Edale Circular (Summer Family Special)

Edale – Grindslow Knoll – Ringing Roger – Edale

The plan is to leave one of our favourite villages, Edale, and make our way towards the impressive Grindslow Knoll which commands fine views over the Vale of Edale. We’ll then head along the edges of Kinder Scout before our descent back into the village from Ringing Roger.

This walk is a family special, so, remember, nanna and grandad are welcome too. Like the kids, they go free! (T&C apply)

We’ll start the walk at 09:30 and expect the route to take between 3 and 4 hours – though please respect that we will move at a pace the entire group is comfortable with.

9:30 - 13:00
Difficulty - Moderate
Old Nag's Head

Ramsbottom: Holcombe Hill and Peel Tower

Ramsbottom – Peel Tower – Holcombe Moor – Stubbins – River Irwell – Ramsbottom

This walk explores the magnificent views and countryside above the charming market town of Ramsbottom and its fine pubs, cafes and restaurants. Along the way there’ll be plenty of heritage including old mills and churches, Peel Tower and Pilgrim’s Cross. Aside from woodland and sweeping views across North Manchester this walk ends with a delightful riverside meander back to Ramsbottom.

We aim to start the walk at 10.45am and finish mid-afternoon back in Ramsbottom where we’ll head to a suitable venue for optional refreshments and food.

10:45 - 14:00
Difficulty - Moderate

New Mills and Mellor Cross Circular

New Mills – Mellor Cross – New Mills

This brand new route is a perfect entry level walk for Freshwalkers of all abilities and especially those with limited time to join us. We intend to meet in the car park of the Pack Horse Inn from 10:15 onwards and start the walk no later than 10:30. We’ll return to the pub around two hours later where you are welcome to join us for optional refreshments and lunch – subject to government guidance at the time.

We’ll enjoy a glorious circular walk that heads up to Mellor Cross and provides stunning views across the Manchester city region and of the higher peaks in the other direction.

10:30 - 12:30
Difficulty - Easy
The Pack Horse

Kinder Edges

Edale – Jacob’s Ladder – Kinder Low – Kinder Downfall – Fairbrook Naze – Seal Edge – Blackden Edge – Ringing Roger – Edale.

This time, a long-overdue return of one of our epic challenge routes to coincide with the 88th anniversary of the legendary Mass Trespass event of 24 April 1932.

We will walk an entire clockwise loop of Kinder Scout and take in the wild, remote northern edges with breathtaking views out across Black Ashop Moor.

9:30 - 18:00
Difficulty - Challenging
Old Nag's Head

Elvaston Castle

Thulston – Elvaston Castle Country Park – Derwent Valley Heritage Way – Ambaston – Thulston

For our first event in the East Midlands, we’re heading to the wonderful Elvaston Castle Country Park.

After a leisurely stroll around the castle estate and along the river we expect to return to the pub around 2pm where hopefully you can join us for a well-deserved drink and some optional lunch.

11:00 - 14:00
Difficulty - Easy
The Harringon Arms

Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland

Clitheroe – West Bradford – Grindleton Fell – Waddington – Clitheroe

Join us for a relaxed ramble through the Ribble Valley and up onto the foothills of the Bowland Fells in one of Lancashire’s last remaining wild places.

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.

10:00 - 15:30
Difficulty - Moderate
Bowland Beer Hall

Styal Country Park

Bollin Valley – Quarry Bank Mill – Manchester Airport – Styal Village

A perfect entry-level walk.

We’ll enjoy a glorious riverside walk as we network along the Bollin Valley and the historic estate around Quarry Bank Mill. Discovering the woodland landscape we plan to loop out close to the runway at Manchester Airport and back again towards Styal Country Park. We expect to arrive back in Styal village close to 12.30 where we’ll head to The Ship Inn for refreshments and some optional lunch where you can continue to network into the afternoon at your own leisure.

10:30 - 12:30
Difficulty - Very Easy
The Ship Inn

Knowl Hill Circular

Ashworth Moor Reservoir – Knowl Hill – Naden Reservoirs – Hail Stone Hill – Scout Moor – Cheesden Pasture – Ashworth Moor Reservoir

Starting at the famously haunted Owd Betts pub opposite Ashworth Moor reservoir this fantastic route explores the wind farms on Scout Moor. This walk initially takes you up to the trig point on Knowl Hill before dropping through Naden reservoirs. The route then heads steadily uphill again, passing Top of Pike before reaching the highest point of the Forest of Rossendale at Hailstorm Hill.

We then begin the descent back down Cheesden Pasture towards our starting point. Prepare for some breathtaking views that stretch as far as the Cheshire plain on these less beaten than usual paths.

10:00 - 15:00
Difficulty - Medium
Owd Betts Pub