Social Circle Walking

Welcome to Manchester's Premium Social and Activity Network

Walking is among our most popular events and combines socialising and activity like no other. If the idea of meeting new people, while taking in some of the stunning surroundings of the Lakes or the peak District, then we have some amazing events for you. We also walk in the likes of Anglesey, whether it be a walking day or a walking weekend, and even into Europe in such destinations as Spain and Poland. We also offer walking tours of Manchester for those who enjoy learning how Manchester has developed into the wonderful city we call home.

social circle testimonial from Kris

Tour Of Manchester City Centre

I went on a tour of Manchester city centre, led by a guide from Manchester Guided Tours, and wow, I had no idea there was so much to the city. I had only been here for 2 months and so wasn't versed in the history of Manchester that the locals would consider common knowledge. What I found amazing was, that with Social Circle, the cost of the tour was included with membership.

social circle testimonial from Gemma

Walking Weekend With Social Circle

I went on a walking weekend with Social Circle, which I really enjoyed. I was a relatively beginner at walking, so it was quite a challenge for me. But fortunately, there was a low-level option for beginners, which shows how well organised it was. And we had some great fun getting to know one another in the evenings.'

social circle testimonial from Kimberley

Walk In The Peak District

I went along to a walk in the Peak District, having never been on a guided walk before, so was unsure as what to expect. I found that there were 10 other walkers who were some of the friendliest people I'd ever met. I was tired at the end and was glad to finally reach the pub and have a Sunday lunch. Tired or not, I've already booked on to my next one. Fantastic day!


Types Of Event

Country walking days

We regularly feature walking days on a Sunday afternoon, combined with a Sunday lunch and a drink. Our walking guides take members on a variety of interesting and scenic routes, mainly in the Lakes or the Peak District.

Walking weekends

Our walking weekends are for those who truly love walking and who want to experience the countryside. We combine walking with socialising to create the ultimate Social Circle experience. Destinations include the Lake District and Anglesey.

Manchester walking tours

Partnering with local tour operators, we provide walking tours around Manchester city centre, as well as areas such as Didsbury and Altrincham. From conventional tours to those more offbeat and quirky, no aspect of the city we love is left unexplored.

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Upcoming Events

The Secret History Walk

21/08/2018 , 5pm
2018 Visitor Centre, Junction Piccadilly Gardens & Portland Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 1RG
You think you know Manchester? Well, no one knows it like Ed Glinert, who has spent 40 years unturning every last (Gothic) stone in the city.

Knutsford in the Summer Walk

25/08/2018 , 2.15pm
Outside Knutsford Station on Toft Road, Toft Road, Knutsford, United Kingdom
What a breathtaking tour! Yes, Knutsford is the most beautiful small town in the North-West. Classy Cranford in Chi-Chi Cheshire. Home town of Mrs Gaskell.

The Peak Forest Walk

26/08/2018 , 1.30pm
Romiley Station, Stockport Road, Romiley, United Kingdom, SK6 4AA
A rambling historical extravaganza and ramble through the stunning scenery around the Peak Forest Canal as we meander through Chadkirk Country Park.

Discover Historic Altrincham

26/08/2018 , 11.30am
Meet: Clock Tower, Altrincham Interchange, Stamford New Road WA14 1EJ
Gardeners, bankers, an emperor, an artist. Bravest little street in England and Old Market Place. Discover them all on our stroll through this charming market town.

Manchester Walking Tour

27/08/2018 , 11am
Alan Turing Memorial, Sackville Gardens, opposite Chez Cafe near Canal Street. (Postcode M1 3BH)
They cover the best known attractions as well as the lesser known quirks. This is an entertaining way to orientate yourself, meet new people, learn local insights and insider tips

Hollingworth Lake Walk & Lunch

02/09/2018 , 10.30am at tesco
11.30am meet at The White House Pub, Halifax Rd, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough OL15 0LG (or car share will be available from Tesco East Didsbury at 10.30am)
We will walk around the lake taking in the landscape of the South Pennines through its reservoir heritage.

Spooky Manchester Walk

03/09/2018 , 5.30pm to 7.15pm
Victoria Station wallmap, Victoria Station Approach, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1PB
This is haunted Manchester at its most heinous and horrible. We warn you not to go too close to Father Ambrose’s hidden skull lest the tortuous screams of his troubled soul torment you to eternity..

The Pub Tour & Beer Walk

05/09/2018 , 6pm
Meet Jonathan Schofield at the Briton’s Protection, M1 5LE.
THE funniest pub tours in the country, absurd yet factual roller-coasters slurping across two hundred years of Manchester's drinking history. Daft quiz with few questions and but great prizes to follow.

Cathedral to Cathedral Walk

11/09/2018 , 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Victoria Station wallmap, Victoria Station Approach, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1PB
From the Cathedral Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George (better known as Manchester Cathedral), along Chapel Street, to churches, pubs and historic sites, ending at the Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist.

Stockport Story Walk

11/09/2018 , 10:30am to 12:30pm
Meet: Jean Bailo Outside Staircase House, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
From Strawberry Studios to Robbies’ beer and everything inbetween, tales of cotton, hats and carrier pigeons.

The Formidable Women Walk

12/09/2018 , 5.30pm to 7.15pm
Midland Hotel steps, Peter Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M60 2DS
We pay tribute to the Pankhursts, Annie Horniman, Hannah Mitchell, Enriqueta Rylands, Kathleen Ollerenshaw…

Quirky, Weird & Wonderful Walk

16/09/2018 , 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Tour led by Suzanne Hindle. Meet Outside John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate M3 3EH
Things you only notice when you know where to look! A city of hidden secrets. Come along and uncover them.

Chinatown Walk

18/09/2018 , 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tour led by Jean Bailo. Meet: Queen Victoria statue, Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RG
A town within a city. Hear the history and experience the culture of the community that centres around the great Chinese Imperial Arch.

Entwistle Reservoir Walk

23/09/2018 , 11am at Tesco
Meeting at 10am in the car park at Tesco, Parrs Wood, East Didsbury, where we will be car sharing. If you would prefer to meet us there, please be at Entwistle Railway Station at 12pm.
A lovely scenic walk around ENTWISTLE RESERVOIR taking in the amazing views of the lovely resivour in Lancashire.

The Manchester Bee Walk

25/09/2018 , 11am to 1pm
St Ann's Church, St Ann Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 7LF
Ed Glinert will be trawling the streets of Manchester locating the symbols and signs that reveal the history of Manchester in surprising ways.

Exploring the Northern Quarter

29/09/2018 , 11.30am to 1.30pm
2018 Visitor Centre, Junction Piccadilly Gardens & Portland Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 1RG
Its the Northern Quarter. A land of crumbling cotton factories, sky-scraping fire-escapes, Bohemian bars, downhome hidden spaces, cult markets, chic galleries and cardamom-scented, sizzingly-cheap curry cafes.

Ramsbottom Circular Walk

30/09/2018 , 10.30am at tesco
11.30am meet at The Shoulder of Mutton Pub, Lumb Carr Road, Holcombe, Ramsbottom, BL8 4LZ (or car share will be available from Tesco East Didsbury at 10.30am)
Peel Tower is a monument to Sir Robert Peel, born in Bury, who as Home Secretary was responsible for founding the modern police force and as Prime Minister repealed the Corn Laws.

Southern Cemetery Tour Walk

30/09/2018 , 1pm to 3pm
Tour led by Emma Fox Wear sensible shoes Meet: The Lodge, 212 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 7GL
Visit the graves of those famous for music, football, cotton, flight, art.