Moderate, Challenging, Multi-stage

Tameside Trail


32 miles long

Footpath #Tameside

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Reed Bed #Tameside

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The Tameside Trail is a 32-mile / 51-km walking trail around Tameside visiting all nine towns of the borough. It passes along the three river valleys and canals, through the country parks and many of the local nature reserves.

Over heather moorland and farmland, through formal parks and woodlands with constantly changing and far-flung views, together with a rich heritage, the Tameside Trail offers a multi-day walk full of interest and enjoyment.

The trail is split into eight sections of varying lengths, with public transport is available at the start and finish of each section.

Downloadable maps and route directions can be found on the Tameside Trail page of the Tameside Council website. A GPX file of the route can also be found on the Walking Englishman website.

Accessibility and facilities

Because of the extremely varied terrain involved, the Tameside Trail is unsuitable for pushchair and wheelchair-users.

Public toilets are available in most of the town centres visited, though these are generally not open 7 days a week. The Tameside Council website has the latest details.

There are also a variety of pubs, cafes and shops along the route, although facilities may be scarce on the higher and more remote sections of the trail.

How to get there

The Tameside Trail can be started at any point along the route. The start point given on this page is Broadbottom station, which has regular services seven days a week. You can use the downloadable guide to identify other access points where you can join or break off from the route.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at

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