Spending the previous couple of months in lockdown has bought us appreciating the good open air like by no means earlier than.
And now with new native restrictions in Larger Manchester that imply we are able to solely meet with different households open air once more, a stroll is a method you may nonetheless safely see family and friends offering you keep on with social distancing guidelines.
We have rounded up a few of our favorite magnificence spots the place you may absorb some nature and swap off from the world for a bit.
In addition to locations from throughout Larger Manchester, we have included a couple of others inside cheap travelling distance of the area.
Healy Dell, Rochdale
(Picture: Freda Hollows)
Nestled on the outskirts of the city centre, this beautiful slice of nature boasts a complete host of natural world, with towering bushes and a variety of resident wildlife.
The house can also be a agency reminder of Rochdale’s industrial heritage, with proof of the corn, wool and cotton mills that when stood on the location.
Though a lot has now been reclaimed by nature, there are nonetheless quite a few stays, together with an 19th century railway line; now a nature path with panoramic views from a 100-foot excessive viaduct.
The River Spodden has carved its manner by means of the woodlands over 1000’s of years, creating waterfalls and gorges simply ready to be found.
Abney Corridor, Cheadle
These pure woodlands are within the grounds of the historic Abney Corridor – a constructing that when hosted King Edward VII, Prince Albert, a number of prime ministers and even Agatha Christie.
There’s an abundance of hidden pathways main by means of the bushes and across the substantial 200-acre web site.
Go deep into the wooded areas and also you would possibly simply uncover a number of the large number of wildlife that calls Abney house, together with waterfowl, kingfishers, woodpeckers – and even a pair of parakeets.
Marie Louise Gardens, Didsbury
(Picture: Photograph © David Dixon (cc-by-sa/2.0))
A ravishing oasis hidden among the many hustle and bustle of a suburban hub, these fantastically manicured gardens are sometimes solely found by chance.
Providing a spot of peace and tranquility away from fashionable life, the virtually 5 acres of gardens are the right spot for some quiet reflection and an escape from fashionable life.
With a group of attention-grabbing bushes, flowering crops and a pleasant group of resident squirrels, this lovely inexperienced house actually is a hidden gem.
Tandle Hill woods, Oldham
(Picture: Oldham Advertiser)
Tandle Hill has magnificent mature beech and gorgeous combined woodland, paired with open grassland, with the added bonus of panoramic views when you attain the highest.
The huge woodland is roofed by a thick cover from the tall leafy bushes, making it the right escape to nature, regardless of being near the busy city of Royton.
The woods at Tandle Hill are a part of the bigger Tandle Hill Nation Park, which additionally has a devoted countryside centre, picnic areas, play areas and two waymarked trails across the 110 acre magnificence spot.
Sandwiched between the Peak Forest Canal in Hyde and Haughton Inexperienced, Denton, the most important nature reserve in Tameside is wealthy in each pure and industrial heritage.
Its woodlands bloom with bluebells in spring whereas its wildflower meadows are a magnet for butterflies and bumblebees, and for those who’re fortunate you would possibly spot kingfishers on the ponds or within the river.
The positioning – also called Gibraltar Works – is criss-crossed with paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to take pleasure in and there are many picnic tables dotted round to cease and luxuriate in some lunch on.
Etherow Nation Park, Stockport
A wealth of beautiful woodland, meadows and ponds await at this lovely nation park.
This well-liked nature web site welcomes over 1 / 4 of one million folks every year, who come to benefit from the pure fantastic thing about historic woodland, the sparking waters of the Etherow river valley and the outstanding views throughout the foothills of the Peak District Nationwide Park.
There are a number of marked routes all through the park, which take within the previous Keg pool, the Keg woodland (which have been former personal capturing and fishing grounds), a powerful weir and quite a few cottages.
And for wildlife lovers, there’s a tremendous number of waterfowl to be seen right here, too.
Crompton Moor, Oldham
(Picture: Photograph © Chris Wild (cc-by-sa/2.0))
This large and open pure house is only a quick distance from close by Shaw, rising above the city space and out into expansive moorland.
It has a variety of various habitats all jigsawed collectively to make up the moor, which incorporates open grassland, dense woodland, plus dry heath, moist lavatory and heather.
All of those completely different areas supply properties to all kinds of wildlife, together with massive populations of birds and communities of foxes, weasels, shrews, stoats and hares.
There’s additionally a powerful waterfall to be found which flows into previous Pingot Quarry.
Stalybridge Nation Park
(Picture: Chris Shaw)
Break up between the Brushes Valley in Millbrook and smaller websites at Carrbrook, the nation park provides all the pieces from quiet riverside walks and wooded valleys to wild open moorland and reservoirs.
Woodland birds and hawks hovering over the moors can simply be noticed and you might be fortunate sufficient to see rabbits, weasels and even blue mountain hares. Geese, herons, frogs and toads are additionally common guests to the numerous ponds and wetland areas.
It’s a really perfect spot for strolling, horse driving and biking and for the much less energetic, there are many picnic areas to select from.
Burrs Nation Park, Bury
(Picture: SG2012/ Wikipedia)
Discovered on the banks of the River Irwell, this 89 acre Inexperienced-award successful park boasts scenic countryside, wildlife habitats, woodlands, ponds and waterways.
It is a really perfect spot for a variety of actions together with strolling, operating, canoeing and kayaking, fishing and chook watching.
The East Lancs Railway runs by means of the park, between Heywood and Rawtenstall by way of Bury, with trains stopping on the Burrs Nation Park Halt.
The park can also be house to the Irwell Sculpture Path, with 4 sculptures to find throughout the grounds.
Guests may also discover remnants of the park’s industrial heritage as they discover.
For the youngsters, there is a playground, exercise centre and loads of open house for them to let off steam.
Dunham Massey Home and Gardens
Dunham Massey’s 3,000-acre property was handed to the Nationwide Belief in 1976 and at the moment it attracts over 500,000 guests a 12 months.
The encircling grounds are house to an historic deer park, and a ramble round will reveal a variety of architectural oddities and views of the home full with Dunham’s resident herd of fallow deer; you might also glimpse different wildlife together with owls and woodpeckers.
The home, Dunham Massey Corridor, is a grade I listed nation home constructed within the early 17th century and accommodates one of many largest collections of Huguenot silver and a longtime assortment of oil work and watercolours. Throughout World Conflict I it was the Stamford Navy Hospital.
And a little bit additional afield:
Marsden Moor Property
(Picture: Jane Brook)
The sprawling landscapes of Marsden Moor are nicely served by public footpaths with over 100 miles crossing the expansive hillside. The moors change by means of the seasons making the realm a spectacle no matter time of the 12 months.
Landscapes embrace Pule Hill, the place you could find the engraved poem by native poet Simon Armitage hidden within the quarry; Buckstones, which casts panoramic views; Eastergate, house to the traditional monument packhorse bridge, which used to move wool; and Wessenden Valley, dominated by 4 reservoirs.
The village is nestled in an upland valley in an excellent scenic location to the south of Macclesfield Forest.
Wildboarclough claims to be the place the final wild boar in England was killed.
The village is now a quiet backwater, well-liked with guests at weekends. Walkers come to ascend Shutlingsloe, the ‘Matterhorn of Cheshire’ – which rises 506 metres to the west of the village.
Lud’s Church, Leek
(Picture: UGC MEN)
This deep, moss coated valley is totally other-worldly.
The 18 metre deep chasm was created within the Roaches’ gritstone brought on by an enormous landslip, which over the ages has been coated from prime to backside in vibrant moss.
It’s additionally recognized for its historical past – having been used as a secret place for worship for individuals who would in any other case been prosecuted within the 15th century.
Folklore has it that the chasm was created by the satan’s fingernail as he scraped again elements of the earth.
Grin Low, Buxton
(Picture: Rept0n1x | Wikimedia Commons)
Discover the attractive Grin Low and Buxton Nation Park. All through the park you can find panels explaining the fascinating historical past and wildlife of the location.
You’ll be able to benefit from the large, open areas of grasslands, stroll alongside the pathways and thru the glades of Grin Low Woods, or discover Poole’s Cavern present cave, which is known for its unimaginable stalactites and stalagmites, with excursions out there all 12 months spherical.
Head to the summit of Grin Low Hill and you will find Buxton’s very personal folly, Solomon’s Temple. From the distinctive vantage level of Solomon’s Temple you may look down on the attractive spa city of Buxton.
(Picture: Photograph © David Hillas (cc-by-sa/2.0))
Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakely Topping all make up a part of a North Yorkshire nature reserve that is sorted by the Nationwide Belief and the wealth of surprising options make it an important place for a hike.
It is house to some uncommon and distinctive rock formations referred to as the Bridestones, a Jurassic sedimentary rock deposited some 150 million years in the past.
Climb to the highest of those boulders and get a view of the encircling countryside. Or stretch your legs with a steep climb up Jonathan Gill.
There’s additionally 300 acres of nature reserve to discover, which is a mix of wooded hillsides and grassy moorland. Bridestones Griff separates the 2 teams of stones, resulting in the grassy valley of Dovedale and its historic woodland.
Monsal Dale, White Peak
(Picture: Public area)
A visit to the peaceable Monsal Dale, close to Bakewell, is certain to be a calming and calming expertise. Set within the picturesque Derbyshire countryside, it is a spot the place you may stroll alongside a babbling river, have a picnic by a weir and discover close by caves.
Head to the highest of Monsal Head and expertise panoramic views of the gorgeous surrounding space. It’s a Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity (SSSI), and a Particular Space of Conservation. The elegant Gravestone Viaduct that straddles the countryside was constructed by the Midland Railway over the River Wye.
A hike up Kinder Scout shouldn’t be solely difficult, it has some fairly troublesome ascents and descents in locations – and will definitely blow off the cobwebs.
There isn’t any straightforward method to scale this mountain, however conquering its peak is an achievement in itself.
The most well-liked route is the one which begins at Edale village. Observe the signage, take the scrambly ascent up Grindsbrook Clough.
As soon as on the prime many of the stroll makes use of the paved and well-maintained Pennine Approach and you may take pleasure in quite a few the peculiar rock formations which scatter the mountainside.