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
The Clitheroe walk starts and finishes at the Railway Station, which adjoins the Town Centre. The walk goes through the Town and then on roads and lanes to the attractive village of Pendleton. The route then returns to the Town Centre, along paths and across fields. The walk then goes to Clitheroe Castle where there are some fine views of the Town and surrounding countryside The route then returns to the Railway Station.
The Salford walk starts and finishes at Manchester Victoria Station. The walk goes through the inner urban area of Salford. It visits the campus of the University of Salford and then goes along the original Coronation Street to the Salford Lads Club. The route then visits Ordsall Hall, which dates back to the 15th Century and then follows the route of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell to the city centre.
This five mile walk around Worsley, takes in two conservation areas with many fine old buildings, through woodland and along a famous canal.
This walk starts and finishes at the Railway Station, which adjoins the Town Centre. The walk goes out of the Town, through Stamford Park and then on roads into the Centre of Ashton-Under-Lyne. The route then follows streets though and out of the centre of Ashton, down to the Huddersfield Narrows Canal, returning to Stalybridge along the canal towpath. The walk then explores the centre of Stalybridge and returns to the Railway Station.
This walk leaves the centre of Halifax, ascends to a viewpoint, crosses the edge of open country to a fine park and old hall before returning to the bustle of Halifax via two interesting bridges. The walk follows roads, footways and well-surfaced paths with just a few short muddy woodland stretches.
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 five mile walk takes in all the major buildings and sites in Liverpool’s City Centre, starting and finishing near the River Mersey.
The walk starts and finishes at Entwistle by the very pleasant Strawbury Duck pub. The walk follows paths, tracks and for short distances roads. It visits reservoirs, the splendid old Turton Tower and the lovely old village of Chapeltown. A reference to Mahatma Ghandi is also made.
The Woolton walk starts and finishes in Woolton, a pleasant suburb of Liverpool and meeting place of the Beatles. It visits various locations in and around Woolton which are associated with the members of the Beatles and their songs. The route is almost entirely on surfaced roads or paths except for one section on a woodland path.
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.