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Walks and Trails

People walking in the Countryside

Want to explore Tameside's Countryside?
We can offer a variety of walks around Tameside.


Greater Manchester Walking

For information about walking groups and routes across Greater Manchester, as well as lots of resources to support walkable communities plus information about courses and events visit the GM Walking website.

There are now a number of walks and trails which can be downloaded. More will be added in the future. Watch out for any updates to the existing walks in the booklets.

Family friendly trails and outdoor activities

We also have activity ideas and nature trails aimed at young families. Visit for more details.

Tameside Trail

A 32 mile walking trail around Tameside passing through all the nine towns, 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, it combines to provide a walk full of interest and enjoyment.

Split into eight sections of varying lengths, public transport is available at the start and finish of each section.

Download the Etherow-Goyt Valley Way A 15 mile walk linking Vernon Park in Stockport with the Longdendale Trail in the Peak District near Hadfield. It passes through riverside meadows, fine woodland and includes constantly changes and extensive views

Download the Heart of the Tame Valley’ trail.(1.66MB)  A four mile walk along tranquil canal and river.

Download the ‘Three Canals and a River’ trail.(1.95MB)  A three mile walk along the Ashton, Huddersfield Narrow, Peak Forest canals and River Tame.

Download the 'History and Heritage' Trail.(1.02MB)  A two mile walk discovering the industrial past of Ashton under Lyne.

Download Pedal Ashton Canal’1.49 MB PDF File  An easy five mile ride to the Fairfield Moravian Settlement and back.

DownloadPedal Peak Forest Canal’2 MB PDF File  An easy four mile ride to our medieval past and back.

Download the 'Park Bridge Heritage Trail'(2.06MB)  A short circular walk to discover the industrial past of Park Bridge.

Download the 'Lymefield and Broad Mills Heritage Trail'(1.31MB)  A half mile walk along flat surfaced paths, discovering the fascination history of this once thriving mill complex in Broadbottom.

Download the 'Hurst Clough Nature Walk'(0.61MB)  A short walk around Hurst Clough Local Nature Reserve, Hattersley.

Download the 'Towpaths, Tracks and Tunnels'(1.39MB) A four mile linear walk between Mossley and Stalybridge Railway Stations.

Download the 'Scout Around The Edge'(1.76MB) A 5.5 mile circular walk taking you through the varied landscapes of a cotton printing village, the canal and a Roman road.

Download the 'Mossley Highs and Lows'(0.44MB) A five mile circular trail, the first half quite strenuous, crossing hill farming countryside and returning through the Tame Valley.

Download the 'Valley and Views'(1.48MB) A seven mile walk connecting Werneth Low and Broadbottom, with spectacular hilltop views and sheltered woodland.

Download the Mottram Hill Trail(0.19MB) A four mile walk linking hilltop and valley.

Download the Castle Clough Trail(0.25MB) A two mile hilly walk through a beautiful oak woodland and up to a small reservoir providing you with a sense of wilderness.

Download the Haughton Green Circular(0.4MB) An easy three mile circular trail on mainly level surfaced paths through the Tame Valley, where woods and meadows now exist where industry once flourished.

Download the Lovers' Alley Trail(0.34MB) An easy two mile walk on mainly level surfaced paths exploring a section of the Tame Valley and the Peak Forest Canal.

Download the Lower Brushes Valley Trail(0.38MB) An easy 1½ mile walk with occasional hills and mainly surfaced paths with a mixture of open grassland, woodland and open water.

Download the Roaches Trail(0.47MB) A two mile easy walk on mainly level surfaced paths in an area once full of mills and now an area of peace and tranquillity, with its woodlands, bridle paths, canal and river.

Download the Werneth Low and Gee Cross Circular(0.28MB) A hilly 2½ mile walk around Werneth Low and through the historic village of Gee Cross.

Download the Werneth Low Hilltop Trail(0.36MB) A three mile walk around the hill top of Werneth Low with extensive views over the South Pennines, Derbyshire, the Welsh Hills, the Cheshire Plain and the urban sprawl of Manchester.

Download the Park Bridge and Daisy Nook Trail(0.32MB) A five mile walk starting from Park Bridge Heritage Centre, linking a fascinating early industrial settlement with an attractive country park based on a former canals network. Varied landscape and much wildlife interest.

Download the Broadbottom Circular(0.23MB) A four mile walk starting from Lymefield Visitor Centre. Quiet lanes, a little known wooded clough and farmland combine to make an attractive and varied walk. Good views from the higher ground.

Download The Harridge Round(0.2MB) A strenuous five mile walk starting from Castle Clough car park, Carrbrook following the side of the Tame Valley and then up the Brushes Valley before crossing open moorland on a good track to descend back into Carrbrook village. A walk for a fine day with superb views throughout.

Owing to the severely eroded ditch bank alongside the path at the top of the small clough in Rocher Vale, it has been decided that we need to temporarily close this section of Ash139 until a diversion can be arranged. October 2014.



Pennine Bridleway

This National Trail from the Peak District to North Yorkshire and beyond is at the development stage. The section in Tameside from Ogden Brook to Greenfield is open. See the National trail website for more information Link to External Website

Trans Pennine Trail

This long distance trail for cyclists, walkers and for some of the way, horse riders, runs from Hull to Liverpool. In Tameside it runs from Broadbottom to the Apethorn Godley rail path, then through the Tameside Valley to Reddish Vale. A walkers' alternative route runs across Werneth Low.

Visit the TPT website at

Short Independent Walks

Around the towns of Tameside which are ideal for beginners.

What are the benefits of Walking?

Walking is a great activity and an easy way for people to take their recommended daily amount of physical activity. Any amount of physical activity is good for you, but the recommended weekly amounts for adults are five lots of 30 minutes moderate intensity activity on five or more days of the week.

Brisk walking is the perfect activity and has real benefits as it can:-

  • Reduce coronary heart disease.
  • Reduce the risk of strokes.
  • Prevent developing diabetes.
  • Prevent developing obesity
  • Prevent development of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
  • Provides you with more energy to do the things you enjoy in life.

Local Groups and Organisations Database

Local Groups and Organisations Database - Search the database for Walking Clubs and Groups.

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