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2017: Challenging Hikes, City Walks & Much More

03 January, 2017

Hello Freshwalkers, a quick preview of our plans for 2017. After an amazing couple of years that have seen hundreds of the North West’s finest hike many thousands of miles, Freshwalks is evolving. More dates, new routes and the launch of a brand new regular format.

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Grindsbrook, with a Bit of Luck

28 August, 2016

Perhaps the last of our summer walks as the 8.49am train from Manchester Piccadilly snaked through the Pennines towards glorious Edale on Friday morning. Despite Thursday’s deluge, the weather had stayed true to a consistently optimistic forecast all week long. Dry, sunny and as warm as you’d wan...

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Chasing Stones on Bleaklow

25 June, 2016

With a background context of the EU referendum result, it seemed a perfect morning to escape the distinctly sombre mood at Manchester Piccadilly train station and head for the hills beyond Glossop. It had been over a month since our last walk, creating a real itch for the outdoors – evidenced ...

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Slide Away (and Give it All You’ve Got)

12 March, 2016

Due to a busy March diary, this was a relatively quick follow-up to our last hike across the Kinder plateau, when over thirty Freshwalkers yomped from Edale to Glossop only a fortnight earlier. Nonetheless, another twenty-four hardy but expectant souls gathered outside Glossop train station so...

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Edale Valley: Hills, Chills and Bellyaches

17 January, 2016

The first Freshwalks of 2016 and potentially the freshest to date, scanning the weather forecast in the week prior. Yikes. For the first time, I reluctantly switched the route with 48 hours to go as Kinder Scout threatened to present blizzard like conditions and temperatures to c...

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It’s Networking, But Not As We Know It.

08 November, 2015

Turning up at Carluccio’s at Piccadilly Station I was greeted by a worried looking Michael Di Paola. Thom Hetherington, co-founder of Freshwalks and our guide for the day, was forced to drop out due to a dodgy knee and Michael wasn’t confident of the chosen route. However, this problem wasn’t ins...

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Confessions of a First Time Freshwalker!

21 October, 2015

Hi, my name is Joanna and I am a Freshwalker. There, I said it. More importantly, I actually did it! Having initially joined the roll call back in July, I’d finally persuaded myself that this was going to be the one – and what a walk it was! As a resident of Liverpool and some...

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September Kinder Surprise

20 September, 2015

A month on from our Edale soaking and the latest crew were primed and ready to pen another chapter in the Freshwalks story. The forecast had been knife-edge stuff all week but now poised to come good as a mostly dry day loomed large. In terms of the group, I was excited but nervo...

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Edale (Water Levels) Rising

17 August, 2015

Sold out, with a waiting list to boot. Over fifty walkers had signed up for what would surely be a glorious mid-August walk with a fortnight to go. Suntan lotion at the ready and I’d even considered the possibility of lumping some disposable family BBQs up Jacob’s Ladder. Oh yes, this would be a ...

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