You don't have to book a place to go on any of our walks - just turn up at the designated meeting place!
Please ensure you are appropriately equipped for walking! If you do not have appropriate footwear, or are wearing jeans, the walk leader may refuse to let you join the walk. Before coming on a walk, please read the Before Walking page and our disclaimer. Also check the weather.
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Additional Sunday public transport walks are organised by Manchester Coach Rambles.
Saturday 24th: Worsley Wander - To the Mardi Gras via Castles in the Air - Trafford Centre Circular
Direct walk 9 miles 50 metres ascent - Leader: John L
Description: A walk that has only become possible with the opening of the new bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal in December. After crossing the bridge, we join the new Port Salford Greenway path, also only recently completed, which takes us to the pretty and historic village of Worsley. We walk through Worsley Woods to Beesley Green to join the Tyldesley Loopline which takes us to Monton Green and Salford's only lighthouse. We then follow the Bridgewater Canal all the way back to the Trafford Centre. The paths in Worsley Woods can be wet and muddy, otherwise this walk is mostly on level, well-surfaced paths, with just one short climb.
Walk Start: Information kiosk next to the Trafford Centre bus station at 12:00.
Waypoints: Chill Factor, Peel Green Cemetery, Winton Park, Worsley village, Old Warke Dam, Beesley Green, Broadoak Park, Monton Lighthouse, Bridgewater Canal, Barton Square.
Return Services: Frequent buses to the city centre until late evening. Last buses to Piccadilly and Shudehill both at 0:10.
Extra: Toilets at Walk Start and in Worsley village (4 miles). Maps EX276 and EX277.
Saturday 3rd: Adlington (Cheshire, not Adlington in Lancashire) Circular
Train-based walk 8 miles 250 metres ascent - Leader: Max
Description: A circular walk from Adlington (Cheshire) via Bollington with a trek to the top of Nab Head which stands at a dizzy height of 285 metres above sea level. There will be a pub stop in Bollington to serve as basecamp before we make the great ascent; and there is the option of visiting an artisan beer house when we come back down. There is also a pub next to the station at the end of the walk.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 11:46.
Suggested Ticket: Adlington return £8.90.
Walk Start: Adlington (Cheshire) station at 12:10.
Waypoints: Harrop Green Farm, Long Lane, Bollington, Nab Head, Whiteley Green, A523.
Return Services: x:27 until 21:27, 22:56.
Extra: No toilets at Walk Start; use those on the train. Map EX268.
Saturday 10th: Strawbury Duck - Entwistle Circular
Train-based walk 8 miles 350 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan
Description: A walk around the Turton & Entwistle, Wayoh and Jumbles Reservoirs, taking in Cheetham Close, a Bronze Age megalithic site with wide views across the moors toward Ramsbottom, Bolton and beyond, and finishing at the Strawbury Duck.
Meet Point: Manchester Victoria for the train at 11:02
Suggested Ticket: Return to Entwistle £7.20
Walk Start: Entwistle Station at 11:45
Waypoints: New House Farm, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, Foxhill Plantation, Turton Heights, Cheetham Close, Turton Tower, Jumbles Reservoir, Turton Bottoms, Wayoh Reservoir, Armsgrove Farm, Entwistle Viaduct.
Return Services: 15:23, 17:24, 18:23, 18:51, 19:23, 19:51, 20:23, 21:23, 22:22, 23:26 (Please not there is NO train around 16.30!) Entwistle is a request stop so signal in plenty of time…
Extra: No toilets at walk start.
Saturday 10th: Lyme Park Circular - PROVISIONAL
Train-based walk 6.5 miles 300 metres ascent - Leader: June
Saturday 17th: Newhey Circular
Direct walk 12 miles 600 metres ascent - Leader: Mark
Description: This is a fairly long walk with quite a bit of ascent. Please ensure you are confident of your fitness to undertake this walk. There is likely to be mud and, if there's been quite a bit of rain, surface water. There is an initial steady and constant climb up to Windy Hill where we cross the M62 on the other side of the bridge we join the Pennine Way to Blackstone Edge. We then get a descent to Lydgate along the old Roman Road before climbing once again over Whittaker Moor, crossing back over the M62 and heading for the reservoirs at Ogden. Then back toward Newhey where, if you wish, you can have refreshments at The Bird In Hand.
Suggested Ticket: Newhey return from Manchester City Zone £4.60, Metrolink day ticket £5.40, Metrolink weekend ticket £6.20, Bus & tram Daysaver £6.70 or Train & tram DaySaver £8.20.
Walk Start: Newhey tram stop at 11:00.
Waypoints: Huddersfield Road, Rough Bank, Tunshill Lane, Windy Hill, Rook Stones, Pennine Way, Blackstone Edge, Roman Road, Lydgate, Pennine Bridleway, Tunshill Lane, Ogden Reservoir, Huddersfield Road.
Return Services: Trams every 12mins back to Manchester.
Extra: Toilets at Ogden Reservoir if open. We're meeting at Newhey tram stop; allow 45 minutes travel from St. Peter's Square. The tram also stops at Victoria station.
Saturday 24th: Pre-Area AGM Walk - Central Manchester
Direct walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: TBC
Walk Start: Outside Manchester Cathedral at 11:30.
Extra: Walk will end in time for the Area AGM at 14:00 at the Methodist Central Hall on Oldham Street.
Friday 30th: Historic Chester
Train-based walk 9 miles - Leader: Martin, joining at Stockport
Description: This walk includes a full circuit of Chester's City Walls, passing the cathedral, the Roman Gardens, the fine Eastgate Clock and the castle. We also visit a Roman shrine and the grounds of a manor house, making this a serious contender for the most cultured walk the group has done! You will need your normal walking clothing and boots for this walk, as not all of it takes place in the city centre.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:17
Suggested Ticket: Day Return to Chester £13, or Duo Return £19.50 for two people travelling and returning together. Day Return to Chester on Arriva is £18.50 per person, with no Duo option.
Walk Start: Chester station main entrance at 11:00.
Waypoints: City Road, Shropshire Union Canal, City Walls (clockwise), Old Dee Bridge, Edgar's Field, Duke's Drive(Chester Approach), Ecclestone village, River Dee, City Walls (clockwise), Shropshire Union Canal, City Road.
Return Services: (Shorter and more expensive route via Warrington): 15:49, 16:22, 17:22, 18:16, 18:50, 19:52, 20:52, 21:51, 23:22. (Longer and cheaper route via Altrincham & Stockport): 15:59, 16:59, 18:04, 19:04, 20:04, 21:33, 22:48.
Extra: Toilets available at Chester station. Those living south of Manchester may find it best to change train at Crewe rather than take a direct train. The 09:17 departure is the designated train as the Northern Rail route to Chester via Stockport & Altrincham is the cheaper option. The quicker but more expensive option operated by Arriva Trains Wales leaves Piccadilly at 09:50, goes via Warrington and arrives Chester at 10:58 - the walk leader will wait for this train to arrive.
Saturday 7th: The Great Estates of Cheshire - Knutsford - Navigation Road linear
Train/Tram-based walk 12 miles 50 metres ascent- Leader: Martin, joining at Stockport
Description: A walk that traverses the whole of the Tatton Estate and the Dunham Massey Estate, and also visits an estate village for each. The walk also includes 'the most eccentric residential road in Britain', a number of country lanes, field paths and farm tracks, and a final section on the canal.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 10:17 (or make your own way to Altrincham via tram, see below)
Suggested Ticket: Rail return to Knutsford £7.80 (£11.70 for a Duo for two people travelling and returning together). Alternatively, Tram return to Altrincham £4.60, Metrolink Day Ticket £5.40, or Metrolink Weekend Ticket £6.20; plus a Train single from Altrincham to Knutsford £4.90.
Walk Start: Knutsford station at 11:00.
Waypoints: A50, Legh Road, A537, Knutsford Moor, Knutsford Gate, Tatton Park Beech Walk, Tatton Hall, Rostherne Drive, Rostherne village, Coe Lane, Spondgreen Farm, New Farm, Little Bollington, Dunham Massey, Dunham Town, Bridgewater Canal.
Return Services: From Navigation Road: Trains at 18:01, 19:06, 20:06, 21:06, 22:35, 23:49. Trams every 6 minutes.
Extra: No toilets at walk start. Toilets at Knutsford Moor(2 miles), Tatton Hall(4.5 miles) and Dunham Massey(9 miles). Possible pub stops at Little Bollington(8.5 miles) or Dunham Town(10 miles). No dogs on this walk please. Drivers are advised to park at Navigation Road and join us on the train at 10:44, although leave extra time as you may need to wait for the level crossing before accessing the rail platform. Those making the first part of their outward journey via tram should ensure they arrive in enough time to join us on the train at Altrincham at 10:46. Trams to Altrincham take approximately 20 minutes from Deansgate and 35 minutes from Piccadilly.
Saturday 21st: Edale Circular
Train-based walk ? miles ? metres ascent - Leader: June & Phil S
Meet Point: TBC.
Suggested Ticket: TBC.
Walk Start: TBC.
Return Services: TBC.
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