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Weekend Hiking Trip From Manchester

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Weekend Hiking Trip From Manchester

Hello, I'm an American student studying abroad in Manchester for the semester. I'm really looking forward to finding some beautiful walking/hiking spots away from all the touristy areas, into the real rugged beauty of England. I think this may be one of those types of places. However, as I'm a student, I don't have a car and can only travel on weekends using the train/bus. If I wanted to see a beautiful place in Northumberland with only a few days, preferably one with walking/hiking trails, where should I go from the train station? Thanks!

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1. Re: Weekend Hiking Trip From Manchester

Obvious choice is the Peak District in Derbyshire. Trains from Manchester to Buxton or somewhere in that area

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You can get by train to Hexham in three and a half hours from Manchester. Hexham is near the best parts of Hadrians Wall by taxi or bus if one is operating at the right time of year. The only place I have been to where you can get dramatic and beautiful walks direct from a railway station is Church Stretton in Shropshire, about an hour and a half from Manchester. Church Stretton is also big enough to have a choice of accommodation and places to eat - brilliant IMO tapas bar. And finally it's not on the international tourism circuit

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We think you need to give your possible dates because your "semester" is not specified.

You might consider joining


Rugged walks within a week-end by public transport.?

You would spend more time travelling than arriving.

In Nortumberland do you want to visit?


OK it's a favourite World Heritage site, but more visited than walked.

Also you need to consider overnight accommodation wherever you visit in Northumbria.

Given transport links Hexham is a sensible suggestion for the Wall area.

Follow threads in the Hexham forum and the AD122 seasonal bus route.

More remote walking is in


From a safety point of view lone trekking in "remote and rugged" is not recommended unless you are properly equipped and have notified someone of your intentions and keep them informed during your itinerary.

The Peak District suggested above is closer to Manchester and more accessible.

Then we also suggest perhaps for its interest:-


Train from Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe about 75 minutes and frequent local buses.

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