The Best Winter Walks in Greater Manchester

The temps may be dropping but that doesn’t mean we have to be stuck inside all day.

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Don’t get me wrong, when it’s this cold outside there’s usually only one thing I want to do - curl up in my bed with Netflix and a piping hot brew.

But I do have to admit a brisk walk in the cold can be extremely satisfying and with some of the stunning walking tracks that we have on our doorstep here in Manchester, we’d be crazy not to venture outside the confines of the duvet every now and then. So here are our top five suggestions.

Chorlton Ees

Chorlton is arguably one of Manchester’s best suburbs. It’s only a stone’s throw away from the city centre and yet boasts a spectacular area of woodland that will make you think you’re deep in the countryside. The tree-lined paths of the Chorlton Ees Nature reserve extend alongside River Mersey, leading you to secret meadows and lakes that are especially beautiful on a sunny winters day. It’s an easy walk that should only take about an hour or so and then you can treat yourself to a well-deserved pint or two at one of the many local pubs.

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge is known for being the playground of footballers and the rich and famous. However, it’s the beautiful national trust just outside the affluent village that we go down for.

The woodland paths that surround the village will lead you to the National trust where you’ll get some jaw-droppingly beautiful views over the Cheshire plain. There are different walks that would suit all levels of ability, making it the perfect day out for the whole family.

Edale, Peak District

Edale is a small village located at the start/end of the Pennine Way, only a short train ride south of Manchester’s city centre. From here you can choose from multiple walks of varying length and difficulty. We chose to climb up to the famous Mam Tor which is the site of a fort dating back to the bronze age. The climb up the hill may be a little challenging at times, but the dramatic views over the valley will make the journey so worthwhile. Once you descend back into the small village, make sure you treat yourself to a pint and a pie at one of the local village pubs before heading back into town.

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Etherow Country Park, Stockport

Etherow Country Park is located in a village called Compstall in Stockport, just outside of Manchester city centre. It was one of England's first country parks and it’s easy to see why. The Natural beauty of the ancient woodland along the river valley is like something out of a fairytale. The tranquility of the park make it the perfect spot for some alone time with your thoughts as well as being the most romantic of settings for a stroll with your significant other.

Worsley Village Circular

The 3-mile circular walk around Worsley takes you through the picturesque village lined with black and white timber buildings. The short walk takes you along the tranquil Bridgewater canal and through the rich woodland area of Worsley Woods before returning you to the village green. Once you complete the walk, you can visit one of the handful of pubs and restaurants that line the canal. I guarantee It will be one of the most instagram-worthy pints you have all year.

I think it’s time to turn off Netflix, put on some thermals and venture into the great outdoors, don't you?

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Shannon Aldwell

Cheese and wine enthusiast from down under.

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