Edale – Hollins Cross – Mam Tor – Rushup Edge – Upper Booth – Edale
For our next walk within social distancing guidelines, we’re once again heading to Edale and tackling the mighty Mam Tor. We intend to leave Edale car park at 09:30 and expect to return to the village sometime around 13:30 where, fingers crossed, a beer garden will be waiting for us.
This walk will move at a relaxed pace, to offer a slightly more ambitious opportunity for beginners used to easy or moderate routes. Nobody will be left behind.
Cheesden Valley – Deeply Vale – Ashworth Valley – Owd Betts
We will venture into the Cheesden and Ashworth Valley, nestled between Rochdale and Bury. An area full of heritage and ancient woodlands, Ashworth Valley was home to many early industrial revolution mills, the ruins of which can be spotted along the walk. During the 70s the Deeply Vale Music Festival was hosted locally, and we will travel through this area on the route.
We aim to start the walk at 10.30am and finish mid-afternoon at Owd Betts, an 18th century pub on the edge of Scout Moor. There is also a Granelli’s ice cream van if we get good weather.
Image: Tom Jeffs
Chinley – Chinley Churn – Cracken Edge – Chinley
A circular route, based out of the Peak District village of Chinley, this will be a superb summer evening hike with fabulous views of rural surroundings.
You will be able to take the 16:42 train from Manchester Piccadilly (calling at Stockport) to arrive in Chinley at 17:09. We expect to be back in Chinley just after 8pm where we will head to the excellent Old Hall Inn (in the neighbouring village of Whitehough) which should be fine to accommodate our group for some food and well-deserved drinks in its large beer garden.
Tatton Park – Tatton Mere – Old Hall – Tatton Park
We are heading to Tatton Mere for the first time – a perfect entry-level walk for Freshwalkers of all abilities and especially those with limited time to join us.
We’ll enjoy a glorious loop around Tatton Mere, stopping at the Old Hall in Tatton Park, halfway round, where there should hopefully be toilets open. We expect to arrive back in Knutsford around 16.00 where we’ll hopefully enjoy refreshments at a suitable venue, subject to current government guidance nearer the time.
Trentabank Reservoir – Macclesfield Forest – Shutlingsloe – Shining Tor – Lamaload Reservoir – Tegg’s Nose – Ridgegate Reservoir
This brand new route will take in Cheshire’s finest hills as well as some gorgeous forest and reservoir walking. A perfect summer hike for Freshwalkers who like to tackle our harder routes.
We end the walk at the Leather Smithy public house, not far from the car park at our starting point. Don’t forget, you will need to bring a good supply of water and a packed lunch. We also encourage you all to pay for and pre-order a pub meal for our return so the pub can plan and prepare accordingly.