Old Roan to Aughton

Old Roan – Maghull – Melling – Lydiate – Aughton

This route starts at Old Roan railway station and takes in large sections of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. It passes through Aintree, Maghull, Melling, Lydiate, quiet picturesque country lanes of West Lancashire and pleasant tree-lined roads in the Parish of Aughton before ending at Town Green railway station.

9:00 - 15:30
Difficulty - Moderate
The Stanley Arms

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey Circular 

This time we are heading back to Dunham Massey – a perfect entry-level for Freshwalkers of all abilities and especially those with limited time to join us.

We intend to start the walk from the main car park and will set a very gentle pace around the grounds of this wonderful National Trust estate. We’ll return to the Stamford cafe around 12.30pm for tea or coffee, further chat and perhaps even a spot of optional lunch.

10:30 - 12:30
Difficulty - Very Easy
Stamford cafe

Macclesfield to Leek

Macclesfield Forest – Shutlingsloe – Three Shires Head – Lud’s Church – The Roaches – Meerbrook

For a January winter classic adventure, we are repeating our August 2019 route, starting in Macclesfield Forest, finishing just short of Leek.

The route takes in many of the South West Peak District’s finest highlights, including ‘the Matterhorn of Cheshire’, Shutlingsloe, the waterfalls at Three Shires Head, the chasm at Lud’s Church and the glorious views from The Roaches – a near-perfect linear walk for the dedicated Freshwalker.

9:00 - 17:30
Difficulty - Very Hard
The Lazy Trout

Confederates, Canals and Cotton

This walk will explore some of Liverpool’s oldest medieval streets. We’ll learn about the important role played by Liverpool during the American Civil War and the city’s unofficial Confederate Embassy, about the cotton trade and its legacy and the importance of the canals.

Our mission is to get Liverpool’s business community walking much more. To encourage behavioural change that will undoubtedly improve the health and wellbeing of the working population and positively affect business productivity. You are also going to meet some amazing people, make valuable business contacts and return to the office buzzing with energy and ideas.

Liverpool Entente Cordiale Tours is led by Julie Kershaw, an official Liverpool Blue Badge Tour Guide. There’ll be several nuggets of historical insight sprinkled across our walks around Liverpool city centre but Freshwalks City is also about light exercise on carefully selected routes that will stimulate interaction and conversation among our guests.

12:30 - 14:00

Cwm Ivy and Whiteford Sands

Llanmadoc – Cwm Ivy – Whitford Point – Broughton Bay – Llanmadoc

We warmly invite the business community of Swansea, Llanelli, Port Talbot and further afield to join us for a fabulous day of walking, talking and fresh air.

Whiteford Burrows and Sands, located at the most northern point of the Gower, gives walkers a feeling of wilderness unlike any other part of the Peninsula. A stunning combination of sandy beaches, pine forest, coastal path and salt marsh provides great walking, wildlife spotting and headspace.

13:00 - 17:00
Difficulty - Moderate
Britannia Inn Pub

Northern Quarter Public Art

The tour tracks the transformation of the Northern Quarter since the 1970s when it was in decline in the wake of the Arndale Centre opening.

The area, the one with the highest density of protected buildings in the city, was cited by cultural icon Tony Wilson in the early 90s as being ‘our Detroit’ owing to a mass evacuation of businesses. Abandoned and ruined it was the public art that turned the area around from 1998 onwards, discover that original arts trail and be surprised at what you find!

This is the first collaboration with Hayley Flynn of Skyliner.

12:30 - 14:00
Crazy Pedro's

Vale of Edale Sunrise

Edale – Mam Tor – Hollins Cross – Back Tor – Lose Hill – Hope

For our second Sunrise event in the Hope Valley, we invite you to join us for some uphill, early morning walking before hopefully witnessing a glorious morning sunrise.

The plan is to leave the village immediately and quickly pick up the paths that climbs towards Mam Tor – aiming to arrive at the top (517m) by sunrise at 07:32. It will require a fairly steady pace to do so. After a short break, we’ll then walk along the ridge towards Lose Hill, facing the sunrise. We should arrive in Hope before 10:00 where we will head to the Tea Rooms at the Old Hall Hotel for a traditional Derbyshire breakfast.

6:30 - 10:00
Difficulty - Hard
Old Hall Hotel

Freshwalks Family - Broadbottom to Coombes Edge

Broadbottom to Coombes Edge Circular

For another half-term Freshwalks Family special and a brand new route, we’ll be heading to Broadbottom, east of Manchester.

Family means… bring yourself… bring your loved ones… bring your parents… bring your kids… and of course, bring your dogs. Everyone is welcome.

11:00 - 15:00
Difficulty - Medium
The Harewood Arms

Manchester Music Tour

Manchester Music – It’s all about the love!

A musical whizz through Manchester’s great music heritage from rambling on Sundays, via the Showbiz Hotel, down a hole in the neighbourhood, falling in love, not being in love, reaching for love, love tearing you apart, one love, tainted love, to who knows where… who knows when.

We’ll meet (at 12.30pm) on the front steps of Manchester Art Gallery before taking a 45 minute walking tour around the city centre on the theme of Manchester Music.

12:30 - 14:00
Atlas Bar

Styal Country Park

A perfect entry-level walk.

We’ll enjoy a glorious riverside walk as we network along the Bollin Valley and the historic estate around Quarry Bank Mill. Discovering the woodland landscape we plan to loop out close to the runway at Manchester Airport and back again towards Styal Country Park.

10:30 - 13:00
Difficulty - Very Easy
The Ship Inn