Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Walks Programme

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.

Short Walks

John Fisher

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,

Wednesday March 9th
Leader Ian Salvage (01663 746979)
New Mills to Hayfield via Lantern Pike
6 miles, some climbs
Walk starts 11:15 from New Mills
Central Station
Train from Manchester Piccadilly 10:49

Wednesday February 10th
Leader John Fisher (01625 439298)
Adlington to Macclesfield via White Nancy
6 miles, one climb
Walk starts Adlington station 11:10
Train from Manchester Piccadilly 10:46

Wednesday April 13th
Tram: Radcliffe Metro to Bury Metro
via Affetside
8½ miles and 1,000ft total climb
Walk starts at Radcliffe Metro stop at 11:00

Longer Walks

David Bratt

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!).

The elusive SE 00000 00000

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.

Wednesday January 27th
Leader Gavin Miller (01565 634510)
Linear walk Stockport to Marple Bridge
(Midshires Way 1#)
10 miles, 1500 feet ascent.
Start Stockport station 10.00
09:46 train from Manchester Piccadilly

Wednesday February 24th
Leader Martin Riley (01706 848408)
Circular walk Shaw and Crompton Metro stop
Walk starts 10:30. 11 miles, 1700 feet ascent

Wednesday March 30th
Leader Vince Joyce (01942 603626)
Linear walk Huddersfield to Dewsbury
11 miles hilly
Start Huddersfield Station ->short bus ride
Manchester Piccadilly 09:41 (Stalybridge 09:54)

Wednesday April 27th
Leader Bill Minshall (07771 988846)
Macclesfield circular
10 miles hilly
Walk starts Macclesfield Station 10.30
Manchester Piccadilly 09:46

Wednesday May 25th
Leader David Hurrell (0114 288 6474)
Edale circular
10 miles hilly
Walk starts 11.35 Edale Station
Manchester Piccadilly 10:49. Note: walk starts
10.35 if 09:49 from M’chr Picc running by then

Wednesday June 29th
Leader Ken Brockway (01949 843572)
Uttoxeter circular
10 miles undulating
Walk starts Uttoxeter Station 11.00
Manchester Piccadilly 09:35, Stoke on Trent 10.11
Stoke 10.33, Uttoxeter 10.57
Walk concludes at Wetherspoons!

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