Winter really can be the most beautiful time of year.
And if you’re game, Manchester’s got some stunning places for you to discover when the weather is nice and crisp…
1. Haigh Woodland Park
Golf, shops, aerial stunts – this spot is perfect for picnics, amazing for adventurers, and fantastic for foodies. More here.
School Lane, Wigan WN2 1PE
2. Kersal Moor
Kersal Moor is located next to the River Irwell, and it’s part of the Salford Trail, a walk which will take you along the Irwell, through Kersal Dale and to a scenic wooded area to Bury New Road.
Radford Street, Kersal, M7 4NT
3. Platt Fields Park
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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 for a Sunday afternoon…
Manchester M14 6LA
4. Dunham Massey
A garden for all seasons, and an ancient deer park are part of the natural beauty here – and there’s a house filled with treasures and stories, too. More here.
Altrincham, WA14 4SJ
5. Hollingworth Lake
Stretching over 118 acres against the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, there is boating, a nature reserve, trails, and guided walks. More here.
Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0AQ
6. 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.
Eccles Old Road, Salford M6 8GL
7. Tandle Hills
Great place for a walk with the kids and the dog. Beautiful woodland with a perfect view over Oldham & Rochdale from the top.
Tandle Hill Road, Royton, Oldham OL2 5UX
8. Fairy Glen
The picturesque woodlands are filled with trees and follow a babbling brook. What could be more relaxing? More here.
Appley Bridge, Wigan
9. Worsley Village Circular
Takes in parts of the Bridgewater Canal with the stunning houses in the area making you jealous you don’t live here. The walk is 3 miles long so won’t be super strenuous and suits beginners.
Circular Rd, Manchester M20 3LP
10. Worsley Woods
Worsley Woods may be next to a busy motorway, but they provide a perfect escape from city life with wild flower nature trails, varied walking terrain and views of the historic Bridgewater Canal.
Worsley, Manchester M28 2WL
11. Alexandra Park
The formerly run-down Alexandra Park between Moss Side and Whalley Range underwent a £5.5 million restoration last year. It’s got tennis courts, children’s play area, and a restored pavilion and lake.
180 Russell St, Manchester M16 7JL
12. 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.
Oxford Rd, Manchester M14 4PW
13. Heaton Park
Heaton Park covers an area of over 600 acres and is home to Grade I-listed 18th century country house, Heaton Hall. Its picturesque gardens and woodland, boating lake and wealth of activities including an animal farm, stables, a tramway and golf course make it the perfect day out.
Middleton Rd, Manchester M25 2SW
14. Etherow Country Park
A beautiful and calm woodland walk around mill ponds, rivers and streams with colourful views of the Goyt Valley. Begins and ends in Etherow Country Park, Stockport – look out for the giant kingfisher sculpture.
George St, Compstall, Romiley, Stockport SK6 5JD
15. Peel Tower, Holcombe Moor and Ramsbottom
This (sometimes strenuous) circular walk gives you everything; spectacular views woodland, riverside rambling and heritage. Have a rest when you reach Peel Tower to catch your breath and admire views across Manchester and the North West.
Harcles Hill, Holcombe, Ramsbottom
16. Historic Houses, Highest Hill
Enjoy views over Bolton, Wigan and the West Pennine Moors as this walk takes you on a round trip from historic Smithills Hall up to Winter Hill via the pretty mill village of Barrow Bridge.
17. Dovestone Reservoir
This spectacular park offers sailing and watersports, as well as picturesque streams and loads of wildlife. More here.
Greenfield, Saddleworth, Oldham OL3 7NE
18. Jumbles Country Park
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There’s a gorgeous reservoir surrounded by trees, with walks and a cafe for a post-toddle cuppa. More here.
Bradshaw Road, Bolton BL2 4JS
19. Moses Gate Country Park
Lakes and canals are the central attraction of this green space, with swans and a playground for kids if you’re looking to entertain. More here.
Hall Lane, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7QS
20. Pennington Flash Country Park
With lakes, marshes and woodlands, a trip here is as much of a nature walk as a breath of fresh air, with native wildlife all over the place. More here.
St. Helens Road, Leigh WN7 3PA
21. Reddish Vale Country Park
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Check out the woodland, meadows, golf course and railway viaduct – calming and close by. More here.
Mill Lane, Reddish, Stockport SK5 7HE