FRECCLES - Friends of Eccles Station

A series of one hundred short days out from Eccles Station, compiled by Jim Rayner

Jim Rayner has compiled this guide to one hundred walks which can be made by using the train from Eccles station. They are intended mainly to be pleasurable rather than challenging. Most of the walks can be fitted into a morning, an afternoon or an early evening in summer, but some longer hikes are also included.

Although maps are helpful for the walks they are not an utter necessity as the author has tried to make the instructions absolutely clear as to which routes to take. However he would recommend strongly that you take a map on the countryside and hill walks.

A 'category one' rail trip costs no more than the cost of the Greater Manchester Rail Ranger ticket for the day (£4.80 in January 2013). A 'category two' rail trip costs no more than twice the cost of a Greater Manchester Rail Ranger day ticket. And so on for category three etc.

Sometimes the whole cost of the day including travel, admission and meals is given in the same terms so a 'category four' total trip out would cost as much as four rail ranger tickets in total.

Downloading, printing and copying of individual walks for personal use is permitted (each chapter is a separate pdf file). Copyright is retained by the author. Printed versions of this guide, one for the first fifty days out, and the other for the second days out, are now available for £4 each from the author, who may be contacted at james.rayner456@btinternet.com.

Introduction to the first 50 days out

Contents, Timetable & Fare information, Tickets, Disabled Travellers, Walk Classifications for Part 1
  1. Stalybridge - Station Buffet Bar
  2. Stalybridge - Town
  3. Stalybridge - Art Gallery and Cheetham Park
  4. Stalybridge - Matley Lane (Rising Moon)
  5. Ashton-Under-Lyne - Town centre and Market
  6. Ashton-Under-Lyne - Portland Basin and Canal
  7. Stalybridge - Mossley via the canal
  8. Mossley - Greenfield via the canal
  9. Stalybridge - Hartshead Pike
  10. Burscough Bridge - Rufford Old Hall
  11. Gathurst - Ashurst's Beacon
  12. Bramhall - Cheadle Hulme
  13. Stockport - Edgeley and Art Gallery
  14. Stockport - Old Markets
  15. Stockport - Chestergate Shopping Centre
  16. Stockport - A tour of the old town
  17. Stockport - Three good real ale pubs
  18. Glossop - Shops, Markets, Cafes
  19. Glossop - Old Glossop and Moorfields
  20. Glossop - Old Glossop
  21. Glossop - Kidd Road and Moorfields
  22. Glossop - Four (or five) pub stroll
  23. Llandudno - Y Gogarth (Great Orme Circular Walk)
  24. Llandudno - A look at the town
  25. Smithy Bridge - Pennine Walk to Summit Lock
  26. Mills Hill - Castleton via canal
  27. Mills Hill - Castleton via Tandle Hill
  28. New Hey - Reservoirs walk (n.b. New Hey station closed from 4 October 2009)
  29. Prescot - Clock and Watch Museum
  30. Hadfield - Tintwistle & Reservoirs
  31. Rochdale Town Centre
  32. Huddersfield - Railway Station & Bars
  33. Huddersfield - Victorian Centre
  34. Stalybridge - Mossley via Walkerwood Reservoir
  35. Manchester - Cathedral & Visitor Centre
  36. Manchester - Chetham's School, Library & lunchtime concerts
  37. Manchester - St Anne's Square
  38. Liverpool - Classical City Centre
  39. Mytholmroyd - Hebden Bridge
  40. Hebden Bridge - Town
  41. Todmorden - A Look at the Town
  42. West Kirby - Dee Estuary
  43. Edge Hill - Sefton Park
  44. Darwen - Jubilee Tower & Sunnyhurst
  45. Hall Road - Coast and "Another Place"
  46. Todmorden - Mankinholes Circular
  47. Chester - A Circuit of the Walls
  48. Earlestown - Sankey Viaduct
  49. Chester Cathedral and Shops
  50. Chester - Some Real Ale Pubs
Introduction to the second 50 days out

Contents, Timetable & Fare information, Tickets, Disabled Travellers, Walk Classifications for Part 2
  1. Liverpool - Mersey Transport
  2. Liverpool - Albert Docks
  3. Todmorden - Portsmouth and back
  4. Littleborough - Pennine Way
  5. Marsden - Over the Moors
  6. Todmorden - Hebden Bridge (via Jack Bridge)
  7. Hebden Bridge - Callis Vale and Heptonstall
  8. Marsden - Tunnel Entrance
  9. St Helens - World of Glass Museum
  10. Sowerby Bridge - through the CAMRA lens
  11. Leeds - Markets and Arcades
  12. York - National Railway Museum
  13. Greenfield - Dobcross and Uppermill
  14. Llandudno Junction - Conwy (bridges, castle and quay)
  15. Bromley Cross - Jumbles Reservoir
  16. Llandudno Junction - Conwy (walls and town)
  17. Greenfield - Uppermill
  18. Macclesfield - Market and Shops
  19. Entwistle - Reservoir Circuit
  20. Wigan - Town, Market and Shops
  21. Port Sunlight - Garden Village and Lady Lever Art Gallery
  22. Macclesfield - Paradise Mill
  23. Stockport - more good things
  24. Sheffield - Civic Centre and Shops
  25. Ellesmere Port - National Waterways Museum
  26. Frodsham - Village
  27. Birkenhead Hamilton Square - a really great day out!
  28. Frodsham - Frodsham Hill
  29. Wilmslow - Styal - Handforth
  30. Broadbottom - Marple (via Etherow Country Park)
  31. Frodsham - a Weaver wander
  32. Marple - Strines - New Mills
  33. Romiley - Marple
  34. Marple - Waterways Circular
  35. York - far too much to see and do!
  36. Marple - Waterways to New Mills
  37. Liverpool - Hope Street stroll
  38. Runcorn East - Castle and Priory
  39. Liverpool - One for shopping
  40. Disley - Lyme Park
  41. Marple - Compstall (waterways stroll)
  42. Broad Green - Court Hey Park and wild flowers
  43. Broadbottom - Coombes Rocks and Cown Edge
  44. Buxton - Aquae Arnemetiae
  45. Buxton - Solomon's Temple and Poole's Cavern
  46. Whaley Bridge - Taxal and Bugsworth Basin
  47. Clitheroe - Town and Castle
  48. Stafford - a very pleasant change
  49. Leeds - commerce and civic pride
  50. Shrewsbury - town trail


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