You actually do not must journey removed from Higher Manchester – and even go away its borders in any respect – to discover a postcard-worthy village.
After so many months cooped up in our houses, many people could also be fascinated by relocating to a quieter place or simply taking a day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
There are a great deal of locations you may go to for slightly dose of tranquility and British appeal, with many pockets of historical past inside in our personal boroughs.
Whether or not you are heading out for a stroll within the contemporary air and a slice of cake on the best way again, or fascinated by packing your luggage for some time longer (or eternally), listed below are a number of the north west’s most stunning villages.
Simply three miles from Clitheroe, Downham is likely one of the prettiest and most unspoiled villages in Lancashire.
Perched inside the Ribble Valley, the streets listed below are lined with sandstone homes, some with ivy crawling up their faces.
Unusually, there aren’t any overhead wires and even highway markings, serving to it to protect its interval appeal – and attracting loads of movie crews.
Till just lately, it was dwelling to an award-winning pub (sadly closed down after the Seafood Pub Firm filed for administration in June, however the website is now ripe for the selecting).
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Lower than an hour’s drive from components of Higher Manchester, Hebden Bridge is an enthralling little market down in West Yorkshire.
The world is famed for its vary of unbiased retailers, cinching a Nice British Excessive Avenue Award again in 2016 – you may discover the whole lot from data to jewelry to antiques to clothes to muffins.
Observe the city centre path which is able to present you all the city’s historic highlights, with loads of alternatives to cease for a browse or a espresso on the best way spherical.
It is also surrounded by stunning countryside, together with the Nationwide Belief’s Hardcastle Crags, should you desire to get your steps in within the nice open air.
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The historic village of Bowdon is located on a ridge which rises above the Cheshire Plain, and borders on the Nationwide Belief-owned Dunham Massey Property.
With gorgeous townhouses, cottages and a number of other mansions lining the leafy tree-filled streets all through the village, it is an exquisite and peaceable residential hamlet which retains structure from through the years.
It is also probably the most costly within the area, with home costs averaging out at £819,064.
Nonetheless, should you fancy a day journey, Bowdon is a stone’s by way of from the favored hubs of Hale and Altrincham and can also be dwelling to a stunning and surprisingly reasonably priced pub.
Stone cottages, infinite moors and hills, a neighborhood pub courting again to 1751 – Holcombe has luggage of Nice British appeal.
The village is positioned on the slopes of Holcombe Moor, a lot of the land preserved by the Nationwide Belief, and the entire village is basically unspoiled.
Right here you may discover the famend Shoulder of Mutton pub, in addition to unspoiled views over miles of countryside.
Many of the buildings within the village had been constructed between 1600 and 1900 – the earliest home, Hey Home, was in-built 1616.
As soon as dwelling to wool and cotton mills, Uppermill is now a stylish hub for bars, eating places and boutique procuring.
Whereas its fundamental trade could have modified, some issues stay fully unspoiled – like its stunning setting on the steep valley facet of the River Tame.
The Saddleworth village sits on the Hudderfield Slim Canal, and is the place to begin for a lot of standard strolling routes.
Filled with fairly stone-fronted properties, a number of pleasant pubs, the village additionally has its personal gallery – the Weavers Manufacturing facility – and a historic library. You will additionally discover the Saddleworth Museum right here in Uppermill – housed within the outbuildings of the Victoria Mill, a 19th-century mill constructing.
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The gorgeous hamlet of Marple Bridge is positioned in an image excellent spot alongside the River Goyt. With its stone-built village centre and gorgeous environment, you’d discover it onerous to consider you’re nonetheless in Higher Manchester.
Simply on the outskirts of the bigger neighbouring city of Marple, this 18th century village has been completely maintained through the years and its picturesque bridge crossing the water is a sight to behold.
The village additionally borders the Roman Lakes, a hidden lakeside magnificence spot tucked away within the Goyt Valley surrounded by beautiful gardens and inexperienced woodlands plus a sequence of artificial lakes.
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The leafy suburb of Worsley, perched proper on the sting of Salford is well-known for its stunning surroundings, historic landmarks and has shortly grow to be and in-demand space for these wanting a style of the nation whereas being near the town centre.
Positioned on the Bridgewater Canal, a major a part of the city is now a conservation space – and is at the moment being thought of as a World Heritage Web site. There’s additionally 75 acres of fairly forests that stretch from the canal to the East Lancashire Highway.
Steeped in historical past, the village is dwelling to 48 listed buildings, together with early medieval manor home Wardley Corridor, the court docket home, the fountain and a phone kiosk. Worsley Delph, a former coal mine, is a scheduled monument.
With its fairly inexperienced stretches and magpie fashion mock-tudor homes, it truly is a slice of rural life in city Manchester.
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Technically a city slightly than a village, Glossop nonetheless has loads of character, group, and enchantment for a relocation.
Glossop has just lately been heralded for its burgeoning foods and drinks scene, with companies together with Hyssop, Shepley’s and Harvey Leonard’s incomes widespread acclaim.
It additionally sits on the very fringes of the gorgeous Peak District, that means a number of the world’s finest hikes, wild swimming and mountain biking is correct on the doorstep.
Add to that the direct practice hyperlinks with Manchester and you’ll see why the crowds are starting to maintain a watchful eye on Glossop.
It is the plain one – and the busiest.
Castleton is a honey pot city within the Peak District that attracts in flocks of vacationers year-round.
The village is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot due to its place on the foot of Mam Tor and different world-famous hikes, and is filled with charming nation pubs and retailers.
Take a look at The Bulls Head Lodge with its a basic English pub inside, and lightweight and trendy barn conversion at the moment working as an ice cream parlour.