Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017

The third Greater Manchester Walking Festival takes place this May; a month of free guided walks for all abilities across the region. With over 300 walks to choose from, we select some of our favourites in an area near you. So pull on your walking shoes and step outdoors this May to join a host of local people, charities and groups for some beautiful walks right on your door step.

There will be walks for all ages, abilities and interests taking in towns, cities, parks, canals and riversides, as well as hills and moors. Special interest and themed walks include a ghost walk, a Gruffalo walk for young families and a birdsong walk. There’s also a first for the festival – an Art Walk organised by Castlefield Gallery and HOME Manchester, including a whistle stop tour of some of Manchester’s top exhibitions.



Don’t miss these five walks:

Bolton Canals and Bridges with Bolton HF Walking Club. Wednesday 17 May, 10.30am start.
A walk exploring the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal network and the Wilson, Sion and Meccano Bridges. Distance: 5 – 6 miles (FAIRLY EASY)

Meeting point: Moses Gate Country Park, BL4 3DN.  Contact: John Humphries, email –

City Centre Art Walk with Castlefield Gallery. Thursday 18 May, 5.30pm start.
A perfect walk to discover Manchester’s visual arts scene. A whistle stop tour of some of Manchester’s top exhibitions with after-hours introductions at Manchester Art Gallery, HOME, and Castlefield Gallery.
Distance: 1 mile (FAIRLY EASY)

Meeting point: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL. Contact: Jennifer Dean, email – Booking required

Tameside Moorlands of Longdendale with Manchester and District (20s and 30s) Walkers. Saturday 6 May, 11am. Starting from Hadfield train station, over to Tintlewistle Moor and into open moorland, climbing towards Lad’s Leap with great views over the Longdendale (Woodhead) reservoirs. Dropping down near Crowdon, we’ll head back along the Torside, Rhodeswood, Valehouse and Bottoms Reservoirs. Includes a 630 metre ascent, so walking experience and waterproof gear required. Distance: 10.5 miles (CHALLENGING)

Meeting point: Hadfield train station, SK13 2AQ. Contact: Steve Rawlins, email- Booking required

Trafford – Woodhey’s Bat Walk with City of Trees. Thursday 4 May, 8.40pm start. A guided walk around the park and into the woods with bat detectors. Listen to the bat calls and watch them fly in search of food. Distance: 1 mile (MEDIUM)

Meeting point: Woodhey’s Park, Kenmore Rd, Sale, M33 4LP. Contact: Janie Burrage, email – Booking required

SalfordDiscover your City Forest Park with the Forestry Commision – City Forest Park Saturday 13 May, 10am start. Take a gentle stroll through part of the new City Forest Park being created by the Forestry Commission and Manchester City of Trees. Discover old orchards, wild flower meadows, historic houses and meandering woodland paths. Come along to find out more about the project or just enjoy a great little walk. Distance: 3 miles (EASY)

Meeting point: Forest Bank car park off Agecroft Road, Swinton, Manchester, M27 8FB. Contact: Sam Bolton, email –


We have selected just a few of the fantastic walks on offer, the Festival brochure with full details of all the walks taking place across Greater Manchester, 1 May – 31 May, can be found here.

If you take photos during any walks as part of the Manchester Walking Festival, remember to send them across to our Facebook and twitter pages along with your favourite memories of the day.

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