Ann Garside (Founder)
Hi I am Ann, I created the group back in Nov 2019 and I can honestly say it’s been amazing I have met and walked with some of the best people, every walk we do is full of fun and laughter and nobody gets left behind, non of the walks are a race you walk/hike/climb at your own pace.
I started street walking a good few years back originally walking from Tesco to daisy nook I used to get as far as cutler hill and I was exhausted but I carried on and now I embrace the hills, fells, mountains and country side with a few wild camps thrown in there and I have promised myself in 2021 wild swims . I soon found my love for walking and the great outdoors, we have some stunning countryside.
I am a early bird so often seen on regular weekday hikes to the pike at 6am and 5am hikes of a weekend ….. there is usually a hill or mud involved. We also do adventure days for the adrenaline junkies amongst us.
Weekends away either camping / walking or just purely socialising breaks
I have recently attended day and night Navigation courses, and have NNAS silver award/ mountain skills courses in place for this year.
Walking is so good for not only your physical health but also your mental health and to be honest the walking etc has got me through the pandemic.
Everyone is welcome on any of the events and everyone is free post their own walks.
If you have any questions etc please do not hesitate to either stop
me in the street / inbox me / email me whatever is best.
Elizabeth Schofield (Admin)
Hi I’m Elizabeth, Ann’s Favourite Daughter In Law
Ann got me started with the walking group during the first lockdown by hiking the pike at 6am 3 times a week.. this is the girl who used to get a taxi from The Dutch to The Sun (if your from Failsworth you know)
I started loosing weight and the mental benefits during lock down were very much welcomed
I now get on as many walks as I can between working and being a mum to my 3 year old daughter (who has also been on many walks on my back)
I’ve been wild camping, wild swimming and everything in between.
My biggest achievement is definitely SCAFELL PIKE which we completed last month and now I just can’t wait for the next
Here’s to another good summer of hiking – I have met some really lovely people who I would now class as my friends for life Thank you Ann Garside
Paul Urmston (Admin)
Susan Firth (Admin)
Joanne Jones (Admin)
Steve Gilliburn (aka Stan the Admin Man)
I’m Stan, and I joined FWG with my wife, Hilda, 2 years ago. I initially joined to get out of the house at the weekend for fitness and exercise, but I’ve found that I’ve challenged myself in so many ways. I’ve climbed two of the highest mountains in the UK and seen towns and villages I never knew existed. I’ve walked in the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and the Lake District. These are things I’d never thought I’d do and I’m loving it. Joining the group is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve met new people and now have new friends for life, all thanks to joining FWG. I enjoy all kinds of walks, from canal walks, to local street walks, and hikes . My favourite two hikes to date are Old Man Coniston and Helvellyn. The views were spectacular. I’ve also conquered my fear of heights by climbing Via Ferata. Joining this group has made me healthier and happier, and I am forever grateful.
Chris Riley (Admin)
Caroline Blair (Group Expert)
I’m Caroline I’m usually on my bum more than my legs! When I discovered there was a local walking group I just turned up on my own one night for a local walk and I’ve never looked back! FWG had change a lot for me. I couldn’t even walk to work which is half a mile a couple of years ago. Now I’m walking miles ( even done an 18 mile hike once 😀 ) Made lots of new friends, friends for life. If you’re struggling and want to get out but think I don’t know anyone, believe me you’ll meet the nicest people and you’ll feel like you’ve known them for years.