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Routes

There are 5 routes to suit walkers of different fitness levels and ages. The routes are challenging, but also very scenic:

 

3.5 miles (1 - 2 hours)

Start at the Bleeding Wolf at 3pm, down to the Trent Mersey Canal and then along the Macclesfield Canal and return to the Bleeding Wolf. Mostly flat and easy walking. Aerial Map. Entry Fee £5 Adults, £3 under 16 years old

 

7 miles (2.5 - 3.5 hours) 

Start at the Bleeding Wolf at 2pm, a short distance along the Macclesfield Canal, gradual ascent to Mow Cop, short way along the Gritstone Trail, descend the South Cheshire Way and return along the Macclesfield Canal. Mostly flat walking, but includes a slow ascent to an altitude of 1,060 ft. See Aerial Map. Entry Fee £5 Adults, £3 under 16 years old.

 

10 miles (3 - 5 hours)

Start at the Bleeding Wolf at 1pm, down to the Trent Mersey Canal, then along the Macclesfield Canal, gradual ascent to Mow Cop, along the Gritstone Trail, descend the South Cheshire Way and back along the Macclesfield Canal. Flat butt includes a slow ascent to an altitude of 1,060 ft. Aerial Map. Entry Fee £5 Adults, £3 under 16 years old.

 

16 miles (6 - 8 hours)

Start at the Bleeding Wolf at 10am , down to the Trent Mersey Canal, along the Macclesfield Canal, gradual ascent to Mow Cop, along the Gritstone Trail, along the Biddulph Valley Way, back across fields to the Canal. A more challenging walk with a mix of flat walking and climbs. Aerial Map. Entry Fee £5. £3 under 16 years old.

 

22 miles (8 - 10 hours)

Start at the Bleeding Wolf at 8am, down to the Trent Mersey Canal, along the Macclesfield Canal, gradual ascent to Mow Cop, along the Gritstone Trail, along the Biddulph Valley Way, up and around The Cloud, back across fields to the Canal. A testing walk for more experienced walkers. The walk is the same as the 16 mile walk with an additional section over the Cloud. See Aerial Map for the additional section starting and ending on the Biddulph Valley Way. Entry fee £5.

 

All walkers will be given full  details of their chosen route and routes will be sign-posted with markers on the day

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Gritstone Charity Walk 2018

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