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Walking Saddleworth Edges ( Download : )
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Saddleworth Edges
distance 9.28mi Vertical gain +1191ft Vertical drop -1161ft Durée 5h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saddleworth - Manchester

Absolute belter of a walk around 3 reservoirs with views from the top of Saddleworth moor, climbing down a cascading waterfall, all utterly stunning.

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distance 4.34mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -679ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saddleworth - Manchester

This Peak District walk offers a relatively easy way to enjoy the moors and views above Uppermill in Oldham. The route includes a visit to the Obelisk above Uppermill.

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distance 9.04mi Vertical gain +492ft Vertical drop -482ft Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

This walk visits the three large reservoirs and an area of moorland to the north of Bolton.

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distance 6.24mi Vertical gain +919ft Vertical drop -919ft Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

This area sees few walkers yet there is much of interest and grand views.

Walking Goyt Hall and Chadkirk ( Download : )
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distance 3.93mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -243ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A rewarding walk along varied waterways, featuring historic buildings and striking canal architecture.

Walking Haughton Dale ( Download : )
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distance 3.24mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -230ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Canal towpath and riverside walking in a wildlife-rich rural oasis, including a local nature reserve.

Walking Goyt Hall and Chadkirk ( Download : )
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distance 3.86mi Vertical gain +187ft Vertical drop -177ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Along the Goyt to a historic half-timbered farmhouse, returning via the Peak Forest Canal and Chadkirk.

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distance 7.81mi Vertical gain +433ft Vertical drop -446ft Durée 4h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A rewarding walk along varied waterways, featuring historic buildings and striking canal architecture.

Walking Two Brooks Valley ( Download : )
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distance 3.77mi Vertical gain +492ft Vertical drop -492ft Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Pleasant farmland walking with a pretty interlude along a wooded stream valley.

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Shevington Standish Circular
distance 5.61mi Vertical gain +253ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 2h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Shevington - Manchester

6m mile circular route starting from Shevington crossing Mill Brook into Elnup Wood, From here the route makes its way via Standish Park to cross Mill Brook and M6 motorway onto Shevington Vale. Having made its way around the vale the route heads back to start over Gathurst Golf course.

Walking Crook Standish Circular ( Download : )
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Crook Standish Circular
distance 6.25mi Vertical gain +305ft Vertical drop -282ft Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Circular Walk starting from sports ground in Crook then North onto Birley Pond, Birley & Elnup Woods exiting over Mill Brook to gently ascend to Birch Walk. The route then follows the boundary of Standish Park before heading back to start via Giants Hall Farm and Standish Wood Lane. Good views of Beacon Park and Winter Hill ridges from high points.

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distance 6.59mi Vertical gain +925ft Vertical drop -928ft Durée 3h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A longer walk featuring a scenic valley and a stiff climb to a fine moorland viewpoint.

Walking Wild Bank Hill ( Download : )
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distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +531ft Vertical drop -538ft Durée 2h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A taste of heather moorland as you climb to the local trig-point, with wide views over Manchester.

Walking Harrop Edge ( Download : )
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distance 1.45mi Vertical gain +223ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

An easy stroll round a nearby hill, with wide views over Manchester and the Dark Peak.

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distance 5.08mi Vertical gain +787ft Vertical drop -764ft Durée 3h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Superb views, bird-rich lakes, historic buildings and a bracing climb to a hilltop cross amid gritstone quarries.

Walking Mellor stroll ( Download : )
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distance 2.01mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -236ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.

Walking Brook Bottom and Mill Brow ( Download : )
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distance 3.89mi Vertical gain +413ft Vertical drop -413ft Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Fine views, attractive stone-built hamlets and a pleasant stream-side interlude.

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distance 5.47mi Vertical gain +856ft Vertical drop -883ft Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

The Mellor March starts from the Royal Oak on Longhurst Lane, Mellor. The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

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distance 10.95mi Vertical gain +1499ft Vertical drop -1499ft Durée 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

The original march. Just beautiful in so many ways. The Mellor March starts from the Royal Oak on Longhurst Lane, Mellor. The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

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distance 9.42mi Vertical gain +1165ft Vertical drop -1165ft Durée 5h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

The Mellor March starts from the Royal Oak on Longhurst Lane, Mellor. The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

Walking Roman Lakes & Mellor Cross ( Download : )
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distance 4.83mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -728ft Durée 2h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Varied walking in the Goyt valley, plus a visit to Mellor Cross, with views to Kinder Scout and the Cheshire Plain.

Walking Peak Forest Canal ( Download : )
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distance 3.39mi Vertical gain +443ft Vertical drop -469ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Featuring a peaceful stretch of the Peak Forest Canal and the historic ‘Roman Bridge’ over the River Goyt.

Walking Mellor Church ( Download : )
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distance 1.66mi Vertical gain +210ft Vertical drop -213ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.

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distance 7.73mi Vertical gain +410ft Vertical drop -420ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A rewarding walk along varied waterways, featuring historic buildings and striking canal architecture.

Walking Chadkirk Chapel ( Download : )
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distance 1.96mi Vertical gain +135ft Vertical drop -148ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A level walk full of interest, visiting a historic chapel, a holy well and a stretch of the River Goyt.

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distance 1.41mi Vertical gain +39ft Vertical drop -39ft Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A short city-centre walking tour from a historic alehouse, featuring a mix of well-known landmarks and lesser curiosities.

Walking Werneth Low ( Download : )
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distance 4.71mi Vertical gain +463ft Vertical drop -440ft Durée 2h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Follow the Trans-Pennine Trail to a popular local landmark with extensive views.

Walking Back o’ th’ Hill ( Download : )
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distance 3.93mi Vertical gain +269ft Vertical drop -299ft Durée 2h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Wide views, interesting corners, and a quiet stretch of canal towpath with a spooky tunnel.

Walking Jumbles Country Park ( Download : )
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distance 4.19mi Vertical gain +492ft Vertical drop -492ft Durée 2h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Descend through flowery pastures and then circumnavigate a scenic wooded reservoir.

Walking Top o’ th’ Knotts ( Download : )
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distance 1.78mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -210ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A contouring farmland stroll with wide views over Bolton to Winter Hill.

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distance 2.61mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A short half day walk on old cobbled track through nature reserve and park. Initial gradual uphill section on unmade track, taking you to Stalybridge centre, to come back through nature reserve and park.

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distance 5.01mi Vertical gain +735ft Vertical drop -712ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Superb views, bird-rich lakes, historic buildings and a bracing climb to a hilltop cross amid gritstone quarries.

Walking Brook Bottom and Mill Brow ( Download : )
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distance 3.94mi Vertical gain +397ft Vertical drop -400ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Fine views, attractive stone-built hamlets and a pleasant stream-side interlude.

Walking Mellor stroll ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 2.01mi Vertical gain +230ft Vertical drop -230ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.

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distance 5.6mi Vertical gain +801ft Vertical drop -830ft Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

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distance 9.77mi Vertical gain +1175ft Vertical drop -1204ft Durée 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

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distance 11.09mi Vertical gain +1437ft Vertical drop -1467ft Durée 6h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

The walk takes you from the village pub (The Royal Oak) up to Mellor Church, where on a clear day you can see as far as North Wales, the Cheshire Plain, Liverpool and all the surrounding countryside.

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distance 4.83mi Vertical gain +748ft Vertical drop -745ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Varied walking in the Goyt valley, plus a visit to Mellor Cross, with views to Kinder Scout and the Cheshire Plain.

Walking Peak Forest Canal ( Download : )
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distance 3.35mi Vertical gain +390ft Vertical drop -387ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Featuring a peaceful stretch of the Peak Forest Canal and the historic ‘Roman Bridge’ over the River Goyt.

Walking Mellor Church ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 1.91mi Vertical gain +220ft Vertical drop -230ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.

Walking Chadkirk Chapel ( Download : )
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distance 1.92mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -125ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A level walk full of interest, visiting a historic chapel, a holy well and a stretch of the River Goyt.

Walking Lyme Park ( Download : )
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distance 5.24mi Vertical gain +364ft Vertical drop -364ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Lyme Park is administered by the National Trust. The grounds are free to enter on foot, but a fee must be paid to enter the house.

Walking Two Canal Walk ( Download : )
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distance 4.33mi Vertical gain +253ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Sample both the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals, returning via Disley Golf Course.

Walking Jackson’s Brickworks ( Download : )
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distance 2.74mi Vertical gain +108ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

A surprisingly varied route visiting a former industrial site now converted to a popular nature reserve, and sampling both the Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way.

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distance 4.13mi Vertical gain +20ft Vertical drop -20ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

This short walk begins at Yew Tree Farm at the end of Bolshaw Road. Follow the path through Styal Golf Course and cross the railway bridge towards Beech Farm.

Walking Sunbank Wood ( Download : )
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distance 2.13mi Vertical gain +79ft Vertical drop -102ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ringway - Manchester

This a pleasant little walk and sadly part of it is disappearing under concrete. Manchester Airport have developed on either side of Sunbank Lane. There was a petition to stop it but sadly it failed. There are some before and after pictures on the slideshow.

Walking Orrell Winstanley Circular ( Download : )
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Orrell Winstanley Circular
distance 7.45mi Vertical gain +410ft Vertical drop -394ft Durée 3h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Starting from Orrell Waterpark then follows lower slopes of Billinge Hill before ascending to Winstanley College and back to the waterpark. Good views over Mersey, Winter Hill and Cheshire hills.

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Billinge Orrell Waterpark Circular
distance 5.62mi Vertical gain +502ft Vertical drop -472ft Durée 3h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Billinge Chapel End - Manchester

A circular walk starting from the base of Billinge Hill and ascending it to enjoy views from the highest point in Merseyside. The descent passes through woodland on route to Orrell Waterpark. The return route follows the west flank of Billinge Hill with more great views over Welsh and Cheshire hills back to start.

Walking Billinge Longshaw Circular ( Download : )
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Billinge Longshaw Circular
distance 6.3mi Vertical gain +394ft Vertical drop -413ft Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Billinge Chapel End - Manchester

Circular walkleaving Billinge by Garswood Rd, crossing Barton Clough on route to Chair Wood and then via Longshaw to top of Billinge Hill before descending back to Billinge. Excellent views over Merseyside, Pennines, Welsh and Cheshire hills from the highest point in Merseyside.

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Pennington Green Circular via Borsdane Wood
distance 5.13mi Vertical gain +210ft Vertical drop -194ft Durée 2h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Manchester

Walk starts from Hindley Mill Lane and follows anticlockwise circular route via Borsdane Wood, Pennington Green, Kirkless Wood and Hindley Hall.

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