The MCRstrollers walking group 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, places of historical or horticultural interest, local charities and community projects to keep the walks varied and engaging. Our walking routes include 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 at the Pankhurst Centre, Gaskell House, Manchester Museum and from park 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:
- Since 2016 we have taken part in the Greater Manchester Walking Festivals
- We have taken part in the Maggie’s Manchester Culture Crawls since 2016 to raise money for their cancer centre by the Christie Hospital, raising over £2,000.
- 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.