Route overview – updated!

The GM Ringway long-distance trail follows an anti-clockwise circuit from its starting point in Manchester city centre through some of the finest countryside and green spaces of the entire city region.

Over the summer and autumn, many of the 18 stages have been tested and refined in more detail. The resulting changes are now shown on this interactive, zoomable map for the whole 174 mile/281 km-long route. Please feel free to leave a comment about this new map (correct as of 19 November 2016).

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GM Ringway v6 (November 2018)

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The most significant changes affect Stage 2 (Sale Water Park to East Didsbury), Stage 11 (Bury to Bromley Cross), Stage 14 (Wigan to Leigh) and Stage 15 (Leigh to Glazebrook).

On Stage 2, the central section has been moved to the north to trace a quieter and even more attractive route along the Mersey and through Withington golf course.

On Stage 11, the first four miles now follow the very pretty Irwell Sculpture Trail as it shadows the East Lancashire Railway.

The first seven miles of Stage 14 , meanwhile, have been simplified and refined to include a nice mix of the Wigan flashes wetland scenery, some off-the-beaten-track countryside and woodland near Three Sisters, and a longer stretch of the canal to Pennington Flash.

As for Stage 15, a new loop has been added around Little Woolden Moss, where improved paths along the Salford Trail allow an exploration of the area’s biologically important peatland habitat.

In addition, as a result of some detailed reconnaissance on the ground, the map now shows a more accurate version of the route for stages 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 17 and 19.

Further details for each of the 18 stages will be added over the coming months.

Andrew

Dr Andrew Read is the originator of the GM Ringway, Greater Manchester's long-distance walking route. Stay informed of the latest developments here and by following @GMRingway on Twitter and Instagram.

9 thoughts on “Route overview – updated!

  • 17 June 2018 at 2:23 pm
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    This is shaping up to be a very valuable contribution to our region’s hiking routes. We’ve done a couple of the southern stages. I’m looking forward to trying the routes to the north and east. Well done on such a significant resource.

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    • 17 June 2018 at 4:03 pm
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      Thanks Sue! Yes – and I will be seeking official involvement with the route soon. Watch this space…

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  • 16 June 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    Supa idea ,route looks interesting can’t wait for detailed sections

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    • 17 June 2018 at 10:33 am
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      Thanks so much, Beth. I’ll be adding mileages next and outline maps for each stage when I can.

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  • 16 June 2018 at 1:25 pm
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    IMHO Your route from Marple station to Broadbottom station would be improved considerably by incorporating the spectacular views from a higher level route following Longhurst Lane and Townscliffe Lane to Townscliffe Farm, FP east to Mellor church then follow Cown Edge Way to River Etherow footbridge via Hollywood End, Brookbottom, Robin Hood’s Picking rods, Cown Edge Rocks, Coombs Edge, Holehouse, Chisworth, A626 for short distance to Chew then descend on CEW to R Etherow at Broadbottom Beach then 1km N to Broadbottom station.

    A shorter alternative incorporating the views could be Longhurst Lane and Townscliffe Lane to Townscliffe Farm, FP east to Mellor church then follow Cown Edge Way to Hollywood End, then N along the Gird Lane track. Cross Sandhill Lane then N on FP past Brown Low to Sandy Lane A626 then descend on CEW to R Etherow at Broadbottom Beach then 1km N to Broadbottom station.

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    • 17 June 2018 at 11:09 am
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      Hi Stephen
      Thanks very much for this detailed feedback at this stage. You’re right that there are so many fantastic footpaths in the Marple area that multiple good routes are possible.
      I’ll look at the two stages that pass through Marple in the light of your comments.
      Note that I do include the spectacular views eastwards on the previous stage from Strines. That includes a grand tour of Mellor Moor.
      Some of my routes will make more sense when I add a page about the criteria for the route choices.
      Speak soon
      Andrew

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  • 16 June 2018 at 12:02 pm
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    Brilliant, will definitely be Walking at least some part, if not all, eventually, Of this route

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    • 17 June 2018 at 10:37 am
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      Hi John,
      Thank you. I’ve tried to make each section as interesting and pleasant to walk as possible.
      Andrew

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  • 12 June 2018 at 9:07 pm
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    Great website. I’m loving this route. I’ll be doing some of the walk!

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