Marple and Peak Forest Canal

Marple – Peak Forest Canal – Roman Lakes – Marple

This walk is a perfect entry-level walk for Freshwalkers of all abilities and especially those with limited time to join us. Our route sees us heading south out of Marple along the Peak Forest Canal where we’ll enjoy the increasingly semi-rural waterside surroundings at a very gentle pace before crossing the River Goyt to head back along the river via the Roman Lakes into Marple Bridge.

10:30 - 13:00
Difficulty - Very Easy

Art and Heritage Tour

Enjoy a look at sculptures you may have walked past many times but never noticed, new public art about life in the Deansgate village, Georgian urban sketching, ‘that’ Deansgate photograph, L.S. Lowry and Adolphe Vallette. Followed by entry into the preview evening of The Manchester Art Fair.

Your ticket price includes access to the exclusive preview evening of Manchester Art Fair at Manchester Central which is where we’ll end the tour.

17:15 - 18:15

Edale to Ladybower

Edale – Mam Tor – Back Tor – Lose Hill – Win Hill – Ladybower Reservoir – Hope Cross – Jagger’s Clough – Ollerbrook – Edale

The day will start with a stiff climb up towards the peak of the Shivering Mountain, Mam Tor. We’ll then head along the ridge, with magnificent views in every direction, past Hollins Cross and Back Tor up to Lose Hill. After a quick descent into the Hope Valley, we’ll start our next climb of Win Hill, hopefully arriving for a spot of lunch around 1.30 pm. We then drop down to Ladybower Reservoir where we follow the shore for a couple of miles before a final climb back into the Vale of Edale. It’s a tough route that combines green valleys, jagged peaks, forests, moorland, reservoirs and crossing streams.

9:30 - 16:30
Difficulty - Very Hard
Old Nag's Head

Protest, Conflict and Peace

Hear ‘the voices of the people’ – workers’ voices, gay voices, women’s voices and more – as we explore Manchester’s history of Protest, Conflict and Peace.

We’ll meet outside Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square and finish 45 minutes later at Albert’s Schloss on Peter St where we’ll take lunch.

12:30 - 14:00
Albert's Schloss

West Kirby Circular

West Kirby – Caldy Hill – Royden Park – Thurstaston – Wirral Way – Marina Lake – West Kirby

This time, we have a brand new route heading out of a familiar starting point, West Kirby. We plan to take a circular loop taking in many of the highlights of this part of the Wirral, including Caldy Hill, Thurstaston Common and the Marina Lake as we head back into West Kirby.

9:00 - 15:30
Difficulty - Moderate
Wro Bar

Freshwalks Family - Chinley

Chinley – Cracken Edge – Chinley Churn – Chinley

The plan is to leave one of our favourite villages, Chinley and climb up towards Cracken Edge before heading past Chinley Churn. We’ll then drop down underneath the shadow of Mount Famine before returning to the tiny village of Whitehough for a late lunch. And remember, nanna and grandad are welcome too. Like the kids, they go free*!

9:30 - 14:00
Difficulty - Moderate
Old Hall Inn

Britannia Basin

Explore an area of the city beyond the Castlefield Basin, tucked away near the Bridgewater Canal. Once a rural idyll, then an industrial hub, and now a predominantly residential district, discover this ‘village’ within a city, with stories of Hulme Hall, rowing regattas, mills, molasses and 21st Century city living.

We’ll meet outside The Wharf in Castlefield and finish 45 minutes later at the Banyan Tree, Ellesmere St where we’ll take a buffet lunch of sandwiches, fries & salad.

12:30 - 14:00
The Banyan Tree

Hebden Bridge Circular (via Stoodley Pike)

Hebden Bridge – Stoodley Pike – Withens Clough Reservoir – Broadhead Clough Nature Reserve – Hebden Bridge 

This brand new circular route, starting in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is intended to bring together people from both Leeds and Manchester’s business communities. This will be a glorious May hike – with changing scenery including woodlands, reservoirs and moorlands – finishing in a charming market town easily accessible from both cities.

10:00 - 15:30
Difficulty - Medium

Vale of Edale Christmas Special

Edale – Grindsbrook Clough – Kinder Low – Brown Knoll – Rushup Edge – Mam Tor – Edale

For this festive adventure, we are blending a couple of our favourite routes and climbing both Kinder Scout and Mam Tor within the same walk.

We start the day down in Edale, scrambling up Grindsbrook Clough before heading along the edges of Kinder Scout towards Kinder Low. We’ll then cut across towards Rushup Edge via Brown Knoll before a final climb up to Mam Tor and then finally back down to our starting point in Edale via Hollins Cross.

8:00 - 16:00
Difficulty - Hard