John Fisher and David Bratt
This article is from Signpost 50, January 2016
NOTE: Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and bring lunch. If you are travelling on public transport, please check rail/bus times before setting out. You are responsible for your own safety during the walk. PNFS walk leaders reserve the right to exclude anybody from the walk.
See also the complete current walks programme.
The short walks in PNFS’s walks programme are up to 8 miles long and occur each month. New Leaders are urgently required for the walks.
We would like to see the Walks programme become more integrated with the work of the Society, and therefore ask Footpath Inspectors to consider leading a walk, enabling them either to provide evidence of use of paths which may be disputed, or to help beat out a marked route on little-used paths.
We operate Short walks in most of the areas covered by PNFS, except for the more distant ones such as South Yorkshire.
To register interest, please contact John Fisher (01625 439298, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Longer walks attract 10-15 lively participants and take place on the last Wednesday of the month (except December - second Wednesday). Distance covered is typically 10-12 miles, usually in hilly terrain, with a combined ascent of 1000-2000 ft.
Railway transport is the norm (departing from Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria after 09:30 - we are big into minimising cost!). Thanks are due to a great team of leaders and the inspirational walks they conjure up.
In 2015, walks started from all points of the compass across our PNFS patch (Buxton, Hope, Littleborough, Greenfield, Matlock, Hebden Bridge, Irwell Vale, Romiley, Kidsgrove, Disley, Broadbottom and Stalybridge). The combined knowledge of the regulars on matters animal, vegetable and mineral is quite awesome, with differences of opinion being resolved by stalwart sources of knowledge such as Wikipedia. On one of our walks, it was heartening to come across our signpost artist-renovators hard at work.
On the final walk of the year (my lead), we visited a special Grid Ref at the confluence of squares SJ / SD / SE / SK, it being SE 00000 00000 (as confirmed by various GPS’s!).
Post walk, it is the true measure of the leader to find a decent pub / Wetherspoons and a nice tradition of the group is that while Pete Gunn’s friend does not actually walk with us, he always turns up in the appointed pub!! Come and join us – you will be made very welcome.
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