Launch of the walking festival 2018

Hot news everyone – the leaflets for this years’ walks are going out for distribution as I type. Plus this website has been updated with all the walks. Some of the walks require pre-booking so get your tickets booked ASAP to avoid disappointment.

We’re also having a social event at the Poachers Inn this year on the Friday to soft-launch the festival. Come along and meet the team.

That’s it for 2017!

A big thank you to everyone who came along on the walks for another very successful festival. A big thanks also to the volunteers who gave up their time to help out.

If you could take a few minutes to complete the survey:

Although it looks like it’s just for visitors, we’d appreciated everyone completing it.

Finally, if you have any photos that you’re okay with us adding to the website, please email them to:

Working up a thirst 2017

Some details on Saturday’s walk to Wincle brewery. It’s a total sell out with not only the Rainow bus doing two trips back but the Bollington Real Ale Ramblers have also laid on a minibus with another 15 thirsty walkers. We may also have a handful of people who are making their own return arrangements. The walk is being lead by Steve from the Bollington Real Ale Ramblers.

Now the weather… we’ve been very lucky this week again but the weather is getting more changeable as hurricane Maria moves in. As of writing the forecast has improved from rain to “A shower in the morning; otherwise, intervals of clouds and sunshine” but please dress for wet weather. A change of clothes might be sensible if you want to carry them. Or at least a pair of dry socks 😉

We’re hoping to stop off at the Hanging Gate at around 12:30pm to eat your packed lunch but that’s yet to be confirmed. We plan to get to the brewery at ~2:30pm.

The brewery have confirmed they will have lots of beer ready for you. One assumes they’ll have some soft drinks as well but if not, you could always nip up the road to the Ship Inn. I think they have credit card facilities but better be safe than sorry and take cash.

The Rainow bus will be returning to Bollington at 4:30pm and 5:30pm taking 15 people each time. We’re hoping that natural selection will kick in otherwise we’ll have to pull straws to decide who goes back first 🙂 The bus will be dropping off at the Poachers Inn and the team are primed for those of you who want another drink. The Bolly ramblers minibus is departing at 5:45pm.

Here’s to a good day out in the hills! Hic…

The writing of Thursbitch

Those who came along on the “Return the Valley of the Demon” walk yesterday may be interested in the longer article that formed the basis of my short talk:

Taken from the “Unofficial Alan Garner” website:

This website is occasionally down so a PDF of the article can be found for download from here.

The book is available online from Amazon – consider a used copy?


Launch of the 2017 festival

The leaflets and website are officially launched today. A list of all the walks (in September) can be found on the Walks page. New for this year are some walks organised using coach and bus. This allows us to get to new areas with the mid and long distance walks. The beer celebration walk has historically not been much more than a fun short pub crawl. This year we’re upping the ante with a much more challenging walk over the hills to Wincle brewery. The other coach trips are a joint journey dropping off at the Cat & Fiddle (shorter) and then onto Buxton (longer). The final experiment is to catch the 392 bus from Bollington to near Lyme Park.

Because some of these events cost money, we’ve implemented a new ticketing system this year so book early!

Keep up to date on our Facebook page or drop us an email with any questions.