A523 Stockport to Macclesfield Road onto the B5090 signed Bollington. Continue through the town and shortly after passing under a viaduct turn left into Adlington Road at the brown sign for the Middlewood Way and Canal and continue round to the car park on the left. 

Walk description: Rising out of Bollington on country paths and lanes we reach open moorland.  A steady walk up to Sponds Hill at over 1,300 feet (396 metres) gives views all round across Manchester, Cheshire, the Peak District and beyond. From here the walk descends to pick up the Macclesfield Canal near Pott Shrigley and back to Bollington.

20/04/2023 Thursday, Alphin Pike and Great Dove Stone Rocks, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A high circuit that visits Alphin Pike, Chew Reservoir and Great Dove Stones Rocks. The route provides magnificent views over the Dovestone Reservoir and to the west over Greater Manchester.

Difficulty: A long stroll with short steep ascents and descents. Some paths may be muddy.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Dovestone Reservoir Car Park, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7NE. Lat/Long 53.527766, -1.981176. OS map OL1. Grid Ref: SE 01335 03477

Route: Dovestone Reservoir Car Park, Intake Lane, White Lee, Greave, Alphin Pike 469m, Chew Hurdles, Chew Reservoir, Bramley's Cot, Great Dove Stones Rocks, Dean Rocks, Sunny Brow, Footbridge, Dovestone Reservoir Car Park.

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

24/04/2023 Monday Chinley, Cracken Edge, Peep'o Day South Head 8.5 mls moderate leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am in the village of Chinley, best post code I could find is SK23 6DE.

Directions to the start:   Take A555 airport link road eastwards to the end, turn right on to A6 and go through Disley.  After Furness Vale, look for the sharp left hand turn back on yourself to Buxworth and Chinley. Go through Buxworth and into Chinly on Lower Lane. Ignore the railway signs. Go to the end of the road past some shops and follow the road round to the left, becoming Green Lane. Follow this for a couple of hundred metres and where is bears right keep straight on over the railway bridge. You will see the war memorial. At the end of the bridge turn immediately left and park on the road by the railway embankment wall.

The route climbs steeply up to Cracken Edge to a high level path, avoiding the eroded section, turning right along the Edge, dropping down to Peep O’Day, then to Mount Famine, a climb to the top of South Head, turning right to return to Chinley via Shireoaks, Wash and Chapel Milton.

In bad weather the route can be altered to reduce and avoid the major ascents. Poles are useful during the first ascent and the return path can be muddy.

30/04/2023 Sunday Wildboarclough and Cat & Fiddle 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Start of walk at 10am: Clough House car park, Wildboarclough grid reference SJ 9874 6996. post code SK11 0BD

Direction so start:  go to Macclesfield and turn left at Arighi Bianchi on Buxton Road. Go towards Buxton and shortly after Walker Barn, bear right on old road for about 1.5 miles, turn right at Stanley Arms to Wildboarclough. Continue for about 1.5 miles and turn left into car park.

The walk goes parallel to the road and then up the road by Crag Hall, over the moors to Three Shire Heads, to Orchard Common, over the moors to Dane Head, over Axe Edge Moor, crossing the Buxton Road to the old road out of Buxton, Derbyshire Bridge (toilets), to Cat and Fiddle, over the moor to Cumberland Brook, to the car park. Time about 5 hours.

The path to Cumberland Brook is a short section steep downhill. Otherwise there are no steep parts.

09/05/2023 Tuesday, Ringing Roger and Crowden Tower, 7 miles, Moderate, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A classic loop walk from Edale that takes in Ringing Rodger and Crowden Tower. This rocky route provides magnificent and extensive views over the Edale Valley and beyond. 

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Edale Village Hall Car Park, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZQ. Google Maps Lat/Long 53.364577,-1.814714. OS map The Peak District - Dark Peak OL1, Grid Reference SK 12399 85334

Route: Edale Car Park, Ringing Roger, Upper Tor, the head of Grindsbrooke Clough, Crowden Tower, Crowden Clough, Edale Village Hall Car Park.

Outdooractive route and map: https://out.ac/n9MKt

18/05/2023 Thursday Buxton and around HSE lab site 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Start of walk:  At 10am  Grin Low Parking area, Buxton. Post code SK17 6UJ Grid reference SK 0499 720

Directions to start:   Make your own way to Macclesfield, turn left at Arighi Bianchi, follow road over Cat and Fiddle. At outskirts of Buxton, turn right on to Leek road and almost immediately on to Grin Low Road. After 200 yards turn left towards caravan park and then bear right into parking area by the toilets.

Description of walk:   We walk towards Solomons Temple but before we reach it we head downhill through High Plantation and circle right to return to Grin Low Road. We cross the road and head into grounds of HSE laboratory, towards Turncliff and Fairthorn and then up to the Leek Road. We cross the road climb past Dane Head up to Axe Edge Moor, reaching the Cat and Fiddle Road turning left and returning to Grin Low.

Note:  the grounds of HSE Laboratory can be very wet and boggy so gaiters could be useful.

22/05/2023 Monday Leader Bob Swinburne

Details to follow