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Previous Northern Area Walks

This is the complete list of Northern events for the 12 months ending today. You can see the current Northern programme by clicking on the link below:

Past Northern Walks

Saturday 19 November 2016MACCLESFIELD FOREST AND SHUTTLINGSLOWLeader: Catriona
Walk includes Macclesfield Forest and Shuttlingsloe (the Matterhorn of Cheshire!). Approx. 17 km (10.5 miles) and 780m ascent, moderate.
Meet at 9:45 for a 10:00 prompt start from Tegg’s Nose car park.
Saturday 26 November 2016SIR WILLIAM HILL FROM EYAMLeader: Barbara
A 10.5 miles moderate walk from Eyam taking in Eyam, Stoney Middleton, Froggatt, the Derwent Valley and a climb to open moor. Lots of tea shops in Eyam at the end.
Meet at 10:15 at the free car park in Eyam (behind the P&D car park) for a 10.30 prompt start.
Friday 2 December 2016MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKETSLeader: Catriona
A stroll around the many stalls selling Christmas items with lots of seasonal food and drink. Exact details TBC.
Saturday 3 December 2016STAFFORDSHIRE HILLSLeader: Dave
Meet for a 10:30 start at Hanchurch Hills picnic car park just off the A519 south of J15 of the M6 (ST4 8SN – Drayton Road). 7 miles with some climbing.
Saturday 17 December 2016CHRISTMAS MEALLeader: Alison B
A Christmas Meal is to be held at the Pool Café Hathersage. 5.45pm for 6pm (TBC). Please let Alison know if you would like to attend and a £5 deposit is required.
Saturday 24 December 2016CHRISTMAS EVE WALK - HAYFIELDLeader: Sonia
An 8-mile horseshoe from Hayfield, going up William's Clough, along the edge of Kinder on the Pennine Way and back down to Hayfield. Steep climb up to the top of Kinder. Tea at Rosie's afterwards (if open) or mulled wine at the George. Meet at the camp site car park GR 048869 (NOT main Hayfield car park) 10:15 for a 10:30 prompt start. 8 miles, moderate.
Saturday 31 December 2016WILDBOARCLOUGH AND 3 SHIRES HEADLeader: Julian
Meet for a 10:30 prompt start at the off road parking by the Cat & Fiddle pub on the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield. The walk goes via Wildboarclough and 3 Shires Head with tea at the Peak View Tearooms at the end. Approx. 8 miles moderate.
Saturday 7 January 2017CHESHIRE MYSTERY HIKELeader: Dave & Elaine
Meet at Frodsham Station for a 10am start, this allows the 9:37 from Manchester to be late. Parking is available in the station car park accessed via an unmarked road opposite Sayers bakery on Church Street. The hike is 8-9 miles long taking in Frodsham Hill, The Sandstone Trail, Snidley Moor Wood and some fine views. There may be time for a drink afterwards!
Saturday 14 January 2017CASTLETONLeader: Paul
An 11 mile moderate walk leaving Castleton by Cave Dale, then over to Peak Forest. Returning via Rushup Edge and Mam Tor ridge. Meet at Castleton Village car park 10:15 for a 10:30 start.
Saturday 21 January 2017MANCHESTER INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE WALK – SURPRISES ALONG THE ASHTON CANALLeader: Juanita
An easy 8-mile walk along the Ashton canal from central Manchester, taking in the steepest street in the world, the oldest skewed bridge in England, Piccadilly Village, Chips Building, Holt Town, and the site of the Bradford Colliery. Possible detour to historic hall and finish in a mystery village. Tea somewhere along the way and beer and/or food at end. Meet 10.30 at Piccadilly Station.
Saturday 28 January 2017STANTON MOOR AND ROBIN HOOD'S STRIDELeader: Alison
Walk goes via Cowley Knoll, Stanton Moor, Birchover, Robin Hood's Stride and Elton. Possible refreshments on route. 9.4 miles and 1100 feet of ascent. Meet at 10:15 for a 10.30am start at Winster. Park at the eastern end of the village in the car park - HE: SO 246606.
Saturday 4 February 2017WERNETH LOWLeader: Mike and Cath
Walk goes from Werneth Low via Godley, Roe Cross, Broadbottom, Idle Hill & return to Werneth Low. Possible café or pub stop en-route. 9 miles easy/moderate. Meet at Lower Higham Visitors Centre (free parking) on Higham Lane, Hyde SK14 5LR for a 10:30 start.
Saturday 11 February 2017WILMSLOW WALK, BOARDGAMES AND CURRYLeader: Catriona
Walk 16- 18 Km (10-11 miles), R. Bollin Wilmslow to Prestbury, returning via Alderley Edge. 220 M ascent, Easy. Followed by takeaway and board games for anyone who is interested. Meet at Wilmslow railway station 10:15 for a 10:30 start. Parking available at Broadway carpark near Wilmslow leisure centre, but not Leisure centre car park.  All day parking £3.30
Saturday 11 February 2017MELTHAM AND MARSDENLeader: Malcolm
A 10 mile moderate walk near Huddersfield including the summit of West Nab and scenic views of the Wessenden Valley. Meet at 10.30 in the car park behind the Carlile Institute at Meltham. The address of the Carlile Institute is 54 Huddersfield Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, HD9 4AG.
Saturday 18 February 2017DARK PEAKS - BLACK HILLLeader: Julian
An 11 miles walk up Black Hill along the Pennine Way and returning via White Low. Could be boggy if it has been very wet! Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 prompt start at Crowden car park on the A628 Woodhead Road.
Saturday 4 March 2017LYME PARK CIRCULARLeader: Mike and Cath
A 9-10 miles easy/moderate walk going from Disley via Bollinhurst Reservoir, Bowstones, Keepers Cottage, West Parkgate and Elmhurst Cottage. Possible pub stop at end. Meet at Disley Station car park (on Manchester to Sheffield line) for a 10:30 start.
Sunday 5 March 2017MANCHESTER PUB CRAWLLeader: Yoshie
We are visiting pubs from Manchester to Wilmslow. Let's meet at Manchester Piccadilly (Piccadilly Tap, and possibly Port Street Beer House) at 12:00, and then move to Levenshulme (Fred's Ale House), Cheadle Holme (The Chiverton Tap) and Wilmslow (Old Dancers). Approx. 14 miles, but very easy because we will take trains.
Thursday 9 March 2017SOCIAL MANCHESTER - SUMMER PROGRAMME PLANNINGLeader: Julian
Time to meet and plan the Summer Programme for the next 6 months. Bring along your ideas for walks and/or social events or just come for a get-together. Thursday is Wetherspoons Curry Night!!
Meet from 7:15 at The Waterhouse (Weatherspoons nr. Town Hall Manchester).
Saturday 11 March 2017DUNHAM MASSEYLeader: Dave
An 8-10 mile walk around Dunham Park and Ashley area. Meet for a 10:30 start at the National Trust car park.
Saturday 18 March 2017LANGSETTLeader: Alison
The walk will go via the outskirts of Midhopestones, Penistone, Trans Pennine Trail, Hazlehead and Langsett Reservoir. Tea shop at the end. 10 miles. Meet at Langsett Barn car park 10:15 for a 10:30 start.
Saturday 25 March 2017HANCHURCH HILLSLeader: Dave
Meet for a 10:30 prompt start at Hanchurch Hills picnic car park just off the A519 south of junction 15 of the M6 (ST4 8SN – Drayton Road). A 10 mile walk with some climbing.
Saturday 1 April 2017STAFFORDSHIRE WAYLeader: Jonathan
A 10-12 mile walk along the Staffordshire Way from Froghall Wharf to Alton village and return.
Start 10.30 AM Froghall Wharf Picnic site & car park on the A52 - GR 028 476. Packed lunch, possible pub stop en route.
Saturday 8 April 2017PENDLE HILLLeader: Paul & Vanda
Approx. 12.5 miles around the Pendle Hill area. Meet for a 9:30 prompt start at Sabden village main car park (p&d) opposite the White Hart pub, GR 780374.
Saturday 15 April 2017HARTINGTON TO LONGNORLeader: Barbara
A 10 mile moderate walk taking in Sheen, Longnor, Crowdicate and Pilsbury Castle. Parking in the Market Square or pay and display car park. Tea shops at the end.
Meet at the Market Square 10:15 for a 10.30 prompt start.
Saturday 22 April 2017ILAM HALLLeader: Paul
A 12 mile moderate walk going via Thorpe and Dovedale to Milldale. Returning over the limestone uplands and Castern Hall. Meet at Ilam Hall NT car park 10:15 for a 10:30 start.
Saturday 29 April 2017CAVE DALE AND GREAT RIDGELeader: Alison
Walk goes via Castleton, Cave Dale, Windy Knoll, Man Tor and Lose Hill. Tea shop at the end. 9.5 miles and 1890 feet of ascent. Meet at Hope pay and display car park 10:15 for a 10.30 start.
Saturday 6 May 2017HARTINGTONLeader: Alison B
An 8 mile walk crossing from the Derbyshire side of the River Dove to the Staffordshire side, passing through Beresford Dale, Alstonefield and Wolfscote Dale. Tea shop at the end. Meet by the duck pond in Hartington for a 10.30am start.
Wednesday 10 May 2017HOLMESFIELDLeader: Alison B
A four mile evening stroll across farmland and meadowland and through woodland. Meet in the Rutland Arms car park at 7pm. Drink in the pub afterwards.
Saturday 13 May 2017THE HILLS EAST OF MARPLELeader: Julian
A Footprints walk as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester Walking Festival, taking in Roman Lakes, Brook Bottom, Robin Hood’s Picking Rods, Mill Brow and returning to Marple Bridge.  There will be afternoon refreshments at The Hare and Hounds or a coffee shop at end. 10-11 miles moderate. Meet at Brabyns Brow car park on A626 just west of Marple Bridge station.
Wednesday 17 May 2017HATHERSAGELeader: Alison
Meet at Hathersage car park opposite the swimming pool for a 7:30 start. The walk goes via Offerton Hall, Highlow and Leadmill Bridge, pub stop at end, 4 miles.
Saturday 20 May 2017BAMFORD EDGELeader: Paul
A 15 mile walk following tracks beside Ladybower reservoir and moorland paths to the impressive viewpoint of Bamford edge. Walking by way of Ashopton, Bamford Edge, Bamford, Ladybower resr. and Lockerbrook. Meet at 10:15 at Fairhomes car park SK173893 for a 10:30 start. 15 miles moderate.
Wednesday 24 May 2017MONSAL DALELeader: Paul
A 4 mile evening stroll around Monsal Dale. Meet at Monsal Head car park for a 19:30 start.
Saturday 27 May 2017THREE SHIRE HEADS AND AXE EDGE MOORLeader: Juanita
A 7-mile easy/moderate walk with choice of scenic lunch stops.  Peak View tea rooms at end. Meet at Cat and Fiddle car park on A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton 10.45 for 11.00 start.
Friday 2 June 2017STOCKPORT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVALLeader: Andreas
Join me for annual visit to Stockport Beer and Cider festival held at Edgeley Park Football stadium. Meet from 7pm. Free entry to CAMRA members before 7pm.
Wednesday 7 June 2017ASHFORD IN THE WATERLeader: Alison B
A four mile evening walk via Little Longstone and Monsal Head. Meet in the village car park at 7pm.
Saturday 10 June 2017BAMFORD EDGE AND STANAGE HIGH NEBLeader: Alison
Meeting at 10:15 for a 10:30 start at Hollin Bank picnic area/car park below Stanage Edge GR:SK 238837. The walk will go via Bole Hill, Bamford Edge, Cutthroat Bridge, Moscar and Stanage Edge. Possible tea shop in Hathersage. 10.4 miles and 1870 feet of ascent.
Saturday 17 June 2017GAWSWORTHLeader: Dave
Meet at 10:15 by the main church for a 10:30 start. An 8-10 mile easy walk around the Cheshire countryside. Gawsworth is on the A536 southwest of Macclesfield.
Wednesday 21 June 2017HOPELeader: Alison
Meet at Main car park in Hope for a 7:30 start. Walk via Aston and Brough. Pub stop at end. 4 miles.
Saturday 24 June 2017THE EDGES LINEAR WALKLeader: Barbara
A 12 mile walk along the gritstone edges on the eastern side of the Derwent Valley from Moscar Lodge to Calver. The walk will take in Stanage, Burbage, Froggatt and Curbar Edges. Generally downhill but still 915ft of ascent! Meet at the bus stop opposite the Derbyshire Craft Centre, Calver (GR SK244746) to catch the 10.50 bus. We should be walking by 11.30. Possible meal after the walk at the Derwentwater Arms in Calver (opens for food at 6pm).
Options for parking: those stopping for a meal can park in the Derwentwater Arms car park and walk round to the bus stop on the main road or park at the Curbar Gap p&d (free to NT members) and walk down the hill to catch the bus (approx. 1 mile) or park on the layby near the Bridge Inn. 
The Eating House (next to the Derbyshire Craft Centre) opens at 9am if you fancy a coffee/breakfast first. I expect to finish about 5.30/6pm because of the late start. Please check the website nearer the time for confirmation of bus times and fares. If you’d like a meal afterwards please let me know about a week before so I can let the pub have numbers.
Wednesday 28 June 2017TORSIDE RESERVOIR, LONGENDALE VALLEYLeader: Helen
Meet 7.15pm for 7.30pm start – Torside Car Park, B6105 (off A628), near Glossop. A 4 mile walk mainly along the Longdendale Trail but also taking in a bit of the Pennine Way and Torside Concessionary Path.
Saturday 1 July 2017WORTLEYLeader: Alison
Meeting at the car park on the Trans Pennine Train, 10:15 for a 10:30 start. The walk goes via Tin Mill, Green Moor, Black Moor, Trans Pennine Trail, Thurgoland, Crane Moor and Wortley. Possible refreshments on-route and tea shop at Wortley near the end. 10 miles.
Wednesday 5 July 2017CASTLETONLeader: Paul
Meet at Castleton village Car Park for a 19:30 start. A 5 mile walk around Castleton.
Saturday 8 July 2017CHAPEL EN LE FRITH CIRCULARLeader: Mike and Cath
Meet at 10:45 for an 11:00 start note late start time. Parking on Long Lane near secondary school or bus 199 or train (1.5 km walk from station) on Manchester to Buxton line. We will walk up Long Lane to Chapel station. Walk then goes via March Bank, Eaves, Bagshaw, Slack Ford, Bowden. Meal at the end (phone for details), likely to be New Inn, Chapel. Tea stop at Chestnut Centre Otter Owl and Wildlife Park. 9 miles easy.
Saturday 15 July 2017WESTERN EDGE OF KINDERLeader: Julian
A 12-13 mile moderate walk. Meet at Hayfield p&d car park for a 10:30 start. The walk goes via Burnt Hill, Mill Hill, up onto the Kinder Plateau to the Downfall, Kinder Low and back to Hayfield.
Wednesday 19 July 2017TORSIDE RESERVOIR, LONGENDALE VALLEYLeader: Helen
Meet 7.15pm for 7.30pm start - Torside Car Park, B6105 (off A628), near Glossop. A 4 mile walk mainly along the Longdendale Trail but also taking in a bit of the Pennine Way and Torside Concessionary Path.
Saturday 22 July 2017THURSTASTON COMMON - WIRRALLeader: Mark & Sue
Meet at Thurstaston Common car park north of Heswall on the A540 after the Cottage Loaf pub. A pleasant 8-9 mile walk through varied Wirral countryside taking in the Dee Estuary, woodland and nature reserve with afternoon tea along the way. 10:30 start.
Saturday 29 July 2017SOUTH HEAD AND BROWN KNOLLLeader: Paul
A 15 mile walk going via the Pennine Bridleway to South Head and Mount Famine. Returning from Kinder Reservoir by way of Edale cross and Brown Knoll. Meet at NT car park at Mam Nick SK123832 10:15 for a 10:30 start.
Wednesday 2 August 2017WHITE EDGE & CURBAR EDGELeader: Debbie
Meet at 7pm at The Grouse car park (grid ref 257 777) for a 5 mile easy walk.
Saturday 5 August 2017LLANGOLLENLeader: Paul & Vanda
Starting at 9:30 outside public toilets in Market Street next to short stay car park. 16 miles strenuous with lots of ascent/descent! Parking available in the p&d off East Street (£3:50 all day) just down from the short stay car park by the public toilets in Market Street in the town centre. Route: a mixture of Offa’s Dyke path and other paths up to Worlds End and about, Ponderosa, back down to Llangollen via Clwydian path.
Saturday 12 August 2017GOYT VALLEY CIRCULARLeader: Mike and Cath
Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 start at Buxton Railway Station. Parking on Burlington Road or p&d at Pavilion Gardens (or 199 Bus). Walk via Burbage, Goyt’s Moss, Wild Moor, Edgemoor, Bishops Lane. Café/Pub at end of walk.
Saturday 19 August 2017HIGH LEVEL AROUND CHATSWORTHLeader: Barbara
10 mile circular via Hell Bank Plantation, Hob Hurst's House and Dobb Edge. 1000ft of ascent. Meet at outside Beeley church, GR SK265676. 10.15 for prompt 10.30 start. Please park considerately in the village.
Saturday 26 August 2017KNOWL HILL AND COWPE MOSS, SOUTH PENNINESLeader: Andreas
Approx. 12 mile moderate circular walk to catch a skyline birds eye view of Manchester starting from Ashworth Reservoir near Rochdale going over Knowl Hill & Cowpe Moss. Meet 10:30am by Old Betts pub on Ashworth Reservoir. Grid Reference 830160. Possible pub meal after.
Saturday 2 September 2017WHITEGATE WAYLeader: Dave
Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 start at the car park at Old Whitegate Station. 10 miles easy – a pleasant walk around Cheshire countryside and the River Weaver Navigation.
Saturday 9 September 2017MELTHAM AND MARSDENLeader: Malcolm
A 10 mile moderate walk near Huddersfield including the summit of West Nab and scenic views of the Wessenden Valley. Meet at 10.30 in the car park behind the Carlile Institute at Meltham. The address of the Carlile Institute is 54 Huddersfield Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, HD9 4AG.
Sunday 10 September 2017SOCIAL: CREWE BEER FESTIVALLeader: Juanita
Meet at Crewe Railway Heritage Centre 12 noon. Trains from Wilmslow at 10.37, 10.48 arriving 10.53 and 11.06. Free entry includes admission to railway museum. Range of beers will be limited at this time as the event ends on Sunday at 3pm but many beers are sold off at half price later in the session. Trains return to Wilmslow 3.28 and 4.13. Other trains to Crewe obviously available from other stations. Details of how to get to the Festival from railway station at this link (10 minutes walk):
https://www.southcheshire.camra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=12630
Thursday 14 September 2017PROGRAMME PLANNING AND SOCIAL, MANCHESTERLeader: Julian
Time to meet up for a meal and drink and plan the programme for the next 6 months of walks and social events. Bring along your ideas or just come for a chat. Meet from 7:15 at the Waterhouse (Weatherspoon’s Curry Night) in Manchester.
Saturday 16 September 2017BACK TOR AND DERWENT EDGELeader: Alison
Meet at Fairholmes car park – Upper Derwent Valley 10.15 for 10.30 start. The walk will go via Abbey Brook, Lost Lad, Back Tor, Derwent Edge, Whinstone Lee Tor and Ladybower Reservoir. Kiosk at the end. 10.6 miles and 1,400 feet of ascent.
Saturday 30 September 2017BOLLINGTON, KETTLEHULME AND LYME PARKLeader: Julian
A Footprints walk as part of the Bollington Walking Festival. Meet 9:45 for a 10:00 start at the Bollington Main car park SJ 931780. The walk goes via White Nancy, Lamaload reservoir and into Lyme Park. 15 miles strenuous.
Saturday 14 October 2017CILCAIN AND MOEL FAMAULeader: Dave & Elaine
Nine mile circular with tea shop or pub at the end.
Meet in the Car Park (GR 170653) at 10:15 for a 10:30 start. Follow the road west, uphill out of Cilcain with the front of the pub on your right and the church on your left. After about ¼ mile turn left opposite the last house. Another ¼ mile brings you to a roadside car park. 
Saturday 21 October 2017BURY AND MOSES GATE COUNTRY PARKLeader: Dave
Meet at Prestwich Metrolink (Bury) for a 10:30 start. Walking via Moses Gate country Park. 10 miles moderate.
Saturday 4 November 2017THE ROACHES AND GRADBACH WOODLeader: Julian
A 12 mile moderate walk taking in Gradbach Wood, The Roaches, Black Brook and returning along the ridge to Danebridge.
Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 prompt start on the bridge at Danebridge (parking at side of road) off the A54. Map ref SJ965652
Saturday 4 November 2017WILMSLOW FIREWORKS AND BONFIRELeader: Julian
A visit to the annual Wilmslow Round Table bonfire and fireworks evening at the Carnival Fields in Wilmslow. Possible drink/meal afterwards at the Old Dancer. Tickets are £7:50 each if bought in advance or £10 on the day. Let me know by Thursday 2nd if you are interested and I will buy the advance tickets (or just turn up on the day). The displays start at 7pm. Changing facilities after the Roaches walk available at my house if required (let me know beforehand).
Saturday 11 November 2017HAYFIELD AND KINDER EDGELeader: Sonia
An 8-mile horseshoe from Hayfield, going up William's Clough, along the edge of Kinder on the Pennine Way and back down to Hayfield. Steep climb up to the top of Kinder. Teashop in Hayfield afterwards.
Meet at the camp site car park (NOT main car park) GR 048869 10:15am for a 10:30am prompt start. 8 miles Moderate.