Walk with us

Peak & Northern Footpaths Society members regularly get together for sociable walks in the countryside. All members are welcome. Prospective members are especially welcome because a walk is a great way to find out more about us.

There's usually a short walk (5-9miles on the second Wednesday of each month, and a longer, usually hilly walk (9-12 miles) on the last Wednesday of each month. In addition there are monthly walks on a Saturday. Typically midweek walks are accessible by public transport and weekend walks by car. We always advocate car sharing where possible.

If you're coming on a walk, please wear appropriate clothing for the conditions, bring any essentials and lunch. If you're travelling on public transport, please check rail/bus times before setting out. You're responsible for your own safety during the walk and PNFS walk leaders reserve the right to exclude anybody from the walk.

The description of each walk includes the leader's contact details, who if you are a member will be pleased to answer any questions. If you're not yet a member, please email Ken Smith, or call him on 07918 154959. Walk leaders are Society members, which also means they're volunteers.

We're always looking for new walk leaders, if you think you could be one, please see more information near the bottom of this page.

Wednesday, 29 May  (Long)  BILL MINSHALL  07771 985 846   bill.minshall@btinternet.com

THREE PEAKS OF THE POTTERIES WALK A return ticket to Stoke Railway Station required. Get off on the outward journey at Kidsgrove Railway Station for the linear walk to Stoke Railway Station. 9:46 am train from Manchester Piccadilly arrives at Kidsgrove at 10:31 am. The route goes over three former coal mines Chatterley Whitfield, Sneyd and Hanley Deep. Refreshments will be at the Glebe Pub in Stoke. Dependent on the final route it should be about 10 miles. WALK STARTS AT 10:35 am ST7 1BX

Wednesday, 12 June  (Short)  BRIAN LOMAS  0161 688 5237   r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

FAILSWORTH TO STALYBRIDGE Meet Brian at 10 o’clock outside Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge ( former Woolworths building ) Piccadilly Gardens for onward bus travel (No 76 Stand D) to Failsworth. Walk along undulating footpaths and quiet lanes to Stalybridge. Distance 7.5 miles Return by train from Stalybridge. SJ844983

Saturday, 15 June    SIMON WORRALL  07702 582486   srsworrall@gmail.com

***Date changed from 1 June***. Approximately 8 mile circuit from the hamlet of Rowarth, in the Peak District National Park nestled in the hills between Marple Bridge and New Mills. 1,200ft of ascents mainly on the route from Rowarth up to Cown Edge rocks, passing two unusual PNFS signposts. Following decent footpaths, including the Pennine Bridleway, towards and up Lantern Pike (PNFS part funded toposcope at summit) before heading back to Rowarth along a quiet lane and farm tracks possibly via The Little Mill public house on the edge of the hamlet. Meet at Rowarth car park, off Goddard Lane (SK22 1EF; GR: SK01156 89212; W3W: pipes.forensic.rewriting). Walk will start at 10:00am.

Wednesday, 26 June  (Long)  ROSS MYDDELTON   07941 547 378   r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

SILVERDALE TO CARNFORTH Starts with route up to The Pepperpot monument with spectacular views of Morcambe Bay and Bowland Fells. Walk includes Thrang Brow, Cringle Barrow Hill and Warton Crag to finish in Carnforth. 10 miles and 1300 ft ascent. 8:50 am train from Manchester Piccadilly arrives Silverdale at 10:30 am WALK STARTS 10:30 LA5 0SP

Saturday, 6 July    MICK CHATHAM  07792 709198/01706 379318

Cragg Vale Coiners walk. Starts 10:15 from Mytholmroyd railway station at the bottom of the slope on the Cragg Road. 11 miles walk visiting the abodes of some of the Cragg Vale coiners. We will also be visiting a Starfish site (a WII decoy station). Walk will entail going up one side of the valley, and crossing and back down the other. Plenty of car parking near station HX7 5DZ. Train available from Manchester Victoria. HX7 5DZ

Wednesday, 10 July  (Short)  JOHN HARKER  07929 051978   trueblade55@yahoo.co.uk

GUIDE BRIDGE TO STOCKPORT Linear walk following the Tame Valley via Reddish Country Park to Stockport town centre for buses and trains. Easy terrain, little ascent. Distance 8-10 miles. Train from Manchester Piccadilly departing at 9:51 for Rose Hill Marple arriving Guide Bridge at 10:05 Walk Starts at 10:15. M34 5HT SJ925975 M34 5HT

Wednesday, 31 July  (Long)  GAVIN MILLER  07951 746 323   gavinmiller687@gmail.com

Walk details to follow.

Saturday, 10 August    ROSS MYDDELTON  07941 547378   r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

***Date changed from 3rd August*** BIDSTON HILL: A low level walk on the Wirral Peninsular starting from Upton Railway Station, climbing the hill to find a Lighthouse, Windmill and Observatory with fine views of Liverpool and the Welsh Hills. Return by train from Bidston Station via Liverpool to Manchester or Upton for those arriving by car. SJ279882 CH43 9RY. Train from Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 9:44 change Shotton, arrive Upton Station at 11:40 For details of parking options at Upton see Merseyrail webpage CH43 9RY

Wednesday, 14 August  (Short)  SUE DAVIES  07967 035784   suekercher@hotmail.co.uk

BAMFORD CIRCULAR 6 mile circular from Bamford Station with 3 hours walking and steep ascent (1000ft) up to Bamford Edge. Descent down to Ladybower, crossing the dam and returning via the Thornhill Trail. Train time 9:48 from Manchester Piccadilly arrives Bamford 10:40 Or from Sheffield 10:14 arrives Bamford 10:36 WALK STARTS AT 10:45 SK208825 S33 0BN

Wednesday, 28 August  (Long)  ANN HADEN  07766 194 900   ann.vernon-haden@virginmedia.com

*** NOTE!*** New walk leader required for this walk or suggestions for alternative walk. Ann is willing to recce this walk with another leader in May. Please contact Ann if you wish to volunteer. EDALE CIRCULAR WALK Kinder via Ollerbrook, Crookstone Knoll, Edale End, YH. Walk starts and ends at Edale Railway Station. Train 09:48 am Piccadilly arrives Edale 10:31 am. WALK STARTS AT 10:35 am. 12 miles 2087 ft ascent. End of walk refreshments optional at The Ramblers Inn S33 7ZP

Saturday, 7 September      

*** Walker leader required *** Please contact shirleyaddy@pnfs.org.uk if you would like to lead a walk.

Wednesday, 11 September  (Short)  MICK CHATHAM   07792 709198   chathammick@gmail.com

LITTLEBOROUGH CIRCULAR Low level to Summit then over Chelburn Moor visiting the Stanza and Aiggin Stones returning via the Roman Road. 1300ft Ascent and 8 Miles. Train from Manchester Victoria 9:36 am arriving Littleborough 9:57 am WALK STARTS 10 o'clock OL15 8AR

Wednesday, 25 September  (Long)  KEN SMITH  07918 154 959   kensmith4rj@icloud.com

MARSDEN CIRCULAR WALK via Pule Hill, Black Moss, Butterley and Holme Moor. Walk starts and ends at Marsden Railway Station. Train 09:58 am Piccadilly arrives Marsden 10:30 am. WALK STARTS AT 10:35 am. 9.52 miles 1517 ft ascent. HD7 6DG

Saturday, 5 October    MARK CHUNG  07803 299467

Details to follow.

Wednesday, 9 October  (Short)  ROSS MYDDELTON   Walk details to follow    r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

Wednesday, 30 October  (Long)  John Kidd  01283 701 991   j.ollid@hotmail.com

Walk details to follow.

Saturday, 2 November    DAVID GOSLING  

Buxton woodland walk. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 13 November  (Short)  Walk Leader Required  - email to lead this walk   r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

Wednesday, 27 November  (Long)  JOHN MOONEY  07514 219 563   mooney_je@yahoo.co.uk

BUXTON TO WHALEY BRIDGE via Goyt Valley and Taxal. Train 9.51 am Piccadilly arrives Buxton 10.54 am WALK STARTS AT 11:00 am. 10.5 miles 1500 ft ascent. SK17 6AH

Saturday, 7 December    Linda Smith  07808 319733   Lindae.smith@hotmail.com

***PLEASE NOTIFY LINDA IF PLANNING TO ATTEND***. Frodsham and Helsby Hills 7.5 mile circular walk, 1400ft ascent. Takes in spectacular views over Mersey estuary and includes lovely woodland paths. There are no stiles or fields with cows on route. Option for extra 1.5 miles if pub refreshments are required. Trains from Liverpool and Manchester arrive 09.29. Walk starts 09.35 at Frodsham Railway Station car park (south side). Parking is £1.50 for over 6 hours. WA6 7DN. Times may change near WA6 7DN

Wednesday, 11 December  (COMBINED WALK)  Walk Leader Required - email  to lead this walk   kensmith4rj@icloud.com

COMBINED CHRISTMAS SHORT AND LONGER WALK  (5-9 miles)

Wednesday, 29 January  (Long)  SHIRLEY M ADDY  07434 897 143 (text)   smaddy@talktalk.net

PNFS WALK - WILPSHIRE TO CLITHEROE 9.5 Miles (15.3 Kilometres) Total ascent: 774 ft Walking north east over Wilpshire Moor, Little Snodworth, Fish Moor, up Moor Lane to Brierley's Farm. North Whalley Viaduct and over the River Calder, Nethertown then north east to Common Side. Onto Higher Standen Hey Farm, north east onto Roman Road, Barraclough House, Lower Standen and Brungerley Park Manchester Victoria 09:43 am to Ramsgreave and Wilpshire 10:40. WALK STARTS FROM STATION AT 10:41 am. BB1 9BD


Lead a walk

We're always looking to welcome new leaders who'd like to help run our walks programme. Walk leaders are PNFS members, who volunteer for the role. Perhaps you already lead rambling groups or guided walks and you'd like to make your walks more widely available. Or perhaps you don’t yet have any experience of leading but are keen to share your favourite routes with other people. Please contact us to let us know.

About the walks

Your walk should fit into one of three categories:

  1. Short walks are usually 5-9 miles long, not particularly hilly, and are on the second Wednesday of the month
  2. Longer walks are usually 9-12 miles long, can be quite hilly, and on the last Wednesday of the month.
  3. Saturday walks are 8-12 miles long, at moderate to hard level, usually hilly, and on the first Saturday of each month.
In December there's usually a combined walk on the second or third Wednesday. Your walk must be accessible by public transport.

Walks programme

The following details are needed for the walks programme, which is published in the Society's newsletter and on this site.

  • Date of walk
  • Leader's name and contact details
  • Walk description, including start location and finish location if different from start
  • Length of walk in miles
  • Details of ascent in metres, or a brief description, e.g., 9 miles, 1000m ascent or 9 miles, hilly or 5 miles, negligible ascent, so that walkers know what to expect if they choose to join the walk
  • Times of trains/buses to/from the walk.

Leading the walk

The walk leader should:

  • Be familiar with the planned route, either through detailed local knowledge or by trying out the route beforehand
  • Be aware of any escape routes that would allow the walk to be cut short
  • Carry basic safety gear, e.g., map, compass, whistle, etc.
  • Know how to deal with emergencies and know how to contact the appropriate emergency service
  • Check the weather forecast on the day of the walk and be prepared to alter the route in case of adverse conditions
  • Have a system for ensuring that no member of the group is left behind.