Archive 2020

COVID-19 effects on the programme of walks in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of WGWG walks from 23/03/2020 to 30/09/2020. Normal WGWG activities resumed on 01/10/2020.

Between 25/06/2020 and 27/09/2020 a subset of members took part in walking in groups of no more than 6 people entirely independently of the Wilmslow Guild and entirely independently of the WGWG. Some of these walks were organised via an internet forum known as the Wilmslow Walkers Google Group and which used a similar style for communicating walk details. Since everyone in the Wilmslow Walkers Google Group was also a member of the suspended WGWG the walks organised via the Wilmslow Walkers Google Group are displayed on this page, and are prefixed by the abbreviation WW.

In early November additional lockdown restrictions led to the suspension of WGWG walks from 02/11/2020 until 02/12/2020.

05/01/2020, Sunday, Rudyard & Horton, 7.5 miles, easy grade, leader Clare Pinder


08/01/2020, Wednesday, Redesmere, Siddington & Capesthorne, 7 miles, easy grade, leader Marjorie McLoughlin


16/01/2020, Thursday, Edale Valley, 6 miles, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy


19/01/2020, Sunday, Macclesfield Forest, 6 miles, easy/moderate, leader Peter Attwell


23/01/2020, Thursday, Marbury Country Park, 6 miles, easy grade, leader Beverly Harrison


02/02/2020, South Head and Kinder Low, 11.67km / 7.2mi, 504m ascent, 5 hours, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A classic loop from Bowden Bridge near Hayfield to South Head and Kinder Low.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves for lifts at the Guild. Meet at the Guild at 09:00hrs.

Walk start: 10:00hrs at Bowden Bridge car park, 165 Kinder Rd, High Peak, SK22 2LH. Grid Reference SK 04867 86950. OS map OL1. Lat.,Long. 53.379209,-1.928318

Route: Bowden Bridge Car Park, South Head, Edale Rocks, Kinder Low, Kinderlowe End, Tunstead Clough Farm, Bowden Bridge Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/Mjc3MDYzNg==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0007

06/02/2020, Thursday, Medlock Valley, 7.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell


10/02/2020, Monday, Alderley Edge, 7.5 miles, easy grade, leader Angela Legge


16/02/2020, Sunday, Frodsham & Helsby Hills, 11.6km / 7.2mi, 377m ascent, 5 hours, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop walk from Frodsham to Frodsham Hill and Helsby Hill.

Transport: Meet at the Guild at 09:00hrs. Walkers to organise themselves for lifts at the Guild.

NOTE: Simon will not be at the Guild so walkers to organise themselves.

Walk start: 09:45hrs at Frodsham Castle Park Car Park, off the A56 Chester Road, Castle Park, Frodsham WA6 6SB. Grid Reference Grid Ref SJ 51368 77451. OS Explorer map 267 - Northwich & Delamere Forest. Lat.,Long. 53.291693,-2.730998

The easiest access to this car park is off the A56 Chester Road, having driven on the main road through the center of Frodsham village to its Western outskirts.

Route: Frodsham Castle Park Car Park, Frodsham Hill War Memorial, Woodhouse Hill, The Ridgeway Country Holiday Park, Firs Farm, Helsby Hill, Woodhouses, Foxhill, Frodsham Castle Park Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/Mjc2ODQ5Ng==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0009

20/02/2020, Thursday, Around Poynton, 7.5 miles, easy grade, leader Lynn Davies


24/02/2020, Monday, Bus Macclesfield to Kettleshulme & walk back, 10 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell


01/03/2020, Sunday, Lyme Park & gritstone trail, 7.5 miles, easy grade, leader Marjorie McLoughlin


05/03/2020, Thursday, Yarrow Valley Country Park, 7.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Bob Swinburne


15/03/2020, Sunday, Chadkirk, Werneth Low & Marple Bridge, 8.5 miles, moderate grade, Donald Henderson


18/03/2020, Wednesday, New Mills & Sett Valley, 7 miles, easy/moderate grade, leader Angela Legge


23/03/2020, Monday, Taxal & reservoirs, 6.5 miles, easy grade, Carol McLaughlin


WW, 25/06/2020, Kinder Reservoir Loop, 8.31km / 5.2mi, 282m ascent, 4.5hrs, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A low level loop from Bowden Bridge near Hayfield around Kinder Reservoir in Derbyshire.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Bowden Bridge car park, Kinder Road, Hayfield, SK22 2LH. OS map OL1. Grid Reference SK 04867 86950. Lat.,Long. 53.379209,-1.928318

Parking: Bowden Bridge car park - pay and display / coin only, or on the adjacent Kinder Road for free.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves for lifts at Lindow Common.

Route: Bowden Bridge Car Park, Farlands, Upper Moor, River Kinder, William Clough, White Brow, Shooting Cabin, Snake Path, Kinder Road, The Sportsman Inn, Bowden Bridge Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzA0NjkzMA==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0011

WW, 30/06/2020, Tuesday, Goyt Valley, 9.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

I will lead a walk starting from the big car park on the Street in the Goyt Valley, by the road over the dam grid ref 014757, 9.5 miles moderate with opt out after about 5 miles.

Route:

The walk goes across the dam, climbs slowly up to A5004 road and then back down and across the Fernilee Reservoir dam, up to the mid level path above Fernilee and along to the Street.

Here walkers can end the walk at about 5 miles because we are near the top end of the car park.

The walk climbs slowly up to Pyms Chair, where again walkers can end the walk at about 7 miles, having left their car at Pyms Chair car park and had a lift down The Street.

The walk goes along the ridge to Shining Torr, turns left towards Stake Side and down to the reservoir and back along the road to the car park. There are climbs both sides of the Goyt Valley.

WW, 06/07/2020, Monday, Offerton to Chadkirk, 6.5 miles, easy grade, Angela Legge

The distance of this walk has been made with Tress in mind and she and Peter have booked places. Therefore, places for 3 more walkers remain.

6.5 miles easy.

Outline: A figure of eight from Woodbank Park Stockport, , through woodland and farmland and along the River Goyt and Midshires Way to Chadkirk, returning via Poise Brook Valley Nature Reserve.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start.

Walk start: 10.30 am at Woodlands Car Park. This is very close to my house, 29 Montagu Road, Offerton, off the A626 Marple Road. Postcode SK2 5BZ. Continue the short distance past my house to the T junction. Turn left onto Woodlands Park Road, then almost immediately right through green iron gates into Woodlands (free) car park.

WW, 08/07/2020, Wednesday, Three Derbyshire Dales, 13.5km / 8.4mi, 493m ascent, 6.5hrs, hard grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A figure of eight route exploring Deep Dale, Wye Dale and Chee Dale in Derbyshire.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Wyedale Car Park, Topley Pike, A6, Buxton SK17 9TE. OS map OL24. Grid Reference SK 10333 72474. Google Maps, Lat.,Long. 53.249226,-1.846590

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, Deep Dale, Thirst House Cave, Midshires Way, King Sterndale, Woo Dale, Middle Farm Cowlow, Blackwell Mill Cottages, Monsal trail, Risher Cutting Tunnel, Chee Tor 1 & 2 Tunnels, Millers Dale, River Wye, Chee Dale Nature Reserve, Wormhill Springs, Wye Dale Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzA2NDA2Ng==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0013


WW, 14/07/2020, Tuesday, Ridgegate Reservoir to Croker Hill, 8.2 miles, moderate grade, leader Bob Swinburne

Outline: A circular walk from Ridgegate Reservoir climbing up to Higher Sutton and then to the top of Croker Hill.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10.30hrs at the side of Ridgegate Reservoir by the Leather’s Smithy pub, Clarke Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield SK11 0NE.

Parking: Free roadside parking at start.

Getting there: Make your way to Macclesfield. At the Tesco roundabout take the A523 Leek Road (the Silk Road) out of Macclesfield. Travel past Arighi Bianchi on your left and after one mile turn left at the traffic lights onto Byrons Lane. Follow signs to Langley, bearing left as you go under the canal. Bear left again at the church, following Main Road and then Clarke Lane. After a short distance uphill past Bottoms Reservoir, the Leather’s Smithy pub is on your left.

WW, 15/07/2020, Wednesday, Chrome Hill from Hollinsclough, 7 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am from Hollinsclough village. There is road side parking in the village.

The best post code I can find is SK17 0RH.

Route to Hollinsclough is best off the road B5053 to Longnor. There are other routes which can be very narrow.

The walk’s interest is a climb over Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill, which have short steep parts. If it has been wet bring a pole to stop slipping on the grassy descent. The walk is shorter to allow more time for the ascents.

WW, 19/07/2020, Sunday, Wildboarclough and Cat & Fiddle, 5 hours, leader Peter Attwell

Walk on Sunday 19 July, start 10am Clough House car park in Wildboarclough grid ref SJ9874 6996

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. If going direct please be at car park by 10.00.

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.

WW, 20/07/2020, Monday, Etherow-Lymefield Circular, 8.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Angela Legge

Outline: A varied, hilly walk offering lovely views over Greater Manchester, the Etherow Valley and the Pennines.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start.

Walk start: 10am at Etherow Country Park car park, Compstall. Postcode: SK6 5JD This has been free during lockdown. Used to be £3 for all day parking.

Route: Etherow CP, Ernocroft Woods, across fields and tracks towards Broadbottom Viaduct, Broad Mills Heritage site and Lymefield CP, returning to Etherow CP along country lanes, through woodland and farmland and skirting the lower slopes of Werneth Low Golf Club.

WW, 21/07/2020, Tuesday, Cracken Edge, 6 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

Tuesday 21 July, walk along Cracken Edge, 6 miles moderate

Walk starts at Buxsworth close to the Navigation Inn, post code SK23 7NE at 10am.

Directions to start: go north on the by pass to new link road A555 and turn right towards A6. Stay on A555 and at the end bear right on to A6 towards Disley. Stay on A6 through Disley and Furnace Vale. Shortley after Furnace Vale take a very sharp left hand turn almost back on yourself signposted Buxsworth. Follow the road and bear left at the school down to the canal basin. Park by the wall on the road down to the canal basin itself.

The walk climbs up to Cracken Edge reaching just above Peep O’Day, returning along a moorland path. When we recce’d the walk, there were some wet muddy patches. There is a narrow stretch where a pole might be useful. Although it is only 6 miles, it is a steady climb up to the edge and then up to the moorland road.

Tress will be on the walk, so there is space for up to 4 more walkers.

WW, 23/07/2020, Thursday, Monk's Dale and Peter Dale, 9.7km / 6.0mi, 284m ascent, 4.5 hours, medium grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop from Miller's Dale up Monk's Dale and Peter Dale to Tunstead and Wormhill in Derbyshire.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Millers Dale Car Park, Wormhill, Buxton SK17 8SN. OS map OL24. Grid Reference SK 13848 73256. Google Maps. Lat.,Long. 53.256187, -1.793870

Parking: Miller's Dale Car Park - pay and display / cash only, £4.75 day rate, sadly no free car parking nearby.

Route: Miller's Dale Car Park, Monk's Dale, Peter Dale, Dale Head, Hargatewall, Wormhill, James Bridley Memorial, Chee Dale Nature Reserve, River Wye, Miller's Dale Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzA4NDA0NQ==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0015

WW, 27/07/2020, Monday, Bollington-Sponds Hill-Macclesfield Canal, 8.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Angela Legge

Outline: 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.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start.

Walk start 10am Bollington.

Directions: Turn off the A523 Macclesfield to Stockport 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 Middlewood Way and canal to a car park on the left. POSTCODE SK10 5HG

WW, 29/07/2020, Wednesday, Roaches from Dane Bridge, 8.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

Wednesday 29 July 2020 Roaches from Dane Bridge 8.5 miles moderate. Walk starts at 10am

The walk starts at Danebridge, parking at roadside just before the bridge over the river. Grid ref 964 652. Close to minor road to Wincle Brewery SK11 0QE

Directions to start: Go to Macclesfied, stay on A523 Leek road past Arighi Bianchi. After about a mile turn left at traffic lights to Sutton and Langley. Keep on road through Sutton to join A54 after about 3 miles. Turn left and then almost immediately turn right towards Wincle, go downhill through Wincle past a pub to park on the road opposite small road to Wincle Brewery.

The walk climbs up to the level of the Roaches, along the ridge to Roache End, and to the southern end of the Roaches, returns on the other side of the ridge to Roache End and retraces our steps to the descent to the River Dane.

WW, 29/7/2020, Wednesday, Stanage Edge from Hathersage, 8 miles, 4.5-5 hours, leaders Guy & Sue Lucas

Outline: A gentle ascent from Hathersage past North Lees Hall to Stanage Edge, then northwest along the Edge (with superb views of Derwent and Hope Valleys) to Crow Chin. Back below the cliffs and then southeast along the Edge and down to Hooks Carr Car Park. Over the fields and back down to Hathersage.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start. The car park is thirty miles from the Wilmslow Guild

Walk start: Ready to leave at 10.30am from Odd Fellows Road Car Park, Hathersage, S32 1DU (Grid Ref SK 231814). Car park is Pay and Display, £6 all day. There should be parking on the nearby roads for those who do not want to pay.

Directions to start: From A555 Airport Relief Road turn right onto A6. Ten miles later, just after a small roundabout, leave dual carriageway on left and immediately turn left onto the Sheffield Road (direction Castleton). After another 4.6 miles, shortly after turn off for Blue John Tavern, take a sharp left turn (direction Castleton Caverns) and head down Winnats Pass. After this bear right on A6187. Follow this for six miles through Castleton and Hope and then Hathersage. On entering Hathersage, go under railway bridge, then turn right 200yds later on Station Road (B6001). After another 200yds turn left onto Odd Fellows Road. (or just use your Satnav!)

WW, 05/08/2020, Wednesday, Monsal Dale and Deep Dale, 13.4km / 8.3mi, 386m ascent, 5 hours, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop from Monsal Head in Derbyshire through Monsal Dale and Deep Dale..

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at the Monsal Head Long Stay Car Park, Monsal Head, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell DE45 1NL. OS map OL24. Grid Reference SK 18424 71481. Google Maps, Lat.,Long. 53.240110,-1.724803

Parking: The Monsal Head Long Stay Car Park. £6.00 all day.

Route: Monsal Head Long Stay Car Park, Monsal Dale, Footbridge, Lees Bottom springs, Settlement, Deep Dale, Rose Farm, Sheldon, Lower Farm, Cave, Little Shacklow Wood, Ashford In The Water, Ploverfield, Pennyunk Lane, Monsal Head Long Stay Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzEzNDMwMQ==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0017


WW, 10/08/2020, Monday, Bosley Cloud and Rushton Spencer, 9 miles, leader Donald Henderson

A 9 mile (approx) mostly moderate walk starting at the Timbersbrook Car Park (Grid ref: 895627 Post code CW12 3PP). Initial ascent to the top of Bosley Cloud from where we join the Staffordshire Way to Rushton Spencer. We pass to the north of Rudyard Lake, heading west before turning north back to the start. I led this walk 6 years ago so hope I can remember the way!! Start time 10.00am.

WW, 12/08/2020, Wednesday, Monsal Head and Deep Dale, 7.75 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am from roadside parking on road opposite Monsal Head Hotel DE45 1NL. Walk is 7.75 miles moderate. It is similar to Simon's walk a week earlier.

Route is Monsal Dale, Deep Dale, Sheldon and Ashford.

Directions to start: A555 to A6, turn right on to A6 until just past Chapel en le Frith turning, turn left on to A623, through Sparrow Pit, Peak Forest then turn right on B6465 through Wardlow to Monsal Head, turn right to park.

Tress an I will be on the walk, so there is space for 4 more walkers.

WW, 16/08/2020, Sunday, Beresford and Wolfscote dales, 8 miles, moderate grade, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts from Hartington at 10am. Post code SK17 0AL

Parking on roadside near the Market Place

Directions to start. Hartington is clearly signposted from A515 from Buxton turning right onto B5054

The walk includes two lovely Peak District villages, Hartington and Alstonefield one on the Derbyshire side and the other on the Staffordshire side of the Dove. We get excellent views from the highest points and long stretches of riverside walking through the dales.

WW, 19/08/2020, Wednesday, Hayfield and Peep O'Day, 6.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

It starts at 10am from large pay car park in Hayfield SK22 2ES where there are toilets

NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT THE BOWDEN BRIDGE CAR PARK

Directions to the start: Go to the A555 link road eastwards and follow it to the end and turn right on to the A6. Stay on A6 through Disley, then after about 1 mile, turn left at traffic lights on to A6105 to Hayfield. When approaching Hayfield. just before reaching A624 junction, turn left into the car park. The parking charge is £3.

The walk follows moorland paths approximately southwards parallel to A624, drops down to cross the road and back across fields via Peep O Day to return to Hayfield.

There are a couple of downward slopes where a pole could be useful. There are the usual mixture of some times muddy paths, particularly on the return leg.

Tress and I will be on the walk so there is space for 4 more walkers.

WW, 23/08/2020, Sunday, Flash and Three Shire Heads, 6 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at outskirts of Flash village by the village hall. Post code SK17 0SW.

Directions to start: own route to Macclesfield, turn left at Arighi Bianchi and follow road towards Buxton. About 2 miles after Cat and Fiddle, turn right on to narrow road that links to A54, turn left on to A54 and almost immediately right on to a narrow road across the moors. This leads to A53 Leek Road. Turn right and after about 2 miles turn right at Flash road sign. Look for village hall about 400 yards on left and park on the road opposite the hall.

The walk goes through the village and descends the road and then fields towards Wicken Walls, picks up the path to Three Shire Heads, climbs to Orchard Common and back across Axe Edge Moor and Oliver Hill to Flash. There is one short slippery descent. The rest of the walk is on good defined paths.

WW, 30/08/2020, Sunday, Monsal Head Cressbrook Dale and Foolow, 9.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts from Monsal Head at 10am

Post code DE45 1NL

Grid Ref. SK185715

Directions to start. Travel on A6 towards Matlock and Bakewell and then B6465 to Monsal Head. There is a pay and display car park at Monsal Head Hotel however if you turn right in front of the hotel there is parking at the roadside.

The walk takes us along the Monsal trail into Cressbrook Dale. We follow Silly Dale to Grindlow. From Grindlow we head south to the pretty village of Foolow.The route is then due south across fields and the open moorland of Longstone moor, finally returning to Monsal Head.

WW, 03/09/2020, Thursday, Ringing Roger and Crowden Tower from Edale, 11.17km / 6.9mi, 511m ascent, 4.5 hours, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A classic loop walk from Edale that takes in Ringing Rodger and Crowden Tower.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start of the walk.

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

Parking: Pay and display, over 4 hours (maximum 10 hours) £6.00.

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

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/Mjc2ODQyNA==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0008

WW, 06/09/2020, Sunday, White Edge, Froggatt Edge & Curbar Edge, 8 miles, moderate grade, leader Angela Legge

Walk 8 miles moderate starting at 10am from Curbar Gap car park SK262747. £4 but free for NT members. Nearest postcode is S32 3YR which brings you to Calver on the A623 before turning left for the final mile uphill to the car park.

Directions: Make your way to Whaley Bridge and take the A6 Chapel en le Frith bypass. Turn left onto the A623 and continue through Stoney Middleton to Calver. Just past the Derbyshire Craft Centre ( on your left) turn left signed Froggatt and Curbar. In a few metres bear right up Curbar Lane towards Curbar village, then onto Bar Road. Follow the steep, uphill road for about a mile, passing lay-bys on the left. At the top of the hill turn left into Curbar Gap car park.

Walk details: The route follows White Edge, Longshaw Estate, the Grouse Inn, Froggatt Edge and Curbar Edge on good moorland paths and estate tracks. Lunch will be at Longshaw where there are toilets and picnic tables near the NT cafe.

WW, 10/09/2020, Thursday, Peak Forest and the Old Mining tracks Derbyshire, 8 miles, easy grade, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts from the National Trust car park Mam Nick at 10am

Post code S33 8WA

Grid ref SK124833

Directions to start: From A555 Airport Road turn right onto A6. Ten miles later leave dual carriage way on left onto Sheffield Road(direction Castletown) After about four miles and just after the turning to Edale is the car park. If you are not a National Trust member there is parking on the roadside before and after the car park entrance.

The walk takes us through the lesser walked countryside south west of Castleton. We walk along old mining tracks and lanes close to Peak Forest. From there we go through Perry Dale and the Pennine Bridleway leading to a ridge walk along Rushup Edge.

WW, 13/09/2020, Chelmorton, 8 miles, moderate grade, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts from village of Chelmorton SK116 703 at 10am

Directions to start: Own route to Macclesfield, turn left at Arighi Bianchi to Buxton. To avoid the centre of Buxton, on the outskirts, turn right and then almost immediately to go via Harpur Hill. When road through Harpur Hill meets B5053, turn left and then immediately right on to A515 and then almost immediately left on A5270. After a kilometre, turn right at sign for Chelmorton, and shortly afterwards left at sign for Chelmorton Village. Drive through village and park on road outside the church and opposite the Church Inn pub. If going direct please be at start by 10.15am Distance 25 miles each way.

Walk goes down into Deep Dale, then Wye Dale, Chee Dale, Monsall trail and back to Chelmorton via Long Lane and Limestone Way.

Warning: the path down into Deep Dale is about 15 metres of steep and slippery descent. The path through Deep Dale is in parts rocky and slippery. In all the dales there is limestone which can be slippery. The walk along Long Lane is 1.5 km of slow ascent.

WW, 27/09/2020, Sunday, Eyam and Eyam Moor, 9.5 miles, moderate grade, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts from the top car park in Eyam at 10am. The car park is opposite Eyam Plague Museum on Hawkhill Road. Post code S32 5QP

Directions to start. From Wilmslow take the A555 Airport Road onto A6 Chapel en le Frith by pass. Turn left onto A623 and continue for 10miles. Just before approach to Stoney Middleton turn left at sign for Eyam Village. Follow clear signs to car park and park in the top free car park.

The walk starts by taking field paths to Foolow then climbs to Eyam Edge. From there we walk to Stoke Ford and continue along the valley of Highlow Brook climbing back over the heathery expanse of Eyam Moor before returning to Eyam village.

01/10/2020, Thursday, Tunstead Quarry and Chee Dale, 13.14km / 8.1mi, 397m ascent, 6 hours, hard grade, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop around Tunstead Quarry and through Chee Dale in Derbyshire.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves to the walk start. Simon Duffy to join everyone at the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Wyedale Car Park, Topley Pike, A6, Buxton SK17 9TE. OS map OL24. Grid Reference SK 10333 72474. Lat.,Long. 53.249226,-1.846590

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.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzM1OTQwMQ==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0025

04/10/2020, Sunday, Minninglow& Parwich, 10 miles, moderate grade, leader Clare Pinder

The walk starts from the free Minninglow car park on the High Peak Trail, half a mile south of Pikehall, on A5012, OL24 194582. Please be ready to walk by 10am.

I led this same walk on 16 May 2018.

Directions to start: Take A515 from Buxton, turn left onto A5012 for 2.4 miles , then, at Pikehall, turn right onto Mouldridge Lane and the car park, which is signposted, is nearly 1 mile along, on the left.

Details of walk: we take the High Peak Trail to Longcliffe, then cross fields to Pasture Lane and Parwich. We then walk uphill out of Parwich, cross fields and stiles, go through Ballidon Quarry, and then take the dale path past Roystone Rocks, back to the car park.

08/10/2020. Thursday, Grappenhall, easy grade 8 miles, leader Carol McLaughlin

Grappenhall and Walled Garden. WA4 2SG. Please be ready to walk for 10am. 8 miles Very easy Leader Carol McLaughlin

Parking is in Grappenhall Community Pub and Centre. I have permission to park twelve cars, should there be any more I will direct cars to roadside parking.

This delightful walk takes us through much woodland, bridleways and field paths to Pewterspear Green, originally a Roman road, now a housing estate which incorporates landscaping and sculptural elements based on a Roman theme, continuing on to Dipping Brook before returning to Grappenhall via the Walled Garden.

This four acre walled garden (free entry) dates back to 1830 when it was owned by the Parr family (bankers) the house was demolished in 1970, however with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund the gardens are now fully restored. Hopefully we will enjoy our lunch in the grounds before we take a walk through and admire this beautiful walled garden.

Directions to the start.

From Bowdon / Hale 9 miles 15 minutes travel time approx

From Bowdon roundabout take the A56 towards Lymm on reaching the traffic lights with the Springbrook pub on the right. Turn left on to A50 then turn right into Bellhouse Lane, the community pub and centre will be on your right.

From Wilmslow Guild. 15 miles 25 minutes travel time approx

Take the A538 towards Altrincham At the M56 signpost Warrington and Chester merge on to the motorway. Leave at junction 9 exit Lymm. Take the first left turning onto A50 Warrington. Note a sign for Community Centre as the road widens along with staggered white road markings, turn left, Bellhouse Lane, the community centre and pub will be on your right.

12/10/2020, Monday, Underneath Shutlingsloe, moderate grade, 8 miles, leader Lynn Davies

Monday 12th October Shuttlingsloe 7.5 miles Moderate

Meet at Trentabank Visitors Centre at 10.00 postcodeSK11ONS Map 268 SJ961711

Take the Leek road from Macclesfield and turn left towards Sutton then left to Langley. At Leather Smithy pub turn right. After reservoir turn left. Road side parking by the car park.We will go up or round Shuttlingsloe depending on the weather.

Leader Lynn Davies


18/10/2020, Sunday, Win Hill & Hope Cross, moderate grade 8.25 miles leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts from Heatherdene car park. SK202 858. The nearest post code is S33 0BY which would take you just beyond the car park. This is a pay and display car park costing £3, coins only. This is a very large car park so please can we meet near the pay station and toilets ready to start walking at 10am.

Directions to the start: From A555Airport road turn right onto A6. Ten miles later leave dual carriageway on left onto Sheffield road(direction Castleton). After another 4.6 miles, shortly after turn off for Blue John Cavern, take a sharp left turn(direction Castleton Caverns) and head down Winnats Pass. After this bear right on A6187. Follow the road through Castleton and Hope. On entering Bamford continue to a large petrol station on left and turn left onto A6013. Continue for 2.5 miles. Heatherdene car park is clearly signed on the right just after the Ladybower Reservoir dam.

Please note the post code S33 0BY says you have arrived 0.25 miles. BEFORE the car park. Heatherdene car park is clearly signed and you turn right into the car park.

Please note the A57 is closed at the Snake Pass, so that is not an aternative route to the one set by Marjorie above.

Details of walk: After an initial climb through forest plantation overlooking the Ladybower Dam we ascend Win Hill. After the descent the walking is easy following a grassy ridge over Wooler Knoll to Hope Cross. We return along the western arm of the reservoir.

Marjorie McLoughlin

21/10/2020, Wednesday, Teggs Nose, Lamaload & Macc Forest, moderate grade, 8.5 miles, leader Bob Swinburne

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Tegg’s Nose - Lamaload Reservoir - Macclesfield Forest

8.5 miles Moderate Leader: Bob Swinburne

This iconic walk takes in the wonderful views from Tegg’s Nose before descending to Lamaload Reservoir and through the winding paths of Macclesfield Forest. We finish by exercising our lungs with the final pull back up to the top of Tegg’s Nose!

Directions to start

Find your way to Macclesfield. At the traffic lights at Arighi Bianchi turn left up the hill towards Buxton. After approximately 500 yards bear right signposted to Tegg’s Nose Country Park. The entrance to the park is on the right. The car park is pay and display and is £3 for the day. With luck the cafe will be open for those who require refreshments either before or after the walk. There are public toilets in the car park. We meet in the car park and our walk will commence at 10am. Nearest Sat Nav Postcode XK11 0AP.


26/10/2020, Monday, Bollington, Sponds Hill & Macc canal, moderate grade, 8.5 miles, leader Angela Legge

Outline: 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.

Transport: Walkers to travel in their own cars to the start.

Walk start 10am Bollington.

Directions: Turn off the A523 Macclesfield to Stockport 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 Middlewood Way and canal to a car park on the left. POSTCODE SK10 5HG



01/11/2020, Sunday, Macc Forest 7 Shutlingsloe, moderate grade, 8.5 miles, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts from Clough House car park. SJ 9874 6996 at 10am. The nearest post code is SK11 0BD. Please note the post code is actually in Wildboarclough village which is about 1km south of the car park, so keep your eyes peeled for the car park entrance on the left.

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

Details of walk: The walk starts through undulating fields heading towards Forest Chapel. From there we follow an uphill track into Macclesfield Forest. From the Forest we continue to the edge of Ridgegate Reservoir and through the Forest to ascend Shutlingsloe. This is followed by a short, sharp descent and an easy walk back to the car park.

Marjorie McLoughlin

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 04/11/2020, Wednesday, Burbage Edges, moderate grade, 9.6km / 6.0mi, 266m ascent, 5hrs, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop from the Longshaw Estate around Burbage Edges and Higger Tor in Derbyshire.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves to the walk start. Simon Duffy to join everyone at the start of the walk.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at the Longshaw Estate National Trust Visitor Center Car Park, S11 7TY. OS map OL1. Grid Reference SK 26709 80065. Lat.,Long. 53.316790, -1.601588

Parking: Longshaw Estate National Trust Visitor Center Car Park. Free for NT members, £5 for over 4 hours, cash in machine or PayByPhone mobile app.

Route: Longshaw Estate National Trust Visitor Center Car Park, Burbage South Edge, Burbage North, Burbage Bridge, Burbage West, Higger Tor, Carl Walk Fort, Winyards Nick, Over Owler Tor, Mothers Cap, Surprise View Car Park, Owler Tor, Granby Wood, Longshore Lodge, Longshaw Estate National Trust Visitor Center Car Park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzI5ODU1OQ==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0023

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 10/11/2020, Tuesday, Longnor, Chrome Hill, Earl Sterndale, moderate grade, 8.5 miles, leader Chris Briggs

The walk is a moderate walk with a little bit of a scramble up Chrome Hill. It starts at Longnor in the market place, (Should be enough parking either in the market place or the road leading past the market place).

We walk out of Longnor, through Hollinsclough, Booth Farm, over Chrome Hill, past Parkhouse Hill, over Hitter Hill, Earl Sturndale, and back to Longnor via green lane. A total of 8.5 miles.

Leave Longnor at 10 am, Post code SK17 0NT.

To get to Longnor take the Cat and Fiddle road out of Macclesfield A537, at the A53 Buxton to Ashbourne Road turn Right, Take the next Left signed Harpur Hill, at Harpur Hill T junction turn right hand Burlow Road, follow this to a T junction, turn Right along the B5053 to Longnor, Market place is on the left in Longnor.


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 15/11/2020, Sunday, Marple, Mellor Church & Brookbottom, moderate, 10 miles, leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am from Brabyns Park car park in Marple Bridge. Nearest post code SK6 5DT brings you to the left turn to the car park off the A626.

Directions to the start: Take A555 East to junction with A6. Turn left towards Hazel Grove. At lights by Bullock Smithy pub turn right onto Torkington Road. Continue to T junction with A626 and turn right towards Marple. At traffic lights in Marple turn left onto Station Road to stay on A626 ( signed Glossop). Soon after passing Marple Station turn left by the "Welcome to Brabyns Park" sign just before Marple Bridge village. Follow the road round to the free car park.

Walk description: This walk takes in a wide variety of scenery from the canals around Marple and the Roman Lakes, climbing up to Mellor Church, part of which dates back to the 13th Century. The small hamlets of Moorend and Brookbottom are passed en route and there are fine views from the higher points. Height gain is 390 metres. Moderate grade because of the length but the paths are generally easy. Duration about 4 hours 45 minutes.

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 19/11/2020, Thursday, Hope to Edale by train walk back, moderate 8 miles, leader Peter Attwell

NOTE: WE ARE CATCHING THE TRAIN AT 10.40. IF YOU MISS THIS TRAIN THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE.

The walk starts at Hope Station. Park on road approach to Hope Station

Map reference SK181 832, Post Code S33 6RR. Please be there by 10.20 ready to walk up to the station.

Route to start: Join A555 eastwards, and then A6 through Disley. After the roundabout to Chapel en le Frith, turn left towards Castleton. Follow the road down Winnatts Pass, through Castleton and Hope. Go through Hope village and about 300 yards after leaving the village, turn left at the Hope station sign. Park on this road close to the station yard.

We are catching the 10.40 train from Hope to to Edale. Cost £4.10 or less with Senior Rail Card.

Description of walk : Distance: about 7.5 miles, 4 hours. From Edale station walk through Edale to Hope Cross and Win Hill. Descend from Win Hill back to Hope station. There are no steep ascents. The climb to Win Hill is gradual; the descent is mostly on steps

Peter Attwell


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 25/11/2020, Wednesday, Goostrey, easy, 7 miles, leader Peter Riley

25.11.2020, Wednesday, Goostrey, easy grade, 7miles, 300ft ascent, 4 hours duration, leader Peter Riley.

Circular walk starting from the car park of The Crown Inn, 11 Main Street, Goostrey at 10am

Post Code:- CW4 8PE Grid Ref:- 777701

Free parking - though the licensee will appreciate some custom at the end of the walk.

Route goes via The Bongs following mainly quiet roads and reasonable paths down to Glebe Farm ( Holmes Chapel), along the River Dane, then back through fields and tracks in time for a pint in The Crown. There is a slight upward incline on the way back but mostly flat.

Peter Riley


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 29/11/20 Sunday Monyash 7.5 miles easy, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts from car park in Monyash at 10am. Nearest post code is Bulls Head pub DE45 1JH.

Route to start: Go on road to Buxton, but turn right before the town to take road to Harpur Hill and Brierlow Bar, turn left and then immediately right to join A515. Keep on this for 3.5 miles, turn left on to B5055 to Monyash. As you enter the village centre turn left with the pub on your right where you will see the car park ahead. If there are no spaces, park on the road opposite the car park.

The walk has no significant climbs. It goes to Flagg, crosses the A515 at Pomeroy and joins the flat track to Moscar Farm and returns to Monyash