Ski Club of Manchester, Midsummer Walk


Saturday 29th June 2019

Leaders: Brian and Helen Richardson

These details are provisional pending an additional recce nearer the date of the walk.

Our midsummer walk starts from Chinley Railway Station just outside the High Peak. The walk includes three main peaks and some fine ridge walking, taking in Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn (451m), Mount Famine (473m) and South Head (494m). The length of the walk is about 8.5 miles and total ascent across the walk is about 555m (1830ft). There are three main climbs, which are steep but short. Much of the walk is along well-defined paths, with some crossing rough moorland. There are also some gentle stretches, including a pretty stream with wildlife, and an old quarry Tramway. A double railway viaduct at Chapel Milton is a notable landmark. Weather permitting, there should be good views along much of the walk.

Start point: OS map 0L1, Grid Ref SK0395 8262. SK23 6AR. 53.3405N 1.94214W.

Start time: we shall meet from 09.50am to start walking 10.15am. Anticipated finish time is about 4pm, depending on how fast we walk, and how much time we spend sight-seeing, walking, etc.

The route outline is: Chinley Railway Station – Cracken Edge – Chinley Churn – Peep-O-Day – Mount Famine – South Head – Pennine Bridleway – Shireoaks – Chapel Milton – old quarry Tramway – and back to Chinley.

The nearest public conveniences to the start of the walk are at Whaley Bridge Tesco Car Park, at SK0134 8222. This is just to the east of the A5004, a few hundred metres south of the roundabout A6/A5004 junction. (This Tesco is also a very useful stop-off point for sandwiches etc!)

To complete the journey to Chinley from the north or west, we recommend the B6052 which leaves the A6, about 0.5km north of A6/A5004 roundabout.

Walkers should be fit and prepared for a full day on the fells. Please wear walking boots and suitable clothing, bearing in mind the vagaries of British summer weather. Poles may be helpful if you use them. Please bring food and water/drinks for your requirements for the day.

Further details will be posted here.

If you would like to join this walk, please email Helen at h.richardson33@scom.org.uk by June 23rd. Thank you.