Fresh connections that actually add value
A full day in the solitude of the Dark Peak creates a group intimacy that leads to deeper conversations and more valuable connections.
Escape the office for a day, switch off and recharge
The invigorating exercise, fresh air and vast expanse of space is the ultimate stress prevention. Clear thinking and game-changing decisions will flourish.
Michael Di PaolaCo-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…Read More
Sue McCarthyPartner - 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…Read More
Lewis HerridgePartner - 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…Read More
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…Read More
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 hadnâ€™t seen before.Geoffrey WeisgardÂ |Â 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.
Next Event Schedule
7.45am 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 8.29am
9.00am Hadfield train station
Walkers heading straight for Hadfield should meet us in the car park outside the train station. We will commence the walk ASAP after the train from Manchester arrives.
We should reach the Woodhead tunnel late morning where we will take a short break for lunch before looping back on ourselves (on the other side of the reservoirs).
2:30pm The Peels Arms, Padfield
Our walkers will arrive back in Padfield around 2.30pm where we will head for the Peels Arms for food and drink. It’s only a short walk away from Hadfield train station.
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.
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.
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...
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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