Hello and welcome to the May newsletter,

I hope you have been able to get out to enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine and have attended some of the fantastic GM Walking Festival walks (whether on the GM Ringway or somewhere else in Greater Manchester). If not, there are more to come!

In this month’s newsletter, I’m excited to share that we are starting to recruit volunteers, are celebrating the walks that have happened on the GM Ringway and looking forward to upcoming walks. We are also working towards an exciting pilot event in July to showcase how the GM Ringway will look – and to gather your feedback about it.

The project has started to grow this month, which means that the much-requested resources are in the making too—an exciting time for the team and the project.

So, as always, grab a brew, sit back and enjoy this month’s GM Ringway news.

Sarah and the GM Ringway team

GM Ringway and East Lancs Railway joined forces for this fantastic walk from Bury to Ramsbottom. Despite the rain, everyone had a brilliant time!
? Andrew Read

GM Walking Festival walks

So far this May, we have had eight walks held on the GM Ringway as part of the festival. It has been an excellent opportunity for everyone to sample what the GM Ringway offers and to meet some of the fantastic people we work with to deliver walks on the stages.

Our walks have covered Trafford, Bury, Stockport, Manchester, Bolton and Rochdale with a wide range of walk participants. The step-free walk at Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale is always popular because of the glistening lake.

Would you like more information about the walks? Are the stages too long? Could we do something better? Our feedback has been positive, but we are always open to hearing your thoughts. Email us at info@gmringway.org if you have something you would like to share. Or, join one of the upcoming walks to share on the post-walk survey.

If you have attended a walk so far but didn’t manage to complete the survey, we would be very grateful if you could submit it now for us via the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/4XX8SN/

Walks coming up

Saturday 20th May 2023, 11:00
GM Ringway Stage 9 Greenfield – Newhey
 – CHALLENGING (10+ miles)
Manchester Weekend Walkers / MAD Walkers Ramblers Walking Groups (Lead: Andrew Read)
Meeting at Greenfield Station, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7JZ
Contact: Andrew – 07799473720

Sunday 21st May 2023, 10:00
Mandem Meetup @ Etherow
 – EASY & LEISURELY (less than 1 mile)
Mandem Meetup
Meeting at M30 0HA
Contact: jamie@mandemmeetup.org

Tuesday 23rd May 2023, 10:00
Strines to Marple Station (GM Ringway Stage 6)
 – MODERATE (6-8 miles)
Stockport Ramblers
Meeting at Strines Station, Marple, Stockport, SK22 3AL
Contact: Duncan Challen, 07464 976290

Thursday 25th May 2023, 11:00
Salford Quays Wellbeing Walk – GM Ringway Walking Trail
 – EASY (1-2 miles)
Salford Community Leisure – Salford Quays Wellbeing Walk
Meeting at Media City Tram Stop, Salford Quays, Salford
Contact: Jo jo.bennett@scll.co.uk

Tuesday 30th May 2023, 13:00
MileShyClub Walks Sale
 – EASY (1-2 miles)
Jane at MileShyClub
Sale Water Park walk for beginners (less than 1-mile)
Meeting at Coppice Library, Sale, Trafford, M33 4ND

Wednesday 31st May 2023, 10:00
BeWell / GM Ringway Wigan
 – CHALLENGING (8-10 miles)
BeWell Wigan
Meeting at Wigan Wallgate Station, Wigan, WN1 1BB
Contact: Tracy tracy.lamb@wigan.gov.uk

Explore the Volunteer Opportunities

Fancy supporting the GM Ringway by sharing some spare time? We have a number of volunteering opportunities open at the moment. From computer based (volunteer from home) type roles to out on the trail, we have a variety to hopefully suit your interests and availability.

Click to find out more

Sign up for the Volunteer Newsletter to find out about opportunities and activities you can get involved with


Project Pilot

July promises to be a very exciting month for the GM Ringway. We are working towards having two of the GM Ringway stages looking and feeling as we hope the completed trail will be. There will be apps, maps, guided walks and your opportunity to volunteer to help get there. (see volunteering above)

In the coming months, we will set up the routes on the Go Jauntly app, finalise the routes and written instructions (for printing), and get the waymarking in place. We will ask volunteers to support us with testing the routes and instructions, checking the app instructions and helping with some waymarking work on the trail. If you have time available this June, please apply for the volunteering roles.

I will update you with more news soon, so keep your eyes on your inbox for more.

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