One of the best things about Manchester is its location in the North centre of the UK, making it an ideal place for day trips as most places are only a short train of car journey away. These are a few of our favourite places to venture out to when we need a change of scenery for the day.
This picturesque town is only a short train ride outside of Manchester. The small yet bustling town is located in the Upper Calder Valley. Although located firmly in the countryside, the number of 30-somethings who have moved to this small town means there are no shortage of quirky cafes, excellent restaurants and plenty of pubs – all surrounded by the beautiful landscape.
Southport is a seaside town only a short journey away from Manchester. The town, which is especially nice to visit on a warm summer’s day, offers miles of beautiful beaches, stunning architecture and plenty of seaside restaurants. The town boasts the most independent eateries per square metre outside of London, so you will be spoiled for choice. Whether you want a warm and cosy pub or a some freshly cut sushi, Southport has it all.
York is a walled city in the Northeast of England that dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. One of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the city is the huge 13th century Gothic cathedral that has huge stained glass windows and 2 bell towers which continue to ring out every hour. The beautiful River Ouse cuts through the city, and along the river’s edge you will find a number of bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect spot on a sunny day.
If a city break is what you need, look no further than Leeds. Located within an hour on the train, Leeds has a thriving arts and music scene with a number of craft beer bars and award winning restaurants. The bustling city also boasts their own corn exchange and a number of huge Victorian shopping arcades which a lovely to walk around.
The Lake District
Just over an hour’s drive outside of Manchester you will find yourself amongst some of the most beautiful scenery the UK has to offer. The Lake District, which is beautiful any time of the year, has a number of – you guessed it – lakes. There are a number of hiking trails and quaint villages you can walk around. There is even a Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Enclume, if you are after something a little bit more fancy.
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.
Where are your favourite places to go for a day trip? Let us know in the comments below.
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