Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle – Derwent Valley Heritage Way – Ambaston – Elvaston Castle

We’re heading back to the gorgeous and historic Elvaston Castle Country Park. We’ll explore its maze of paths and further afield, the Derwent Valley Heritage Way at a leisurely pace so guests can network while exercising.

After a leisurely walk, we’ll either head to the cafe in the courtyard or take a picnic lunch somewhere appropriate in the grounds, abiding by whatever rules are in place at the time.

10:30 - 13:30
Difficulty - Easy
Wyatt's Cafe

Macclesfield Forest Circular

Trentabank Reservoir – Macclesfield Forest – Lamaload Reservoir – Shining Tor – Three Shires Head – Shutlingsloe – Trentabank Reservoir

This route will take in Cheshire’s finest hills as well as some gorgeous forest and reservoir walking. A perfect winter hike which should hopefully end with a sunset view from the Cheshire Matterhorn, Shutlingsloe, for Freshwalkers who like to tackle our harder routes.

Don’t forget, you will need to bring a good supply of water and a packed lunch.

9:00 - 16:30
Difficulty - Very Hard
Leather's Smithy

Walks for Women: Marple & Strines

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

Join us for 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.

10:30 - 13:30
Difficulty - Easy
Norfolk Arms

Freshwalks Family (Edale)

Edale – Mam Tor – Rushup Edge – Edale

The plan is to leave one of our favourite villages, Edale and head up the Shivering Mountain of Mam Tor. We’ll be walking a bit further than our inaugural route and climbing up to 544m along Rushup Edge. The route will then see us drop down and return to Edale. Remember, nanna and grandad are welcome too. Like the kids, they go free!

9:30 - 14:00
Difficulty - Medium
The Rambler Inn

The Yellow Hills and Hoghton Bottoms

Pleasington – Witton Country Park – Billinge Hill – Hoghton Bottoms – River Darwen – Pleasington

Join us for a stunning rural ramble that explores the suburban fringes of Blackburn and paying homage to the greatest fellwalker of all. Starting at Pleasington station, we climb up into the Yellow Hills before dropping down to the River Darwen at Hoghton Bottoms to admire the cascades then returning to the start point to catch an afternoon train back into town.

10:15 - 14:00
Difficulty - Moderate

Pendle Done Proper

Pendleton – Nick of Pendle – Pendle Hill (Big End) – Pendleton

This challenging nine-mile circuit avoids the popular and increasingly busy honeypot routes to explore the lesser-known crags, cloughs and ghylls on the rugged slopes of Pendle. We start in the pretty village of Pendleton and climb to the Nick o’ Pendle before walking along whaleback ridge to reach the summit trig on the ‘Big End’ for outstanding views over the Ribble Valley, Forest of Pendle and up to the Limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales.

On a clear day, the Lakeland Fells and even the mountains of Snowdonia should be visible.We return via the western edge of the summit plateau descending beside one of the steep cloughs on the western flank to return to our start point.

10:00 - 14:00
Difficulty - Hard
Swan with Two Necks