Grindleford to Hathersage Lido

Grindleford – Padley Gorge – Burbage Rocks – Stanage Edge – Hathersage Lido

A scenic eastern Peak District railway hike from Grindleford to Hathersage Lido via Padley Gorge and Burbage Rocks

This brand new route begins in Grindleford where we soon start climbing the picturesque Padley Gorge. Our walk continues past Burbage Rocks and briefly onto the iconic Stanage Edge before our return descent into Hathersage just before 3pm.

Freshwalkers are then invited to enjoy a quick refreshing dip in the heated outdoor pool at Hathersage Lido, before heading to the fabulous Scotman’s Pack Country Inn which has a fine beer garden next to a trout stream and serves excellent pub food and beverages.

9:45 - 15:00
Difficulty - Medium
Scotman's Pack Country Inn

Walks for Women+: Higher Poynton Circular

Higher Poynton – Middlewood Way – Middlewood station – High Lane – Macclesfield Canal – Higher Poynton

Bringing business people together through the simple combination of walking and talking. For the latest in our Walks for Women+ series, we’re heading to Higher Poynton and the Middlewood Way for the first time.

This fairly flat circular route is a perfect entry level opportunity for Freshwalkers of all fitness levels mixing scenic canalside and straightforward trail walking.

We’ll return to our starting point sometime close to 13:30 and look to grab some refreshments and food inside The Boar’s Head.

The perfect walk to get back in the Freshwalks groove!

11:00 - 13:30
Difficulty - Easy
The Boars Head

Hebden Bridge Sunset

Hebden Bridge – Mankinholes – Stoodley Pike – Hebden Bridge

Our latest collaboration event with the largest business development organisation in the North West, Pro Manchester.

This classic circular walking route, starting in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is perfectly located for the business communities of both Manchester and Leeds to join us for some fantastic networking in the hills.

We expect to take a relatively late picnic stop up at Stoodley Pike and there’ll be opportunities to refuel and snack en-route too.

We should return to Hebden Bridge shortly after sunset with plenty of trains returning in both directions and enough time to enjoy a quick drink in the village at the end of the walk.

17:30 - 21:00
Difficulty - Medium
Self-support (food and drinks)

Gastrowalks: Freemasons At Wiswell

An exclusive series of short countryside walks and long leisurely lunches at the UK’s top gastropubs. Outstanding netwalking and culinary experiences for business leaders. This promises to be a walk – and a lunch – to remember.

We’ll set out past the remains of Cistercian Whalley Abbey, crossing the River Calder to climb the steep escarpment of the Nab, before rejoining the river and recrossing to enter the stately parkland of Read Hall.

From here we head up the Sabden Valley then start the steep ascent of the foothills of Pendle, crossing the ridge between an Iron Age hillfort and the remote grave of an executed medieval robber. After admiring the views out over the Ribble Valley, we’ll descend sharply to the fellside village of Wiswell and the welcoming delights of the Freemasons.

Currently ranked 5th in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastro-pubs in the UK, chef Stephen Smith serves up classic English cuisine with a contemporary twist in a relaxed and convivial environment.

10:00 - 15:00
Difficulty - Moderate
Freemasons At Wiswell

Macclesfield Forest to Leek

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

This challenging walk starts in the magnificent setting of Macclesfield Forest and finishes just outside Leek, Staffordshire.

The route takes in many of the South West Peak District’s finest highlights. Including ‘the Matterhorn of Cheshire’, Shutlingsloe, the waterfalls and plunge pool at Three Shires Head, the chasm at Lud’s Church and the peaks and pools of The Roaches – a near perfect linear walk across three counties for the dedicated Freshwalker.

A three counties odyssey taking in many highlights of the South West Peak District. This one is going to be very special – don’t miss out. Return minibus places will be limited.

9:00 - 16:30
Difficulty - Very Hard
The Cafe at Gradbach

Walks for Women+: Marple & Strines

Marple – Peak Forest Canal – Strines – Roman Lakes – Marple

A splendid canal and riverside walk south of Marple. This route is a perfect entry level walk for Freshwalkers of all abilities and 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 gentle pace.

After about an hour, we leave the canal and head in the direction of Strines before following the river back into Marple Bridge via the Roman Lakes.

We should arrive back around 13.15 where we’ll head to a suitable cafe or pub for refreshments and some optional lunch.

10:30 - 13:30
Difficulty - Easy
Village pub TBC

Edale Sunset

Edale – The Nab – Kinder Scout – Grindslow Knoll – Edale

Our latest collaboration event with the largest business development organisation in the North West, Pro Manchester.

Edale is a small village at the start/end of the UK’s first and most famous long distance walking path – the Pennine Way. Our route heads through the village before we begin the initial stiff ascent of Kinder Scout.

We zig-zag upwards via The Nab before we start to head east along the southern edges of the plateau. We will pass the top of Grindsbrook Clough – a potential picnic spot for us – before reaching the highest point of the walk at Grindslow Knoll which offers fabulous panoramic views of the Vale of Edale.  From this point, we begin our descent back to our starting point, dropping rapidly into the valley below.

17:30 - 21:00
Difficulty - Medium
The Penny Pot Cafe

Three Dark Peaks Challenge

Edale – Kinder Low – Kinder Downfall – Mill Hill – Bleaklow – Black Hill – Marsden

We’re collaborating with Tink Adventures to deliver a summer charity challenge walk in support of the Peak District National Park Foundation.

At Freshwalks, we share their belief that the Peak District National Park should be enjoyed and protected for everyone forever.

The Three Dark Peaks, from Edale to Marsden takes us on a classic Dark Peak odyssey involving Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill inside a single but very long day. For context, this walk is longer and involves more uphill walking (approx 10-15%) than the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

7:30 - 21:30
Difficulty - Challenging
Self-support (food and drinks)