Updates From Walk Leaders


Neither the Wilmslow Guild nor the walk leader can accept responsibility for loss, damage or injury incurred on any of the Group activities.

Non members are welcome to join any walk subject to a charge of £2 per walk payable to the leader.

Walkers who decide to go straight to the start of a walk should let the leader know in good time with a contact number. Failure to do this may mean walkers are are not notified of any last minute cancellation or changes to the walk in the event of adverse weather etc. at the decision of the leader.

Mileage Charges
Due to the ever increasing fuel charges the committee has reviewed the charges and drivers may charge 10p per mile for any members having lifts.

Details will appear below on information received from walk leaders.

Any information should be sent to Peter Attwell at moc.liamtoh|llewttamp#moc.liamtoh|llewttamp

Monday 17 June 2019 Abbeystead (nr Lancaster) 9 mls easy/mod Leader: Peter Riley

Meeting Point Lindow Car Park to leave by 9.30am

Start of Walk The Vicarage/War Memorial/Christ Church, Abbeystead Road, Abbeystead Post Code LA2 9BE Grid Ref SD 552 545 Explorer OL41

Travel Time 1 hr 15 mins Distance 63 mls

Directions to Start Travel north on M.6 and exit at J 33. After 200 yds turn left at A.6 roundabout then immediately left again onto Hampson Lane. Go 0.5 mls and TR ar T-junction ( direction Dolphinholme). Travel 1.1 mls and TL at 2ND crossroads (dirn Dolphinholme). After 0.5 mls bear left (dirn Abbeystead) and in 0.3 mls, at mini roundabout, bear right onto what is signposted as Starbank Lane (dirn Abbeystead). Travel for exactly 2.3 mls and park up on grass verge outside a nondescript stone barn on the RHS which displays a small notice board saying “ Christ Church”. It’s easy to miss. If you get as far as the T-jn turn round and come back.

Details of Walk This is a fairly easy walk which explores the upper reaches of the River Wyre. There isn’t much climbing - though it may be a bit muddy in parts.

Please let me know if you are going direct to the start.
Leader Peter Riley tel 07974773245

Thursday 20 June 2019, Kinder Downfall, moderate/hard grade, leader Simon Duffy, 10.7km / 6.7mi, 511m ascent, 4.5hrs.

Outline: A classic route up the steep Kinderlow End onto the plateau, along past Kinder downfall and down from Sandy Heys to the reservoir.

Walk start: Bowden Bridge car park, 165 Kinder Rd, High Peak, SK22 2LH. Grid Reference SK 04867 86950. OS map OL1.

Directions: Meet at Lindow Common Car Park to leave at 09:30. Turn right onto Racecourse Rd. Turn right onto Altrincham Rd/A538. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A538. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto MacLean Way/A34. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Storeys Way/Wilmslow - Handforth Bypass/A34. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A555 slip road to Poynton/Bramhall. Merge onto Manchester Airport Eastern Link Rd/A555. Turn right onto A6. Turn left onto Albion Rd/A6015. Turn right onto Chapel Rd/A624. Turn left onto Church St. Turn right onto Bank St. Continue onto Kinder Rd. Bowden Bridge Car Park is on the right. 39 min / 17.3 miles.

Route: Bowden Bridge car park, Tunstead Clough, Kinderlow End, Kinder Low, Kinder Downfall, Sandy Heys, Kinder reservoir, Bowden Bridge car park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI5NTE5OQ==
Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0002

Contact: Simon Duffy +44 7843567842 moc.liamtsaf|yffudnomis#moc.liamtsaf|yffudnomis

Monday 24th June Castleton Ridge from Hope 8.5 miles Moderate Leader Angela Legge

Meet at Lindow Common to leave at 9.30am.

The walk starts from Hope car park OS grid ref SK171834. Approx postcode S33 6AA. £5.20 all day parking but there is also free parking on the main road.

Directions to the start: Take the airport relief road to the A6 and turn right towards Buxton. Continue through Disley to A6 dual carriageway. Turn left at sign to Edale and Castleton. Pass Mam Nick car park and turn left down Winnats Pass. At the bottom turn left towards Castleton. Proceed through Castleton to Hope. The car park is on the main road on the right. An alternative route is via Pott Shrigley and Ketteshulme. 26 miles, approx 45 minutes. If going direct to the start please be ready to walk by 10.30am.

Walk description: Starting from the village of Hope we ascend Lose Hill before following the "Great Ridge" to Back Tor, Hollins Cross and Mam Tor.The views are superb on both sides, with Edale and Kinder to the right and the Hope Valley to the left. We descend to Castleton via Winnats Pass before following a pleasant riverside path back to Hope.

Angela Legge 07885 870 688

Sunday 30th June Alport Castles from Derwent Reservoir 8 miles moderate leader Donald Henderson

Meet as usual at the Guild to leave by 9.00am.

This 8 mile walk starts at the Fairholme car park near the Derwent reservoir dam (Grid ref 172892 on Ordinance Survey OL1 or postcode S33 0AQ. This is a Severn Trent Water managed park with toilets and refreshments and there is a £4.70 charge for the day.
Probably the best route to the start is via Pott Shrigley and Whaley Bridge where you should turn left at the lights to join the A6 to avoid the road closure in Chapel en le Frith. Turn left off the A6 at Chapel on to the A6187, through Castleton, Hope etc and eventually turn left to Bamford on the A6103. Continue to the Ashopton and turn left on to the A57, Snake Road. Turn right immediately after the bridge and follow the road to the car park.
If you are going directly to the start, please be there by 10.15 and let me know by email, text or phone on 07919 055 941. The journey is about 35 miles and should take a little over an hour on a Sunday morning.

As I write this, I haven’t had the opportunity to recce the walk due to family commitments and weather conditions but I hope to do it this week before I go on holiday for a week from Friday. If not, we’ll jointly find our way round I’m sure!!

Donald Henderson 07919 055941

Thursday 4 July Around Ffrith Mountain, Mold. 8 miles. Moderate. Leader Bob Swinburne

Leave Lindow Common car park at 9.30am to drive to Loggerheads Country Park Visitor Centre.
Sat Nav Postcode CH7 5LH. Grid Ref SJ200628.

Travel details
47 miles. Approximately 55 minutes.
From Lindow Common car park find your way to the M56. Merge onto the M56 at junction 6 travelling westwards towards Chester. At the end of the motorway merge onto the A494 (North Wales Expressway). At junction 33B leave the Expressway but continue on A494 (Mold Bypass) following the signs to Ruthin. After 7 miles watch out for the “We Three Loggerheads” inn on the left. The entrance to the Loggerheads Country Park Visitor Centre is on the opposite side of the road after 100 yards.

We meet in the car park. The car park is £5 all day (sorry!)

Walk Description
We last walked this route in September 2016. This delightful walk starts at the Visitor Centre and follows the line of the old water course built to carry water for the mining operations in the area. We cross Devil’s Gorge and follow the whole length of the Alyn Valley before returning to the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre has a good café where caffeine addicts can obtain a coffee before walking and tea/coffee and cakes after we finish. The “We Three Loggerheads” inn is a pleasant hostelry where some walkers may care to dwell before journeying home, should their driver be of a similar disposition.

Please note that all ascents and descents are gradual. Poles may be useful but are not essential.

If going directly to the start please let me know in advance and be ready to walk for 10.30am.

Bob Swinburne 07803501947

Monday 8 July 2019 Derwent Edge from Ashopton, 9.5 miles, moderate Leader Beverly Harrison

Meet at Lindow Common to leave at 9.30am.

Park on the roadside near Ashopton as near to Ladybower Inn as possible. S33 0AX , GR: SK 203 684. If you come via the Snake Pass this is after the bridge across Ladybower on the A57. If from Bamford, the Inn is on the right after the traffic lights.

We take the path behind the Inn on a slow ascent to Derwent Edge via Back Tor, and Lost Lad. The descent is vis Green Stitches and Briery Side and then along the reservoir. There are the usual undulations but no steep climbs or descents. We should have great views and see the unusual rock formations ,- Wheel Stones, Salt Cellar, Cakes of Bread etc.

The journey should take app. 1 hr. and is app. 31 miles from Wimslow. Let me know if you are going to the start and meet near the Ladybower Inn.

Beverly Harrison 01625 928 1093

Wednesday 17 July 2019, Dovestones Edge, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy, 11.6km / 7.2mi, 481m ascent, 4hrs.

Outline: A circuit that visits Alphin Pike, Chew reservoir and Dovestone Edge.

Walk start: Dovestone reservoir car park, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7NE. Grid Reference SE 01350 03433. OS map OL1.

Directions: Meet at Lindow Common Car Park to leave at 09:30. Turn right at Racecourse Rd. Turn left onto Altrincham Rd/A538. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Wilmslow Rd/A538. At Hale Four Seasons Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M56 slip road to Manchester/M'cr Airport. Merge onto M56. Keep left at the fork to stay on M56. Merge onto M60. At junction 23, exit onto A6140 towards Ashton-u-Lyne. Merge onto A6140. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Manchester Rd/A635. Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto Park Parade/A635. Keep right to stay on Park Parade/A635. Slight left onto Wakefield Rd/A635. Slight right onto Bank Ln. Dovestone reservoir car park is on the left.

Route: Dovestone reservoir car park, Intake Lane, Alphin Pike, Chew reservoir, Rabs Rocks, Dovestones Edge, Dovestone Reservoir car park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI5NTIzNg==
Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0004

Contact: Simon Duffy +44 7843567842 moc.liamtsaf|yffudnomis#moc.liamtsaf|yffudnomis

Wednesday 14 August 2019, Clough Edge, moderate grade, leader Simon Duffy, 9.1km / 5.7mi, 359m ascent, 4hrs.

Outline: A surprisingly remote walk from Torside reservoir to Clough Edge and Rhodeswood Reservoir. Though only a short distance and a small height gain this hike should not be underestimated. The first half of this route involves much desperate fighting through sheep trails in knee-high heather and a steep descent to a stream. The struggles are rewarded by lunch at a secluded pool, followed by a gentle stroll downhill along the Pennine Way and the very flat Trans Pennine Trail.

Walk start: Torside car park, B6105, Glossop SK13 1JF. Grid Reference SK 06781 98368. OS map OL1.

Directions: Meet at Lindow Common Car Park to leave at 09:30. Turn right at Racecourse Rd. Turn left onto Altrincham Rd/A538. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Wilmslow Rd/A538. At Hale Four Seasons Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M56 slip road to Manchester/M'cr Airport. Merge onto M56. Keep left at the fork to stay on M56. Merge onto M60. At junction 24, Use the left lane to take the A57 exit to M67/M'cr City Centre/Denton/Hyde/Sheffield. At Denton Island, take the 3rd exit onto M67 heading to Hyde/Barnsley/Sheffield. Keep right to stay on M67. At Hattersley Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hyde Rd/A57. Turn right onto Woolley Ln/A57. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Woolley Bridge Rd. Slight left onto 68/NCN 62/Woolley Bridge Rd. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on 68/NCN 62/Woolley Bridge Rd. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Bankbottom. Continue onto Brosscroft. Turn right onto Padfield Main Rd. Turn left onto Woodhead Rd/B6105. Torside car park is on the right. 43 min / 26.5 miles.

Route: Torside car park, Wildboar Clough woods, Long Gutter Edge, Clough Edge, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Torside car park.

Viewranger website: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI5NTI2Nw==
Viewranger app shortcode: SJDMD0006

Contact: Simon Duffy +44 7843567842 moc.liamtsaf|yffudnomis#moc.liamtsaf|yffudnomis

Sunday 25 August. Whitegate Way & River Weaver 7.5 miles Easy/Moderate.

Leader Bob Swinburne

Leave the Guild car park promptly at 9.00am to drive to the Station House Café, Clay Lane, Whitegate Way, Northwich

Sat Nav Postcode CW7 2QE. Grid Ref 617678

Travel details

From the Guild car park find your way to the A556 travelling towards Chester. After crossing the bridge (painted blue) over the River Weaver in 5 miles look out for The Blue Cap pub on the right. After 0.3 miles turn left at the traffic lights onto Dalefords Lane. After 1.6 miles turn right onto Clay Lane. After 0.7 miles cross the traffic light controlled single lane bridge and in 50 yards turn sharp left signposted Whitegate Station.

We meet in the car park just past the cafe. The car park IS FREE! Note that the café opens at 10am.

Walk Description As this is the last walk in the current programme I thought we deserved something flat, which this walk is! I have only graded the walk as Easy/Moderate due to the fact that it is 7.5 miles. The walk follows the Whitegate Way, to make a round of the countryside of Cheshire’s Vale Royal area. The walk follows a mix of paths and tracks and passes through meadows, woods, two lock systems and a stretch along the banks of the River Weaver.

If going directly to the start please let me know in advance and be ready to walk for 10am.

Bob Swinburne 07803501947

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