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16th July: Altrincham circular walk on GM Ringway route

Join us for a scenic walk sampling parts of the GM Ringway – Greater Manchester’s walking trail – and other green spaces in Trafford. The 7.5-mile walk is led by Dr Andrew Read, the GM Ringway’s creator and Project Lead.

About this event

This walk is one of a series of events launching the Trafford sections of the GM Ringway – Greater Manchester’s walking trail – and is offered in conjunction with Manchester Weekend Walkers Ramblers group. It samples parts of Stages 18 and 19 of the trail as well as some other lovely green spaces.

Highlights include:

– Quiet paths and byways that give a flavour of Altrincham’s past as a Cheshire market town;
– An easy stroll along one of the most attractive sections of the Bridgewater Canal, offering views over the surrounding countryside;
– An exploration of Dunham Massey, which with its 17th-century hall and deer park is one of the finest National Trust properties in the UK;
– The Devisdale, an area of open meadowland, along with the neighbouring Denzell Gardens, a 10-acre Green Flag park full of colourful plants and trees.

Participants will need to wear trainers or walking boots and appropriate clothing (including waterproofs if wet weather is forecast). Please also bring a packed lunch or a snack and a drink. We will take a break halfway at the National Trust café in Dunham Massey.

At the end of the route, there will be optional drinks and chat at a pub or café in Altrincham.

Walk details:

Length: 7.5 miles / 12 km
Ascent: 315 feet / 96 metres
Walk start time: 13.30 am
Number of people: up to 40
Booking method: By reserving your place on this Eventbrite page. The walk is open to all and there is no charge, but booking is essential.
Meet point and start location: Altrincham Interchange (postcode WA14 1BL), served by trams, buses and trains, and close to several car parks
Leader: Dr Andrew Read, assisted by CPRE volunteers.
Grade: Leisurely – all paths used are well-made or hard-surfaced, though there is a chance of mud in the Devisdale if it has rained recently. There are no steep ascents or descents. We will keep at a manageable pace to suit all attendees. Note that this walk is not step-free or wheelchair-accessible, but we are promoting other events that are suitable for all users.
Access: The walk can be accessed either by tram, bus, train or by car. Full joining instructions will be sent to those registering.
Photographs will be taken during the day which may be used in future publicity, publications or on websites. If you’d prefer for your photo not to be used, please let one of our walk leaders know on the day and try and make sure you are not included in photos being taken.

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The Watermill, Dunham Massey Dr Andrew Read