Freshwalks

25
Jun

Mereclough and Worsthorne Moor

Mereclough – Hurstwood Reservoir – Widdop Reservoir – Worsthorne Moor – Cant Clough Reservoir – Mereclough

This classic moorland hike across the moors between Burnley and the Calder Valley traverses a post-industrial landscape and lonely upland reservoirs beneath gnarly gritstone tors.

10:00 - 15:00
15km
Difficulty - Medium
Packed Lunch
25
Jun

Putney Bridge & Barnes Circular

Putney Bridge – Thames Path – Barnes Bridge – Barnes Pond – Beverley Brook Walk – Putney Bridge

Our second walk in the capital city will see us head west from Putney Bridge along the increasingly rural riverbanks of the Thames. We’ll loop back on ourselves at Barnes Bridge, cutting back across the green spaces of Barnes Common to our starting point. For those with limited time to join us, there will be an option to participate in the first 5.5km of the walk only and catch the train back to Putney. Still a superb walk along the Thames.

10:00 - 12:30
8.5km
Difficulty - Easy
01
Jul

Derwent, Howden and Alport Castles

Upper Derwent Visitor Centre – Howden Reservoir – Alport Castles – Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

A truly epic circular hike of the Upper Derwent Valley, including stunning summertime forest and reservoir walking. The plan is to loop around Upper Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, heading in the direction of the remote Howden Moors. We then turn around and climb up towards the incredible Alport Castles before dropping back through the forest and along the reservoir to our starting point.

10:00 - 16:00
18km
Difficulty - Hard
07
Jul

Staunton Harold Reservoir & Calke Park

Staunton Harold reservoir – Melbourne Parks – Spring Wood – Calke Abbey – Staunton Harold reservoir.

For our second event in the East Midlands, we’re heading to Staunton Harold reservoir, one of the largest in Leicestershire and the historic Calke Abbey estate. We’ll explore the countryside and woods around the area at a leisurely pace so guests can network while exercising.

This reservoir loop and woodland walk straddles the Derbyshire and Leicestershire borders including the historic Calke estate, making it the perfect opportunity to link with networkers beyond your usual geographical remit.

10:30 - 13:30
10.5km
Difficulty - Moderate
Bring a picnic!
07
Jul

Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight – multiple options available

This time we are heading to the industrial garden village of Port Sunlight for the first time and delighted to once again be collaborating with Margo Storey (Heart of Liverpool Tours) for this hybrid walking tour experience.

If pressed for time, you can simply enjoy the 90 minute Port Sunlight tour on its own or join us for a further 60 minutes.

11:00 - 14:00
TBCkm
Difficulty - Very Easy
Picnic or Cafe TBC
09
Jul

Watergrove Reservoir

Dobbins Hill – Crooks Hill – Long Causeway – Brown Wardle Hill

Starting at Watergrove Reservoir car park, this walk initially heads up Dobbins Hill, climbing steadily towards the summit of Crook Hill and the historic pack route of Long Causeway.

We then continue towards Brown Wardle Hill – including a small drop-down to Little Middle Hill – all the while, enjoying views back over the reservoir. The route then comes full circle via the Rochdale Way back towards our starting point.

10:30 - 14:30
10.5km
Difficulty - Medium
Globe Inn, Wardle
14
Jul

Alderley Edge Circular

The Wizard – Alderley Edge – Daniel Hill – Hare Hill – The Wizard

Enjoy far-reaching views across the Cheshire plain from Alderley Edge and explore the surrounding woodlands and countryside.

This popular route is a perfect entry-level walk for Freshwalkers of all abilities and especially those with limited time to join us. We’ll return to our starting point around two hours later where you are welcome to join us for an optional picnic and refreshments outside the cafe.

10:30 - 12:45
7.5km
Difficulty - Easy
Picnic or Cafe TBC
16
Jul

Darwen Tower

Roddlesworth Information Centre – Slipper Lowe – Jubilee Tower – Sunnyhurst Reservoir – Roddlesworth Information Centre

Climb through the woodlands on the edge of town to explore the moors and the celebrated local landmark of Jubilee Tower commemorating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the granting of open access to the moors to the townsfolk of Darwen.

10:00 - 13:00
8.5km
Difficulty - Moderate