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An epic new walking trail links up the most beautiful parts of northern England

The 300km route is designed to be accessible by public transport

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

Manchester might not be the first place that springs to mind when thinking about a walking trip, but that could all be about to change. A new 300-kilometre trail looping around the countryside Greater Manchester has just been given the green light.

Known as the GM Ringway, the project is a collaboration between charities CPRE and The Ramblers. The trail has just been awarded a £250,000 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to move forwards.  

The route has been designed around existing footpaths and parks, and has been split into 20 stages, which will all be accessible by public transport. It will pass by listed buildings, heritage sites, museums and more than 50 conservation areas, as well as local nature reserves and areas of the Peak District National Park. It’s hoped at least 30,000 people will walk part of the route every year.

You can find out more about the GM Ringway here

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