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MPC Walks 2020

The following MPC walks took place in 2020. It was the year of the Covid-19 pandemic, so many walks were cancelled. There were two lockdowns, for March to June, and then November and December. Walks cancelled by the pandemic are retained for information but are not assigned walk numbers.

Covid-19 sign

Most of the walks that did take place were combined A and B walks, of around 8 miles. Given in the table below are the walk number and date, the name of the walk, its location in relation to Manchester, and some details of the walk itself, either the route or the grade.

Walk Date Name Location Grade of 'A' walk
January 2020
5382 4 Jan Dunham SW 8 m, moderate, fairly flat
5383 11 Jan Diggle Circular NE 8 m, some strenuous, rough, steep
5384 18 Jan Castleton SE 10 m, moderate
5385 25 Jan Castleshaw Roman Fort NE 10 m, moderate
February 2020
5386 1 Feb Chinley SE 10 m, undulating
5387 8 Feb Cown Edge SE 12 m, hilly, moderate pace
5388 15 Feb Gritstone Trail (Macc) E This new walk, sadly, had to be cancelled (Stormy weather)
5389 22 Feb Marsden NE Sadly, cancelled due to bad weather
5390 29 Feb Leap Day Walk: Lad's Leap ? 8 m, some ascent with soggy ground - turned out to be a lovely walk, worth repeating
March 2020
5391 7 Mar Holme Valley NE 8 m, mainly moderate, some ascent
14 Mar West Pennines N - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
21 Mar Hayfield E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
28 Mar Tintwistle E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
April 2020
4 Apr Three Shires SE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
11 Apr Leadmill E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
17 Apr Festival
Montgomery, Tyn Y Coed
Wales - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
25 Apr White Nancy S - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
May 2020
2 May Dales of Wye SE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
9 May Frodsham Circular W - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
16 May Ladybower E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
23 May Lose Hill E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
30 May Ripponden Round NE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
June 2020
6 Jun Edale Circular E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
13 Jun Combs E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
20 Jun Pendle N - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
27 Jun Bleaklow E - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
July 2020
4 Jul Sandstone Trail W - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
Starting up after Covid-19 lockdown
First Walk Back

First walk back after lockdown.
Copyright (c) John Procter.

Five walks to get us going again,
before resuming the planned walks.

5392 11 Jul Ashton & Rochdale Canals
(replaced Hathersage Medley 16 m, strenuous)
SE 8 Members joined the first walk.

11:30. We met at the corner of Ducie Street and Piccadilly Station approach. The walk took us through Piccadilly village on the Ashton Canal to the Etihad football stadium, from here we walk down Hulme hall Lane to pick up the Rochdale Canal. On both canals can be seen buildings from Manchester's industrial heritage alongside the redevelopment of Ancoats and the Northern Quarter. 4 m.

5393 18 Jul Darwen Moor
(replaced Cat & Fiddle 17 m, strenuous)
SE 11:00. Royal Arms Pub Ryal Fold Tockholes Road BB3 0PA

The walk is a seven signpost walk over Darwen Moor and through Roddlesworth woods and is taken from the PNFS Spring 2020 magazine. The additional four miles takes in two reservoirs before returning to the pub. There is a natural break after 5.5 miles should some members wish to have a shorter walk. 5.5 m.

5394 25 Jul Shatton Mast Brough
(replaced Bamford 14 m, strenuous)
E 11:00. Travellers Rest, Brough Lane, Hope Valley, High Peak S33 9HG.

After Travellers Rest, picks up the river at Shatton village, which we follow to the steppingstones. From here we walk up to Offerton Hall and then on to the mast. Coming down we walk through Overdale nature reserve, down from Bradwell Edge to Bradwell village and back to the Travellers Rest. 9 m.

August 2020
5395 1 Aug Hayfield
(replaced Eastern Edges 17 m, sustained)
E 11:00. Royal Hotel Hayfield, then Phoside farm, Peep O' Day, quarries, Over Hill Road (turn right) bridleway to the TV mast, Moorland Road, Sett Valley trail, Heyfield. 9 m.
5396 8 Aug Teggs Nose Country Park
(replaced Cutgate)
N 11.00. Teggs Nose carpark (charge 3.00 all day)

We follow the Gritstone trail to Green Barn, on to Leathers Smithy pub, walk down the tracks at Ridgegate Reservoir and on to the Ranger Hut. From here we take the Red marker route through the forest, which we follow all the way back to the carpark. This is a strenuous walk and will be taken at a moderate pace with morning, lunch and afternoon stops. As the route is well marked and easy to follow, members who are fitter and can manage a faster pace can proceed at their own pace back to the carpark. 9 m.

5397 15 Aug Loggerheads W 13 m, fairly stenuous, moderate pace
5398 22 Aug Boulsworth Hill N 12 m, field paths then moorland with one strenuous ascent
5399 29 Aug Three Rivers SE m
September 2020
5400 5 Sep Roaches SE 10 m, undulating, tricky underfoot
5401 12 Sep New Mills Torrs E 9 m, slightly undulating
5402 19 Sep Not Kinder Scout: Owing to accident in one of our members, we did a shorter walk W 5 m, Hayfield, Kinder Reservoir, Shooting Cabin, Lantern Pike.
5403 26 Sep Millers Dale SE 10 m, moderate
October 2020
5404 3 Oct Saddleworth (instead of Lakes Festival, owing to Covid-19 lockdown) NE This day was the record wettest day in the UK, raining from south of England to the north of Scotland, with average rainfall of 31 mm.

The Saddleworth walk was 8 m: Old Bell Inn, Platt Lane, Lark Hill Road and Harrop Edge, Bleak Hey Nook, Millstone Edge, Diggle, Boat Lane, Brun Clough, Dobcross, Delph because weather was terrible. Would have been Broadhead Noddle, Heights Church, Delph.

However, one member actually walked in the Lakes, and reported "All of you missed nothing but the rain in the Lakes two and a half weeks ago. Saturday was just miserable, not overly cold, nor windy, but just continuous light rain during all daylight hours ~ and the cloudbase was low, lower than the top of Catbells."

5405 10 Oct Alport E 13 m, hilly, moderate pace
5406 17 Oct Whaley Bridge SE 8 m, hilly, moderate pace
24 Oct Black Hameldon NE 13 m, difficult - But cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
31 Oct Longdendale by train E 13 m, undulating, moderate pace - But cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
7 Nov Hebden Bridge NE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
14 Nov Saddleworth Moor NE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
21 Nov Macclesfield Forest SE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
28 Nov Hayfield SE - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -
AGM 5 Dec The President - Cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic -

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