Manchester Pedestrian Club

Saturday Walking within reach of Manchester
- Courtesy and Companionship

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The Hope Valley 2020
(c) Geoff Orsler

The Manchester Pedestrian Club has organised over 5000 walks within reach of Manchester, and sometimes beyond, since it began in 1903. Each Saturday, members and guests meet for a walk, usually on the hills, followed by a meal in a nearby venue, usually a pub. Occasionally, weekends away (Festival Weekends) or weekday walks are organised.

  Group at Dobcross, 2017. (c) Geoff Orsler  

We even enjoy the wet! Group at Dobcross. (c) Geoff Orsler 2017

Founded as a 'gentlemen's walking club' after the 1903 Manchester to Southport walking race, its ethos soon changed to enjoying walking with "courtesy and compansionship." Now 'gentlemen' are male or female!

Come and Join Us!

Contents of MPC Website

See Photographs of earlier walks, sent in by members during the 2020 lockdown.

Coming up Shutlingsloe in the sun, 2018.
Coming up Shutlingsloe in the mist, 2019.

Coming up Shutlingsloe - in sun and in mist. (c) Geoff Orsler 2018, Andrew Basden 2019

Walking with the MPC

Walks are organised for most Saturdays of the year in locations easily reached from Manchester - in the Pennines, Peak District, Cheshire, North Wales, etc. MPC Walks have been reconnoitred beforehand by their designated leaders, and are of a range of lengths and difficulty:

At the end of the day, participants in all three walks take a meal together in a nearby pub or other venue. One of our historical quirks is that we change into smart casual clothes for the meal.

Walks Planned for 2021 (Date, No, Name, Region)

Now that the Lockdown rules have been relaxed,
to allow outdoor gatherings of up to 6 people,
the MPC Walks Programme has begun again.

For April, walks were arranged on an ad-hoc basis,
with members being informed weekly.
See Walks So Far.

From May onwards the following walks have been arranged:

Date Location Leader Starting Point/Parking
15th May Frodsham Andrew Basden Frodsham railway station car-park.
22nd May Pule Hill & Marsden Moor Steve Tetlow Standedge Cutting car-park, A62, Diggle. OL3 5LT
29th May Ripponden Alan Gibson Ripponden recreational gardens car-park, ref. SE041197
5th June Little Leigh, Trent & Mersey Canal Harry Kennedy Ash House Lane, Little Leigh, Cheshire
12th June Shatton (Hope Valley) John Grieve Travellers Rest, Brough, S33 9HG
19th June Macclesfield Forest David Pocklington Trentabank Forest HQ car-park (pay&display) or roadside. SK11 0NS
26th June Chinley John Grieve Chinley station car-park, SK23 6AZ
3rd July Snake Path & Kinder North Edge Steve Tetlow Birchen Clough Bridge car-park on Snake Pass, Map ref. SK109914
10th July Three Rivers David Pocklington Bakewell Bridge car-park, Map ref. SK221685
17th July Darwen Moor Amanda Timpany Royal Arms car-park, Tockholes Rd., Ryal Fold, Darwen BB3 0PA
24th July Disley area (not Lyme Park) John Grieve Disley station car-park
31st July Trawden Forest, Colne Steve Tetlow Trawden Community Centre BB8 8RU
7th August Steve Tetlow
14th August Unusual Saddleworth Steve Tetlow Wool Road Car Park
21st August Millers Dale Steve Tetlow Millers Dale station car park
28th August Tintwistle John Grieve Bull's Head, Tintwistle
4, 11 September Menorca
18th September Saddleworth John Grieve Brun Clough Resv Car Park
25 September 2021 Hayfield John Grieve (7m)
John Procter (4m)
Royal Hotel, Hayfield
2 October 2021 Roaches Ron Cooper ?8 mile
9 October 2021 Whaley Bridge John Grieve (7m)
John Procter (?4m)
Layby on A5004 at SK009799
16 October 2021 Roaches Ron Cooper (8m),
John Procter (6m)
Gradbach Car Park, Map Ref SJ 999 662
30 October 2021 Holme Valley Steve Tetlow Digley Reservoir, south car park (map reference SE109067)
6 November 2021 Cown Edge Geoff Orsler, John Procter 9.5 miles and shorter, from Royal Hotel, Hayfield
13 November 2021 Mam Tor David Pocklington, Eric Rogers 6.5 and 5 miles, from Mam Tor car park.
20 November 2021 Tatton Park Amanda Timperley 5 m, from Knutsford entrance CP
27 November 2021 Saddleworth Geoff Orsler 7 miles, from Cross Keys
4 December 2021 (no walk)
11 December 2021 Manchester Canals + Lunch John Grieve 4.5-5miles, from Cornbrook Metro station

Please see walks for current year for details.

To join a walk:

It is a condition of joining a walk that participants understand and agree to abide by the rules for walks contained on the page, Walking with the MPC.

About page:

Created in the style of classic HTML by A. Basden May 2016. Last update: 17 July 2020: Restarting after Covid-19 lockdown. 21 October 2020 Second lockdown. 2 December 2021.

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