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Weekends Away

As well as a varied programme of weekly walks and hikes taking advantage of the excellent walking country around Manchester and Salford, the group occassionally organises weekends away.

We have had now had many weekends away: in Whitby, Kettlewell, Malham, Conwy, Hartington, Mankinholes, Arnside Youlgreave (Peak District), Ravenstor (Peak District), Slaidburn (Forest of Bowland) and in Windermere (Lake District) All were very successful, the latest being The Sill. We like to try out different parts of this beautiful country of ours!

There is a good turnout for the events and the YHs we stayed at were fantastic.

Weekend away to be confirmed 5th/6th/7th October.

Details from past weekends

Ingleton 2018
Ingleton Spring 2018

Another great weekend in North Yorkshire staying at the YH Ingleton superbly placed for wonderful walking. On the Saturday many of us set off to climb 'Ingleborough'. Some walked along the Kingsdale path to Yordas Cave which was a wonderful experience.
Faced with the prospect of bad weather we were really lucky on the Saturday, the sun shone for us!
On the Sunday we climbed the Ingleton Waterfalls, a strenuous walk but well worth it!

Hadrians Wall 2017
The Sill, Hadrians Wall October 2017

Another great weekend away for our group. This time we travelled a little further to the newly opened YH at Hadrians Wall - The Sill. It certainly was a great area for walking.
On the Friday we visited the Roman Fort and Museum at Vindolanda which we all enjoyed.
Margaret´s Saturday walk went eastwards along the wall from the Sill and ending at Brocolitia fort (8.3 miles). The weather was grim to start with but brightened later. It was a great walk.
On the Sunday we walked west along The Wall, ending at Walltown Quarry (6.3 miles) enjoying magnificent views of the open countryside - weather was lovely - all in tee shirts!

Hebden Bridge April 2017

Hebden Bridge 2017
Spring 2017 in Hebden Bridge!
A great weekend staying at the Hebden Bridge vegetarian Hostel. Two great days of walking in the Hebden/Heptonstall areas. The weather, despite poor forecasts, was fantastic - sunshine all weekend.

October 2016 in Scarborough

Scarborough image Autumn in Scarborough!

What a great 2 night stay in Scarborough! Packed full of great walks, fabulous weather, quiz night and entertainment on Saturday night. The YH we stayed at was superb, well situated for Scarborough centre. We arrived on the Friday afternoon and walked from the hostel along the ‘front’ to Scarborough Castle.
On the Saturday with the sun on our backs we got the bus to Ravenscar and then walked along the Cleveland Way for 10 miles back into Scarborough. Great walking path where we found ‘the best lunch spot in the world’. Well rewarded with a pint of Great Yorkshire Beer at the end!
On the Sunday again a lovely sunny day we drove to the South Bay of Scarborough and walked to Calver Bay and returned back to the Car park for our journey home.

Spring 2016 - Haworth and surrounding area

Haworth imageHaworth in the sun!

This year we went to Haworth staying at the YH there and guess what the weather was great! We did two really good walks on Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday we walked around the Bronte area visiting Top Withins - 10 miles with a hill to climb at the end to the Hostel!

Sunday we did a 6 mile walk with fantastic views of the Yorkshire Dales (uphill most of the way!). In the afternoon we had a ride on the KWVR steam train from Oxenhope station to Keighley - enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Kevin, Linda and Chris Quinn who all did a fantastic job in making this weekend the best!

Autumn 2015 - Coalport and surrounding area

The famous Ironbridge The famous Ironbridge

We stayed, for one night, at the wonderful YH in Coalport. It was on the site of the China works where the China museum is situated. We were surrounded by old factories, canals and mills. On the Saturday we did a long walk from Ironbridge town around the Ironbridge gorge area (which was a great walk suitable for everyone).Bob led the walk and many of us helped with the navigation.

On the Sunday we all decided to explore the area which had lots to offer. We visited the Blists Hill Victorian Town. The weather was great, as usual.

Ambleside in the Lakes – April 2015.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Ambleside Ambleside looking beautiful

There was loads of 'greats' on this weekend. Firstly the weather, particularly Saturday which was glorious and made for great walking in this amazing area. The very impressive youth hostel was situated on the banks of Lake Windermere so were we able to sit outside for drinks after a long day walking.

We split up on the Saturday and many went up the 'Horseshoe' whilst others stayed lower and managed to have afternoon tea. On the Sunday we got the open top bus to Grasmere, great for all us bus pass people! Again some went up Alcock Tarn while others wandered leisurely around Grasmere village, coffee and met up with the others later at Dove Cottage. We then took the higher pass from White Moss passing alongside Rydal Water and walked back to Ambleside approx 5 miles.

Whitby in Yorkshire – October 2014.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Whitby

Whitby Abbey in all its glory

We had a great time at Whitby on our 'extended' weekend away. Because we had 3 days we were able to do a variety of different things, coastal walk from Robins Hood Bay, a walk over the North Yorks moors around Goathland and a Dracula walk! We stayed at the lovely YHA at Whitby which is part of the original manor house and visited the Abbey (for free!).

Lots to do in Whitby - we went to the Magpie for Fish and Chips - delicious! Weather was generally pretty good apart from a bit of rain on the Saturday morning.

Kettlewell in Yorkshire – April 2014.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Kettlewell The Manchester and Salford Ramblers at the top!!

Excellent time at Kettlewell staying at the fantastic hostel. The weather forecast was lousy but guess what in true M&S style it was great - even bright spells of sunshine.

Many highlights were enjoyed by all - Margaret's quiz!, Jane's leadership of Trivial Pursuits, Pia's dark admirer and her brandy! Mags actually getting to the top of the hill! Beautiful lambs! and eggs from Alice and Veronica!

Malham in Yorkshire – October 2013.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Malham, 2013Enjoying the lovely weather of 2013!
We had a wonderful weekend at Malham.

Good walk on Saturday up Malham Cove and across to Jubilee and Victoria caves, good limestone scenery.

Sunday did classic round of Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar -which 4 of us managed to climb (Margaret Manning, Kate, Maggie and Kev - well done!) Malham Tarn, Limestone Pavement and down the cove.

Finished in Glorious sunshine.

Conwy in Wales – Spring 2013.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Wales, 2013 Enjoying the Welsh sunshine!
Another great weekend in Conwy, N. Wales staying at the Youth Hostel which was fab. We had a good walk on the Saturday expertly led by Margaret Manning up Conwy mountain and over the moors.

The weather was so good that after the walk we were able to sit outside on the terrace at the Hostel with a glass of wine/cup of tea - enjoyed by all!

On the Sunday we walked 4 miles over the hills towards Conwy Castle where we were able to wander around the town centre and enjoy the surrounding area.

Hartington in the Peak district – Autumn 2012.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Hartington, 2012 Enjoying the mud!

MUD AND MORE MUD, STILES AND MORE STILES – Those were the main features of our Saturday walk!

but we still had a fantastic weekend at the 4*Hartington Youth Hostel with amazing weather particularly on Sunday.

Thanks to Salle who led two great walks through the wonderful Peak District.

Mankinholes in Todmorden- Spring 2012.

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Mankinholes 2012 Manchester and Salford Ramblers In Lancashire or Yorkshire?

A successful weekend away for the Manchester and Salford Ramblers, this time we were staying at Mankinholes YH situated between Yorkshire and Lancashire and at the foot of Stoodly Pike. Great walking area, great weather particularly on the Sunday, good friendly company and good food. The youth hostel was excellent particularly as we were the only ones staying there!

Arnside – October 2011 – Autumn

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Arnside 2011 Manchester and Salford Ramblers October weekend away in Arnside

Great weekend in Arnside. On Saturday we walked 12 miles over Arnside Knott and on to Silverdale and back along the fantastic estuary where were able to watch the swirling tides in the bay. Very hot day.
On Sunday we walked 8 miles to the fairy steps - tight squeeze - and on to the lovely village of Beetham and back along the embankment, again beautful views despite the heavy rain!

Youlgreave – April 2011 – Spring

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Youlgreave 2011 Manchester and Salford Ramblers back in the Peak District

We all enjoyed a fantastic weekend staying at Youlgreave Youth Hostel. On the Saturday we walked 12 miles along the Limestone Trail, lunch at Monyash and on through the wonderful Lathkill Dale.
On the Sunday we walked through Bradford Dale and Long Dale enjoying a break at the tearoom at Elton.
The weather - well the best ever!

Windermere – October 2010 – Autumn

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Windermere 2010 Manchester and Salford Ramblers hit the Lake District

Another great weekend away for the Manchester and Salford Ramblers. Staying at the Windermere Youth Hostel which was excellent, 2 great walks in the areas of Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike with fabulous views over the Lake District, good company and last but certainly not least the weather was the best ever – sunshine all weekend.
Some of us also enjoyed short walks around the area, afternoon tea in Ambleside and a boat trip on the lake.
Truely wonderful!

Slaidburn – April 2010 – Spring

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Slaidburn 2010Another hot weekend for Manchester and Salford Ramblers in Slaidburn

Again this was a great area for walking. This was a self catering YH but there was a great pub/hotel next door so we had a great meal there on the Saturday. 21 people attended this weekend and the weather was again fantastic.

Ravenstor – October 2009 – Autumn

Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Peak District 2009 Manchester and Salford Ramblers enjoy a weekend in the Peaks

This was our first weekend away and we learnt a great deal from that. The location was amazing with stunning walks and views throughout the Peak District and the weather was wonderful. We learnt that we must provide a couple of short walks as well as taking advantage of the opportunity for longer walks in the countryside in order to encourage a wide range of ramblers to come and join us.