Looking for something to do now the weather’s getting (dare we say it?) slightly brighter?! Why not try one of these stunning walks in Greater Manchester – the perfect way to spend your after work quiet time, winding down and enjoying some views.
1. Heaton Park
Heaton Park is a historic area on the edge of Manchester, covering an area of over 600 acres. It is home to Grade I listed 18th century country house, Heaton Hall, which today is occasionally open to the public as a museum and events venue, hosting recitals in it’s music room.
It’s picturesque gardens and woodland, boating lake and wealth of activities including an animal farm, stables, a tramway and golf course make it the perfect autumnal day out.
Heaton Park’s family-friendly ‘Stables Cafe’ is housed in the barn next to the animal farm, serving traditional English lunches, afternoon tea and has a well-equipped children’s play area.
2. Whitworth Park
Minutes away from Manchester City Centre, Whitworth Park is the perfect place to escape the daily grind. A little island of calm amongst the hustle and bustle of city life, you can enjoy a short walk amongst nature before venturing towards The Whitworth Art Gallery.
Last year, the gallery had a £15 million development, add some culture to your day by visiting their exhibitions of fine paintings, textiles, artist prints and sculpture. The Whitworth Art Gallery houses an astonishing 55,000 pieces!
As England’s first ‘gallery in the park’ they regularly hold outdoor exhibitions.
The glass wing housing ‘The Cafe In The Trees’ is also open daily, offering seasonal organic food and drink in a tranquil setting overlooking the park.
3. Alexandra Park
The formerly run-down Alexandra Park between Moss Side and Whalley Range underwent a £5.5 million restoration a few years ago.
It now boasts four new tennis courts as well as a children’s play area, and a restored pavilion and lake. The park’s redesign was based on it’s original Victorian layout, with a restored drinking fountain, curved walkways and an exhibition on it’s history.
4. Worsley Woods
Worsley Woods are located in unexpected surroundings – next to a busy motorway! A few minutes away from Worsley village, the woods are much bigger than they seem, providing a perfect escape from city life with wild flower nature trails, varied walking terrain and views of the historic Bridgewater Canal.
Sculptures are hidden for you to discover as you adventure deeper into the woods. Worsley Woods have over 74 acres of land, perfect for walking pooches like @princemannythebostonterrier!
5. Platt Fields Park, Rusholme
This popular park lies just off Wilmslow Road in Rusholme and adjacent to Fallowfield. The 90 acre park is home to woodland and beautiful wooded walkways through the trees, making it the perfect place to have a peaceful stroll.
Platt Fields has hilly areas, including one high enough that it is regularly used to fly kites, a boating lake full of birdlife, a secluded freshwater brook which runs through the park and an ‘eco-garden’ to entertain and educate children.
6. Kersal Dale
Kersal Dale is located next to the River Irwell, a site of biological importance and a local nature reserve.
It is home to woodpeckers and kingfishers, certainly a rare sight in the city! It is part of the Salford Trail, a walk which will take you along the river Irwell, through Kersal Dale and to a scenic wooded area to Bury New Road.
7. Buile Hill Park
Salford’s Buile Hill Park is very popular with dog walkers and families enjoying a long stroll in this picturesque setting.
The Grade II listed park can be linked to many important historical figures including LS Lowry, who was said to be a regular visitor.
It is also rumoured that author Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote classic novel ‘The Secret Garden’ during one of her many visits to Buile Hill Mansion.
8. Tandle Hills, Royton, Oldham
Great place for a walk with the kids and the dog. Beautiful woodland with a perfect view over Oldham & Rochdale from the top.