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.
Since early 2018, the overall route has been refined and expanded, partly in consultation with local Ramblers groups. As a result, it has now grown to cover 20 stages over a distance of 187 miles or 300 km! The resulting changes are now shown on this interactive, zoomable map for the whole route.
Please feel free to leave a comment about this new map, which is correct as of February 2019.
Since autumn 2018, the most significant recent changes have affected:
- the southern section from from East Didsbury to Middlewood, which has now been split into two sections (3 and 4), with a break at Bramhall. This change makes all of the initial stages (1 to 5) more even in length and easier to manage for new walkers.
- the previously very long stage from Smithy Bridge to Bury, which has been revised to start from Littleborough and broken at Norden (stages 11 and 12). These changes enable even more fantastic countryside to be covered. Note, however, that these stages are currently only in draft form and are subject to further input from Rochdale Ramblers group.
- stage 19 from Altrincham to Stretford, which now includes a set of attractive loops through the green spaces and nature reserves of Altrincham and Sale, alternating with sections along the Bridgewater Canal.
Detailed reconnaissance on the ground has also allowed certain stages to be mapped more accurately.