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    5 Best Hikes & Walks Near Manchester You Should Try

    18th March 2024
    5 Best Hikes & Walks Near Manchester You Should Try - Victoria Riverside
    5 Best Hikes & Walks Near Manchester You Should Try - Victoria Riverside

    Manchester, a bustling metropolis known for its vibrant cultural scene, also serves as a gateway to some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes. Situated within reach of the Peak District, the Pennines, and several stunning country parks, the area surrounding Manchester offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of spectacular hiking and opportunities.

    From serene woodland wanders to challenging moorland treks, these trails provide a refreshing escape from city life. So, for the chance to immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty, look no further than the 5 best hikes and walks near Manchester.


    1. Dovestones Reservoir

    A picturesque, accessible adventure for all abilities, Dovestone Reservoir is one of the Peak District’s best natural treasures. The area is home to some of the North’s most breathtaking sites, and, best of all, it’s just a 45-minute drive from Manchester. Bring your binoculars, and keep a watchful eye for Curlews, Reg Grouse and Golden Plovers. If you’re quick, you may be able to spot Mountain Hares as they forage on the Dovestone Reservoir’s plentiful land.

    Dovestone Reservoir

    When it’s time to stretch your legs, you’ll want to start at the Dovestone Reservoir Car Park. The standard circular route around the reservoir is 4km (2.5 miles) long and can be completed in 1 to 1.5 hours. The Dovestone Reservoir walk gets particularly busy during weekends and school holidays, so we recommend arriving early if you want to experience the area at its most serene. You can even bring your four-legged companion!

    If you’re looking for spring activities to do in Manchester, why not load up on all your favourite lunchtime staples? The Dovestone Reservoir picnic benches are the perfect place to eat a well-deserved meal after a successful walk.


    2. Roddlesworth Woods

    We’ve covered the expansive beauty of Dovestone Reservoir, but what if you’re looking to explore something more secluded? We recommend Roddlesworth Woods: it’s the ultimate quiet escape, located an hour’s drive away from Manchester. While you may have to venture further to reach Roddlesworth Woods, it’s definitely worth it. Best known for its flourishing greenery and calm water bodies, this 3.99-mile walk offers serenity, history and plenty of squirrel encounters!

    roddlesworth woods

    Look carefully, and you may come across the ruins of Hollinshead Hall. A manor once belonging to the Hollinshead family, all that remains are a few walls thought to be part of the property’s outbuildings. What we love most about Roddlesworth Woods is that it offers one of the best outdoor activities in Manchester: the chance to explore the area’s gushing waterfalls. As the woodlands support off-lead dog walking, you can let your pet splash around in calmer lakes as you bask in Roddlesworth’s enduring natural beauty.


    3. Etherow Country Park Loop

    For a touch of local history, community activities and picturesque landscapes, the Etherow Country Park Loop will not disappoint. This incredible 240-acre reserve in Stockport, Greater Manchester, has a fascinating history dating back to the late 18th century. Once the site of a cotton spinning mill, Etherow Country Park offers a relaxing journey through woodlands, mill ponds, rivers, and streams, with colourful views of the Goyt Valley.

    You can take the circular, 3.2km route around the park’s main lake: it’s relatively flat, meaning hikers of all ages and abilities can complete it in one hour. Or, you can venture off the beaten track and explore more of the park’s thriving woodland paths. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the visitor centre, located in the old Compstall Mill building. It’s here you’ll find out more about the park’s transformation from an industrial site to a nature haven (you’ll also find an excellent café!).


    4. Ruins of Errwood Hall

    Just a 37-minute drive from Etherow Country Park Loop are the ruins of Errwood Hall. Nestled in the Goyt Valley, this area offers a glimpse into the past of the wealthy Grimshawe family, who constructed a grand Victorian mansion in the 1830s. One hundred years later, the Grimshawe grandchildren became the last generation to inhabit the country house before its demolition in 1934. Now, visitors can see what remains of the once 2,000-acre estate as they explore one of the valley’s various routes.

    Errwood Hall Ruins

    Take the three-mile walk that encompasses Errwood Hall, the Grimshawe family’s hilltop cemetery, and St Joseph’s Shrine, a small circular stone building dedicated to the Spanish companion of Mrs. Jessie Grimshawe. Offering gentle slopes and returns to the Errwood Hall car park, this route offers the perfect solution for fitness enthusiasts and history buffs. For those looking for a longer hike, the Errwood Hall + Shining Tor walk extends for 5 miles, starting from Errwood Reservoir and leading up to the ruins of Errwood Hall. From there, the route ascends to Shining Tor, a summit with panoramic views of the Goyt Valley, before circling back to the reservoir.


    5. Padley Gorge

    Padley Gorge is a spectacular forest just over an hour’s drive from Manchester. These ancient woodlands are full to the brim with moss-covered trees, babbling brooks and waterfalls of all shapes and sizes. What better way to stretch your legs than with a magical walk through an ancient forest? The journey through Padley Gorge is filled with picturesque sights, from the densely forested paths to the small waterfalls and cascades along Burbage Brook.

    Padley Gorge

    The walk is considered easy to moderate, covering a distance of approximately 3.5 km (about 2.5 miles) and can take between 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete. There’s also an extended 4.5 km route that includes Surprise View and Longshaw for those looking for a more lengthy walk. Along the route, you’ll encounter the enchanting Padley Gorge, a natural spring, Bole Hills, Padley Chapel, and the Grindleford Station cafe. The gorge itself is a deep and narrow valley filled with mystical woodland, where you can enjoy the sight of waterfalls plunging into Burbage Brook​.


    Looking for an apartment near Manchester’s best walks and hikes? 

    Don’t wait until summer to lace up your hiking boots: explore the natural beauty of Manchester all year round with our five walking recommendations. If you’re looking to make a move to Manchester, why not check out our Bromley Street complexes or Crown View apartments? Not only will you have instant access to the city, but you’re surrounded by the breathtaking views of natural, neighbouring regions.

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