Winter Walks in Manchester
These cold winter days might not scream ‘let’s go for a walk’ but there’s something very satisfying about wrapping up warm, pulling those muddy wellies on and embracing the crisp, cold weather. Luckily in Manchester, we’re inundated with beautiful scenery and enjoyable walks.
Whether you’re getting out and about with the family or taking the pooch for a good stroll, here are the walks we recommend you pay a visit in and around Manchester.
1. Quarry Bank – National Trust
Although Quarry Bank is 10 miles out of central Manchester, it’s definitely worth the drive. This timeless estate features a fully working mill with plenty of gardens and parkland to explore. With 400 acres of unspoilt land to explore, it’s the perfect place to give the dog a good run and enjoy a good hike with loved ones.
Parking: Free for visitors
Dogs: Allowed off leads in parkland, on leads in garden and garden cafe
Location: Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Distance from Central Manchester: 10 miles
2. River Irwell
The River Irwell snakes through the city of Manchester and makes a relaxing walk. The river is just a stone throw’s away from central Manchester and the path is often referred to as the social highway for walkers looking to escape the busy city life. It is also one of the most ancient routes in the city and has some excellent bridges to see on route including Trinity Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.
Parking: Various paid-for car parks in the area, e.g Stanley Street Car Park, Water Street Car Park, NCP Car Parks.
Dogs: To be kept on leads due to roads nearby.
Location: Central Manchester
3. Heaton Park
Heaton Park is not only an enjoyable walk, but it also makes a fantastic day out for the whole family. From stretches of water to historic monuments, there is certainly a sight for everyone at Heaton Park, including the magnificent Heaton Hall. It is also a deer park, so if you’re lucky, you might spot one or two! With 600+ acres to explore, we can guarantee there’s so much to explore!
Parking: up to an hour costs £1, 1 – 2 hours costs £2 and 3+ hours is £3.
Dogs: Free to roam!
Location: Middleton Rd, Manchester M25 2SW
Distance from Central Manchester: 6 miles
4. Reddish Vale Country Park
Although Reddish Vale Country Park is closer to Stockport, it’s well worth travelling to. It’s a true gem and is well known locally for being one of the cleanest, tidiest and prettiest parks in the area. There are plenty of walks with stunning views, including the spectacular nearby viaduct. Don’t forget to stop by for refreshments at the centre!
Dogs: Free to roam!
Location: Reddish Vale Visitors Centre, Reddish Vale Rd, Stockport SK5 7HE
Distance from Central Manchester: 7 miles
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