Connect. Recharge. Discover.


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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Sue McCarthy

Partner - Freshwalks City

Sue McCarthy has been an official Manchester tour guide since 2008, but has worked in the tourism industry for much longer. Her experience includes tour management, tour operations and teaching. An adopted Manc; she is an ambassador for the city and proud to show it off to visitors from all over the world. Sue regularly…

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Lewis Herridge

Partner - Freshwalks Wild

Lewis Herridge, founder of Re:YOU, is an outdoor activities and bushcraft professional having taught at the University of Derby, directly for numerous schools, colleges and commercial organisations and for the Institute for Outdoor Learning. He has also traveled to six continents as an expedition leader and for personal adventures. These experiences have shown Lewis the…

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Daniella Russo

Daniella is a freelance marketing consultant and event planner, currently on a year out of education. Whilst studying for a BA Marketing (Hons) at Nottingham Trent University, Daniella has also obtained diplomas in ‘Digital Marketing’ and ‘Innovation and Creativity in Marketing,’ CIM qualifications and a plethora of experience in supporting commerce on a small, localised…

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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

  • 12:00 Thursday 18 October

    We’re meeting at the Fulling Mill, Ambleside before embarking on a short 10km walk upto Loughrigg Fell on the first afternoon. We should be back in Ambleside between 4.30pm and 5pm where people can check in to B&Bs before we head to the Wateredge Inn for some food and drink.

  • 09:00 Friday 19 October

    We intend to meet at the Picnic Box in Ambleside where we’ll pick up our packed lunches ahead of a full day 11 miles hike around the Fairfield Horseshoe.

  • 19:30 Friday 19 October

    Our walkers should arrive back in Ambleside around 4pm which should give us enough time to recharge ahead of meeting out for dinner, 19:30 at Lucy’s on a Plate.

  • 10:00 Saturday 20 October

    For those with extra gears, we intend to drive down the Langdale valley, park up and embark on a third walk upto Langdale Pikes. We should be back mid-afternoon which is when the weekend will conclude and the journey home can commence.

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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

Pricing and Refund Policy; July 2018 Freshwalks Classic All Freshwalks Classic Early Bird tickets are priced at £15 per person. Early Bird tickets will be on sale upto 7 days before each event at which point ticket prices will increase to £20 per person. This pricing structure is designed to encourage people to sign up earlier...

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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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