Nothing beats a peaceable stroll by the water on a scorching summer time’s day.
We’d not be blessed with a seaside in Higher Manchester however we now have loads of lovely lakes and reservoirs on our doorstep.
These are all inside simple attain and surrounded by gorgeous countryside and parkland the place you’ll be able to take a stroll or unfold out a picnic blanket.
Nonetheless inviting the water would possibly look, please do not be tempted to take a dip except you are at a delegated web site like Sale Water Park, which runs supervised classes.
Reservoirs will be notably harmful resulting from sturdy currents, chilly temperatures and hidden gear lurking beneath the water.
Try our record of out of doors swimming pools and lidos close to Manchester as a substitute, in the event you’re in search of someplace to swim.
Be respectful of social distancing guidelines in the event you’re planning a go to to any of those spots, and take into account visiting at a quieter time of the week to keep away from over-crowding.
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Surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland, this lovely lake is a part of the sprawling Tatton Park property in Knutsford.
There’s loads of house on its grassy banks to unfold out a picnic blanket, and mature timber offering shade.
Through the summer time you’ll be able to spot kingfishers and sand martins over the mere, together with woodland birds together with nuthatches, treecreepers and nice noticed woodpeckers.
The broader park can also be house to herds of freely-roaming crimson and fallow deer.
The neoclassical mansion on the coronary heart of the park has reopened, and guests can even wander 50 acres of landscaped gardens and meet the animals on its working farm.
The park open day by day from 10am to 7pm (final entry at 6pm) and is free to go to in the event you’re on foot. Should you’re driving there is a cost of £7 per automotive to make use of the automotive park.
Costs differ for visits to the mansion, farm and gardens. Go to nationaltrust.org.uk/tatton-park for extra info and to ebook.
Tatton Park Gardens, Mereheath Drive, Knutsford, WA16 6SG
Excessive within the hills close to Littleborough, this man-made lake was initially constructed as the principle water supply for the Rochdale Canal throughout the 19th century.
At the moment it is a fashionable attraction with walkers and households having fun with days out, with a seaside ambiance created by an amusement arcade, fish and chip retailers and ice cream kiosks alongside its shores.
The cafe and bogs at Lake Financial institution and the Pavilion are open, however the Rakewood Highway customer centre and bogs stay closed for now.
Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough, Rochdale, OL15 0AQ
Sale Water Park
Chorlton Water Park
The picturesque lake on the coronary heart of this beautiful park is the proper place to whereas away a summer time’s day.
Guests can get pleasure from a picnic on the water’s edge, have a go at water sports activities together with dinghy crusing, canoeing and windsurfing, and discover the encompassing woodland and wildflower meadows.
From right here it’s also possible to get onto the banks of the River Mersey and observe the path to Sale Water Park – which can also be effectively value a go to in its personal proper.
Maitland Avenue, Chorlton, M21 7WH
This picturesque Rossendale valley has three reservoirs to discover: Calf Hey, Ogden and Holden Wooden.
Guests can get pleasure from a stroll across the water of Calf Hey on its accessible, round path, or take an extended, tougher hike to discover the encompassing moorland to find the previous farmhouse ruins of an deserted village that when stood right here.
There are two automotive parks, at Clough Head and Calf Hey (prices apply at each), with a picnic space shut to every. Bathroom services stay closed in the intervening time.
Calf Hey Highway, Rossendale, BB4 4AU
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Tucked up within the hills above Norden in Rochdale, Greenbooth is one in all area’s most spectacular our bodies of water.
Together with the even increased Naden reservoirs, it offers a wide range of strolling lengths and difficulties, taking you alongside the water’s edge, by way of patches of vibrant wildflowers, and previous a hidden waterfall.
From the dam wall and numerous factors alongside the path, you’ll be able to soak up panoramic views of the Manchester skyline.
There are even patches of grass dotted round for picnics, and, in the event you get fortunate and go to on the proper time of 12 months, tiny calves grazing alongside the footpath.
Each Greenbooth and the Naden Valley are United Utilities websites, with free automotive parking – however be warned, the street as much as it’s cobbled and fairly the bumpy journey in a smaller automotive.
Forsyth Lane, Rochdale OL12 7TL
One of many smaller lakes on the record, however nonetheless simply as lovely, Clifton Marina is a well-liked spot for households because of its play space and climbing boulder.
Should you do have little ones, look out for the fairy story path and the Gruffalo sculpture.
For everybody else, there’s a lot extra to see.
Just a little manner again from the water in Clifton Nation Park, you will discover the marginally creepy ruins from when the positioning was house to a colliery, together with a moss-covered spiral staircase descending into the bottom which is, unsuprisingly, closed to the general public.
The park sits alongside the River Irwell too – you’ll be able to observe the water all the best way to Drinkwater Park in Prestwich in the event you fancy an extended stroll.
Clifton Home Highway, Clifton, Salford M27 6NG
Jumbles Nation Park
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For anybody who has the sense of path of a fly caught behind an open window, Jumbles Nation Park is the stroll for you.
One other United Utilities web site, this reservoir to the north of Bolton has a transparent round footbath across the water.
It is appropriate for wheelchairs and pushchairs – although can get slightly muddy in locations when the climate is unhealthy – and is about three and a half miles in size.
If you wish to stroll additional, you’ll be able to hold heading up in the direction of Wayoh Reservoir and see the massive viaduct standing proud out of the water.
Preserve your eyes peeled as you go to – you would possibly spot a kingfisher within the timber beside the reservoir.
Bradshaw Highway, Bolton, BL2 4JS
Burrs Nation Park
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This derelict industrial web site simply exterior Bury city centre has comparatively not too long ago been reworked into a ravishing nation park.
There are canals, rivers, streams and ponds to find, with the Bury Canoe and Kayak Membership located right here.
Guests may also discover playgrounds, picnic tables and industrial stays dotted all through.
You’ll be able to skim stones on the pebbly shores of the Irwell, or head additional north to see the water cascading over the weir.
Burrs can also be house to a bit of the Irwell Sculpture Path, which travels all the best way out to Bacup, with three totally different items to hunt out throughout the park itself.
Woodhill Highway, Bury ,BL8 1DA
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Rivington Pike is a must-do stroll within the area, with the views from its tower a number of the best within the north of England.
However on the foot of the massive hill is the Rivington Reservoir, typically ignored in favour of the Pike.
The reservoir is cut up into two sections – higher and decrease – with a lot to see, together with the Liverpool Citadel reproduction, the Nice Home Barn, and Rivington Corridor itself.
There’s additionally a Go Ape web site right here for the extra adventurous varieties.
Footpaths and automotive parks on the Jap shore of the reservoir make it simple to entry all of the sights right here, taking in fairly woodland scenes as you stroll.
Rivington Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7SB
Dove Stone Reservoir
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Perched on the sting of the Peak District, Dovestone Reservoir is one in all Higher Manchester’s most breathtaking magnificence spots.
The primary reservoir is bordered by a wheelchair and pushchair accessible path, and there are two extra reservoirs – Greenfield and Yeoman Hey – from which you’ll be able to take extra adventurous walks to discover Saddleworth Moor and the crags above.
The automotive park is open however all different services akin to bogs and cafes stay closed. Dove Stone reservoir has been notably busy in latest months and native roads have been affected by irresponsible parking.
Think about visiting at a quieter time and be ready to show again if the automotive park is full.
Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7NE