Thanks a million!
Firstly, a massive shoutout and huge thank you to all of you who laced up your walking boots and hit the GM Ringway earlier this month for Circle Home, a weekend of walks organised with Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity.
Together, we didn’t just walk, we marched to make a difference and raised hundreds of pounds for the charity’s flagship scheme, A Bed Every Night. Every donation will help to combat homelessness head-on.
If you took part and haven’t sent your fundraising in yet, there’s still time. Donate here.
Upcoming guided walks
Join us on the GM Ringway this October for unforgettable guided walks that explore Greater Manchester’s hidden gems.
Strines to Marple (30 September)
Join the South Manchester Muslim Walking Group for a canalside, moorland, and valley scenery route with stunning Peak District views. All faiths welcome.
Mindfulness walk in Irlam (3 October)
Clear your head with a short mindful walk exploring natural spaces on your doorstep. At only 1.5 miles, we’ll move at a slow and steady pace suitable for all abilities.
Salford wellbeing walk (5 October)
Salford Walking Festival is back and it’s tackling the GM Ringway!
It’s an easy paced, hour long walk around Salford Quays on part of Stage 20.
City centre highlights (14 October)
Join expert guide Jonathan Schofield for a tour of Manchester city centre, past, present and future exploring the personalities that have helped make the city and visiting spectacular, important and unusual buildings – taking place as part of YHA’s Festival of Walking.
There’s limited availability so book your place soon.
New walking routes coming to Go Jauntly
The team have been putting in some serious legwork lately to add more walking routes to the Go Jauntly app, and we’re excited to say that we’re nearly there!
Over the last few weeks we’ve added:
- Stage 1 from Sale Water Park (11.7km)
- Pennington Flash (9km)
- Stage 20, Stretford to Manchester (14.3km)
- City centre highlights (7.6km)
Before you embark on your next adventure, download the Go Jauntly walking and wellbeing app. Soon, all 20 stages of the GM Ringway will be at your fingertips! Just search ‘GM Ringway’ in the ‘By Walk Names’ box and let the app be your guide.
If you’ve been following our journey (thanks, by the way!), you’ll notice some exciting route changes on a number of stages:
- Stage 1 has been improved to avoid any diversion on Old Trafford match days and to make it even more traffic-free.
- Stage 3 has been revised to include Abney Hall Park, with its waterfall and ponds.
- Stage 8 has been amended to include Mellor Church and avoid a steep field.
- Stage 9 now avoids temporary path blockages and offers improved refreshment opportunities along the trail.
- Stage 11 changes near Clough and Watergrove Reservoir avoid overgrown paths.
- Stage 13 now takes advantage of better paths on the two descents from Holcombe Hill and from Affetside.
- Stage 14 includes a visit to historic Smithills Hall, where refreshments and toilets are available.
- Stage 17 now avoids a challenging crossing of the East Lancs Road (A580).
- Stage 20 has been substantially revised. There’s a longer section on the canal in Old Trafford, avoiding match-day diversions, the Roman gardens in Castlefield are now visited as a ‘loop’ to avoid closures during events at Castlefield Arena, and we now cross the newly opened Prince’s Bridge across the Irwell from Salford into Manchester.
We’ve updated the website, and maps on Plotaroute and Go Jauntly, so do check the route you’re going to be taking before heading out.