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March 22, 2017

Freshwalking with… Chris Marsh

Someone who needs little introduction – the one man networking machine that is Chris Marsh – Director of Partner Development at UKFast and responsible for developing strategic partnerships with clients, suppliers and other organisations. Chris, thankfully is a huge advocate of Freshwalks and has been a regular since day one. He’s always there to listen, help and advise…

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March 12, 2017

Freshwalking with… John Shinnick

One of our most regular faces, John Shinnick epitomises the spirit of Freshwalks in every possible way. He asks for little but John is always the first to share and give plenty. That might be a well-considered opinion or insight, based on his wealth of experience or a well-timed joke or anecdote. He’s not half bad with a camera…

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February 7, 2017

Freshwalks City review

Written by Scott Hadden, Head of Disruption at Verilet @ScottHaddenMCIM I have to say I have become more than a little fond of Freshwalks and barely missed any last year. It is for me the perfect combination:  lovely, humble people getting together in some spectacular settings where natural conversation rather than networking small talk drives…

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January 17, 2017

Freshwalks in the City

Last Wednesday, Spinningfields saw the launch of Freshwalks City – a business networking group with a mission to get Manchester’s business community walking more. The city launch came after two successful years for Freshwalks which has seen nearly 350 of the region’s business leaders take on challenging hikes in the Peak District. Freshwalks City is…

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January 3, 2017

2017: Challenging hikes, city walks & much more

Hello Freshwalkers, a quick preview of our plans for 2017. After an amazing couple of years that have seen hundreds of the North West’s finest hike many thousands of miles, Freshwalks is evolving. More dates, new routes and the launch of a brand new regular format.   Choice and relevance will be at the heart…

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August 28, 2016

Grindsbrook, with a bit of luck

Perhaps the last of our summer walks as the 8.49am train from Manchester Piccadilly snaked through the Pennines towards glorious Edale on Friday morning. Despite Thursday’s deluge, the weather had stayed true to a consistently optimistic forecast all week long. Dry, sunny and as warm as you’d want it to be for a gruelling lug…

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June 25, 2016

Chasing stones on Bleaklow

With a background context of the EU referendum result, it seemed a perfect morning to escape the distinctly sombre mood at Manchester Piccadilly train station and head for the hills beyond Glossop. It had been over a month since our last walk, creating a real itch for the outdoors – evidenced by a fantastic turnout of…

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March 12, 2016

Slide Away (and give it all you’ve got)

Due to a busy March diary, this was a relatively quick follow-up to our last hike across the Kinder plateau, when over thirty Freshwalkers yomped from Edale to Glossop only a fortnight earlier. Nonetheless, another twenty-four hardy but expectant souls gathered outside Glossop train station soon after 10.15am, ready for anything Bleaklow could throw at…

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January 17, 2016

Edale Valley: Hills, chills and bellyaches

The first Freshwalks of 2016 and potentially the freshest to date, scanning the weather forecast in the week prior. Yikes. For the first time, I reluctantly switched the route with 48 hours to go as Kinder Scout threatened to present blizzard like conditions and temperatures to concern even hardcore walkers. The Edale to Glossop hike…

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November 8, 2015

It’s networking, but not as we know it.

Turning up at Carluccio’s at Piccadilly Station I was greeted by a worried looking Michael Di Paola. Thom Hetherington, co-founder of Freshwalks and our guide for the day, was forced to drop out due to a dodgy knee and Michael wasn’t confident of the chosen route. However, this problem wasn’t insurmountable and once in Glossop,…

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