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.
This five mile walk around Worsley, takes in two conservation areas with many fine old buildings, through woodland and along a famous canal.
The Saltaire walk starts and finishes at Saltaire Railway Station, in the “model village” of Saltaire. The walk goes along the towpath of the Leeds -Liverpool Canal before passing through woodlands then small settlements before climbing on to Basildon Moor before descending into Shipley Glen and returning to the starting location. Some stretches may be muddy after wet weather.
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 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 walk around the centre of the market town of Huddersfield visits the sites some splendid Victorian architecture, and a canalside walk.
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.