Fresh Air, Fresh Perspectives,
    Fresh Connections.


Michael Di Paola

Co-Founder & Organiser

Michael is a co-founder of award-winning brand agency, Studio North, having started the business over 13 years ago in Manchester city centre. Today, Michael is well-known right across the region’s business community for connecting people and ideas, having masterminded a multitude of branded networks and regular popular events, such as the entirely peerless TwitFaced and…

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Thom Hetherington

Glossop Ambassador

Thom, 41, was one of the team that founded the PPA-award winning Restaurant magazine and the 50 Best Restaurants in the World awards. Currently he is CEO of Holden Media which organises the Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) exhibition, the Northern Hospitality Awards, the NRB Top 50 Powerlist, the NRB Debate, Buy Art Fair (BAF)…

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  • Many thanks for an excellent walk on Friday

    Many thanks for an excellent walk on Friday. I particularly enjoyed your navigational skills off the footpaths. These enabled us to reach parts of Bleaklow I hadn’t seen before.

    Geoffrey Weisgard | Consultant

  • Utter bloody magnificence

    I enjoyed every step of the way - even the first ascent - and every conversation with old friends and new. Thanks a million for sorting out utter bloody magnificence, yet again!   Adrian Bentley | Owner, Just Good Ideas

  • Brilliant group of people

    I feel I have only just mentally and physically recovered!
    It was a great day! Thanks to MDP & Thom but also everyone else for the laughs and the good times. Brilliant group of people and I made new pals! Hope everyone's having a good weekend!
    Will Jarvis | Brand Ambassador, MRJ Recruitment

  • Amazing day, dead chuffed to be a part of it!

    Fabulous pictures, blog, memories, highlights. Thank you all for sharing, too many LOLs to mention and still on a high from Friday! A huge thanks to everyone. Amazing day, dead chuffed to be a part of it! Love n mud x
    Sarah Wilde | Marketing Manager, Berg Legal

  • Thanks for welcoming my debut at Freshwalks. I loved it!

    Thanks to Hayley, Chris Marsh, Georgina for Haribo, Percy Pigs and Jelly Babies; Amy for the Wasabi Peas and Jen Smith for the ever so classy can of gin and tonic!
    Next time I'll double my sushi offering so you can all have some too. Happy weekend folks, see you at the next one!
    Holly Moore | Owner & Director, Make Events

Welcome to Freshwalks

Welcome to Freshwalks, bringing together North West business folk in the desolate, yet majestic setting of the Peak District.

Our mission is to reinvigorate both body and soul, allowing participants to make new contacts, share personal and business challenges and gain some fresh perspective. All within a magnificent setting that will allow clear thinking and new ideas to flourish.

I hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you.

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Michael Di Paola | Founder

Next Event Schedule

  • 8.00am Breakfast (Carluccio's)

    Why not start the day with breakfast (or brunch) at Carluccio’s, Manchester Piccadilly? It’s the perfect way to meet some of your fellow walkers over bacon, eggs and coffee. Arrive early enough to ensure you have time to eat, buy a train ticket and find the platform.
    Train leaves Manchester Piccadilly 8.49am

  • 9.30am Edale Train Station

    Walkers heading straight for Edale should meet us on the road outside the train station. We will commence the walk ASAP after the train from Manchester arrives.

  • 12.00pm Kinder Downfall

    We should reach Kinder Downfall just after midday, where we will take a short break for lunch and to enjoy the views.

  • 3.30pm The Old Nag's Head

    Our walkers will arrive back in Edale between 3pm and 4pm – where we will head for the pub at the top of the village, the Old Nag’s Head.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, yes and yes. We’ve had at least one dog on every walk so far and they always add character and sometimes noise to the day. The only slight problem is that our regular breakfast meeting point at Carluccio’s doesn’t allow dogs inside the premises. Please observe the Countryside Code.

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Refund policy

The £15 Walk Only ticket is non-refundable should you not turn up though you will be given the opportunity to transfer to a future date within 90 days as long as you provide 48 hours notice.

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How fit do I need to be?

This will be a fairly taxing day (especially if the weather turns) but we’ll have people of all different levels of fitness you can walk with. Our schedule does allow for a number of ‘breather’ stops as well as a lunch break. So plenty of time for catching up and to keep the group together...

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What should I wear?

You will need to wear proper walking boots, bring along some waterproofs and a couple of layers to cater for unpredictable weather conditions. A spare pair of socks is also quite useful.  

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Contact Michael Di Paola on michael@freshwalks.co.uk