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“walked along the old railway line now a walkway many a time.”
Review of Fallowfield Loop

Fallowfield Loop
Reviewed May 31, 2013

I have walked the old railway line many times. You can start in Chorlton and walk to fallowfield. You then have to walk towards wilmalow road and cross by sainsburys. Then walk alonng the car park and back on to the walk way. You can walk through Fallowfield,Burnage,Levenshulme,Gorton and onto Debdale park. As you pass through Gorton they have built new houses and this has improved the area. As you walk you can turn off and go towards smaller parks and Reddish wich are great for exploring with friends and children. Take pack lunch and forget all your worries for a while. Safe clean and very enjoyable. The walkway is a hidden gem and more poeople should use it. Great to walk your dog or cycle. Yes there is barriers but this is good as it keeps you safe from motor bikes. Please if you are bored one saturday or Sunday give it a go. You might just enjoy yourself. Don't forget your snacks as there is no shops. Once you get to Debdale park it is very clean and lots of benches. If you get hungry there is a Mcdonalds if you like that sort of food. The park also has a ice cream van and you can't beat a ice cream. mmmmm. Enjoy

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

The Fallowfield loop is a walking and cycling route around the south of Manchester, running from Chorlton to Debdale. It's a decent route for walkers and those on standard bicycles, but there are anti-motorcycle obstacles every half-mile or so which make the route unusable for many types of cycle: If trying to travel by tandem, cargo-bike, touring-bike with panniers, tricycle, hand-cycle,... (basically anything other than a standard, unloaded bike) then you will have great difficulty. Even with a standard bike, be prepared to shuffle round all the obstacles.

2  Thank Adam A
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Plenty to pedal, scenic, offshoots into Platt Fields, Highfield Country Park and Debdale Park. Loads to see, sculptures along the way, information points clear.

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Fallowfield, Rusholme, Burnage, Levenshulme, Gorton, Abbey Hey, Debdale... so many places along the route to explore. Perfect peddle powered pathway.

Thank acton28
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

The Fallowfield Loop is a Sustrans-maintained, ex-railway path that cuts through the south Manchester suburbs from Droylsden (Fairfield train station) in the east to Chorlton (St Werburgh's tram stop) in the West.

The entrance to the path at Fairfield train station is extremely hard to find. Presumably it was previously more visible, but an estate of new buildings has relegated the first few hundred metres to a poorly maintained path behind a row of houses.

Turning left out of the train station, at the bend in the road there is a wide driveway entrance with stone pillars. Immediately to the right of this is the first row of houses. Alongside the first house is a slightly concealed path, the runs behind the row of houses between two fences. The ground is uneven and gravelled in parts. The width and the surface make riding difficult and uncomfortable.

Several hundred metres around this path, there is a welcome transformation. The pathway opens up, but retains a muddy, uneven surface for another few hundred metres. Then the pleasant relief of tarmac. From here there is a level, well maintained concrete surface for the entirety of the remaining journey.

The first few miles are on a raised embankment, offering a fascinating view behind the scenes of Droylesden then Levenshulme. Further west the track is on level ground and cuttings, surrounded by trees and wildlife. It feels more like you are cycling through the quiet countryside than the suburbs of a densely packed city.

Finally the track emerges at the newly build St. Werbergh's Road tram stop, then a path alongside the tramway delivers you to the heart of Chorlton.

The path is mostly level (with a few slight undulations as the old track passes over or under obstacles) and is almost entirely traffic-free. The only exception to this is in Fallowfield, where the construction of a large Sainsbury's forces the path onto the main street, requiring the rider to cross the busy Wilmslow Road (there's a full pedestrian crossing) and along a quiet 50 metre stretch of Sherwood Street, rejoining the traffic-free path on your left. This all makes the loop ideal for families with children, or those who are still not sufficiently confident to cycle on roads.

There are multiple points at which to join the path, allowing you to tailor the length and destinations to your own needs. Once in Levenshulme, Fallowfield or Chorlton there are many bars and cafes within a short distance of the track providing ample opportunities for breaks and refreshments.

By its very nature the path is quite secluded, but it is rarely deserted with a variety of people dog-walking, jogging or cycling the route. I would be wary of attempting the route at night however.

The Fallowfield Loop is therefore nothing more or less than a cycle path through South Manchester. It offers a superbly surfaced, traffic-free route in which to temporarily escape the bustle of city, and see these suburbs from a slightly different perspective.

For more information simply search for 'Fallowfield Loop'. There is an official website, and a helpful map provided by Manchester Metropolitan University showing all the entry points in good detail.

6  Thank Annawaltzerpose
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