Archive 2021

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 03/01/2021, Sunday, Bosely Cloud, easy/moderate, 7.5miles, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts 10am Parking at Timbersbrook car park Weathercock Lane SJ895627 Post code CW12 3PP

Directions. From Macclesfield A523 Leek Road. After traffic lights crossing A54 carry on for approx 1.5 miles and turn right on Tunstall Road continue on to Timbersbrook turning right into Weathercock Lane. The car park is on your right.

Details of walk. An initial climb to the Cloud, the Gritstone Trail, Ravensclough Farm, The Knott Inn, Rushton Spencer, St Lawrence Church, Manor House Farm, The Bridestones, Timbersbrook.

Marjorie McLoughlin

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 06/01/2021, 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), 13/01/2021, Wednesday, Todd Brook and Whalley Bridge, details to follow, leader Peter Riley

Details to follow.

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 17/01/2021, Sunday, Adlington & Styperson Pool, easy/moderate, 7 miles, leader Angela Legge

Walk starts at 10am from the large lay by on the A523 near the Legh Arms, Adlington, midway between Poynton & Prestbury. SJ911804. Postcode for the Legh Arms is SK10 4NA. A generally easy walk but some parts can be muddy so poles and gaiters recommended.

Directions: either take the A555 Eastern Link Road to the junction with the A523. Turn right and continue to the lay by on the left just before the Legh Arms pub,

or head for Dean Row and pass the Shell garage and Unicorn pub, then turn right at the roundabout onto Lees Lane, signed Adlington B5358. After 1.4 miles, as the road bends to the right, turn left onto Mill Lane,signed Adlington & Poynton. Continue to crossroads (traffic lights), turn left, then immediately right into the lay by just left of the Legh Arms.

Walk details: A varied walk on tracks and through meadows, woods and farms, along the Macclesfield Canal towpath and on quiet roads. There are scenic views towards the hills and we pass Styperson Pool, one of the few lakes in the area, and picturesque Lyme View Marina at Adlington Basin.

Angela Legge

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 20/01/2021, Wednesday, Windgather Rocks, Shining Torr, moderate grade, 7.4 miles, 4 hours, leader Mike Rodwell

Start point - Pym Chair car park (SK23 7RF) Start Time - 10.00 am

Walk starts from Pym Chair car park towards Windgather Rocks. We then drop down to the left to lower ground towards the now defunct Dunge Valley Gardens and into the mystical Thursbitch (Demon Valley) - ref Alan Garner novel "Thursbitch". We then ascend to the summit of Shining Tor and back along the ridge to the car park.

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 25/01/2021, Monday, Walton Park & the Dingle Warrington, easy, 7.5 miles, leader Carol McLaughlin

Walton Park and the Dingle. Directions to the start.

Roadside parking Old Chester Road Walton Warrington WA4 6TQ.

From Wilmslow 22 miles, 30 minutes travel time approx. Take the A538 towards M56. Merge on to M56 signed Warrington/ Chester. Exit junction 11 signed A56 Preston Brook / Daresbury take the fourth exit onto A56 Chester Road for approx three miles.

Turn right at traffic lights by Walton Arms public house, park on the roadside by the church.>

OR From Bowdon Roundabout 12 miles, 20 minutes travel time approx. Take the A56 towards Lymm At traffic lights by the Springbok pub go straight across to Stockton Heath. At traffic lights by police station take the second left (more or less straight across) At road junction turn left onto Chester Road A56 then left after the Crematorium into Old Chester Road, park by the church.

Note: Which ever direction you choose please be aware that the area is notorious for speed traps.

Please be ready to walk by 10am.


Walk Details


A very easy yet an extremely varied and interesting walk with good views, the highlight being the Dingle, an area of semi-natural woodland, along with Walton Gardens this a great walk for the winter months.


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 31/01/2021, Sunday, Redesmere, Siddington & Capesthorne, easy grade, 7 miles, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts 10am, Parking Redesmere Road by Redesmere lake SJ849713, Post Code SK11 9PR

Directions. From Wilmslow take the A34 by pass towards Congleton. At Monks Heath cross roads continue on A34 for 2 miles. Turn left onto Redesmere Road, signposted Henbury. Park at the roadside by the lake.

Walk details. An easy walk through farmland and farms along footpaths and tracks. The route is Hazelwall Farm,HenshawHall Farm,Crabtree Moss Farm,Sandbank Farm,Turlock Farm,Siddington, Blakehouse Farm, Capesthorne Hall, Redesmere.

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 04/02/2021, Thursday, Taxal Moor & Windgather Rocks, moderate grade, 10.4km / 6.5mi, 370m ascent, 5hrs, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop from Taxal to Taxal Moor and Windgather Rocks 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 entrance to the footpath to Taxal village on the large looped layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, approximately 0.5 miles south of the centre of Whaley Bridge. OS map OL1, Dark Peak Area. Grid Reference SK 00864 79856. Lat.,Long. 53.315823, -1.988497

Parking: The large looped layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, approximately 0.5 miles south of the centre of Whaley Bridge.

OS Explorer Map: OL1, Dark Peak Area and OL24, White Peak Area

Route: Layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, River Goyt, Taxal village, Spr, Dowrey, .215, Walker Brow, Taxal Beeches, Taxal Moor, Taxal Edge, Windgather Rocks, Overton Hall Farm, Madscar Farm, Normanwood, Oldfield, Fernilee Reservoir, Weir, Wks, River Goyt, Smallcross Wood, layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzU1NjIzOA==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0034

SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 08/02/2021, Monday, Three Shire Heads & Dane Valley, moderate, 6.3 miles, leader Kate Stross


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 14/02/2021, Sunday, Lyme Park, moderate/easy, 7 miles, leader Peter Attwell


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 18/02/2021, Thursday, Delph to Diggle 8.5 miles moderate, leader Clare Pinder,


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 22/02/2021, Monday, leader Carol Mclaughlin, details to follow


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 28/02/2021, Sunday, Bamford Edge, moderate, 8 miles, leader Peter Attwell

Walk: Bamford Edge 7.7 miles moderate leader Peter Attwell

Please be ready to walk at 10am.

Walk starts at Carr Lane Car park. SK1986 8378. Nearest post code is S33 0AJ. Route to car park: Take A555 eastwards, at the end turn on to A6 south, keep on A6 until just after roundabout to Chapel en le Frith, where turn left at sign to Castleton. Follow road through Castleton and Hope. About 1.5 miles after Hope look for signpost left to Thornhill, take that left turn and stay on narrow road, keeping right in hamlet Thornhill and shortly afterwards look for sign Carr Croft and House where you will see the car park.

If you get to the left turn to Bamford at the traffic lights you have gone too far and need to turn back towards Hope for a short distance.

The walk starts to follow the river up to Ladybower dam, crosses dam wall and climbs steadily up to Bamford Ridge, a wonderful ridge walk, drops back down to Bamford across the river following the river again to the car park.


SUSPENDED (COVID), 04/03/2021, Thursday, Mellor Cross, details to follow


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 08/03/2021, Monday, walk to be confirmed, Leader Donald Henderson


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 14/03/2021, Sunday, The Roaches and Lud's Church, details to follow, Leaders Guy and Sue Lucas


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 18/03/2021, Thursday, Macclesfield to Kettleshume by bus and walk back, moderate, 9 miles, leader Peter Attwell


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 22/03/2021, Monday, Werneth Low & Etherow Country Park, moderate, 8 miles, leader Angela Legge


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 28/03/2021, Sunday, Rushton Spencer to Wincle 8.5 miles moderate, leader Clare Pinder


SUSPENDED (COVID-19), 31/03/2021, Wednesday, Hope to Edale by train and walk back, moderate, 7.5 miles, leader Peter Attwell


31/03/2021, Wednesday, Cracken Edge, moderate, 6 miles, leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10.00 at Buxsworth close to the Navigation Inn, post code SK23 7NE.

Directions to start: go north on the Wilmslow 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. Shortly 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. On the recce, we had stunning views over Kinder.

Walk starts at 10.00. Depending on the speed of walking we may have lunch at the canal basin. The Navigation Inn is available for those wanting to stay after the walk.

01/04/2021, Thursday, Taxal Moor and Windgather Rocks, moderate, 10km / 6.5mi, 354m ascent, 4.5 hrs, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A loop from Taxal to Taxal Moor and Windgather Rocks in Derbyshire.

Transport: Walkers to organise themselves to the walk start. Simon Duffy to join everyone at the start of the walk. It is recommended to arrive very early to ensure a parking space.

Walk start: 09:30hrs at the entrance to the footpath to Taxal village on the large looped layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, approximately 0.5 miles south of the centre of Whaley Bridge. OS map OL1, Dark Peak Area. Grid Reference SK 00864 79856. Lat.,Long. 53.315823, -1.988497

*** NOTE THE EARLY START TIME OF 09:30hrs ***

Parking: The large looped layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, approximately 0.5 miles south of the centre of Whaley Bridge.

OS Explorer Map: OL1, Dark Peak Area and OL24, White Peak Area

Route: Layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton, River Goyt, Taxal village, Spr, Dowrey, .215, Walker Brow, Taxal Beeches, Taxal Moor, Taxal Edge, Windgather Rocks, Overton Hall Farm, Madscar Farm, Normanwood, Oldfield, Fernilee Reservoir, Weir, Wks, River Goyt, Smallcross Wood, layby on the Buxton Road A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzU1NjIzOA==

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0034

Outdooractive.com: https://out.ac/wsW7r

07/04/2021, Wednesday, Bosley Cloud, Rushton Spencer, and The Bridestones, moderate, 7.5 miles, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts at 10.00at Timbersbrook car park.

SJ 895627

Post code CW12 3PP

Directions to start: from Macclesfield take the Leek Road A523 and cross the traffic lights at the A54. After a further 1.5 miles turn right onto Tunstall Road and continue until you reach Timbersbrook, where you turn right and the car park is clearly signed on the right.


The walk climbs gradually up to the Cloud. From there we head towards Rushton Spencer returning via The Bridestones to Timbersbrook.

There may be some wet muddy fields where a pole might be useful.

11/04/2021, Sunday, The Wash Chapel Milton, 8 miles easy/moderate, 8 miles, Leaders Lynn Davies and Carol McLaughlin

Walk details

Walk start 10am from Chinley Independent Church car park, The Wash Chapel Milton Postcode SK23 0QN

Directions to the start: From Wilmslow take the A34 towards the new A555 link road.

Turn right on to A555 continue to the end, turn right on to the A6.

Follow A6 on to dual carriageway.

At the roundabout signpost A624 turn right with the Fickle Mermaid on the right.

At the next roundabout take the third exit remaining on the A624.

Follow this road under the first railway bridge, as you approach the second bridge turn sharp right, note small sign The Wash.

Turn right into Chinley Independent Church car park.

Estimated distance from Wilmslow 18 miles 30 minutes.

Walk Description

Leaving the pretty hamlet of The Wash we start a steady gradual climb up to the Pennine Bridal Way, we will hopefully be rewarded with wonderful views. We continue on to Shire Oaks before dropping down to the hamlet of Malcoff. Continuing on to Bolehole Clough, Breckedge, Bagshaw and Bowden before returning to The Wash.

A stunning walk on what we hope will be mainly pastures new for most of you.

14/04/2021, Wednesday, Three Shires Head and Whetstone Ridge, moderate, 6.25 miles, leader Kate Stross

Outline of the walk: A loop from Clough House car park to Three Shires Head, the Dane Valley and Whetstone Ridge, returning along Cumberland Brook. Moderate. The section of the route along the Dane Valley was pretty muddy on our recce and there is a short steep uphill section to the road, so a pole might be useful. The moors are also pretty wet underfoot. 6.25 miles

Walk start: 10.00am, Clough House car park Postcode SK11 0BD

Directions: My preferred route is to take the new Buxton Road from Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield. After about 3 miles, turn right as the A537 goes sharp left, onto what becomes Ankers Lane. Drive 1.5 miles. Go right at the Stanley Arms. Clough House car park is on the right after 1.7 miles.

HOWEVER - PLEASE NOTE - There have been long term road works on the New Buxton Road which may mean you need to take a different route. Please check on Google Maps the night before.

19/04/2021, Monday, Marple Bridge, Mellor Church, Brookbottom, moderate, 10 miles, Leader Angela Legge

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

Directions to the start: From Wilmslow head to 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 but the paths are generally easy. Duration about 4 hours 45 minutes.


25/04/2021, Sunday, Prestbury, Mottram St Andrews & the Bollin Valley Way, 7.8 miles moderate, leader Donald Henderson

Walk starts at 10am in the Shirley’s Drive car park in Prestbury. From the centre of the village take the Macclesfield Road and Shirley’s Drive is the first trurning on the left. The car park (free but no toilets) is about 100yds on the left. SK10 4BW is the closest postcode I can find.

The 7.8 mile walk takes us around Prestbury golf course, through the new Kings School campus, Mottram St Andrews, Mottram Hall hotel & golf course and back to Prestbury by the Bollin Valley Way.

A variety of roads, footpaths, fields and woodland. Unless we have an extremely dry April, there will be some wet patches where a pole or two might be helpful.

28/04/2021, Wednesday, Todd Brook and Whaley Bridge, moderate, 7.5 miles, leader Peter Riley

Start of Walk Tesco car-park, off Buxton Road (A5004), Whaley Bridge

Post Code SK23 7PB Grid Ref 013 821

Start Time Please be at the start point ready to walk at 10.00am 28 April 2021

Directions to Start The entrance to Tesco, Whaley Bridge, is a bit tricky to spot. It is located on the A 5004, Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge about 200 yards from the roundabout on the main A.6. Coming from that roundabout and heading into Whaley Bridge lookout for the bollards after 200 yards and turn left onto the Tesco access road. There is no signpost unfortunately. Park up at the far side of the large car-park nearest the canal.

Details of Walk We’ll follow the canal that used to be fed by the town’s world-famous reservoir into Whaley Bridge town centre then pass close to its infamous dam before going out alongside the Toddbrook reservoir itself. We’ll explore parts of the reservoir’s feeder - Todd Brook - before climbing up towards Whaley Moor and then heading back via Stonehead.

There is about 1200ft of ascent in total, there’ll be stops for coffee and lunch, and a chance to do your shopping at B & M’s or Tesco at the end of the walk. What more could a girl ask for!

Leader Peter Riley


05/05/2021, Wednesday, Burbage Edges, moderate grade, 9.6km / 6.0mi, 266m ascent, 4.5hrs, 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. It is recommended to arrive very early to ensure a parking space.

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

*** NOTE: THIS WALK ORIGINALLY HAD AN EARLY START TIME OF 09:30hrs, BUT IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT EXPERIENCE THIS HAS BEEN REVISED TO 10:30hrs.***

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

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

Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0023

Outdooractive: https://out.ac/u4vNa

09/05/2021, Sunday, The Alderleys, 8 miles moderate, leader Donald Henderson

Start at 09.30 from Wizard car park, Alderley Edge (SK10 4UB). Parking free for members but please take a ticket. For non members it’s an eye-watering £7 for the day. You can park for free in a “lay-by” at Beacon Lodge which is 1/4 mile back towards Alderley village. Toilets available.

The walk is 8.2 miles, easy, with just 463ft ascent. We follow footpaths, minor roads, tracks & fields to the southern end of Alderley Park. Then it is on to Nether Alderley Church via Bollington Lane, Heywood House and fields. From the church we enter Alderley Park to reach Hocker Lane, Bradford Lane and back to the car park.

13/05/2021, Thursday Roaches & Hen Cloud from Meerbrook, 8 miles, moderate, Clare Pinder

Walk details: the walk starts at 10am from parking on the roadside in Meerbrook.Coming through Meerbrook with the church on your LH side, turn right opposite the church and park there where there are no parking restrictions.Grid ref. OL24 989608 and postcode of the church is ST13 8SJ. If you pass the Lazy Trout pub on your LH side, you have overshot the RH turn.

Directions to start: Put Meerbrook Leek or the above postcode into satnav. Mind the 2 speed cameras in Rushton Spencer enroute.

Walk decription: we cross fields and stiles to Roche Grange, then onto Roach End. We take the path along the Roaches escarpment, passing Doxey Pool, before descending onto Hen Cloud and going round its lower reaches. We then walk to Upper Hulme and onto Whitty Lane back to Meerbrook, passing over Tittesworth Reservoir. Its just over 8 miles.