Andrew

Dr Andrew Read is the originator of the GM Ringway, Greater Manchester's long-distance walking route. Passionate about hiking and the great outdoors, he is now devoting more of his time to the development of the GM Ringway. When not walking in the British countryside, Dr Read works as a translator, lecturer and consultant. Stay informed on the latest developments on the GM Ringway Facebook page.

9 thoughts on “Route overview

  • 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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