South Manchester Muslims Walking Group

Walking the Right Way

Welcome to South Manchester Muslims Walking Group. Our main goal is to go walking with local Muslim families and others from Hale / Hale Barns / Bowdon / Timperley / Sale and other surrounding areas in South Manchester.


Mam Tor

14th May 2021

The stone surfaced footpath from the car park to the top of Mam Tor will reward you with one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District

Upcoming Events

  • Heaton Park Circular, 12pm
    Sat, 15 May
    15 May, 12:00
    Manchester, Manchester M25 2SW, UK
    More than just a walk in the park, Heaton Park is a historic area on the edge of Manchester with all the attractions offering a full day out for all ages. Visit the play areas, cafes, Animal Centre, Tram Museum, bowling greens, golf course, boating lake, and try your hand at horse riding.
  • Mam Tor, 11am
    Sun, 16 May
    Mam Tor
    16 May, 11:00
    Mam Tor, Mam Tor, Hope Valley S33 8WA, UK
    The stone surfaced footpath from the car park to the top of Mam Tor will reward you with one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District
  • Fletcher Moss, Didsbury 2pm
    Tue, 18 May
    Fletcher Moss Park
    18 May, 14:00
    Fletcher Moss Park, 18 Stenner Ln, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RQ, UK
    The Park and Gardens are three separate but linked areas: (1) Fletcher Moss Park and the Botanical Gardens, (2) Parsonage Gardens, (3) the Nature Reserve of Stenner Woods, Millgate Fields and the River Mersey.

Chorlton Water Park

5th May 2021

How we felt after the walk

  • Yes! There is so much local natural beauty, it’s not always necessary to travel further out for quick good walks.

Any overall feedback

  • Lovely to have a knowledgeable guide and really appreciate the purpose of the group. It’s a much needed, healthy and sociable initiative. Thank you for organising this.


Werneth Low Country Park

24th April 2021

How we felt after the walk

  • Really appreciating where we live so, close to natural beauty, Alhamdullilah and the fact that we have the opportunity to explore it.

  • I felt refreshed and happy.

  • Cleared my lungs and my mind. Totally refreshed.

  • Fantastic walk with a great "go to" person. Thought it may be hard in the warm weather and fasting but time flew by. Did it in an hour and then decided to go round one more time

Any overall feedback?

  • Really enjoyed it, beautiful weather, location and company!

  • Despite us all fasting and it bring a warm day it was so much fun and we all managed it well.


COVID19 and walking

It is safe to walk in the outdoors and good for your physical and mental health too

NHS Inform says : Being physically active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is very important for your physical and mental health.

It can enhance your mood, wellbeing and energy levels by helping to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. 

Any amount of physical activity, however small, is good for you. Continuing to enjoy local walks, jogs or cycles is a great way to clear your head and stay active.

Remember to observe physical distancing guidance. If you don't have any coronavirus symptoms, you can go outdoors to be active as much as you like throughout the day.

Walking, jogging or cycling are a great way to be active and get some fresh air and sunlight.

Going for a walk with others is considered low to moderate risk of contracting covid19. Whilst this may sound “risky”, browsing at a big shopping centre, working a week in an office building, going to the hairdressers or barbers is considered to be a higher risk. We share this in the hope that it helps people to try to understand what risks there are and how to make sense of things. Of course we could talk about this on our walks and see what you think too. If anything, it will be an interesting conversation and an opportunity to hear your thoughts too. Not going for a walk is itself a risk too. Click here if you want to know more about these risks and where they have come from.

Know the risks of Covid19

COVID19 guidance

Updated 20th April 2021

From 29th March 2021, people can people can now meet again outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens from this date in England We have therefore decided that

Walks can continue as this is good for our health and wellbeing but the following precautions must be taken:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk so that we can start on time. If you arrive early then please stay in your car until just before the start of the walk so that there are not too many people gathering together.

  • Each event will only have 6 people at any one time

  • Each bubble of 6 or less should have their own "go to" person whose role is to ensure the group stays safe and no others accidentally fall within the group.  

  • The "go to" person should take the names of each person in their bubble and provide this information for the main "go to" person for the walk.

  • The bubble will then go on the walk led at the front by the appointed "go to person"

  • You must stay in your bubble throughout the walk - no switching from one bubble to another mid way through the walk

  • There will be a safe distance of at least 4m between each bubble which should be easily visible from a distance.

  • Please do not share food and drink with others outside your family.

  • Facemasks may be worn on the walk but this is currently not compulsory.

  • We connect with each other via Telegram for each walk so that we can share photos together etc

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Greater Manchester Moving Walking Programme Lead

Lou Robbins @LouRobbins @GMWalks

It’s great to hear that your group recognises the importance of walking for the physical health and mental wellbeing.  For many, maintaining the social connection in a Covid-safe way is important, whilst for others they may not want to put themselves at risk by walking in a group.

Yes, you can still go for a walk outside in groups of up to 6 people from different households, whilst observing social distancing (2m between people where possible, or 1 metre with face coverings and avoiding face-face contact where it’s not).  Of course if anyone is feeling unwell or has symptoms, they should not attend.

Recommendations also include:

-      Wash hands before and after the walk

-      Try to reduce touching gates, stiles, sharing pens, papers etc

-      If possible, sanitise hands after touching communal surfaces

-      Try to meet in large open spaces and consider the route to avoid bottle necks.

On the GM Walking website, we have a page dedicated to walking during Covid-19. On that page there is a link to the Government website that summarises local restrictions. This is the best place to go to be sure what the specific restrictions are in any local authority area at any given time.

We are holding a virtual walking festival from 12th -25th October.  The Let’s Walk Festival aims to motivate people to walk in any way that suits them. We have goals, activities and challenges to suit a range of motivations and circumstances.  

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23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Click here to watch a great short video



Our Story

Since being recently established in December 2018, South Manchester Muslims Walking Group has been set up to help bring local Muslim families together and go for regular walks in the local neighbourhood to improve our own health and wellbeing and to improve relationships between us. For more information about us, please contact us now.

Amir standing on stones in the stream

5 great reasons you should take a walk today

  1. Walking reduces stress, cheers you up and increases self-esteem

  2. You can lose weight by walking just 30 minutes a day

  3. Regular walking lowers blood pressure, improves sleep and energises you

  4. Walks can be easier and more fun with a pedometer and a pal

  5. People experience a major dip in snack cravings during and after a 15 minute walk

Taken from the Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials guide


Preparing for a Walk

Introduction - it's a walk for 30 mins to a couple of hours

Walking is really simple and can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. Remember this is a family-oriented group who want you to enjoy regular walking and to make this part of your routine so that it becomes a habit and not just a one off event. We want you to come along and enjoy the walk, in good company, make new friends or reaquaint with old friends or just meet up for a walk rather than in a restaurant, watching a movie or some other sedentary lifestyle. Life is busy and we can easily spend hours in front of a computer or playing on our smartphones when we could take an hour or two out and spend some time in the open air with each other.


Before you get started

  1. Preparing to walk: Learn what you need to do before you begin. This may include getting medical advice, investing in basic walking gear like shoes and clothing, and more.

  2. Make sure you have registered your contact details. Tell us also about who you are, what your interests and hobbies are and what kinds of walks you like. help others by sharing what you know so that others know about you too. Of course you can walk on your own but how much better if we do this together and learn and share more about each other 

  3. Walking Schedule: Determine how often to walk, how fast, different types of walking, how far and also who else you may wish to invite to join you too. Our walks are usually at a slow pace and we can try to cater for different types of people but please rememebr this is a family event where we also want to enjoy each others' company as well

  4. Staying Motivated: Explore techniques for keeping yourself walking and avoiding common mistakes. We hope to share more ideas with you when you join us on the walk and learn from others too


Tell us about you and what you like

You are amazing and we want you to share with others your interests, what you enjoy and whether you are active on social media so that people coming along with you can find out more about you and engage socially too. This is optional for you to share or keep private.

We also need to know about your contact details and emergecy contact numbers in case we need to contact them. This info is kept private.

You only need to do this once. Contact us if your details are private and you woudl like to check them / update them.

Aisha Khan's biogarphy and interests


Think about the weather before you come out

Shoes - well designed fitness shoes are better than heavy boots or flip flops. Trainers are ok but if you get walking boots that also provide stability for your ankle and are water-proof too then you are more likely to enjoy the walk. Put them on when you get to the destination then you can take them off when you leave without dirtying your car too

Socks - high tech fibres are better than cotton socks hich hold sweat to the skin and can allow blisters to form more easily.

Walking pants - for short walks denim is OK or other loose wearing trousers but ideally you shoudl wear sweat-wicking fabric that does not get you sweating in hot weather or drenched when it rains!

Clothes - a simple layering system is better so that if it gets too hot, you can remove a layer too. It can be hard to judge things especially when you first begin but try to avoid too much clothing if you can.

Woolly hat, scarves and gloves - It's amazing how much heat you can lose from your head. So a woolly hat and a scarf can make a big difference for a cold day. Bring some gloves along too and stay warm. 


What to bring for a walk

by Taiba Sheikh


Other things to bring along

Food - think about whether you want to bring some fruit or nuts with you and a flask of tea or coffee or whether you may want to just get something from the cafe / restaurant there. Let's try to be healthy and not bring chocolates, crisps or sweets if possible. We want to encourage a more healthy lifestyle

Mobile phone - Great way to take photos, keep fond memories, share with others in the group and with us and of course you can stay in touch too. But please be careful that you do not lose it or drop it on your walk and check people are happy for their photos to be taken before hand. If you do not want your photo taken or that of your loved ones then just tell everybody at the start. We will not be offended. Let's be social and respect each other too!

Smartwatch - Fitbit, iWatch or other device that monitors how many steps you have done. It's a great way to monitor how many steps you have taken each day and help to keep your motivation going. 

Bag / Rucksack-  Bring this along so that you can always take things off and put them in there if need be


Deciding for a walk

Please do this

To get the best from the walks, please do these simple steps

  • Register your contact details  if you have not yet done so

  • Make sure your contact details are up to date. If you are not sure then send a message via contact us, email us or send a whatsapp message

  • Consider joining the National Trust. See below for more details and why it may work out cheaper fo ryou. 

  • Look at the upcoming events and register your interest in the walks you want to do. Ideally please confirm you cannot attend one too so that we know you are aware of the walk too even if you are unable to attend.

  • We hope to share who else is coming on the walks. If they have allowed their interests to be shared then you can find out more about them and it will make the walk even more interesting. Please look up who else is coming before the walk too.

  • Invite your friends and family to come along too. It's more fun when we all go together. Offer to take them with you and to bring them back

  • Following the walk, please complete a feedback form so that we can find out what you thought about it too. It helps us to plan future walks too and share your experience with others as well.


Mushtaq Welfare Trust

South Manchester Muslim Walking Group are proud to raise money for a charity for orphans girls in Pakistan. Educate a man and you 

They are proud to announce the results of their Year 10 Metric class 2020! They have all done brilliantly well and achieved scores within the First Division ( A* & A grades) out of 1100, with the highest score being achieved at 1010 by one of our girls! 

These 7 girls have worked so so hard to achieve these amazing results despite the most testing conditions in their lives and homes- having no running water or electricity, no parents, no support from home, and often nowhere to study apart from within school. 

All donations for the College & University Fund will provide the following per month:

Registration Fee
Tuition Fee
Books and stationery
Portable torch to study at home

Ideally, £75 per month will cover all of the above per student, but any consistent donation on a monthly basis will be gratefully received and utilised in the most economical way and matched with another sponsor to complete the total amount.

They operate a 100% donation policy. 

All projects are eligible for Sadaqah, Zakah and Lillah.

Pls contact Mushtaq Welfare Trust on   and click on the College & University Fund to donate or call on 07885242147 for more information or pay directly into the MWT bank account using the College and University Fund as reference 

Mushtaq Welfare Trust
Natwest Bank
Sort Code 01-09-78
Account Number 62554646

From Sahl bin Sa’ad (may Allah be pleased with him), he said: “The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “I and the one who looks after an orphan will be like this in Paradise,” showing his middle and index fingers and separating them.” [Sahih al-Bukhari].

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Consider joining the National Trust

Many of our walks are on National Trust properties. These are some of the most beautiful gardens, parks and walk ways that have been carefully looked after for the current generation of people to enjoy. By becoming a member you are investing in the future so that others after us can benefit too. It only costs £5.95 per month (or £10 for a family) and means parking is usually free. You don't have to become a National Trust member to go on the walks but then you may need to pay for parking which is usually £7 each time you go. You also have to pay extra to go to the exotic gardens too if you are not a member.


Amir Hannan

Dr Amir Hannan is a full-time General Practitioner living in Hale Barns since 2005. He is married with 2 boys. His interests include photography, IT and travel.


Amna Choudry

Amna works in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health based in Manchester, who loves travelling, walking, reading, gardening, photography, keeping cats & chickens!


Riz Qureshi

Riz Qureshi is wife, mum & IT Consultant in financial services. She lives in Sale with her family and 2 boys. Enjoys cooking international cuisine, reading and walking. Look forward to meeting you all!

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Taiba Sheikh


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