Northern Area Walks
From North Wales to the Peak District, Pennines, Dales and the Lakes, we have a selection of walks to suit all abilities. You’ll find details of our future walking programme on this page as well as a link to the programme for the last 12 months so you can see what you've missed!
Non-members are welcome to ’try us out’ on a couple of day walks before deciding to join, but we ask you to check with the leader first. Click on the leader’s name to send an email. Where no email address is given use the contact form and we will put you in touch. You will need to bring a packed lunch with you unless otherwise stated.
You can see the Northern programme for the last 12 months by clicking on the link below:
Current Northern Walk ProgrammeUPDATED 22nd September. While there are now no legal restrictions on our activities, we need to follow the Ramblers guidance as part of our insurance conditions. The following rules therefore apply to group walks:
- There is no limit on group size, but the maximum number on the walk is at the discretion of the walk leader.
- The group leader must carry out a written risk assessment which must be sent to the Secretary no later than the Thursday before the walk. If a risk assessment is not completed for a walk, then the walk is not an official Footprints walk as we would not be covered by our 3rd party insurance.
- Members are recommended to pre-book for walks so the leader knows you are coming. The list of names and contact details must be kept by the leader for 21 days in case any contact tracing is needed
You can download this programme in iCalendar format (compatible with most PC and smartphone calendar applications) by clicking here.
|Saturday 30 October||WIN HILL & LADYBOWER FROM HOPE STATION||Leader: Barbara|
|9 miles and 1700ft of ascent. Ethel count: 1 (Win Hill). Park and meet at Hope station, 10.15 for a prompt 10.30 start. Nearest post code: S33 6RU. Grid Ref: SK180832. W3W: alongside.warns.purses.|
|Saturday 6 November||EYAM AND FROGGATT EDGE||Leader: John & Michelle|
|Meet Grindleford Station GR 251787 at 9:15 for a 9:30am start. 11-12 miles.|
|Saturday 13 November||HEBDEN BRIDGE||Leader: Hamida|
|A route taking in the autumn colours. Details tbc.|
|Saturday 20 November||LONGNOR AND THE DRAGON'S BACK||Leader: Julian|
|Meet 10:00 for a prompt 10:15 start at the square in Longnor. The walk goes via Hollinsclough, Moorside and then climbs up Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill and returns to Longnor via Underside. Note, the climbs up & down the top hills are quite steep, poles may be useful. Approx. 12 miles, moderate.|
|Saturday 27 November||SOUGH TOP AND CHELMORTON LOW||Leader: Barbara|
|9 miles and 1450ft of ascent. Meet at Millers Dale station car park (pay and display - cash and card) at 9:45 for a prompt 10am start. Grid Ref: SK138732. What 3 Words: thighs.suddenly.tabs.|
|Saturday 4 December||ASHBOURNE AND OSMASTON||Leader: John & Michelle|
|Meet at Shawcroft car park, Ashbourne, by the ‘Turn Up’ steps (these are the steps where they start the Shove Tuesday football match; you can’t miss them). 9:45 for a 10am start. 11 miles.|
|Sunday 5 December||MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET||Leader: Yoshie|
|New event. If you missed it last year, join us to enjoy the Xmas atmosphere.
We will meet in front of the Big Santa at Piccadilly Garden at 12:00, possibly followed by a meal (around 4:00, the venue TBC).|
Easy to Strenuous (depending on how much gluhwein and how many pigs you are having)
|Saturday 11 December||ALPORT CASTLES||Leader: Paul|
|A 10 mile moderate walk to Alport Castles. Going via Rowlee Pasture to the impressive landslip of Alport Castles. Returning via Alport Dale and Upper Ashop. 2000ft (610m) of ascent. Meet at Fairholmes visitor centre P & D car park, 10:15 for a 10:30 start.|
|Saturday 18 December||LYME PARK||Leader: Sonia|
|Meet at Nelson's Pit p&d car park, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TH (GR 945834). Route covers the Macclesfield Canal, Goyt Way and Lyme Park, including a visit to the NT tearooms. Meet 10:15 for a 10.30 prompt start. Approx. 8 miles moderate.|
|Tuesday 28 December||WHALEY BRIDGE CIRCULAR||Leader: Andreas|
|Saturday 8 January 2022||LEEK||Leader: John & Michelle|
|Meet at Brough Park Leisure Centre 9:45 for a 10am start. 10-11 miles.|
|Saturday 15 January 2022||DELAMERE||Leader: Dave & Elaine|
|Meeting at Barnsbridge car park (Ashton Road, Norley WA6 6NY). Free car park or parking at roadside. There will be a tea-shop part way round! Meet at 9:45 for a 10am start. About 8-10 miles easy-ish.|
|Saturday 29 January 2022||HOPE||Leader: Marie|
|9-10 miles moderate. 9:45 for a 10am start. Details tbc.|
|Saturday 12 February 2022||DARK PEAK - BLACK HILL||Leader: Julian|
|Meet 10:00 for a 10:15 prompt start at Crowden car park off the A628 Woodhead Road, grid ref SK 072993 or W3W themes.geese.unscrew. An 11 mile moderate walk up Black Hill along the Pennine Way and returning via White Low. Some of the Pennine Way section has now been paved, but other parts could be boggy!|
|Saturday 26 February 2022||HAYFIELD||Leader: Marie|
|Title corrected. 9-10 miles moderate. 9:45 for a 10am start. Details tbc.|
|Saturday 12 March 2022||DURHAM EDGE AND SHATTON MOOR||Leader: Barbara|
|Saturday 19 March 2022||ERWOOD VALLEY AND SHINING TOR||Leader: Julian|
|A 10 mile moderate walk alongside Fernilee and Erwood reservoirs then climbing the ridge to Cats Tor and Shining Tor, the highest point in Cheshire. Tea shop at the end. Meet 10:00 for a 10:15 prompt start in the lay-by opposite the Cat & Fiddle pub on the A537 between Buxton & Macclesfield. W3W skirting.rules.wires|
|Saturday 26 March 2022||BIDDULPH CIRCULAR||Leader: Sonia|
|Meet at the Old Station car park (free parking) Smokies Way, Biddulph ST8 6TZ. Route covers Cheshire's Close, Biddulph Grange Country Park, Biddulph Moor, Greenway Bank Country Park (possible teashop), Knypersley and back on the Biddulph Valley Way. Meet 10:15 for a 10.30 prompt start. Approx. 10-11 miles moderate.|
|Saturday 2 April 2022||MONSAL DALE||Leader: Paul|
|A 12 mile walk going via Upper Brushfield and Tideswell Dale. Returning via Wardlow and Longstone Edge. 2000ft (610m) of ascent. Meet at Monsal Head (P & D Car Park and road parking), 10:15 for a 10:30 start.|
|Saturday 23 April 2022||CHINLEY TO EDALE LINEAR||Leader: Barbara|
|Walk details changed. 10 miles, 1800 ft of ascent. Ethel count: 5 (Chinley Churn, Mount Famine, South Head, Brown Knoll & Lord’s Seat). The plan is to meet at Edale station, catch the train to Chinley and walk back. Currently the train leaves Edale at 09.47 and gets to Chinley at 09.55. Single fare is £4.50 or £2.95 with railcard. Walk will start promptly at 10am. If meeting at Chinley better suits, trains returning to Chinley from Edale after the walk leave hourly at 47 mins past the hour. Please check here nearer the time for updated train times/fares.|