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Greater Manchester North Taster

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Route Information

Where in Greater Manchester?

WORSLEY DELPH 

In Short

upremely enjoyable route that will allow you to get into a great rhythm on mainly excellent surfaced trails and paths. Fascinating heritage and first timers will be rewarded by this ‘green corridor’ loop from almost underneath the motorway!

Hazards

CYCLISTS: The disused railway line (Roe Green Loopline) is very popular with cyclists and other users. Be especially aware if wearing earphones. 

STEPS: Take care when descending steep sections of steps onto and off the disused railway line. 

There is an opportunity for a lovely coffee adjacent to the start by the Delph. Pop over the bridge after you finish and enjoy your reward. 

Description

The fascinating history surrounding the route’s start and finish at Worsley Delph is worth investigating – not least the 47 miles of underground canals that were built by the Duke of Bridgewater in the 18th century. For you, however, we have just over four miles for you to womble – and all overground. 

As you start, don’t be put off by the first 30 metres. It’s the only climb of the route. Soon meandering atop a boardwalk within Worsley Woods, we breakout under the motorway and onto a gorgeous woodland trail accompanied by a gentle brook. You progress along the disused railway line that offers a peaceful refuge from life up above. The wide surfaced path 

is perfect for walkers and runners alike as you head past bygone features of its previous working life. We then divert you towards the Bridgewater Canal. A short section heads towards the city as you encounter the shortest of interactions with the cacophony of urban life. But then peace and tranquillity as we turn you back along the canal towards your journey’s end. Time for reflection within the surrounds of Worsley Delph and, perhaps, for planning your next womble. 

There is an opportunity for a lovely coffee adjacent to the start by the Delph. Pop over the bridge after you finish and enjoy your reward. 

Parking 

The venue is just off J13 of the M60 and the postcode of M28 2PB will get you close to parking options and route start / finish. 

Nearby parking is available at Worsley Court House car park and on street on the A572 and the B5211 Barton Road. Please check for parking fees / restrictions as appropriate. Take care when crossing the road towards the route start point. 

General safety considerations

• Ensure someone knows when and where you are going and your approximate return time

• Take time to familiarise yourself with the route before you head out. RunGo allows you to print off a simple route map with all turn points too

• Always carry a means of contacting someone should you become lost, unable to complete the route or need urgent medical assistance

• We recommend the use of a tracking service if your app or timing device has the functionality

• We also suggest having a grid reference app or the ‘what3words’ app available should you need to give someone your specific location quickly

• All the Nottingham SixPack routes are multi-terrain and liable to be occasionally muddy and slippery in parts, so please do take care

• We suggest participating with a buddy, especially if you are inexperienced in off-road terrain

• For those who are more competitive, don’t race the route until you are familiar with it. Most routes will involve the occasional road crossing and being aware of your
surroundings is always essential.

Our tip: Complete the route twice prior to putting the hammer down!

• Be aware of the weather forecast: don’t undertake hard physical effort in extreme heat, cold, rain, etc.

• Don’t exercise when suffering from a respiratory infection. For anyone suffering or recovering from an underlying illness, injury or medical condition please seek professional guidance before undertaking the challenge.

• Remember that we will always be sharing these beautiful routes with others. So, give way, say hello, don’t barge through, and most of all enjoy!