Truth Trail - Stop HS2 (North)
Join the Truth Trail!
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The focus of the Trail is very much on outreach and raising awareness. This is not a ‘spicy’ action. It will be an enjoyable, interactive and conversational walk through the English countryside, highlighted by activities and presentations in towns and cities that are due to be affected by HS2.
This is your trail. It is enthusiastically open to everyone. Outreach events and parts of the trail are family friendly – please bring your children, they are the ones who will pay the true cost of HS2, until it is finally completed in 2040 – and beyond!
Daily walks are expected to be between 10-16 miles long, depending on the day, but need not be walked in full. Please keep in mind that there will be long days of walking involved, including difficult to access footpaths – however, the trail can be walked in parts. Please join it for as little, or as long as you can. The trail is designed to pass through public transport links as often as possible, some public transport options are listed below.
The Trail will provide a safe space for us all to share our thoughts, concerns and questions about HS2. There will be opportunities to learn from our experiences of the horrors of HS2 in the south, and to prepare to prevent the same injustice, destruction and ecocide happening in the north. We will also be reflecting and recording stories about the communities and green spaces HS2 intends to destroy.
Learning, conversation and collaboration will be delivered through a diverse week-long programme of talks, workshops, performance, art, music, dining and more. Creative outreach activities will be facilitated by the environmental arts group Undergrowth Collective. This will be an opportunity to collectively imagine a secure future for our families, homes, jobs, communities, wildlife and green spaces. Along the route we will be meeting up with other social and environmental groups, walking to emphasise that this issue is about far more than just a railway.
Please note: The route is subject to change. We have included an interactive map, which will give a fair indication of our direction of travel, with key points marked throughout the day. Depending on available footpaths etc. we may not always be able to keep to this exact route.
To register your interest, find out more, get involved in planning, or to volunteer ideas and participation in creative outreach opportunities, please click
To donate to our fundraiser, which will help us to cover costs of food, outreach material and shelter:
Saturday 26th June
Day 1: Lichfield – Great Haywood
Beginning from: 8.30 gather at Lichfield Cathedral, leave at 10.15
Midday break: Armitage, by the canal
Daytime outreach: Rugeley town centre
Accommodation: Great Haywood canalside
Evening outreach: Great Haywood canalside
Public transport: Lichfield & Rugeley train stations. Buses only through Great Haywood.
Sunday 27th June
Day 2: Great Haywood – Bluebell Woods (Swynnerton)
Beginning from: Great Haywood canalside
Midday break: Canalside
Daytime outreach: Stone & Swynnerton
Evening outreach: West of Stone, nearest public transport is bus from Swynnerton
Public transport: Stone train station. Buses only through Swynnerton.
Monday 28th June
Day 3: Bluebell Woods – Madeley
Beginning from: West of Stone
Midday break: Baldwin’s gate
Daytime outreach: West of Stone
Evening outreach: Madeley
Public transport: Buses through Baldwin’s Gate and Madeley to Crewe and Newcastle/Stoke
Tuesday 29th June –
Day 4: Madeley – North Crewe
Beginning from: Madeley
Midday break: Crewe
Daytime outreach: Crewe train station & centre
Accommodation: North of Crewe
Evening outreach: North of Crewe
Public transport: Buses through Madeley & train station at Crewe. Winsford station for the evening
Wednesday 30th June
Day 5: North Crewe – Tabley
Beginning from: North of Crewe/South of Winsford
Midday break: Middlewich (subject to change)
Daytime outreach: Northwich
Accommodation: near Tabley
Evening outreach: near Tabley
Public transport: Winsford (to join in the morning) & Lostock Gralam (afternoon/evening) train stations
Thursday 1st July
Day 6: Tabley – Glazebrook
Beginning from: near Tabley
Midday break: Hoo Green
Daytime outreach: Lymm / High Legh
Evening outreach: Near Warburton
Public transport: Glazebrook train station
Friday 2nd July
Day 7: Warburton – Culcheth
Beginning from: Near Warburton
Midday break: Gorse Covert Mounds
Daytime outreach: Gorse Covert Mounds
Accommodation: Near Lowton
Evening outreach: Culcheth
Public transport: Glazebrook & Birchwood train stations
Friday 2nd July
Day 8: Lowton to Wigan
Beginning from: Near Lowton
Mid-morning break: Peter Kane Square Golborne & Band Stand
Arrive in Wigan: Midday
Daytime outreach and end of walking trail: Peter Kane Square Golborne & Wigan
Public transport: Buses through Lowton, Wigan train station
The walking Trail ends at Wigan
For those with the energy there is an exciting option to carry the StopHS2 message to Manchester to kickstart or reinvigorate the anti-HS2 campaign there. Let’s help the people of Manchester dispel the myth that HS2 is anything to do with “levelling up”.
Travel from Wigan to Manchester by train or car