Run to the Hills 2021: A Go Cheapway Update

Hillside views a bus, train or tram ride, or quick walk away

Since our original 2014 article, we have decided to create an updated version. In the last seven years, bus routes and operators have come and gone, and your author’s knowledge of the hills has improved since then.

Was it really seven years since we first wrote this piece? Back then, we had some great weather. Seven years on, the last month has seen some fantastic weather for picnicking or admiring rural views. Since the first COVID-19 lockdown, many people have taken to the hills instead of the shopping centres.

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Run to the Hills: A Go Cheapway… Special

Hillside views east of the M60 motorway, a bus, train or tram ride, or quick walk away

Buckton Castle, Carrbrook
I know I’ve used this picture of Buckton Castle (seen from Harridge Pike) before, but it’s a lovely view which I have photographed with my Holga toy camera. Oh, and it also best illustrates the content of this piece.

Oh, the weather we have enjoyed in the last month has been nothing short of incredible. A fantastic month for picnicking, hosting a barbecue, or admiring rural views. In other words, a great time to explore our rural surroundings, and take some time out from the office, school, house or shopping centre.

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Hollingworth Lake Named Top Place To Date

Love is… only 20 minutes away from Rochdale Interchange

Hollingworth Lake
A view of Hollingworth Lake from the nature reserve – officially preferable to cocktails on a white sandy beach or swimming with dolphins. (Photo by Tim Green, Creative Commons Attribution License)

Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale has been identified as one of the best places to go on a date in the UK.  Forming part of the Great Date Guide, a new collection of top dating locations and activities created by relationship website eHarmony, the two-and-a-half mile walk around the lake is listed as “the perfect way to find out about more about one another.”

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Go Cheapway… to Stalybridge

An alternative way of visiting the Cheshire town 

View towards Eastwood bird reserve, Cheethams Park
Iconic: Cheetham’s Park, towards the Eastwood Bird Reserve

Mention Stalybridge, and the first two things which spring to most people’s minds are the station’s buffet bar (no bad thing in my book!) or Staly Vegas. If they’re of a sporting persuasion, it is none other than the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic. Then there’s the town’s place in the Guinness Book of Records for having the shortest and longest pub names. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… to Stalybridge”

Go Cheapway to… The People’s History Museum

The cheaper way towards visiting one of Manchester’s free museums

I first knew about the People’s History Museum by means of a regional programme on the BBC. By 1997, I made my first trip to the museum, thanks to a temporary exhibition known as ‘The Office of Hope’. This was an exhibition on Labour Exchanges, the DHSS and Job Centres, and a most interesting one it was, being as I was unemployed at the time. Continue reading “Go Cheapway to… The People’s History Museum”

Go Cheapway… to Heaton Park

A cheap and cheerful wander around Manchester’s finest open spaces.

Heaton Park
The splendid Heaton Hall, sadly no longer open at present thanks to Coalition Government funding cuts. Photograph by Fussy Onion (Creative Commons Attribution License)

I first discovered the joys of Heaton Park as a nine year old in the spring of 1989. Immediately, I fell in love with its wide spaces, and the view of central Manchester from the hall. Since 1989, I have visited the park on several occasions, often for the Trans-Lancs Vehicle Rally in September. Besides old buses, I have ventured into Heaton Hall, rode on its tramway and devoured a bacon burger in the lakeside café. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… to Heaton Park”

Go Cheapway… To New Mills

“No frills, handy for the hills…”

New Mills
A view from the Torrs Riverside Park. Photograph by Rachel D (Creative Commons Accreditation License).

Lyrical genius Nigel Blackwell immortalised the Derbyshire town in the Half Man Half Biscuit song ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Is the Light of an Oncoming Train)’ with the above statement. For many people living in Greater Manchester, it is only a short distance away – and a bus ride from Stockport and Marple. By rail, you’ve got two stations from Manchester Piccadilly trains to choose from. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… To New Mills”

Go Cheapway… to Hollingworth Lake

East of the M60’s second cheap and cheerful outing

Hollingworth Lake
A view of Hollingworth Lake from the nature reserve (Photo by Tim Green, Creative Commons Attribution License)

A sunny April 1987 whetted my appetite for this scenic part of Rochdale boundary. Again I was introduced to this sylvan setting with Ewing School, this time with the First Group. Part of our visit included a boat trip along the lake to the nature reserve on the other side, where we were treated to further views of the Pennines towards Littleborough itself. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… to Hollingworth Lake”

Go Cheapway on a Free Weekday, Somewhere East of the M60: Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Another new series from East of the M60

Volvo Olympian, S778 RVU, Alexander RL body, Stagecoach in Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne

Spring is on the way, a chance to see daffodils and lambs emerge along with any other cliché associated with this season. Our area East of the M60 has a wide variety of places a bus or train ride away. This new feature celebrates these attractions, and demonstrate the fact that each one covered is cheap and cheerful. Like less than £5.00 admission, or better still, free. Continue reading “Go Cheapway on a Free Weekday, Somewhere East of the M60: Healey Dell Nature Reserve”