Fallowfield Loopline

Route Details

  • From - to: Chorlton cum Hardy to Debdale and Fairfield, South Manchester
  • Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Terrain: Disused railway path - largely flat and traffic-free. Tarmac surface
  • Access: Various
  • National Cycle Network: National Routes 6 and 60 

Route Description

The Fallowfield Loopline is an attractive, largely traffic-free walking and cycling route which follows a former railway line.

The route is a classic urban railway path, ideal for families and new cyclists who need to build up their confidence away from road traffic.  It forms a green corridor running about one mile south of the city centre linking parks and open spaces. The Loopline connects Chorlton to Fairfield station and includes many reminders of its past as a railway line.  The route begins at St Werburgh’s station in fashionable Chorlton. It runs through the thriving suburb of Levenshulme, through to Debdale Park, Gorton reservoirs and up to Fairfield station.


The Loop also connects to Route 60, which uses the in-filled canal to take you up to the Velodrome, the City Stadium and the Ashton Canal.

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This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

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This urban route takes you from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale. Along the way it passes close by to three parks, which make great stopping off points. In particular, 130-acre Debdale Park, near the end of the ride.

7 miles