This content is adapted from the Visit Manchester Insider’s Handbook. Packed with ideas and inspiration for things to do, see, eat, as well as places to stay, the 40-page handbook includes dedicated pages detailing what's new and coming soon as well as maps and spotlight pages on Greater Manchester's towns, boroughs and coolest neighbourhoods. It’s the perfect resource for planning your next visit.

Etherow Country Park 

Covering the site of an old cotton mill, Etherow Country Park is home to over 100 species of birds and offers a haven for birdwatching, rambling, sailing, and angling.  

Healey Dell 

Take in the views from a 100-foot high disused 1800’s railway viaduct or enjoy the wildlife sanctuary with delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls just two miles from Rochdale town centre. 


Burrs Country Park 

Located just outside of Bury, Burrs Country Park is the ideal spot for riverside walks, fishing, and birdwatching. You can also follow the Irwell Sculpture Trail, which will lead you to the quaint town of Ramsbottom.   

Werneth Low 

Only 9.5 miles from the city centre, Werneth Low Country Park extends over 200 acres, providing panoramic views of Manchester, beyond to Liverpool, and on a clear day the mountains of Wales. 

Peel Park 

The first public park in the UK funded entirely by the people’s subscription, Peel Park has been bringing Salford residents together since 1846. The neighbouring Meadows and Kersal Wetlands are excellent add-ons for walking and wildlife spotting.  

Haigh Woodland Park 

Set over 250 acres of parkland, Haigh Woodland Park is ideal for families – as well as beautiful scenery, the park offers mini-golf, a miniature railway, and aerial climbing activities.  

Dove Stone Reservoir  

Situated on the edge of Oldham and the Peak District, Dove Stone offers dramatic landscape surrounded by hills, with woodland walks and tracks surrounding the four main reservoirs.  

Walker in Dovestone Reservoir with spectacular views of lake and countryside.

Rivington Pike 

Offering stunning views as far as the Isle of Man and Cumbrian Fells, Rivington Pike and its tower on Winter Hill can be seen from miles around and is a popular destination for walkers. 


Healey Dell Nature Reserve & Tea Rooms
Nature Reserve
Aqueduct in a wooded clearing.

Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, 2 miles from Rochdale town centre on the way to Whitworth and Bacup.

Etherow Country Park and Local Nature Reserve
Country / Royal Park
Etherow Country Park and Local Nature Reserve

Etherow Country Park covers approximately 92 hectares on the site of an old cotton mill. The park offers a variety of leisure pursuits with events and educational services.

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.

Werneth Low Country Park and Lower Higham Visitor Centre
Country / Royal Park
Werneth Low Country Park Photo © Smabs Sputzer

A visitor centre featuring exhibitions on local history, landscape and environmental management.

Peel Park
Municipal Park
Peel Park

Just next to Salford University, this park features a host of attractions including the Marie Curie Field of Hope and part of the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail.

Haigh Woodland Park
Haigh Woodland Park

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

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.

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.



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