Monthly Saturday Walks
Suspended for the Time Being
Come and join our friendly, easy-paced walking group and enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer.
We have monthly Saturday walks ranging from 5 to 7 miles in and around Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.
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The Milemunchers group embarked on nine walks during the college year.They enjoyed the fresh air whilst visiting beauty spots in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire border country.
Our first walk some 5.5 miles started in Tockholes in the Darwen area and took in the local picturesque reservoirs and woods finishing at the Ryal Arms for a wellcome refreshment. Next was a visit to Marple Bridge, Peak Forest Canal, Strines, and the Roman Lakes. The 6 mile walk was very educational taking in a lot of the local history of this region.
In November we set out to discover the source of the River Medlock up in the hills of Saddleworth. We set off in very misty conditions which slowly cleared as we made our way down through Strinesdale, Waterhead and Lees carefully overcoming the slippery underfoot conditions. We left the Medlock after 5 miles which had now grown from a tiny stream to a small river at Pitses near Oldham.
Heaton Park was the location for our usual Christmas walk, carol singing and Quiz and the Woodthorpe for our lunch afterwards. The lovely countryside and the Bridgewater Canal around Dunham Massey near Lymn provided the back drop for our next 6 mile walk. Throw in Dunham Massey country House, Park and its deer together with glorious weather and a typical Cheshire pub to finish, what more do you want. Another educational trip as well as a 6 mile walk saw us set off from Smithy Bridge on to Rochdale Canal through Littleborough, then the hamlets of Lydiate, Whittaker and Syke, stopping in the secret valley for lunch. We saw the mysterious and well hidden Iron Church before finally reaching Hollingworth Lake and a much needed ice cream.
We all disembarked from the train at Gathurst railway Station the other side of Wigan to start the next 6 mile walk. It is a lovely area for walking with woodlands, open barley fields, scrubland with wild orchids, and steep sided valleys and not to mention gorillas in the garden. Our penultimate walk was back in Saddleworth at Bishops Park with its 360 degree views. The 6 mile walk took us along the tops and then down to the viilage of Delph and then following the river Tame all the way to Denshaw for well earned pint in the Junction Inn before catching the bus home. Along the way we stopped to admire a beautiful garden and chatted to the lady owner. Guess what! She won the best kept large garden in Saddlewoth 2018.
The walking season ended with a local walk setting off from Bogart Hole Clough taking a circular trip around the park then on to Broadhurst playing fields and across to Broadhurst park doing another circular then back to Bogart Hole Clough for a comfortable walk on a nice day and a fitting end to the walking season. November 2018