Walking Programme 2021
Government restrictions in England have now been relaxed (NB different rules apply to activities in Wales), and we no longer have to limit numbers, carry out formal risk assessments or keep records, so it is no longer necessary to book places on WebCollect. However we still ask people to be mindful of their own and others' safety, and to observe good hygiene practice and social distancing, where possible.
Please do not attend if you show symptoms of Covid, or if you or someone you live with has tested positive.
All walks are provisional and subject to change. Watch this page and check your emails for updates nearer the time.
Saturday 24 April 2021
Stoodley Pike from Withens Clough Reservoir. (SD 987233) Circular walk. Moderate 5.5 miles to ease us all back into walking. This walk is restricted to 6 people in total due to car parking so booking on Webcollect is essential. Please put your name on the reserve list if the walk is full in case anyone drops out.
Ascent 777ft (237m), Descent 780ft (238m). Meet 9.30 am.
Saturday or Sunday 15/16th May
Whaley Bridge to Chinley Churn, nearly reaching Hayfield and back to Whaley Bridge.
11 miles. Approx time 5 hours allowing for breaks.1400 feet of ascent. Some parts moderately strenuous with superb views from both sides of the ridge. Potential to visit The Navigation Pub on return to Whaley.
There will be 10 places on this walk. Booking will be via Webcollect on a first come first served basis with a small reserve list. Please watch out for email updates to inform when Webcollect is open for bookings.
Sunday 27th June
The Howgill Fells walk.
Circular walk from Sedbergh to The Calf (highest point in The Howgills) and onto Cautley Spout. Return to starting point by walking back along the valley. Approx 797m ascent and10 miles.
Saturday 17th July
Walk from Mellor Church to Cown Edge and Coombes Edge via Robin Hoods Picking Rods. Returning across farm land to the start.
Arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start. Grid ref: 983 889 on Dark Peak Explorer OL1 map
Free car park in front of the vicarage at Mellor church. Good views throughout.
Walk length: 8.5 miles
Saturday 21st August
Harrop and Todd Brook Valleys from Pott Shrigley. 11 miles with some ups.
Park on the left side of Shrigley Road just as you leave Pott Shrigley (heading south to Bollington), before the national speed limit sign and Spuley Lane on the left. OL24 946791
Meet up time - Arrive in time to set off at 10.30.
Saturday 4th September (this may change to Sunday 5th if conditions are better)
North Wales Langollen area. Route takes in World's End and Ruabon Mountain.
23rd or 24th October. Day to be confirmed nearer the time to get the best weather etc.
Route. Starting from Haweswater (Lake District). Gatescarth Pass, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street, descend via Long Stile and Rough Crag. 13.4 Km. (approx. 8 miles)
Provisional start time 9.30am
Saturday 20th November
Route. Start at 10am from Rowarth carpark – OS OL1 012892 – initially SE then S before turning NNE over Lantern Pike, continuing roughly N over Matley Moor. Then NW heading to Coombes Rocks, N to Coombes Edge, then W along the edge before turning SW across the valley then heading up S past Far Slack and Near Slack, back to Rowarth.
Saturday 18th December
President's Walk. Nelson's and Wellington's Monuments via the Eastern Edges.
Starting from Birchen Edge car park (next to the Robin Hood) and going over Birchen, White Edge, Curbar, Baslow and Gardoms. Approx 8 miles, with several opportunities to cut it short if the weather is grim. And it finishes at the pub!
Arrive 10am for 10:30 am start.
Walk Organisers can download a template Risk Assessment form and Guidelines for Walk Organisers here
Please respect the countryside and follow the Countryside Code
Many club members like to bring their dogs along, and provided they are well-behaved and kept under control this is not usually a problem. Dogs may be excluded from CRoW Access Land (except on rights of way). Please check for any restrictions before bringing your dog.
Please remember that even where there are no bird restrictions, your dog may disturb ground-nesting birds,and other wildlife as well as farm animals. Dogs found worrying farm animals could be shot. The Countryside Code has some specific advice for dog walkers.
Please always clean up after your dog.