Timperley to Altrincham – meeting 11.30 am by the Frank Sidebottom Statue, WA15 7UG (approximately 40 mins / 2 miles). Roads, pathways and some uneven terrain.
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Bowdon Vale to Altrincham – meeting at 11.30 am outside the Co-op, Vicarage Lane, WA14 3BE (approximately 30 mins / 2 miles). Roads and pathways.
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Following the success of the Tour of Britain group walks, Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID) is coordinating group walks to Altrincham on ‘Quietways’ to enjoy the Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 16th November and Saturday 7th December to enjoy the Lantern Parade.
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 the Saturdays from Timperley and Bowdon Vale on ‘Quietways’.
The routes, from 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, 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.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Switch-On/Lantern Parade? The walks have been timed to allow participants to arrive in Altrincham with enough time to enjoy the events.
Is there a walk coming back? Walkers can either make their own way back on foot or use public transport (tfgm.com)
Each of the walks will set-off on Saturday 16th November and Saturday 7th December and will arrive in Altrincham in time for the group to enjoy the Christmas events, which have been funded by the businesses of Altrincham and organised by Altrincham BID.
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, 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.