Moderate

GM Ringway Stage 7 Marple – Broadbottom

Stockport, Tameside

7.9 miles long

Walking along Marple Aqueduct

Walking along Marple Aqueduct © Dr Andrew Read

Looking back at England's highest aqueduct

Looking back at England's highest aqueduct © Dr Andrew Read

Etherow Country Park

Etherow Country Park © Dr Andrew Read

Signpost on Werneth Low

Signpost on Werneth Low © Dr Andrew Read

Walking through Back Wood near Broadbottom

Walking through Back Wood near Broadbottom © 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.

GM Ringway Stage 7 (Marple – Broadbottom) offers a varied mix of lovely scenery along and above the valleys of the Goyt and Etherow rivers.

Highlights include:
– A crossing of the astonishing Marple canal aqueduct, England’s highest
– Gorgeous waterside and woodland paths in Etherow Country Park
– A wander around Werneth Low, offering great views across Greater Manchester, the Peak District and the Pennines
– Streamside paths in the fairytale-like setting of Back Wood
– Industrial remains and riverside scenery near Broadbottom.

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

After the first three fairly level miles, there is one serious climb, from the Etherow Valley up on to Werneth Low. This is generally well graded however. The descent from Werneth Low is steep in places. Most paths are good, though there are muddy sections, one of which, after Marple Aqueduct, can be followed by a diversion. The descent into the woods and the woodland paths west of Broadbottom will require careful footing. Because of the varied terrain, the overall walk is not wheelchair or pushchair-friendly. We hope to identify and map more accessible sections of the GM Ringway when funding allows.

There are public toilets in Etherow Country Park and also a cafe. There are pubs at the start and end of the route in Marple and Broadbottom.

How to get there

All stages of the GM Ringway can be accessed by public transport. This stage links Marple and Broadbottom stations, each on a different line from Manchester. There are also bus services to each location, though most people will find the train service more convenient.

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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