16 September 2016
People across Greater Manchester will have the chance to step out and discover more about the region’s heritage and countryside with Walking Weekends this September and October.
Following the success of May’s Greater Manchester Walking Festival, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and its local walking partners, including City of Trees, have organised two ‘pop-up’ Walking Weekends, with lots of free guided walks taking place across Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Salford and Trafford.
The British autumn– often heralded for its beauty with the changing colour of the landscape – is the perfect time for people to get out and about to explore places right on their doorstep or new areas further afield.
The weekends, happening Friday 16-Sunday 18 September and Friday 21-Sunday 23 October, will feature more than 40 walks, offering something for every age, interest and ability.
Walkers will be able to follow in the footsteps of the Roman legions, explore Manchester city centre’s urban architecture and canals, explore one of many local nature reserves, and much more.
Helen Ramsden, Head of Travel Choices and Active Travel at TfGM, said: “We’re pleased to be working with some of our local walking partners again to deliver the first Walking Weekends in Greater Manchester.
“The walks are easy to get to by public transport, so there’s no reason not to jump on a tram, train or bus and explore somewhere new. “If the Walking Weekends are a success, we’ll be arranging more for next spring and we’re hoping to include even more walking groups and exploring explore new areas.”
The walks are supported by the Manchester and Salford Ramblers, Bury Council, City of Trees, Oldham Council and Oldham Community Leisure and are coordinated by TfGM.
Janie Burrage, the City of Trees walk leader will be running six walks across Trafford. She comments "I'm passionate about green space and helping people explore the trees, woodlands and wildlife on their doorstep. For me, becoming a walk leader was a logical step in promoting health and wellbeing.
I truly believe fresh air and a gentle stroll can make all the difference to how we perceive and connect with the world around us"
Funded by the Department of Transport, the Greater Manchester Walking Weekends are part of TfGM’s Walking Works project, encouraging people to make a walk part of their daily routine.
To find out what’s happening in each area, visit www.tfgm.com/walking to see an online copy of the Greater Manchester Walking Weekends guide featuring all of the walks.
Copies of the guide are also available in TfGM Travelshops, libraries, Manchester Visitor Information Centre and other outlets across Greater Manchester. Copies can also be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates and other walking news, check out the GM Walking Festival Facebook page or search for the #GMWalking hashtag on Twitter. You can find the City of Trees walks here on our website - www.cityoftrees.org.uk/events.