The MCRstrollers (previously known as the Lunchtime Strollers) was set up in 2010 as a walking group for the health and wellbeing of staff, students and the local community, and are led by trained volunteers from the University of Manchester.
Our walks incorporate local green spaces, interesting local buildings, places of historical or horticultural interest, local charities and community projects to keep them varied and engaging. So many people are stunned at the hidden away green spaces or historical gems that they have missed while working in the area for years.
Some of our recent walking routes have included the Gaskell House, Whitworth Park, Whitworth Art Gallery, Victoria Baths, the University Tree Trails and the Rochdale and Ashton Canals. We have also been welcomed and received talks over the years from the Pankhurst Centre, Gaskell House, the University Heritage Officer, Manchester Museum and parks and canal experts from Manchester City Council.
As we are in the middle of the Oxford Road Corridor we can easily provide a variety of accessible walks at differing paces. On average our walks last 45 minutes but we also have a number of 30 minute and 90 minute walks to encourage more participation.
Walking has been described as the perfect exercise and helps give you a healthy body and mind and you can also connect with new people and regular walkers. Various studies have shown that just 20 minutes of walking a day can have many health benefits.
Everyone is welcome to come along at anytime. The walks are free and are the perfect way to get out of the office, get active, meet new people and learn something new!
The MCRstrollers are very much part of the University and local community and we will continue to expand our links:
- Since 2016 we have taken part in the Greater Manchester Walking Festivals
- We have taken part in the Maggie’s Manchester Culture Crawls to raise money for their cancer centre by the Christie Hospital for the past couple of years, raising over £1300, and will do so again in 2018.
- We have led a Memory Walk to raise awareness of Dementia.
- In 2018 we linked up with Emmeline’s Pantry, a local foodbank for vulnerable women, and are committed to raising awareness of their charity and fundraising for them.
To access our weekly walks update please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to join our email mailing list.
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Call Vanessa on 0161-306-1994