Long Walks


Moderate: Margaret Lohan, 0161 775 8050

Gentle: Hazel Walker/Joy Strangeways, 0161 794 9580

Venue and Time: We meet on alternate Mondays at St Mark’s Church Car Park, Worsley, for a 10am departure.

Please see the Walks Programme below. This programme is not yet complete, but walks earlier in the year are now confirmed. Please watch this space for updates.

There is a choice of either a gentle or moderate walk led by volunteers. Could new members, especially for the gentler walk, please contact the convenor(s) before joining so we have an idea on numbers.

Transport to the start of the walks relies on informal car sharing and expenses also being shared, a formula for which exists. The walks are full days and you are required to bring a packed lunch.

Each walk is generally about seven miles (or a little shorter when daylight is limited).

The gentle walks are on predominantly flat ground involving little ascent. The moderate walks often, but not always, involve some hilly, steep sections, but nothing a reasonably fit person would find too taxing. We are generally back in Worsley by four o’clock.

We would wish to encourage as many people as possible to lead walks.

Please contact Convenors to answer any query.

Walks Programme 2019 – Long Walks 
Date Type Leader Contact Venue
11-Jan Strenuous walkers’ planning meeting At Carole’s house 0161 790 2372 14 Harbourne Avenue, Worsley, M28 7UD, 10.30am
14-Jan Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Styal & Bollin valley, 5mls, 3 stiles and 2 flights of long steep steps
Moderate Jenny 01925 754454 Start from Lymm dam (by the railings on the A56). Park at WA13 0UG or Crouchley Lane.
28-Jan Gentle Margaret 0161 799 8350 Lytham, fish & chips lunch optional
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Culchet Linear Park,  8 miles and flat. walk start from car park WA3 4NF
11-Feb Gentle Carole & Marjorie 07780708855 Tonge Heritage Trail, Bolton, 7mls flat
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Walton, Hatton, Daresbury,  Moore – start Walton Hall car park WA4 6SN, about 8m almost flat no stiles.
25-Feb Gentle Jean, Mark, Audrey 01942 793685 Lymm, several styles
Moderate George 07872 184340 Waterhead OL4 2JW, Oldham area, to Huddersfield, 6.5mls along memorial forest, riverside and open areas. Muddy in parts.
11-Mar Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Witton country park, Blackburn. 6 miles 2 or 3 stiles, 1 hill.
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Newhey  to Shaw, but bring bus passes. Starting OL16 3QZ, no parking on road but try opposite Bird in Hand pub.
25-Mar Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Lyme Park & Macclesfield canal. A couple of stiles and a couple of inclines
Moderate George 07872 184340 Tacklers Way from Darwen,  9mls with couple of short steep slopes.
08-Apr Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 0161 790 1804 Foulridge – park at Cafe Cargo, Warehouse Lane, Foulridge, Colne BB8 7PP
Walking poles advisable.
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Shutlingsloe – park by side fo Ridgegate Reservoir –
D22-Apr (Easter Monday) Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Worsthorne and Hurstwood reservoir, a couple of hills and stiles. (changed programme)
06-May (early May Bank holiday) Gentle Pam & Ken 0161 723 5438 Tockholes, some hills
20-May Gentle Mark & Margaret ‭0161 478 7643‬ Delamere Forest. Pleasant easy walk. No stiles, a couple of easy inclines
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Dunsop Bridge car park BB7 3BB – hills
03-Jun Gentle Jean & Audrey 0161 794 6053 Northwich
Moderate David Pierce (Guest Leader) 0161 427 4412 Etherow Country Park, starting from SK6 5JD like last year.
17-Jun Gentle Lynn & Sue 0161 747 7188 Rudyard Lake
Moderate Carole & Marjorie 0161 790 2372 Rocks and Water at Anglezarke, 7miles, 11.3km
24-Jun HF holiday Ken & Ken 0161 723 5438 Malhamdale, for 4 nights
01-Jul Gentle Marlene & Fred 07801745433 Capenwray & Lancaster Canal
Moderate John Orson (Guest Leader) c/o 07857 694922 Grains Bar near Shaw, OL4 2JZ.  At junction turn R then L. After 20 yds pass Kings Arms bear R up Ship Lane. CP is 100yds on R.
15-Jul Gentle Janet & Ken Ball 0161 288 5860 The Wirral
Moderate Jenny 01925 754454 Cancelled
29-Jul Gentle Harold & Yvonne 0161 702 0620 “Walton Summit Branch” near Chorley. Parking at “The Malthouse Farm Pub” Post Code PR6 8AB. Bring a torch!
Moderate Linda & Brian 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 Woodhouse Hill Fort and Cheshire lanes, 7 miles. Please wear long trousers, parts with nettles. WA6 6HQ Small car park on right at the base of 2 Beacons. Just up road from entrance to Frodsham Golf Club. Jnct 12 off M56
12-Aug Gentle Florence & Chris 0161 789 7931 Goyt Valley from Vernon Park. About 6.5 miles , few ups and downs but no hills.
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Dunsop Bridge to Whitewell – Dunsop bridge car park BB7 3BB – hills
26-Aug (Bank holiday) Gentle Hazel & Joy 07875766001 Pleasington, nr Blackburn. Has some steeper bits and 6 stiles
Moderate No walk
09-Sep Gentle Sheila & Brian 07875766001 Mere Sands Wood/nature reserve. Easy walking 51/2 miles.
Moderate George 07872 184340 Around Hoghton Towers Estate, through one of the most impressive gorges in Lancashire and over some beautiful countryside; 7 miles. Only bit of a hill and some mud!
23-Sept Gentle Fred, Brian, Tony 07727 826390 Anglezarke, 5-6miles, walk starts from car park off Moor Rd
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Ogden Reservoir, free car park at postcode OL16 3TQ. Exit 21 from M62 then follow signs for Milnrow/Shaw/Newhey. Not hilly 7-8miles.
07-Oct Gentle Janet & Ken Ball 0161 288 5860 Marbury country park and around Budworth Mere
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Stoodley Pike from Lumbutts. Meet at OL14 6JJ near Shepherd’s Rest pub, after leaving Worsley. Park on road.
21-Oct Gentle Pat & John 0161 281 0758 Last Drop Village  6 miles, steady climb near the end.
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Nicky Nook from Scorton picnic site PR3 1BU, one short steep climb, 8mls.
04-Nov Gentle Harold & Yvonne 0161 702 0620 Entwistle & Wayoh Reservoirs. 6 miles.
Parking in Batridge Barn Car Park off B6391.
Moderate Linda & Brian 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 Jumbles country park
Nov-08 Planning meeting Hazel & Joy’s 0161 794 9580 58 Ashley Drive, M27 OAY, from 10-12noon
18-Nov Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 07925325876 6 miles Wigan to Appleby Bridge. Bus passes needed. Meet 9.55 at Walkden Station (please allow sufficient time for parking)
Moderate Jenny 01925 754454 Around Lymm, 4-8miles, start ‘from railings by Lymm dam’.
02-Dec Vesuvio in Boothstown M28 1FB, for the Christmas meal, 3-courses, £22 to Joy & Hazel with choices.
16-Dec Carole & Marjorie 07780708855 Joint Christmas walk with pub lunch. Menu available at planning meeting


2018 Walks Programme – Long Walks 

Gallery – Long Walks

HF Holiday Malhamdale 2019 photos: Gallery – Malhamdale HF Holiday June 2019