Our walks programme lasts for six months, from April to September, and October to March.
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Treacle Market walk
A walk followed by a social ... or a social preceded by a walk?
Either way, this week you're in for a real treat!
Setting off from the car park in Commercial Road (just at the rear of Arighi Bianchi), we wander close to the remnants of a grand town house and up the hill to join the canal. From here we turn towards Bollington and follow the canal for a few miles. Leaving the canal along one of the many footpaths, we head towards Kerridge and take the exhilarating climb to the summit of Kerridge ridge famous for the folly of White Nancy. Pausing here for photos, or just to admire the views across Cheshire and into Wales to the west, Manchester, Lancashire and more to the north or even Staffordshire, Shropshire and the promise of marvel of the West Midlands to the south - it really is a treat! We do move off eventually though .. following the ridge to Kerridge End before taking quiet roads and footpaths back to the cars.
The real real treat though is following the walk ...
The Treacle Market is fast becoming THE place to visit in the lead up to Christmas. It seems as if half of the North West visits Macclesfield to spend money on it's many attractions - which may or may not include treacle. Our plan is to soak up the atmosphere by buying a sausage (bun optional), and admiring the market from the inside of the Snow Goose - an independant hostelry at the edge of the town centre. It's very much an optional social event, and you should feel free to admire the markets from a little closer, whilst I ensure that the said Snow Goose remains open for the duration. Those of you with us last year will remember the Snow Goose as the place we finished the social at, having visited Tempranillo earlier in the afternoon.
Car parking can be a real challenge on market day - so the plan is to street park in Commercial Road - postcode SK10 1LL, but meet at the pay car park opposite the rear of Arighi Bianchi. If the streets are full, the car park is reasonable at about £2 a day.
Arriving by bus or train is possible if you want to enjoy the afternoon - just let me know what time you arrive at the station and I'll come to meet you. Please remember that we start at 10.00 AM sharp though, so please bear that in mind.
- Child friendly
- Moor, heath
- Open country
- River, canal
- Park, green space
- Lake, pond, reservoir
- Country park
- Wildlife, nature
- Open access land
- National Park
Mellor (and 3 Brook Bottoms) from Strines
This easy figure of eight walk starting from Strines train station takes us through the Mellor countryside passing by a reconstructed Roundhouse and former archaeological site before turning back south over Mellor Moor which has great views of Kinder.
- Festival of Winter Walks 2017/2018
Post Christmas midweek walk
Walking from Hayfield and taking in one or two of the surrounding hills.
The start time is 11am to allow time for a breakfast stop before the walk - more details to follow...
The Roaches & Ramshaw Rocks
The group's first walk of the year is a must for anyone wanting to keep fit and healthy after the festive season. We will walk up and around the gritstone escarpment known as The Roaches which is situated in the South West of the Peak District.
- Festival of Winter Walks 2017/2018
Peak District -Tideswell / Miller's Dale
Circular walk- exact route to be decided but probably taking in Tideswell, Miller's Dale and Monk's Dale
Ainsdale to Formby
A winter LINEAR COASTAL walk along the Sefton Coast,mainly walking along the beach with fine views to Blackpool Tower, The Lakeland Fells,the Clywdian Hills and the Irish Sea Shipping Lanes.
Walking boots advised although heavy duty trainers would fit the terrain.Note the coast is very exposed, so if inclement weather perhaps a ' golf ' unbrella used as a walking stick and would provide some shelter for lunch !!
A long but lovely circular walk that starts in the village of Witherslack in south Cumbria. The route passes through the small nature reserve of Latterbarrow before climbing up Yewbarrow which has great views of mountains and sea. Dropping down into the valley we walk along under Whitbarrow Scar before climbing up onto Whitbarrow itself which is also a nature reserve. We descend to the village of Mill Side and make our way back across the fields to Witherslack and the Derby Arms pub for refreshments. (12.5 miles and 2,200ft of ascent).
Linear walk: Hope to Bamford via Ladybower
Starting from Hope station the walk goes via Yorkshire Bridge and the Ladybower dam on the way to Ladybower Tor. Then down to Cutthroat Bridge before the climb onto Bamford Edge with great views of Win Hill and up along the Snake Pass valley. We'll then drop down into Bamford village and end the walk at the station car park.
Alderley Edge Circular Walk
A circular walk from Alderley Edge around the fields, lanes and woodland. Fine views of the peak district and Jodrell Bank if the weather is clear. Plenty of mud.
There are toilets at the walk start
Number of walks: 10