Moderate, Multi-stage

GM Ringway Stage 3 East Didsbury – Bramhall

Manchester, Stockport

6.7 miles long

Cheadle Bridge, East Didsbury

Cheadle Bridge, East Didsbury © Dr Andrew Read

St Mary's Church, Cheadle

St Mary's Church, Cheadle © Dr Andrew Read

Ladybrook Valley between Cheadle and Bramhall

Ladybrook Valley between Cheadle and Bramhall © Dr Andrew Read

Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall © Dr Andrew Read

Carr Wood (southern end), Bramhall

Carr Wood (southern end), Bramhall © Dr Andrew Read

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Overview

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

Stage 3 follows the pretty Ladybrook Valley that weaves through the suburbs of Stockport. Much of the route overlaps with the Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail.

Highlights include:

– A riverside and woodland link from East Didsbury to Cheadle Village
– The Grade I-listed St Mary’s Church in Cheadle, dating back to 1530
– Quiet paths along the tree-lined Micker Brook
– The 70-acre Bramhall Park, with its woodland, ponds, play area and cafe
Bramall Hall, a superb Tudor manor house (Grade I-listed)
Carr Wood Local Nature Reserve, a beautiful area of semi-ancient woodland in a gorge-like valley

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

This is a mainly level route, well-surfaced in places but muddy in several parts after wet weather. It includes one gentle ascent up to Bramall Hall. Because of the varied terrain, the complete walk is not wheelchair or pushchair-friendly. However, there are several well-surfaced and gently graded paths within Bramhall Park and neighbouring Carr Wood; details of in paths in the park and woods are listed here. We hope to identify and map more accessible sections of the GM Ringway when funding allows.

Public toilets including accessible facilities are at the visitor centre in Bramhall Park near the end of the route. 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 East Didsbury Metrolink and Bramhall train stations. For those with dogs, the start is a short way from East Didsbury train station. Both the start and end are also linked by a regular bus and are served by other buses to and from Manchester, Stockport and elsewhere.

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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