Welcome to the “Walking With Us” page. Here you will find some general information about our walks, which are led by our team of volunteer leaders.
Outlined below are details of what to expect when participating in one of our led walks. Currently the walks are classified as “Longer”, “Intermediate”, and “Shorter”, and each walk that appears in the monthly walking programme will have a mileage and a category, which will give an indication of difficulty. Please see below for the current category descriptions.
These generally are our more strenuous walks which will be 9.5 miles or above in length. They will normally involve an element of hill/mountain walking, with the associated uphill and downhill, and there may be some rough paths and tracks in open country. These walks are often referred to internally as “A” Walks.
Our intermediate walks range in length from above 6.5 miles, up to and including 9 miles. Although shorter in length these walks may still involve some element of up and down and some rough paths, but they will not be as difficult as the “Longer” walks. The category attached to the walk in the walking programme will however determine this. These walks are often referred to internally as “B” Walks.
Our shorter walks have an upper mileage limit of 6.5 miles. The amount of up and down on these walks will be considerably less than the “Longer” or “Intermediate” walks and they are most suitable for those new to walking, or those wanting to sample the classification, pace and category system for themselves before perhaps progressing to the “Longer” or Intermediate” walks, although this is by no means a requirement. These walks are often referred to internally as “C” Walks.
As mentioned above, in addition to the mileage, the walks are categorised in order to give the potential participant an indication of what to expect on a walk. The current categories and definitions are shown below.
Strenuous – Walks over rough country with steep climbing.
Fairly Strenuous – Some rough country and some fairly steep gradients can be expected.
Moderate – Easy gradients – nothing difficult.
Easy – Little or no climbing.
To pursue your interest please visit the Contact Us page and complete the form. The Membership Secretary will then send you a pack which will contain, amongst other things, the current walking programme. We strongly advise that, for your first walk, you attempt one with an easier category than you may think suitable for you. Please then contact the indicated leader of the walk to advise him/her that you are intending to join the walk and to disuss further the suitability of the walk for you.
The meeting place for all walks, unless otherwise stated in the walking programme, is at the rear of Altrincham Station. At the rear of the station you will find the small car park which is set aside for rail travel users. To the left of the ramp leading to the station platform there is a digital timetable/ clock. This is where the members meet prior to setting off to the start point of the walk. Locate this point, ask for the leader and introduce yourself.
You will in some cases be given a lift to the start point of the walk, and back to Altrincham Station at the end of the walk, and for this service you will be asked to make a contribution to the driver’s costs. If you are a driver, and in the interests of everything being fair and reasonable, you will need to take your turn with the provision of lifts for your fellow walk participants, and if required one of your passengers will direct you to the start point of the walk if you are unsure of the way.
Please note that for all walks in the countryside you will require walking boots, a waterproof coat and trousers, a rucksack, a personal first aid kit and enough food and water for the type/length of walk that you are undertaking.