Higher Manchester could also be a metropolitan hub, however it additionally boasts some wonderful pure landscapes.
Past the skyscrapers and concrete panorama, there are superb spots proper the place you may get again to nature whereas discovering among the most interesting views the area has to supply.
And because the bushes start to vary, there are few higher locations to expertise the riot of color than from increased floor.
These memorable walks will take you thru some gorgeous native areas with uninterrupted views of open countryside and moorlands following a satisfying hike.
Wrap up heat and get your strolling sneakers on, as there’s loads of attractive locations to take pleasure in the brand new season with out having to journey far.
Check out simply a few of Higher Manchester’s hills which can be good for a hike within the crisp autumn air.
Holcombe Hill, Bury
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This 1,100 ft (335m) stroll on the outskirts of Ramsbottom boasts among the most wonderful panoramic views from the highest.
And it isn’t too tough a hike both. The route up the hill is a reasonably straightforward ascent – and it is also waymarked with a transparent monitor main up.
On the high you may discover the well-known Peel Tower. Inbuilt 1852, the landmark monument was erected in tribute to Sir Robert Peel, the founding father of the police pressure and former Prime Minister who hailed from Bury. It stands 128ft excessive and while you attain it, you may uncover unparalleled views over Manchester, Cheshire and throughout to North Wales.
There’s additionally just a few pubs in shut proximity for refreshments while you’ve come again down.
Winter Hill, Bolton
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Discovered on the very fringe of the Bolton border, the imposing Winter Hill towers over the encircling areas. Regardless of its commanding place excessive on the horizon, at 456 metres (1498 ft) above sea stage it isn’t fairly tall sufficient to be classed as a mountain, however positively gives an honest hike.
Slightly than a single peak, it is higher described as a raised plateau of moorland with a number of particular person summits. The summit of Winter Hill is not as distinguished as you’d count on, marked by a transmitter and a trig level.
From the peaks of the hill, on a transparent day you’ll be able to see Pendle Hill, the sting of the Pennines, and even Blackpool Tower and Mount Snowdon in Wales.
Werneth Low, Stockport/Tameside
Not solely is the view from the highest of this hill completely unbelievable, the stroll up there and the encircling space is equally as attractive. It is situated in 200 acres of nation park which spreads throughout the northern and western slopes of the height.
It boasts panoramic views out throughout the town of Manchester – lower than 10 miles away – and out past Liverpool. On a transparent day, you’ll be able to even make out the peaks of the Welsh mountains and the close by Pennine hills.
And if you happen to do not fancy mountaineering as much as the highest, you’ll be able to trip a horse alongside the community of bridleways – or take a mountain bike as a substitute.
Blindstones Moss, Oldham
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Head up this expanse of moorland within the Chew Valley close to to Oldham, and you will get a spectacular view out throughout to the Chew Reservoir – the best reservoir constructed in England.
It is also a very nice location for chicken recognizing with quite a lot of species within the space – and has not too long ago seen a Bearded Vulture – certainly one of Europe’s most opulent and rarest birds – roost close by.
It is usually the place a de Havilland Tigermoth crashed in 1945, after the pilot misplaced management of the biplane close to the Chew Reservoir. The pilot, the one soul on board, was killed and is buried in Blacon close to Chester. A few of the stays of the plane stay as we speak.
Hail Storm Hill, Rossendale
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At over 475metres tall, Hail Storm Hill is the best level of the Rossendale Valley. On the high, you’ll uncover a tiny however historical cairn and views out throughout the encircling moorland.
You may additionally get extremely near Scout Moor Wind Farm – the second largest onshore wind farm within the nation.
And if you wish to lengthen your stroll, the Pennine Bridleway crosses simply north of the summit, whereas the Rossendale Manner may be picked up on the western slip, or head on the Rochdale Manner over the neighbouring Knowl Moor.
There’s additionally a trig level to be discovered right here – however whereas the knowledge states the trig is in Higher Manchester, it is really about 100m over the border into Lancashire.
Blackstone Edge, Rochdale
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This magnificent gritstone escarpment towers at 472 metres above sea stage, and boasts phenomenal views out throughout the encircling moorland and the Pennine hills.
Situated on the high of the Pennines, from the best level you might be handled to among the most gorgeous surroundings, commanding views for miles in all instructions.
On one facet you’ll be able to see the town, with its skyscrapers reaching up throughout the horizon. Whereas on the opposite you’ll be able to see proper throughout to neighbouring Yorkshire and past. Instantly beneath you’ll be able to see over Hollingworth Lake, Winter Hill and out in the direction of Rochdale.
Black Chew Head, Oldham
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Formally the best level in Higher Manchester, Black Chew Head stands in moorland on the outskirts of the Peak District Nationwide Park at a peak of 542 metres above sea stage.
It overlooks the ruggedly gorgeous Chew Valley and out in the direction of Dovestone Reservoir with long-distance views throughout a sea of expansive moorland.
The height itself is sparse – with only a fence marking the county boundary and the stays of a cairn, however count on a peaceable otherworldly expertise on the high.
Indians Head (Wimberry Rocks)
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Head alongside the sting of the moor south of Dovestone Reservoir to find an attractive strolling route with loads of pure surroundings to take pleasure in alongside the way in which.
From right here you get an attractive view down over the close by Dovestone Reservoir and out throughout the valley to Pots and Pans Stones, Alderman’s Hill and Dovestone Rocks and over Higher Manchester.
The craggy rock face right here can be fashionable with climbers, as a consequence of its massive assortment of bouldering routes.
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Simply over the Higher Manchester border into Cheshire, you may uncover a shocking hill nestled amongst some attractive countryside.
Dubbed the ‘Matterhorn of Cheshire’ as a consequence of its distinctive pointy peak this hanging mini mountain seems over Macclesfield.
Beginning at Vicarage Quarry you’ll be able to take pleasure in a pleasant mild climb alongside roads and fields earlier than reaching Macclesfield Forest.
A stroll on gravel footpaths by way of the bushes finally brings you into sight of the distinctive Shutlingsloe peak.
After reaching the height, the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in views of Manchester, Cheshire and Wales on a transparent day, the straightforward descent takes you again in the direction of Wildboarclough and the street which leads north to the automobile park.
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