‘Walks for all Ages Greater Manchester’ sees Neil Coates explore the regions magnificent moors and intriguing heritage; wooded gorges and tranquil vales; peaceful farmland and moody lakes.
The 20 circular walks featured here explore every sort of landscape; they’re real country rambles, not sanitised strolls.
None of the walks are difficult or very steep, but most include hills, some short and sharp; some are uneven underfoot and have steps or gates. The walks are between 2 and 5½ miles long. In general they follow well-marked and used lanes, paths, towpaths and tracks – and can be muddy!
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Neil then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and useful pre-walk information, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Greater Manchester is now available and superbly priced at just £5.99.
01. Pennington Flash - 3¼ miles
02. Dunham Massey - 3½ miles
03. Worsley Woods - 4½ miles
04. Haughton Dale - 3¾ miles
05. Haigh Hall - 4 miles
06. Jumbles - 2 or 3½ miles
07. Mersey Valley - 5 miles
08. Diggle - 2, 3 or 4½ miles
09. Mellor Moor - 4 miles
10. Goyt Valley - 4 miles
11. Carrbrook - 2¼ or 3¼ miles
12. Chadkirk Vale - 5 miles
13. Chew Valley - 5 miles
14. Smithills and Barrow Bridge - 3 or 4½ miles
15. Hollingworth Lake - 2½ or 4½ miles
16. Daisy Nook and Park Bridge - 5 miles
17. Redisher Wood - 3 miles
18. Philips Park and Prestwich Clough - 4 miles
19. Healey Dell - 3¼ miles
20. Cheesden Valley - 2½ or 5½ miles
Welcome to Walks for all Ages Greater Manchester, with magnificent moors and intriguing heritage; wooded gorges and tranquil vales; peaceful farmland and moody lakes. The jigsaw of landscapes in Greater Manchester is endlessly fascinating. Centred on Manchester, Greater Manchester county was created in the early 1970s from parts of Lancashire, Cheshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Cotton towns like Bolton and Oldham were included; as were Cheshire spinning towns such as Hyde and Stockport. Much less obvious are the areas of countryside that were integrated into the new county. From the low ridges fringing Wigan to the heather-clad heights of the West Pennines; from the great edges of the Dark Peak to the stone villages of the South Pennines; and in the woods and pasturelands of the river valleys, an extremely varied terrain awaits discovery.
The 20 walks featured here explore every sort of landscape; they’re real country rambles, not sanitised strolls. None are difficult or very steep, but most include hills, some short and sharp; some are uneven underfoot and have steps or gates. The walks largely avoid stiles, but several routes across farmland do include some; cattle and sheep may well be encountered. The walks are between 2 and 5½ miles long. In general they follow well-marked and used lanes, paths, towpaths and tracks – and can be muddy! Please dress sensibly and be aware of your own safety and capabilities.
Most of the walks are accessible by local bus, train or tram services; information is included at the start of each chapter, or you can visit the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website (www.tfgm.com) or ring Traveline (0871 200 2233) for more information. A short hop away from the crowded town centres is another England just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. I hope that the walks I’ve chosen will prove a pleasant introduction to the great pastime of rambling in this most enticing, varied and underestimated part of the realm.
Released: February 2015
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Neil Coates