This weekend’s weather forecast predicts a crisp and sunny Sunday. You know that means – a fresh winter walk polished off with a hearty roast.
We have just the walk for you.
Hop just across the border into Cheshire to Styal, where The Styal Woods and Quarry Bank Mill walk is just coming into its most beautiful time of year.
The perfect escape for the Black Friday and pre-Christmas chaos, this corner of the north west is ablaze with autumn leaves right now.
Keep reading for the ultimate weekend walk, ending at a cosy fireside pub.
How to get there:
The train from Manchester Piccadilly to Styal takes just shy of 40 minutes, and will take you right to the village where the walk begins.
Travelling by car? Parking is available on the country lanes outside the Ship Inn or in the National Trust car park.
Parking is difficult at busy times, so we try suggest you get here a bit early!
The walk is two hours at a stroll and very easy on the knees with little-to-no steep inclines.
Sights include the golden Styal Woods, the banks of the River Bollin and the ancient Quarry Bank Mill.
Quick history lesson: in 1784 the valley of the River Bollin was chosen by Samuel Greg as the site for the Quarry Bank Mill.
The Mill and surrounding houses quickly became a thriving little industrial community and continued for hundreds of years.
Today, the National Trust care for it and thousands of visitors have enjoyed walking around the land.
Anyway, the walk serves up some proper autumnal scenes, and with that winter sun shining through, we challenge you to resist an Instagram.
Several routes are an option here but we think all the best walks start and end at the pub.
The Ship Inn is one of the finest country pubs in the business and will be your landmark.
Hack for the walk: the Ship Inn provide packed lunches or pre-order a meal for your return. Also grab a few walking leaflets from here if you want to explore alternative routes. Hospitality at its finest.
The route we propose, however, is as follows:
Start at the Ship Inn and continue on through the little village of Styal. Enter into the woods – don’t worry this isn’t Blair Witch Project Part 2 – everything is well sign-posted.
Amble through the leafy scenery, alongside the River Bollin, and come out at the Quarry Bank Mill. Walk around the grounds before finishing off back at the trusty the Ship Inn. Simple!
Manchester to mark Ukrainian Independence Day with ‘vibrant’ family fun events
Manchester is to show its solidarity with the people of Ukraine by celebrating their Independence Day with a whole host of “vibrant” events next week.
As 24 August 2022 marks 31 years since Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union, and as well as it being six months since the country was invaded by Russia, Manchester City Council has decided to support the Ukrainian Cultural Centre’s family fun day next Wednesday, and is inviting locals down to “immerse themselves in Ukrainian culture”.
People will get the chance to sample some authentic Ukrainian food, and dance to traditional Ukrainian music, while there’ll also be lots of entertainment for youngsters – with a special visit from children’s entertainer, Louby Lou.
On top of the family fun day, Manchester Central Library and the Tower of Light landmark are to be lit up in yellow and blue to show the city’s solidarity with the country.
Part of the ‘2022 Our Year initiative – which is all about amplifying the voices of children and young people across the city, and giving them opportunities they may missed out on due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the Council hopes the Independence Day festivities will also educate residents on the history and culture of Ukraine, as well as support the city’s international Ukrainian community.
“Manchester stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian community, and our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones in the war and those still living through the conflict,” said Councillor Joanna Midgley – Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.
“Manchester has a large Ukrainian community, and the city is proud to stand with them.
“Over the last six months, we have shown our continued solidarity with our Ukrainian friends by opening the MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund, hosting the #stopwar concert in March and many of our residents have generously welcomed Ukrainian refugees into their homes.
“Now, with Ukrainian Independence Day this month, we will continue to stand by and celebrate the community.”
Keen to show your support for Ukraine next week?
As well as heading on down to the family fun day, those wanting to support the Manchester Ukrainian community can donate to the ‘MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund’, which funds charities and voluntary sector groups providing assistance – such as small grants for essential items and advice – to families and individuals relocating to the city.
An impressive £68,000 has already been raised to date, and you can donate to MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund here.
You can also join in with people from right across the UK who will be showing their solidarity with Ukraine through the #SunflowersForUkraine campaign, which encourages the public to show their solidarity with Ukraine through growing, crafting, and sharing pictures of the country’s national flower on Independence Day.
“I’d encourage all residents to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day and support the community,” Cllr Midgely concluded.
The FREE six-week course that helps young Mancs get into high-flying creative careers
So the exams are done, you’ve got your results, and the whole world is your oyster.
But no matter how well results day goes, the question of ‘What’s next?!’ can feel like a daunting one, and the jump from education to the world of work often feels absolutely massive.
It’s why The Digital Youth Hub has been created – a completely free six-week course that will ease the transition, give you some seriously useful skills to move forward with, and put you to the front of interview queues.
Through workshops, masterclasses and skills sessions, you’ll learn how to create content, build a digital CV and find out about ways to access Greater Manchester’s booming creative jobs market.
You can get a taste for industries like marketing, photography, web development, social media management, copywriting, podcasting and discover the employment opportunities available for young people equipped with creative digital skills.
Each member of The Digital Youth Hub will have access to one-to-one sessions with a talent manager too, to help plan their next career steps.
The scheme comes from SharpFutures and the DWP and has been created specifically for 18-24 year olds who live in Greater Manchester and aren’t in full-time work or studies.
The Digital Youth Hub consists of 3 elements: a physical place (at leading digital hub The Sharp Project) to create content, a virtual space to learn and be inspired and an online platform to develop and explore digital skills as you’re learning.
The Sharp Project itself, in Newton Heath, is home to more than 60 digital entrepreneurs and production companies specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production – one of which is SharpFutures.
Towards the end of the 6 weeks Digital Youth Hub members will be interviewed to join the SharpFutures POD scheme, which provides a talent pool of people who can be booked to assist on exciting projects with clients such as the BBC and Channel 4.
The Digital Youth Hub states: “There are a huge amount of job opportunities out there for young people that can create content, do social media marketing and understand how businesses use digital so we’ve designed a programme to help develop these skills”
“Confidence in using programmes such as: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Canva and Google Docs puts you to the front of the interview queue. With additional knowledge and skills in social media management and content creation or project planning and budgeting again increasing your likelihood of employability.
“The Digital Youth Hub aims to give young people these digital life skills that will not only help them gain employment but make them a much more valuable staff member. Many of these skills are easily transferable so if they do change career paths or even decide to be their own boss, they are already a few steps ahead.”