Freshwalks. The classic experience.

Our Classic walks are the original Freshwalks experience; in the countryside, on the coast, in the mountains and on the moorlands. From easy half-day 8km rambles to epic full-day 30km treks, these walks offer the perfect blend of networking and exercise all year round. No matter the weather.

Allow yourself or your team a day out of the office to boost physical fitness, improve mental wellbeing and bond with other like-minded business professionals over a shared sense of achievement.

The rush of adrenaline and release of endorphins will almost certainly tinge you with that legendary Freshwalks feeling. It’s positively contagious. And if not, the home-cooked pub food and locally brewed ales will surely do the trick for you.

  • Exercise to improve physical fitness
  • Improve mental performance
  • Connect and collaborate with like minded professionals
  • Reduce stress, increase creativity
  • Push your comfort zone, shared sense of achievement
  • Pub food and drinks to celebrate

Caer Caradoc & The Lawley

Church Stretton – Caer Caradoc – The Lawley – Church Stretton

Church Stretton is a market town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It was nicknamed Little Switzerland in the late Victorian and Edwardian period for its landscape, and became a health resort.

Our route heads up Caer Caradoc (459m), a distinctive hill of volcanic rock which offers panoramic views including The Wrekin, Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge, and on a clear day as far as the hills in North Wales and the Brecon Beacons. The remains of an ancient Bronze or Iron Age hill fort can be found on Caer Caradoc summit and, unlike at many such sites, the remnants of the defensive ditches can easily be seen.

9:00 - 15:30
Difficulty - Hard
Village pub TBC

Walks for Women+: Tegg's Nose Meadows

Tegg’s Nose – Teggsnose Reservoir – Gulshaw Hollow – Gritstone Trail – Tegg’s Nose

An early summer wander around Cheshire’s wild hill country where rock dominates the landscape.

For the latest in our Walks for Women+ series, we’re heading back to Tegg’s Nose in Macclesfield.

This hilly little route is a perfect opportunity for Freshwalkers used to our easier routes and looking for something slightly more challenging. It’s a walk that will pack a lot of punch inside 5 miles offering diverse scenery – fantastic countryside views from Tegg’s Nose itself as well as woodland and reservoir walking down below.

10:30 - 14:00
Difficulty - Moderate
Village pub TBC

Bleaklow Sunset

Glossop – Lightside – Higher Shelf Stones – Lower Shelf Stones – James’s Thorn – Old Glossop

A midsummer evening trek into the remote wilderness of Bleaklow with the largest business development organisation in the North West, Pro Manchester.

We will climb the steep banks of Lightside, heading towards the hulking, intimidating moorland expanse of Bleaklow. Then, veer off towards Higher Shelf Stones to reach the wreckage of the B29 superfortress bomber, overexposed.

We’ll then drop off Lower Shelf Stones via James’s Thorn back into Old Glossop, perhaps for a quick drink in a pub before heading home.

17:30 - 21:30
Difficulty - Medium
Self-support (food and drinks)

Clitheroe & Waddington

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
Self-support (food and drinks)

Women in Property - Hilbre Island

West Kirby – Red Rocks – Hilbre Island – West Kirby

The unbridged tidal islands of Hilbre are a beautiful place for walking and spotting rare and endangered wildlife. The islands are an archipelago, and classed as one of just 43 unbridged tidal islands in the UK that can be reached on foot from the mainland.

We’ll head along the coast to Red Rocks before walking across the Dee Estuary to discover this archipelago, consisting of three islands, straddling the England and Wales border.

Then, head from Little Eye past Middle Eye to Hilbre Island itself where we’ll take a picnic lunch before heading back via a more direct angle towards West Kirby.

11:00 - 15:00
Difficulty - Moderate
Village pub TBC

Grindleford to Hathersage Lido

Grindleford – Padley Gorge – Burbage Rocks – Stanage Edge – Hathersage Lido

A scenic eastern Peak District railway hike from Grindleford to Hathersage Lido via Padley Gorge and Burbage Rocks

This brand new route begins in Grindleford where we soon start climbing the picturesque Padley Gorge. Our walk continues past Burbage Rocks and briefly onto the iconic Stanage Edge before our return descent into Hathersage just before 3pm.

Freshwalkers are then invited to enjoy a quick refreshing dip in the heated outdoor pool at Hathersage Lido, before heading to the fabulous Scotman’s Pack Country Inn which has a fine beer garden next to a trout stream and serves excellent pub food and beverages.

9:45 - 15:00
Difficulty - Medium
Scotman's Pack Country Inn

Walks for Women+: Higher Poynton Circular

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

Bringing business people together through the simple combination of walking and talking. For the latest in our Walks for Women+ series, we’re heading to Higher Poynton and the Middlewood Way for the first time.

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’ll return to our starting point sometime close to 13:30 and look to grab some refreshments and food inside The Boar’s Head.

The perfect walk to get back in the Freshwalks groove!

11:00 - 13:30
Difficulty - Easy
The Boars Head

Hebden Bridge Sunset

Hebden Bridge – Mankinholes – Stoodley Pike – Hebden Bridge

Our latest collaboration event with the largest business development organisation in the North West, Pro Manchester.

This classic circular walking route, starting in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is perfectly located for the business communities of both Manchester and Leeds to join us for some fantastic networking in the hills.

We expect to take a relatively late picnic stop up at Stoodley Pike and there’ll be opportunities to refuel and snack en-route too.

We should return to Hebden Bridge shortly after sunset with plenty of trains returning in both directions and enough time to enjoy a quick drink in the village at the end of the walk.

17:30 - 21:00
Difficulty - Medium
Self-support (food and drinks)