Walking, cycling and get moving support

Get moving support in Salford

We are pleased to announce that the city councils’ Health Improvement Service has resumed its programme of support for individuals and families looking to get healthier, including being more active, this includes many outdoor activities.

Salford Community Leisure gym, swim and exercise classes are available throughout the city with a variety of different memberships available. For those who may require more specialist support to exercise safely, the Active Lifestyles Team offer a programme of courses available through GP referral.

Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. This directory allows a search for any CVS registered community groups in the city, including those focussed on or including physical activity, such as sports, exercise sessions and running clubs.

Salford Sports Network are passionate about helping sports clubs to develop and their website has been created to promote sports clubs in Salford. Representing over 135 clubs in Salford and growing all the time, their aim is to put people and communities in touch with sports clubs in Salford.

Other useful links

  • Greater Manchester Moving provides the blueprint across Greater Manchester to get everybody moving more as well as some really useful resources and links.
  • Uniting the Movement is Sport England’s national strategy to increase physical activity.
  • NHS Get Active Your Way provides some great resources to get you moving and help to stay active.
  • NHS Fitness Studio allows you to take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and Pilates and yoga categories. These workouts have been created by fitness experts Instructor Live and range from 10 to 45 minutes. 
  • Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks.
  • Age UK has a range of gentle exercises as well as lots of tips on staying well.

Walking in Salford

Moving more in your daily life can help you to feel happier and improve your health.

Salford boasts a range of parks and open spaces along with other opportunities for walking and generally getting out and about in our great city.

Why not also try one of the Salford walks on the Greater Manchester Walking website or download the ‘Go Jauntly’ app.

Walking groups

If you prefer to walk with others why not join a local walking group?

  • Salford Wellbeing Walks are free short local walks (up to an hour in length) from the doorstep led by volunteers and coordinated by Salford Community Leisure.
  • The city council’s Health Improvement Service deliver numerous outdoor activity sessions during the week, including walking groups.
  • The Manchester and Salford Ramblers is for those who enjoy walking and rambling and also organise a variety of regular walks around Manchester and Salford.
  • The Manchester and District Walkers (MAD) is a 20s and 30s group which is part of the ramblers and who organise a wide range of walks in and around Manchester and beyond.
  • Inspiring Communities Together have been delivering walk and talk sessions across Salford’s green public spaces during the pandemic. The project was established following feedback from people who had been attending their virtual activity programme.
  • Salford U3a has a programme of led walks for retired or semi-retired people.

Other useful links

  • Further information related to opportunities for both cycling and walking within Salford as well as how we are making it easier and better to choose active travel in Salford.
  • Transport for Greater Manchester provide useful information to promote and encourage people to walk around Manchester.
  • Sustrans is a national charity who aim to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.
  • Living Streets is a national charity who aim to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.

Cycling in Salford

Introducing cycling into your daily life can help you to feel happier and improve your health.

There are a number of cycling routes across Salford which can be used for commuting around the city and for those just looking for somewhere to ride for leisure and recreation.

  • Try out some of our 29km of traffic free routes to get out and about and see our city on your bike.
  • You can explore where to cycle in Salford using this interactive map from TfGM.

Regional and national routes

  • Trans Pennine Trail is a 213 mile (344km) coast-to-coast cycle route which is largely traffic-free and runs from Southport to Hornsea.
  • On Sustrans there are a number of cycle routes, some which run through or near Salford, as well as the rest of the national cycle networks.
  • GPS cycling routes includes a number of routes of varying length in and around Salford.
  • Cycle Streets will plot your journey and indicate various details such as elevation over the route, level of quietness of the route, length and time requirements amongst other information.

Cycling groups

  • The city council’s Health Improvement Service deliver numerous outdoor activity sessions during the week including cycling groups.
  • Join Pedal Away on a community bike ride starting from Prince’s Park. Their rides take a steady pace through the wonderful sights and sounds of Irlam and Cadishead.
  • The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity providing fun and stimulating cycling across the UK. Based at Cleavley's Athletics Track, sessions take place on the athletics track but there is also the option to cycle onto the Monton Greenway.
  • Salford Cycling Club was formed in 2015 to bring together people with a shared love of cycling and cycling-related activities. The club is based in Salford and welcomes members from the area and beyond.

This page was last updated on 4 May 2023

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