Ever the optimist, I am having another go at this walk, which was cancelled in August due to the flooding problems. At the risk of repetition : The pub is still The Rambler Inn, Marys Lane, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZA. Lunch/drinks from 12.00 Walk 13.30.
Take the A6 south, and proceed along the dual-carriageway Whaley Bridge bypass for about 3 miles, where there is a roundabout for Chapel-en-le-Frith. Continue straight ahead at the roundabout, but shortly afterwards take the left turn signposted for Rushup, Edale and Castleton and then turn immediately left again at the T-junction. Follow this road for about 4 miles until there is a turning up to the left signposted for Barber Booth and Edale. Follow the twists and turns of this road to Edale, where the pub is along Marys Lane to the left in the centre of the village. It will not be possible to leave cars in the pub car park during the walk. The main public car park is on the left just after the left turn for the pub and costs £5, and there is usually an overflow car park costing £4.
Public Transport : Another option is to catch the train to Edale station on the Sheffield line, as the pub is next to the station. Trains leave Piccadilly at 10.45, 11.42 and 12.45 and take around 45 minutes. (Coming back, there are hourly trains at 46 minutes past the hour, until 20.46.)
The walk is about 5 miles up to Hollins Cross and along the ridge to Back Tor and Lose Hill. The total ascent is about 250 metres (820 ft.), but on a good day the scenery is stunning. The route is a figure of eight, so it would be possible, if anyone wanted to, to stay at Back Tor and admire the view, shortening the total distance by about 1¾ miles.
Every Sunday throughout the year, Manchester IVC has a walk which starts off at 1.30 pm prompt, and is usually 4-5 miles …. something like that. We meet at a local pub or restaurant and the walk will either start from there or somewhere nearby. As well as the walk itself, there is the option to meet for a meal or a drink before the walk and/or after the walk for those who wish. You will be able to see from the location and the walk description whether or not the walk is going to be suitable for you – but the idea is that all on the walk will benefit from enjoyable exercise and a good social.
Please make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain – the walk leader will always have the right to decide on the day if someone is not appropriately dressed. The walk leaders are all members of the club and are volunteers.
There are car share options available, so if you are stuck for a lift, just add a note here and we’ll do our level best to help.
There are usually between 10 to 20 walkers dependent on the weather and location – so by all means come along and join in. It’s a great gateway to the rest of the club, you can talk to new and established members and find out about the full range of events we have on in Manchester every month.
The walks are very popular, so please RSVP if you plan to attend and we’ll make sure you’re made to feel very welcome !
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