Manchester Walking Information
There are many great places to walk in and around Manchester, whether you’re on your own or want to walk with a group. You’ll find plenty of parks and green spaces, off-road green routes and riverside and canal routes.
Get Walking Keep Walking Manchester
The Get Walking project runs local programmes to help you follow a 12 week walking plan, including led walks and individual advice and support. Click here for more information.
Local Ramblers volunteers lead a wide range of walks, including shorter walks as well as more challenging countryside walks. Visit the Ramblers walksfinder where you can search for walks near you by distance and start point. Below are details of Ramblers groups in and around Manchester:
- Manchester and District (MAD) Walkers. Details of walks and events with the group for walkers in their 20s and 30s.
- Manchester and Salford Group. Details of walks and events in Manchester, including short walks suitable for those new to walking for leisure. Call 0161 839 3865 for more information
- Trafford Group. Details of organized walks and activities in the Trafford area
- Oldham Group. Walks and activities in and around Oldham. Part of the Greater Manchester area
- Bury Group. Details of events and led walks in and around Bury.
- Stockport. Led walks, events and activities in the Stockport area.
- Rochdale Group. Information about walks and events being led by the Ramblers Rochdale Group.
To become a member of the Ramblers visit the website.
Manchester City Council
The city council is responsible for streets, signing, footpaths and most local parks. It has a policy to support walking in the city for transport, health and leisure.
Manchester City Council provides maps, walking information and details of led walks. Click here to visit the website.
Libraries and leisure centres are also a good source for local walking information. For your nearest see the council website.
Led Health Walks
Walking for health offers free regular short led walks in hundreds of places across England, often in local parks. They have details of led walking and local walking information.
There are plenty of resources where you can find information about walking routes, plan your own route or find support materials.
One of the best online planners for walking trips is at Walkit.com. Enter your start and end points as postcodes or place names and the system will find a route complete with distance, walking time and even calories burned and carbon saved.
Manchester NHS Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) also run free weekly health walks in Manchester.