You’re invited to join the great Whaley Bridge parish walk on Saturday 22 September. Organisers claim it has the most beautiful route in the Peak District. And, at a fiver, it is one of the cheapest to enter.
The walk follows the same route as last year’s revived event. Whaley Bridge parish stretches almost to the Cat and Fiddle, on the outskirts of Buxton. The old parish walk used to take in the parish bounds, well over 20 miles.
This year’s walk, from St James’ church, Taxal, is 21 kilometres (only just over 13 miles). It starts between 10am and 11am, with walkers setting off in small groups and returning at their own pace. It’s very suitable for families (and dogs!)
It goes via Windgather Rocks and Cat’s Torr, heading towards the Cat and Fiddle.
The route back is just as spectacular, but it’s mostly downhill, You’ll pass Errwood or Fernilee reservoirs in the Goyt Valley, on the return to St James’ for soup, a sandwich and a well-earned drink.
St James has a toilet, which remains a secret to many. Near the churchyard gate, it is open between sunrise and sunset, and used by many a walker for ‘blessed relief.’
Information can be obtained from Athene on 01663 733 755 or Eileen on 01663 734 153. Proceeds will go to support the parish magazine’s aim of a wider readership, with at least 10 per cent going to charities tackling poverty in the North West.