Sports, leisure and the Arts Walking maps

Take a walk through the Irk River Valley

Take a walk through the Irk River Valley, North Manchester discover hidden gems you never knew existed so close to a vibrant city.

Walk 1 - Heaton Park to Blackley Forest
Moderate terrain following surfaced paths with some steps and boardwalks
Estimated walk time: 1 hour
Distance 2.8km (1.7 miles)

Walk 1a - Blackley Forest to Harpurhey Ponds
This route links all three Irk River Valley walks, using a short section along the pavement from Blackley New Road to Factory Lane.

Walk 2 - Harpurhey Ponds to Queens Park
Moderate terrain following some surfaced paths and pavements, with a small section of field footpath.
Estimated walk time: 1 hour
Distance 2.2km (1.3 miles)

Walk 3 - Queens Park to St. Michael's Flags
Easy terrain with some gentle steps, primarily on surfaced footpaths or pavements.
Estimated walk time: 45 minutes
Distance 2.6km (1.6 miles)

Walk 4 - St. Michael's Flags and Angel Meadow
explore the heritage of this green oasis.

Walk5 - Boggart Hole Clough to Moston Vale
moderate terrain following surfaced paths with some steps and boardwalks.

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