14 easy-to-follow circular walks in Greater Manchester

Fourteen easy-to-follow hand-crafted circular walks, routes & maps in Greater Manchester of all grades in Walk Grade Order


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Grade Order | Length Order | Time Order | Walk Number or Start Location Order
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Walk gm101 The Bridgewater Canal from Dunham Town

Pleasant canal side stroll

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.75 miles (9 km)
Ascent:190ft (58m)
Time:2.25hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk gm102 Blackstone Edge from Hollingworth Lake

Fine views - though can be windy(!)

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.25 miles (10 km)
Ascent:1,017ft (310m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk gm107 A circuit of Yoeman Hey Reservoir and Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield

Easy walking on good paths

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.5 miles (7 km)
Ascent:729ft (222m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk gm108 Peel Monument from Holcombe

A short but steep ascent to stunning views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4 miles (6.5 km)
Ascent:590ft (180m)
Time:2.25hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk gm114 Great Dove Stones Rocks from Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield

A steep ascent to superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.25 miles (10 km)
Ascent:1,441ft (439m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk gm115 Blackstone Edge from Littleborough

Fine views followed by a canal side stroll

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:1,115ft (340m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk gm116 Round Hill, Freeholds Top and Brown Wardle Hill from Watergrove Reservior

Wild and historic Lancashire

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:1,549ft (472m)
Time:4.75hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk gm126 Ashway Rocks and Great Dove Stones Rocks from Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield

A steep ascent to superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:1,848ft (563m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk gm134 Stable Stones Brow (Hoarstone Edge) and Alphin Pike from Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield

Superb ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:1,615ft (492m)
Time:4.25hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate

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Walk gm136 White Holme Reservoir Circuit from Blackstone Edge Reservoir

High flat moorland walk - can be windy(!)

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9 miles (14.5 km)
Ascent:131ft (40m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk gm142 Dick Hill and Saddleworth Moor (Broadstones Hill) from Greenfield

Wild moorland views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:607ft (246m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk gm150 Great Dove Stone Rocks Stable Stones Brow (Hoarstone Edge) from Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield

Superb ridge walk with extensive views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Ascent:2,501ft (762m)
Time:6.75hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk gm156 Bull Hill and Peel Monument from Holcombe

Gentle ascents to good views - can be wet

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.75 miles (11 km)
Ascent:1,050ft (320m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk gm198 Bull Hill from Holcombe

Gentle ascents to good views - can be wet

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.25 miles (8.5 km)
Ascent:686ft (210m)
Time:2.75hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy

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