The Last Drop Village complex of hotel, restaurant and shops stands high above Bolton on the edge of hills and makes an excellent starting point for this scenic walk. You'll navigate towers and turrets, passing through woods to the attractive village of Chapeltown. Explore the extensive views of two reservoirs linked by a delightful wooded gorge with a rippling stream, and the country house of Turton Tower.
Nearest postcode: BL7 9PZ
The very popular walking area of Lever Park was laid out by the 1st Lord Leverhulme. The southern look of this walk, of about 3 miles, offers easy walking along wooded tracks and paths in the park. The northern loop, about 3.5 miles in length, takes you over rougher terrian on the fringe of moorland outside the park, with views as far as Clwydian Hills in North Wales on a clear day.
Nearest postcode: BL6 7RU
Located just south of Bolton Town Centre, sits the stunning Moses Gate Country Park covering 750 acres. Easily accessible and with plenty of free parking available, the routes comprise of tarmacked paths and stone surfaced bridleways, making it an excellent location for bike-riding. The paths lead you around lakes and ponds, with lots of opportunity to enjoy the abundance of birdlife along the way. There's also a large children's playground to keep the kids entertained while you take in the wonderful country air.
Nearest Postcode: BL4 7QS
Enjoy 2000 acres of cycling and walking trails in this large country park in Bolton. The parkland surrounds the Grade 1-listed Smithills Hall with a history dating back to the 14th century. Smithills includes lakes, woodland, farmland and moorland with superb views of the West Pennine Moors.
Nearest Postcode: BL1 7NP
Jumbles Country Park is located in the Bradshaw Valley, around four miles north of Bolton Town Centre. It boasts a beautiful parkland, reservoir and picturesque walks through a network of footpaths radiating up the valley and across adjacent hills. The Tea Garden Café provides food and light refreshments and visitors can enjoy exhibitions and events held all year round.
Nearest Postcode: BL2 4JS