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MPC Walks 2024

The following MPC walks are planned for 2024. This year, in addition to the normal rural/moorland walks, we intend to wakj the newly instituted Manchester Ringway, a 20-stage 200-mile walking route covering Greater Manchester. To access the information on the routes and stages download the app Go Jauntly. We hope to complete at least one stage of the whole walk every month. This should prove interesting to our members, especially to those who no longer enjoy our moorland walks. Also, each week, a shorter walk, of 4-5 miles will take place around or near Dunham Park.

MPC members will receive emails with details of the walks, but details sufficient to join most walks should be found in the table below. .

Given are the walk number and date, the name of the walk, its leader, and length. This is followed by starting time and location, and route details. See at end for details of the Dunham Walk, which happens every week.

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Walk Date Name Leader Length
January 2024
6 Jan Dunham 4-5 m
13 Jan (a) Manchester Ringway, Stages 1,2
(b) Dunham
(a) John Grieve 13.85 m (7.27+6.58 m)
Various exits
10:00 am. St. Peter's Sq Tram, Manchester St Peter's Square to the Didsbury Metro station. Stage 1: Bridgewater Canal, Longford Park, Turn Moss Playing fields and Sale Waterpark. Stage 2: River Mersey, Chorlton Water Park, Kenworthy Woods, Withington Golf Club, Stenner Woods, Fletcher Moss Park and Didsbury Park to Didsbury Metro Station.

The walk was very interesting, passing through many different terrains. Many runners were out on the canal path near Manchester, then cyclists, then families on the path along the Mersey.

20 Jan Manchester Ringway, Stage 19
(b) Dunham
(a) John Grieve (a) 9 m, (b) 4-5 miles
10.30 am. Altrincham start of Stage 19. See Go Jauntly. Stage 19 of the GM Ringway is a nine-mile stage from Altrincham to Stretford via John Leigh Park, Balfour Road Fields, the Bridgewater Canal, Walton Park, Worthington Park, Sale Water Park, to arrive at Stretford Metro Station.
27 Jan (a) Hayfield and Lantern Pike
(b) Dunham
Geoff Orsler 7 m
(a) 10.30 am. Royal Hotel car-park at Hayfield (a) Aiming for Lantern Pike via the Snake Path and Middle Moor. Depending on conditions and the leader's judgement, the walk will either ascend Lantern Pike or follow instead the side of the hill beneath the ridge.
February 2024
3 Feb Dunham only.
(b) Dunham
4 m
10 Feb (a) Tintwistle
(b) Dunham
7 m
11:00 a. Cafe car-park at Arnfield Reservoir. The distance will be about 7 miles and the course familiar to some of our members: Arnfield Low Moor, Pennine Bridleway to the Swineshaw reservoirs; over the moor to the upper Tame valley; back via Walkerwood reservoir to rejoin the route out from Arnfield, or to return to Arnfield via the Devil's Bridge.
17 Feb (a) Cown Edge - Sadly had to be cancelled
(b) Dunham
Geoff Orsler 8 m
(a) 11:00 am. Royal Hotel Hayfield The route takes the Snake path to the shooting cabin, then across the moor to Blackshaw Farm; across Matley Moor then a short climb to Cown Edge; traverse the moor to Rowarth and the Old Mill public house; track and road back to Hayfield.
24 Feb (a) GM Ringway, stage 3. Didsbury to Bramhall
(b) Dunham
Amanda Timpany 7 m
11:00 am. Didsbury Village tram station This week it will be Stage 3 from Didsbury Village to Bramhall via Abney Hall Park and Cheadle. The route is slightly over 7 miles long and is described as being moderate in difficulty.
March 2024
2 Mar (a) Saddleworth byways, road walk mainly, Steve Tetlow m
11:00 am. Starting from Sam Road End, Diggle, the car-park being situated a couple of hundred yards before the railway bridge and the Diggle Hotel (OL3 5JZ) on the other side. The walk will keep mainly to minor roads. There is some climbing which will be taken slowly, the first one being the ascent to Harrap Edge from Harrap Green. From there the route takes field paths to Delph before taking Thurston Clough road up to Doctor Lane Head. From there we make our way to Lydgate via Higher Turf Lane and the continuation of Lovers' Lane before descending Wade Hill back to Dobcross, then Sandy Lane and Diggle. We may stop at a public house on the way.
9 Mar (a) Booth wood & Scammonden reservoirs, near Rishworth
(b) Dunham
Steve Tetlow 8 m
11:00 am. Car-park at Booth Wood reservoir. Cross M62 by underpasses and isolated island; ascend to Saddleworth Road (B6114), then descend to Deanhead and Scammonden reservoirs; continue past the latter to Ringstone Edge reservoir and back towards the A672; follow River Ryburn to Ryburn reservoir and back to starting point via Blackwood Common. Refreshments afterwards at Boothwood Inn (HX6 4QU), situated half a mile farther along the A672 towards Rishworth than the car-park.
16 Mar (a) Leadmill and Abney Moor, Hathersage area.
(b) Dunham
John Grieve 9 m or shorter
11:00 am. the Plough Inn at Leadmill, post code S32 1BA, telephone 01433 650319. The route from the Plough follows the Abney road to Hog Hall before joining the path to Stoke Ford at Tor farm. From Stoke Ford we take the path up to William Hill Road and the Barrels Pub where we will stop for refreshment. From here we take a track to Cockeye Farm and thence to Abney. A little road walking through Abney, then over to Offerton Moor and Offerton Hall from where we proceed to the river and back to the Plough.
23 Mar (a) Frodsham, for the Spring flowers.
(b) Dunham
Andrew Basden 8 m
11:00 am (Can arrive on 09:40 train from Mcr Piccadilly).
Car park just south of Frodsham station.
Station, Langdale Way, Hob Hey Wood, River Weaver, Bradley, Up fields, Frodsham Caves (lunch), Shepherds Houses, Fort, Frodsham Edge, Jacobs Ladder, Overton, Station.
30 Mar (a) Ramsbottom-Irwell valley
(b) Dunham
Steve Tetlow 7 m
11:00 am. Lumb Carr Road car-park on the Helmshore Road out of Ramsbottom (beneath the Peel Monument). Route: Car-park, Wood Hey, Brooksbottoms, Irwell Sculpture Trail along the Irwell Valley, The Cliffe, track back to Holcombe, car-park. There is one muddy footpath a few hundred yards long, if I recall, which I expect to be very muddy. Waders would be useful.
April 2024
6 Apr (a) Bamford Edge
(b) Dunham
Geoff Orsler 8 m
10:30 am. Dennis Knoll Car Park near to S32 1BQ, beneath Stanage Edge, accessed from the minor road first left after the Yorkshire Bridge public house (coming from the Ladybower bridge), grid reference SK227843. Route description: Path beneath Stanage Edge past High Neb to Moscar Lodge, then the path to Cutthroat Bridge; up to Bamford Edge via Jarvis Clough, along the Edge and then the road back to the car-park. A visit to the Ladybower Inn may be made after the walk.
13 Apr (a)
(b) Dunham
m
20 Apr (a)
(b) Dunham
m
27 Apr (a)
(b) Dunham
m
May 2024
4 May (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
11 May (a)
(b) Dunham
m
18 May (a)
(b) Dunham
m
25 May (a)
(b) Dunham
m
June 2024
1 Jun (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
8 Jun (a)
(b) Dunham
m
15 Jun (a)
(b) Dunham
m
22 Jun (a)
(b) Dunham
m
29 Jun (a)
(b) Dunham
m
July 2024
6 Jul (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
13 Jul (a)
(b) Dunham
m
20 Jul (a)
(b) Dunham
m
27 Jul (a)
(b) Dunham
m
August 2024
3 Aug (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
10 Aug (a)
(b) Dunham
m
17 Aug (a)
(b) Dunham
m
24 Aug (a)
(b) Dunham
m
31 Aug (a)
(b) Dunham
m
September 2024
7 Sep (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
14 Sep (a)
(b) Dunham
m
21 Sep (a)
(b) Dunham
m
28 Sep (a)
(b) Dunham
m
October 2024
5 Oct (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
12 Oct (a)
(b) Dunham
m
19 Oct (a)
(b) Dunham
m
26 Oct (a)
(b) Dunham
m
November 2024
2 Nov (a) Part of Manchester Ringway (some time this month; date to be confirmed)
(b) Dunham
m
9 Nov (a)
(b) Dunham
m
16 Nov (a)
(b) Dunham
m
23 Nov (a)
(b) Dunham
m
30 Nov (a)
(b) Dunham
m
December 2024
7 Dec (a)
(b) Dunham
m
14 Dec AGM(a)
(b) Dunham
m

Full list of MPC walks is available on separate page.

Dunham Walk Details

Dunham Walk Details
The Dunham Walk is a weekly fixture for those who wish to walk 4-5 miles. Below is the usual route; it might vary a little.

Start:

10 45 am at Dunham Hall National Trust Car park. WA14 4SJ. NT members free; non-members arriving without car free; non-members arriving in cars £7.

Route:

Walk towards the Nat Trust shop and cafe heading towards the Hall, past the Old Oak tree turning left through the arched entrance after crossing over the water, walk past the front of the hall taking the 2 nd left path towards Charcoal Lane and the tall ladder stile next to the gate house, crossingover Charcoal Lane and turn right and immediately left into the Dunham Forest Golf course, on reaching the fairway turn left towards the small cafe and toilet block just follow path turning right though a kissing gate making towards Oldfield lane.

After joining Oldfield Lane turn leftfor a short distance and turn right over a wooden stile proceed past a grave yardto Dunham Post office turning righton School Lane passing the Axe Cleaver public house, reaching Dunham School House, passing over the narrow Bridgewater Canal bridge, a short break here on the seat on the bank of canal.Return to School lane turning rightfor a few hundred yards , after passing Grove House farm buildings on your left, the road  rises towards the railway / Trans Pennine trail bridge,turn left at a gap in the hedge down a long set of wooden steps onto the Trans Pennine Trail railway line turn left towards lymm.

Reaching the closed railway crossing gates turn left at the Rope and Anchor pub, past the ice cream farm towards the Vine public houseshort refuel and pit stop here.

Turn left back onto Charcoal Lane passing Penningtons farm on the right continue until reaching the Bridgewater canal under pass returning to cars in Dunham Car Park.

4.5 miles steady pace: 2 hours 30 mins.

[Thanks to John Procter for the details.]



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