Superlative WalksUrban and rural trails, each with something very special
Manchester - Cotton Fields
Hebden Bridge - Stoodley Pike
Hebden Bridge - Crown Point
Chester - Grosvenor Park
Chester - River Dee
Manchester - Ancoats
Ashton Memorial - Lancaster
Bridgewater Canal, Manchester
Lancaster Canal and Lancaster Castle
St George's Hall, Liverpool
Preston Avenham Park
Welcome to Superlative Walks
The Superlative Walks website is a collection of walks, in urban and rural Britain. Each walk contains detailed route instructions and maps as well as information and photographs of features of interest on or near to the route. The routes can be walked at all times of the year. The urban walks are particularly suitable for those twelve months of each year when the weather is unreliable, when conditions underfoot in rural areas may be unpleasant and when interesting opportunities for shelter are welcome.
The walks are Superlative because each visits at least one feature which is itself superlative in some way – oldest, largest, only, first etc.
Some information is given about cafes, pubs and restaurants on or near to the route. The site only features those which have been personally visited and enjoyed by the authors of the routes. All of the catering establishments mentioned welcome walkers, with or without their dogs and feature vegetarian food choices, or at least they did so when we were there. On or near many of the walks, especially those in urban locations, there are many other options available.
The website seeks to give walkers choices as to how they follow the routes. They may use a mobile device to read instructions and other information from a screen. They are also able to print information to carry in paper form on a walk. It is possible to print the route directions only or to include all the information about features of interest along the way.
Our Walks – click on the images below to get more information
This 6 mile walk starts at Altrincham’s impressive Market House, takes in some of the coutryside around the town, including the National Trust estate of Dunham Massey. It is mostly flat, usually but with a reliably muddy section along the Bridgewater towpath.
A five-mile walk covering urban and rural terrain goes from the railway station, visiting the northern and southern edges of the Buxton bowl, before dropping down into Buxton’s historic centre, where it visits many landmark buildings, before ending at the historic Crescent
A five-mile walk from Marple Bridge along the River Goyt, the Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals, featuring England’s highest stone aqueduct, a long flight of locks and a Roman Bridge that the romans did not build.
This walk starts at Stockport Railway Station, visits a number of interesting buildings in the Town Centre before looping round Reddish Vale and taking in the Dodge Hill Conservation Area and the source of the River Mersey before re-crossing the Town Centre and returning to the Station.
This walk starts at the site of the former Preston Dock. The route passes the University, the City Centre, Winckley Square Gardens and Avenham and Miller Parks before following the River Ribble back to Riversway.
This walk visits the 14th century Towneley Hall in Towneley Park. The route then joins the towpath of the Leeds -Liverpool Canal before descending into the Town Centre, where there are some fine buildings.
This five mile walk around Worsley, takes in two conservation areas with many fine old buildings, through woodland and along a famous canal.
This five mile walk takes in all the major buildings and sites in Liverpool’s City Centre, starting and finishing near the River Mersey.
This 5 mile walk goes through the streets of Chorlton to Longford Park. The route then heads across playing fields to the banks of the River Mersey. After following the Mersey to Chorlton Water Park, the route leads to Manchester Southern Cemetery and thence to Chorlton Green along a main road and side streets. The route is, in part, urban on surfaced paths and elsewhere on paths through parks and along the riverside, which can in places be slightly muddy
This 4 mile walk from the adjacent village of Hadfield, approaches Glossop from the north and passes through Old and New Glossop.
A scenic five-mile walk around New Mills, Derbyshire taking in the Torrs, a community hydro electric scheme, a speaking tube and a millennium walkway.
This walk starts and ends in Coalport, a village on the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. Coalport is located 2.4km downstream of the famous Iron Bridge and the walk provides a pleasant variety of terrain, including the bridge itself and paths on both sides of the river and passing by 6 of the 10 Ironbridge Museums. The route is predominantly on well-made paths and roads.
The walk from St Chad’s Church, Uppermill takes in the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, a disused railway line and to the entrance to the Standedge tunnel.
This walk round Chester visits many historic buildings, several parks, the picturesque riverside and most of the intact City Walls.
This walk crosses Manchester City Centre, using the canals from the Etihad Campus and concluding at Salford Quays.
This walk visits over 30 statues or public works of art around the City Centre, mostly with shared themes of Cotton, Free Trade, Liberalism and Nonconformism. The walks is entirely on urban roads and footways and is mostly flat.
This circular walk starts at Nantwich Station and follows a route around the town centre and some nearby countryside. The route takes in a number of the key sites of interest in the town centre and incorporates the waymarked Nantwich Riverside Loop riverside and canalside walk.
This walk follows public footpaths through fields and woodland, from Elsecar to Wentworth Woodhouse and Wentworth village before returning across fields to the start.
Starting and finishing at the HOME arts centre, this walk passes numerous cultural, educational and industrial buildings, reaches its half way point at the Whitworth Art Gallery and returns to HOME.
Starting from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site, this walk takes in beautiful scenery along the valley of the River Dee and beside the Llangollen Canal.
A walk exploring the canal and riverside town of Hebden Bridge and the hilltop ancient village of Heptonstall with deep valleys and steep hills in between.
A walk around the ancient City of Lancaster, taking in numerous historic sites, with spectacular views.
This circular walk starts at Lichfield City Station and follows a route around the city centre and across a meadowland. The route includes some short sections of The Heart of England Way and takes in a number of the key sites of interest in Lichfield, including museums and the city’s famous cathedral.