Feeling restless? Going a little stir crazy? We feel you. Luckily, this Northern gem is filled with green spaces and riverside paths, offering you the chance to get out of your stuffy room and stretch your legs away from everyone else. So grab your trainers and check out our list of the 5 best walks in and around Manchester to help you stave off cabin fever and enjoy some natural scenery.
Manchester Wharf City Trail (2.5 miles)
Take a stroll past some of the city's best sites with this circular route via historic canals and Manchester's Gothic town hall. Starting off at The Wharf, work your way along Rochdale Canal towpath, under and over numerous cobbled bridges to Princess Street, before heading up to the beautifully ornate building. On your way back, don't forget to hit up the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park and check out some old-school artefacts.
Philips Park (2.5 miles)
Renowned for its ancient woodlands, diverse wildlife and wildflowers aplenty, Philips Park is up there for pretty walks in Manchester and sure to leave you feeling fresher. Take in a number of the historic features on your way round, including the serpentine paths, amphitheatre and carriage drive. For those fancying a longer trek, there's the option to divert into the Waterdale area before rejoining the route at the formal gardens.
Tegg's Nose Country Park (2.5 miles)
Whilst this walk may be a bit of a drive from the city centre, it's one of the best places to walk in Manchester. Beginning at Tegg's Nose Country Park's visitor centre, get on your hiking boots and follow the Saddler's Way past farms, heathland and a reservoir where you'll be treated to wildlife at its finest. Carry on up to the summit for a truly gorgeous vista. King of the castle, much?
River Irwell And Peel Park Route (4 miles)
This 4 mile looped walk around Manchester is a perfect opportunity to clear your mind after a stagnant day of working from home. Setting off from Blackfriars, the River Irwell course will see you hitting up all the green spaces as you cross over to The Meadow and again into Peel Park and the David Lewis Sports Grounds.
Medlock Valley Way (various distances)
Medlock Valley Way is more of a DIY kind of ramble. Kicking off just a stone's throw away from Manchester Picadilly station, the path continues on for a further 12 miles up via the River Medlock all the way up to Moorside. For those more central in need of a lunchtime breather, start from Ashton Canal Path and enjoy a welcome break from your screen. Got more time on your hands? Follow the waterway up to Oldham Tameside for some tranquil and unadulterated bliss.
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