The Loiterers Resistance Movement

June 2023 First Sunday

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and as promised the next few wanders will be at locations requested by loiterers. A return to Media City, Salford Quays and its surrounding environment has been suggested so we will be meeting on Sunday 4th June, 2pm, outside The Imperial War Museum North.

There’s also a festival in the area you might want to explore before (or after) joining with us - (I’ll be talking about Our Irwell and other things during a session on Saturday).

We will be skirting around the edges of the event but the direction of our drift will be decided collectively using a game piece we have never played before….. I don’t know where this will take us so please try and be punctual for this one. When we’ve had enough we will find somewhere to rest and share a beverage and blether.

As ever First Sundays are free and open to all, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or ideas for future adventures. Email tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples


May 2023 First Sunday

First Sunday This Sunday so time for a convivial wander. We're back exploring the city and as ever the direction and pace will be set by whoever joins us. Free, all welcome and absolutely nothing to do with the coronation weekend.
Please find me 2pm Sunday 7th May 2pm at the corner of Shudehill and Thornily Brow Manchester. It would be splendid to walk with you

future wanders

Hello everyone
Thanks to all who came on the Whalley Range wander on First Sunday. The conversations were so rich, listening to comments and emails I think we will probably alternate monthly between the city centre and further afield for a while so hopefully we can accomodate everyones interests in our explorations
Lots of people have suggested starting points or themes during those conversations - if you want to make this happen as a First Sunday please do get in touch as I would love others to faciliate some of our drifts
I am excited to see where we will wander and wonder next....
with love and golden apples
Morag xx
PS if anyone is going to the Kinder 91 event tomorrow please come and say hi, I'm delighted to be invited to contribute some thoughts on why we need to fight for an urban right to roam and to protect and extend access for all. Info here:

April 2023 First Sunday

 Dear friends in loitering


I hope you are enjoying Spring. It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and so time to wander together.

Folk have been asking to explore outside the city centre and there was a suggestion for different loiterers to facilitate walks where they live, and so I thought I would extend an invitation to Whalley Range which has been my home for the last 24 years.

Please join me 2pm Sunday April 2nd at the main gates to Alexandra Park – on Alexandra Road South near the junction of Yarburgh Street. If you are coming by bus you can get the 85 from Piccadilly Gardens, Oxford Road or Chorlton.

This will NOT be a tour, the direction and pace will be determined my all those who attend (and possibly some giant dice or friendly ducks). When we are tired will finish somewhere for a convivial drink and story swap.

As ever our events are free and open to all. If you would like more information, or have any questions, please do get in touch: email twitter @thelrm facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” or text/whatsapp 079 749 29589. If there is anything you need to enable you to join us please ask we will do our best to help.

If you have any ideas for future walks please do also get in touch. I would also love to hear from anybody interested in the future of #OurIrwell and what we can do next to improve access to the river.

Other things you might like:

This is a good read on why loitering, parks and why public space matters:

I’m organising an event on an urban right to roam in Liverpool and online on Wednesday May 24th: more details soon

Here’s a link to me playing some songs I love and talking about The LRM and other stuff as a guest on ALL FM: 28th March 2023 Programme - Interview Dr Morag Rose of Loiterers Resistance Movement by Vintage FM - Don & Mike | Mixcloud

I hope to see you on the streets or in a park soon

With love and golden apples


First Sunday March 2023

Dear friends,

It’s First Sunday This Sunday and so time for a loiter. Join us 2pm this Sunday, 5th March, outside the entrance to MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) on Liverpool Road. Taking inspiration from the worlds of science and magic we will wander together and speak to the streets. It’s also officially Spring so I am sure there will be some natural wonders to observe as well.

If you have any questions, or particular access requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We can also facilitate remote participation if you would like to join us online. Please email tweet @thelrm or call / text 07974929589

As ever this event is free and open to anyone who wants to join in. LRM walks last around 2 hours with the pace and direction set collectively, afterwards those who wish are welcome to stay for a drink. and chat.

April’s derive will be more suburban in feel, and then after that I am hoping some of the fabulous ideas folk have mentioned will manifest. We don’t really have rules here except take care of each other and our environment and don’t be an arse. And remember we are interested in creative walking and psychogeography (whatever that means these days) rather than tourist trails and conventional narratives. Please do share your starting points and wander ideas, I am delighted at the prospect of new communal paths…..

With love and golden apples


Victory for Our Irwell and the Ralli Quays towpath Campaign

Campaigners have won access to the River Irwell at Ralli Quays in Salford. Working together as “Our Irwell” they have successfully overturned plans to divert the public right of way through a hotel lobby.

Developers Legal and General have amended their plans and they now include the guarantee that “from the hotel opening date the towpath shall be dedicated as highway for use by pedestrians for public access in perpetuity” and the hotel will not open until “the route is open and available for use by the public.”

Planning permission for the development was originally granted by Salford Council in January 2022 despite strong objections. Campaigners argued access to the river is a fundamental right. Closure would be against aims to improve active travel, health and well-being, and the local environment in Salford. Legal and General met with supporters of Our Irwell on multiple occasions to discuss their concerns and have promised continued dialogue on design details. The renovated path at Ralli Quays will pass under new colonnades and will be temporarily closed during building work.

Campaigners are satisfied with this outcome as the best possible solution under current planning legislation. Their core aim – keeping the towpath open and free for all to use – has been met. The accessible alternative route through Ralli Quays via Stanley Street currently remains permissive and it is hoped this can also be made a public right of way.

Campaigners will remain vigilant to ensure commitments are honoured. They are also planning future actions to improve access to Our Irwell.

Steven Lindsay says “I am delighted we seem to have managed to save access to our Irwell riverside walkway for future generations. Whilst it’s sad that the Council seemed happy for it to be lost until people objected, and that it’s far too difficult for local residents to understand the planning processes and get involved, this is a great example of sense prevailing despite these issues. Well done to everyone involved in this achievement.”

Morag Rose says “We hope Ralli Quays can set a precedent to stop private developers stealing public land and blocking rights of way. The river is a vital part of our collective heritage and treasured by many in Salford, Manchester and beyond. The right to roam is a vital issue in urban areas as well as the countryside and we hope to build on this success.  Ralli Quays is small, but significant, stretch of land that demonstrates the importance and value of public space, and access to nature, for everyone. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our campaign, and worked with us to save the path along Our Irwell at Ralli Quays, I’m excited to see where we can go next”

Contact for more information:

Morag Rose, email tel 07974929589 twitter @thelrm

Background information to the campaign:

The planning documents, and minutes from meetings etc can be found on Salford Council website application ref 21/78277/FUL

February 2023 A Glossop Adventure

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

February's First Sunday is a bit different as we are venturing outside Greater Manchester for the first time. Please join me for the final iteration* of the People's Tour of Glossop on Sunday February 5th

More details and free tickets here.

I rarely ask people to book for First Sunday events but would really appreciate it if you could do so this time.


Please note as well George Street Community Bookshop will be opening specially for us between 1-2pm so please come early and find treasure!


I believe there are also a few places left on the walk this Saturday, 28th January if you cant make it - this is the version postponed cos of that pesky snow:


Please take care, and I hope to see you on the streets soon


Love and power


Morag xx

*for now at least, never say never,

January 2023 Wander Details

Dear friends and comrades in loitering

The First First Sunday wander of 2023 will take place this Sunday, 8th January (yes, I know that’s an interesting definition of “First Sunday” but sometimes time-slips).

Join me at 2pm, Piccadilly Gardens, near the metal memorial tree. We can excavate the remnants of Christmas, make and break resolutions and take steps to re-enchant the new year…..

As ever all are welcome, the direction and pace will be decided by the group according to our collective needs and desires. Our one rule is not to be an arse: to take care of and respect each other, ourselves and the spaces we walk through. We will finish around 4pm somewhere convivial for an optional beverage and blether. If you would like to join us remotely please contact me before 12 noon on Sunday and I will set up a whatsapp group or find another way to share our walks.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions, comments or need more information. I would particularly appreciate any suggestions for start points, themes or other ideas for future First Sunday.

Here’s my contact details:
twitter @thelrm
text/whatsapp 07974929589
facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”

If you tend to use the website for information about events please be aware I have been having a few issues with it so if updates don’t appear please do check those other ways

My heartfelt thanks as ever for all who loiter with me

Love and golden apples

Morag xx

PS more about Glossop, Engels and the Right to Roam events soon 

January 2023

Dear friends in loitering
I hope you are having a wonderful yuletide break, whatever it means to you.
Our First First Sunday of 2023 will be on Sunday 8th, not 1st January, more details to follow soon. If anyone has a yen for any particular meeting place or wander please do let me know.
There's a few other events that maybe of interest. In February (tbc depending on rail strikes and weather) First Sunday will probably be in Glossop for a special final version of the People's Tour created as part of my George Street Bookshop Residency because I know several loiterers wanted to attend previously - this will be in addition to the date rescheduled due to the treachery of ice.
There will also be a series of Engels in Manchester walks with the Working Class Movement Library, dates TBC register here:
Watch out as well for updates on the #OurIrwell Ralli Quays Towpath campaign and some more Right To Roam Cities events...
Thank you so much to everyone who loitered, bimbled, wandered, wondered, talked and posted this year and made The LRM such a special place
As ever please feel free to get in touch email twitter @thelrm or whatsapp / text 07974929589. We also have the facebook group "the loiterers resistance movement"
with love and golden apples and a better 2023
Morag xx

December 2022 First Sunday

It’s First Sunday this Sunday and so time again for an extraordinary stroll….

Meet The LRM under the tiled map at Victoria Station, Manchester, 2pm this Sunday 4th December. We shall wander at will for about 2 hours and then have a convivial beverage somewhere agreeable. 

As ever the direction and pace will be determined by loiterers and all are welcome as we explore our streets together. If you are interested in joining remotely via whatsapp please message 07974929589 by noon on Sunday.

There’s a couple of other events coming up this month which may be of interest.

The culmination of my residency at George Street Bookshop in Glossop will be The Peoples Tour of Glossop. It will take place twice:
Saturday 17th December 2-4pm and Wednesday 21st December 6-8pm with an Online Walk-Talk Tues 20th 6-8pm

Tickets are free, I will post the Eventbrite link as soon as I have it, More details here:

I’ve also been exploring the archives at the Working Class Movement Library to create a new wander around Engels in Manchester. The first event will be on December 10th but it will be repeated in the new year due to demand so you can register your interest here:

Finally we are hoping the fight to save the towpath at Ralli Quays will be won soon but we aren’t quite there yet. The right to roam is a vital one and is as important in our towns and cities as it is in the countryside. I have been working with other campaigners on issues beyond GM – if you are interested please do get in touch. More on that in the new year…

For more information about any of the above please contact

I hope to see you on the streets soon

With love and golden apples

Morag x

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