Our walks programme lasts for six months, from April to September, and October to March.
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Hartington and nearby dales
From Hartington (where there are toilets) we'll make our way through Beresford Dale and Narrow Dale to reach Alstonefield. We descend to Milldale where we'll probably have lunch. From there we'll follow the River Dove upstream to reach Biggin Dale. It's then up Biggin Dale, through the nature reserve and then back to Hartington through the fields
Tegg's Nose and Shutlingsloe
This is a circular walk starting from the car park at Trentabank Reservoir. The route takes us to Ward's Knob and the assent of Tegg's Nose. The route then heads off to Forest Chapel and through the Macclesfield Forest leading to a climb to the summit of Shutlingsloe. From there we return to Trentabank Reservoir.
It's black and it's a hill. If ever there was an underwhelming name for a hill this is it. It's quite a good walk though as we climb up from Crowden to Laddow Rocks following the Pennine Way to Soilder's Lump.
The walk is boggy in parts so boots and gaiters are recommended.
Drinks served afterwards in the Bull's Head, Tintwistle
Northern Dark Peak
Exact route yet to be decided but it will likely be a circular from Dunford Bridge to Ramsden Clough and back
Beeston Castle, Buwardsley and Raw Head
Explore Cheshires Casrte Country and the Peckforton Hills. Beeston Castle perched on a rocky crag 350ft above the cheshire plain, built in the 1220s by Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, on his return from the Crusades.? This walk takes in pleasant field paths, sandstone caves as well as a climb to Raw Head, although only 745ft, the highest point in the Peckforton Hills, was once consider on only 3 Marilyns in Cheshire, and should provide extensive views across the Cheshire Plains, the castles and beyond.
Farleton Fell and Hutton Roof Crags
Farleton Fell and Hutton Roof Crags are near junction 36 of the M6 and with great views across Morecambe Bay, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District mountains.
This strenuous walk will start at 09.30 and covers 12 miles with 2000ft (600m) of ascent.
The walk starts near the Hideaway cafe and follows the Lancaster canal for a short distance before going through Farleton village and taking a very steep ascent up the side of Farleton Fell where the limestone pavement provides spectacular scenery with views in all directions. Hutton Roof Crags are more wooded and the return trail includes a mix of fields, woods and lanes.
Holcombe Moor and Peel Tower, Ramsbottom
Starting below Peel tower, this walk follows the line of the ridge, eventually climbing up to the moor at Beetle Hill. We will join part of the Rossendale way to circle Tor Hill, before returning to Holcombe moor across to Peel Tower to complete a figure of eight back to where we started.
If the weather is clear we should have views right the way back over to manchester and beyond.
Meeting Point - Lumb Carr Road car park.
The car park is free.
If you come from the bottom of the hill and pass the pub you've gone too far.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park - including Clayton West and Emley
This walk will take in the wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park, crossing lovely countryside to the village of Clayton West, climb up to Emley, across to Bank Wood and back to Bretton Common
Heptonstall and Crimsworth Dean
Celebrate the clocks going forward with a walk starting from the hilltop village of Heptonstall then descending along the wooded valley of Crimsworth Dean before ascending up onto moorland affording fine views across to Stoodley Pike and the surrounding hills.
We will join the Pennine Way for a mile or two on the return to Heptonstall where there will then be the opportunity to explore the cobbled streets of the village and have refreshments before heading home.
Generally on good paths but there are sections which are likely to be muddy; there is one section on the return which follows a rocky path above a steep woodland hill, whilst not extreme, it may be unsuitable for those who don’t have a head for heights.
Please contact me in advance if you wish to bring a dog with you so that we can discuss suitability of the walk as there are restrictions in place on certain sections due to livestock.
Number of walks: 9