Welcome to the homepage of the Manchester and Salford Ramblers,
a local group of the Ramblers Association.
If you live in or around Greater Manchester and
Salford, and enjoy hiking/walking, then this is YOUR group.
We offer a varied programme of weekly walks and hikes taking advantage of
the excellent walking country surrounding Greater Manchester and Salford.
Next Monday Walk: December 18th Short walk, Ellenbrook circular Boothstown, More Details
Next Social December 18th Christmas Social at 6.30 p.m. More Details
Next Tuesday Walk: December 26th Boxing Day Heaton Park and area.
Next Saturday Walk: January 6th, The Festival of Winter Walks, Manchester Centre buildings,
Facebook! Just type in Manchester and Salford Ramblers on the top of your
facebook page (under search for) and join the group. Or go straight
This is a great opportunity to post your pictures, favourite walks, events
and any other stuff you want to share. Like!
latest Newsletter (December 2017) is out and is well worth reading so you can keep up with what members of the group
have been doing There's some interesting round-ups of walks with lovely pictures, a list up-coming walks
plus information on local campaign activities, so get reading!
Manchester Green Corridor
Great news from the ramblers! They have agreed that although routes over 3 miles are considered 'members benefits'
an exception is to be made in this case for all sections of the route to be treated the same way and to be accessible to all.
This issue has been discussed at length internally and, I am happy to report, that because this is an excellent urban walking
initiative aimed at getting people out walking, a huge amount of work has gone into it from your group and it is hoped that a
new audience of walkers may be attracted both to your website and to the Ramblers website as a result, a decision has been made
to make an exception in this case and to make all segments 'free' to all on 'Ramblers Routes'
Well done to all involved in checking these routes!!
Salford scoops travel 'Oscar'
Salford's network of traffic-free routes has been named the best in Britain at the 'Oscars' of the
transport industry. The National Transport Awards recognised the city for Excellence in Cycling and Walking, acknowledging the positive impact of Salford City Council's significant investment in
former railway lines - known locally as loop lines and canal towpaths to link the city's green spaces and improve access across the network City mayor Paul Dennett says,it has been
fanastic to see how local people have responded to and welcomed the council's work to improve
the paths and loop lines. Manchester and Salford Ramblers have worked with us to create the
Salford Trail - a 50-mile route broken down into smaller sections - while volunteers working along
the Bridgewater Canal route have given over 5,500 hours of their time to build benches, paths and
steps, plant trees, help with events and activities, and regularly keep the area clean and tidy for others. By the end of 2018 we will have over 28 kilometres of high-quality, accessible paths,
connecting people to jobs, schools and leisure.' Some routes saw user numbers jump from under 12,500 to over 191,500 in just one year. Back in 2015, a public consultation on how to improve
the loop lines revealed that barriers installed to prevent illegal motorbike use had made access difficult for cyclists and people using wheelchairs mobility scooters and buggies.
Subsequent barrier-free trials proved successful and now the whole network has open access. Most routes have been resurfaced, while new signs, lighting and community artwork have also been installed
Taken from 'Ramblers Walk Magazine - Urban Walking'
Why don't you try part of the busway on our walk December 18th Ellenbrook Circular - see above
Guide to Walking on Open Access Land
Seventeen years ago today, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act was passed, giving rights of open access to more than a million hectares of countryside.
Open access land gives you the chance to step off the path and walk freely, explore wild, open landscapes and find your own way.
But do you know how to identify areas of open access? Do you know where you can and can't walk once you've found it?
Do you know what rights and responsibilities you have once you step off the path?
We know that some people don't feel confident in where they can and can't walk, and in knowing their rights and responsibilities while out walking.
To help, we've produced a free guide to open access, giving you everything you need to be able to head out and confidently explore the countryside.