Our mini-series looks at the many and varied ways you can travel in and around Manchester for only £12 – this week, stretch your legs.
First things first: did you know that you can travel anywhere in Greater Manchester using buses, trains and trams, as much as you like, for a whole day – for only £12? If not, let us introduce you to TfGM’s Wayfarer ticket. And, to help you make the most of it, we’ve put together our favourite trips in and around Manchester; so far, we’ve explored some super small museums, made an escape to nature, looked at the best places to take the family and put together a foodie day, too. However, if you’re in need of fresh air, exercise and a great view, this one’s for you.
Reaching the Peak District is the first challenge: trains will take you as far as Buxton, but then the hills get in the way. Your ticket is valid on buses as far as Matlock or Leek, though, through prime walking country. So hop off the bus at Ashbourne and walk back along the Tissington Trail, which follows a disused railway.
If you’re in need of fresh air, exercise and a great view, this one’s for you
If you need lunch before you head off, The Bowling Green Inn in Ashbourne will fuel you up and is right by the start of the trail. Walk as far as you want before catching the bus back to Buxton or home. At Parsley Hay the path meets up with the High Peak Trail, which is also worth exploring.
Alternatively, take the Grindleford train line as far as Chinley, Edale, Hope or Bamford and then choose one of the many walking routes through Hope Valley. There are plenty to choose from, ranging in length and difficulty. Those seeking a great view should opt for a scramble up the shimmering mountain of Mam Tor. Less strenuous walks are around the Ladybower Reservoir.
The village of Castleton is fine spot to stop for a meal and a pint. The Peak Hotel has a good selection of beers and actively encourages walkers with muddy boots! Nearby Hope is home to Losehill House hotel and spa, if you can’t face returning to the real world – or need some time to nurse tired feet. Go well, folks.