2022

02/01/2022, Sunday, Wilmslow, 6 miles easy, Leader Donald Henderson

Start: 10.00am at Wilmslow Parish Hall car park on Cliff Road, SK9 4AA. There may be a pay and display car park charge. I cannot see if the charge applies on Sunday.

The walk takes us through the Carrs and along the Bollin to Quarry Bank Mill. From there we’ll head for Morley and the Altrincham Road and walk down to the Britannia Hotel. Then it’s back along the river to the mill and a different path to Twnnies Bridge where we retrace our steps to the start.

I haven’t checked the distance but it’s about 5 miles and will take no more than 2.5 to 3 hours, so this is an easy New Year morning walk. NOTE: there will be no lunch stop.

POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

Since 45-60mph winds are forecast for the Peak District tops this walk will take place later in the year.

06/01/2022, Thursday, Kinder Downfall, 7 miles, 408m ascent, hard, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A classic route up the steep Kinderlow End onto the plateau and Kinder Low, along past Kinder downfall and down from Sandy Heys to Kinder Reservoir. This part of the Kinder plateau provides magnificent views to the south and west over the Cheshire plain and Greater Manchester.

Difficulty: This route involves significant ascent and descent over rough open countryside. While it is mainly on footpaths there are some styles, steps and short difficult sections where the use of hands and some physical dexterity maybe required. Clothing and walking boots suitable for cold and wet conditions is strongly advised.

Start: 10:30hrs, Bowden Bridge car park, 165 Kinder Rd, High Peak, SK22 2LH. Lat/Long 53.379442, -1.928531. Grid Reference SK 0486 8695. OS map OL1.

Route: Bowden Bridge car park, Tunstead Clough, Kinderlow End, Kinder Low 633m, Kinder Downfall, Sandy Heys, Kinder Reservoir, Bowden Bridge car park.

Outdooractive details and map: https://out.ac/n9MKn

11/01/2022 Tuesday Tatton Park 8 miles easy Leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am from the big lay- by by the Old Water Tower ( Travis Perkins Trading Co) , Mobberley Road, Knutsford. The nearest postcode is WA16 8EU.

Directions to the start: Make your way from Wilmslow to Mobberley village and continue on the main road through the village until you see the big brick water tower on your right. Just after passing it turn right ( filter arrow on the road) into the large lay-by.

Walk description: This is a pleasant scenic walk for a winter day. The walk is largely confined to the 1,000 acres of Tatton Park, but has a short extension into Knutsford at the start so that the whole perimeter of the Park can be explored. The woodland and lakeside paths are mainly flat and any inclines are gentle. Some grassy paths may be muddy. There are often close views of fallow deer. If the path through Dog Wood at the end is closed we will return to the lay-by via Knutsford again.

16/01/2022 Sunday Pym Chair and Kettleshume 6 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Meet at 10am at Pym Chair car park SK23 7RF

Directions to start: from Macclesfield, take Hurdsfield road at Tesco roundabout, continue to Kettleshume. Just as you enter the village, take sharp right turn signposted Goyt Valley, follow road past Windgather Rocks to Pym Chair car park at T junction.

Walk description: the walk follows the road downhill to Jenkin Chapel and bears right to follow valley to Kettleshume. There is a small brook to step across on this part of the walk. From Kettleshume we follow the road uphill and join the path along Taxal Edge, go past Windgather Rocks to return to the car park.

There is likely to be puddles underfoot but on the recce it was surprisingly not very muddy. At Pym Chair the wind was very cold.


20/01/2022, Thursday Prestbury to Macclesfield 7.5 miles easy Leader Lynn Davies

Start time 10.00 Springfields Car Park Prestbury. Postcode SK104DW

Directions to start.

From Wilmslow go past station. At mini roundabout turn right. At next roundabout turn left to Prestbury. On entering village turn left. Go past church, over bridge and left into car park.

Walk Description

All quite flat, tracks fields and back alone Bollin.

24/01/2022, Monday Lymn, The Bongs, High Legh and Thelwall 8.5 miles Easy leader Carol McLoughlin

Walk will start at 10am. A very easy walk taking in fields, path alongside the noisy M6, tracks, woods, quiet roads, Penny Ferry, canal, Lymm Dam and the ancient woodland of The Bongs.

Walk starts at Cherry Corner Lymm motorway intersection WA13 0TA

From Wilmslow 13 miles 20 mins

Leave Wilmslow and head for M56 signposted Warrington, Chester and M6. Leave at junction 9 take the A50 exit to Lymm. Take the B5158 Cherry Lane. Turn right after 50 yards into Cherry Corner, turn right into cul-de-sac and park on road edge.

From Bowdon Roundabout 8 miles 15 minutes

> Take the A56 into Lymm Turn left by Co-op onto B5158 Cherry Lane continue until approx 50 yards before Lymm motorway intersection, turn left into Cherry Corner, turn right and park along road edge.

30/01/2022, Sunday Redesmere, Siddington and Capesthorne. 7 miles Easy, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts at 10am on Redesmere Road by Redesmere 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, signed 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, Henshaw Hall Farm, Crabtree Moss Farm, Sandbank Farm, Turlock Farm, Siddington, Blake House Farm, Capesthorne Hall, Redesmere.

Poles would be helpful, unless we have a frost the fields will be wet and muddy.

02/02/2022, Wednesday, Lindow, Bollin Valley Way, Styal 7EM. Leader Diana Baker

The walk starts at 10 am from Lindow Common car park (our old Meet and Greet) on Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, opposite Hickory’s Smokehouse (previously The Boddington Arms). SK9 5LR. Racecourse Road is off the A538 Wilmslow to Altrincham Road about 1 mile west of Wilmslow centre. Parking is free.


Walk description: Black Lake and the common, Pigginshaw Brook and the River Bollin to Twinnies Bridge. Along the River Dean meadows to Linneys Bridge, up through woods and across Styal Golf course. Into Styal Chapel Woods with some steep gradients before returning through the NT Gardens, if possible*, Quarry Bank Mill yard (facilities) the River Bollin and Kings Road.

*NATIONAL TRUST CARDS. If enough of us carry NT cards, with some admitting a guest, we may find we can take the path through the gardens. No problem, if not.

Some paths muddy. A little extra care/agility required on one path in need of repair.

Boarded walkways and some steep steps without handrails. Poles and gaiters helpful.

07/02/2022, Monday, Gawsworth and Danes Moss. 8 miles Easy Leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Meet at 10am Church Lane Gawsworth SJ889696. Post code SK11 9RN

Directions to start: From Wilmslow take the A34 by pass south to Monks Heath traffic lights. Turn left onto A537 towards Macclesfield. At Broken Cross roundabout turn right onto Gawsworth Road for approx 2 miles to the T junction at Dark Lane. Turn left to the cross roads and go straight across onto Church Lane turning right by Gawsworth Hall. Park at the roadside between Gawsworth Church and the Harrington Arms near to the stile on the left.

Walk description: An easy walk along farmland tracks to North Rode. Crossing the railway bridge we head to Macclesfield canal towpath for two miles. Leaving the tow path we walk through Danes Moss Nature Reserve and follow paths to the gatehouse of Gawsworth Old Hall returning to the start.

Expect plenty of mud unless we have a heavy frost.

13/02/2022 Macclesfield Forest, Wildboarclough and Shutlingsloe, approx 7-8 miles, moderate Leader Donald Henderson

Meet on road beside Ridgegate Reservoir (SK11 0NE) at 9.30

From Macclesfield, take A523 road towards Leek. At traffic lights turn left for Sutton and follow signs for Langley. Continue through Langley until you come to the Leather’s Smithy. Follow road round to the right alongside the reservoir.

We join the Gritstone Trail for the first part of the walk and then minor roads and fields until we climb Shutlingsloe. Then it’s back through the forest on tracks many of you will know.

There are bound to be some muddy bits but I hope not as bad as on the walk that I had planned. It is also likely to be slippery on the stones descending from Shutlingsloe so pole might be advisable.

17/02/2022, Thursday, South Head and Chinley Churn, 6 miles, 424m ascent, moderate, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A magnificent circuit from Peep-O-Day Farm that visits South Head and Chinley Churn. These peaks provide magnificent views of the western Peak District and Chapel-en-le Frith.

Difficulty: This route involves significant ascent and descent over rough open countryside. It is mainly on footpaths, there are some styles and a small number of fields that may be muddy. Clothing and walking boots suitable for cold and wet conditions is strongly advised.

Start: 10:30hrs at Peep-O-Day Farm car park, Maynestone Rd, High Peak SK23 6AJ. Lat/Long 53.361961, -1.928982, OS Grid Ref SK 04835 85017.

Alternative car park: Alternative extensive free car parking can be found in a layby 200m south of Peep-O-Day Farm on the Hayfield Road A624.

Route: Peep-O-Day Farm car park, Penning Bridleway, South Head, Dewsnaps, Quarries (dis), Hayfield Road, Alders Farm, Moseley House, The Naze, Chinley Churn Quarry (dis), Whiterakes, Peep-O-Day Farm car park.

Outdooractive details and map: https://out.ac/I7GxHO

WALK CANCELLED DUE TO DANGEROUS WINDS

21/02/2022, Monday From Alderley Park 8 miles Easy leader Carol McLoughlin

Walk will start at 10am

Walk Description: A lovely walk, hopefully on pastures new for most walkers.

Leaving Radnor Mere we take the footpath behind St Mary’s Church through several fields before passing through the Tomato Nursery and crossing the new section of the A34. Continuing on to Foden Lane, Wilmslow Golf Club to arrive at Great Warford. Warford Hall, David Lewis Centre, Dog Hole Wood, Peckmill Bottoms and skirting a housing estate to Chelford. Through the former sand quarry which is now filled with water to form a series of lakes. Continuing on good tracks back to the start.

Directions to the start : The walk will start from the Radnor Mere Car Park on the Alderley Park (old Astra Zeneca site) south of Alderley Edge. Postcode SK10 4TF approx.

Go through Alderley Edge on the main road past the National Trust Mill, and at the first set of traffic lights turn left into Alderley Park. This is the north entrance to the Park, immediately after the gate house there is a sharp left turn up to the Radnor Mere car park. The road up to the car park has a sign saying no pedestrian access. There is an electronic carpark sign on the right, do not pass this sign. The Radnor Mere car park is a large non multi storey car park, so we will meet up at the end furthest from the entrance. The car park is now controlled by automatic barriers, so you will need to take a ticket on entering to open the barrier. Retain the ticket, you will need it to pay the car park charge (maximum £4) before leaving. Charges are payable at the ticket machines which are card only, no cash. On many occasions the barriers are up, so hopefully no payment !

27/02/2022 Sunday, Sparklow, Crowdicote & Pilsbury, 9 miles, Easy/Moderate, Leader Clare Pinder

Start of the walk: Hurdlow Car Park (SK128659) (approx postcode SK17 9QJ) (pay and display, £4.75 cash), on the High Peak Trail, Sparklow, off A515, at 10am.

Directions to the start: coming via Harpur Hill turn right onto A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road at the High Peak Bookshop, then turn right after 4 miles and the carpark is 0.2 miles on the left. It took me about 45 minutes to get there. I can give 3 people lifts (text me).

The walk: we take the High Peak Trail to its northern end, then go via Wheeldon Trees to Crowdicote, then follow the River Dove through fields, up past Pilsbury Castle ruins and rejoin the High Peak Trail at Darley Farm to return to the carpark. There are some stiles and muddy patches on the field paths, but mostly the tracks are flat and easy going. Ascent is 900 feet. There are lovely long views over the limestone high peaks.

02/03/2022, Wednesday Brabyns Park to the Keg, 7.5 miles Easy/moderate Leader Angela Legge

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

Directions: Make your way to Marple. In the centre of Marple at traffic lights by the Texaco filling station bear left ( if coming from Stockport direction) onto Station Road, A626. ( signed Glossop) .Continue for over half a mile, passing Marple Station before taking a left turn to the car park by the "Welcome to Brabyns Park" sign, just before Marple Bridge village. (NB not Brabyns Brow car park on the right). Follow the road round to the free car park.

Walk details: This scenic walk follows a series of waterways on mainly easy pathways . From Brabyns Park we follow the Peak Forest Canal past locks until we reach the spectacular stone aqueduct, the highest in England. We then head for Watermeetings Farm on the edge of Romiley and continue on to Etherow Park. We cross the country park ( toilets at the Visitor Centre) and continue uphill to the Keg Woodland and on to Keg Pool. Leaving Etherow we return along the River Goyt to the starting point.

08/03/2022 Tuesday, Parkgate to Gayton, 8 miles, Easy, Clare Pinder

Start of walk: the walk starts at 10am from Wirral Country carpark (£2 cash/card charge), approx postcode CH64 7TH, grid ref 307775, on Lees Lane, Little Neston.

Directions to start of walk: take M56 for about 30 miles (direction Chester), then take A540 (3rd exit on roundabout) for about 5 miles, then turn left onto Lees Lane. Wirral Country carpark is about 100 meters down Lees Lane, on the left. I can give 3 lifts (text me if that assists).

Details of the walk: we take the Wirral Way from the carpark, passing Little Neston, we then take the path past Backwood Hall and onto the path alongside the estuary, hopefully with good views over the Dee estuary. We then walk along the estuary front, through Parkgate and still along the edge of the estuary, before cutting across fields/tracks back to the carpark. The paths can be muddy and boggy in parts but they are mostly dry and flat.

NOTE that Donald Henderson will be at the Lindow Common/ Racecourse Road car park at 8.45 for anyone who wants a lift. I can take up to 3.

Clare pinder is also offering lifts ...see above.

13/03/2022, Sunday Wildboarclough and Cat and Fiddle 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Start of walk: 10am Clough House car park, Wildboarclough grid reference SJ 9874 6996.

Nearest post code SK11 0BE

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.


POSTPONED 17/05/2022, Tuesday, Stanage Edge and Higgar Tor, 7 miles, 271m ascent, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

A magnificent circuit providing views over much of the central Peak District. The route goes along the top of Stanage Edge and below Burbage Rocks to Carl Wark Fort and Higgar Tor, returning just blow the cliffs of Stanage Edge.

Difficulty: This route involves significant ascent and descent over rough open countryside. Clothing and walking boots suitable for cold and wet conditions is strongly advised.

Start: 10:30hrs, Hollin Bank Car Park, Unnamed Rd, Hope Valley S32 1BR. Lat/Long 53.350443, -1.645263 . Grid Ref SK 23701 83779.

Route: Hollin Bank Car Park, Stanage Plantation, Stanage Edge, Long Causeway, Stanedge Pole, Robin Hood's Cave, trigpoint 457m, Upper Burbage Bridge, Sheffield Country Walk, Burbage Brooke Footbridge, Carl Wark, Higger Tor 424m, point 432m, Stanage Plantation, Hollin Bank Car Park.

Outdooractive details and map: https://out.ac/I7MP7c

22/03/2022, Tuesday, Bosley Reservoir and Croker Hill, 7 miles, 290m ascent, moderate, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A moderate walk from Bosley Reservoir up to the radio station on the top of Croker Hill and back via the Gritstone Trail along Minn-End-Lane. The top of Croker Hill provides magnificent views of the Cheshire plain and western Peak District.

Difficulty: This route involves a small amount of ascent and descent over grazing farmland, mainly on footpaths some of which may be muddy. For just over a mile the route follows a gently descending lane. Clothing and walking boots suitable for cold and wet conditions is strongly advised.

Start: 10:30hrs, roadside parking at Bosley Car Park (free), A523, Bosley, Macclesfield SK11 0PH. Lat/Long 53.188514, -2.124319, OS Grid Ref SJ 91794 65701.

Route: Roadside parking at Bosley Car Park, A523, Lakeside Road, Lakeside Playground, Bosley Reservoir, Fold Lane, A54, Conduit near Primrose Bank, Upton Fold Farm, Croker Hill Radio Station, Lingerds Farm, Golden Slack, Minn-End-Lane, Hawkslee, Stilemeadow Farm, Highfield House, Bosley Reservoir dam, Lakeside Playground, Lakeside Road, roadside parking at Bosley Car Park.

Outdooractive details and map: https://out.ac/I7GySZ

27/03/2022 Sunday Lyme Park 7 miles moderate leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10.30 am (NOTE LATER START DUE TO CLOCKS CHANGING) from Jacksons Brickyard Car park (SK12 1TY).

Directions to car park: go to centre of Poynton, continue past Waitrose and at Y junction, take left fork, continue past right turn to Nelson Pit and after about a mile turn right at Parking sign along Pool House Road to the car park.

The walk goes towards the main gate of Lyme Park and continues outside the Park to East Lodge, into the Park, to the visitors centre, where there are toilets, returning to te car park via the canal and Middlewood Way.

31/03/2022, Thursday, Roaches from Dane Bridge 8 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am 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 returns to the descent to the River Dane.

04/04/2022 Monday, Cown Edge from Broadbottom 7.5 miles moderate leader Angela Legge

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

Directions to the start: You can take the M56, M60 and M67, but my recommended route is to make your way to the A6 in Hazel Grove and turn onto Torkington Road A 627 by the Bullock Smithy pub (currently closed). Continue to the T junction with the A626 and turn right towards Marple. At traffic lights in Marple (Texaco garage on the right) turn left onto Station Road to stay on the A626 (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 going 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, but 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 Hodgefold. The Harewood Arms pub is just up Mill Brow and left along Market Street for anyone wanting refreshments after the walk.

10/04/2022, Sunday, Goyt Valley and White Hall, 8 miles moderate, Leader Peter Attwell

Walk starts at 10am at Coombes Reservoir car park, approximate post code SK23 9UN.

Directions to car park: from Macclesfield take Hurdsfield road from Tesco Roundabout, follow road through Kettleshume to Whalley Bridge, go ahead at traffic lights in centre of Whalley Bridge. After about 1.5 miles, watch for factory on the right and P sign on left and turn right on to narrow lane under reservoir wall leading to the car park.

The walk goes across fields to Fernlee village and then follows Goyt River to the reservoir. There is a flat section alongside the reservoir, followed by a climb out of the valley up to and over the Buxton Road and on up to the White Hall centre, returning to the car park on tracks and field paths. Poles could be useful on the climb out of the valley.

14/04/2022, Thursday, Edale Cross, Kinder Low and Kinder Downfall, 8 miles, 424m ascent, hard, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A classic route up to Edale Cross and Kinder Low, along past Kinder downfall and down from Sandy Heys to Kinder Reservoir. This part of the Kinder plateau provides magnificent views to the south and west over the Cheshire plain and Greater Manchester.

Difficulty: This route involves significant ascent and descent over rough open countryside, some of which may well be muddy. The route is mainly a mixture of footpaths and rough tracks. Clothing and walking boots suitable for cold and wet conditions is strongly advised.

Start: 10:30hrs, Bowden Bridge car park, 165 Kinder Rd, High Peak, SK22 2LH. Lat/Long 53.379442, -1.928531. Grid Reference SK 0486 8695. OS map OL1.

Route: Bowden Bridge car park, Tunstead House, Coldwell Clough, Oaken Clough, Edale Cross, Kinder Low 633m, Kinder Downfall, Sandy Heys, Kinder reservoir, Bowden Bridge car park.

Outdooractive details and map: https://out.ac/I7NucH

19/04/2022 Tuesday, Wincle, Croker Hill & Sutton 9 miles moderate/hard leader Donald Henderson

Tuesday 19th April 10.00am start

I've classified this 9+ mile walk as moderate/hard becasue there is quite a bit of up & down and some of the ups are steep. However, it is well within most peoples capability and I’m allowing 5+ hours with plenty of stops. No hurry!

We start on the roadside just past the Ship Inn (SK11 0QE), almost at Danebridge, and make our way up to the telecommunications mast on Sutton Common. From there we descend towards Sutton before doubling back at lower level to the start. On a good day, the 360deg views are stunning. Underfoot conditions were generally good when I recced the walk, but that was after a long dry spell.

24/04/2022, Sunday, Llangollen 8.5 miles moderate Leader Bob Swinburne

NOTE: Due to the driving distance, there will be a meet/greet at Lindow Car Park at 9am. A contribution of up to 10p per mile will be expected from car sharers.

The walk start time will be determined by the walkers coming from Lindow. It will not be earlier than 10am.

The walk starts at 10am from Mill Street, Llangollen. The car park is pay and display and is £3.50 for the day. Car park postcode LL20 8RY.

Travel details 53 miles. Approximately 60 minutes. (Travelling M56/M53/A55/A483/A539)

Find your way to Llangollen. As you approach Llangollen on Mill Street (A539) watch out for the Health Centre on the left. In two hundred yards you will see the Ponsonby Arms pub on the left. Turn left just before the pub into the car park. Park on the bottom tier near the River Dee.

Walk Description

I lead this walk three years ago and have tweaked it slightly to remove the climb at the start! This is a beautiful and varied walk which starts from the centre of the bustling town of Llangollen and, follows the canal out of the town to the legendary Chain Bridge (thought to be the oldest chain link bridge in the world) which crosses the River Dee by the side of the Llangollen to Corwen steam railway line. We meander past Horseshoe Falls where Thomas Telford designed the system to feed water from the River Dee into the canal network. This area is a designated World Heritage Site. Passing the picturesque church at Bryntysilio, we proceed through the iconic Valle Crucis Abbey, before turning towards (but not up!) Panorama Walk and returning to Llangollen.


28/04/2022, Thursday, Pyms Chair and Shining Tor from Errwood 7.5 miles moderate, Sue/Guy Lucas

The walk starts at 10.30am from The Street Car Park, Errwood Reservoir (free).

Please note that there are two car parks near Errwood Reservoir. The other, Errwood House Car Park is half a mile along the reservoir. Also note that the postcode SK17 6SX is spectacularly unhelpful. The OS Grid Reference is SK 01359 75629 and What3words is "bedspread.eyelashes.lurching".

Directions: My preferred route is from the A6:

turn right to Whaley Bridge (A5004) at the roundabout just after Furness Vale

follow the A5004 for 6 miles through Whaley Bridge and out past Taxal and Fernilee

then turn sharp right (on a bend of course) on a road signed "Goyt Valley"

follow this for 1.7 miles over the Errwood Reservoir dam, and the Street Car Park is just after.

The Car Park can also be reached by narrow lanes from the A537 if wished. Best avoided by those of a nervous disposition.

Walk description: A nicely varied walk. From the car park, along the reservoir before turning up towards the ruins of Errwood Hall. From there, an undulating but gradually rising walk alongside Foxlow Edge takes you up to The Street and then Pym Chair. Pym Chair to Shining Tor is a ridge walk with a well-maintained path and plenty to see on either side (weather permitting). The is a gentle descent back past Errwood Hall and back to the car park. Conditions should be good unless there has been recent rain.

03/05/2022, Tuesday, From Alderley Park 8 miles Easy leader Carol McLaughlin

Walk will start at 10am

Walk Description: A lovely walk, hopefully on pastures new for most walkers.

Leaving Radnor Mere we take the footpath behind St Mary’s Church through several fields before passing through the Tomato Nursery and crossing the new section of the A34. Continuing on to Foden Lane, Wilmslow Golf Club to arrive at Great Warford. Warford Hall, David Lewis Centre, Dog Hole Wood, Peckmill Bottoms and skirting a housing estate to Chelford. Through the former sand quarry which is now filled with water to form a series of lakes. Continuing on good tracks back to the start.

Directions to the start : The walk will start from the Radnor Mere Car Park on the Alderley Park (old Astra Zeneca site) south of Alderley Edge. Postcode SK10 4TF approx.

Go through Alderley Edge on the main road past the National Trust Mill, and at the first set of traffic lights turn left into Alderley Park. This is the north entrance to the Park, immediately after the gate house there is a sharp left turn up to the Radnor Mere car park. The road up to the car park has a sign saying no pedestrian access. There is an electronic carpark sign on the right, do not pass this sign. The Radnor Mere car park is a large non multi storey car park, so we will meet up at the end furthest from the entrance. The car park is now controlled by automatic barriers, so you will need to take a ticket on entering to open the barrier. Retain the ticket, you will need it to pay the car park charge (maximum £4) before leaving. Charges are payable at the ticket machines which are card only, no cash. On many occasions the barriers are up, so hopefully no payment

08/05/2022 Sunday Coombs Reservoir 7 miles moderate leader Carol McLaughlin

Walk starts at 10am at Combs Reservoir free car park. Post code: SK23 9UN approx

Grid reference: SK034 798. 30 minutes approx driving time from Wilmslow 15 miles

Directions to the start: own way to Macclesfield take the Hurdsfield road B 5470 by Tesco roundabout all the way towards Whaley Bridge. At the traffic lights go straight across for a mile and a half, look out for the factory on the right, P sign on the left and turn right down the very small opening to the carpark.

Walk Description: Leaving the carpark we begin quite a long accent on good paths towards Ladder Hill, we hopefully will be rewarded with wonderful views. Our path now levels out with a good track taking us to White Hall activity centre. Across fields now we begin an easy decent towards Combs, we then pick a much improved track along the side of the reservoir and return to our starting point.

12/05/2022, Thursday, Hope 7.5 miles moderate Leader Lynn Davies

Walk starts at 10.00 from Hope car park [ Pay and Display ] post code S33 6RS but there is free road side parking

7.5 miles moderate

Directions to start

Go up A6 towards Buxton. Take the turning left signed Edale, Rushup Edge. Follow road into Castleton and onto Hope. Car park is on the right.

This is a moderate walk. We go up towards Win Hill but skirt round it, drop down to Jaggers Clough and back to Hope through some bluebell woods.

NOTE: a number of members will do a meet and greet at the Park and Ride at Hazel Grove in view of the limited parking at Hope. Time to meet 9.00, address is Macclesfield Road SK7 6BF near the junction with the A6 and just by the Carpetright shop. Please join us if you wish.

The walk will start when the meet/greet people arrive, but not earlier that 10am

16/05/2022 Monday Swettenham and Dane Valley Trail, 8 miles moderate 300ft of ascent Leader Peter Riley

Start Point Fourty Acre Lane, Kirmincham, Swettenham (near Holmes Chapel )

Grid ref: SJ791684 Nearest Postcode: CW4 8DX

Walk Start time : 10.00am Travel time from Wilmslow approx 20 minutes.

Directions to Start Take your preferred route to the A.535 – i.e. the road leading from Alderley Edge ( Ryleys Lane ) to Holmes Chapel. Pass the Jodrell Bank radio telescope on your right and, after 1 mile, turn left at the small “Swettenham” signpost into Fourty Acres Lane. Travel for half a mile and, 50 yards after passing the “Kirmincham” sign, park up on the wide grass verge on the right.

Details of Walk A varied walk along country lanes and reasonable tracks – initially trecking over to Hermitage Bridge before following the course of the River Dane, passing under the iconic Twemlow viaduct, then following the Dane Valley Way across to the delightful village of Swettenham. We’ll explore the prettier bits of the village, have a paddle in Swettenham Brook, then return back via the stately Kirmincham Hall.

The walk is pretty much flat and mud shouldn’t be a problem. There will be two stops. Bring coffee and sandwiches . Option of a pint/food in the Swettenham Arms after the walk

Walk leader – Peter Riley . Any queries, contact via e-mail yah5251@yahoo.co.uk.


22/05/2022, Sunday Eccleston to Chester 9 miles easy/flat Leader Peter Riley

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 and follows the River Dee into 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 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 . Any queries, contact via e-mail yah5251@yahoo.co.uk .

NOTE: there will be a meet and greet at Lindow Common Car Park for this walk, in view of the slightly increased distance. Please be at the Car Park ready for leaving at 9am.

The walk will start when the meet/greet people arrive but not earlier than 10am.

25/05/2022, Wednesday, Corbar Cross to Errwood and The Goyt, 9miles Moderate. Leader Kate Stross

Corbar Cross to Errwood and the Goyt - 9 miles Moderate - Leader Kate Stross

Outline: The walk starts from Corbar Road in Buxton, goes through Corbar Woods and up to Corbar Cross, along the escarpment and then descends to Errwood Reservoir, along the reservoir before climbing back up to Buxton.

Transport: There should be plenty of roadside parking on Corbar Road on the outskirts of Buxton. If you park near Nr 26 Corbar Road we will be close to the entrance to Corbar Woods. I understand the A5004 from Whaley Bridge is closed due to a landslip. So I suggest you take the A6 all the way to Buxton.

5.5 miles from the roundabout where the A623 turns off the A6, on the outskirts of Buxton, take a very sharp right onto Lightwood Road (almost a U turn - there are no traffic lights at the junction). Travel 0.6 miles along Lightwood Road and then turn left onto Corbar Road. (This brings you to the other end of Corbar Road from the end at the junction with the A5004.)

Start: 10:30hrs at roadside parking near 26 Corbar Road, Buxton SK17 6FB.

Route: From Corbar Road in Buxton, the route climbs through Corbar Woods to Corbar Cross then runs along the escarpment with fine views down to Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. It drops down to follow the old Roman road between Buxton and Whaley Bridge, then descends to Errwood reservoir. Lovely views again as the route runs along and above Errwood then climbs steadily back up towards Buxton, across the golf course, across and briefly along the A5004 and into Corbar Woods to return to the starting point.



30/05/2022 Monday, Beresford and Wolfscote Dales 8 miles moderate leader Marjorie McLoughlin

The walk starts at 10am in the centre of Hartington. Grid Ref SK 128604 Post Code SK17 0AL.

There is a small free car park or parking at the side of the road.

Directions to start : 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, continue onto Barlow Road and Heath View( most of you will know this route as Harper Hill) Turn left onto B5053 and then almost immediately right by the book shop onto A515. Continue on A515 for approximately 7miles and turn right onto B5054 to Hartington. After two miles you will reach the centre of the village.

Walk description: This is a scenic walk along good paths and tracks. We walk along the banks of the river Dove through Beresford Dale. From there we walk into Narrow Dale and on to Alstonefield village. We drop back down to the river Dove and follow it on the path through Wolfscote Dale for 2.25 miles. Climbing on a path out of the Dale we follow tracks and field paths to return along a lane into Hartington.


05/06/2022 Sunday Replacement Walk: Minninglow and Royston Rocks 10.3 miles moderate,Leader Clare Pinder

Replacement walk: Minninglow & Roystone Rocks, 10.3 miles, Moderate.

The walk starts at 10am from the Minninglow car park on the High Peak Trail, 1/2 mile south of Pikehall on A5012, OL24 194582.

Directions to start: From Macclesfield take A537, turn R onto Leek Rd/A53, then immediately turn L onto Grin Low Rd and after around 3 miles, turn R onto A515 for 8 miles. Then turn L onto A5012 for 2.4 miles, then at Pikehall, turn R onto Mouldridge Lane and the free car park is nearly 1 mile along on the left. It takes me about 55/60 minutes from Wilmslow. I can give 3 lifts (text me).

Details of the walk: we take the High Peak Trail to Longcliffe and then cut across fields to Pasture Lane. We then head past Ballidon and onto Parwich, then crossing fields, we skirt Ballidon quarry and taking the dale path, we then pass Roystone Rocks, going back to the car park. The paths,tracks and minor roads are pretty easy going, with some fairly gradual inclines and some muddy patches. There are shortcuts if 'rain affects play'.

08/06/2022 Wednesday, Bradshaw Valley 8.5 miles moderate leader Bob Swinburne

The walk starts at 10am from the lower car park at Turton & Entwistle Reservoir.

Travel details

From Wilmslow, take the M56 eastbound and get onto the M60 heading towards the Trafford Centre. Exit the M60 at junction 15 and join the M61 heading for Bolton. At junction 2 exit the motorway and travel on the A666 to Greens Arms Road on the B6391 in Blackburn and Darwen. Watch out for the sign to Turton Reservoir and turn left off the B6391 onto Batridge Road to the car park at Turton Reservoir. We park in the lower car park which is free. The nearest postcode is BL7 0NQ but please note that this is approximate. Grid reference SD722172.

Distance to start is approximately 32 miles and should take about one hour.

Walk Description

The walk starts at 10am. I have graded this walk as moderate due to its length. Most of the walk is flat and the few ascents are gradual.

This walk consists of a loop – called the Warpers Trail – around three reservoirs, Turton & Entwistle, Wayoh and Jumbles, and a large part of the walk is a promenade along the edges of two of these reservoirs. We also walk past Turton Tower and take in (but not enter!) the renowned Strawberry Duck pub.

14/06/2022 Tuesday, Bollington, White Nancy and Kerridge Ridge, 10 miles moderate leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts at 10am from Middlewood Way Car Park Adlington Road Bollington. Post code SK10 5JT. Grid Ref SJ931780

The walk takes us out of Bollington climbing steeply to White Nancy. We continue southwards along Kerridge ridge towards Rainow. From there we ascend to the A537 Buxton New Road. We follow the Gritstone trail to Teggs Nose and descend to Teggs Nose Reservoir. Our route takes us to Walker Barn and on to Lamaload Waterworks. From there we return to Rainow and finally to Bollington.

There is over 2000 feet of ascent on this walk and one steep descent where poles would be useful. The paths are good and on a clear day we should take in some excellent views.

19/06/2022 Sunday . Hathersage, Offerton Moor & Derwent Heritage Way. 9.5 miles. Moderate Leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am at the main Hathersage car park on Oddfellows Road a few metres up the secondary road linking the B6001 and the A6187. Postcode S32 1DD. Grid ref SK232814. £6 all day. Roadside parking may be available.

Directions to the start: Take the airport relief road to the A6. Turn right towards Buxton. Continue through Disley to A6 dual carriageway. Turn left at sign to Edale and Castleton. Pass Mam Nick car park and continue to the left turn down Winnats Pass. At the bottom turn right towards Castleton. Continue through Hope to Hathersage. Journey time from Wilmslow approx 50 minutes, 30 miles.

Walk route: Hathersage , Leadmill Mount Pleasant, Callow Wood, Offerton Hall and Moor, Shatton Lane, Brough Lane , Townfield Lane Shatton, Derwent Heritage Way, stepping stones, Hathersage. Map Explorer 01 Dark Peak.

A pleasant, very scenic walk on good woodland, moorland and riverside paths and tracks with a few steepish ascents. The views towards Win Hill and Stanage Edge are beautiful in fine weather. The bracing moorland paths eventually lead down to the Derwent Heritage Way, where we follow the riverside path and cross the Derwent River on large, 500 year old stepping stones ( alternative route possible if these are flooded! We should compete the walk by 3pm.

22/06/2022, Wednesday, Rainow to Lamaload 8 miles moderate Leader Kate Stross

Walk - Meet at the Robin Hood pub at 10am to walk.

Parking: We have permission to park in the carpark of the Robin Hood pub. Unfortunately on a Wednesday the pub does not open until 4pm so we may well arrive back too early to have a drink there - but we will if it is open.

Directions: From the Tesco Roundabout on the Silk Road in Macclesfield, take the B5470 through Hurdsfield to Rainow. The Robin Hood pub is 2.8 miles from the roundabout on the left hand side.

Walk details: The walk starts from the Robin Hood pub in Rainow, and heads across a number of moorland tracks with lovely views to reach the isolated ruins of Thursbitch Farm before returning via Lamaload Reservoir, the reservoir access road and then across the fields to Rainow. The total climb is about 1100 feet. If it has been raining there is one very muddy stretch down to a farm and around some farm buildings - so boots would be a good idea on a wet day! If people are feeling very energetic there is a 9.5 mile version of this walk with a height gain of 1400 feet, but on the day that Maire and I did the recce we were content to take the 8 mile route.

27/06/2022 Monday, White Edge, Curbar and Froggat Edges, 8 miles Moderate, Leader Angela Legge

Note this a walk change due to overgrown and blocked paths around Tissington.

Walk starts at 10am at Curbar Gap Car Park SK262747, £4 all day parking fee , but free for National Trust members. Nearest postcode S32 3YR, which brings you to Calver on the A623 before turning left for the final mile uphill.

Directions to start: Make your way to Whaley Bridge and take the A6 Chapel en le Frith bypass. Turn left onto A623 and continue through Stoney Middleton to Calver. Just past the Derbyshire Craft Centre ( on your left) turn left signed Froggat 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. From Wilmslow the journey is about 33 miles and should take approximately an hour.

Walk description: This walk is on the easier side of moderate. There are a few undulations but it is generally easy walking on good moorland paths and estate tracks. The views, weather permitting, are wonderful. The route follows White Edge, Longshaw Estate, the Grouse Inn, Froggat Edge and Curbar Edge. Lunch will be at Longshaw on picnic tables near the NT cafe , where there are toilets. We should complete the walk in about 4 hours.

NOTE: if there is enough interest I will try to arrange car sharing from the Park and Ride car park at Hazel Grove where A523 from Macclesfield meets A6.

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, MAIDEN CASTLE/BICKERTON HILL, CHESHIRE, 8 MILES, MODERATE Leader Peter Riley

STARTING POINT Brunty Bank/Long Lane, Bickerton Nearest Post Code:- SY14 8AX

START TIME 10.00am ( Travel time from Wilmslow 55 mins. Distance 40 miles.)

DIRECTIONS TO START Take M 56 direction Chester and come off at jtn 10 onto A 49 direction Whitchurch. Stay on A 49 for 19.5 miles and, 3.5 miles after passing through Tiverton, turn right onto the A 534 direction Wrexham. Travel 2.8 miles and then bear left into the lane marked with the large sign for “Bickerton, Edgerton Green and Chelmondeley”. This is Bunty Bank. Travel 300 yards down the lane and park up on the roadside prior to the crossroads ( with Long Lane ).

Grid ref: SJ 511537 Nearest Post Code: SY14 8AX

DETAILS OF WALK A leisurely stroll through part of Cheshire’s picturesque Castle Country. We’ll ascend Raw Head, pass through Harthill and Brown Knowl, skirt round King James Hill past Broxton Old Hall, then ascend Bickerton Hill to the remains of the Iron Age fort of Maiden Castle. Stunning views to be had. There are a couple of gentle hills necessitating a total combined ascent of 1500 foot.


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/Danebridge 8.8 miles, 745ft ascent in total, easy/mod Leader Donald Henderson

Start walk at 10am from the Staffordshire Way car park in Rushton Spencer - SK11 0QU. From Macclesfield take the A523, Leek Road. As you enter Rushton watch out for sign to Knott Inn. Turn right on to Station Road and immediately past the pub (sadly closed) turn left on to a narrow track which leads to the car park.

We start the walk on the old railway line for half a mile before joining the Gritstone trail. This leads on to the Dane Valley Way. At Gig Hall we cross the river and head up to Wincle and Danebridge. Then follow the river back to Gig Hall before the return journey via woods, fields and minor roads to rejoin the Staffordshire Way at Ryecroft Gate and the final half mile back to the cars.

The part of the walk along the Gritstone and Dane Valley is overgrown and, today after rain, wet. Shorts/cut-offs probably best avoided (brambles etc) and over-trousers advised if it has rained overnight or very wet trousers guaranteed! Bracken is head height so machetes could be useful too!! However, after the first hour the going is easy with only a few moderate ascents.

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.

NOTE:

Carol will do a meet and greet at Hazel Grove Park and Ride and will give lifts to anyone that requires transport.

Please be ready to leave the Park and Ride for 9-20am

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.

The walk starts at 10am at Etherow Country Park Car Park, Compstall. Postcode SK6 5JD. All day parking costs £3. There are toilets at Etherow and at Lymefield.

Directions to the start: Take the A555 to junction with A6. Turn left towards Hazel Grove, then right in front of the Bulls Head pub at lights {filter lane) onto Torkington Road, A627.Continue to T junction with A 626 and turn right towards Marple. On entering Marple turn left at lights to stay on the A626, signed Glossop. Continue through Marple Bridge and up hill to where the A626 bends sharply to the right and go left (almost straight on ), signed B6104 Romiley. Continue through Compstall village and look for a sign on the right to Etherow Country Park. The car park is on the right.

Walk description: The walk is varied and hilly offering lovely views over Greater Manchester, the Etherow Valley and the Pennines. The paths and tracks are generally good, though a few can be muddy after rain. After walking through Etherow Country Park along the lake and to the spectacular weir we climb up to Glossop Road through Ernocroft Woods and head across fields and tracks towards Broadbottom Viaduct, Broad Mills Heritage Site and Lymefield Country Park. We return to Etherow along country lanes, through woodland and farmland and skirt the lower slopes of Werneth Low Golf Club.

NOTE: Carol McLaughlin is offering meet and greet from Hazel Grove Park and Ride, ready to leave at 9.30am. Anybody who is interested please contact Carol at: carolm@sgmenterprises.com



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

The walk starts at 10am at large car park on the Street in the Goyt valley near the road over the Errwood reservoir dam.

Map reference SK 013 757 Best post code is SK17 6GJ which is actually for the Errwood Sailing Club on the other side of the dam road.

Directions to start: Go to Macclesfield by your chosen route. Join the road to Kettleshume B5470 at the Tesco roundabout. As you enter Kettleshume look out for a sharp right turn signposted “Goyt Valley”. If you pass the pub in Ketteshume, you have missed the turning and need to turn round.

Go up the road past Windgather Rocks. At the cross roads by the Pyms Chair car park turn left and go downhill into the Goyt Valley. Just pass the left turn leading to the road across the dam, turn right into the car park.


The walk follows many of the old roads linking Buxton to other towns. Most of the paths are tracks and part of the walk is through the side streets of Buxton. The walk is about 8 miles moderate.