Stagecoach Manchester staff scale Saddleworth peaks for charity

Chew Valley Reservoir Panorama
Chew Reservoir: part of a 25km hike taken by some of Stagecoach Manchester’s staff. This was photographed in 2011, over seven years before their walk.

The hills and valleys which frame the Saddleworth villages bring enjoyment to many walkers and (on Dovestone Reservoir) sailors. From Denshaw to Friezland its pubs fulfil a similar purpose with a wide selection of locally brewed real ales. Especially on the last weekend of August during the Rushcart Festival.

Over at Hyde Road Depot, Stagecoach Manchester’s Head Office took part in a 25km hike along Saddleworth. For their troubles they raised £1,800 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The group, which consisted of Nicky Park, Andrew Howard-Smith, Heidi Goodwin, Anthony Fox, Kayley Bowes, Sachin Duggal, Tom Ollier, Adam Clark, and Tony Martin took on the challenging Dovestone Rocks Trail from Greenfield, Saddleworth. This takes in the Pots and Pans War Memorial, Ashway Gap rocks, and Chew Reservoir before returning to Greenfield. The route has scenic views across the North West.

On their walk, the team tackled rock climbing, downhill scrambling, crossed streams and boggy moorland. With blisters and nettle stings, all the more challenging.

The money raised will form part of Stagecoach Manchester’s annual donation to the hospital, which is collected through the generosity of customers and its own staff for challenges that Stagecoach personnel take on at various stages throughout the year.

On the event, Stagecoach Manchester Managing Director, Elisabeth Tasker said: “The head office team which took on the challenge worked equally as hard on the fundraising element as they did tackling the trail and it’s great to see all of their hard work has been rewarded with a big final figure.

“We’re always encouraging our staff to challenge themselves and I’d like to thank the team for their dedication and commitment in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”

If you wish to explore Dovestone Reservoir or some of the other locations on their walk, your best starting point is The Clarence Hotel. First Greater Manchester’s 180 and 350 services stop nearby. Walking Englishman’s website covers a similar walk which may be of interest to you.

An EM60 Presentation, 21 August 2018.

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