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Coming to Altrincham for the Christmas Lights Switch-on? Why not beat the traffic and join a ‘Quietway’ group walk

By David Prior at

If you’re coming into Altrincham for the Christmas Lights Switch-on in Altrincham this Saturday, why not do the journey on foot as part of an organised walk?

Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID) is once again coordinating group walks to the town centre on ‘Quietways’ – routes which avoid the busiest roads, use pedestrian crossings and make the most of the green routes on our doorstep.

With the forecast currently set fair for Saturday, ‘Quietways’ group walks will set-off at 11.30am from Bowdon Vale and Timperley, arriving in time to enjoy Altrincham’s Christmas Lights Switch-on Show.

Where possible, the walks have been planned to avoid the busiest roads and allow the group to enjoy the route. If you’re walking from Timperley you will take in the peacefulness of King George V Pool, and the Bowdon Vale walk will meander down the historic quietness of the Narrows, the ancient walking route which links Bowdon with Altrincham.

Thousands are expected in Altrincham on Saturday for the Christmas Lights Switch-on

Similar group walks were successfully organised before the Tour of Britain’s final stage was held in Altrincham in September.

Abigail Richardson, from Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID), explained: “This will be the second time the BID has run these guided walks, they’re lots of fun, so why not pop on your wellies or walking boots and join one of the groups?”

The Timperley to Altrincham Quietway Walk – meet at 11:30am by the Frank Sidebottom Statue in Timperley village. The two-mile walk will last approximately 40 minutes and will take in roads, pathways and some uneven terrain.

Download a PDF of the walk here

The Bowdon Vale to Altrincham Quietway Walk – meet at 11:30am outside the Co-op on Vicarage Lane. The two-mile walk will last approximately 30 minutes and will involve roads and pathways.

Download a PDF of the walk here