Careful attention to the directions is needed in parts. The walk, which is suitable for experienced walkers with navigation and map-reading skills, would be very challenging in poor visibility.
The route can followed, downloaded or printed usingthe Viewranger app or website (registration needed; includes detailed directions) 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
The route includes a considerable amount of ascent (535 m / 1755 ft) and descent and crosses high ground. Paths are generally good, though sections are likely to be muddy or boggy depending on the season. 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 facilities near the start and end of the route, including the Limekiln Cafe (with toilets) just over 1 mile (1.6 km) after the start of the walk. Shops, cafes and pubs close to the route are shown on the Plotaroute map.
How to get there
All stages of the GM Ringway can be accessed by public transport. This stage links Greenfield station, with direct services to and from Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne, and Newhey Metrolink station, with regular tram services to and from Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale.
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.