Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID) is coordinating group walks to Altrincham on ‘Quietways’ to enjoy the OVO Tour Energy Tour of Britain on Saturday 14th September

To highlight some of the best walking routes into the town, Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID) has arranged for walk leaders and volunteers to guide groups into the town on Saturday morning from Sale, Timperley and Bowdon Vale on ‘Quietways’. 

On Saturday the routes, from Sale, Timperley and Bowdon Vale, will not be the quickest but they will be some of the quietest.  Where possible they have been planned to avoid the busiest roads, use pedestrian crossings and allow the group to enjoy the environment.   For example, if you are walking from Sale, the walk will take you along the towpath of the Bridgewater Canal.  The Timperley walk will take-in the peacefulness of King George V Pool and the Bowdon walk will meander down the historic quietness of the Narrows, the ancient walking route which links Bowdon with Altrincham.

Quietways - walking routes to Altrincham

Each of the walks will set-off on Saturday morning and will arrive in Altrincham in time for the group to enjoy the start of the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, followed by all of the events and activities which are happening in Altrincham on the day.

Elizabeth Faulkner, BID Business Development Manager for Altrincham Unlimited, explains why visitors should join in, “It’s always fun to walk as a group and great for your health. You may already be familiar with these routes but if you’re not, you will not be disappointed as the town is surrounded by beautiful spaces and architecture which can be really appreciated at walking pace.  We are also fortunate to have some great public transport links if you are not able to walk, or if you fancy just walking one way.  We will be looking to develop this project further to wherever possible reduce congestion in the town and improve air quality.’ 

Going forward the BID team will be arranging more group walks via ‘Quietways’ from Broadheath, Dunham Massey and Hale Barns.

It’s not too late to take part in one of the walks this Saturday, there’s no need to register in advance just come along to one of the meeting points, where walk leaders and volunteers will be waiting to meet you.   You will be asked to sign a disclaimer confirming that you walk at your own risk.

Quietways - walking routes to Altrincham

‘Quietways’ Walks – Saturday 14th September

Sale to Altrincham – meet at 08:15 outside Waterside, M33 7ZF (approximately 75 mins / 3.3 miles). Roads, pathways and some uneven terrain.

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Quietways - walking routes to Altrincham

Timperley to Altrincham – meet at 08:30 by the Frank Sidebottom Statue, WA15 7UG (approximately 40 mins / 2 miles). Roads, pathways and some uneven terrain.

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Quietways - walking routes to Altrincham

Bowdon Vale to Altrincham – meet at 08:30 outside the Co-op, Vicarage Lane, WA14 3BE (approximately 30 mins / 2 miles). Roads and pathways.

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Quietways - walking routes to Altrincham

Q&A

Can I bring my dog? Dogs are allowed on the walks but must be kept under close control and are the responsibility of their owners at all times.  They should be on a lead at all times.

Is it suitable for prams and buggies? Walkers with prams or buggies are advised that on the Sale walk there are some steps to the bridge over the canal and on the Timperley walk there is uneven ground over Altrincham Golf Course and by King George V Pool. 

Is the walk suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters? If you have reduced mobility or use a wheelchair or mobility scooter please contact Altrincham Unlimited prior to the walk to determine whether any aspect of the route may prove too challenging for you.  Contact: info@altrinchamunlimited.co.uk

Do I need any special clothing or footwear? Walkers are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions likely to be encountered during the walk.

Will drinks be provided? Walkers are advised to carry their own water with them to avoid dehydration.

Will it allow enough time to see the bike race? The walks have been timed to allow participants to arrive in Altrincham with enough time to enjoy the cycle race.

Is there a walk coming back? Walkers can either make their own way back on foot or use public transport (tfgm.com)