This route was created by Matthew Ball, a member of South Manchester LDWA. It is a 157 mile walking route that encircles the City of Manchester in 13 stages, each accessible by public transport, and taking in as much as possible of the best scenery on the way.
Highlights include Alderley Edge, The River Bollin, Tatton Park, Glaze Brook, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Winter Hill, Haslingden Grane, Todmorden Edge, Blackstone Edge, the Laddow Rocks, Kinder Scout, the Limestone Way and Shining Tor.
The average stage length is around 12 miles, but they vary between 10 and 14 miles. However, the amount of ascent on the stages varies a lot, from just 100 metres on the flattest stage out to the west where we cross Chat Moss; to 800 metres on the eastern stage that crosses Kinder Scout. The stages are all designed so that they can be done as a single day’s march by an experienced walker, setting out from home in the morning by train or bus, and returning home by a different train or bus in the evening. The stages also all finish in places with pubs and restaurants nearby, so that you can relax a little after the day’s exertions before undertaking the journey home.
Source: Round Manchester Hiking Trail Website