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Greater Manchester Walks

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Ashton Canal6 miles (9.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along this 6 mile long canal in Manchester. The canal runs from central Manchester to Ancoats,Bradford-with-Beswick, Clayton, Openshaw, Droylsden, Fairfield and Audenshaw before finishing at Ashton-under-Lyne where it meets the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the whole route along the towpath. National Cycle Network Route 60 runs along the first section of the canal and a local cycle route takes you the rest of the way. Along the way you'll pass 18 locks, Manchester City Football Stadium, Manchester Velodrome and Philips Park. You can take short detours from the canal to visit some nearby attractions too. For example at Audenshaw you could head just south of the canal and visit Debdale Park and enjoy a walk around Gorton Reservoir. At the velodrome you can take a short trip north of the canal and visit Clayton Vale where there is a nature reserve with miles of walking trails and some great mountain bike trails. View Full Details>>
Blackleach Country Park1 miles (2 km)This country park in Walkdenhas nice footpaths to follow around the lake and through woodland. It's a nice peaceful place to visit with lots of birdlife to look out for on the lake. These include Herons, Tufted Ducks, Goosander, Water Rail, Coots and Moorhen. There's a car park and visitor centre where you can pick up the lakeside trail. You can also come by public transport as Walkden train station is only about a mile away. View Full Details>>
Blackstone Edge2 miles (4 km)Climb to this gritstone escarpment in the Pennine Hills and enjoy wonderful views over Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. The high point stands at 1,549 feet (472 m) with Manchester city centre,Winter Hill and the mountains of north Wales visible on a clear day. View Full Details>>
Bollin Valley Way25 miles (40 km)Follow the River Bollin from Macclesfield to Partington on this delightful waterside walk through Greater Manchester and Cheshire. View Full Details>>
Bolton Rotary Way Footpath50 miles (80 km)Enjoy industrial heritage, reservoirs, historic estates, memorials and country parks on this circular walk around Bolton. The walk visits Adlington, West Houghton, Blackrod and Farnworth. Walk highlights include Jumbles and Rivington Reservoirs, Blackleath Country Park and a waterside stretch along the Leeds & Liverpool canal. View Full Details>>
Bridgewater Way38 miles (61 km)A walk along the Bridgewater canal, through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and on into Lancashire. The route passes Salford, Trafford, Manchester, Warrington and Halton. View Full Details>>
Burrs Country Park2 miles (3 km)This walk takes you around the pretty Burrs Country Park, situated on the River Irwell just north of Bury. Habitats include woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. Facilites include a visitor centre and a cafe. View Full Details>>
Bury4 miles (6.5 km)A circular walk around Bury, taking in the River Irwell, two reservoirs and the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. There's nice, easy waterside paths and some great views of the surrounding Pennine Hills to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
Castleshaw Reservoir2 miles (3 km)These two reservoirs in Oldham have some nice walking trails to try. It's a beautiful setting with the Upper and Lower reservoirs surrounded by some lovely Pennine scenery. View Full Details>>
Chadkirk Country Estate2 miles (3 km)This pretty country park is located on the River Goyt near Marple View Full Details>>
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk98 miles (158 km)This nice easy walk follows six historic canals through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire. View Full Details>>
Chew Reservoir6 miles (9.5 km)Visit this pretty reservoir in the Peak District and enjoy great views over Saddleworth Moor on this walk near Mossley. View Full Details>>
Chorlton Water Park1 miles (1.5 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle around this large lake and nature reserve in Manchester. The well maintained trail runs for about a mile around the water. It's a nice easy cycle ride for families or an easy stroll. Look out for lots of birdlife on the water such as kingfisher, herons, geese and ducks. Facilties include a car parking area at the end of Maitland Avenue, toilets and an ice cream van in the summer months. View Full Details>>
Clayton Vale1 miles (2 km)This large park and nature reserve in Manchester has miles of walking paths and some great mountain bike trails to try. You can start off at the National Cycling Centre in Philips park just to the east of Manchester city centre. From here you can pick up the mountain bike trails through Clayton Vale. There's 12km of colour coded trails for all abilities. The red easy trail is a great one for familieswith gentle, rollable, rideable features. At the other end of the scale is the black graded ride which is for expert mountain bikers. It has rocky sections and is tight, twisty and very challenging. In the middle the red trail includes rock slabs and gnarly rock gardens. View Full Details>>
Clifton Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)This country park and nature reserve is located between Bolton and Manchester in Salford. Situated on the River Irwell it contains a pretty lake, woodland, meadows and an arboretum. The Irwell Sculpture Trail walking route runs through the park where you will find two of the sculptures from the trail. A cycle trail also runs through the park so you can bring your bike. View Full Details>>
Cown Edge Way17 miles (28 km)Visit the striking Cown Edge rocks on this walk through Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. View Full Details>>
Crompton Circuit11 miles (18 km)This circular walk takes you around Shaw near Oldham. View Full Details>>
Daisy Nook Country Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows in this lovely country park in the Medlock Valley. The park is great for wildlife with great-spotted woodpeckers, owls, foxes and squirrels to look out for. The main highlights in the park are Crime Lake and the Hollinwood Branch Canal. There's also good facilities with a nice cafe and car park. View Full Details>>
Debdale Park3 miles (4.5 km)This 130 acre park includes waterside cycling and walking trails around Lower Gorton Reservoir View Full Details>>
Dovestone Reservoir4 miles (6 km)Enjoy an easy circular walk around this lovely reservoir on Saddleworth Moor. The reservoir is located a few miles east of Oldham on the edge of the Peak District. There is a well maintained footpath running around the reservoir. There is also the option of continuing north along the water to Yeoman Hey Reservoir and Greenfield Reservoir where there are views of the Greenfield Brook. You can also follow the Oldham Way east to the nearby Chew Reservoir. View Full Details>>
Dunham Massey3 miles (5 km)This is a splendid circular walk around the impressive grounds of Dunham Massey Hall, in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. You will pass through the magnificent deer park with its 17th century mill and the tranquil Island and Smithy pools. There is also the spectacular new Rose Garden and the Georgian Dunham Massey Hall to explore. View Full Details>>
Elton Reservoir2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir in Bury. It's a nice path with good views across the water where you'll often see little sailboats. The reservoir is also surrounded by some nice rolling countryside and woodland. View Full Details>>
Etherow Country Park4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a stroll along the River Etherow and around the large reservoir in this pretty country park near Marple and Stockport. The park also includes a mill pond, woodland and the 32 acre Compstall Nature Reserve. View Full Details>>
Etherow Goyt Valley Way14 miles (22 km)This walk runs from Stockport to Hadfield along the Rivers Goyt and Etherow. View Full Details>>
Fletcher Moss Park1 miles (1 km)Fletcher Moss is a beautiful botanical garden located in Didsbury, Manchester. The gardens contain a wide range of ornamental trees and shrubs, includingChusan palms,tulip trees,mulberry,dawn redwood and various dwarfconifers. There are also pretty rock gardens, little waterfalls and ponds. The gardens attract a wide variety of birdlife so you can sit enjoy the birdsong for a while. A short walk from Fletcher Moss takes you to the adjacent Parsonage gardens where you will find several largeyewtrees and pretty flower beds. View Full Details>>
Glazebrook Trail10 miles (16 km)This easy trail follows Glaze Brook from Pennington to Cadishead. View Full Details>>
Goyt Way10 miles (16 km)Follow the Goyt Way along the Peak Forest Canal and the River Goyt on this lovely waterside walk through Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. View Full Details>>
Greenbooth Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a circular walk around Greenboth Reservoir and the Naden Reservoirs on this route in the Rochdale area of Greater Manchester. It's a lovely, peaceful area with nice views towards Manchester and the nearby Scout Moor Wind Farm. With four reservoirs to walk to and great views of the surrounding moorland scenery there's plenty to see in the area. View Full Details>>
Haigh Hall Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a walk around this large country park near Wigan. The walk includes a stretch along the Leeds - Liverpool canal and through peaceful woodland. View Full Details>>
Hartside Pike2 miles (3.5 km)Climb this hill in Greater Manchester for great views over Ashton-under-Lyne,MossleyandOldham. At the summit you will find the 19th century Hartshead Pike Tower, a Grade IIListed building. From the 267m (876ft) summit you can enjoy views over the Pennines. View Full Details>>
Healey Dell2 miles (3 km)This lovely little nature reserve in Whitworth has lots of nice footpaths to follow through a densley wooded valley. You can enjoy the rushing water of the River Spodden with pretty waterfalls and lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also water mills, picnic areas and the impressive 1867 Healey Dell Viaduct. The reserve has good facilities with a visitor centre providing lots of helpful information and a nice cafe. View Full Details>>
Heaton Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoying cycling and walking in this huge park in Prestwich, Manchester View Full Details>>
Highfield Country Park2 miles (3 km)This 70 acre park is also a local nature reserve with a number of country walks and a cycle track. It is located in Levenshulme in Manchester - a short walk from the train station. View Full Details>>
Hollingworth Lake2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a lovely walk around this 130 acre reservoir in Littleborough. There is some beautiful scenery surrounding the lake and a nature reserve with a bird hide. You can also try kayaking and windsurfing on the lake with equipment available for hire. View Full Details>>
Irwell Sculpture Trail30 miles (48 km)Follow the River Irwell on this splendid waterside walk through Greater Manchester and enjoy over 70 artworks by renowned artists. View Full Details>>
Jumbles Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short stroll around Jumbles Reservoir in this pretty country park in Bolton. The park is set within the beautiful West Pennine Moors with a lovely waterside footpath around the reservoir. There are also good facilities with a visitor centre and cafe. View Full Details>>
Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail10 miles (16 km)This walk follows various brooks from Cheadle to Disley via Hazel Grove. View Full Details>>
Leeds and Liverpool Canal126 miles (203 km)Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal. It runs for 126 miles across the Pennines, passing many villages, towns and cities with a fascinating heritage and industrial history. There are also umpteen pretty locks, viaducts and some wonderful countryside to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Macclesfield Canal26 miles (42 km)Follow the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal from Marple to Kidsgrove on this waterside walk in Cheshire. Along the way there's lots of interesting lock structures, old bridges, pretty villages, nice pubs and great views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside. The 27 mile canal runs from Marple in Greater Manchester to Kidsgrove in Staffordshire, where it links with the Trent and Mersey Canal. View Full Details>>
Macclesfield to Marple - Middlewood Way11 miles (18 km)Follow the Middlewood Way - a lovely off road cycle and walking path running from Macclesfield to Marple and passing by the Macclesfield Canal View Full Details>>
Marple Canal Locks1 miles (2 km)This easy walk takes you along a particularly lovely section of the Peak Forest Canal in Marple. You'll pass the Marple Lock Flight consisting of a flight of sixteencanal locks over the course of about 1 mile. It's a splendid sight with lots of boats to see in the summer months and nice views of the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Medlock Valley Way12 miles (20 km)Follow the Medlock Valley Way from Manchester City Centre to Bishop Park near Oldham on foot or take your bike for the first section to Clayton Vale. View Full Details>>
Moses Gate Country Park3 miles (5 km)This large country park in Bolton covers 750 acres and includes a number of splendid cycling and walking trails. The River Croal and River Irwell run through the park and there are 3 pretty lakes, so there is some lovely waterside walking and cycling to enjoy. The park is excellent for bird watching with a bird hide next to one of the lakes. View Full Details>>
North Cheshire Way70 miles (113 km)Starting at Hooton Station, near Ellesmere Port, follow the North Cheshire Way through Frodsham, Northwich, Knutsford and Wilmslow to the finish point at Disley. View Full Details>>
Ogden Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir3 miles (5 km)Explore this area of the Piethorne Valley on this circular walk in theMetropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester. There's a nice walking trail taking you around Ogden Reservoir, Kitcliffe Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir. You'll climb above the reservoirs and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There's also waterfalls, woodland and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way. View Full Details>>
Orrell Water Park1 miles (1.8 km)This park in the Orrell area of Greater Manchester includes two pretty reservoirs surrounded by attractive woodland and a buttercup meadow. There's nice easy footpaths to follow around the water with lots of wildlife to look out for on the way. View Full Details>>
Outwood Trail4 miles (7 km)This cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line from Radcliffe to Prestwich. The route starts in Outwood Country Park in Radcliffe, next to the River Irwell. You then follow the surfaced path through Giant's Seat Wood and Hurst Wood passing Clifton Country Park on the way. You can continue along the traffic free path on National Cycle Network Route 6 through Prestwich Forest Park to Pendlebury. It's an easy, traffic free ride through pleasant woodland and parkland. View Full Details>>
Owd Betts Ashworth Moor Reservoir1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short, waterside walk around Ashworth Moor Reservoir from Owd Betts pub in Rochdale. The walk starts from the Owd Betts car park on the Edenfield Road, just to the north west of Rochdale. The 18th century pub has an interesting history and is a great place for refreshments after your walk. View Full Details>>
Peak Forest Canal15 miles (24 km)Travel from Derbyshire into Greater Manchester on this waterside walk along the Peak Forest Canal. The route runs from Buxworth in Derbyshire to Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester. On the way you'll pass a series of pretty locks with nice views of the surrounding countryside. It's about a 15 mile walk from end to end. View Full Details>>
Peel Tower8 miles (13 km)This walk climbs to the Peel Monument on Holcombe Hill in Ramsbottom near Bury. The tower is dedicated to SirRobert Peel, the 19th century Prime Minister considered the father of modernBritish policing. The impressive landmark stands at a height of 1,100 feet (335 m) above sea level, commanding wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and towns. View Full Details>>
Pennington Flash Country Park4 miles (6 km)This 490 acre park is located in Leigh, Greater Manchester. The main feature is the 170 acre lake which is now a nature reserve with a number of bird hides. Over 200 bird species have been spotted at the park such as Black-faced Bunting, Nightingale, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill and Leach's Storm-petre. The park has a number of well maintained paths suitable for cyclists or walkers. View Full Details>>
Prestwich Forest Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle in this pretty country park in Bury. The park covers an area of approximately 500 acres and includes some lovely woodland trails and a waterside path along the River Irwell. View Full Details>>
Ramsbottom4 miles (6.5 km)A circular walk around Ramsbottom visiting some of the highlights of the area including River Irwell, Nuttall Park, Holcombe and the iconic Peel Tower. View Full Details>>
Reddish Vale Country Park2 miles (3 km)This 400 acre park lies just a couple of miles north of Stockport in the Tame Valley. The park contains a Visitor Centre, Community Orchard and Garden, Butterfly Conservation Field and a Dipping Pond. There are also peaceful woodland walks, a waterside path along the River Tame and two reservoirs which attract plenty of wildlife. View Full Details>>
Rochdale Canal33 miles (53 km)Follow the Rochdale canal from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge on this waterside route through Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. It starts in the city centre of Manchester and runs for about 33 miles through the Pennine Hills. The canal is an excellent way to see the Pennines without too much effort as the towpath is largely flat. View Full Details>>
Rochdale Way45 miles (72 km)A fabulous circular walk around Rochdale which visits a series of lovely reservoirs and includes a section along the River Roch. The walk visits Blackstone Edge, Healey Dell, Knowl Hill, Ashworth Moor Reservoir,Tandle Hill Country Park, Queens Park and the Ogden and Piethorne Reservoirs in the Piethorne Valley. There are several challenging climbs but with the reward of splendid views of the area. View Full Details>>
Rossendale Way41 miles (66 km)This circular walk takes you on a tour of the lovely Rossendale area of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. View Full Details>>
Saddleworth Moor5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a walk across this atmospheric moor in the Peak District. You can start at the car park at Dovestone Reservoir and follow footpaths past Yeoman Hey Reservoir and Greenfield Reservoir. You then follow the Greenfield Brook to Raven Stones Brow with little waterfalls to enjoy on the way. After crossing the brook you then head up and across the moor. This is a challenging section with the moor reaching heights of around 1500ft. There are excellent views over the reservoirs to the surrounding Pennine Hills and some fascinating geological features to look out for on the way. View Full Details>>
Smithills Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy 2000 acres of cycling and walking trails in this large country park in Bolton View Full Details>>
South Pennine Water Trail5 miles (8 km)This circular walk around Littleborough includes waterside trails along Hollingworth Lake and the Rochdale Canal. There's lovely views of the Ealees Valley and the hills of the South Pennines to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
Stalybridge Country Park4 miles (7 km)This country park contains several large reservoirs and some beautiful open moorland View Full Details>>
Tame Valley Way23 miles (37 km)Follow the River Tame through Greater Manchester from Stockport to Denshaw on this waterside walk View Full Details>>
Tandle Hill Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 110 acres of beech woodland and open grassland in this country park in Royton. At the highest point in the park there is a war memorial commemorating the men of Royton who died during the First World War. There are also views across the Manchester Plain and the Pennine Hills. Facilities include a cafe and a Countryside Centre with leaflets and information displays on the local area, wildlife and countryside. View Full Details>>
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport. View Full Details>>
Vernon and Woodbank Park2 miles (4 km)These two parks sit side by side near Stockport town centre. They have nice walking trails along the River Goyt, woodland trails, ponds with wildlife and well laid out gardens. From the high points in the park there are nice views towards the Peak District hills. View Full Details>>
Watergrove Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Wardle. There's a car park at the southern end of the water on Ramsden Road where you can pick up the footpath around the water. The reservoir is surrounded by attractive moorland with great views across Manchester to the Cheshire plain. View Full Details>>
Weighver's Way9 miles (14 km)This is a terrific, challenging walk from Littleborough to Catley Lane Head, Rochdale. View Full Details>>
Werneth Low Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy fantastic views across Manchester and the Pennine Hills in this 200 acre country park. On a clear day the hills of North Wales are also visible beyond the Cheshire plain. In the park there are well surfaced footpaths and bridleways suitable for mountain biking. View Full Details>>
Wigan Canal Walk6 miles (9.7 km)An easy walk along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Wigan to Parbold. It's a lovely section of the canal with lots of locks, views of the River Douglas and interesting old buildings. At the end of the route you can catch the train back from Parbold to Wigan directly. View Full Details>>
Worsley Canal Walk8 miles (13 km)A walk along the Bridgewater Canal from Worsley to Leigh, where you can finish the walk with a visit to Pennington Flash Country Park. The walk starts at the canal basin near to the south western end of Worsley Woods. Around here you can see the 18th century Worsley Packet House which sits next to the canal in a picturesque location. View Full Details>>
Worsley Woods2 miles (3.2 km)These pretty woods in Salford have some nice footpaths to try. There's shady trails, streams, a lake, sculpturesand a wild flowertrail to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Wythenshawe Park2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy walking and cycling in this large park in Manchester. The park has miles of nice walking trails while National Cycle Network Route 85 also runs through it. The park covers 260 acres (109 hectares) and includes wildflower meadows, pretty gardens, herbaceous borders, woodland and grassland. You can also enjoy a waterside stroll along the Baguley Brook and visit the community farm. Here you'll find cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, horses and all the elements of a working countryside farm in an urban setting. View Full Details>>

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