In Walks

Read our round up of the 10 most romantic walks in Greater Manchester: 

Haigh Hall & Country Park - Wigan

Bolton - Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike is located on the West Pennine Moors in Bolton. Taking in the Grade II listed Rivington Hall Barn, this walk meanders through the stunning Rivington terraced Gardens, as well as the wonderfully romantic Japanese Gardens. Once you have reached the summit of Rivington Pike Tower, you can enjoy spectacular views reaching as far as The Lake District, Blackpool Tower, and the Isle of Man.

Bury – Burrs Country Park                               

Burrs Country Park, is a beautiful Green Flag country park located just a mile outside Bury town centre. Hosting a variety of woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways;  this park presents the ideal opportunity to explore the fantastic countryside Greater Manchester has to offer.

Manchester - Chorlton Water Park

Chorlton Water Park is a 170-acre site based in South Manchester. Centred around a large lake, the park meanders into grassland and wooded areas, and is host to a variety of wildlife. The lake is home to a number of water sports including dinghy sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing, as well as course fishing. Why not take a picnic and enjoy lunch with a gorgeous view of the lake.

Oldham – Dovestone

Situated on the foothills of the Peak District National Park, Dovestone Reservoir is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The picturesque walks around the reservoir offer the opportunity to spot wildlife including mountain hares, and if you are lucky, even peregrine falcons. For the more adventurous, there are a number of opportunities to explore the more rural areas off the beaten track.

Rochdale – Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake is set in a 118-acre Country Park against the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, a gritstone ridge 1500 feet in the Pennine Hills. A popular location for water sports, there are a number of walking routes that incorporate both the lake and the fantastic surrounding area. Treat yourself to a drink in The Wine Press overlooking the lake, or enjoy fish and chips along the front. 

Dunham Massey - Trafford

Salford – Worsley Circuit

The Worsley Circuit is a picturesque walk through what was once the birthplace of the ‘transport revolution’.  The tranquil circuit encompasses a number of popular attractions, including Worsley Court House, The Bridgewater Canal, The Green, and Worsley Woods; all as you amble through the leafy surroundings. When finished relax in the traditional Worsley Old Hall and treat yourself to a well-earned drink.

Stockport – Bramall Hall Park

Bramall Hall Park is a beautiful, scenic space set in the grounds of the spectacular 14th century timber framed Bramall Hall. The 60-acre grounds offer woodland walks, as well as the opportunity to stroll along brooks and lakes. Explore the fascinating and historic Hall and pop into the café for a homemade cake before you leave.

Tameside - Daisy Nook Country Park

Daisy Nook Country Park offers an impressive 40 hectares of waterways, woodlands, and wildflower meadows, nestled in between Oldham and Tameside. Enjoy one of the popular routes through the park, with a range of picnic spots and bird-watching areas along the way.

Trafford - Dunham Massey

Set in the grounds of an 18th century house, Dunham Massey Hall & Gardens is a charming National Trust estate, hosting the largest Winter Garden of its kind in the UK. Rich in wildlife and home to a herd of over 150 fallow deer, the walk also offers one of the finest collections of veteran trees in the country. Enjoy a quintessentially English country pub when finished and pop into the Swan with Two Necks.

Wigan - Haigh Hall & Country Park

Set in 350 acres of wood and parkland, Haigh Country Park is a beautiful area of park and woodland set in the heart of Wigan. There are a number of walks and trails throughout the park to discover the diverse wildlife living in  Haigh Hall’s vicinity; coupled with extensive plantations including ancient woodland at Bottling Wood.

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Rivington Pike
Countryside attraction
Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike and its tower located on the West Pennine Moors can be seen from miles around. It is 361m (1,200ft) above sea level and offers spectacular views.

Burrs Country Park
Country / Royal Park
The Irwell Sculpture Trail at Burrs Country Park

Burrs Country Park is a beautiful country park located just a mile outside Bury town centre.

Chorlton Water Park
Nature Reserve
Chorlton Water Park

Local nature reserve and site of biological importance. Canoeing, dinghy, sailing, windsurfing, angling, horse riding, orienteering, model boating and children's play area.

Dove Stone Reservoir
National Park
Sailing at Dove Stone Reservoir

Situated on the edge of Oldham and the Peak District National Park, Dove Stone Reservoir is a spectacular area popular with visitors and for family days out. A picturesque spot, with a sailing club, gentle walks and and links to the moorland beyond.

Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre
Lake / Reservoir
Hollingworth Lake.

In Victorian times Hollingworth Lake was known as the "The Weighvers' Seaport". Now once again visitors can enjoy many outdoor attractions and an excellent Visitor Centre.

Bramall Hall
Historic House / Palace
Bramall Hall

This 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.

Daisy Nook Country Park
Municipal Park
Daisy Nook Country Park

A 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.

Dunham Massey Hall
Historic House / Palace
Deer

A complete country estate with a house, garden and deer park

Haigh Woodland Park
Garden
Haigh Woodland Park

Explore and enjoy the stunning parkland, woodland and plantations at Haigh Hall at Country Park.

Worsley Village
Walking Route
Worsley Village

This 3-mile circular walk around Worsley takes in the picturesque village, the Bridgewater Canal, its fascinating heritage and explores the rich woodland area of Worsley Woods.

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