Walking festival continues to make great strides

11 April 2017

Greater Manchester’s Walking Festival is back and bigger than ever for its third annual incarnation.

City of Trees puts best foot forward in Trafford

The festival, which runs from Monday 1 to Wednesday 31 May, has increased in size yet again, offering around 30 free guided walks in the Trafford area, with many led by City of Trees. 

Trafford is the first district to offer ‘mindfulness walks’ as part of the festival programme. These guided walks, delivered by City of Trees, take in the serenity of Sale Water Park and nearby River Mersey, help people learn to walk mindfully and enjoy the natural sensations around them. 

Walks led by City of Trees across the borough as part of the festival include:

For more information as well as other City of Trees activities visit the events section of the website - www.cityoftrees.org.uk/events

Video: Watch the video above to find out why you should be part of this year's festival


Wider Walking activities

In total there are over 300 walks across the region, exploring local towns, cities, countryside, canals, riversides and parks. Coordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) with support from HOME Manchester and many local walking groups and charities, the festival aims to showcase all that the region has to offer.

The festival calendar will also feature many other expert-led walks, spanning a wide variety of interests and themes. Amongst this year’s events is a ghost walk, a Gruffalo walk for young families and a birdsong walk. There’s even a chance to try walking football, walking netball and Nordic walking.

TfGM Head of Active Travel, Helen Smith, said: “This year’s Greater Manchester Walking Festival is bigger and better and we want to get even more people involved and build on the success we’ve had in the last two years. 

“The festival aims to get as many people as possible across the region to find out how easy – and enjoyable – walking can be. The walks, which cater for a variety of abilities and ages, provide the chance to explore, experience, meet new people and get more active.

“We owe a huge thank you to all our walking partners and walk leaders, many of whom are voluntary, who run all the walks and make this festival possible.

“Walking has obvious health, environmental and social benefits and we hope that by encouraging people to get involved they will be inspired to continue walking regularly after the festival has ended.”

Funded by the Department of Transport, the Greater Manchester Walking Festival is 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, where there is an online copy of the festival brochure containing all the walks. Copies of the brochure are also available in TfGM Travelshops and other outlets across Greater Manchester, or can be ordered by emailing walking.works@tfgm.com.

On social media, check out the GM Walking Festival Facebook page or search for the #GMWalking hashtag on Twitter.