Manchester Pedestrian Club
Saturday Walking Around Greater Manchester
|Walk / Date||Name||Organiser or Notes||Description|
|Prior to Official MPC Formation|
|Saturday 23 May 1903||Manchester - Southport 'Heel & Toe' Race, 100 walkers||King||41 m, Roads|
|Tuesday 16th June 1903||
Manchester Pedestrian Club Founded. |
Meeting to organise other walks
|11 July||Hayfield - Castleton via Snake, Win Hill, Bamford||King||21 m,|
|26 July||Hazelhead - Bamford||At this walk, it was proposed that a club should be formed, known as the "Manchester Pedestrian Club"||Hazelhead - Langsett - Derwent Dale - Ashopton - Bamford|
|Walks Organised by the MPC, 1903|
|Plan: Fortnightly walks on Saturdays|
|1, 2 August||Glossop - Derwinston|
|2, 8 August||Handforth - Plumley||"ended in chaos"!||Handforth Stn - Prestbury - Broken Cross - Siddington - Old Withington - Goostrey|
|?||Hope - Matlock ?||(This was reported in the Evening News as occurring on 8th August, but these do not agree with the programme that was published.)|
|22 August||Disley - Alderley||Ladies invited||11.5 m|
|5 Sep||Edale - Bakewell|
|19 Sep||Alderley Edge - Congleton 'Short Distance Championship Race'||Won in 1 hr 43 mins by E.C. Brotherton|
|October||Diggle - Crowden|
|October||Macclesfield - Buxton|
|2 Nov||Waterloo Hotel||First Annual Dinner|
|14 Dec||Moseley Hotel||First Annual General Meeting|
|"The M.P.C. was now established and solvent - but it was still a competitive 'heel and toe' racing club and it was only during the next year that the ethos of comradeship and courtesy was to evolve which would carry it through the century." [E. Watson]|
|Walks in 1904|
Plan: 15 Saturday walks, 10 Sunday walks, starting in March |
Few details are known.
However, a Walks Convenor role was established, so that the Secretary would not need to arrange all the walks. It was in 1904 that the system of members taking turns to organise and lead walks was established. Those two characteristics have continued to this day.
|First walk (March)||Rivington||With supper in Manchester|
|21st May||Manchester - London||
Start in St Anne's Square 1.0 pm, 20 members. |
Reporters from national press covered the walk.
|Manchester (St Anne's Sq) - Congleton - Rugeley - Coventry - Stoney Stratford - St. Albans - London (Marble Arch)|
|First cup for member who walks most miles in the year.|
|Walks in 1905|
|Walks arranged March to September, alternative Saturdays, with one Sunday per month. (Most businesses worked Saturdays, often half-days.)|
|Walks in 1906|
|Walks in 1907|
|Walks in 1908|
|Walks in 1909|
|39 walks arranged for and walked in 1909.|
|7 days||Lancaster - Edinburgh|
Full list of MPC walks is available on separate page.
Created: May 2017 from Eric Watson's History, with other materials added later. Last update: 5 January 2020.
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