Cath Dyson presents a series of walks which begin and end on public transport. Got your boots? Got your ticket? Let’s go!
We’re continuing our way along the Mersey this month, as we walk the Transpennine Trail from East Didsbury, with a couple of interesting diversions across playing fields at Millgate Farm and across Didsbury Golf Course. We’ll leave the river at West Didsbury and the ample charms of Burton Road. This is a 7.25km (41/2 mile) walk, along clear footpaths that should take you about two hours – perfect for a summer’s afternoon, with plenty of post-walk refreshment options!
Getting there: Take the East Didsbury tram to the end of the line at East Didsbury
Exit the East Didsbury tram stop and turn right on the signpost Transpennine trail (TPT) and after just a minute or two turn right again following the finger posts along the TPT to reach the River Mersey (Marked (1) on the map).
At the Mersey, turn right and follow the river. After just about 500m (6-7mins) you’ll leave it briefly to pass the Waterside Hotel & Leisure Club, going through their car park, before rejoining the riverbank. Continue for another 1.5km (20-25mins). Just as the river starts bending to the right/NW, you will see a clear, slightly uphill, footpath to your right (2). Go up this footpath, and continue ahead with playing fields to your right. At the end of the track turn right and, at the next junction of paths, turn left to rejoin the river(3).
Turn right and continue along the river until you get to Simon’s Bridge, which you may remember from the walk in our May-June edition. Just after Simon’s Bridge, before the river bends to the left (SW), you will see a narrow path to your right, going right down a small slope (4). Take this path to reach the golf course, look left and you will see a straight path ahead of you with trees to the left and a fence to the right. Follow this to the Club House. Turn right when you reach the Club House and take the path leaving the golf course grounds. Take care crossing Palatine Road to follow the path straight ahead of you and back to the river (5). Turn right.
Our last stretch of river is about 750m (10-12mins), after which look out for some steps to take you up the bank to Stanton Avenue (6). At the end of the Avenue, cross Barlow Moor Road with care and continue to the end of Moorfield Road. Turn right, down a footpath, to reach Burton Road with its lovely shops, bars, restaurants and spectacular street art. Turn left to explore.
To catch the tram again, go past the Metropolitan, cross Cavendish Road/Lapwing Lane and you’ll find the Burton Road tram stop just after the bridge.
Cath co-organises guided walks and navigation training. Her book, Navigate Your Way Around the South Pennines is published by Sigma Press. www.mapandcompass.wix.com/mapandcompass