Sunday, 27 May 2018 (Group: Manchester Weekend Walkers)
Meeting time 9:25,
Start time 10:20
12.5 miles / 20.1 km
Train-based walk 12.5 miles 500 metres ascent - Leader: Martin, joining at Hazel Grove
Description: This is a fairly long walk involving some flat sections, but also some strenuous ascents to Lantern Pike and the Shooting cabin above Hayfield. After walking part of the Sett Valley Trail – the former New Mills to Hayfield railway line, we ascend Lantern Pike, before descending into Hayfield. We then follow the river to Bowden Bridge, where the ‘right to roam’ began, before starting to climb once more. On reaching Kinder Reservoir, we pick up the Snake Path, and follow it as it ascends past the Shooting Cabin and then descends to Hayfield. Our final section back to New Mills follows the entire Sett Valley Trail, with a possible diversion through Bluebell Wood if there is likely to be good display. Possible bailout at Hayfield where there are local buses.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:45.
Suggested Ticket: Off Peak day return to New Mills Newtown £6.90.
Walk Start: New Mills Newtown station (not New Mills Central) at 10:20.
Waypoints: The Torrs, Sett Valley Trail, Pennine Bridleway, Lantern Pike, Pennine Bridleway, Lower Cliff Farm, River Sett, Calico Field, Hayfield Bus Station, Hayfield village, Bowden Bridge, White Barn, Kinder Reservoir, Snake Path, Kinder Road, Hayfield village, Sett Valley Trail, The Torrs.
Return Services: x:20 or x:21 until 20:20, 21:24, 22:27, 23:23.
Extra: No toilets at Walk Start. Toilets at Hayfield after 5.5 and 9.5 miles. Possible pub stop in Hayfield. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.