Greater Manchester’s GM Ringway walking trail has launched an app so that your phone can be your guide to walking around the region.
The GM Ringway is made up of 20 stages covering 200 miles. Each stage is connected to public transport so that you can join them straight from a train station, tram stop or bus stop. Now, the GM Ringway has partnered with the award-winning Go Jauntly app to make it easier than ever before to access the routes.
The walking trail covers all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and takes in some of the region’s most iconic landscapes including the Peak District and the Pennines. The route also passes 40 listed buildings, 13 museums and 14 ancient monuments.
Andrew Read, GM Ringway’s project lead, said: “There’s such good transport with the train, tram and bus links that we could use that to create a fantastic walking trail, really varied scenery and heritage.
“We’ve done it so each stage, starts and finishes with a transport link, so you don’t need a car to get to and from there.
“We hope this will encourage people to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Greater Manchester.”
Go Jauntly – a free walking and wellness app – guides you on the 20 stages of the trail, using pictures and route maps. The app also includes ten shorter GM Ringway ’Short Adventures’, one for each borough, including several step-free routes, enabling everyone to sample the trail.
Hana Sutch, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Jauntly said “I’m not a great map reader, and I think there are quite a few people like me. So what we wanted to do was break down the barriers to walking, so you can preview if it’s muddy, steep or if there’s toilets en route to really help make walking as easy as possible,”
This hopes to encourage more people to walk and be more active across the borough.
Tracey Lamb from Be Well Wigan said “The benefits of getting outside are endless you make friends, lowering your blood pressure. It takes 7 seconds for your mental health improve by going outside of your front door so why not go out and make yourself feel good.”