Finally, the sun is settling into a groove these past few weeks, so we can all feel hopeful for lovely Greater Manchester walks without raincoats and brollies. 

May is National Walking Month and Greater Manchester Walking Festival, and we are pleased to have a lot of walks happening on the GM Ringway led by some inspiring and friendly groups across the region (scroll down to see the full list!). The walk creator, Andrew Read, is even leading some! You will be able to join a beginners' walk (under 1-mile) with the MileShyClub team at Sale Water Park; lace up your boots for some hilly hiking from Bromley Cross to Blackrod with the South Pennines Park team, or take in the fantastic route from Irlam to Altrincham with the Manchester Weekend Walkers. There are 14 walks along the GM Ringway for you to pick from. Or, plan your own with your family, friends or for a solo dog walk by checking out our routes

We look forward to celebrating walking in all its styles and forms this National Walking Month and welcoming you onto the GM Ringway

Upcoming Walks on the GM Ringway

Sunday 14th May 2023, 10:00 
Discover the South Pennines Park – CHALLENGING & MODERATE (5-6 miles) 
Meeting at Walker Fold Road, Bolton, BL6 6PR 
Contact: Rebecca 

Sunday 14th May 2023, 14:30 
GM Ringway step-free sampler (Hollingworth Lake) – EASY & LEISURELY (3-4 miles) 
Manchester Weekend Walkers / MAD Walkers Ramblers Groups (Lead: Andrew Read) 
Meeting at Smithy Bridge Train Station, Smithy Bridge, Rochdale, OL15 0DZ 
Contact: Andrew 07799473720 

Tuesday 16th May 2023, 11:00 – BOOKING ESSENTIAL 
Didsbury Parks and Mersey Valley Walk for unpaid Carers – EASY & LEISURELY (1-2 miles) 
Manchester & Salford Ramblers, Carers Groups and GM Ringway 
Meeting at Fletcher Moss Park Gate, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SG 
Contact to book:;;;  

Tuesday 16th May 2023, ?? 
GM Ringway Stage 7 Marple to Broadbottom -  
Stockport Ramblers 
Meeting at 
Contact: Duncan Challen, 07464 976290 

Saturday 20th May 2023, 11:00 
GM Ringway Stage 9 Greenfield – Newhey – CHALLENGING (10+ miles) 
Manchester Weekend Walkers / MAD Walkers Ramblers Walking Groups (Lead: Andrew Read) 
Meeting at Greenfield Station, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7JZ 
Contact: Andrew - 07799473720 

Sunday 21st May 2023, 10:00 
Mandem Meetup @ Etherow – EASY & LEISURELY (less than 1 mile) 
Mandem Meetup 
Meeting at M30 0HA 

Tuesday 23rd May 2023, 10:00 
Strines to Marple Station (GM Ringway Stage 6) – MODERATE (6-8 miles) 
Stockport Ramblers 
Meeting at Strines Station, Marple, Stockport, SK22 3AL 
Contact: Duncan Challen, 07464 976290 

Thursday 25th May 2023, 11:00 
Salford Quays Wellbeing Walk – GM Ringway Walking Trail – EASY (1-2 miles) 
Salford Community Leisure – Salford Quays Wellbeing Walk 
Meeting at Media City Tram Stop, Salford Quays, Salford 
Contact: Jo 

Tuesday 30th May 2023, 13:00 
MileShyClub Walks Sale – EASY (1-2 miles) 
Jane at MileShyClub 
Sale Water Park walk for beginners (less than 1-mile) 
Meeting at Coppice Library, Sale, Trafford, M33 4ND 

Wednesday 31st May 2023, 10:00 
BeWell / GM Ringway Wigan – CHALLENGING (8-10 miles) 
BeWell Wigan 
Meeting at Wigan Wallgate Station, Wigan, WN1 1BB 
Contact: Tracy

We hope you have enjoyed getting inspired by the walks that you can join at the GM Walking Festival for 2023. 

Whether you are joining a GM Ringway walk, another local one, or just stepping out your door for a local wander, we hope you have an excellent walking month!


GM Ringway - Greater Manchester’s walking trail
Walking Route
GM Ringway - Greater Manchester’s walking trail

From its start in Manchester city centre, the GM Ringway explores the green spaces, waterways and countryside of all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Walking Festival
Daily Guided Walking Tour passing between Central Library and the Town Hall extension.

No matter whether you're a stroller, roamer, shuffler, moocher or a marcher the Greater Manchester Walking Festival has something for you.



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