Manchester and Salford Ramblers

a link in the Greater Manchester and High Peak Area

Area EC meeting on Tuesday 17/07/18

Information from John Ireland, Area Secretary

Following on from the last EC meeting on Tuesday, there are three things we'd like to bring to your attention -

Made to Move Discussion

In Greater Manchester last year, the Mayor Andy Burnham appointed Chris Boardman as the Cycling and Walking Commissioner and he published a plan - “Made to Move”, that contained 15 steps to transform Greater Manchester by changing the way we get around. One of the key objectives of the plan is to make walking the natural choice for as many short trips as possible. The Ramblers nationally and at Area level have been working with Chris Boardman’s team to support these plans because they are linked closely with the main aims of the Ramblers - to protect and expand the infrastructure and places people go walking. We also believe that there are important new opportunities for the Ramblers at Area and district level to influence the development of these and future polices. This is the link to download a copy of "Made to Move".

The Area believes that it would be very useful if groups and committees could timetable a discussion on these new opportunities, Area representatives are available to support these discussions. If your group is interested in a holding a discussion, please could you contact Area EC member Alan Manning (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the first instance, to arrange a date.


The very first item in the Made to Move plan was to publish a Greater Manchester wide cycling and walking infrastructure plan. The first part of this work has been launched as “Beelines”. This is a cycling and walking infrastructure proposal that seeks to identify routes that are safe and attractive.

The first iteration of the map was published in June. The map shows crossing points and proposed routes for the Beelines network and initial proposals for roads where segregated Dutch-style cycling lanes could be built. A copy of the full infrastructure proposal document or the short summary document is available  here

The proposed Beelines have also been published on the open data site and there is the facility to comment in detail on the proposed routes and all groups are asked to consider looking at the sections relevant to their areas and or circulating to individual members to comment on. It would be very helpful if you could let Alan Manning know if you do make comments.

Spirit of Kinder

The Spirit of Kinder Event which our Area hosted this year was a great success. Over 90 people came, plus choir, and many said it was the best they had attended. Thanks to Salle for organising and pulling such a varied, and inspirational occasion.

Some photos of the event have been posted here: Photos 


John Ireland

GM&HP Area Secretary

Wednesday, August 15, 2018