The 64 Buggy Rides in Greater Manchester
After months in lockdown, most of us can’t wait to get out some more.
With the restrictions lifted, that means we can now go a step further to enjoy a family walk.
But if you’re new to an area, it can be a bit difficult to find a spot that’s right for you – especially if you have babies and toddlers in tow.
This is why the Greater Manchester Walking website, which offers more than 200 walks, is so popular with families.
And with the GM Walking Festival taking place throughout the month of May, it is hoped that the site will inspire people to go out.
It has ideas to get everyone to get out there and explore the region’s towns, countryside, canals, riverbanks and parks – and with every walk it tells you if it’s suitable for strollers, dogs. or wheelchairs. It also tells you if there is a toilet and if there is a pub or cafe nearby.
You simply enter your zip code and can search for rides of varying difficulty levels, within five miles, 10 miles, 15 miles, or more than 15 miles from your home.
It also tells you transportation details, whether you can get there via Metrolink, train or bus, and whether there is parking.
Some of the 64 stroller-friendly walks include Alexandra Park in Oldham, Blackleach Country Park in Salford, Bramhall Park in Stockport, Burrs Country Park in Bury, Chorlton Water Park Tree Trail in Manchester and Hall Lee Bank Park and the local nature reserve in Bolton .
Even more of them, 210 in fact, accept dogs and 174 have a cafe or pub nearby.
This is the seventh year of the Walking Festival and the ambition is to make Greater Manchester the UK’s premier ‘walking region’.
The message of this year’s festival is to encourage residents to enjoy reconnecting with the great outdoors, their friends and neighbors, and to get out and about more.
In addition to being able to search for walks, a selection of challenges, activities and ideas have been compiled into three daily calendars (beginner, intermediate and experienced walker) to download from the website – for individuals or small groups to follow throughout the month.
The festival is linked to Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10-16) with walking ideas focused on improving wellness and there are also ideas for incorporating walking into family time. during Walk to School Week (May 17 to 21).
Louise Robbins, Strategic Manager at GM Walking, said: “The past year has been difficult for everyone and while many have enjoyed the simple pleasures of walking and being outdoors, there are undoubtedly people coming out of lockdown now. The festival is the perfect excuse to kick off an active lifestyle and to hang out more with the kids or a group of friends. “
Learn more about the GM Walking Festival on the website here.
The complete list of the 64 strollers-friendly walks
- Alexandra Park, Oldham
- Amberswood Common (Silver Road), Wigan
- Ashton Field, Salford
- Banky Meadows and Ashton upon Mersey, Trafford
- Blackleach National Park, Salford
- Bolton Industrial Heritage Town Center Walking Trail, Bolton
- Bramhall Park, Stockport
- Burrs Country Park, Bury
- Chadderton Let’s Go for a Walk (Park & Countryside Walks Flyer), OIdham
- Chapel Street Heritage Trail, Salford
- Chesham Woods, Bury
- Chorlton Waterpark Tree Trail, Manchester
- Clifton Country Park, Salford
- Daisy Nook, Tameside / Oldham
- Dove Stone Reservoir, Oldham
- Walk through the ancient trees of Dunham Massey, Trafford
- Dunwood Park, Oldham
- Eatock Lodge Local Nature Reserve, Bolton
- Etherow Country Park Self-Guided Nature Trails, Stockport
- Fred Perry Way, Stockport
- Gracie Fields Purple Plate Trail, Rochdale
- Hall Lee Bank Local Nature Reserve, Bolton
- Heaton Mersey Common, Stockport
- Heaton Mersey Village Historic Walk, Stockport
- Heywood Co-operative Society Heritage Trail, Rochdale
- Hollingworth Lake Circuit, Rochdale
- Horwich Historic Town Center Trail, Bolton
- John Leigh Park Tree Trail, Trafford
- Kingfisher Trail, Bury / Bolton / Salford
- Kirklees Valley Trail, Bury
- Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail, Stockport
- Leesbrook (Park & Country Walks Flyer), Oldham
- Leverhulme Park, Bolton
- Littleborough Co-operative Society Heritage Trail, Rochdale
- Longford Park at Sale Water Park, Trafford
- Lymefield and Broad Mills Heritage Trail, Tameside
- Manchester by the sea – a walk around Salford Quays, Salford / Trafford
- Mersey Vale Nature Park, Stockport
- Middlebrook Valley Trail, Bolton
- Middleton and Tonge Co-operative Society Heritage Trail, Rochdale
- Middlewood Way, Stockport
- Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal, Stockport
- Milnrow, Newhey and Ogden Co-operative Heritage Trail, Rochdale
- Monton and Roe Green Loopline Heritage Trail, Salford
- Moses Gate National Park, Bolton
- Pennington Flash Wetland Area (Silver Road), Wigan
- Queen’s Park, Bolton
- Reddish Vale National Park, Stockport
- Reddisher Lane at Simon’s House Farm, Bury
- Rochdale Town Center, Blue Plaque Trail, Rochdale
- Rochdale Town Center, Parks and Gardens Walks, Rochdale
- Sale of the Priory water park and gardens, Trafford
- Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, Bolton
- Slums, Misery and Salvation – A Walk Around Victorian Manchester, Manchester
- Smallbridge, Hurstead and Greengate Co-op Heritage Trail, Rochdale
- South Pennine Water Trail, Rochdale
- Stoneleigh Park, Oldham
- Strinesdale, Oldham
- The parks of Sale, Trafford
- Torkington Park, Stockport
- Urmston Meadows and Old Ees Brook, Trafford
- Vernon Park, Stockport
- Waterhead, Oldham
- Wellacre Country Park and Jack Lane Nature Reserve, Trafford