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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
Confessions of a first time Freshwalker!
Hi, my name is Joanna and I am a Freshwalker. There, I said it. More importantly, I actually did it! Having initially joined the roll call back in July, I’d finally persuaded myself that this was going to be the one – and what a walk it was! As a resident of Liverpool and someone who…Read More
September Kinder Surprise
A month on from our Edale soaking and the latest crew were primed and ready to pen another chapter in the Freshwalks story. The forecast had been knife-edge stuff all week but now poised to come good as a mostly dry day loomed large. In terms of the group, I was excited but nervous. So…Read More
Edale (water levels) Rising
Sold out, with a waiting list to boot. Over fifty walkers had signed up for what would surely be a glorious mid-August walk with a fortnight to go. Suntan lotion at the ready and I’d even considered the possibility of lumping some disposable family BBQs up Jacob’s Ladder. Oh yes, this would be a summer…Read More
Five ways Freshwalks can benefit you and your business.
1. Team Building Show me a team that doesn’t need a big fat shot of together gel from time to time? The desolate environment of the Dark Peak is a perfect setting to create an intimate vibe, naturally bringing people closer. Even a high-performing team might find it useful to dig deeper with colleagues and…Read More
A Summer Walk on Glorious Bleaklow
Eleven months on from our inaugural event last August, we thought it was about time to retrace that wholly enjoyable, heather-clad route around the harsh moorland landscape of Bleaklow. A classic, if slighter shorter, hike than our last two forays towards Kinder and one to allow us the added bonus of an hour later rendezvous…Read More
Ten reasons you should come to Freshwalks
1. Exercise Don’t underestimate the physical effort required on our routes. Our typical 10 mile plus walks are a fair slog on some difficult terrain. Designed to get the blood pumping, lungs bursting and legs wobbling. You’ll know about it the following day. 2. Reduce stress Rough day at the office? Feeling the strain? One…Read More