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: Pre-Area AGM Walk - Central Manchester
Direct walk 4 miles - Leader: Mags Metcalf (from Manchester & Salford Ramblers)
Walk Start: Outside Manchester Cathedral at 11:00.
Waypoints: Northern Quarter, Ashton Canal, Rochdale Canal.
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. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
Saturday 31st: Strines - Broadbottom linear
Train-based walk 9 miles 400 metres ascent - Leader: Phil M
Description: A walk on good paths with one major ascent taking in the Goyt Way, Brabyns Park in Marple, Etherow Country Park, Werneth Low and Botham Hall before heading to Broadbottom. The descent at Backwood in particular may be muddy.
Meet Point: Piccadilly station for the train at 09:49.
Suggested Ticket: Greater Manchester Rail Ranger £6.80.
Walk Start: Strines station at 10:15.
Waypoints: Goyt Way, Roman Lakes, Brabyns Park, Compstall, Etherow Country Park, Beacon Houses, Werneth Low, Hacking Knife, Idle Hill, Backwood, Botham Hall, Hodge Fold.
Return Services: From Broadbottom: x:14 and x:44 until 19:44, then x:44 until 22:44.
Extra: Map EX OL1. No toilets at Walk Start. Toilets at Roman Lakes and Etherow. Driving to this walk not recommended as the start and finish points are on different train lines. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
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). First toilet has limited capacity, so walkers are advised to use the one on the train. 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. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
Saturday 14th: Southport & Ainsdale-On-Sea Spring Walk (Southport Circular)
Train-based walk 8.5 miles - Leader: Paul S
Description: This is a spring natural history walk. Starting at Southport, we stroll on to Birkdale Dunes, with plenty of ups and downs, to AOS. Lunch is at AOS. Then we return to Southport via Birkdale Sands, which is covered in shallow mud (up to 8 cm). What to see: Skylarks, Lapwings, Reed Buntings, Warblers. Plants in flower: Blackthorn, Early Forget-me-not, Portland Spurge, Colt's-foot, Cow Parsley. If anyone brings their dog(s), please could they keep them on a lead, since birds are breeding.
Meet Point: Victoria station for the train at 09:46. Walk also accessible by catching the 09:22 from Piccadilly station.
Suggested Ticket: Southport return £12.60. Duo for two people travelling together and returning on the same train £18.90.
Walk Start: Southport station at 11:10.
Waypoints: Birkdale Dunes, Ainsdale-On-Sea, Birkdale Sands.
Return Services: (To Victoria) 15:57, 16:54, 17:51, 18:57, 21:22. (To Piccadilly) 16:23, 17:32, 18:15, 19:20, 20:20, 22:18.
Extra: Toilets at Walk Start and at Ainsdale. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
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.
Saturday 28th: Strawbury Duck-Entwistle Circular
Train-based walk 8 miles 350 metres ascent - Leader: Ryan
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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. We usually visit a pub close to the station at the end of the walk, and everybody is very welcome to come along. You may want to make a note of the return train times as people return home at different times.
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