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.

Saturday, 3 February    DAVID GOSLING  07841 647275    david.gosling@pnfs.org.uk

RING OF TREES WALK. Buxton, 10 miles. The Ring of Trees walk is a circular route through the woods cared for by the Buxton Civic Association. 9:20 train from Manchester Piccadilly arrives at Buxton (SK059737) at 10:22. Walk starts at 10:30. Parking on nearby streets. Visiting Poole’s Cavern café approximately halfway round. Moderately hilly (2,000 feet ascent). See https://buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk/woodlands. SK23 7QS

Wednesday, 14 February  (Short)  PAUL EASTHOPE  07759 653 354   pepnfs@gmail.com

GLOSSOP CIRCULAR WALK. Meet at Glossop Railway Station (SK 0342 9421) about 8 miles. Train from Manchester Piccadilly leaving at 9:33 am arriving Glossop at 10:03. WALK STARTS AT 10:15 am. SK13 7RA

Wednesday, 28 February  (Long)  BILL MINSHALL  07771 985 846   bill.minshall@btinternet.com

CONGLETON CIRCULAR WALK. Via The Cloud and Congleton Edge. 9 miles, 1400 ft ascent.  9.46 am train from Manchester Piccadilly and 9.55 am from Stockport arrives at Congleton at 10.25 am. (SJ 87200 62300) WALK STARTS AT 10.30 am. CW12 3DE

Saturday, 2 March    KATHY MCLEAN  07967 802549   kmcpnfs@gmail.com


Wednesday, 13 March  (Short)  DAVID GOSLING  07841 647 275   david.gosling@pnfs.org.uk

FURNESS VALE CIRCULAR WALK. Meet at Furness Vale Railway Station (SK 00840 83552) (1100 feet ascent) about 6 miles via The Navigation at Bugsworth Basin. Train from Manchester Piccadilly leaving at 9:51 am arriving Furness Vale at 10:29. WALK STARTS AT 10:30 am. SK23 7QS

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

WILMSLOW TO STYAL. Bollin Valley Way, Quarry Bank Mill and Airport Perimeter. Train 09:36 am Piccadilly arrives Wilmslow 10:09 am via Styal Line. WALK STARTS AT 10:15 am 10.5 miles 500 ft ascent. SK9 1BU

Saturday, 6 April    WALK LEADER REQUIRED  

Walk leader required. Contact Shirley Addy on shirleyaddy@pnfs.org.uk if you would like to lead this walk.

Wednesday, 10 April  (Short)  KEN BROCKWAY  07895983857   great.english.walk@gmail.com

KIDSGROVE TO CONGLETON Train from Man Picc 9.46 walks starts Kidsgrove when train arrives which should be 10.31. Choice of walks easy 6 mile along canal towpath or 7.5 miles over Mow Cop. Return by train from Congleton ST7 1BX

Wednesday, 24 April  (Long)  UDO POPE  07717 802 468   udo.pope@ntlworld.com

CHINLEY TO MARPLE: via Chinley Churn, Lantern Pike and Mellor. 11.5 miles, ascent 1821 ft, descent 2113 ft. Train from Manchester Piccadilly at 9.48 am, arrives in Chinley at 10.22 am (SK 03792 82581). WALK STARTS AT 10.25 am. SK23 6AR

Saturday, 4 May    SHIRLEY ADDY  07434 897143 text   smaddy@talktalk.net

West Pennines from Tockholes. 8 miles. Bag seven PNFS signposts on this easy/medium moorland, woodland and reservoir walk. Route previously published in Signpost. Starts 9:30 from Royal Arms, Tockholes. Adjacent free parking BB3 0PA. BB3 0PA

Wednesday, 8 May  (Short)  JOHN FISHER  07432825624   johnfisher560@btinternet.com

EDALE CIRCULAR. Short, easy walk. 6 miles, some short climbs. Visiting up to 8 of our PNFS Signposts. Walk starts and ends at Edale Railway Station. Train Manchester Piccadilly, 09-48 arrives Edale 10-31. Or from Sheffield 10-14, arrives Edale 10-47. Please notify Leader if arriving by this train. Please check times on PNFS website nearer to the date. Walk starts Edale station at 10-35 or 10-50 (see above). S33 7ZA

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

Walk details to follow.

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. M1 1LU

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

***CHANGED FROM 1 JUNE TO 15 JUNE***. Details to follow.

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 from Mytholmroyd. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 10 July  (Short)  Walk Leader Required  - email to lead this walk   r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

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

Walk details to follow.

Saturday, 3 August    ROSS MYDDELTON  07941 547378   r.myddelton1@ntlworld.com

WORSTHORNE CIRCULAR Route includes Hurstwood, Gorple Rocks, Widdop and Swinden Reservoirs. Meet at Church Square, Worsthorne. 11 miles with 1200 ft Ascent WALK STARTS 10:30 SD875325 BB10 3N

Wednesday, 14 August  (Short)  SUE DAVIES     suekercher@hotmail.com

Walk details to follow

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

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    ANN HADEN  07766 194900   ann.vernon-haden@virginmedia.com

HAMLET OF ROWARTH (has a car park) SK 013 892. 10:00 start. Route: Chinley, Churn, Peep-o-the-Day, Hayfield. Approx 11 miles. Lovely views across the valley to Kinder. SK013892

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)  Walk Leader Required  - email to lead this walk   kensmith4rj@icloud.com

Saturday, 2 November    Walk Leader Required  - email to lead this walk   smaddy@talktalk.net

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


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.