JAN –  APR 2024


We are a mixed social walking group of all ages and abilities based in South Manchester and North Cheshire. Our Winter /Spring programme includes weekends away youth hostelling, Sunday walks, and a variety of social events such as meals out, theatre trips and pub nights.  New members are always offered a warm welcome.


Programme of Events

The Group relies on its regular members to organise weekends, walks and social events.  Please help the committee by giving details of any event you would like to volunteer to organise to either Eva (Sunday walks), Eric (Wednesday evening walks), Wendy (weekends) or Doreen (Social events) or Paul (Mid week walks) at any reasonable time for inclusion in the next programme.  See our website for details of local map reading courses. The closing date for including items in the next programme is 31.03.24 Copies of this programme are available from Sue P. (the Programme Secretary) or other committee members.


Attendance at Events

  • The membership fee for 2024 is £8.00 (Jan-Dec).
  • Attendance at all events is at the individual’s own risk. The group will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of any group event or in connection with travel to such an event, however caused.
  • Information on the grading of the various walks is contained in the “Sunday Walks” section.
  • When transport is shared for weekends away, walks and other events, please remember to offer the driver a contribution towards petrol expenses.
  • Occasionally programme changes are required after printing. Please check the website for latest details or confirm with the event organiser.


The Group organises weekends away and holidays staying in a variety of different types of accommodation.  Please bring food and drink for making packed lunches.  Transport may be pooled in order to share costs.  Proper walking equipment is essential for walks.

26 Jan – 28 JanBurns Weekend-YHA National ForestJo E.    
29 Mar – 1 AprWhitemead Forest Park, Forest of DeanChris Shea.    
Advance notice        
19 Apr – 21 AprOswestry WeekendHelen    
5 Jun – 9 JunRowardennan YHA, Loch LomondEric    
20 Aug – 25 AugEdinburgh break, YHA EddingtonAli    
11 Nov – 18 NovMadeiraEva    
6 Dec – 8 DecMalham Christmas WeekendHelen    

To book a place on any of the above, payment must be made in full by the date given.

It should be stressed that a place cannot be guaranteed until full payment has been made.

The weekend organiser is responsible for group conduct and damage.  Participation in weekends is at the discretion of the organiser with committee approval and he/she may request moderation of inappropriate behaviour.


Meet at Brooklands Station car park M33 3SQ (unless otherwise specified) to leave at the departure time given.  Transport will be pooled.  Please note car share is at the driver’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed.  You should ensure you are properly equipped: walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack with extra clothing and a packed lunch are all essential.  Participation on walks is at the discretion of the walk leader.  Please check with the walk leader before bringing your dog.  For A, B and C grade walks it should be noted that winter conditions may render these outings more strenuous.

 ** Rambling Mid-Weekers – We are now also offering 1 to 3 mid-week walks per month. The dates for the mid-week walks are delineated on the calendar as MWW. Details are emailed.  Please contact Paul L. Tel. 07768 564751 for details or to volunteer a walk.  **

Grade of Walks

A Very strenuous outing.  Serious mountain walking (e.g. Lake District/Snowdonia). 
B Strenuous walk, which may include rough mountain terrain or steep ascent (e.g. Pennines). 
C Moderate hill walk (e.g. Peak District). 
D Easy low level walking. 
 DateLocationDepartDist.GradeLeaderTel. No.
 14/01/24Pendle Hill9.159.5 m.CChris C. 
 14/01/24Marple Bridge10.306 mCEric 
 21/01/24TBC9.0010C/DWendy R. 
 21/01/24TBC (short)   Jill H. 
 28/01/24TBC   Dave K 
 04/02/24Great Longstone9.1510 m.CHelen B. 
 04/02/24Alderley Edge  6.5 m.CAndy W. 
 11/02/24Delamere/Frodsham9.1511 m.C/DWendy B. 
 11/02/24Vale Royal10.007 mDNick G. 
 18/02/24Derbyshire9.008-10 mCEva 
 25/02/24Mellor Moor9.1510 mCNick G. 
 25/02/24TBC   Dave K. 
 03/03/24Blackstone Edge9.309 m.CSteve But 
 03/03/24Todmorden 6 m. Jo & Paul 
 10/03/24TBC (long)   Claire Y. 
 10/03/24Marple10.006 m.DSue H. 
 17/03/24Crowden9.159-11 m.CAlison McK 
 24/03/24Buckstones /Linsgreave Head9.309 m.CHarvey 
 24/03/24Styal10.005-6 m.DNick A. 
 31/03/24The Roaches9.0012 m.CDave J. 
 31/03/24Anderton10.00 7m.DSimon P. 
 07/04/24Burton &Farleton Fell9.0011 m.C/DAndy K. 
 07/04/24Ashurst’s Beacon9.456.5 m.CViv R. 
 13/04/24 (Sat)TBC   Ali & Mike 
 13/04/21Marple/ Etherow9.306 m.D/CSylvia S. 


  • Please contact the organiser by the booking date or at least 3 days beforehand if no booking date is given.  It may be necessary to reserve space in advance and this also saves the organiser unnecessary phone calls or hassle with restaurants.
  • Events are likely to be cancelled if people do not follow this advice and late bookings are at the organiser’s discretion and patience!
  •  Notice is not required for pub nights.  Just turn up from 8.30pm onwards.   Details will be emailed or as specified.
Wed 10 JanPub Night – The RailwayPaul L.  
Mon 15 JanCinema Night, Altrincham Vue , £5.99kathy 
Fri 19 JanPub Night – JP JouleNigel  
Sat 20 JanPub crawl, AltrinchamRose  
Thur 25 JanMurder in the Studio, Wilmslow Green RoomEva  
Thur 25 JanGlossop Folk Train, meet 6.15pm PiccadillyJohn W.  
Wed 31 JanTalk-France since Napoleon, Sale Sports Club, £10Dave W 
Tue 6 FebTalk-France since Napoleon, Sale Sports Club, £10Dave W 
Fri 9 FebItalian meal, StretfordEric  
Mon 12 FebCinema Night, Altrincham Vue , £5.99Kathy
Wed 14 FebPub Night – The RailwayPaul L.  
Fri 16 FebPub Night – JP JouleNigel  
Thur 22 FebGlossop Folk Train, meet 6.15pm PiccadillyJohn W.  
Wed 13 MarPub Night – The RailwayPaul L.  
Fri 15 MarPub Night – JP JouleNigel  
Sun 17 MarBeautiful Trauma, Buxton Opera House. 7.30pmHelen B.  
Mon 18 MarRob Brydon , Bridgewater HallEric  
Thur 28 MarGlossop Folk Train, meet 6.15pm PiccadillyJohn W.  
Fri 12 AprMealCecilia 

If you would like to organise anything details can be circulated by email however we would appreciate it if you would please contact the appropriate committee coordinator first and avoid clashing with other events.

MWW = Mid week walk                                          CALENDAR

8910 Pub Night – The Railway11 MWW12  1314 Pendle Hill /Marple Bridge
15 Cinema Night16171819 Pub Night-JP Joule20 Pub Crawl21 TBC /TBC
2223 MWW2425 Murder in the Studio / Glossop Folk Train2627-28 Burns Weekend
2728 TBC
293031 Talk1 Feb2  3  4 Great Longstone / Alderley Edge
56 Talk78 MWW9 Italian Meal1011 Delamere /Vale Royal
12 Cinema Night1314 Pub Night – The Railway1516 Pub Night-JP Joule1718 Derbyshire
192021 MWW22 Glossop Folk Train232425 Mellor Moor / TBC
262729291 Mar23 Blackstone Edge /Todmorden
45 MWW678910 TBC /Marple
111213 Pub Night – The Railway141 Pub Night-JP Joule 51617 Crowden / Beautiful Trauma
18 Cinema Night / Rob Brydon192021222324 Buckstones / Styal
25262728 Glossop Folk Train2930 -31 Forest of Dean Weekend
3031 The Roaches / Anderton
1 Apr234567 Burton & Farlton Fell / Ashurst’s Beacon
89 MWW101112 Meal13 TBC / Marple14