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).
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.