Walks

20/06/2021, Sunday, Goyt Valley and Buxton, 9 miles moderate, leader Peter Attwell

There will be meet/greet at the Guild at 9.00am. If going direct please be ready to walk at 9.30am.

Walk starts at 9.30am from the large car park on the Street by the reservoir wall in the Goyt Valley opposite the yacht club. Post code SK17 6SX.

Directions to start: go to Macclesfield, turn left by Tesco store on to Hurdsfield Road. Follow road through Rainow to Kettleshume. At entrance to village look for sign for right turn to Goyt Valley, follow road past Windgather Rocks, turn left at Pyms Chair, follow road downhill and car park is on the right at the bottom of the hill.

Walk goes uphill on other side of the valley, along the disused railway track, over the top to the outskirts of Buxton, up the old road to Derbyshire Bridge and the Cat and Fiddle, and then dropping down to the road alongside the reservoir and returning to the car park.


23/06/2021, Wednesday, Kerridge Ridge, White Nancy, & the Nab, 7.6 miles moderate Leader Angela Legge

Meet/greet by Carol McLaughlin at Lindow Common at 9.30am. If going direct walk starts at 10am.

Walk starts from Middlewood Way Car Park on Adlington Road, Bollington. Postcode SK10 5JT Grid Ref SJ931780

Directions: Turn off A523 Macclesfield to Stockport Road onto 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 free car park on your left.

Walk details: This hilly and scenic walk loops above and around Bollington. The route follows a short section of the Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal towpath before heading up to Kerridge Hill. After a circuit of the hill we follow the Saddle of Kerridge to the imposing obelisk, White Nancy, built in 1820 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. We descend from White Nancy and continue on to Cockshead Hey Farm before ascending Nab Head, 285 metres high and 5 metres higher than White Nancy. There is an ancient tumulus on The Nab. From here we follow pleasant paths back into Bollington, passing Long Lane and Sugar Lane farms. The total ascent on the walk is 400 metres, 1,312 feet. Poles might be useful.

The walk follows the route of the annual Bollington fell race and the winner completes it in 45 minutes. I anticipate that we will take nearer 4 hours!


30/06/2021, Wednesday, Bickerton Hill and Bulkley Hill, 8 miles, moderate Leader Bob Swinburne

Directions to start

There are several routes to the start of the walk at the Bickerton Poacher pub, Bickerton. My preferred route from Wilmslow is through Mobberley and Knutsford and onto the A556 towards Chester. At the Shell garage in Blakemere, just past the Blue Cap pub, turn left onto the A49 towards Tarporley. Follow the A49 to bypass Tarporley and turn right at the traffic lights, still on the A49. (The Rashoi Cheshire Indian restaurant is on the right.) Continue on the A49 for 4 miles and then turn right onto Wrexham Road (A534). The Bickerton Poacher is 2 miles along the A534. Postcode SY14 8BE. When approaching the pub go past the first car park before the pub and park in the second car park on the left, just after the pub. The car park is free. This route is 37 miles and should take about 55 minutes.

The walk

The walks starts from the Bickerton Poacher pub and, after a short but sharp ascent through Bulkeley Hill, joins the Sandstone Trail on which we remain for a large part of the walk. We cross over the A534 before circling Bickerton Hill and Maiden Castle. We return across fields and tracks to the pub. Poles might be useful.

Meet and greet at Lindow Common at 9.30. For those going directly to the start, please be ready to walk at 10.30.

04/07/2021, Sunday, B29 crash site and Higher Shelf stones from Old Glossop, 7.9 miles, moderate, ascent 1090ft, leader Guy Lucas

A steady climb up to the memorable crash site amid bleak moorland and spectacular views.

The walk starts at 10.00am at Shepley Street, Old Glossop, SK13 7SA, Ordnance Survey Map OL1 - SK 04440 94793. Directions: from the centre of Glossop, head east on A57. About 0.4 miles from the junction with B6105, turn left in front of the Commercial Inn onto Manor Park Road. After 0.3 miles on Manor Park Road, bear right in front of the Queen’s Arms onto Shepley Street. Park on the roadside on Shepley Street alongside the factory, and meet at the old bus turnaround. No toilets at start.

The first part of the walk is a gradual ascent. You go along Doctor’s Gate, a "Roman road" which becomes a path and is muddy in places (poles and gaiters recommended.) Just before Doctor’s Gate meets the Pennine Way, turn left along Crooked Clough until the path takes you over moorland up to Higher Shelf Stones. The B29 crash site is close to this. The return descent takes you over James’s Thorn and back down to your car.


07/07/2021 Wednesday, Around Mobberley, Walk and pub lunch, about 6 miles easy, leader Peter Riley

Walk starts at 10am from car park at Plough and Flail, Mobberley, post code WA16 7DB. Walk is similar to that Peter Riley led last December.

The pub has booked the conservatory for the walking group. This enables us to sit together as a group, under current COVID 19 restrictions.

We plan to get back to the pub at around 13.00 if you wish to join us for the lunch only.

Peter Riley will organise with the pub when to hand in food orders from the daily menu.

14/07/2021, Wednesday, Cressbrook Dale & Tansley Dale, 7 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A circuit from Monsal Head to Cressbrook, Litton, Tansley Dale and Cressbrook Dale.

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

Start: 10:30hrs at Monsal Head car park, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, DE45 1NL. Lat./Long. 53.240205, -1.724106, Grid Reference SK 18494 71505, OS map OL24.

Route: Monsal Head car park, Headstone viaduct, Monsal Trail, Cressbrook Mill, Cressbrook, Middle Row, Litton Post Office, Tansley Dale, Cressbrook Dale, Ravensdale Cottages, Cressbrook Mill, Brushfield Lane, Netherdale Farm, footbridge, Monsal Trail, Headstone viaduct, Monsal Head car park.

Outdooractive details & map: https://out.ac/IOfIxn

18/07/2021, Sunday, Bamford Edge, 7.5 miles moderate,leader Peter Attwell

Meet/greet at Wilmslow Guild at 9.00am If going direct to the start 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.


21/07/2021, Wednesday, Higher Poynton to Furness Vale 10.5 miles moderate, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts at 10am at Nelson Pit car park Higher Poynton. SJ945832

Post code SK12 1TH

This is a pay and display car park costing £3. There may be roadside parking near the car park.

Directions- From the centre of Poynton,follow Park Lane for almost a mile, keep left at the first major fork then fork right up Anson Road. Go over the cross roads by the Boar’s Head and turn left into the car park.

The walk takes us from Higher Poynton into Lyme Park.We climb from the woods to Bowstones farm and on to Lantern Wood. From there we walk along field tracks to the Dipping Stone and on to Furness Vale. Our return route,along pleasant paths, passes two reservoirs, crosses the main drive into Lyme Park and on to Macclesfield canal returning to the car park.

28/07/2021, Wednesday, Bollington,White Nancy and Kerridge Ridge 10.5 miles moderate,leader Marjorie McLoughlin.

Walk starts at 10am from Middlewood Way car park Adlington Road Bollington.

Grid Ref SJ931780. Post code SK10 5JT

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 Buxton New Road A537. 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 back 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.

04/08/2021, Wednesday, Deep Dale and Magpie Mine, 7 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A circuit that includes Deep Dale, Sheldon and Magpie Mine.

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

Start: 10:30hrs at White Lodge Car Park - Peak District NP, A6 road, Buxton DE45 1NL. Long./Lat. 53.232515, -1.746933, Grid ref SK 17033 70594.

Route: White Lodge Car Park, Taddington Wood, Dimin Dale, Dimin (Demons ) Dale Rock Shelter, Deep Dale, Deep Dale Nature Reserve, Settlement, Sheldon, Magpie Mine, Sheldon, Cock and Pullet pub, St Michaels Church, Great Shacklow Wood, Dimin Dale, White Lodge Car Park.

Outdooractive details & map: https://out.ac/IOjOWt

09/08/2021, Monday, Axe Head Moor and Danebower Quarry. 7 miles Easy/Moderate, leader Kate Stross

Details to follow

19/08/2021, Thursday, Alport Castles from Fairholme 9.5 miles moderate leader Guy Lucas


23/08/2021, Monday Walton Gardens and the Dell 8 miles easy, leader Carol McLaughlin

Details to follow