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 from Kinder Scout.

We intend to start the walk from Edale train station at 06:30. As we start this walk in the dark, you will need to bring a torch (ideally a headtorch), wear warm layered clothing including waterproofs and either walking boots or shoes.

You’ll also need to bring your own drinking water, perhaps some breakfast and a flask of something hot for when we stop to enjoy the sunrise view around 07:40. We should arrive back in Edale a couple of hours later (approx 10:00) where you can stay on for some cooked breakfast and a hot drink.

6:30 - 10:00
Difficulty - Hard
Self-support (food and drinks)

City Express: Castlefield & New Islington

Castlefield – Rochdale Canal – New Islington – Ashton Canal – Kampus

A 5km urban netwalking event brought to you in partnership with Pro.Manchester and designed to work within the busiest working schedule.

We’ll meet outside The Y Club on Liverpool Road and venture through the heart of the city along the Rochdale Canal. We’ll leave the canal in Ancoats to cut through New Islington and then join the Ashton Canal to head back into town past Paradise Wharf.

At the end of the walk, we invite you to join your newly made contacts for some optional lunch at Nell’s Pizza, Kampus, where the walk will end.

12:30 - 13:30
Nell's Pizza, Kampus

Old Glossop and Bleaklow

Old Glossop – Cock Hill – Clough Edge – Bleaklow Head – Higher Shelf Stones – Doctor’s Gate – Old Glossop

We’re heading back to our roots with a classic walk from Old Glossop up to Bleaklow. We’ll climb steeply towards Cock Hill before reaching Clough Edge and sweeping out towards Bleaklow and Higher Shelf Stones.

We intend to leave our meeting point in Old Glossop approximately 09:30 and expect to return to the village sometime around 15:30.

Don’t forget, you will need to bring a good supply of water and your own packed lunch. It’s a long day. More information will be supplied in the week before the walk.

9:30 - 15:30
Difficulty - Hard
Self-support (food and drinks)

Hope Sunrise

Hope – Derwent Valley Heritage Way – Ladybower Reservoir – Win Hill – Hope

Welcome to Freshwalks and our latest sunrise walk designed to allow the busiest professionals to join us for some early morning steps and still have the lion’s share of a working day ahead of them. This is a new route for this format which offers outstanding views across the Hope Valley and Ladybower Reservoir.

We intend to start the walk from Hope train station at 07:30. You can either drive and meet us there or catch a train from Manchester Piccadilly at 06:40, arriving in Hope at 07:32. We’ll start the walk as soon as the Manchester train lands. We should be back in Hope around 10:30 where you are welcome to join other walkers for breakfast at the Edwardian Tearooms, Old Hall Hotel.

7:30 - 10:30
Difficulty - Medium
Edwardian Tea Rooms (Old Hall Hotel)

Walks for Women+: Higher Poynton Circular

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

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 intend to meet outside The Boar’s Head from 10:45 onwards and start the walk no later than 11:00. We’ll return to our starting point sometime close to 13:15 and look to grab some refreshments and food inside The Boar’s Head.

10:45 - 13:30
Difficulty - Easy
The Boar's Head

Grindleton Fell from Clitheroe

Clitheroe – West Bradford – Grindleton Fell – Waddington – Clitheroe

We start in the market town of Clitheroe and meander alongside the River Ribble before climbing up into the rugged uplands on the southern fringe of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering expansive views over Pendle and the Ribble Valley and across to the Bowland Fells.

A long descent takes us into the picture postcard village of Waddington, where we have the option of pausing to rehydrate at one of three excellent cask ale and food pubs, before a short final stretch back into Clitheroe.

For those who are still thirsty, there’s then the option of taking further refreshment at one of the UK’s best cask ale brewery taps: the award-winning Bowland Beer Hall.

10:00 - 15:30
Difficulty - Medium

Hebden Bridge to Gaddings Dam

Hebden Bridge – Mankinholes – Gaddings Dam – Pennine Way – Stoodley Pike – Broadhead Clough Nature Reserve – Hebden Bridge 

This brand new circular hiking route from Hebden Bridge across the moors to Gaddings Dam (high up above Todmorden) is perfectly located for the business communities of both Manchester and Leeds to join us for some fantastic networking in the hills.

Walkers coming from Manchester can take the 08:57 train from Manchester Victoria to arrive in Hebden Bridge at 09:25.

Walkers coming from Leeds can take the 08:42 train to arrive in Hebden Bridge at 09:30.

We’ll meet outside Hebden Bridge train station and the walk will start as soon as the second train lands. Walk starts: 09:30

There are plenty of trains returning in both directions after our return and hopefully enough time to enjoy a drink and some food at the end of the walk. Public toilets at Hebden Bridge station.

9:30 - 16:00
Difficulty - Hard
The Old Gate, Hebden Bridge

City Express: Castlefield to MediaCity

A 5km urban netwalking event brought to you in partnership with Pro-Manchester and designed to work within the busiest working schedule.

We’ll meet outside Deansgate train station, cutting through the heart of Castlefield to venture out of town along the Bridgewater Canal. We’ll pass Pomona before crossing the Irwell via the Millennium Bridge into the heart of MediaCity. The walk should take approx one hour at a decent pace and we’ll start at precisely 12pm.

At the end of the walk, we invite you to join your newly made contacts for some optional lunch at The Alchemist though you can head straight back into Manchester on the Metrolink should you need. Journey time approx 15 mins.

12:00 - 14:00
The Alchemist