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With galleries, nature trails, museums and historic houses, Manchester’s Countryside is the perfect place to explore and enjoy with all of the family.
  • Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve

    Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve

    Nature ReserveOnce part of the Alkrington Hall estate, this area of mature woodland provides an ideal habitat for wide ranging flora and fauna.

  • Ashworth and Roch Valleys

    Ashworth and Roch Valleys

    Parkland / Woodland GardenWooded river valleys with hillside views. Guided walk leaflet available from Rochdale Tourist Information Centre

  • Astley Green Colliery Museum

    Astley Green Colliery Museum

    Historic SiteThe site of a fully operational mine until 30 years ago, Astley Green Colliery has now been restored. See Europe's largest steam winding engine, the magnificent engine house and outdoor displays of industrial artefacts.

  • Bank Top Brewery

    Bank Top Brewery

    BreweryCome along for a full explanation of the brewing process with sampling of our award-winning beers. Tours are available by arrangement only.

  • Barrow Bridge Village

    Barrow Bridge Village

    Parkland / Woodland GardenTake a stroll around this former industrial village to admire the former homes of mill workers and the stream once used to power waterwheels.

  • Borsdane Wood

    Borsdane Wood

    Nature ReserveBorsdane Wood was Wigan’s first Local Nature Reserve. Get away from it all; surrounded by birdsong and enveloped in woodland perfumes, it’s the perfect place to let your heart rate drop and your stride shorten.

  • Bramall Hall

    Bramall Hall

    Historic House / PalaceThis magical Tudor manor house is set in 60 acres of parkland with lakes, woods and gardens. The house contains 16thC wall paintings, Elizabethan fine plaster ceilings, Victorian kitchens and servants' quarters.

  • Bridgewater Canal

    Bridgewater Canal

    MarinaSee the world's first industrial canal, built in 1764.

  • Broadfield Park, Green Flag Award

    Broadfield Park, Green Flag Award

    Botanic GardenRochdale's town centre park, the oldest in the Borough, is of great historic interest and contains the statue of John Bright MP. Of considerable landscape beauty and charm with significant views of the area.

  • Brownhill Countryside Centre

    Brownhill Countryside Centre

    Nature ReserveDramatic Pennine scenery Surround the centre which is situated in the heart of Saddleworth. There is a picnic area and nature garden, information and advice available from the centre as well as changing exhibitions.

  • Burrs Country Park

    Burrs Country Park

    ArticleYou'll find plenty of green places to explore in Bury, including the popular Burrs Country Park.

  • Burrs Country Park

    Burrs Country Park

    Picnic SiteCountry Park offering riverside walks and canoeing and activity centre.

  • Chat Moss

    Chat Moss

    Parkland / Woodland GardenChat Moss comprises some 30% of Salford. Within its 2750 hectares, it comprises the largest area of Grade 1 and 2 farmland in Greater Manchester and contains the largest block of semi natural woodland in Greater Manchester.

  • Clifton Country Park

    Clifton Country Park

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Clifton Country Park Local Nature Reserve is approximately 48 hectares of scenic urban fringe countryside in Salford, with woods, meadows, ponds and a lake to explore and remnants of the city's industrial past to discover.

  • Daisy Nook Country Park

    Daisy Nook Country Park

    Nature ReserveA country park offering families a fun-packed day in the countryside with two fantastic play areas set among 40 hectares of woodlands, meadows, waterways and a lake with fishing platforms.