Middleton Circular

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The walk starts at the bus station in Middleton. The first section runs alongside the River Irk through Alkrington Woods before passing some fishing lodges. It then follows some urban roads to a hamlet before crossing some fields and passing through a community park. It goes along some more urban roads and tracks on the outskirts of two ex-local authority housing estates before descending to Hopwood Clough Nature Reserve. The next section takes you through two nature reserves (Hopwood Clough and Boarshaw Clough) along the course of a brook. The last section returns to the start point, passing a church and several old buildings via urban roads and pedestrian area. The majority of the walk is in countryside. There are a number of pubs and food outlets on the walk and several cafes in Middleton town centre. You pass a number of properties over 100 years old, in some areas even older.

England - North England - Manchester - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Woodland
4/22/2017 - alec jackson

There are a number of council car parks in the area which allow three hours free parking, see www.rochdale.gov.uk for details of car parks in Middleton. (April 2017).

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