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Saturday walk: 10.5 mile walk from Edale to Dove Holes via Donkey Village

This is a linear walk and we will be travelling back to Manchester on a different train line than they one we start out on so it's best to meet up at Piccadilly first rather than drive directly to the walk start and have to find your way back to your car.  Suggested train ticket is a Wayfarer (£11) and this can be used on buses, trams and trains on the day of travel.  The expected train back will be the 4.35pm train.  


This is a 10.5 mile walk with 435 metres of ascent over the course of the route; (made up predominantly of two big ole hills to get over).  There were a few muddy sections when I reccied it so good footwear is necessary and gaiters would be helpful (but not essential).


We'll visit the Donkey Village near Peak Forest towards the end of the walk, where we'll stop for a bite to eat and a drink (tea and scones will (hopefully) still be available by the time we get there).  Admission is free but they ask for a donation to help support their work. 


The train from Dove Holes back to Manchester is every two hours so the time left to get to the train station will dictate how long we spend with the donkeys.

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  • Dave s.

    Great walk yesterday Andy, really enjoyed it and the nice company meant my legs didn't even notice the extra couple of miles.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i forgot im sooooooo sorry :-(

    April 12, 2014

    • Andrew F.

      Not to worry. Hopefully you've had a good day and I'll meet you on a later walk. Take care, Andrew

      April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Andrew, for sure yes :-)

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Andrew F.

    Hey, I just mapped out today's extension to the walk and we did 12.2 miles in total. Well done everyone :-)

    3 · April 12, 2014

  • Ken T.

    Sorry my train got delayed maybe arrive 5 min late.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Joanna

    Hi, this walk sounds great especially the donkeys (!) - you mention muddy sections - I have walking shoes rather than boots and no gaiters - do you think I'll be okay?

    April 11, 2014

    • Andrew F.

      Hi Joanna. Thanks for your message. Yeah, I thought the donkey village would be a fun bit to have at the end. Not having gaiters won't be a problem as long as you don't mind muddy trousers afterwards. Walking shoes will be ok. Maybe bring spare socks in case yours get wet/muddy and you want to change. I'm looking forward to meeting you at the meet up point tomorrow. Best wishes, Andrew

      April 11, 2014

  • David W.

    Hi, I'm new to the group and this walk sounds great. Do you think it would be suitable for someone who hasn't done a lot of long distance walking recently - I'm a bit out of practice.

    April 10, 2014

    • Andrew F.

      Hi David. Welcome to MAD walkers and thanks for getting in touch. There are two steep ascents over the course of the walk and I'll not be pushing the pace unless it looks like we'll be too slow for the Donkey village, in which case we'll need to pick the pace up. From your message it sounds like you're used to longer distances in the past so I'm sure you will be ok. If you're finding anything difficult then let me know. If you're still unsure then perhaps come along on the walk next weekend and build up?

      April 10, 2014

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