Come and join in, it’s absolutely FREE! Here at Social Circle we make it our business to offer you the best of what Manchester has to offer. Our selection of walks enable you to to come along and explore this great city, and meet new people in Manchester along the way.
We explore the backstreets and forgotten corners of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb.
This inner-city area just east of Manchester city centre was converted from market gardens and fields into a land of mills blackened with soot with frightening ferocity at the end of the 18th century.
Many of the downtrodden workforce were Irish, imported because they could be paid less than the locals, and they were joined by Italians fleeing il risorgimento to bring ice cream to the begrimed city in the 19th century.
Ancoats was abandoned by the council with forcible depopulating in the mid-20th century but it is now being imaginatively revived as essential 21st century Manchester with new flats, businesses and a bustling marina.
*Please check website for updated times and meeting points as they are subject to change*