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Walking Saddleworth Edges ( Download : )
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Saddleworth Edges
distance 14.94km Vertical gain +363m Vertical drop -354m 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 6.99km Vertical gain +206m Vertical drop -207m 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 14.55km Vertical gain +150m Vertical drop -147m 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 10.04km Vertical gain +280m Vertical drop -280m 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 6.33km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -74m 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 5.21km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -70m 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 6.21km Vertical gain +57m Vertical drop -54m 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 12.57km Vertical gain +132m Vertical drop -136m 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 6.07km Vertical gain +150m Vertical drop -150m 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 9.03km Vertical gain +77m Vertical drop -75m 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 10.07km Vertical gain +93m Vertical drop -86m 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 10.6km Vertical gain +282m Vertical drop -283m 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 5.56km Vertical gain +162m Vertical drop -164m 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 2.34km Vertical gain +68m Vertical drop -61m 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 8.18km Vertical gain +240m Vertical drop -233m 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 3.24km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -72m 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 6.26km Vertical gain +126m Vertical drop -126m 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 8.8km Vertical gain +261m Vertical drop -269m 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 17.62km Vertical gain +457m Vertical drop -457m 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 15.17km Vertical gain +355m Vertical drop -355m 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 7.78km Vertical gain +223m Vertical drop -222m 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 5.45km Vertical gain +135m Vertical drop -143m 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 2.66km Vertical gain +64m Vertical drop -65m 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 12.44km Vertical gain +125m Vertical drop -128m 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 3.15km Vertical gain +41m Vertical drop -45m 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 2.27km Vertical gain +12m Vertical drop -12m 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 7.57km Vertical gain +141m Vertical drop -134m 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 6.33km Vertical gain +82m Vertical drop -91m 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 6.74km Vertical gain +150m Vertical drop -150m 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 2.87km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -64m 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 4.2km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -76m 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 8.07km Vertical gain +224m Vertical drop -217m 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 6.35km Vertical gain +121m Vertical drop -122m 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 3.24km Vertical gain +70m Vertical drop -70m 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 9.01km Vertical gain +244m Vertical drop -253m 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 15.72km Vertical gain +358m Vertical drop -367m 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 17.84km Vertical gain +438m Vertical drop -447m 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 7.77km Vertical gain +228m Vertical drop -227m 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 5.38km Vertical gain +119m Vertical drop -118m 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 3.08km Vertical gain +67m Vertical drop -70m 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 3.08km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -38m 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 8.43km Vertical gain +111m Vertical drop -111m 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 6.97km Vertical gain +77m Vertical drop -75m 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 4.41km Vertical gain +33m Vertical drop -33m 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 6.65km Vertical gain +6m Vertical drop -6m 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 3.43km Vertical gain +24m Vertical drop -31m 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 11.99km Vertical gain +125m Vertical drop -120m 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 9.04km Vertical gain +153m Vertical drop -144m 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 10.14km Vertical gain +120m Vertical drop -126m 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 8.25km Vertical gain +64m Vertical drop -59m 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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