Britannia Basin

Discover somewhere new.

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, autumnal 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

Victorian Crime City

Murder, Sherlock, Fighting, Martyrs, Swindlers.

Join us on an after-work, walking tour exploring the dark underbelly of Manchester. Hear tales of desperate deaths through violence and poverty, a brilliant real-life Sherlock Holmes, teenage street fighting gangs, the Manchester Martyrs, brutal life in the slums, crooked swindlers, and maybe even a headless baby and a lost graveyard!

17:30 - 18:30
Marble Arch Beerhouse

New Mills to Marple

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

For the first in our Christmas Classic Trilogy, we’re heading to New Mills for the first time and embarking on a linear 9km walk (mostly flat) along the canal and river into Marple Bridge where our group will enjoy a festive tipple in front of a roaring fire.

This is a perfect entry-level walk for Freshwalkers of all abilities.

10:45 - 14:00
Difficulty - Easy

Lyme Park Via Disley

Disley – Cage Hill – Lyme Park – Bowstones – Disley

Join us in the wonderful setting of a National Trust estate for a half-day 13km hike. This time, we are walking from Disley Station around Lyme Park, taking in the famous cage and the ancient Bowstones. We should arrive back in Disley village just ahead of sunset.

This is our second walk in the Christmas Trilogy of Festive, Friday routes!

11:00 - 16:30
Difficulty - Medium
The Ram's Head

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

Freshwalks Family - Marsden

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

The plan is to leave one of our favourite villages, Marsden, and climb up past Butterley and Blakeley reservoirs before joining the Pennine Way. Our journey heads out onto the wild moors past Black Moss and Swellands Reservoirs before returning to Marsden via the Standedge Trail.

10:30 - 14:30
Difficulty - Medium
Riverhead Brewery Tap

Kinder Sunrise

Edale – Grindslow Knoll – Grindsbrook Clough – Ringing Roger – Edale 

We invite you to join us for some uphill, early morning walking before hopefully witnessing a glorious morning sunrise.

The plan is to head through the village and quickly pick up the steep paths of Grindslow Knoll – aiming to arrive at the top (above 600m) by 07:30. We’ll walk a bit further and likely settle at the top of Grindsbrook Clough to enjoy the breaking dawn with a flask of hot tea or coffee at hand. Sunrise will be approx 08:00.

6:30 - 10:00
Difficulty - Hard