The GM Ringway is Greater Manchester’s walking trail.
Covering all ten boroughs of the city-region, the trail explores an astonishing variety of landscapes, including parks, waterways and beautiful countryside.
Easily accessed by public transport, each of the trail’s 20 stages offers a unique walking experience. The GM Ringway visits some of the region’s most iconic landscapes, including historic canals, the Mersey Valley, the Peak District National Park, the South and West Pennines, and the new ‘Flashes of Wigan and Leigh’ National Nature Reserve.
In addition to its natural beauty, the GM Ringway also gives residents and visitors the opportunity to explore Greater Manchester’s rich cultural heritage. The route passes more than 40 Grade I and II*-listed buildings, including Bramall Hall in Stockport and Ordsall Hall in Salford, 13 accredited museums, such as Trafford’s Imperial War Museum, and 14 scheduled ancient monuments including Blackstone Edge Roman Road in Rochdale.
Thanks to National Lottery players, the GM Ringway is currently being established as a permanent resource for the city-region by two charities: CPRE Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, and Ramblers. The project is supported by a £250,000 Heritage Fund grant.
The GM Ringway features a number of natural sites – such as lakes, nature reserves and woodland – that only locals know about. Many of these offer easy access for all, with step-free, hard-surfaced routes that allow visitors to take in the surroundings whatever their access needs may be.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or looking for a leisurely stroll, the GM Ringway offers something for everyone. So why not lace up your boots and explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Greater Manchester?