Moderate, Multi-stage

GM Ringway Stage 2 Sale Water Park – East Didsbury

Manchester, Trafford

6.5 miles long

Chorlton Water Park

Chorlton Water Park © Dr Andrew Read

Kenworthy Woods

Kenworthy Woods © Dr Andrew Read

River Mersey, West Didsbury

River Mersey, West Didsbury © Dr Andrew Read

Hedgerow path, Withington Golf Course

Hedgerow path, Withington Golf Course © Dr Andrew Read

Boardwalk, Fletcher Moss

Boardwalk, Fletcher Moss © Dr Andrew Read

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This is one of the 20 stages of the GM Ringway – the new walking trail for Greater Manchester.

Stage 2 follows a series of pretty, traffic-free footpaths through the Mersey Valley greenbelt of South Manchester.

Highlights include:
– The wildlife and greenery of Chorlton Water Park
– The trees and birdlife of Kenworthy Woods
– An especially pretty meander of the River Mersey
– An old country lane near Didsbury village
Fletcher Moss Park, one of the most attractive and varied areas of parkland in Manchester.

The route can followed, downloaded or printed using the Viewranger app or website (registration needed) or the mobile-friendly Plotaroute site. To use Plotaroute on your phone’s browser, simply click the map. Then, when you’re ready to start walking, click the tracker icon (bottom right) to show your position as you follow the route. We recommend carrying an additional power source and/or map when following online routes on your phone.

Accessibility and facilities

Most of the paths are well-made and level, though there are steps where you leave the River Mersey by Withington Golf Course, a very few short slopes, and potentially muddy sections in many places after wet weather. Because of these factors, the complete walk is not wheelchair or pushchair-friendly. However, we believe that the section around Chorlton Water Park is largely accessible; this is listed as a separate walk here. There are also several step-free paths in Fletcher Moss and nearby Parsonage Gardens. We hope to identify and map more accessible sections of the GM Ringway when funding allows.

Public toilets including accessible facilities are available at the cafe near the start in Sale Water Park and at Chorlton Water Park. The many refreshment opportunities are marked on the Plotaroute map.

How to get there

All stages of the GM Ringway can be accessed by public transport. This stage links  Sale Water Park and East Didsbury Metrolink stations. Walkers with dogs can use bus services to either Sale or Chorlton as shown on the Plotaroute map and take the train from East Didsbury train station or a bus back to Chorlton or other destinations.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start and end points, click the Google Maps links on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. Then, for public transport options, click the train icon. Alternatively, input the postcodes shown on this page into the Traveline journey planner.

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