Ski Club of Manchester, Midsummer Walk

Saturday 29th June 2019

Leaders: Helen and Brian Richardson

These details are an update (20th June) following a recent recce of the walk.

Our midsummer walk starts from Chinley Railway Station in the High Peak Borough of Derbyshire. The walk includes three main peaks and some fine ridge walking, taking in Cracken Edge towards 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 fairly 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 walking, sight-seeing, eating, etc. There will be an opportunity for refreshments about 700m before the end of the walk at a nearby pub.

The route outline is: Chinley Railway Station – Cracken Edge – Quarries – Whiterakes – Peep-O-Day – Pennine Bridleway – Mount Famine – South Head – Pennine Bridleway – Shireoaks – Wash – Chapel Milton – old quarry Tramway – and back to Chinley – via a Pub for those interested.

This walk is of moderate grade, strenuous in places, with a mixture of terrain and gradients. There are about six steep ladder stiles, some quite tricky to negotiate. Dogs are welcome, but it is important for owners to be confident that their dog(s) can get over this type of stile.

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.

The nearest public convenience to the start/end of the walk is in Chinley, about 5 minutes’ walk from the station car park, and you can normally park close by to use it. This toilet is on Green Lane, adjacent to ‘Jacksons Carpets’, which is on the corner of Green Lane and the B6062, at SK041 825. There are also toilets at Whaley Bridge Tesco Car Park, at SK013 822. This is just to the east of the A5004, about 300 metres south of the A6/A5004 roundabout junction. (This Tesco is also a very useful stop-off point for sandwiches etc!)

To complete the journey from the A6 to Chinley, we recommend the B6062 (please note that this is a correction to the road number ‘typo’ I gave previously). The B6062 leaves the A6 about 400m north of the A6/A5004 roundabout junction. However, to avoid the very tight, blind ‘switchback’ turn from the A6 on to the B6062 when travelling South, if you are approaching from the North, you may find it easier and safer to ‘overshoot’ that junction by 400m to reach the A6/A5004 roundabout, and to turn on to the B6062 as you return north on the A6 from the roundabout.

If you would like to join this walk, or would like any further information, please email Helen at by 27th June.