Local people are invited to join a free 10 mile guided walk this Sunday, 24th September, along the Bury stages of the GM Ringway, Greater Manchester’s long distance walking trail.

Hosted by Bury Ramblers the event will also celebrate the rebuilding of Redisher Steps which is a joint project of the Ramblers, LWDA (Long Distance Walkers Association), and Bury Council.

The walk will start at 10.15am from Bury Lido (Clarence Park) car park, Milner Avenue, Bury. The Lido is signposted on Walmersley Road at Royal Avenue. The linear walk will take in Holcombe Brook and then loop around Nuttall before finishing about 3pm at Ramsbottom Railway Station, Railway Street, Ramsbottom.

The route will follow the GM Ringway from Chesham Woods to Redisher Wood steps, and then a small loop to Ramsbottom.

No booking is necessary and people are invited to turn-up.

More details on Bury Ramblers websiteHome (buryramblers.com).

Anyone wishing to bring a dog should contact the walk leader, Simon Holder, via the website.

Last year the countryside charity, CPRE, together with The Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, were awarded a £250,000 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to establish the ‘GM Ringway’ – the new long-distance walking trail for Greater Manchester which goes through all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester including Bury.

Designed around existing footpaths, parks and open-access land, the Bury stage of the GM Ringway is 12.6 miles long, starts in Bury town centre and finishes at Bromley Cross train station.

Green in every way, all 20 stages of the 186 mile (300 km) route are designed to be accessed by public transport.  The trail also guides walkers through 57 conservation areas, nine sites of special scientific interest, 18 local nature reserves and parts of the Peak District National Park.

The Heritage Fund grant will enable signposting and an improved app and website to be established so that a wide range of people, including less experienced walkers, can enjoy the trail. It will also support the organisation of community events across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Margaret Manning, Chair of Greater Manchester and High Peak Area Ramblers said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to try some sections of the GM Ringway walking trail. We are so fortunate to have a wealth of heritage and natural beauty right on our doorstep and we want to encourage people to lace up their walking boots, get out there and discover it. We look forward to seeing lots of local people on Sunday, and I’m sure many will get the walking bug and try other stages of the GM Ringway.”

For more information and news on the GM Ringway, including route maps, visitGMRingway.org The Go Jauntly app, which has the GM Ringway stages on it, can be downloadedhere.


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