Individual stages

Each of the 20 one-day stages of the full GM Ringway route is designed to start and end at a stop – usually a train or tram station – within the TfGM* network. Stages vary in length between 5 miles and 13 miles. Their difficulty also varies, with the toughest sections in the hills to the east and north of the region. While the start and end points of each stage are unlikely to change, the detailed routes of several stages are still being tested and revised.

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1 Manchester Town Hall: 53.479325, -2.244902
2 Sale Water Park (Metrolink): 53.428317, -2.290778
3 East Didsbury (Metrolink/train): 53.412116, -2.217135
4 Bramhall (train): 53.360541, -2.163191
5 Middlewood (train): 53.360029, -2.083368
6 Strines (train): 53.374522, -2.033157
7 Marple (train): 53.400629, -2.057018
8 Broadbottom (train): 53.440800, -2.016400
9 Greenfield (Metrolink): 53.538700, -2.014240
10 Newhey (train): 53.600859, -2.094526
11 Littleborough (train): 53.642800, -2.095010
12 Norden (bus): 53.629346, -2.224388
13 Bury (Metrolink): 53.590926, -2.297065
14 Bromley Cross (train): 53.614000, -2.410840
15 Blackrod (train): 53.591333, -2.569771
16 Wigan (train): 53.544145, -2.633479
17 Leigh (bus): 53.495475, -2.518551
18 Glazebrook (train): 53.428200, -2.459760
19 Altrincham (Metrolink/train): 53.387667, -2.347362
20 Stretford (Metrolink): 53.445829, -2.303910

Here is an outline list of the planned stages:

  1. Manchester to Sale Water Park
  2. Sale Water Park to East Didsbury
  3. East Didsbury to Bramhall
  4. Bramhall to Middlewood
  5. Middlewood to Strines
  6. Strines to Marple
  7. Marple to Broadbottom
  8. Broadbottom to Greenfield
  9. Greenfield to Newhey
  10. Newhey to Littleborough
  11. Littleborough to Norden
  12. Norden to Bury
  13. Bury to Bromley Cross
  14. Bromley Cross to Blackrod
  15. Blackrod to Wigan
  16. Wigan to Leigh
  17. Leigh to Glazebrook
  18. Glazebrook to Altrincham
  19. Altrincham to Stretford
  20. Stretford to Manchester

At a later stage, further link stages may be added connecting Manchester city centre with points along the circular route, as follows:

  1. West link: Manchester-Patricroft-Leigh (two days)
  2. North link: Manchester-Bury (two days)
  3. East link: Manchester-Ashton-under-Lyne-Greenfield (two days)

* Transport for Greater Manchester

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.

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