First adventures of Manchester Met’s staff hill walking group

MML Hill walkManchester Met’s staff hill walking group headed out for the first time as part of this year’s Engage Week. Read Abi Dean from MMU Sport’s write-up of the day below:

When MMU Sport arranged the walk, we knew that the one thing you can never count on in the outdoors is the weather and true to form, as we made our way over the hilly peaks towards Edale, it well and truly tipped it down.

Never to be deterred, as the minibus pulled up at Penny Pot café and the rain hammered down, there were still smiles on people’s faces.

I was soon to discover that these were nervous smiles when some started disclosing that they didn’t have waterproofs. Bob our minibus driver, ever the hero, started handing out all weather-proof belongings to those in need.

The day started with a gentle stroll across the fell, progressing to what some described as the most challenging part of the day.

It was at this point that the expertise of the walk’s leaders Paul Knowles, a Senior Lecturer in Outdoor studies and Alex, MMU Alumni, came into play.

We were faced with more than five river crossings as we zigzagged our way up to the mist-engulfed peak. The river crossings eventually stopped but it only meant the track got steeper and steeper. I’m proud to say no one gave in and we all made it to the top to have a well-earned lunch break.

Following our re-fuelling, the descent was more relaxed. The sun even greeted us as we made our way back through the fields below.

Staff that took part said:

“It was challenging enough to be enjoyable and a brilliant introduction to the great outdoors.”

“The hillwalking trip was a great experience with friendly people from all around the University. It was such a good opportunity to meet new people and explore a new place, even the rain didn’t dampen our moods!”

“Overall very enjoyable and uplifting, and a pleasure to share my love of the outdoors with like-minded people.”

If you are interested in taking part in future walks then please register your interest by emailing our MMU Sport Active Lifestyle Officer, Abi Dean on  and she will add you to the mailing group and keep you informed. The group are planning their next outing after the holiday period. A basic level of fitness is required and any equipment needed will be listed when the event is put on our Events page.