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*Altrincham and District Rambling Club
Overview

The Club for Hillwalkers, Ramblers and Amblers  'We are a "not for profit" organisation with very modest membership fees whose objective is "to encourage the appreciation, conservation and enjoyment of the countryside". Please explore the site and the Facebook page to find out more about us and the countryside walks and other activities that we can offer you.'

*Ashton-U-Lyne & District Walking Club
Overview

'The Club was formed in 1931 and caters for all ages and walking abilities. Over the years it has grown to a membership of 200 approximately, with a variety of walks graded, strolling, easy & moderate / strenuous.'

*BCV Rambles Walking Group
Overview

'Bolton Conservation Volunteers (BCV) is a self-funding not-for-profit organisation based in Bolton, Lancashire and was established in 1976 by a group of Bolton residents wanting to care for and maintain Bolton's natural habitats and wildlife ... In addition to our practical conservation work there is also a walking group, BCV Rambles, which meets every two months for walks around some of the Northwest's beauty spots.'

*Bolton CHA Rambling Club
Overview

'Founded in 1905 the Club celebrated its Centenary in 2005. We're very active and we extend a warm welcome to all walkers and lovers of the countryside ... We have members of all ages and from a range of backgrounds. For a modest annual fee you can enjoy all the hidden delights of rural Lancashire and beyond the best way there is, on foot!'

*Bolton Council
Overview

'Rural walks, country parks, trails and footpaths ... '

*Burrs Country Park
Overview

'Lies on the River Irwell covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile north west of Bury town centre.'

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Bury Council

*Bury Council
Overview

Upgrade of the Council Website 'has resulted in a lot of information being removed' - so some of the Pages originally referenced here have disappeared. However, there is still useful information available about Bury's Nature Reserves and Parks, which can be accessed from the Web Page cited here.

See also

Visit Bury

*Bury HF Walking Club
Overview

'To provide healthy enjoyment of leisure and to encourage love of open air and promote social friendship. All members are asked to support events and walks arranged for their enjoyment.'

*Crompton Moor
Overview

'Crompton Moor rises above the town of Shaw, and is a unique and popular recreation site in Oldham. The site is great for wildlife. Birdwatchers can see kestrel, red grouse, golden plover, snipe, curlew, skylark and meadow pipit. There are also foxes, weasels, common shrews, stoats and hares ... The Oldham Way and Crompton Circuit local trails also cross the site.'

*Greater Manchester Walking Festival
Overview

‘Celebrating the joy of walking, the Festival will bring together neighbours, friends and communities to have fun and re-discover, or perhaps discover for the first time, the joy of the journey!’ Usually held During May.

*Heaton Park
Size (acreage)600
Overview

'Heaton Park is a municipal park in Manchester England covering an area of over 600 acres making it the largest municipal park in Europe,'

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Manchester City Council

*Henshaws Hikers
Overview

'Improve your fitness, get some fresh air, enjoy some beautiful scenery and make new friends! Our walking group are aged between 20 and 90 years old and you don’t need to have lots of experience with walking. The walks are a full day with a  break for lunch so you do need to be able to walk approximately 6-7 miles.'

*MAD Walkers
Overview

'Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers) 20s and 30s group, a local group of the Ramblers Association for people who live in and around the Greater Manchester area.'

*Manchester CHA Rambling and Social Club
Overview

'We are a group of people who love walking and who appreciate our beautiful countryside.'

*Oldham Ramblers
Overview

'Oldham Group helps local people enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. We are a very active group offering throughout the year: Two walking groups on Sundays - easy and moderate. One Wednesday walk with pub lunch/ an easy or moderate day walk.'

*Out on Sunday Walking Group
Overview

'We are a walking group based in and around Greater Manchester, mainly but not exclusively for members of the LGBT community. Walks are led by members of the group and take place on a fortnightly basis during the autumn and winter, and weekly during the spring and summer.'

*Ramblers - Greater Manchester and High Peak Area
Overview

'If you live in or around Manchester and enjoy walking, whether it be gentle or strenuous, the Greater Manchester and High Peak Area of the Ramblers and its associated groups organise hundreds of walks throughout the year, so there is sure to be something for you.'

*Rochdale Borough Council
Overview

'Parks, countryside and walks around the borough.'

*Sale Walking & Activity Group
Overview

'We are a mixed social walking group of all ages and abilities based in South Manchester and North Cheshire. Our Winter / Spring programme includes weekends away youth hostelling, Sunday walks, and a variety of social events such as meals out, theatre trips and pub nights. New members are always offered a warm welcome.'

*Smithills Hall & Country Park
Size (acreage)2000
Overview

'Covers more than 2,000 acres and extends from the Hall to Winter Hill. It is owned by Bolton Council and much of the land is leased to local farmers (including Smithills Open Farm). There are plenty of public footpaths and spaces though. One area is the Ravenden Plantation, a wooded valley leading down as far as Moss Bank Way ...'

Description from

Visit North West

See also

Smithills Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

*Spice Manchester
Overview

'We are a social activity group and are part of a Nationwide membership group with a local feel. Joining Spice is one of the easiest ways of meeting new people and making new friends. We organise events in and around the Manchester area and offer a huge variety of events each month along with weekends away and holidays of a lifetime.'

*Stalybridge Country Park
Overview

'Looking for quiet riverside walks, or wooded valleys? Maybe it's wild open moorland you desire. You can find it all at Stalybridge Country Park ... '

*Tameside Metropolitan Borough
Overview

'Whether it’s for a short stroll around your Local Nature Reserve, or a day long ramble through woodland and over moorland, a network of footpaths and trails take walkers through spectacular countryside.'

*Tameside Ramblers
Overview

'Founded in 2013, we organise walks in and around the Tameside area.'

*Trafford Group of Ramblers
Overview

'The Trafford Group of Ramblers started with its inaugural walk and meeting on Tuesday 15th June, 2010.  This coincided with the 21st Anniversary of the opening of the Trans Pennine Trail ... There are currently c 250 members of RTG.'

*Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Overview

'Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. There are a number of ways to take those first steps: [1] Trafford's walking network - - - : [2] Walking campaigns - - - : [3] Walking to school - - - : [4] Walking journey planner - using the walkit.com Route Planner.'

*Visit Manchester
Overview

'Guided Walks and Tours of Manchester ... Manchester's Green Corridor ... Manchester Walks and Trails'

*Visit Oldham
Overview

'There are countless walks around Oldham and the surrounding countryside just waiting to be discovered.'

See also

Parks, Countryside and Canals [Oldham Council]

*Weaste Cemetery
Size (acreage)39
Overview

'A Grade II listed Victorian Cemetery with six listed monuments within 39 acres of green space. From the inscriptions on the monuments to beautifully crafted sculptures, Weaste Cemetery contains the biography of our community. With grassland untreated by chemicals since 1857 and woodland providing a habitat for butterflies and wild birds this is a real urban oasis. Together with Salford City Council, the Friends of Salford Cemeteries Trust have developed a Heritage Trail at Weaste Cemetery.'

Ardwick Heritage Trail
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'Living history epitomises Ardwick, an area rich in architectural features and cultural heritage. Originally a small village and bounded by the River Medlock, Ardwick can trace its origins back to 1282. By the early 19th century, Ardwick was an elegant suburb and its Georgian splendour is still on show at Ardwick Green, alongside one of Manchester's oldest churches St Thomas's Church, built in 1741 ...'

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Victoria Baths Neighbourhood Regeneration Project

Ashton Canal Towpath
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'A green link from the city centre to Ashton-under-Lyne, bordered by an interesting mix of modern and industrial architecture. Improvements to the towpath have made it into a pleasant route, accessible to walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.'

Description from

Canal & River Trust

See also

Nature Trail [Ancoats Canal Project] | The Ashton Canal [Pennine Waterways] | Portland Basin Museum

Bolton Public Rights of Way
Overview

'The Definitive Map and Statement is held by the Council's Public Rights of Way Team ... The map and statement can be viewed during normal office hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). Please make an appointment before visiting the office. You can also access a copy of the Definitive Map on the My Maps section of this website in the Transport and Streets Category.'

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Bolton Council

Bolton Rotary Way Footpath
Distance (miles)50
Overview

'The Rotary Way Footpath was established in 2005 to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Rotary Club ... If you plan to do the whole route (and indeed even if you only wish to do some of it), you may find the Rotary Way booklet to be very useful, with detailed breakdowns of each stage (although be warned – some of the bus numbers and routes are a little out of date!) and sketch maps to help you on your way. If you wish to get your copy, get in touch with the Westhoughton Branch of the Rotary Club using the "contact us" form on their website and enquire.'

'Links can be made to Blackburn/Darwen via Witton Weavers Way at Jumbles reservoir and to Manchester Bury and Rawtenstall using the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail.'

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Geocaching

Bury Local Access Forum
Overview

'The Bury Local Access Forum has replaced the Greater Manchester Pennine Fringe Local Access Forum. It is a statutory advisory body made up of volunteers who are interested in countryside access issues.'

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Bury Council

Bury Public Rights of Way
Overview

'Special maps have been drawn up so that walkers, riders, farmers and landowners may know which paths are public rights of way. The "definitive maps" show footpaths, bridleways, byways open to all traffic and roads used as public paths.'

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Bury Council

Clayton Vale Heritage Trail
Distance (miles)4
Overview

''Medlock Valley runs through the heart of East Manchester, running east to west through Clayton Vale, Philips Park, SportsCity, Holt Town, Medlock Outlook, Lower Medlock through the City Centre to join the Irwell at Castlefield.' [From the Website - albeit last updated in 2009 - which gives access to a wide variety of useful background information on the area.]

See also

Medlock Valley Way [LDWA]

Cotton, Culture and Characters [Worktown Walks 1]
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'On this free self-guided walk in north Bolton, you’ll visit sites of early cotton mills, weaving sheds and bleachworks, be introduced to entrepreneurs and workers in the textile industry, but also footballers, singers, Glo-White, a psychoanalyst, fighter pilot, an actor, a DJ, a children’s writer, refugees and rogues.'  The Digital Album 'includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.'

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Live From Worktown

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'Live from Worktown is a resident-led community arts organisation working in partnership to bring cultural activities to the heart of Bolton.'

Fallowfield Loop Walk
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'An off-road cycle path, pedestrian and horse riding route from Chorlton-cum-Hardy through Fallowfield and Levenshulme to Gorton and Fairfield in Manchester ... At 8 miles long the Fallowfield Loop is thought to be the longest urban cycleway in Britain.'

Greater Manchester Reservoirs
Overview

'Greater Manchester is internationally renowned for its industrial heritage, but you don’t have to travel far from the big city to find yourself among a green and pleasant land. Many of our Mancunian reservoirs are in spectacular settings - from rugged moorland and wildflower meadows to verdant valleys and ancient woodland. Explore another side to the city – perfect for active days out ...'

Description from

United Utilities

Greater Manchester Tree Trails
Overview

'We've identified and created a number of tree trails across Greater Manchester that you can explore.'

Halliwell Boundary Walk
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'Explore the boundaries of Halliwell ... This walk forms a "figure of eight" around Smithills Hall ...'

Description from

The Milestone Society

Hollingworth Lake
Size (acreage)130
Overview

'There's lots to do for you and the family throughout the year, including a regular programme of guided walks, special events, crafts and outdoor activities.'

Description from

Rochdale Borough Council

See also

Hollingworth Lake [Wikipedia]

Jonathan Schofield Manchester Tours
Overview

'A list of public tours in Manchester and beyond. On other pages there are suggested private tours, gift vouchers and much more.'

Jumbles Country Park Walking
Overview

'Enjoy a short stroll around Jumbles Reservoir in this pretty country park in Bolton. The park is set within the beautiful West Pennine Moors with a lovely waterside footpath around the reservoir. There are also good facilities with a visitor centre and cafe. The Park is located just a couple of miles north east of Bolton city centre, near to the Lancashire village of Chapeltown. If you have time you could continue your walk along the Witton Weavers Way to the nearby Wayoh Reservoir and Nature Reserve.'

Enjoy a short stroll around Jumbles Reservoir in this pretty country park in Bolton. The park is set within the beautiful West Pennine Moors with a lovely waterside footpath around the reservoir. There are also good facilities with a visitor centre and cafe.
The park is located just a couple of miles north east of Bolton city centre, near to the Lancashire village of Chapeltown. If you have time you could continue your walk along the Witton Weavers Way to the nearby Wayoh Reservoir and Nature Reserve. - See more at: http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/jumbles-country-park-walking-route#sthash.R74UU3KW.dpu
Description from

United Utilities

See also

Jumbles Country Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Manchester's Green Corridor
Distance (miles)54
Overview

'The City of Manchester has 138 parks, 31 of which have been awarded green flag status and a walking route has now been identified that links these green spaces. The Green Corridor is made up of 14 routes with each route averaging 4 miles.' ALERT It seems the Manchester City Council - nor the body originally referenced here Getting Manchester Moving - no longer maintain a description of the Green Corridor on their Websites. Instead, we are referred to the Ramblers' Routes (Search 'Manchester green corridor' - but note that full details of at least some of the stages of the Corridor are only available to Ramblers' Members).

Description from

Getting Manchester Moving

New Manchester Guided Walks
Overview

'For the most entertaining and best informed Manchester guided tours, join New Manchester Walks, Manchester's leading walks and talks outfit, bringing the 21st century city alive. We provide an unrivalled and unmatchable programme of historical trips and tours in and around Manchester – from the Gothic glories and cotton palaces of central Manchester to the gleaming new dock side towers of Salford Quays; from the coal face of industrial Eastlands to the winding alleyways of Knutsford in leafy Cheshire.'

Description from

New Manchester Walks

See also

Guided Walks and Tours of Manchester [Visit Manchester]

Oldham 'Wednesday Walkers' Anniversary Walks
Overview

'To celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary we published a book containing 25 of our favourite walks. We have now decided to publish these walks on our web site so they will be available for all to enjoy ... If you have enjoyed one or more of these walks why not show your appreciation by making a donation to Oldham Mountain Rescue ?'

Description from

Wednesday Walkers

Oldham Open Access Land
Overview

'There are some areas of Oldham where you can enjoy the land without having to stay on footpaths. Most of these open access areas are moorland and common land within the hills of the South Pennines.'

Description from

Oldham Council

Oldham Public Art Sculpture Trail
Overview

'A number of pieces of art have been installed along the length of the Huddersfield Canal through Oldham, to reflect images of life on the canal. These have been designed by a number of local artists, with the inspiration from local school children. They fall into three areas: gateways features along the length of the canal, a mural in Dobcross and play areas in Diggle.'

Description from

Visit Oldham

Oldham Way
Distance (miles)40
Overview

'In 2015 the Oldham Way is to be relaunched with hopefully our Real Oldham Way being adopted, thereby removing the road sections and perambulating through Moston Brook which is well on the way to be a new country park!' ALERT The Oldham Ramblers - from whose former Web Site this quote was taken - have now moved their Web presence to the Ramblers' Association Website.

Reflections Of the Past Audio Trail
Overview

'This Project aims to enhance and stimulate public understanding of Canals: by encouraging you to visit these wonderful places, by guiding and informing your presence, and by illuminating history that does not immediately or easily reveal itself.' Note that the Audio Trail Link did not function on review - so I have replaced it with one to the Canal Society Website which had a brief description of the Trail on its (rather long) Home Page.

Rochdale Canal Towpath
Distance (miles)33
Overview

'For boaters, this Canal is a peaceful place to escape the crowds. The towpath is probably the easiest walking route through the Pennines, taking you into the heart of the hills at a relatively gentle gradient. However, there is also plenty of access to more challenging routes for serious hiking.'

Description from

Canal & River Trust

Rochdale Way
Distance (miles)45
Overview

Detailed description (2 October 2011) 'produced to (a) update the route around the Rochdale Way and (b) hopefully get more walkers / non walkers to enjoy the scenery / views around the Rochdale Borough. Whether for just for a few miles, or the full 45 miles. It follows where possible the original route of the Rochdale Way "a circular walk", created by Richard Catlow, John Cole and Martin Riley, the last update of which was the second edition in 2004 / 2005. At the present time Rochdale Council have no plans to produce any further updates ...'.

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Steve Baker East Lancashire LDWA

Saddleworth Village Trails
Overview

'These trails are a great way to explore the historic villages of Saddleworth and learn more about the history of the area: Delph ... Diggle ... Dobcross ... Uppermill.'

Description from

Oldham Council

See also

Saddleworth Historical Society

Sale Orbital Trail
Distance (miles)12
Overview

Mostly off-road route through the centre of Sale, down to Broadheath and then round up near Carrington and back to Stretford.

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Trans Pennine Trail

Salford Industrial Heritage Trails
Overview

'If you've picked up the heritage bug and want to explore Salford's history further for yourself, why not take the next step and go on one of our range of fascinating self-guided walks ... Each one encompasses a different area of the city.'

Description from

Visit Salford

Salford Public Rights of Way
Overview

'The rights of way improvement plan is a ten-year strategic document which is intended to be the prime means by which the council will identify the changes to be made to the local rights of way network to meet the government's aim of better provision for walkers, cyclists, equestrians, carriage drivers, motor vehicle users and people with mobility problems. It is a wide-ranging plan, covering all aspects of the management and improvement of the network to meet the likely future needs of the public.'

Description from

Salford City Council

Salford Trail
Distance (miles)55
Overview

‘Explore the heritage, countryside and rural areas of Salford with a series of ten walks. The Salford Trail is a long distance walk of about 50 miles/80 kilometres and entirely within the boundaries of the City of Salford. It was officially opened by Ramblers President, Stuart Maconie on the 30 May 2017.‘

Tame Valley Way
Distance (miles)24
Overview

'Walking trail linking Denshaw in Saddleworth with Stockport town centre. It broadly follows the course of the River Tame and is a varied and attractive walk, combining hill country, riverside and canal walking, woodlands, meadows and industrial heritage.'

See also

Tame Valley Way [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Tameside Public Rights of Way
Overview

'Although the majority of rights of way within the Borough are shortcuts from one road to another, we do have a number of rural Rights of Way which form routes such as parts of the Pennine Way among others. Tameside's varied landscape is well worth exploring and 264km of public rights of way provide public access to attractions and countryside alike.'

Tameside Trail
Distance (miles)40
Overview

'A 40 mile circular walk, broadly following the Borough boundary, through varied and attractive countryside, linking together the several river valleys and country parks, as well as many other areas of interest. The route crosses or links with a number of other trails. It is well served by public transport, enabling the walk to be split into easy stages. Available from the visitor centres and Tourist Information office, the Tameside Trail Booklet can be purchased on-line.'

Description from

The Tameside Citizen

Thirlmere Way
Distance (miles)130
Overview

The Thirlmere Pipeline 'was built by Manchester Corporation Water Works to relieve the problem of an ever growing need by industry and people in the Manchester area in the latter part of the 19th century. The Thirlmere Way 'broadly follows the path of the pipeline from sink to source, starting at Heaton Park, Manchester and ending, not surprisingly, at Thirlmere'.

Description from

BOOT boys

Unsworth and Pilsworth Walk
Distance (miles)5
Overview

'A chance to see some of the Borough's lesser-known countryside, taking you over the M66 to secluded stream valleys and open farmland.' Unfortunately this Walk seems to have disappeared from the Web; so I have replaced the Link with one to Bury's Nature Reserves.

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Bury Council

Village Link Trail
Distance (miles)18
Overview

'A unique trail of a little less than 18 miles around and between 6 of Bury's most historic villages. The trail consist of 7 quite distinct separate sections each varying in length and scenery between 2 to 5 miles long and ideal for everyone from the seasoned walker to the weekend strollers ... With 14 walks to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice.'

Walk to Dunham Massey
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'You could drive or get a bus to Dunham, but take the time to walk or cycle there from Altrincham and you will be rewarded with some fine architecture, fascinating features & blissful views. (There's always the option of getting a bus or taxi back if you start to flag.)' ALERT I could no longer locate the PDF on the Visit Trafford Website. Fortunately, at the time of Review, the Mid Cheshire Railway Line Website still provided access to it.

Description from

VisitTrafford

Watergrove Reservoir Walks
Overview

'High in the Pennines above Wardle village, the area around Watergrove Reservoir includes walking trails with spectacular views, bird watching, fishing and a link to the Pennine Bridleway ...'

Description from

Visit Rochdale

See also

Watergrove Reservoir [United Utilities]

Watershed Landscape Walks
Overview

'Download resources including podscroll trails, audio trails, and maps to help you to explore the Watershed Landscape.'

West Pennine Way
Distance (miles)46
Overview

'Many of our members have spent 1000’s of hours over the last 5 years planning this 46 miles rural route with 35 short links to all the surrounding urban areas and a 15 miles link to the Pennine Way from Bull Hill on Holcombe Moor to Warlands Reservoir on the Pennine Way ... Our aim for this Project is not only to promote this outstanding area to the 680,000 people, living in the immediate surrounding former mill towns of Bolton, Horwich, Chorley, Blackburn, Darwen, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Bury but further afield ...'

Worsley Village Circular Walk
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'Enjoy the chocolate-box black and white timbered houses, tranquil woodlands and the birthplace of the transport revolution – The Bridgewater Canal.'

Description from

Visit Manchester

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